A Bishop's Tale: Mathias Hovius Among His Flock in by Mr. Craig Harline

By Mr. Craig Harline

This soaking up booklet takes us again to the busy, colourful international of a Netherlandish Catholic bishop and his flock from 1596 to 1620. dependent upon the lately chanced on daybook of Mathius Hovius, the ebook focuses not just on his lifestyles but additionally on key occasions and characters of the interval. Episodes within the lives of clergymen, nuns, pilgrims, peasants, saints, and others convey to existence the event of faith in the course of the Counterreformation.

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Outside the palace, the ancient Colosseum lay in view to the south, and the Vatican to the northwest. Inside, venerable members of the Congregation listened as the designated cardinalprotector of the Low Countries presented the case for the latest nominee. The customary inquest, or Scrutiny, into the nominee’s life had been conducted in Mechelen on  July, under the direction of the senior bishop in the Netherlands, announced the cardinal. Four honest clerics and two honest magistrates had offered testimony about the nominee, whom they knew well.

29 12:24 OCV:0 6062 Harline / A BISHOPS TALE / sheet 46 of 397 x THREE x Isabella’s Dowry 6062 Harline / A BISHOPS TALE / sheet 47 of 397 Early August . F or the archbishop, here at last was a season of hope: the Spanish Netherlands were to have resident princes of their own. Surely this was the antidote to the plagues of war, ruin, and false religion. It wasn’t as if Mathias Hovius had, since his memorable consecration three years before, sat idly by, waiting for a deliverer. Rather he took a leading role in rebuilding his corner of the land.

Rombout’s. Like most exiles, this one was bitter. Mathias Hovius wondered whether he would ever return to Mechelen. He watched as the longtime dean of St. Rombout’s chapter suffered death in Liège. And he scraped to support himself by lecturing on theology in a local monastery. Yet exile also brought spiritual resolve and the attention of the great. For while in Liège the displaced Canon Hovius was offered the important pastorship of Breda, next door to rebel Holland (he refused, surely out of hope that Mechelen would soon be free).

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