Mysticism as Dissent

Frank Graziano

in Wounds of Love

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195136401
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835164 | DOI:
Mysticism as Dissent

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This study of the politics of canonization begins with discussion of the changing policies toward beata mysticism that affected Rose of Lima’s cause for canonization. The chapter further explores how intimate relation with Christ through mysticism created an alternative, extra-institutional channel to deity that was implicitly subversive to Catholic hierarchy and bureaucracy. The concluding sections treat Rose of Lima’s tacit and sometimes excessive obedience as a strategy to subvert authority and her identity as a mujer varonil or Virgin warrior that was later adapted for diverse military purposes.

Keywords: Church bureaucracy; canonization; Pope Urban VIII; beata; Inquisition; subversion; obedience; mujer varonil; Virgin Warrior; Andean rebellions

Chapter.  10956 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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