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Introduction: The Historical Context

Raymond F. Bulman

in From Trent to Vatican II

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178067
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784905 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195178068.003.0001
 Introduction: The Historical Context

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This introductory chapter presents a brief historical background of Trent. It is argued that Trent offered a doctrinal response to the challenges of the Protestant Reformation, as well as a reform council, marking the zenith of a long and often frustrating process of inner Church reform dating back at least two centuries. The Catholic reform movement is described, and Trent and the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) are compared. An overview of the chapters in this volume is presented.

Keywords: Council of Trent; Second Vatican Council; Vatican II; Catholic reform movement

Chapter.  6385 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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