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The Bounds of Purgatory

Geoffrey Rowell

in Hell and the Victorians

Published in print May 1974 | ISBN: 9780198266389
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683022 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266389.003.0008
The Bounds of Purgatory

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The passing of Catholic Emancipation in 1829 finally opened the way for these new forms of piety to be put into practice. The fact that purgatory was an integral part of eschatology, meant that the sharp contrast between heaven and hell could be made less harsh by a reinterpretation of the doctrine of purgatory. Such a change of emphasis did in fact occur in the middle and later years of the nineteenth century, often in connection with the new purgatorial devotions. Those responsible for it were, in large measure, the Oxford Movement converts, men formed in a different tradition from the Counter-Reformation scholasticism of the Roman schools and of high intellectual calibre. This chapter sets their contribution against the background of the older English Catholicism and the Liguorian devotion of the Continent.

Keywords: purgatory; eschatology; Liguorian devotion; English Catholicism; piety; Roman Catholic

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Subjects: Christianity ; Christian Theology

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