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‘A Perverted Devotion’

Nicholas Sagovsky

in 'On God's Side'

Published in print March 1990 | ISBN: 9780198267287
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683176 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267287.003.0008
‘A Perverted Devotion’

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This chapter discusses George Tyrrell's controversial writings. Throughout his time in London Tyrrell was identified with the cause of liberal Catholicism. In its late 19th-century form this included an urgent quest for intellectual freedom within the limits set by the Church's teaching authority. Any books that Tyrrell wrote were to be subject to Roman scrutiny after local censorship. Tyrrell's ‘audacity’ of expression was shown by: his behaviour when teaching philosophy; his published articles and books, which had scandalized some people; the upset he caused to some of ‘Ours’ when giving the Spiritual Exercises; the audacious and sarcastic spirit in which he spoke and wrote of delicate matters; that dangerous article ‘A Perverted Devotion’; his defence against the censors.

Keywords: George Tyrrell; Jesuits; Jesuit priests; religious articles

Chapter.  7301 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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