The Controversy over the <i>Interdetto</i> and the Attacks against Bellarmine’s Theory

Stefania Tutino

in Empire of Souls

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199740536
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894765 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

The Controversy over the Interdetto and the Attacks against Bellarmine’s Theory

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This chapter analyzes the repercussions of Bellarmine’s theory in the controversy over the Venetian Interdetto. It starts by examining the very problematic issue of clerical exemption, from which the controversy over the Interdetto started. It then examines in detail the polemical battle that opposed Bellarmine to Paolo Sarpi, and then it explains the political context in which the controversy has to be situated through an analysis of the trials conducted by the Roman Inquisition and by the Index against some theologians who wrote in support of Venice. By looking at the controversial resolutions on those cases, this chapter explains the significance of the political and religious issues at stake for the definition of the nature and limits of political authority and its relationship with ecclesiastical authority.

Keywords: Sarpi; Venice; Interdetto; Inquisition; Index of Prohibited Books; clerical exemption; Papal authority

Chapter.  17807 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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