Charles Borromeo

Selected Orations, Homilies and Writins

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Charles Borromeo
Editor(s): 
John R. Cihak
Translator(s): 
Ansgar Santogrossi
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , February
     2017.
     256 pages.
     $29.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780567670250.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Brendon Norton forthcoming.

Description

Charles Borromeo (1538-1584) became the driving force of reform within the Catholic Church in the wake of the Council of Trent following the Protestant Reformation and the primary reason Trent's dramatic reforms were successful. His remarkable accomplishments in Milan as Archbishop became the model of reform for the rest of Western Europe. Change is never easy, but St. Charles' approach – deeply biblical, personal, practical and centered on Christ – offers a road map of reform, even for today. Now for the first time in over 400 years a significant selection of his works appears in the English language.

Chapter 1 offers three orations that St Charles gave as Archbishop of Milan to the other Bishops. These texts were among those that Pope Paul VI sent out to the Bishops of the world in 1963 during Vatican II. Chapter 2 contains a selection of homilies on the Eucharist and is followed by a collection of texts that treat the reform of the clergy. The final chapter presents Borromeo's efforts at mobilizing the laity in their own reform.

This translation is intended to be faithful to Borromeo's Latin or Italian texts rendered into contemporary English.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Fr. John Cihak S.T.D. studied philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, and obtained his licentiate and doctorate in fundamental theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He was appointed Papal Master of Ceremonies in 2010.

Ansgar Santogrossi O.S.B. is a Benedictine monk of Mount Angel Abbey and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon and at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Nebraska, USA.

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