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By Force and FearTaking and Breaking Monastic Vows in Early Modern Europe$
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Anne Jacobson Schutte

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449772

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449772.001.0001

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Waging Law in the Congregation of the Council

Waging Law in the Congregation of the Council

(p.89) Chapter 4 Waging Law in the Congregation of the Council
By Force and Fear

Anne Jacobson Schutte

Cornell University Press

This chapter explains in detail how petitions brought before the Holy Congregation of the Council (Sacra Congregazione del Concilio, SCC), were handled. During their meetings, held once or twice a month on Saturday afternoons in the Quirinal Palace, cardinal-members of the SCC discussed cases and made interim and final rulings. At first, unlike sentences pronounced by inquisitors and decisions of the Rota, their rulings were not “motivated,” that is, they did not present the reasoning behind the conclusions judges reached. Only from the 1740s on, did secretaries’ summaries included in the Libri Decretorum (LD) begin to provide such explanation.

Keywords:   petitions, judges, forced monachization, Sacra Congregazione del Concilio, SCC, Libri Decretorum

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