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The Reform Context Of The Great Western Schism

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Most studies that examine reform around the time of the Great Western Schism focus on either reform efforts in the institutional reform and hierarchical reforms head or at her grassroots level. This chapter takes a broad approach to historical topics and the historiographical developments attendant to them in an effort to understand the reform context of the Great Western Schism. It presents examples of parallel reform efforts in capite and in membris that were at times relatively independent and interdependent; only rarely, were they on a collision course, as in the louder calls for clerical reform issued by John Wycliffe and Jan Hus just before and during the Schism. We must bear in mind that the two phrases institutional reform and hierarchical reform are typically used synonymously and interchangeably to refer to leadership in capite, but the Church as institution and hierarchy operates in both the Churchs head and members.

Keywords: Church; Great Western Schism; hierarchical reform; institutional reform



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