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Correcting Catholicism: Censorship, Confessional Consolidation, And The Decline Of Homegrown Postillators

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The Jesuits established an early academic presence in the Empire that accelerated after the mid-1550s. Among their many accomplishments one may not include the contribution of a substantial postil, at least until 1591. Before that year the most they mustered was the short collection by Canisius. Catholic censorship of printed books was not new in 1590, nor had it been in 1577 when Jakob Feucht begged Rudolf II to intensify and expand institutions that might check the spread of Protestant and insufficiently "Catholic" postils. The turn of the century ushered in an era in which Protestants had been suppressed in a number of areas; the Catholic League (1609) seemed to guarantee defense and promise further re-Catholicization; political consolidation in a number of Catholic territories offered new opportunities to advance the goals of the Tridentine Church; and the Turkish threat had been checked.

Keywords: Canisius; catholic censorship; Catholic postils; Catholic territories; Jesuits; political consolidation; Protestants; Tridentine Church



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