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Pastoral Care and Cultural Accuracy: Book Collections of Secular Clergy in Three Southern Italian Dioceses

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This chapter concentrates on the manuscript Vaticanus Latinus 11276, which collects together the inventories that were produced by inspections of seven fiefdoms under the jurisdiction of the Carthusian Order in the Viceroyalty of Naples. The result is a large sample, with book lists from five rural parishes located in Calabria, one in Cilento, and one in the city of Naples. A minimalistic library could be considered a symptom of a relaxed attitude towards pastoral care. In consequence, a close look at the book holdings of provincial secular clergy is a way of measuring the implementation of Tridentine reform in peripheral areas of Italy. For Renaissance humanists, Latin grammar was defined as "the art of speaking and writing correctly, observed in the reading of writers and poets". The synod held in 1619 by Bishop de Matta for the diocese of Capaccio provided advice for the cultural formation of the secular clergy.

Keywords: Calabria; Carthusian Order; Italy; Naples; pastoral care; secular clergy; Vaticanus Latinus 11276



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