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Affirming identity

Affirming identity
titolo Affirming identity
sottotitolo The Romanian Greek-Catholic Church at the Time of the First Vatican Council
autore
argomenti Storia Storia moderna, Storia religiosa
collana Ricerche. Storia
formato Libro
pagine 496
pubblicazione 2013
ISBN 9788834326510
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This work retraces the history of the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church and its relations with the Holy See in the second half of the nineteenth century. This was a defining period for the completion of the institutional and constitutional organisation of the Greek- Catholic Church in Transylvania. In an era of profound political and ecclesiastical transformations, which affected both the Austrian Empire and Transylvania, the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church underwent an extensive and complex restructuring process even though, as an ecclesiastical province of the Oriental tradition, it preserved its own patrimony of canonical and disciplinary rules in the context of the Catholic Communion. This was a time of highly dynamic and intense relations with the Roman Apostolic See, at the end of which the Greek-Catholic Church from Transylvania entered the twentieth century with a welldefined identitarian physiognomy and a distinct individuality. It was a tortuous process marked by conflict and resolution, expectations and disappointments, turmoil and searches, regulations and enactments, at the end of which the Transylvanian Greek-Catholic Church joined the ranks of the other Eastern Catholic Churches, the Ruthenian and the Maronite Churches, in particular, whose canonicaldisciplinary reorganisation had been completed more than a century before. The book is structured into four parts, which focus on the most significant institutional, ecclesiological and identitarian aspects of the relations between the Roman Apostolic See and the Greek-Catholic Church in Transylvania. The research is based on a vast unpublished documentary material, preserved in the Vatican Archives, the archives of the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church and the imperial archives of Vienna, consistently reinforced by and correlated with the latest findings of ecclesiastical historiography in this field.

Biografia dell'autore

Ana Victoria Sima, Associate Professor at the Faculty of History and Philosophy of Babes,- Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, is a specialist in modern history, the history of the church and religious life in the nineteenth century, the history of the relations between the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church and the Holy See in the second half of the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries, and the history of education. She is a founding member of the Ecclesiastical History Institute at Babes,- Bolyai University, of the external Romanian group of the Institute for the Historical Study of the Risorgimento and a member of the editorial staff of the review Colloquia. A Journal of Central European History of Babes,-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. She is also the recipient of numerous research internships at the Vatican Archives, Rome (1999-2000, 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013); Haus-Hoff und Staats-Archiv, Vienna (2005); the Hungarian Primatial Archives, Esztergom (2011). Ana Sima is the author of the books: Vizitele nunt,iilor apostolici vienezi în Transilvania (1855-1868) [The Visits of the Apostolic Nuncios in Vienna to Transylvania (1855-1868)], Vol. I, II, Cluj University Press, 2003; O Episcopie s,i un Ierarh. Înfiint,area s,i organizarea Eparhiei grecocatolice de Gherla în vremea episcopului Ioan Alexi (1853-1863) [A Diocese and a Hierarch. The Establishment and Organisation of the Greek-Catholic Eparchy of Gherla during the Time of Bishop Ioan Alexi (1853-1863)], Cluj University Press, 2003, and of numerous studies and articles published in specialised reviews and journals.

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