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The Polish Revolution and the Catholic Church, 1788–1792A Political History$
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Richard Butterwick

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250332

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250332.001.0001

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Pamphleteers, journalists, and the Church: summer 1789–spring 1791

Pamphleteers, journalists, and the Church: summer 1789–spring 1791

(p.132) (p.133) 6 Pamphleteers, journalists, and the Church: summer 1789–spring 1791
The Polish Revolution and the Catholic Church, 1788–1792

Richard Butterwick

Oxford University Press

Following the secularization of the bishopric of Cracow, polemics about the Catholic Church focused more on the social and educational functions of the clergy than on raising revenue. The sejm's ‘clerical deputation’, the episcopate, and the nuncio negotiated against this background. The chapter begins with an discussion of treatises by Józef Pawlikowski, Hugo Kołłątaj, and Stanisław Staszic, before analysing the discourse of scandal that characterized several pamphlets written at this time. The regular clergy of both sexes were the object of particular scorn. Counter‐attacks on the ‘enlightened age’, notably by Canon Franciszek Salezy Jezierski, are then examined. The next section concerns the polarized Polish press coverage of events in France and the Habsburg Monarchy with regard to the Church, and the final part explores Providential and covenantal themes in pastoral letters and sermons published in the middle phase of the Polish Revolution.

Keywords:   Pamphlets, press, pastoral letters, sermons, Józef Pawlikowski, Hugo Kołłątaj, Stanisław Staszic, Franciszek Salezy Jezierski, French Revolution, Habsburg Monarchy

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