The Pontificate of Pope Leo XIII 1878-1903: Reclaiming the Conviction of The Catholic Church in The Modern World

Crutchley, C. (2018) The Pontificate of Pope Leo XIII 1878-1903: Reclaiming the Conviction of The Catholic Church in The Modern World. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

Pope Leo XIII was leader of the Catholic Church from 1878-1903. Historians such as Raymond H.
Schmandt and Eric O’ Hanson have suggested that in rejuvenating the Church’s position in the modern
world, Leo stood ideologically as a “progressive.” 2 3 This is a mis-reading of Catholic history and
reflective of historical accounts that look at Leo’s pontificate through political lenses! To imply that
Leo was a “progressive” is to suggest that he changed Catholic truths and reached a “bipartisan”
agreement with modernity in the belief of “moving forwards.” This is a misleading conclusion that
neglects the language of Catholicism.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > History
Student Research > Undergraduate
Depositing User: Gail Graffham
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2018 13:21
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2018 13:21
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/3654

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