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Všechny cesty vedou do Říma
All Paths Lead to Rome

Author(s): Zdeňka Hledíková
Subject(s): Theology and Religion
Published by: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci
Keywords: Dispensation; Ordination; Penitentiary; Old Utraquists; the Papacy

Summary/Abstract: This paper interprets the unusual high number of dispensations for applicants for ordination from various bishops and these apart from the usual terms. These came from the Prague diocese and are noted in the registers of the penitentiary of Leo X between the years 1516-1517, and are now published by L. Schmugge. The specific character of these 32 dispensations from the above-mentioned two-year period is analyzed in connection with the minimum number of the same type of dispensation to the Czech Lands from the time of Sixtus V which acknowledged Vladislaus II as Czech king. These fluctuated in the particular pontificates from none up to three cases. The rapid growth in dispensations at the time of Leo X is linked in the paper with the culminating period of the relaxation of the interdict over the country guaranteed by the prolonged validity of the privilege of Alexander VI from 1499 and at the same time with the probability of the message of Maximilian I to the curia after the death of Vladislaus. Based on the geographic origin of the applicants, this apparently involved clergy of the Old Utraquist faith.

  • Issue Year: XIX/2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 7-14
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Czech