Yet, Hemming believes that Benedict XIV
was the inspiration for the current pope.
Benedict of Nursia, the founder of Western monasticism, or Benedict XIV
, the Pope of the Enlightenment and friend of Voltaire?
Yet there are a couple of 'musts' for Benedict XIV
Its publication history was even more unorthodox, with Voltaire following a course of justification and obfuscation which led finally to the text being prefaced by a spurious 'avis de l'editeur', a letter to Frederick the Great, and three letters (all in Italian) to and from the Pope, the one from Benedict XIV
having first been subtly doctored to provide the famous papal approval of a play ostensibly attacking Christianity's most formidable enemy but which, as indicated by its primary title and the one by which it was known throughout the eighteenth century, castigated the dangerously irrational ingredient common to all revealed religions.
(41.) For a brief discussion of the official treatment of apparitions by the Church, beginning with Benedict XIV
's treatise De servorum dei beatificatione, see Zimdars-Swartz, Encountering Mary, p.
Even the pope, Benedict XIV
, went to one of the performances, though probably not the one depicted here.(3) That the occasions were private and exclusive is perhaps underlined by the absence from Pannini's painting of soldiers on guard within the auditorium to keep the peace, something to be seen in some 18th-century paintings of public theatres--perhaps also by the presence of at least one court lapdog, attending to his master rather than to the show.
Among much else of considerable importance which he has to tell us, Dr Johns argues that Clement's creation of a gallery for the display of papal busts in the Quirinale (then a papal palace), and his entrusting the formation of the (now dispersed) Museo Ecclesiastico to Francesco Bianchini, his Presidente delle Antichita, provided the 'immortale pensiero' from which grew the magnificent series of pontifical museums rounded by Benedict XIV
, Plus VI, and Pius VII.
85-99) to the activity of the last Bolognese pope, Benedict XIV
The Stations of the Via Crucis were placed at the Colosseum in 1744 by Pope Benedict XIV
, in honor of the martyrs who were killed at the site in ancient times.
Saint Joan was beatified on April 21, 1742, by Pope Benedict XIV
and canonized on May 28, 1950, by Pope Pius XII.
Pope Benedict XIV
's constitution Sollicita ac provida (1753) laid down for the first time rules for how the Church should investigate and censor a book.
These and similar developments competed with Rome's renewed attempts to tighten its own authority in Church life, as had occurred during the papacy of Benedict XIV