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The Effects Of The Black Death On The Church And Education

The economic forces of supply and demand unleashed by the pestilence affected the Church and clergy as well as everyone else. Priests supplied the necessary sacraments and religious ceremony during Plague-time, and people were willing and able to bid prices up by offering more and more in fees as the clergy itself fell to the pestilence. Clerical death tolls tended to be at least as high as among the rest of society during the first epidemic over half of the Dominicans in Florence died (77 of 150) at least 40 percent of the clergy in Barcelona died in the Diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, England, about one-third of the priests died and in Winchester Diocese almost 49 percent died between 1348 and 1350.20 The problem was so bad that the English bishop of Bath and Wells issued the following ruling to his flock in January 1349 The contagious pestilence of the present day, which is spreading far and wide, has left many parish churches without parson or priest. . Since no priest can be...

The Psychological Toll

Many people found that the sources from which they had always drawn strength were missing. For some it was religion, and there were noticeable changes in churches in Asia and Canada. In Altar boys attend Catholic mass in Hong Kong. Churches throughout areas impacted by SARS welcomed parishioners struggling with the emotional effects of the epidemic. Altar boys attend Catholic mass in Hong Kong. Churches throughout areas impacted by SARS welcomed parishioners struggling with the emotional effects of the epidemic. Singapore, for example, the Catholic Church suspended confessions in private confessional booths instead offering general forgiveneness to their parishioners. Toronto churchgoers were asked not to dip their hands in holy water or to share wine at communion.

Selected Events and Historical Actors

1521 Martin Luther (1483-1546), former Chair of Biblical Studies at the University of Wittenberg, is excommunicated from the Catholic Church for, among other offenses, denying the primacy of the Pope in favor of scriptural authority. 1535 In Geneva religious reformers invade venerable churches, deface and remove religious images within them, and depose the Catholic bishop. John Calvin 1540 The word anatomy enters English usage as a description of a dissected body and in 1541 as the process of dissection. Martin Luther consecrates the first purpose-built Protestant church. Its plaster interior is painted white and contains few images. In the meantime, many prosperous Europeans collect pictures, illustrated printed books, and natural objects. 1642 Civil War begins in England, and Charles I tells his troops that you shall meete with noe enemyes but traytors, most of them Brownists, Anabaptists, and atheists, such who desire to destroy both church and state. 7 Thomas Willis (1621-1675),...

Representing Likeness

Therefore, religious images that sought to assist the viewer in reaching God were evidence that The world has been seized by a crude absurdity in wishing to possess a visible form of God , 26 Indeed, for Reformers of the 1530s and 1540s, especially the Swiss, the breaking of religious images in churches proved to be an important ritual in their consolidation of local political and religious authority. Partly the Reformers destroyed and mutilated church sculptures and images as dramatic public denunciations of Catholic power. ter can offer nothing beyond enjoyment. Yet it is precisely images of this last kind that have been always been displayed in churches. We may say that they did not serve judgment or enjoyment, but foolish covetousness. 27

The Art Of Intercession

The medieval Christian believed that all people sin and that all sinful people are unworthy of any gift from God. Rather, because of sin and disobedience, they are justly deserving of any punishment God deems appropriate, including the Black Death. Only those who had pleased God and received his mercy could effectively intercede with God, invoking his boundless divine mercy to temper his justice on behalf of humanity. These men and women, who had left this world, lived with God in Heaven as his saints, or holy ones. From early times the Church in both East and West had taught that the saints continued to care for and respond to those on earth who recognized and were devoted to them. The prayers of unworthy people could be augmented by those of the saints in Heaven, who could act as advocates for the poor sinners below. The Bible teaches that Christ is the perfect advocate before the Father, but if the Judge is Christ, who is there to advocate If Christ sends the arrows of the Plague,...

The Attacks On Jewish Communities

Jews constituted about 1 percent of late medieval Europe's population and lived among the Christian majority of Europe in an often tense state of toleration. Officially, the Church protected them and sanctioned their communities, but just under the surface popular Christianity stigmatized Jews as Christ-killers, those who refused to see the truth of the Gospel, and allies of Christianity's enemies, especially Islam. During the First Crusade dozens of Jewish communities in Germany were at In the wake of the pestilence, on Palm Sunday of 1348, the day on which the Passion of Christ is recounted in Catholic churches, forty sleeping Jews in Toulon, France, were killed in their beds their bodies were dragged into the street and set upon by the bloodthirsty mob. In May, the Jews of Carcassonne and Narbonne were exterminated, and all the Jews of La Baume were killed and their goods plundered. On May 17 a mob attacked and plundered the Jewish Quarter of Barcelona they destroyed documents...

Relationship of depression to social functioning

Do you belong to any groups, organizations, church The STC is a 10-item questionnaire, which determines the number of social connections available to the patient, such as frequency of seeing friends, membership of clubs, churches or other organizations. Scores range from 0 to 10 with higher numbers indicating fewer social connections. The correlation between SFE and STC scores was r 0.65 (p 0.01) for the 31 patients with acute stroke involved in our reliability study and the correlation between the SFE score and the Hollingshead social class was r 0.41 (p 0.05). We have also examined the agreement between ratings based on patient information as compared to information provided by significant others. The percentage agreement between patient ratings and other derived ratings on individual items of the SFE ranged from 50 to 100 . The correlation coefficient between SFE total scores based on information from the patient and information obtained from significant others for 30 cases was r...

Buffering Hypothesis

Several issues emerge in research on the buffering hypotheses. Of particular importance is the definition and measurement of three variables stress, social support, and outcome. Psychological stress is often measured on a checklist or inventory by self-report of major life events of the last few months, such as death in the family, divorce, and changes in work. Using weights from experts' ratings of stress, the experimenter obtains a total score. A less used kind of measure is called daily hassles, such as burdensome household chores and waiting in traffic. Social support is measured in three ways (1) social network membership (sometimes called social integration), such as living with a family, belonging to a club, or attending a church (2) perceived social support, such as self-report of availability of people to discuss problems or provide material aid and (3) support behaviors, such as reported or observed actions of helping the specified person. The first two methods have received...

Halfway Houses

Halfway houses are locales where all activities and interactions may be viewed as having potentially healing, rehabilitative, and supportive properties and where all members may consciously or unconsciously contribute to therapy. Halfway houses typically work to prepare individuals to move from institutionalized settings to becoming able to function independently. Also, it is the goal of halfway houses to integrate or reintegrate their residents into independent living members of their communities. In some cases, the halfway house may be the first referral source or an intermediary step before a person is institutionalized. Halfway houses are commonly affiliated with churches, private organizations, hospitals, and the government and may differ greatly in the number, gender, and age of residents they serve, as well as the type of therapeutic approach they offer residents.

The Early Embryo

Reexamine the ethical issues associated with stem cell research. The Donaldson committee called for presentations from a wide segment of society, including research organizations, church groups, and individuals representing the general public, such as trade unions and the National Federation of Women's Institutes. The central issue addressed by the Donaldson committee was the status of the early embryo. Positions stated before the committee ranged from those taken by the churches and pro-life groups, that the early embryo is a human being in the fullest sense from the moment of fertilization and should be accorded the same respect as a fetus or baby, to the position that the early embryo is no more than a collection of undifferentiated cells and so deserves no more respect than any other isolated human cell or tissue. (The Warnock committee adopted a position between similar opposing views, concluding that the early embryo has a special status but not one that justifies absolute...

The United Kingdom

Therapeutic cloning and stem cell research (HFER 2001) was reviewed by a special committee set up by the House of Lords in 2002 and chaired by Professor Liam Donaldson. The Donaldson committee put out a call for evidence from the scientific and research organizations, the churches, medical charities, patients' support groups, pro-life groups, and many organizations representing the general public, such as the trade unions and the National Federation of Women's Institutes. The committee received 52 submissions from various organizations, and they held 12 sessions of oral evidence, at which 42 people representing 17 organizations presented their arguments for or against the proposed legislation. Members of the committee also visited research laboratories to gain a better understanding of the science involved.

The Flagellants

In the course of the High Middle Ages, in towns and cities across western Europe, lay men, and sometimes women, from all walks of life organized themselves into religious confraternities, or brotherhoods. In some ways these echoed the earlier Crusaders' combining of the secular life with religious duties and purpose. By the later fourteenth century confraternities tended to be associated with specific parishes or churches, and had chaplains drawn from the local clergy. They tended to be of one of three types the charitable, who helped the poor, or during the Plague buried the dead the lauds-singers, who gathered regularly to sing and pray and the disciplinati, named for the whip they used to beat themselves and each other as a form of individual and collective penance for sin. In each case the lay brothers established and followed their own constitution that dictated proper behavior. This generally included regular participation in the sacraments and following the Church's teachings...


Infected children can attend school, provided that they wear cotton stockinette caps at all times (no swapping allowed) and present a note from the physician every 3 weeks stating that they are under a physician's care. Infected children should be restricted from theaters, churches, and other public places. Community health departments should be consulted for specific rulings.

Michele Savonarola

Historian Samuel Cohn makes the case that before the 1360s, Italians tended to spread their wealth around widely through their wills, while after about 1363 they began to consolidate their gifts for the sake of being remembered. In many ways Marco's will is very typical. Most of his wealth goes to his children, to be shared among them as they survive the raging epidemic. Gifts of one lira (twenty soldi) or one-half lira went to each of ten churches, convents, or lay religious brotherhoods (confraternities) so that they would pray for the salvation of his soul at Mass. His wife was to raise their children and continue running the wine-tavern without remarrying. Were the children to die, Prato's main church became his main heir the amount to go to the chapel in Santo Stefano went from one-half lira to twenty-five lire. In fact, his pregnant wife Vermillia, Vanna, and Nofrio died before he did, facts reflected in his amended testament. Stefano survived, and Francesco, with his modest

Legal Issues

Several judicial rulings have clarified issues surrounding the teaching of evolution and the imposition of mandates that creation science be taught when evolution is taught. The First Amendment of the Constitution requires that public institutions such as schools be religiously neutral because special creation is a specific, sectarian religious view, it cannot be advocated as true, accurate scholarship in the public schools. When Arkansas passed a law requiring equal time for creationism and evolution, the law was challenged in Federal District Court. Opponents of the bill included the religious leaders of the United Methodist, Episcopalian, Roman Catholic, African Methodist Episcopal, Presbyterian, and Southern Baptist churches, and several educational organizations. After a full trial, the judge ruled that creation science did not qualify as a scientific theory (McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education, 529 F. Supp. 1255 (ED Ark. 1982)).

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