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Baroness of the Ripetta: Letters of Augusta von Eichthal to Franz Xaver Kraus

Baroness of the Ripetta by Robert Curtis Ayers

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Product Details:

ISBN: 0-9651835-8-0 (cloth edition)
ISBN: 0-9651835-7-2 (soft cover)
Publisher: Cloudbank Creations
Year of Publication: 2004
Format: cloth edition or soft cover
Page Count: 245

Book Description:

In 1895 Liberal Catholics in America were struggling to maintain that one could be a good American and a good Catholic at the same time. Bishop John J. Keane had been relieved of his post as Rector of the Catholic University of America because he was suspected of being liberal, too much American, too little Catholic. Monsignor Denis O'Connell had been deposed as Rector of the American College at Rome for the same reason. Archbishop John Ireland of St. Paul, the 'consecrated blizzard of the Midwest,' was accused by German-American Catholics and by conservative Archbishop Corrigan of New York of favoring American ways over Catholic schools.

Bishop Keane was posted to Rome where he joined Denis O'Connell in an effort to clear their names and make Rome understand that Americanism and Roman Catholicism were not in opposition. Baroness Augusta von Eichthal befriended the American prelates and arranged for them to have their defense published in one of Germany's most influential newspapers. When she put the Americans in contact with Professor Doctor Franz Xaver Kraus, the secret 'Spectator' columnist of the Munich Allgemeine Zeitung, Europe was supplied with their side of the controversy.

The interior working of the liberal combination is revealed in letters which Baroness von Eichthal wrote from 1895 to 1901 to her close friend, priest and scholar F. X. Kraus. The caustic and observant letters flowed from the busy pen of a Bavarian spinster supplied with the sarcastic wisdom of her sixty-five years. Translated from German, annotated, and with a full introduction, these letters are published for the first time.

About the Author:

Robert AyersRobert Curtis Ayers is a native of Roanoke/Salem, Virginia, where he attended Andrew Lewis High School and Roanoke College. Graduating from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, 1950, he became an Episcopal priest in 1953. He served for 22 years as the Episcopal Chaplain to Syracuse University, and was awarded the doctorate in Philosophy in 1981 for his groundbreaking research of "The Americanists and Franz Xaver Kraus: An Historical Analysis of the an International Liberal Catholic Combination, 1987-1898." He lives near Cazenovia, New York, and is Rector Emeritus of the historic Church of Saints Peter and John, Auburn, New York.

 

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