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History professor Dr. Christopher Lane’s latest work was featured in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, a publication of Cambridge University Press. The piece, titled “Vocational Freedom, Parental Authority, and Pastoral Persuasion in Seventeenth-Century France,” discusses how secular law at that time favored parental authority in children’s choices of marriage, religion, and more, despite Catholic theology favoring individual freedom.

The work is the latest of Lane’s to be published, and features his own translations of clerical teachings from 17th century France. In the article, Lane examines clerical teachings on the proper role of parents in vocational discernment and the choice of a state of life, whether that be married, religious, or the clerical state. Ultimately, Lane looks at how, amid conflicts with French law and culture, pastoral persuasion helped to forge an enduringly influential strain in modern Catholicism.

Read the article here.

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