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Die Bulle Pastoralis Officii – mehr Verwirrung als Rechtssicherheit


Zufferey, Florence A (2016). Die Bulle Pastoralis Officii – mehr Verwirrung als Rechtssicherheit. In: Steiner, Hannes. Wer sanct Pelayen zue gehört... Beiträge zur Geschichte von Stift und Stadt Bischofszell und Umgebung in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit. Frauenfeld: Historischer Verein des Kantons Thurgau, 87-110.

Abstract

The Bull Pastoralis Officii—More Confusion than Legal Certainty
The Bull Pastoralis Officii, issued by Pope Paul IV in 1617 and addressed to five Catholic protective states (Schirmorte)—Lucerne, Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden and Zug—was supposed to clarify the contested rights to the granting of benefices of the collegiate church of St. Pelagius in Bischofszell. Close analysis, however, indicates that a Bull by itself does not suffice to produce legal clarity, either in the moment or for the future. Closer consideration shows that the Bull only vaguely describes the vouchsafed rights. The recourse to rights granted previously to the states of the Confederation remains imprecise and undatable. The five states are guaranteed the right of occupation for prebends and benefices without any indication of the time period during which such rights can be exercised. The unfulfilled desire for legal clarity and the ensuing possibility of having violated the Vienna Concordat of 1448 brought in its wake a series of assessments. The report of the Jesuit, Paul Leymann, attempted to point out the urgent need for the bishop of Constance and the canons of Bischofszell to restrain the pressing demands of the five protective states of the Federation. This attempt, however, remained unsuccessful.

Abstract

The Bull Pastoralis Officii—More Confusion than Legal Certainty
The Bull Pastoralis Officii, issued by Pope Paul IV in 1617 and addressed to five Catholic protective states (Schirmorte)—Lucerne, Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden and Zug—was supposed to clarify the contested rights to the granting of benefices of the collegiate church of St. Pelagius in Bischofszell. Close analysis, however, indicates that a Bull by itself does not suffice to produce legal clarity, either in the moment or for the future. Closer consideration shows that the Bull only vaguely describes the vouchsafed rights. The recourse to rights granted previously to the states of the Confederation remains imprecise and undatable. The five states are guaranteed the right of occupation for prebends and benefices without any indication of the time period during which such rights can be exercised. The unfulfilled desire for legal clarity and the ensuing possibility of having violated the Vienna Concordat of 1448 brought in its wake a series of assessments. The report of the Jesuit, Paul Leymann, attempted to point out the urgent need for the bishop of Constance and the canons of Bischofszell to restrain the pressing demands of the five protective states of the Federation. This attempt, however, remained unsuccessful.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of History
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
940 History of Europe
Language:German
Date:29 October 2016
Deposited On:17 Feb 2017 09:09
Last Modified:17 Feb 2017 09:09
Publisher:Historischer Verein des Kantons Thurgau
Series Name:Thurgauer Beiträge zur Geschichte
Number:154
ISBN:978-3952418635
Official URL:http://www.hvtg.ch/publikationen.php
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