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42 ulrich l. lehner Other structural factors in the Catholic Enlightenment were the academic libraries of societies, monasteries, clergymen, and the laity. 184 Rudolf Schlögl has shown that 48 percent of the books in the private libraries of the diocesan clergy of Cologne, Aachen, and Münster were religious, whereas the rest consisted of books on history, politics, literature, and science— clear evidence that the clergy opened itself to a new culture of learning and study. Compared to the variety of reading interests among the affluent laity, priests were rather illiterate.
By monastic law, they were not obliged to follow a watertight curriculum of academic theological texts. 151 Only a few decades after their first printing, the Renaissance-like spirit of St. 152 For the first time in history, the Church 148 Cf. ), Jean Mabillon: Œuvres choisies (Paris: 2007); Marius Reiser, Bibelkritik und Auslegung der Heiligen Schrift (Tübingen: 2007), 185–218; 219–276. 149 The programmatic work of this school were Jean Mabillon’s (1632–1707) De re diplomatica (1681) and his Traité des Etudes Monastiques (1691).
Callahan and David Higgs, “Introduction,” in William J. ” 188 44 ulrich l. lehner Another means of educating the laity about the Church’s fight for reform and renewal, and against atheism and superstition were parish missions. ”191 However, the Catholic Enlightenment proved unable to make efficient use of this tool of communication, again due to a lack of empathy for the needs of the rural population. 192 In many places throughout Europe the public looked with distrust upon the reforms that were started by enlightened bishops.