The Making of Christian Moravia (858–882): Papal Power and by Maddalena Betti

By Maddalena Betti

Within the Making of Christian Moravia Maddalena Betti examines the production of the Moravian archdiocese, of which St Methodius used to be the 1st incumbent, within the context of ninth-century papal coverage in imperative and south-eastern Europe. within the 19th and 20th century non secular and nationalistic matters commonly prompted the reconstruction of the background of the archdiocese of Methodius. providing a brand new examining of already widely-used resources, either Slavonic and Latin, Maddalena Betti turns awareness upon the jurisdictional clash among Rome, the Bavarian church buildings and Byzantium, so as to discover the concepts and the languages followed by means of the Apostolic See to achieve jurisdiction over the hot territories in imperative and south-eastern Europe.

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42 The birth of Czechoslovakia stimulated not only the recovery of the political legacy of Great Moravia, but it also enhanced the memory of the Methodian archdiocese. In the late nineteenth century, the Czech Catholic church lived through a period of great difficulty. Impaired by its manifest and continuous ideological collaboration with the Habsburg state, it appeared unable to understand new aspects of civil society—nationalistic, reformist and modernist. 43 To respond to this emergency, part of the Czech clergy renewed the tradition of the “Jednota katolického duchovenstva” (Union of the Catholic clergy), a modernist and reformist clerical organization.

92 Boba’s analysis of the papal letters concerning Methodius is thus questionable. Boba seems to consider John VIII’s letters to Methodius and the Slavic chiefs to be normal papal missives addressed to stable polities with efficient ecclesiastical organization. Instead, the assigned tituli, the canonical practice, and the role of a missionary bishop sent from Rome differed greatly in an unsettled polity. It was a polity where an ecclesiastical organization had never existed, or, if it had existed in early stages, had fallen into oblivion, and where the conversion/reconversion to Christianity was a recent and partial phenomenon.

His body, if it were really buried in the left apse of the cathedral dedicated to St. Mary (according the account of some Slavonic Bulgarian manuscripts of the Slavonic Life of Methodius), was forgotten over the years. The Slavic disciples were later driven from Moravia, and later Bulgarian sources do not testify to any cultic tradition about the burial place and the relics of Methodius, and they do not relate any transfer of his body to the new lands to which his disciples moved. With the dissolution of Czechoslovakia into two independent countries, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic (December 31, 1992), it is possible to detect changes in the historiographical tradition.

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