The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in by Hubert Wolf

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By Hubert Wolf

A precise, never-before-told story—discovered in a mystery Vatican archive—of intercourse, poison, and lesbian initiation rites in a nineteenth-century convent.

In 1858, a German princess, lately inducted into the convent of Sant'Ambrogio in Rome, wrote a frantic letter to her cousin, a confidant of the Pope, claiming that she was once being abused and feared for her lifestyles. What the following research by way of the Church's Inquisition exposed have been the extreme secrets and techniques of Sant'Ambrogio and the illicit habit of the convent's appealing younger mistress, Maria Luisa. Having confident these below her cost that she used to be having normal visions and heavenly visitations, Maria Luisa started to lead and coerce her newcomers into lesbian initiation rites and heresies. She entered right into a hugely eroticized dating with a tender theologian referred to as Padre Peters—urging him to dispense upon her, within the privateness and sanctity of the confessional field, what the 2 of them known as the "special blessing."

What emerges throughout the fog of centuries is a intercourse scandal of ecclesiastical value, skillfully delivered to gentle and vividly reconstructed in scholarly element. delivering a huge ancient historical past on lady mystics and the cult of the Virgin Mary, and drawing on written testimony and unique records, Professor Wolf—Germany's top pupil of the Catholic Church, and one of the first actual students to be granted entry to the files of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the religion, previously the workplace of the Inquisition—tells the great tale of the way one lady used to be in a position to perpetrate deception, heresy, seduction, and homicide within the center of the Church itself.

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My very real fear is that the meanness, half-truths, and outright slanders in such books as Christopher Hitchens’s God is Not Great and Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion have begun to work their way into the popular culture. We Christians have to resist—and keep setting the record straight. Eat, Pray, Love SO MANY PEOPLE HAD URGED ME to comment on the film Eat, Pray, Love that I felt obligated to see it on its opening weekend. The theater in which I viewed the movie was pretty much full, and the gender ratio was approximately 92% female, 8% male.

Robert Sokolowski, who taught me many years ago at Catholic University, shared an image that has long stayed in my mind. The integrated icon of Christian doctrine, he said, exploded at the time of the Reformation and the Enlightenment, and its charred and distorted fragments have landed here and there, littering the contemporary cultural environment. Accordingly, we are not going to find, at least very often, the whole Catholic thing on beautiful display, but we are indeed going to find bits and pieces of it practically everywhere, provided we have the eyes to see.

The prophets of Israel consistently remind the people that since they too were once slaves in Egypt, they must be compassionate toward the alien, the stranger, the widow, and the orphan. In the faces of those “others,” they find the ground for their own moral commitments. They compelled the people not to adopt the attitude of the master, but to move sensitively into the attitude of the slave. ” (Phil 2:6-7) In Christ, the God of Israel became himself a slave, the despised other, even to the point of enduring the rejection of the masters and dying the terrible death of the cross.

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