4 Phd Positions in the Research Group "Governance of the Universal Church after the Council of Trent: Papal Administrative Concepts and Practices as exemplified by the Congregation of the Council between the Early Modern Period and the Present"
In the context of the Max Planck Research Group „Governance of the Universal Church after the Council of Trent: Papal Administrative Concepts and Practices as exemplified by the Congregations of the Council between the Early Modern Period and the Present“ under the direction of Dr Benedetta Albani four postgraduate positions are to be filled as of 01 March 2014.
The research group is to investigate in depth the emergence and development of the system of post-
Tridentine global governance of the Catholic Church in interdisciplinary perspective over an extended
period of time. It will do so by analysis of the activity of the Congregations of the Council, the
Dicastery founded in 1564, which was responsible for appropriate implementation of the Council
decisions in the entire Catholic world and to which the papal authority of authentic interpretation of the
disciplinary decrees was delegated.
The research will focus on specific fields, including the role of the Congregation of the Council in the
complex translation processes of the Tridentine normative order in the Catholic world; the internal
decision processes and operational procedures of the Congregation and the authority and validity of
its decisions in the local churches; the valence of the Roman Curia as the interpretative and judicial
authority at the global level; the coexistence of post-Tridentine canon law with preceding or different
normative orders within and outside Europe; the development of the concept of interpretatio
authentica from the Council of Trent until today.
Dr. Benedetta Albani
Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte
60323 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: +49 (0)69 78978-158
Fax.: +49 (0)69 78978-169
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