Luigi Lippomano, His Vicars, and the Reform of Verona from the Pulpit

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Luigi Lippomano was a deeply worried man. He had heard that Lutheran ideas were being debated openly in Verona—even in such inappropriate places as “the piazzas, the workshops, the taverns, and even the women's washrooms.” As bishop of Verona, responsible for the city's spiritual health, he feared that he would see the city reduced to outright heresy. He felt increasingly stymied, watching his flock “become more corrupted every day” from inappropriate books and conversation, the “idle chatter of a few gossips.” And so, at a certain point, he had had enough. “How can I … stay silent,” he asked, “cross my hands, close my eyes, shut my ears, and act like a mute dog that cannot growl?” The result of his frustration and fury was a series of publications seeking to block the perceived threat of Protestant infiltration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-605
Number of pages22
JournalChurch History
Issue number3
Early online date21 Aug 2009
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009


  • Council of Trent, Catholic Reform, Bishop, Verona, Lippomano


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