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The Nuns of SantAmbrogio Read & Download ç 104 Ò A true never before told story discovered in a secret Vatican archive of sex poison and lesbian initiation rites in a nineteenth century convent In 1858 a German princess recently inducted into the convent of SantAmbrogio in Rome wrote a frantic letter to her cousin a confidant of the PA true never before told story discovered in a secret Vatican archive of sex poison and lesbian initiation rites in a nineteenth century convent In 1858 a German princess recently inducted into the convent of SantAmbrogio in Rome wrote a frantic letter to her cousin a confidant of the Pope claiming that she was being abused and feared for her life What the subseuent investigation by the Churchs Inuisition uncovered were the extraordinary secrets of SantAmbrogio and the illicit behavior of the convents beautiful young mistress Maria Luisa Hav. Princess Katharina von Hohenzollern Sigmaringen was born in Stuttgart in 1817 and embraced the Catholic faith in 1834 after travelling to Rome As well as being a noblewoman Katharina had good connections within the Church – her father confessor and spiritual guide Count von Reisach was an ally to Pope Gregory XVI and her cousin Gustav Adolf zu Hohenlohe Schillingsfurst was an archbishop and a member of Pope Pius IX’s entourage Despite early reuests to join a convent Reisach suggested she marry first However Katharina’s first husband died young and her second husband thirty four years her senior also died At thirty six Katharina was childless and had been widowed twice With no wish to marry again Katharina repeated her desire to become a nun and her spiritual advisors began to look for a suitable convent for herIt is interesting to note in lieu of what happened later that Katharina’s first experience – when she joined the Dames du Sacre Coeur in 1853 – ended unsuccessfully The Dames du Sacre Coeur were very involved in the education of girls which Katharina found taxing and she ended up leaving due to ill health Reisach then suggested Sant Ambrogio della Massima an enclosed convent of “strictest order” This it was felt would offer Katharina the uiet reflective life she desired In fact nothing could have been further from the truth and she “escaped” the convent after only fifteen months after smuggling a note to her cousin begging for help Considering her first perceived failure to adjust to convent life her cousin may have considered her wild tales of despair and claims she was being poisoned just hysteria Luckily he managed to secure her release undoubtedly due to his and her own excellent contacts within the Church However despite the subject matter this is not a story of the Middle Ages but a convent in Rome in the mid nineteenth century Was her life really in danger What happened in those ten months between September 1858 and July 1859 which drove Katharina to ask to leave another convent and what led her to make the serious allegations against the women she had lived and prayed withIn this excellent book the author recreates the events around Katherina’s time at the Saint’Ambrogio convent in immense depth At first it seemed that Katharina was happy with the uiet private world which gave her the peace she craved However after becoming a postulant she gradually became aware that things were not right within the convent walls Despite the fact that the founder of the community had been sent into exile as a false saint she was still worshipped There were also serious allegations about the Abbess Sister Maria Veronica and the Novice Mistress and Abbess Deputy Madre Vicana Maria Luisa This is a sad and sordid tale of feigned holiness inappropriate behaviour broken vows of chastity and even attempted murder Much of this of course is due to women who grew up within the convent walls as children and who to put it bluntly were not cut out for a religious life; but for whom the convent was home Others were coerced into behaviour they felt was wrong but were under pressure to conform Some of the events are due to power control and bullying Katherina became isolated and eventually in fear of her lifeWe follow Katherina’s story as her tale of events in the convent are investigated The Inuisition investigated the charges and we follow the trial and what happened to all the people involved Some may find this book a little dry but the author actually does a wonderful job of recreating events and explaining how the Church dealt with the case In fact this is as much a book about the history of the Catholic Church and their internal investigations as it is about this particular case However this is a shocking case in many ways of corruption and power which led to a woman’s life being threatened I found this a fascinating read and a thoroughly researched story

The Nuns of SantAmbrogioA true never before told story discovered in a secret Vatican archive of sex poison and lesbian initiation rites in a nineteenth century convent In 1858 a German princess recently inducted into the convent of SantAmbrogio in Rome wrote a frantic letter to her cousin a confidant of the Pope claiming that she was being abused and feared for her life What the subseuent investigation by the Churchs Inuisition uncovered were the extraordinary secrets of SantAmbrogio and the illicit behavior of the convents beautiful young mistress Maria Luisa Hav. Princess Katharina von Hohenzollern Sigmaringen was born in Stuttgart in 1817 and embraced the Catholic faith in 1834 after travelling to Rome As well as being a noblewoman Katharina had good connections within the Church – her father confessor and spiritual guide Count von Reisach was an ally to Pope Gregory XVI and her cousin Gustav Adolf zu Hohenlohe Schillingsfurst was an archbishop and a member of Pope Pius IX’s entourage Despite early reuests to join a convent Reisach suggested she marry first However Katharina’s first husband died young and her second husband thirty four years her senior also died At thirty six Katharina was childless and had been widowed twice With no wish to marry again Katharina repeated her desire to become a nun and her spiritual advisors began to look for a suitable convent for herIt is interesting to note in lieu of what happened later that Katharina’s first experience – when she joined the Dames du Sacre Coeur in 1853 – ended unsuccessfully The Dames du Sacre Coeur were very involved in the education of girls which Katharina found taxing and she ended up leaving due to ill health Reisach then suggested Sant Ambrogio della Massima an enclosed convent of “strictest order” This it was felt would offer Katharina the uiet reflective life she desired In fact nothing could have been further from the truth and she “escaped” the convent after only fifteen months after smuggling a note to her cousin begging for help Considering her first perceived failure to adjust to convent life her cousin may have considered her wild tales of despair and claims she was being poisoned just hysteria Luckily he managed to secure her release undoubtedly due to his and her own excellent contacts within the Church However despite the subject matter this is not a story of the Middle Ages but a convent in Rome in the mid nineteenth century Was her life really in danger What happened in those ten months between September 1858 and July 1859 which drove Katharina to ask to leave another convent and what led her to make the serious allegations against the women she had lived and prayed withIn this excellent book the author recreates the events around Katherina’s time at the Saint’Ambrogio convent in immense depth At first it seemed that Katharina was happy with the uiet private world which gave her the peace she craved However after becoming a postulant she gradually became aware that things were not right within the convent walls Despite the fact that the founder of the community had been sent into exile as a false saint she was still worshipped There were also serious allegations about the Abbess Sister Maria Veronica and the Novice Mistress and Abbess Deputy Madre Vicana Maria Luisa This is a sad and sordid tale of feigned holiness inappropriate behaviour broken vows of chastity and even attempted murder Much of this of course is due to women who grew up within the convent walls as children and who to put it bluntly were not cut out for a religious life; but for whom the convent was home Others were coerced into behaviour they felt was wrong but were under pressure to conform Some of the events are due to power control and bullying Katherina became isolated and eventually in fear of her lifeWe follow Katherina’s story as her tale of events in the convent are investigated The Inuisition investigated the charges and we follow the trial and what happened to all the people involved Some may find this book a little dry but the author actually does a wonderful job of recreating events and explaining how the Church dealt with the case In fact this is as much a book about the history of the Catholic Church and their internal investigations as it is about this particular case However this is a shocking case in many ways of corruption and power which led to a woman’s life being threatened I found this a fascinating read and a thoroughly researched story

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The Nuns of SantAmbrogio  D vividly reconstructed in scholarly detail Offering a broad historical background on female mystics and the cult of the Virgin Mary and drawing on written testimony and original documents Professor Wolf Germanys leading scholar of the Catholic Church and among the very first scholars to be granted access to the archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith formerly the office of the Inuisition tells the incredible story of how one woman was able to perpetrate deception heresy seduction and murder in the heart of the Church itse. The title and marketing of The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio at least in this its English translation I think set many readers up to expect something much seamy and titillating than the book actually contains To be sure there is a lot of eye raising information here—beautiful young women poisoning German princesses bisexual nuns alternately engaging in frottage with other women and French kissing their Jesuit confessors Surely enough to make any pious matron clutch at her pearls But what Wolf is interested in is not so much the sexual shenanigans—which at any rate we know about only from court documents and letters written with the benefit of hindsight—but about the contexts which gave rise to them and the conseuences which they had Pius IX the then pope who introduced the dogmata of the Immaculate Conception and of papal infallibility and his circle were heavily involved with the case and its cover up For a medieval historian such as myself Wolf's account of the ways in which female mystics and male theologians played off one another was thoroughly familiar; so too as someone raised an Irish Catholic was seeing the ways in which the Catholic Church worked to hide sexual abuse without ever dealing with its causes Wolf's archival research is meticulous and truly impressive and has no doubt caused some suirming in the Vatican Who knows what else lies hidden in the church's archives waiting to be discoveredWolf's writing is dense and the cast of characters huge I don't think that the general reader who has only a passing interest in religious history will find this easy going but taken as a whole I found this an engrossing and thought provoking read Free download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ì Hubert Wolf

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Hubert Wolf ì 4 Free read Ing convinced those under her charge that she was having regular visions and heavenly visitations Maria Luisa began to lead and coerce her novices into lesbian initiation rites and heresies She entered into a highly eroticized relationship with a young theologian known as Padre Peters urging him to dispense upon her in the privacy and sanctity of the confessional box what the two of them referred to as the special blessing What emerges through the fog of centuries is a sex scandal of ecclesiastical significance skillfully brought to light an. Awhile back I was looking for something different to read and I came across the Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio The True Story of a Convent in Scandal The title makes it sound like and description of the book make it sound like the sordid tale of a sex scandal in a convent but it goes beyond that It goes beyond the scandal to explore how it could happen and delves into the mechanics of the Vatican Church politics and theological conflicts If you're interested in the history of the Catholic Church or of religion in general you'll want to consider this bookThe opening of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's archives by John Paul II in 1998 made the Holy Roman Inuisition's files accessible to researchers for the first time The files from the Sant'Ambrogio trial which had been hidden for a century and a half in the most secret of all Church archives finally saw the light of day At last the secret could be revealed and what had sounded like an outrageous fantasy turned out to be a true story of a convent in scandalI won't give away the story but mixing sex deceit religion and politics The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio is a history that reads like a thriller novel It's easy to see why author Hubert Wolf selected this scandal as a topic to write on For the first almost 23 of the book it reads like a salacious novel as Wolf describes what happened inside Sant'Ambrogio and the beginnings of the Vatican investigation and trial There are than enough twists and turns there to keep the reader interested Then comes one of the biggest turns of the story; the reader learns that it's not just about the scandal within the convent but also about the struggle between schools of theology within the Catholic Church It's about Church politics and a battle for influence within the Vatican and with the Pope himself It would be very easy for the last 13 of this book to become dry and uninteresting and I'm sure that some readers those who read it just for the juicy scandal to find it so but Wolf has done a great job at making the trial and politics keep the reader's attention Sure there are parts of it that explain why and how the Vatican works bits on European History in the early to mid 1800s and there are explanations of schools of thought within the Church but these are necessary to help the reader understand what's going on and place things within context If you hang on to the end and you should you'll understand about how some of Catholic theology got where it is today and about how the Vatican got to where it is today and to be honest understand why Pope Francis has such a huge job ahead of him nowThe Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio was a fascinating read As someone who doesn't know much about the Catholic Church I came away with some understanding on the Church and the Vatican As someone who grew up within the Southern Baptist Church and came to detest church politics this book reinforced my opinions on church politics and my wariness of the motives of church leadership regardless of faith or denomination Don't let the tawdry details of the scandal make you think this is just a book and about sex and lies It isn't This is a well researched and well documented that is ultimately about Vatican politics and the fight for theological supremacy within the Catholic Church After some thought I'm willing to give it a 5 star review; it was not only an interesting read but an informative one as well on a subject that many are not familiar with If you are interested in the history of the Catholic Church I think this is a must read