BackContentsNext

Paul III. (Alessandro Farnese): Pope 1534-49. He was born at Carino, in Tuscany, and came through his mother from the Gaetani family, which had also produced Bonifacius VIII. He received his instruction at Rome and Florence from distinguished humanists, and became a prothonotary at the Curia under Innocent VIII. From Alexander VI. he received rapid promotion, becoming cardinal in 1493. He came near succeeding Leo X. and Adrian VI. Under Clement VII. he became cardinal bishop of Portus (Ostia) and dean of the sacred college, and on the death of Clement VII., in 1534, received election as pope.

His first appointment to the cardinalate on Dec. 18, 1534, made it clear that nepotism had come to the front once more; since the red hat fell to his nephews Alessandro Farnese and Ascanio Sforza, aged fourteen and sixteen years respectively; yet subsequent appointments included Gasparo Contarini, Sadoleto, Pole, and Giovanni Pietro Caraffa, subsequently Pope Paul IV. (q.v.). Paul III. was in earnest in the matter of improving the ecclesiastical situation, and on June 2, 1536, he issued a bull convoking a general council to sit at Mantua in 1537. But at the very start the German Protestant estates declined to send any delegates to a council in Italy, while the duke of Mantua himself put forth such large requirements that Paul first deferred for a year and then discarded the whole project. In 1536 Paul invited nine eminent prelates, distinguished by learning and piety alike, to act in committee and to report as to the reformation and rebuilding of the Church. In 1537 they turned in their celebrated Concilium de emendenda ecclesia (in J. le Plat, Monumenta ad historiam Concilii Tridentini, ii. 596-597, Louvain, 1782), exposing gross abuses in the Curia, in the church administration and public worship; and proffering many a bold and earnest word in behalf of abolishing such abuses. This report was printed not only at Rome, but at Strasburg and elsewhere. But to the Protestants it seemed far from thorough; Luther had his edition (1538) prefaced with a vignette showing the cardinals cleaning the Augean stable of the Roman Church with their foxtails instead of with lusty brooms. Yet the pope was in earnest when he took up the problem of reform. He clearly perceived that the emperor would not rest until the problem were grappled in

395

earnest, and that the surest way to convoke a council without prejudice to the pope was by an unequivocal mode of procedure that should leave no room for doubt of his own readiness to make amendments. Yet it is clear that the Concilium bore no fruit in the actual situation, and that in Rome no results followed from the committee's recommendations.

On the other hand, serious political complications eventuated. In order to vest his grandson Ottavio Farnese with the dukedom of Camerino, Paul forcibly wrested the same from the duke of Urbino (1540). He also incurred virtual war with his own subjects and vassals by the imposition of burdensome taxes. Perugia, renouncing its obedience, was besieged by Pier Luigi, and forfeited its freedom entirely on its surrender. The burghers of Colonna were duly vanquished, and Ascanio was banished (1541). After this the time seemed ripe for annihilating heresy.

While it was not foreseen at Rome in 1540, when the Church officially recognized the young society forming about Ignatius of Loyola (see JESUITs), what large results this new organization was destined to achieve; yet a deliberate and gradual course of action against Protestantism dates from this period. The second visible stage in the process becomes marked by the institution, or reorganization, in 1542, of the Holy Office (see INQUISITION). On another side, the emperor was insisting that Rome should forward his designs toward a peaceable recovery of the German Protestants. Accordingly the pope despatched the nuncio Morone to Hagenau and Worms, in 1540; while, in 1541, Cardinal Contarini took part in the adjustment proceedings at Regensburg (see REGENSBURG, CONFERENCE OF). It was Contarini who led to the stating of a definition in connection with the article of justification in which occurs the famous formula "by faith alone are we justified," with which was combined, however, the Roman Catholic doctrine of good works. At Rome, this definition was rejected in the consistory of May 27, and Luther declared that he could accept it only provided the opposers would admit that hitherto they had taught differently from what was meant in the present instance. The general results of the conference and the attitude of the Curia, including its rejection of Contarini's propositions, shows a definite avoidance of an understanding with the Protestants. All that could henceforth be expected of the pope was that he would cooperate in the violent suppression of "heretics" in Germany, as he had done in Italy, by creating for their annihilation the arm of the revived Inquisition.

Yet, even now, and particularly after the Regensburg Conference had proved in vain, the emperor did not cease to insist on convening the council, the final result of his insistence being the Council of Trent (q.v.),which, after several postponements, was finally convoked by the bull Laetare Hierusalem, Mar. 15, 1545.

Meanwhile, after the peace of Crespy (Sep., 1544), the situation had so shaped itself that Charles V. began to put down Protestantism by force. Pending the diet of 1545 in Worms, the emperor concluded a covenant of joint action with the papal legate, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese. The pope was to aid in the projected war against the German Evangelical princes and estates. The prompt acquiescence of Paul III. in the war project was probably grounded on personal motives. The moment now seemed opportune for him, since the emperor was sufficiently preoccupied in the German realm, to acquire for his son Pier Luigi the duchies of Parma and Piacenza. Although these belonged to the Papal States (q.v.), Paul thought to overcome the reluctance of the cardinals by exchanging the duchies for the less valuable domains of Camerino and Nepi. The emperor agreed, because of his prospective compensation to the extent of 12,000 infantry, 500 troopers, and considerable sums of money. In Germany the campaign began in the west, where Protestant movements had been at work in the archbishopric of Cologne since 1542. The Reformation was not a complete success there, because the city council and the majority of the chapter opposed it; whereas on Apr. 16, 1546, Herman of Wied (q.v.) was excommunicated, his rank forfeited, and he was, in Feb., 1547, compelled by the emperor to abdicate.

In the mean time open warfare had begun against the Evangelical princes, estates, and cities allied in the Schmalkald League (see PHILIP of HESSE). By the close of 1546, Charles V. succeeded in subjugating South Germany, while the victorious battle at Muhlberg, on Apr. 24, 1547, established his imperial sovereignty everywhere in Germany and delivered into his hands the two leaders of the league. But while north of the Alps, in virtue of his preparations for the Interim (q.v.) and its enforcement, the emperor was widely instrumental in recovering Germany to Roman Catholicism, the pope now held aloof from him because the emperor himself had stood aloof in the matter of endowing Pier Luigi with Parma and Piacenza, and the situation came to a total rupture when the imperial vice-gerent, Ferrante Gonzaga, proceeded forcibly to expel Pier Luigi. The pope's son was assassinated at Piacenza, and Paul III. believed that this had not come to pass without the emperor's foreknowledge. In the same year, however, and after the death of the French King Francis I., with whom the pope had once again sought an alliance, the stress of circumstances compelled him to do the emperor's will and accept the ecclesiastical measures adopted during the Interim. With reference to the assassinated prince's inheritance, the restitution of which Paul III. demanded ostensibly in the name and for the sake of the Church, the pope's design was thwarted by the emperor, who refused to surrender Piacenza, and by Pier Luigi's heir in Parma, Ottavio Farnese. In consequence of a violent altercation on this account with Cardinal Farnese, the pope, at the age of eighty-one years, became so overwrought that an attack of sickness ensued from which he died, Nov. 10, 1549. He proved unable to suppress the Reformation, although it was during his pontificate that the foundation was laid for the counter-Reformation.

K. BENRATH.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Consult for sources: Paul's bulls, with those of Pius IV. and Gregory XIII. and related documents. Paris, 1624; they are also to be found in Coquelines, Bullarum, Privilegiorum . . collectio, iv. 1, pp. 112 sqq.. Rome, 1745; O. Panvinius, Pontificum Roma-

396

[Page 396]

397

[Page 397]

398

[Page 398]

399

[Page 399]

400

[Page 400]

401

[Page 401]

402

[Page 402]

403

[Page 403]

404

[Page 404]

405

[Page 405]

406

[Page 406]

407

[Page 407]

408

[Page 408]

409

[Page 409]

410

[Page 410]

411

[Page 411]

412

[Page 412]

413

[Page 413]

414

[Page 414]

415

[Page 415]

416

[Page 416]

417

[Page 417]

418

[Page 418]

419

[Page 419]

420

[Page 420]

421

[Page 421]

422

[Page 422]

423

[Page 423]

424

[Page 424]

425

[Page 425]

426

[Page 426]

427

[Page 427]

428

[Page 428]

429

[Page 429]

430

[Page 430]

431

[Page 431]

432

[Page 432]

433

[Page 433]

434

[Page 434]

435

[Page 435]

436

[Page 436]

437

[Page 437]

438

[Page 438]

439

[Page 439]

440

[Page 440]

441

[Page 441]

442

[Page 442]

443

[Page 443]

444

[Page 444]

445

[Page 445]

446

[Page 446]

447

[Page 447]

448

[Page 448]

449

[Page 449]

450

[Page 450]

451

451 RELIGIOUS ENCYCLOPEDIA Peant

frauds of his steward he became for a time impoverished. But he recovered himself, and his second wife was an excellent manager. He made two visits (1682-84; 1699-1701) to his American possessions, but felt it his duty to live at the court of James II., interceding with the king for the release of all victims of religious or political persecution. Thfs he did with great effect. The king, to whose special care he had been entrusted by the dying admiral, was his faithful friend, and sometimes attended his meetings, and listened to his preaching. Penn did not conceal from him his liberal political views, but labored openly for the election to Parliament of the republican Algernon Sidney. On the accession of William of Orange, Penn was charged with being a papist, and plotting for the return of the Stuarts, for which he was several times arrested, and once thrown into prison. He succeeded at length in establishing his innocence, and was made a welcome visitor at their courts by William and Mary, and afterward Queen Anne, thus enjoying the personal friendship of five sovereigns of Great Britain. Six years before his death he was attacked with an 4po plectic disease, )3y which his mind was impaired, but not the sweetness of his temper, nor the joy of spiritual communion with his Lord. " Clouds lay upon his understanding," says Cope; " but the sun shone on his eternal prospects, and the long evening sky was clear and full of light."

He was twice married: 1. Gulielma Maria Springatt (1672-1693-94), who bore him three sons and four daughters; 2. Hannah Callowhill (16951696), who survived him, dying in 1726. She bore him two daughters and four sons. As an author Penn appears as a defender of the views of Fox and Barclay, a writer of sententious ethical precepts, an opponent of judicial oaths, an advocate of a Congress of Nations for the settlement of international disputes, and a champion of complete and universal religious liberty. Many of his books and pamphlets were translated into German, French, Dutch, and Welsh. Among the more important of them are, Truth Exalted (a defense of Quakerism, 1668); No Cross, No Crown (1670); The People's Ancient and Just Liberties asserted (1670); A Caveat Against Popery (1670); A Guide Mistaken (against J. Clapham's A Guide to True Religion, 1670); The Great Caw of Liberty of Conscience once more briefy debated, etc. (1670); A Treatise on Oaths (1675); England's Present Interest discovered, with Honour to the Princes, and Safety to the Kingdom (1675); The Continued Cry of the Oppressed for Justice (1675); A Letter to the Churches of Jesus throughout the World, A Call or Summons to Christendom (1677); A Persuasion to Moderation (1686); Good Advice to the Church of England, and Catholic and Protestant Dissenters, for the Abolition of the Penal Laws and Fasts (1687); A Key (elucidating the peculiar tenets and features of Quakerism); The New Athenians no Noble Bereans (1692); An Essay towards the Present and Future Peace of Europe by the Establishment of a European Diet, Parliament, or Estates (1693); Fruits of Solitude (1693); Travels in Holland and Germany, anno 1677 (1694); Primitive Christianity Revived (1696); The Quaker a Christians (1698). An edition of his Works, with Life by Joseph Besse, appeared in 2

vole. (London, 1726), and his Select Works, ed. J. Fothergill (1771); in 5 vols. (1782) and 3 vole. (1825). W. J. MANNt.

BIHLzoa$Amy: The principal sources of knowledge are Penn's Journal; the publications of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, vole i -ix and the life by Besse in the Works, ut sup. A good list of lesser authorities and seoondary materials is given at the end of the sketch in DNB, xliv. 311-319. Consult: Mrs. C. Grant (a deeoendant), Quaker and Courtier. The Life and Work of iY. Penn, London and New York, 1908; J. Maratfse, 2 vole., Paris, 1791 T. Clarkson, 2 vols., London, 1813; M. L. Weems, Philadelphia, 1835; E. Lewis, Philadelphia, 1837; W. H. Dixon, London, 1856 new issue, New York, 1905; $. M. Janney, Philadelphia, 1852; J. Sparks, American Biography, vol. xii., Boston, 1852; C. Vincens, Paris, 1877; T. P. Cope, Passages from the Life and Writings of William Penn, Philadelphia, 1882; W. J. Mann, Reading, 1882 (in German); J. Stoughton, London, 1882 B Rhodes, Three Apostles of Quakerim, London, 1885 W. J. Buck, William Penn in America, Philadelphia, 1888; F. E. Cooks, London, 1899; A. C. Buell, William Penn as she Founder of Two Commonwealths, New York, 1904; C. E. Hewitt~ Spirit of Penn, ib. 1909. The British Museum Catalogue gives about ten pages to works by and on William Penn.

PENOLOGY.

BackContentsNext


CCEL home page
This document is from the Christian Classics Ethereal Library at
Calvin College. Last modified on 10/03/03. Contact the CCEL.
Calvin seal: My heart I offer you O Lord, promptly and sincerely