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
The Research Group investigates the emergence and long-term development of the Catholic Church’s post-Tridentine global governance from an interdisciplinary perspective. In particular, it analyses the activities of the Congregation of the Council, the Dicastery founded in 1564. This body was responsible for the proper implementation of the Council decisions throughout the Catholic world and was delegated papal authority to authentically interpret disciplinary decrees.
The research focuses on specific aspects, including the role of the Congregation of the Council in the complex processes of translating the Tridentine normative order throughout the Catholic world; the internal decision-making processes and operational procedures of the Congregation as well as the authority and validity of its decisions in local churches; the significance of the Roman Curia as the global interpretative and judicial authority; the coexistence of post-Tridentine canon law with different and pre-existing normative orders in Europe and beyond; and the development of the concept of interpretatio authentica from the Council of Trent until today.