Post-Reformation Scottish Catholic Survival

Spurlock, R. S. (2021) Post-Reformation Scottish Catholic Survival. In: Hazlett, I. (ed.) A Companion to the Reformation in Scotland, c.1525–1638. Series: Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition (100). Brill, pp. 578-604. ISBN 9789004329720 (doi: 10.1163/9789004335950_024)

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With the proclamation of Protestantism in Scotland by act of Parliament in 1560, ratified by royal assent in 1567, Catholicism became illegal and the institutional Church quickly disintegrated. Despite this, the Catholic faith persisted with very little institutional support until a Prefect was appointed in 1653. This chapter will explore the prominent role of lay Scottish Catholics in maintaining their faith despite no organized institutional presence. The chapter will explore the significance of kin networks in providing discreet aid to priests and the employment of private chaplains, as well as the crucial role of women and the home, in shaping a continuing and distinctive Scottish Catholic culture. While Continental contacts were important, particularly those forged through the Scottish colleges abroad, it was chiefly the laity which fostered the faith rather than religious orders or ecclesiastical institutions.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Enduring Catholicism, lay networks, underground clergy, role of women, missions from abroad.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Spurlock, Professor Scott
Authors: Spurlock, R. S.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Copyright Holders:Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2022
First Published:First published in A Companion to the Reformation in Scotland, c.1525–1638, 578-604
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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