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Ulrich L. Lehner

Ulrich L. Lehner is professor of religious history and historical theology at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the award-winning author of several scholarly works on early modern and modern history of religion, most recently The Catholic Enlightenment: The Forgotten History of a Global Movement (2016), Monastic Prisons and Torture Chambers: Crime and Punishment in Central European Monasteries, 1600–1800 (2013), and Enlightened Monks: The German Benedictines, 1740–1803 (2011).

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Since some of the most important Catholic Enlighteners lived in Germany, this book concentrates on their endeavors, but also frequently points to other European players. Only an unpolemical historical assessment of the Catholic Enlightenment can help us to get out of the current gridlock of interpreting Vatican II: was there a break with tradition, or was there continuity? 

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July 1, 2016

Since some of the most important Catholic Enlighteners lived in Germany, this book concentrates on their endeavors, but also frequently points to other European players. Only an unpolemical historical assessment of the Catholic Enlightenment can help us to get out of the current gridlock of interpreting Vatican II: was there a break with tradition, or was there continuity?