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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1914. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... 3. Baronius Many dissertations and
compilations' were published in the controversy in the sixteenth
century. This phase of the matter, however, ended with Baronius,
the greatest Catholic church historian of these controversial
generations. In his Annales Ecclesiastici (published 1588-1607)
written in advocacy of the papacy and the Catholic Church, he took
the position that the falsity of the Donation had been proven and,
abandoning its defence, discussed it as a forgery. 2 Some later
Catholic writers attempted a defence, and occasionally, almost down
to the present, some ill-informed, ill-advised enthusiast has come
forward to use it as genuine, but in educated circles this became
entirely out of the question after Baronius' great work appeared.
This one negative result of historical criticism was thus, in spite
of the disturbing influence of the Protestant conflict, firmly
established in the course of approximately one hundred and fifty
years. The way seemed clear for a dispassionate scientific study of
the origin of the forgery. But Baronius, who opened the way, also
carried over into the later discussion the point of view of
religious controversy. He was the first to bring into prominence,
after the question of genuineness was settled, the question of the
source and circumstances of the forgery itself He seems to have
done it, however, purely as a means of removing responsibility for
the forgery from the papacy. It is interesting, but natural, that
the very historian whose wonderful erudition and research
Protestants criticized for its lack of command of Greek, should
assign the forgery to just that field about which he knew the
least, namely, writers of the Greek Church.1 Starting with his
apologetic attitude on behalf of the papacy, and the existen...
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