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Mea Culpa of the Pope

  • Print mocking the clergy and the Pope


Although the revolutionaries long regarded the Pope as an enemy, their anger was stoked significantly by the papal decision to decree as unacceptable the Civil Constitution of the Clergy. This decision, hardly unexpected given the way that the revolutionary settlement upended church tradition and papal authority, apparently weighed heavily on Louis XVI. Some scholars believe it was this decision in Rome that turned the King down the path of no compromise.

S. L'amerique 1797, Bibliothèque Nationale de France


Title in French
Le Meâ Culpâ du Pape


Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE QB-370 (50)-FT 4

Collection Michel Hennin. Estampes relatives à l'Histoire de France. Tome 126, Pièces 11060-11148, période : 1791-1792
Collection de Vinck. Un siècle d'histoire de France par l'estampe, 1770-1870. Vol. 50 (pièces 6797-6938), Directoire, Consulat et Empire

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