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Gaetano Moroni

Portrait of Gaetano Moroni by Francesco Saverio Kaniewski

Gaetano Moroni was an Italian writer on the history and contemporary structure of the Catholic Church and an official of the papal court in Rome. He was the author of the well-known Dizionario di erudizione storico-ecclesiastica (Dictionary of historical-eclesiastical learning).

Biography

Moroni was born in Rome on 17 October 1802.

He received his early education from the Curia and the Church, and the administration of the Papal States. In matters of history, it depends on the writers whom its author consulted. It is, however, not a well-ordered or homogeneous work, but these defects may be readily forgiven in view of the fact that its author did his work alone, without real collaboration, and wrote at times sixteen hours a day.

Moroni was also the author of official articles on papal ceremonies, the journeys of the popes, etc. During the conclaves of 1829 and 1831, he wrote the Giornale storico-politico-eremoniale delle sede vacante e il conclave per l'elezione di Pio VIII e Gregorio XVI, which, like others of his writings remained unpublished. As a member of the household of Pope Gregory XVI, Moroni was the object of much sectarian hatred. He was a friend of many cardinals, including Wiseman, and of other illustrious men. In the index of the Dictionary, he indicates the various passages of the work which speak of himself, and which thus constitute a kind of autobiography.

Moroni died in Rome on 3 November 1883.

References

  • The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume X, 1911. Robert Appleton Company

External links

  • Catholic Encyclopedia: Gaetano Moroni
  • , 103 vol.Dizionario di erudizione storico-ecclesiasticaGaetano Moroni, (Italian)
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