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'Who could bear the stigmata, some late medieval views?'
Abstract: The iconic stigmatization of Francis of Assisi on mount La Verna in 1224 signified definitively for many medieval theologians what it meant to bear the five wounds of Christ as indicated in Galatians 6:17. However, differing views of if and how one could receive stigmata emerged in the thirteenth century and persisted throughout the late Middle Ages. This paper will look at how various theologians defined the parameters of stigmatization in regard to who could be a stigmatic and how stigmata could occur. Authors that will be considered include the thirteenth-century Cistercian abbot, Philip of Clairvaux; the Franciscan friar, Bartholomeo da Pisa (c.1338-1401); and the Dominican Observant preacher Tommasino Caffarini (c. 1350-1434).
12 May 2017
Kalamazoo, United States
stigmata, Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Siena, Elizabeth of Spalbeek