Innocent XII


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Noun1.Innocent XII - Italian pope from 1691 to 1700 who abolished nepotism within the church hierarchy and was universally loved for his charity and piety
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The author notes the periodic efforts at reform, notably under popes Sixtus V [1585-1590], Paul V [1605-1621], Alexander VII [1655-1667], and Innocent XII [1691-1700].
The reader is able to follow easily when he plunges into a discussion of the political manoeuvring that characterized the campaign for the consecration of 1699, notwithstanding a cast of protagonists who included Luigia Orsina Orsi (the convent bursar), Giovanni Battista Sabbatini (the nuns' representative), the Camaldolese procurator general, Pope Innocent XII, Archbishop Boncompagni, various cardinals in the Congregation of Sacred Rites, members of Bologna's most prominent families, and highly placed female aristocrats from outside Bologna, among others.
The author also implies that the condemnation of Madame Guyon was largely because of Bossuet's misogyny, but it was the archbishop, Fenelon, not Madame Guyon, who received the more formal rebuke by Pope Innocent XII in 1699 (135-136).