Episode 14 of PZ’s Podcast! This week’s podcast tells the story of Jansenism, a religious movement in Seventeenth-Century France. Jansenism divided the country, angered the ‘Sun King’, and ended disastrously for its heroines (and heroes).
Helas! — To Jesuit and Papal ears, the Jansenists seemed to sound like crypto-Protestants, and notwithstanding their extreme devotion to the Holy Sacrament.
Amazing story this is, of a noose tightening around, and finally garroting, its victims. Jansenism was wiped out, its chief supporters imprisoned, dispersed to Jesuit-friendly convents, or exiled; and the graves of its friends who were buried at Port-Royal, dug up and the remains shoveled into a common pit.
In the second of this two-parter, which will be published next week — we’re back on a once-a-week regular schedule — I shall try to reflect on the fate of Jansenism, in contemporary perspective.