Scipione de' Ricci

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Scipione de' Ricci.

Scipione de' Ricci[1] (19 January 1741 – 27 January 1810) was an Italian Catholic prelate, who was bishop of Pistoia from 1780 to 1791. He was sympathetic to Jansenist ideas in theology.


Scipione de' Ricci was born in Florence.[2] With the support of Leopold I, Grand Duke of Tuscany, he attempted religious reforms, backed by the 1786 Synod of Pistoia.[3][4] There were models in Austrian Febronianism, and French Gallicanism.

These moves however foundered, faced with eventual opposition from Pope Pius VI. Ricci had to leave Tuscany in 1790, as opposition grew, and resigned his see in 1791. In 1805 he submitted to Pope Pius VII.[5] He died on 28 December 1810, and is buried at Rignana, near Greve in Chianti.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Scipione de Ricci, Scipione del Ricci, Scipio Ricci.
  2. ^ The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Political Thought, ed. Mark Goldie and Robert Wokler, Cambridge University Press, 2006, p. 769-70
  3. ^ The Age of Absolutism and Unbelief: Febronianism and Josephism @ ELCore.Net
  4. ^ Nicholas Terpstra (2002), The Politics of Ritual Kinship: Confraternities, p. 272.
  5. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Pope Pius VII". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Miller, S. J., 'The Limits of Political Jansenism in Tuscany', Catholic Historical Review, 80 (1994), pp. 762–7

External links[edit]