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1. General. Quietism is a mystical religious attitude found in all the higher religions which consists in seeking union with the divinity by passive tranquillity and renunciation of personal initiative. The term appeared in France about 1687 in connection with the trial of Miguel de Molinos, and is used in a narrower sense to denote a movement of Catholic spirituality in the 17th century, to which ecclesiastical condemnation has given an unfavourable and dubious connotation. Furthermore, because …

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Viktor Соnʐemius, “Quietism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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