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Source: Melita Historica : Journal of the Malta Historical Society. 6(1975)4(457-458)

VITTORIO PERI, Chiesa Romana eritogreco: in G.A. Santoro e la Congregazione dei Greci (1566-1596) = Istituto per le Scienze religiose di Bologna: Testi e ricerche di Scienze religiose, 9. Paideia Editrice Brescia, 1975. Pp. 304: Lire 6000.

The four-hundredth anniversary of Pietro Dusina’s Apostolic Visitation to Malta has passed without notice, but it has seen the publication, from a copy in the Biblioteca Nazionale at Naples, of a brief report on the Greeks of Malta drawn up by Dusina in 1575 and now edited by Vittorio Peri (pp. 212-213). This text begins with a section on Haereses quas Sacerdotes Graeci Melitae habitantes hactenus credisse confessi sunt. This contains seven items, of which the first two are: Non credunt purgatorium. Credunt Spiritum Sanctum procedere ex solo Patre, non autem ex Filio. Furthermore: non credunt nec concilio Tridentino nec decretalibus summorum Pontificum. The second section contains twelve items concerning the Greek rite, the final clause reading: Uti Graeci oboediunt eorum Patriarchae Graeco in omnibus quae sibi mandantur. This interesting text on an important subject should be read in the [p.458] context of Peri’s book itself and of G. Lupi, “Il rito greco a Malta,” in La chiesa greca in Italia dallVIII al XVI secolo (Padua, 1973). It should also be compared with Dusina’s revealing interrogations of Greek priests in Malta as recorded in his visitation report; copy “C” in the Archives of the Archiepiscopal Curia at Valletta should be used.

Anthony Luttrell