Bulas Cuadragesimales

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Bulas Cuadragesimales

Bulas Cuadragesimales, new ecclesiastical indulgences introduced into the Spanish Indies in 1794. Because these bulas cuadragesimales allowed the grantee to eat meat up to four days a week during Lent, except for the first four days and Holy Week, they took on the label "meat bulls" (bulas de carne). Calculated to raise crown revenues during the severe fiscal crisis of the 1790s, income from these indulgences never approached revenues produced from the long-standing Bulas De Santa Cruzada. In 1800 in the Viceroyalty of Peru, net revenues from bulas cuadragesimales amounted to 5,000 pesos, whereas income from bulls of the Holy Crusade approached 80,000 pesos.

See alsoCatholic Church: The Colonial Period .


Additional Bibliography

Hernández, Francisco Javier. Colección de bulas, breves y otros documentos relativos a la iglesia de América y Filipinas. 2 v. Vaduz, Kraus Reprint, 1964.

                                      John Jay TePaske