Saturday, October 24, 2020

Found While Looking for Something Else . . . .

 From E.I. Watkin's The Church in Council, pg 142, [the chapter on  the Council of Constance (3 November 1414 - 22 April 1418)]:

It is extremely difficult in fact to decide how far we can believe the constant and well nigh universal complaints that the papal curia had been degraded into a money-making machine and in consequence had become a fountain head of ecclesiastical corruption.  Not only was gross exaggeration conventional mediæval rhetoric.  We must also bear in mind the widespread pulpit denunciations of the extortion and wickedness of the pope and the Roman curia.  Whereas Catholics today [i.e., 1959-1960] are taught to revere and love the Holy Father as a man -- 'our Pope, the great and good' -- in the later Middle Ages they heard very different teaching.  In short, to point a truth by exaggerated statement, we may say that, as regards popular Catholic estimation of the Pope, as distinct from his office, the pendulum has swung from 'the Pope can do no right' to 'the Pope can do no wrong.'

Aaaaand . . . back again.




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