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By Brenda Ralph Lewis

Within the tenth century, being head of the Catholic Church didn’t cease Pope John XII from allegedly committing incest together with his sisters, calling on pagan gods and goddesses, being an alcoholic and placing his mistress in control of his brothel. in fact, being pope didn’t make popes renowned both: in 896AD, Pope Formosus died, yet that was once no concern to Lambert of Spoleto, who bore whatever of a grudge, in exhuming the pontiff and placing him on trial. Formosus was once chanced on to blame of being unworthy of his papal workplace, had all his acts annulled and his physique was once thrown within the Tiber. From corruption to nepotism, from campaign to witch-burning to Inquisition, from popes sanctioning homicide to popes being murdered, darkish historical past of The Popes explores greater than a thousand years of sinister deeds surrounding the papacy. starting from the ninth century advert to Pope Pius XII’s place in the course of international struggle II, the booklet examines political, non secular and social heritage in the course of the skulduggery of popes and courtiers, the function the Borgias kinfolk performed within the papacy, the persecution of Jews and the spiritual controversy over Galileo Galilei’s heretical perspectives, between different subject matters. utilizing diaries, letters, studies from international ambassadors to the Vatican and legit registers of the ecclesiastical courts, an image of either sinning and sinned opposed to popes is printed. jam-packed with greater than 2 hundred color and black-&-white photos, work and works of art, darkish background of The Popes is an eye-opening account of the heritage of the papacy that pontiffs could quite no longer point out.

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Patrick’s church. In a pastoral letter he challenged their authority to hire and fire parish personnel, including the clergy. “From that time,” he wrote, “I made war on the whole system. ” He believed that it was “expedient to adopt a new mode of government . . I had to stand up among them as their bishop and chief . . ”4 Hughes eventually prevailed over the trustees. Under his direction the diocesan synod of 1842, following the 50 In Search of an American Catholicism example of Kenrick in Philadelphia, approved several directives that effectively weakened the power of lay boards of trustees.

By their very nature some American Protestant denominations endorsed the participation of the laity in congregational government; the democratic surge that Catholicism in an Age of Democracy 31 took place in the republican era served to enhance this tendency. The model John Carroll chose was the Episcopal parish, with its elected vestry responsible for temporal affairs. Thus, when it came time for Catholics to think about organizing their own congregations, the Protestant example and the American legal system clearly suggested a model in which laypeople would have a prominent role.

Both Nerinckx and Badin would have a decisive influence on the development of Kentucky Catholicism. The first bishop of Kentucky was another emigré priest, Benedict Flaget. Two other bishops appointed to assist Flaget in Kentucky, John B. David and Guy I. Chabrat, were also French. In fact, of the twenty-three bishops appointed to work in the West during the first half of the nineteenth century, eleven were French. French influence was very evident concerning piety. Enlightenment Catholicism encouraged a personal, plain style of religion that stressed the positive side of human nature, toleration, and the reasonableness of religion.

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