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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...Pelayo and Trionfo. He maintains the Pope's absolute dominion over monarchs, and insists on the Donation of Constanstine, and the rights that flow from it. But he desiderates a certain decentralizatiou. He wants the Curia, which has absorbed all Church rights and jurisdiction, to give back some of them, and restore to national Churches and bishops some freedom of action. See Tract, (ut sup.), p. 294, where lie says the Roman Court understands " omnia traham ad Me Ipsum" as authorizing its appropriating the rights of all others exclusively to itself. One would like to know whether this book, which holds up to the Pope and cardinals, as in a mirror, so terrible a reflection of their misdeeds and iniquitous acts against the Church, was ever read in Avignon. One of the French Popes, Urban v., who had some good instincts, acknowledged the misery and corruption of the Church, and thought (in 1368) the cessation of Councils was the main cause of the mischief.1 But he did not perceive, or at least did not say, that this was the fault of his predecessors, whose systematic policy had brought matters to such a pass that it was partly impossible and partly useless to hold Councils. This state of things led theologians, who wished to use Biblical language, to appropriate involuntarily the sayings of Old Testament prophets on the corruptions of their people, and to describe the Church of the day as the venal harlot whose shame God would shortly uncover in sight of all men. Nicolas Oresme, Bishop of Lisieux, for instance, does so in an address before Urban v. and the cardinals at Avignon in 1363.2 Great, indeed, must have been the evil, when even bishops applied such expressions and metaphors to the Church and the Papal See; which coincided with those...
  • ISBN13: 9781230245034
  • Publisher: Theclassics.Us
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00106
Publication DateSeptember 12, 2013
Primary CategoryHistory/General
Publisher ImprintTheclassics.Us

The Pope and the Council

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