By Brenda Ralph Lewis
Within the tenth century, being head of the Catholic Church didn’t cease Pope John XII from allegedly committing incest along with his sisters, calling on pagan gods and goddesses, being an alcoholic and placing his mistress in command of his brothel. after all, being pope didn’t make popes renowned both: in 896AD, Pope Formosus died, yet that was once no main issue to Lambert of Spoleto, who bore whatever of a grudge, in exhuming the pontiff and placing him on trial. Formosus was once came across responsible of being unworthy of his papal workplace, had all his acts annulled and his physique used to be 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 one 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 battle II, the ebook examines political, non secular and social heritage throughout the skulduggery of popes and courtiers, the position the Borgias relations performed within the papacy, the persecution of Jews and the non secular controversy over Galileo Galilei’s heretical perspectives, between different issues. utilizing diaries, letters, studies from international ambassadors to the Vatican and professional registers of the ecclesiastical courts, an image of either sinning and sinned opposed to popes is published. full of greater than 2 hundred color and black-&-white pictures, work and artistic endeavors, darkish historical past of The Popes is an eye-opening account of the background of the papacy that pontiffs might fairly no longer point out.
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12 In a house that is well ordered the elders should live the life of the young, the younger the life of the mature, so that the former may display the keenness of youth, the latter the judgment of full age. 13 Better great prudence and ordinary holiness than great holiness and little prudence. 14 The laborers in the Lord’s vineyard should have one foot on the ground, and the other raised to proceed on their journey. 25 Thoughts of St. Ignatius Loyola 15 He who has God lacks nothing, though he has nought else.
Ignatii Loiolae Societatis Iesu fundatoris. (The Life of St.
22 The man who professes to despise the world for Christ’s sake has no country on earth to call his own. 23 Whatever you have to suffer that God may will, or that the devil with God’s permission may bring upon you, nevertheless hope in God for victory. 24 I would not have the emotions, particularly anger, to be entirely extinguished and dead in those who are in authority, but kept in proper control. 25 Whatever suggestion comes to you from any source other than God or your rule is a temptation: hold it suspect.
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