Triumphs and Tragedies – 11

The tenth century is a very dark chapter in the history of the papacy. The popes have become no more than mafia dons–killing, torturing and scheming to get the power and wealth that has come to be linked to the papacy. Once on the throne most of them live decadent, immoral lives until they are murdered or deposed by their enemies.

But for all this the Holy Spirit never rests. The Benedictine movement continues to expand, renewal comes from the grass roots and the church continues to thrive even though the hierarchy is corrupt, venal and immoral.

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2018-10-30T08:52:13+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Triumphs and Tragedies|1 Comment

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  1. Frederick Snyder July 17, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    I have listened to each T&T podcast. Thank you for increasing my knowledge. I was baptized, raised, and married in St Benedict’s Parrish but never taught his importance.

    2 questions: 1. How did the ‘bad’ popes and high church leaders reconcile their obligation to follow Christ with their wanton desire for earthly powers and pleasures? While they did not teach ‘OK to do bad’, what did they teach?

    2. What do you mean by the ‘renewal of the liturgy’ in the monasteries? How different is the Holy Mass we know today from the liturgy of the 10th century and earlier in the monasteries and in Rome?

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