"I was captivated by the idea that Revolutionary France had arrested and imprisoned two successive popes. This is hardly ever discussed, even within the Church. I realized that the Revolution’s attack on the Church was the first domino to fall, and it knocked over a series of others that lead us down to our own time.
Who are the ‘us’ here?
Of course, there was a long history of antagonism of the French on the papacy leading up to this. In 1303 Phillip the Fair assaulted Boniface VIII at his papal home; Boniface died not long after. Then comes the Avignon captivity…
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