Ok, we have started learning about the early “Christian” church, which I must say, is SOOOOOOO Catholic, it is amazing to me. But I have something that kinda troubles me in my textbook. It says the following:
By the 4th century*, the Christian Church had developed a system of organization… Over time, one bishop-the bishop of Rome-began to claim that he was the leader of what was now called the Roman Catholic Church.*
So does this mean that there was no pope before the fourth century. Or was there, and they wern’t just called “Pope”.
Another thing that has been bothering me, is the schism of the Eastern Orthadox church, and the Catholic Church. It says the following:
The Eastern Orthadox Church was unwilling to except the pope’s claim that he was the sole head of the Christian faith.
If there really was a pope before the 4th century, or since the begginig of Christianity (Peter), I think that they wouldv’e realized it at not had a problem.
Also another thing that is bothering me is how cocky the early Popes seemed. For example, I have just read about the struggle between Pope Boniface VIII and King Philip IV of France. My book says the following:
To gain new revenues, Philip said that he had the right to tax the Clergy of France. Boniface VIII claimed that the clerefy could not pay taxes to their ruler without the Popes Consent. **He argued that popes were surpreme over both Church and State. **
Seams to me like that he was abusing his power here.
Cont on next post…