Originally posted by Zabilgy
Someone explain to me what the purpose of The Pope is. He's like the Queen Margaret of the Catholic Church. Just some lame figurehead that doesn't
mean a damn thing. Just pretends to be in charge while others are pulling his strings.....He's about to croak and be replaced by some equally lame
new Pope.....or Godfather or Don or whatever you want to call him.
The Pope is a nincompope!!!
Good play on words. In a nutshell, his position evolved over time, just as governmental positions do.
First they were priests and laymen, then bishops to whom the priests reported followed by clergy; then bishops, monks, priests, clergy. With the
church undergoing factional discord, they named one fellow the head bishop or pope. This led to several popes at once all in charge of their own
diocese, east (Constantinople), west (Rome) and wherever else they thought one needed, with the two named sharing power over all. After much falling
in and out of love with each other, they merged, and the clergy grew, so they needed arch-bishops to oversee the bishops, and eventually cardinals to
oversee the arch-bishops, with a Pope who was accumulating more power as time went on such to the extent as noted earlier he is presumed to sit at the
right hand of Jesus, nay God.
During the 8th century, the church was in a constant battle for power with the emperors, and having built their base of wealth, followers and a huge
amount of instilled fear of the unknown, they hauled out a document which they claimed was signed by Constantine the Great granting the pope absolute
power over everything, including the monarchy, and taxation extending to the royal holdings. The kingdom shifted hands.
We give him our crown,
our mitre, our diadem and all our imperial vestments…We bestow to the Holy Pontiff the city of Rome and all of the western cities of Italy.
Eventually, they wielded so much power and wealth, their decrees of crusades etc. were edicts to the royalty to carry them out via military might or
the whatever persecution was necessary to protect the righteous and divine Christian community.
Later, after some internal conflict, they declared the 2/3rd vote for the pope, elevating him to demi-god status, and since then, they have been
working on tossing God himself out on his ear and replacing him with the pontiff.