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Why did the pope need the approval of the Byzantine Emperor for an episcopal concescration during this time period?
Which time period would this be?
(03-23-2011, 12:23 AM)Bakuryokuso Wrote: [ -> ]Which time period would this be?

The Byzantine Papacy period between 537 to 735.
Probably the same reason the Byzantine East did everything ecclesial: they were caeseropapist. They felt civil authorites should choose clergy. The pope in this instance didn't "have" to be approved by the emperor, I answer that the emperor wouldn't let the coronation go on if he didn't approve. Who's gonna stop the emperor? The democrats and republicans (old sense of the word) will tell you this all the time.
Good question. I've read about this period recently too.
It reminds me of the election of +Rampolla.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariano_Rampolla