Pro-Papal States Saints and Martyrs
(11-02-2020, 11:05 PM)Naproxen Wrote:
(11-02-2020, 09:43 PM)jovan66102 Wrote: In fact, even tho' Victor Emmanuel was excommunicated for his war against the Papal States, his excommunication was lifted on his deathbed, he received Last Rites, and died in the bosom of the Church.

This is why people have lost respect for the Church. In recent times, to include the instance you pointed out, it has acted weak. Nobody wants to be a follower of a weak authority. The Pope at the time should have refused lifting the King's excommunication until the Pope was restored to all of his former lands. Had the Pope let the King sweat in terror on his deathbed; to die without the last rites (probably be damned to Hell), and be denied a Christian burial would have been a great power move to show the world that the Church does not play around. Weak move, your Holiness.

Any church or leader that would put temporal power over the salvation of a soul is not acting in the image of Christ.  I'm not familiar with the story, but if the Pope lifted the excommunication on the king's deathbed, without a renunciation of political differences, then the Pope did the right thing.  If the only moral option makes us look weak, then we must choose and accept looking weak.  If the Pope had chosen to cast a soul into hell for the sake of his temporal image, it would have been a grave moral evil and scandalous to the veracity of the papacy.
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RE: Pro-Papal States Saints and Martyrs - by Melkite - 11-03-2020, 10:07 AM

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