Friday, November 05, 2010
On This Day In History
With a Christian twist. A book out by Robert J. Morgan with 365 inspirational stories of our Christian faith. So for today November 5, 1414, the Council of Constance, the largest church council and most important since the Council of Nicea, began to answer the schism between the French and Italian factions of the church.
Because of this schism, which started with the death of Pope Boniface, there ended up being 3 Popes, one French, one Italian and one elected to replace both the French and Italian Popes that wouldn't resign. So in the little village of Constance, population 6000, 5000 delegates with "an army of servants, secretaries, peddlers, physicians, quacks, minstrels and fifteen hundred prostitutes" came to end the "Great Schism" by electing a new leader, "Pope Martin V," in 1417.
On my birthday in the year 590, Pope Gregory I was consecrated. Pope Gregory I sent Augustin to evangelize the British Isles. He did many wonderful things for the church as well as wrote liturgy and popularized the Gregorian chant. He wrongly though upheld tradition as equal to the Bible, he established the dogma of purgatory and the mass. He encouraged the worship of relics and popularized legends of saints. To read more of the good and bad of Pope Gregory I check out September 3, 590 in the book On This Day in Christian History by Robert J. Morgan.
In response for this review I received a free copy of the book. All opinions are 100% mine.