Sunday, November 11, 2007


This Day In the History of the Catholic Church's Consolidation of Power

On this day in 1215, the Fourth Council of the Lateran was convened by Pope Innocent III. Its main addition to the Church's catechism was transubstantiation, but it also charted a course for the Papacy to have at least theoretical dominion over Europe's secular leaders, the popular image of which remained intact until the Reformation. It confirmed that there were but seven Sacraments of the Church--Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, Ordination, Anointing the Sick, Matrimony and the Eucharist.

That's Innocent III, looking a little like Stephen Fry.


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