February 25, 2013
Crisis of the Western Church
Walter Russell Mead, American Interest
According to Dante, the last pope to resign couldn’t even make it into Hell. Pope Celestine V, a 13th century monk whose brief elevation to the papacy ended with resignation, is found among the ‘neutrals’ who neither God nor the Devil wants anything to do with. Dante was hardly an objective observer; he blamed Celestine’s resignation for the elevation of his nemesis Boniface VIII to the Papacy.
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