10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Papacy Just Ahead of Pope’s Visit

With two millennia of history behind it, the papacy has seen its share of larger-than-life characters, controversies, tragedies and triumphs. Here are some interesting facts about the papacy and the popes who have served as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. A LONG HISTORY There have been 265 popes since Saint Peter, the apostle recognized…

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5 Responses to 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Papacy Just Ahead of Pope’s Visit

  1. E.A. Blair Reply

    September 19, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    The seven deadly (or cardinal) sins are wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony, or, to use the traditional Latin names, superbia, avaritia, luxuria, invidia, gula, ira et acedia.

    Vanity is not among them, unless you count it as a subset of pride. However, vanity has one thing in common with the seven big ones, in that they are all considered manifestations of self-idolatry, wherein lies their severity.

    What a pity that so many Christians are aware of the seven cardinal sins and so few recall the seven cardinal virtues which are their opposites: chastity (castitas), temperance (temperantia), charity (caritas), diligence (industria), patience (patientia), kindness (humanitas) and humility (humilitas). It seems that they could use a little less of number one and extra doses of three, five, six and seven.

    Interestingly enough, the Archbishop of Manila from 19 March 1974 to 15 September 2003 was Jaime Sin. When he was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 1976, his proper title became Jaime, Cardinal Sin. I’m sure he got very tired of all the jokes.

  2. Glenn Geist Reply

    September 20, 2015 at 8:38 am

    “was posthumously exhumed and his body placed on a throne”

    Curious as to what other condition permits exhumation, but perhaps we can see this as another example of the sad state of journalism today.

    As to humilitas and Christains, perhaps that group should contemplate that virtues were virtues long before Rome bought the Christian franchise. No one owns the patent on Kindness or charity and when I hear about Christian charity or Christian kindness I have to smile — charitably, of course.

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