Death of a Pope and The Eastern Churches

I hope this blogger develops the theme a bit more because it’s crucial to understanding the religious divides of the Templar period this blog deals with. As our blogger here says – the five patriarchs of the early Christian church were almost on an equal footing and a very fractious bunch – beating up each others supporters on occasion. By the time of the crusades, Antioch, Jerusalem and Alexandria had been in Islamic hands for hundreds of years leaving Constantinople and Rome to fight for supremacy over the world’s Christians. The popes in Rome pushed the idea of their right to dictate to temporal rulers while the bishops in the eastern churches were subservient to the emperor. The divisions between eastern and western Christianity undoubtedly helped the Saracens to eventual victory.

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