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  •  But they operated, all the same, under the (1+ / 0-)
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    pope, and it fits all of them since Constantine.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 07:33:59 PM PDT

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      but what was the significance of that under the conditions that prevailed in the latter half of the 5th century A.D.? We don't have much in the way of a written record and the practical reach of the Pope's authority from Rome to Ireland would likely been severely limited. In a real sense Patrick would have been largely on his on.

      These considerations have even greater applicability to St. Columba in as much as he was active in the 6th century A.D. when conditions were, if anything, even more chaotic.

      It's a mistake to imagine that the church emerged from the collapse of Rome as a fully integrated, centralized organization, official church dogma not withstanding .

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 12:49:37 AM PDT

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