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Where does the pope get his power?

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The pope derives his power from an unbroken succession of the line of bishops begining with Jesus telling Peter you are the rock upon which I build my church throughout history to today and Pope Benedict XVI.

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In the past, such as the Middle Ages, the pope had immense power. This was because nearly everyone went to church back then (namely the Catholic church, which the pope belongs to), thereby giving the pope extreme power. (Hence the common corruption/misuse of power when it came to the popes-- though that is a matter of opinion.) Due to being at the head of such power, the pope acted as someone of, well, power. However, they weren't supposed to be the head of the power. The king(s) was. And so a power struggle is what ensued, with the Church (pope) wanting or possessing power that, by law, belonged to the king. And, of course, the pope held power over the church people, complicating the problem. This power struggle shows what it means to have a separation between church and state, and to have a lack of one. An example of this power struggle is with Pope Leo III and Charlemagne. Read about it at the link below. Remember to read Part II to get the whole picture.


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