Throughout most of the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church had a monopoly for religion in. Few would challenge the Church for fear of eternal damnation.
Those the Church wished to punish could be excommunicated, which meant the disgrace of being unable to be buried in the church cemetery, as well as being thought to suffer an eternity in hell. The church often also referred those it regarded as criminals to the secular authorities for trial and appropriate punishment, thus relieving the clergy of the stain of blood on their hands. Any secular ruler who failed to implement the wishes of the church in these matters would himself risk punishment by the Church. Thus, the Catholic Church was feared absolutely.
When it was in the interests of the Church to do so, it could invite one ruler to invade another kingdom in order to eliminate a troublesome king, under the promise of the right to annexe territory. The Catholic Church eventually eliminated the troublesome Cathar non-Catholic sect in what is now southern, by inviting the king of France to invade and annexe the Cathar territory. Thousand of western Christians heeded the Church's call for Crusades in the Holy Land, although the motivation was often for plunder, adventure and sport.
On the other hand, the Catholic Church held to itself the sole right to try or punish its own clergy. After the end of the Roman Empire, even the most powerful kings were not able to move against members of the clergy who challenged them or committed crimes against the secular laws.
The Church built up huge landholdings, worked by serfs or slaves, and its wealth was greater than any one kingdom.
Very powerful. The Catholic Church was the dominant influence on western civilization.
If by Catholic Church you are referring to the Roman Catholic Church, then I'd say early to mid 16th Century.
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The Catholic Church was the most powerful church during the Middle Ages, as it was the only church at the time.
It's just the Catholic Church, not the Roman Catholic Church. Roman is an epithet first commonly used in England after the protestant revolt to describe the Catholic Church. It is rarely used by the Catholic Church.
Corrupted by PowerThe Roman catholic church was the most powerful church in the whole of Europe at that point lol
In the Early Middle Ages, the most powerful office in the Church was pope. After the Great Schism, the pope was the most powerful leader in the Roman Catholic Church, in the West, and the Patriarch of Constantinople was the most powerful in the Eastern Orthodox Church, in the East.
Because the Catholic Church was all-powerful at the time and they obviously were reluctant to relinquish that power.
The Catholic Church is comprised of particular Catholic churches. Or, to put it another way, wherever you find a Catholic church, there you have a particular manifestation of the universal Catholic Church. So, this question is somewhat nonsensical.Sometimes, when people refer to "the Church" they really mean "the Magisterium of the Church" which is the Pope and the bishops in communion with him. If the question is read with this understanding then the answer is, "Yes." The Magisterium is still a powerful influence on Catholic churches today.Perhaps you meant to ask, "Is the Roman Catholic Church still a powerful influence on Christian churches today?" This would provide some more separation between the subject and the object of the question, since there are many Christians who are not Catholic. However, the answer then is not so simple. The Catholic Church has varying degrees of influence on other Christian churches, depending on that Christian church's connection with and respect for the Catholic Church.
The catholic church was quite a powerful political influence. Most political decisions made during the renaissance were done in consultation with the church.
The Catholic Church in the 1500's was very wealthy and powerful. Much of the wealth came from rich families who bought positions in the church. The church also charged for baptism.
Because the church had more money than the king (henry the 8th )
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Catholic... The catholic church was the most powerful during the time of the 13 colonies
In all of Europe before the eleventh century, the Roman Church was most powerful. In 1056, the Great Schism, which had been coming to a head for hundreds of years, split the Church into the Roman Catholic Church, in the West, and the Eastern Orthodox Church, in the East, and each of these was most powerful in its own sphere.
The Catholic Church was more powerful in some places during the Renaissance, and less powerful in others. The general inquisitions, which were introduced as the Middle Ages were ending and the Renaissance beginning, gave the Church broad powers of investigation and punishment in such places as Spain and Portugal. On the other hand, the Catholic Church lost all power in many places, including England and parts of Germany, as Protestant groups took over the churches.
There is a Lutheran Church and a Catholic Church but no Lutheran Catholic Church.
There is no "Roman" Catholic Church: Roman is an epithet first commonly used in England after the protestant revolt to describe the Catholic Church. It is rarely used by the Catholic Church. The Chaldean Catholic Church is part of the Catholic Church.
They gained a powerful ally in the roman catholic church.
To be a member of the Catholic Church means to believe in Catholic Christianity and be a official in the Roman Catholic Church and/or attend a Catholic Church.
ANSWER:Actually, there is the Eastern ORTHODOX Church and the Eastern Rite Catholic Church.The Eastern Orthodox Church is separated from (in "schism" with) The Catholic Church.The Eastern Catholic Church is a "Rite"/sect in full communion with the Catholic Church and the pope. The Roman Catholic Church is the Latin Rite. Both are part of The Catholic Church.The Eastern Orthodox Church is not, technically, part/in communion with the Catholic Church. They do not even refer to themselves as "Catholic" but rather "Orthodox."
There is no division in the Catholic Church. You are either a Catholic or you are not a Catholic.
There is an Orthodox Church and a Catholic Church. There is no Catholic Orthodox Church.
The Church of Ireland is Protestant, while the Catholic church is Catholic.
A Catholic Church I should know I am catholic!