Negative Effects Of The Papacy

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Roman Governance and the Church of Rome: An Analysis of the Positive and Negative Effects of the Centralization of Power in the Papacy in the Sixth to the Ninth Centuries

This historical study will define the positive and negative effects on the rise of the papacy throughout the sixth to the ninth centuries. The fall of the Roman Empire left a massive administrative void that was filled with the administrators that served under the Church to replace this imperial form of governance from Rome. In appositive trend, the combined influence of the Church and Roman methods of governing throughout the tribal kingdoms helped to build stronger monarchies (The Franks, Visigoths, Germans, etc.) that were administrated by the Roman Catholic clergy throughout the 6th to the 8th centuries. The rise of papal leadership arose under Damasus I as the first official pontifex maximus, which defined a replacement for the emperor during the middle of the 4th century. This trend continued for other powerful popes up until the papacy of Gregory the Great at the end of the 6th century when the Church had completely removed all power from laymen in Rome and its vassal states, which was a negative trend for governmental sovereignty in Europe. In essence, a historical study of the positive and negative trends of
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Without this type of experienced and knowledgeable administrative role found under the guidance of the Pope, it is evident that these smaller kingdoms would continue to be fractious and quarreling tribal monarchies, as they were before the 6th century. In this manner, the rise of the papacy brought Roman administrative skills to govern these small kingdoms as they began to develop into more unified and developed monarchies into the 7th, 8th, and 9th

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