Comparison of Gregory and Ossius Letters
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November 11, 2013
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In stating these lines, Hossius shows separation in the affairs of the church and of the state. He states clearly that the Church has no right to overthrow a king because he his divinely appointed, and the king has no business in the Church because it is out of his God-given realm. This idea is drastically different than that of Pope Gregory...
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This idea is drastically different than that of Pope Gregory.
Gregory cites Holy Scripture to justify why he has the authority to excommunicate Henry. He goes on to use a quote from Matthew to show the church as being the shepherds and the rest as being the sheep. He further goes on to portray his relationship with the kingdoms of heaven as one of a father and a son and a master and an apprentice (Gregory, 2) He presents kings as his responsibility and who he must have an answer for on the day of judgement...
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