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Jose Revuelta TA: Jared McBride History 1B Dis. 1S 27 January 2008 History 1B Paper In the letter to Bishop Herman of Metz, Pope Gregory states his belief that the pontiff has the right to excommunicate kings and in a general sense, undermine the king’s power through the use of religion and biblical citing. Consequently, this letter, among a set of many others, is meant to be a form of propaganda that is written in favor of the church and against the power of the King. Writing to Bishop Herman of Metz, the Pope wishes to establish his idea of fighting to establish power and authority over the king, thus ending the conflict which has plagued the Church for so many years. Though biased, the letter serves to show the clergymen in a favorable light, going so far as saying that the members of the Church retain a sense of humility while the king does not. Due to his distant and detached leadership, he (Pope Gregory) indirectly says the king “[walks] in the counsel of the ungodly.” He goes on to criticize those that would go against the word of God i.e. the nobility, mentioning his main opponent in the path of church reform, King Henry IV: Who, I ask, in this universal concession of the power of binding and loosing, can think that he is withdrawn from the authority of St. Peter, unless, perhaps, that unfortunate man who is unwilling to bear the yoke of the Lord and subjects himself to the burden of the devil, refusing to be among the number of Christ's sheep? (Letter of Pope Gregory VII to Bishop Herman of Metz)
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Revuelta 2 The pope continues to bring up his distaste with Henry’s disobedience toward the Church in the next part of the letter. He dislikes everything King Henry embodies, saying that the rule of kings is neither fair nor right to the people. He states that kings “have striven with blind cupidity and intolerable presumption to dominate over their equals.” The Pope lets Bishop Herman know that Kings are merely men who rule over men who are their equals, all while claiming to be chosen by God. At one point in the letter, the pope writes “that the priests of Christ are to be considered the fathers and masters of kings and princes and of all the faithful…” (Letter of Pope Gregory VII to Bishop Herman of Metz) Pope Gregory believes that the church should rule the Crown as well as the people living under the rule of the Crown. At the same time, the Crown feels that they should have control of the church. The pope reinforces this with the fact that “very few of the innumerable multitude of kings are found to have been holy: whereas in
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