September 29, 2016

Today in History: Excommunication of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II (1227)

John RobsonResident Historian
 

September 29th, is the anniversary of the excommunication of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. 

The repeated excommunication of Frederick II over essentially secular quarrels, four times in all, shows how it weakens the moral authority of the church when it tries to play Caesar.

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commented 2016-09-29 22:45:27 -0400
Good story.
I think we could use a few of those excommunications today with so many political Catholics publically supporting abortion and assisted suicide/euthanasia (Trudeau, Biden, Kaine, Pelosi) and using their position to influence, manipulate and confuse voters, particularly Christian voters who would think if these people support pro-choice, it must be ok for me to vote for them.
It was just discussed tonight on Raymond Arroyo’s program (EWTN – World Over) about a certain US Cardinal who does not want to get involved with the politics associated with pro-life issues.
Of course, we seldomly hear of or know what is truly happening here in Canada.
commented 2016-09-29 13:27:36 -0400
And how much more odious these days, when the State tries to redefine what the Church, and its institutions, should believe in?
commented 2016-09-29 13:27:23 -0400
I absolutely agree with you, John. The separation of church and state is essential in any democracy. If they are not kept separate, the state ceases to be a democracy. However, bringing one’s religious convictions into the political realm and allowing those convictions to inform one’s politics is not only acceptable, but expected. Freedom of religious expression in the public square, expression from all religious traditions, must be preserved at all cost as long as that expression does not advocate violence, compromise public safety, or, interfere with the free flow of traffic and commerce. If someone’s religion does not inform their politics, then their religion is shallow and meaningless. Any politician who claims that they can completely separate their politics from their religion are either liars or cowards who don’t have the courage to stand up for what they truly believe in. After all, a life lived with integrity, courage and honesty requires not only the vocal affirmation of what one believes to be objective truth, but also the integration of those espoused truths into all aspects of their daily life. Allowing one’s religion to inform one’s politics is a far cry from imposing one’s religious convictions on others. That’s a distinction the left doesn’t seem grasp when advocating for the expunging of all Judea-Christian influence from the political arena. An exception is made, of course, for their favorite religion, Islam.