MHFM: This is an interesting quote from Pope St. Gregory VII on how few supported the cause of truth in his dispute with King Henry IV (the Holy Roman Emperor) in the Investiture Controversy. Many thought that the pope was too “harsh”.
Pope St. Gregory VII, Oct. 1, 1079: “It has come to us that certain of you are having doubt about me, as though in the present pressing necessity I had employed worldly fickleness. Certainly in this cause none of you, apart from exposure to warfare, both undergoes greater tribulations and suffers greater injuries than me. For as many Latins as there are, all except a tiny few praise and defend the cause of Henry [IV], and accuse me of excessive harshness and merciless towards him. Thanks be to God, we have hitherto so resisted them all that we still according to our understanding are inclining to neither side except according to righteousness and equity.”
We are truly living in an upside-down world...
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