How much power did the Catholic Church have during the Middle Ages?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    At its peak under INNOCENT III, it forced both England and France to physically give their kingdoms to the church.   Too bad he died so young.

  • 1 month ago

    About as much as Babylon and Persia did in The Holy Bible, it was huge and it also has lasted much longer. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    They had full military and political backing and might of the Roman State. 

    Good grief didnt anyone study world history... 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Enough to murder you by burning you alive for not believing in what they believe in and getting away with it.

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  • 1 month ago

    The Roman story of the "Son of God" set the world back a thousands years. 

    And still has us dragging an anchor...

     

    “In the Dark Ages you had great power, the terror of God and His Church.”

    ---------John Buchan

    ‘There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages."

     --- Richard Lederer

  • Otto
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    To much power !

  • 1 month ago

    The Middle Ages began with the fall of the Roman empire, which threw society into chaos: no laws, no education, no commerce, . . .   The Catholic Church stepped into the breach, performing a great service in restoring order and in keeping literacy and learning alive.  

    For centuries, the clergy were the only ones who could read and write  -- which doesn't mean there weren't some abuses.  No human endeavor is perfect.  I recommend reading How the Irish Saved Civilization.

    @ Jeff -- Your ignorance is showing.

    Source(s): Greek Orthodox Christian
  • 1 month ago

    None in China, Japan, North America, most of Africa, South American, etc.

    It did have a lot of political influence in Europe during that time as all countries were, at least in name, Catholic.  As such they and to acknowledge to some the power and wishes of the Catholic church.  

  • yesmar
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    They were “the” power.

  • Den B7
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    About 67%      

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