Gregory VII

…judges Francis’ idea of the Roman Curia

  • The Roman Church: Mother and Teacher of all the others

All of those who, in the entire world, call themselves Christians, and truly profess the Christian faith, know and believe that Blessed Peter, Prince of the Apostles, is the father of all Christians, and, after Jesus Christ, the primary shepherd; and that the Holy Roman Church is the Mother and Teacher of all the Churches. If you believe this and firmly maintain the faith, I supplicate you, or rather, I command, as your brother and unworthy teacher, that you seek, with the help of Omnipotent God, to aid and assist your Father and your Mother. (Saint Gregory VII. Epistle Pervenit fratres charissimi. Migne PL 148, 710)

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