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A History of the Council of Trent: The First Sessions at by Hubert Jedin

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But to exercise that mission the papacy required two attributes: (1) the papacy must have a recognizable and recognized supra-national prominence that is, the papacy could not be identified with any given state or nationality, otherwise its moral primacy would be vitiated by a lack of catholicity; and (2) the papacy must exercise freedom (which exercise in turn implies temporal sovereignty) if the papacy was to be an effective symbol of freedom to the world first, freedom of religion, then freedom of the working classes from oppression either by the ruling classes or by socialist ideologies.

He justified the transfer by declaring that ever since his episcopate in Perugia, he had wanted to honor the memory of this pope. " Is not "a strong faith, embodied [inviscerata] in the conscience of the peoples, rather than the restoration of medieval institutions," the way to achieve "final victory"? 11 None of Innocent's triumphs figured more prominently in Leo's imagination than the securing of papal sovereignty over Rome. Innocent ordered Roman civil officials to acknowledge him rather than the emperor as their sovereign and substituted his own appointees for the imperial judges.

He passed most of his vacation Page 14 time either in Spain or with Spanish nobility at the Hapsburg court in Vienna where his father was ambassador. During at least one of his vacations in Spain, he said Mass every morning in the private chapel of the Palacio de Ayete, temporary summer home of the Queen Regent Maria Christina, the young King Alfonso XIII, and other members of the royal family prior to the construction of the Royal Palace of Casa de Campo of Miramar. He prepared the king for his first communion and taught catechism to the royal infantas.

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