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Francis of Assisi

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    Posted: 10 May 2017 at 21:51
Listened to a course on Francis of Assisi recently, and found it interesting.  In the 13th century, the Catholic Church was facing criticism from heretics who claimed that the wealth of the Catholic Church showed that it was not possible to truly be Christian and Catholic at the same time.  Francis, when he started his ministry, went to the Pope and got his blessing to found an order that believed in poverty and preaching the message, like the Apostles did.  Other orders believe in personal poverty, but collectively can be quite wealthy.  The Franciscans believed in both personal and collective poverty.

In a way, Francis offered a solution to the Church, and the Pope (Innocent III), for the condemnation of Catholicism by the heretics.  Of course, we should remember that the heretics, (Albigensians, Cathars), were not heretical in their own opinion.  I also wonder if the heretics just wanted space to give a differing opinion, or whether they were a real threat to the Catholic Church.
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