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What do you think of Pope Pius V...............?
He was pope from 1566-1572, after the Council of Trent had finished convening. Im reading a Wikipedia article on him and it seems that he's a pretty underrated historical figure(what ever you think of the Catholic Church). Here's parts of the article
As Cardinal, Ghislieri gained a reputation for putting orthodoxy before personalities, prosecuting eight French Bishops for heresy. He also stood firm against nepotism, rebuking his predecessor Pope Pius IV to his face when he wanted to make a 13-year old member of his family a cardinal and subsidise a nephew from the Papal treasury.
Aware of the necessity of restoring discipline and morality at Rome to ensure success without, he at once proceeded to reduce the cost of the papal court after the manner of the Dominican Order to which he belonged, compel residence among the clergy, regulate inns, expel prostitutes, and assert the importance of the ceremonial in general and the liturgy of the Mass in particular. In his wider policy, which was characterised throughout by an effective stringency, the maintenance and increase of the efficacy of the Inquisition and the enforcement of the canons and decrees of the Council of Trent had precedence over other considerations.
His response to the Queen Elizabeth I of England assuming governance of the Church of England included support of the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots, and her supporters in their attempts to take over England "ex turpissima muliebris libidinis servitute". A brief English Catholic uprising, the Rising of the North, had just failed. Pius then issued a bull, Regnans in Excelsis, dated April 27, 1570, that declared Elizabeth I a heretic and released her subjects from their allegiance to her. In response, Elizabeth, who had thus far tolerated Catholic worship in private, now actively started persecuting them.
Saint Pius V arranged the forming of the Holy League against the Islamic Turks, as the result of which the Battle of Lepanto (7 October 1571) was won by the combined fleet under Don John of Austria. It is attested in his canonisation that he miraculously knew when the battle was over, himself being in Rome at the time. Three national synods were held during his pontificate at Naples under Alfonso Cardinal Caraffa (whose family had, after inquiry, been reinstated by Pius V), at Milan under Saint Charles Borromeo, and at Machim.
Since im doing a history major, and part of my major is looking at things from the Reformation era onwards, i find his papacy interesting. He seemed to have been a theological puritan that was bent on implementing the Canon's of the Council of Trent, and riding the Church of corruption, as well as combating Protestantism. The measures he took though, like increasing the power of the inquisition, were really harsh.
Its interesting when you compare him to a Pope like Rodrigo Borgia, who had 3 mistresses, many children out of wedlock, and solicited prostitutes as well as having people assassinated(Plus his children committing incest), and it makes you wonder from a historical perspective which Pope was better.
Pius was certainly successful in riding the Church of his day of corruption, and combating the combined forces of Protestantism and Islam, but he used really harsh methods to achieve his goal. Rodrigo Borgia(and other popes like him) were so corrupt and debased that they spent away the Vaticans treasures, solicited prostitutes, had children out of wedlock, had mistresses, and even bought the papacy itself by manipulating the votes in order to be Pope.
So i wonder what kind of Pope is better. A Theological Puritan that uses extreme methods(successfully) to root out corruption and combat his enemies, or a corrupt pope that is really debased, and uses murder to strengthen his position.................
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Pope Saint Pius V (17 January 1504 – 1 May 1572), born Antonio Ghislieri (from 1518 called Michele Ghislieri, O.P.), was Pope from 1566 to 1572 and is a saint of the Catholic Church. He is chiefly notable for his role in the Council of Trent, the Counter-Reformation, and the standardization of the Roman liturgy within the Latin Church. Pius V declared saint Thomas Aquinas a Doctor of the Church and patronized prominent sacred music composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.
As Cardinal, Ghislieri gained a reputation for putting orthodoxy before personalities, prosecuting eight French Bishops for heresy. He also stood firm against nepotism, rebuking his predecessor Pope Pius IV to his face when he wanted to make a 13-year old member of his family a cardinal and subsidise a nephew from the Papal treasury.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Pius_V Tom