Concordia Theological Monthly

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lateran council, innocent iii, clergy, reformation, constantinople, pope, crusade, england, aragon

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


"With desire have I desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer," Luke 22, 15, that was the text of the sermon with which Innocent III opened the sessions of the Fourth Lateran Council, 1215. Employing the allegorical method of Scripture interpretation, which was his favorite method, he found no difficulty in applying the "passover'' to the great council now assembled before him. And it was very true that he had desired this council "with desire.'' For, in a measure, this council and its activity was the great climax of his papal policy, a policy which had made and unmade kings, had reduced kingdoms to fiefs of the Roman See, had divided lands, had driven multitudes into a crusade, and had reduced great church dignitaries to the position of dutiful and obedient servants of the Servus Servorum Dei.


History of Christianity

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars