St. James’ Sunday Study Group Lectures
May 31 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Lecture # 32
May 31, 2020 11:45 am. To 1:00 pm.
The era of great building projects and military expeditions was also an era in which the role of the papacy was asserted more forcefully than ever before, both as a political and a religious power. The papacy of the 12th and 13th centuries was also intimately involved with changes internal to the life of the church. Reform of the secular clergy was needed, and new forms of religious organization less committed to stability and contemplation were required. In this lecture, we will examine the increased role of the papacy as illustrated through the careers of two popes (Gregory VII and Innocent III), and we will learn of the founders of two new and active religious orders (Saint Dominic and Saint Francis).