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Popish plot: destroy Catholicism

The papal purging of traditionalist ways can only end badly for the Church

4 March 2023

9:00 AM

4 March 2023

9:00 AM

For nearly 70 years of the 14th century, the Catholic Church endured what is described as the Babylonian Captivity. Under the influence of French kings, starting with Philip IV in 1309, Pope Clement V moved the papal court from Rome to Avignon, and appointed only French cardinals.

The papal court moved back to Rome in 1377 under Gregory XI.

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