THE YEARS 500 - 1000 A.D.
years 500 - 1000 in the history of the Catholic Church began with
the conversion of King Clovis. Charlemagne began an era that would
eventually create a Europe where Church and State were united. It
would be the only time that a continent was so united under Regnum
et Sacerdotium...the most perfect form of society as envisioned by
St. Augustine's City of God.
both Church and State rested on the same ultimate basis of divine
authority; both were quickened by the consciousness of a
common faith; and both, however inconsistent, self-seeking or
disloyal, were, in the last analysis, inspired by the Catholic
Tradition. "To be European was to be Christian," was the
barbaric tribe that invaded Christian Europe was eventually
assimilated into the Christian Faith. Yet it cannot be said that
these centuries were growth years for the Catholic Church. In fact,
an evil omen began emerging in the great schism of the Eastern
Church that would divide the Church into two.
as is always the case, a renewal was begun among the monastic orders
which remained the bulwark of the Church during that lawless and
year 1000 saw the papacy a booty of contending Italian lay factions
and the government of the Church was in complete
took a king, Otto the Great, to begin a renewal in the Church. Then
his grandson, Otto III, who became Pope Gregory V, began what would
be the Golden Age of Christianity in Europe.