Arrogance at core of canon law
MY evocation of the then wholly legitimate trial of Pope Formosus ('Church always abused its flock', Letters, August 17) has provoked much debate and commentary.
Unlike the princes of the Catholic Church, I will meet my critics head on.
The trial of Formosus was, if Catholic credo is to have any claim to be credible, a fair and legitimate application of church law of the time. Such law had, in turn, been ordained by its proponents as having been carried out with the authority of God's appointed vicar, the Pope.