Monday 5 December 2016

Church always abused its flock

Published 17/08/2010 | 05:00

Pope Formosus, the 9th-Century Pope who was dug up nine months after his death and put on trial by his successor, Pope Stephen VI, was the recipient of the application of canon law.

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He was dug up and prosecuted for offending his rival, Stephen, when he was a sitting Pope.

The new Pope, Stephen, in fairness, complied with due process and appointed legal counsel to defend Formosus's corpse.

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