Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Who is the Greatest Pope of All Time?

As a fan of papal history, I have put together a list of the greatest popes of all time in my humble opinion:

The Greatest
St. Leo I (440-61)
Doctor of Doctrine; fought the heresies of Pelagianism, Manich├Žism, Priscillianism, and Monophysitism; defined the two natures of Christ in his famous Tome; turned back Attila the Hun and interceded successfully with the Vandals on behalf of the Romans
Other outstanding popes (in chronological order):
St. Peter (32-67)
The first pope; instrumental in establishing the early Church and spreading the Gospel
St. Gregory I (590-604)
Doctor of Hymnology; pastoral rule and liturgical reforms have influenced the Church for centuries
St. Gregory VII (1073-85)
Purified Church through reformation of clergy when the Church had been flooded with immorality
Innocent III (1198-1216)
Battled Albigensian heresy; summoned and presided over Fourth Lateran Council; asserted the rights of the Church and Papacy
St. Pius V (1566-72)
Implemented the Tridentine reforms and directives; stood firm against the many heresies of his day which emerged from the "Reformation"; public call for prayer of the Rosary resulted in the defeat of the Turks at Lepanto
Bl. Pius IX (1846-78)
Defined Immaculate Conception; summoned and presided over the First Vatican Council; battled the errors of Liberalism

St. Pius X (1903-14)
Battled the errors of Modernism; increased Eucharistic devotion
Pius XII (1939-58)
Defined the Glorious Assumption of Mary; saved hundreds of thousands of Jews and others during Nazi persecution
John Paul II (1978-2005)
The face of Catholicism in post-modern world; reinvigorated the Catholic youth; preached around the world; defended and developed Catholic doctrine on life issues, human rights, and human sexuality

Honorable mention: Bl. John XXIII (1958-63), Pius XI (1922-39) , Leo XIII (1878-1903), Bl. Innocent XI (1676-89), Bl. Gregory X (1271-76), , St. Leo IX (1049-54), St. Nicholas I (858-67), St. Damasus I (366-83), St. Clement I (88-97)


Blogger Brian Murphy said...

Awesome post! That is a great list and I must say that we have been blessed with great men of God as our Popes over the last 150 years.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Noam'Yaa said...

I can't believe you leave out my favs Julius II who had St. Peter's rebuilt, so much artwork commissioned and literally fought for the independence of the Church as opposed to Church-State fusion and John XXIII who partially modernized the Church.

7:59 AM  

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