I’ve decided to run a little series of posts called ‘Pope Questions.’ These are responses to questions that people invariably ask me in conversations about my work. Some of them are meant to clarify issues about who exactly Leo is, others are more specific to my own feelings concerning popes. The answers I’ll give here will not be the ones I gave in the moment — or, if basically the same, not verbatim.
Expect to see the following questions answered:
- Is Leo one of the bad popes?
- Why study Leo the Great?
- What makes Leo Great?
- What other popes are ‘the Great’?
- Are all popes saints?
- Who is the first pope?
- It must be difficult for you to study a pope since you are a Protestant.
- Who is your favourite pope?
- What do you think of the current pope?
- Is the Vatican hiding something in the Archive? What would happen if they made it all public?
- Is that [Gregory the Great] the Gregory who went to war against Hungary?
Feel free to ask your own questions, of course!
I will not answer whether Leo was a Medici pope — I assume that person misheard the century ‘fifth’ as ‘fifteenth’. Or had Medicis on the brain. Or both. Nor will I answer if the Fall of the Roman Empire was near in time to the Reformation; I fear that person had little knowledge of European history.
Also, expect Montly Popes as of March, but not Weekly Saints. Too hard to keep up the saints.