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According to this article, a medieval toilet seat (sedes stercoraria) was used to check that the pope was not an eunuch.


Does it not answer itself? He said any man who calls himself this... Rather than God calling him it. Also later Gregory says a christian council gave that name to the succesors of Peter but he wouldn't even use it even though aloud because of the impression it would make.


Ecumenical Councils are the top of the list, simply because the whole of the Church gets together to promulgate doctrine. These doctrines are signed by the Pope at the end of the Council, and are binding. Some of the doctrines are administrative in nature, and can be modified, changed, added to, or removed. Others, which deal with faith or morals, are ...

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