Lay investiture was a major problem during the reign of King Henry IV and the papacy of Pope Gregory VII. Up to this point, secular leaders had the power to appoint bishops and abbots in their land, causing a blend between the lines of Church and state. Gregory or “Hildebrand” recognized this dilemma and restricted investiture to the duty of the pope in 1075. Henry IV responded very cruelly and Hildebrand promptly excommunicated him. The Concordat of Worms eventually solved this controversy in 1122, in which lay investiture by secular leaders was eliminated. This was one of the first examples of the struggle between Church and state and it certainly was not the last.
I believe that laws should be made acknowledging the beliefs of not just Christianity, but all religions. No laws should be passed infringing on the practices and beliefs of any religion, no matter how strange it may seem. Anything that would ...view middle of the document...
Kings were appointing people to Church positions in order to benefit themselves and were not thinking for the good of the Church. The pope should be able to choose his bishops and those who serve God with him. Secular leaders appointed corrupt lay people to the position of bishop and the whole Church was becoming immoral and unethical. Hildebrand did what he needed to do to save the Church from a disastrous and unholy future.
The Church is separate from politics and government for a reason. When it became too involved with the monarchy, its voice was veiled by the royalty. Two groups are not going to agree on every single aspect of religion and rule, and they are going to have to make a compromise. The Church should not sell short its beliefs to a certain political party because one, most likely the less adamant (the Church), will have to waive its beliefs. Also, if the Church became involved in government, less focus would be given to the Christian faith. The papacy would have to split its attention between religion and politics. It is overall a bad idea.
However, the Church still stands strongly on one side of certain political issues. The Catholic Church is vehemently against abortion, pre-marital sex, and divorce just to name a few.
Still, this does not mean they are siding with any political party that also scorns these practices. They stand their ground on these issues, but do not cross the line into political affairs by petitioning for a law against them. The Church has their own laws or commandments for Christians to follow and they do not need a federal law supporting them. Although there is no jail time for disobeying them, truly faithful Christians are expected to follow these just as scrupulously as normal laws.
Church and state have always clashed since way before the Concordat of Worms and the investiture controversy. Sometimes, a coalesced religion and government seems like a beneficial idea. Both sides would work together and achieve unity. However, the relationship between Church and state must always be divided in order to keep the Church purely holy and the state purely political.