Sunday, June 25, 2006
The custom that flourished, especially during the sixteenth
and seventeenth centuries, by which a pope would name as his
chief minister and most important advisor a nephew or
similar relative who was elevated to the rank of cardinal
and thereafter oversaw many of the most vital elements of
papal administration. The practice was not invented in the
sixteenth century, as papal nepotism had long been an
established part of the pontifical court.
I could use a new job in Rome, get away from it all for a while . . .
How come you never read about this in the history books is what I want to know. I feel as if some Protestant friend of mine would have brought it up as juicy material.