believed in the supremacy of the Pope in all matters, which we all know is a terrible blow to the secular leader of a nation, so Anselm met with great resistance when he tried to go to Rome to receive the pallium from Pope Urban II. The compromise was the king sending a legate to pick-it-up for him. Naturally, Anselm didn't want it when it came. They made it all work, had a ceremony, placed the pallium upon the altar and it was accepted. Finally, 4 years later he was allowed to visit Rome and meet with the Pope, here he was able to finish some work and even be an adviser to Pope Urban for a time. King William died tragically and Anselm returned to England to console Henry I, the heir to the throne. Another squabble ensued over the supremacy of the king-vs-that of the Pope. Eventually, Henry I agreed to granting the Church freedom from politics of the king. This reinforced papal authority. Anslem returned to England to serve the Church and king. He served as regent of England while Henry was in Normandy. He earned the title of "Father of Scholasticism." Among his writings were
That's a lot of information for me. What can I say, I'm more of a short and sweet kind of person and less of a biography person. Secretly, I wish there were sports hi-lights for saints, but there aren't. So what are we to gain from St. Anselm and his extremely long story? Well, I suppose the long and short, for me, is St. Anselm's inability to settle on the big issue. Who should regulate and make decisions for the Church--naturally, the Church! Kings and secular governments have no authority to make decisions over the leaders of the Church, no more than the Pope should choose the next president of the United States. (Ok, maybe that could help some.....but still, NO). While the 10 commandments should rule over our every decision, church and state need some degree of separation. I know that is not coming out as it should, let me clarify--we SHOULD be allowed to pray publicly, in church, in school, on the corner of Main St., at the city council meetings, anywhere; we SHOULD be allowed to display and teach the 10 commandments, they are moral laws that should govern us; we SHOULD be allowed to speak of God and his greatness anywhere at any time without fear of ridicule; the BIBLE is a great work of literature, even if you do not believe in it, the Bible should be taught and read in school (I know I crossed someone's line here, but it is a great work of literature and it does have wonderful moral teachings that would help society as a whole-admit it, even if you don't believe in God-murder, adultery and theft are wrong). Then how should we be separated? My priest should not choose the next mayor of my town. While a citizen, my priest should not be on city council. There are just places he should not serve. He should shepherd his flock, lead the church, teach what the Church teaches, and if all of these things are done, it is up to me and my fellow parishioners to follow God's teachings and lead our city and government.