Catholic Christendom, Charlemagne #15

After conquering Lombardy, Charlemagne went south to Rome.  Here he was welcomed with great pomp and ceremony and proclaimed their Imperator, (Emperor).  With great humility he prostrated and kissed the ground where the Apostles and the many martyrs had shed their blood for Jesus Christ.

The Frankish king Charlemagne was a devout Catholic who maintained a close relationship with the papacy throughout his life. In 772, when Pope Adrian I was threatened by invaders, the king rushed to Rome to provide assistance. Shown here, the pope asks Charlemagne for help at a meeting near Rome.
The Frankish king Charlemagne was a devout Catholic who maintained a close relationship with the papacy throughout his life. In 772, when Pope Adrian I was threatened by invaders, the king rushed to Rome to provide assistance. Shown here, the pope asks Charlemagne for help at a meeting near Rome.

It was in this Eternal City, after conversing with Pope Adrian I for a whole week, that he was inspired to use his power and wealth for the Glory of God and the exaltation of Holy Mother the Church.  In spite of his human weaknesses and ignorance, on Easter 774, he was consecrated the first champion of the Catholic Church.  Shortly after this, Charles put his desires into practice by assuming the crown of Lombardy and returning to Pope Adrian I all that his father Pepin had given to the Church in 752.

Pope Adrian I was his confidant who guided him to grow in moral statue.  His natural physical and mental superiority, now combined with his new moral growth, helped him be successful in all his endeavors.

For the next twenty years, Charles was constantly battling for God, justice and trying to stomping out pagan satan worshippers.  He endeavored to do this especially in Saxon where he tried his best to convert them to Catholicism, beginning with the kings, every time he would subdue their rebellions.  Some did, some did not.  He divided Saxon into missionary territories.  But the Saxons continued to rebel and cause great problems for Charles.  Finally after a victory, the main king leader of these rebellions, Wittekind, acknowledged that Charles’ God was stronger than his god Odin and received baptism.  Charles was his godfather.

CharlemagneIn 778, Charles led an unsuccessful crusade against the muslims into northern Spain.

In 783, his mother Bertha and third wife Hildegarde died unexpectedly.  They both had been a great moral influence on him and it is said that he went a little down hill from here.  He soon married for a fourth time, Fastrada.  She died and then he married Liutgarde who also died not to long afterward.

Like Constantine, Charles also meddled in the deliberations of synods and questions of dogma.  He went against the sanction of the Holy See who condemned the East on Iconoclasm, (condemning veneration of holy images).

Upon the death of his dear friend, Pope Adrian I, Pope Leo III was elected.  He welcomed him with presents and a strong reminder to the new pope of his grave spiritual obligations. The Romans did not like the new pope and spread false rumors of immoral behavior before being elected.  They banished him from Rome.  But Charles returned the pope to Rome.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know TRUTH.  May we be willing to do what we can to spread Christendom, starting with our own hearts and conquering the world from there.