Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi
(Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

The Kingbreaker

The Roman Catholic Church shows just how much power it really has.
 

The Vatican has brought down the government of Italy.

In medieval Europe, it was well-known that the head of state was under the pope. Under the feudal system that reigned throughout the continent, all the lords were responsible to the king, and the king to God. Of course, the king had to go to God through the one called the “vicar of Christ”: the pope.

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