Catholic Church In Western Europe

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After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, there was a period in history where there existed no real centralized political authority in Western Europe; however, the church remained as strong as ever. Taking advantage of the inherent power vacuum, the Catholic Church became the highest authority in Western Europe. Due to the lack of other formal institutions, the church became the center of education, thus the clergy comprised some of the best educated and administrated minds in the chaos following the collapse of the empire. The Church also capitalized on the political entropy to enact the principle of papal primacy. This doctrine elevated the Roman Pope to become the absolute leader of the Catholic Church, giving them unprecedented religious
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