Hi, I am looking for someone to write an article on the rise of papacy in rome Paper must be at least 1750 words. Please, no plagiarized work! History proves that the rise of the Pope to power was even dramatic. It becomes evident from a look into the history of the Church that Pope became the center of power as a result of a number of factors: Constantine’s acceptance of Christianity as his state religion, Constantine’s acceptance of the pre-eminence of the Bishop of Rome, the fall of Rome, the greed for power exhibited by various European kings, and the need to stop Muslim invasion and aggression. As the Pope was powerful enough to meet all these needs, Rome became the center of power.
Church had a humbler beginning than most other organizations on earth. However, it has reached such heights that no other organization can even dream of. The early Christians had a rough time under the Roman authorities. The Christians were cruelly persecuted by the authorities. The persecuted Christians were sent to underground sewers called catacombs. Once a Christian was caught, he was forced to bow to an idol. and if he refused, he met his end in Coliseum as he was thrown to hungry lions. In fact, this was holiday entertainment to the Romans1.
The image of the Church altered as Emperor Constantine made Christianity the state religion. This was the beginning of dramatic growth. As Emperor Constantine moved his capital from Rome to Constantinople, the Bishop of Rome gained more power, authority, and autonomy, away from the shadows of the Emperor. Thus, soon, the Bishop of Rome became the most powerful figure in Rome2.
Despite the movement of the Emperor to Constantinople, Rome retained its prestige as the center of the Roman Empire. At that time, there were five patriarchs who ruled five patriarchates. The patriarchates were Antioch, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Constantinople, and Rome. In the beginning, all patriarchates had equal importance. However, as time passed, the patriarchs of Rome and Constantinople gained more importance. According to records, the rivalry and competition among patriarchs remained alive for many years. However, the issue was settled by an imperial edict in AD 608, which gave pre-eminence to Rome3.