Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Obscure Saint of the Day: St. Paschal

February 11 is kind of a big day in Catholic Hipster circles, and Catholic circles in general.

So you know that any Saint who has their feast on this day will be perfectly obscure!

Today is the feast of St. Paschal!

You're about to be shocked when you hear the story of Paschal. 

St. Paschal was the Pope!

Yep. Let the fact that he's one of our obscure saints of the day, despite being a Pope, sink in just a little bit. 

When Pope Stephen IV died in 817, Paschal was elected to the Chair of St. Peter. 

Despite rebuilding many churches throughout Rome, and moving many relics from the catacombs to said churches, Paschal is best remembered for a murderous storyline that involved members of his own household. 

When Lothair I came to be consecrated as King, he put together a group of nobility who were out to oppose the Pope. Two papal officials who had testified for the nobility were eventually found blinded and murdered. Paschal was naturally named a prime suspect, but was not responsible for the murders. 

However, he refused to give up the identies of the killers, stating that the secular authorities had no jurisdiction in the case because those found dead were traitors. 

This all resulted in the Constitution of Lothair, which severely limited the power of the Pope in Rome (in terms of the courts and the police). 

Aren't you glad you took the time to fill your brain with some awesomely obscure Pope info? 

St. Paschal, pray for us!

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