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It began as a power struggle between Pope Gregory VII and Henry IV (then King, later Holy Roman Emperor) in 1076.[2] The conflict ended in 1122, when Pope Callixtus II and Emperor Henry V agreed on the Concordat of Worms. The agreement required bishops to swear an oath of fealty to the secular monarch, who held authority "by the lance" but left selection to the church. It affirmed the right of the church to invest bishops with sacred authority, symbolized by a ring and staff. In Germany (but not Italy and Burgundy), the Emperor also retained the right to preside over elections of abbots and bishops by church authorities, and to arbitrate disputes. Holy Roman Emperors renounced the right to choose the pope.




Empire of the City - Ring of Power - Conspiracy...



Henry IV named Guibert of Ravenna (who he had invested as bishop of Ravenna) to be pope, referring to Clement III (known by the Catholic Church as Antipope Clement III) as "our pope". In October 1080, troops raised by the pro-Imperial bishops of Northern Italy clashed with the pro-papal forces of Countess Matilda in the battle of Volta Mantovana. The pro-Imperial forces were victorious, and in March 1081 Henry IV marched from the Brenner Pass into the March of Verona unopposed, entering Milan in April that year. He then attacked Rome and besieged the city with the intent of forcibly removing Gregory VII and installing Clement III. The city of Rome withstood the siege, but the Vatican and St. Peter's fell in 1083. On the outskirts of the city, Henry gained thirteen cardinals who became loyal to his cause. The next year the city of Rome surrendered and Henry triumphantly entered the city. On Palm Sunday, 1084, Henry IV solemnly enthroned Clement at St. Peter's Basilica; on Easter Day, Clement returned the favour and crowned Henry IV as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.


The Investiture Controversy continued for several decades as each successive pope tried to diminish imperial power by stirring up revolt in Germany. These revolts were gradually successful. The reign of Henry IV ended with a diminished kingdom and waning power. Many of his underlords had been in constant or desultory revolt for years. Henry IV's insistence that Antipope Clement III was the real pope had initially been popular with some of the nobles, and even many of the bishops of Germany. But as years passed, this support was slowly withdrawn. The idea that the German king could and should name the pope was increasingly discredited and viewed as an anachronism from a by-gone era. The Empire of the Ottos was virtually lost because of Henry IV.[citation needed]


The Concordat of London, agreed in 1107, was a forerunner of a compromise that was later taken up in the Concordat of Worms. In England, as in Germany, the king's chancery started to distinguish between the secular and ecclesiastical powers of the prelates. Bowing to political reality and employing this distinction, Henry I of England gave up his right to invest his bishops and abbots while reserving the custom of requiring them to swear homage for the "temporalities" (the landed properties tied to the episcopate) directly from his hand, after the bishop had sworn homage and feudal vassalage in the commendation ceremony (commendatio), like any secular vassal.[25] The system of vassalage was not divided among great local lords in England as it was in France, since the king was in control by right of the conquest.


The emperor renounced the right to invest ecclesiastics with ring and crosier,[citation needed] the symbols of their spiritual power, and guaranteed election by the canons of cathedral or abbey and free consecration[citation needed]. To make up for this and symbolise the worldly authority of the bishop which the pope had always recognised to derive from the Emperor, another symbol, the scepter, was invented, which would be handed over by the king (or his legate).[citation needed]


In modern terminology, a concordat is an international convention, specifically one concluded between the Holy See and the civil power of a country to define the relationship between the Catholic Church and the state in matters in which both are concerned. Concordats began during the First Crusade's end in 1098.[29]


Of the three reforms Gregory VII and his predecessors and successor popes had attempted, the most successful had been that in regard to celibacy of the clergy. Simony had been partially checked. Against lay investiture they won only a limited success, and one that seemed less impressive as the years passed. During the time following the Concordat of Worms, the Church gained in both stature and power.[38]


Luther's critique of indulgences was not just academic. The Catholic Church had granted indulgences since the Middle Ages to penitent Christians as a form of absolution after they fulfilled proscribed conditions such as prayer or fasting, but by Luther's time the church was selling indulgences outright as a source of revenue. The indulgence document shown below includes a space to fill in the name of the "contributor." As a priest, Luther thought selling indulgences weakened his flock's personal motivation to seek divine grace and exploited their sacred quest for salvation for the profane ends of power and wealth. Luther was especially angered by the flagrant hawking of indulgences in German lands by the papal agent Johannes Tetzel, who is credited with the phrase, "When the coin in the coffer rings/the soul from purgatory springs." For Luther, this monetization of faith was an abuse of church practice in his jurisdiction that he was duty-bound to report to his superiors. He did so on the same day he posted the theses, including a copy of them with a letter to his archbishop, Albrecht of Mainz.


A work that vividly displays Luther's growing estrangement from the Catholic Church, The Babylonian Captivity of the Church was published only a few months after To the Christian Nobility. With the papal bull looming, The Babylonian Captivity marks Luther's shift from reform to a revolutionary break with Rome. Luther abandons the moderate tone of the earlier work and aims an embittered and angry attack against the foundation of the church's authority. Comparing the church to the infamous biblical city of Babylon, Luther argues it has abused Christ's sacraments in the interest of maintaining its power as an intermediary between God and the faithful. The prominent woodcut portrait by Hans Baldung Grien is an example of the importance of artists in the growing popular awareness of Luther as an individual facing the arrayed powers of church and state.


Zeke would later apologize to Cole, to which the latter accepts. Zeke would then tell him that he was with the police, trying to help them out, respecting their commitment to the place despite its current status. After Alden Tate was arrested, Zeke would take part in the transferring at Eagle Point Penitentiary, as he assisted Cole and the police in fending off attackers. Zeke would also construct a charged grated flooring on top of the transfer path, so Cole will have an easier time fighting. As Cole and the police fended off the attackers, Zeke was assisting the others with Alden. Afterwards, there was a power blackout, and warned Cole that Alden can wake up at any moment.[2]


After a month, Zeke and Cole would meet the NSA Agent Lucy Kuo. Lucy tells them about how she and her associate, Sebastian Wolfe, can help them by improving Cole's powers in order to stop the Beast's coming, if they agree to come with her to New Marais. The two agree, and have prepared to leave the city via boat. Zeke talks with Cole as they await for the boat to depart. Cole mentions that it will only be a short trip, but Zeke suggests that they relax during their time there. As they continued, Kuo arrives, and mentions that Cole will be ready once he meets Wolfe. Zeke then mentions that their leisure would come first, believing it's time for them to relax before they work again.[1]


As Cole loitered around the boat, Zeke would keep himself busy by developing a new weapon that would amplify Cole's powers, and after another day, Cole would test it out on some dummies on the boat, as they made their way closer to New Marais. After learning that New Marais was in lock down, Kuo had her men send in a smaller boat in order to secretly make their way into the city. The three would make their way to New Marais through the bayou, with Zeke steering the boat. When Cole was tasked with getting rid of the Militia soldiers posted along their way, Zeke hands him over the Amp for use against them.[1]


After gaining the Rebels' trust, Zeke would cooperate with the attack in Fort Philippe, and assists Cole when the power went off during their attack. Afterwards, Zeke would keep watch over Cole as he was unconscious after using the Transfer Device. He would then later call Cole after restoring power to Flood Town, telling him about a cure for the plague procured by the Rebels. Cole then arrives at the area, with Zeke and Laroche making plans. Zeke then tells him that there was no cure, but he and the Rebels required help with charging several defense mechanisms in order to stop the Corrupted from attacking. Though disappointed that there was no cure, Cole agrees to help.[1]


Their investigation brought them to Seattle where the new conduit Delsin Rowe had been avidly fighting against the D.U.P. but Raymond was compromised and went into hiding and worked with Delsin to retrieve his research. Impressed with his Delsin's actions Zeke contacted Delsin himself and talked to him about being careful about the powers building within him, comparing it to the juices of a "Conduit sandwich.", which greatly confused Delsin. When Raymond was killed Zeke finished his work by helping Delsin retrieve his research on Cole's sacrifice. After Delsin succeeded Zeke left the coordinates for a dead drop to retrieve it later, as Zeke couldn't risk exposing himself by meeting Delsin directly, and the two parted ways. Before parting Zeke tells Delsin that Cole would be proud. 041b061a72


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