Death of Reactionary, Anti-Modernist Pope Leo XII

Death of Reactionary, Anti-Modernist Pope Leo XII

Pope Leo XII
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Pope Leo XII dies. A very reactionary pope, Leo XII was only elected because of the efforts of very conservative cardinals. He opposed modern ideas in both religion and politics which him extremely unpopular in society generally.

In the sphere of religion, Pope Leo XII condemned religious freedom, religious toleration, and Freemasonry. In the political sphere, Pope Leo XII restored feudal aristocracy in the Papal States, restricted Jews to ghettos, and engaged in surveillance over all aspects of daily life.

When it came to Catholics, though, he insisted on equitable treatment and objected whenever foreign governments engaged in the slightest discrimination against its Catholic citizens.

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