Papacy 101 for semi-trads…

Pope Pius VI explains: What is the Pope?

Pope Pius VI (1717-1799) reigned from 1775 to 1799, a critical time in Church history.

It was during his reign that the French Revolution took place, the “Civil Constitution of the Clergy” was imposed in France, Napoleon attacked the Papal States, and the robber synod of Pistoia was held, to mention just a few things. The Jesuits did not exist during Pius VI’s pontificate, having been abolished by his predecessor Clement XIV in 1773; they were not re-established until his successor Pius VII did so in 1814.