Monday, May 23, 2011

A Saint you may not know

                                               St. Ivo of Chartres' crozier

Today is the feast of the great medieval canonist and bishop St. Ivo of Chartres, who died in 1115 AD.  St. Ivo's moderate views regarding the Investiture Controversy were largely incorporated into the Concordat of Worms (1122 AD), which resolved the controversy.  The Concordat gave the Holy Roman Emperor the right to invest bishops with secular authority, but not sacred authority (represented by the bishop's ring and staff).   Ivo of Chartres' full story here. 

The name "Ivo" seems to be undergoing an upsurge in popularity, though this may be due to the high Catholicity quotient of the circles in which I tend to travel.

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