With the Pope in Turkey I thought it would be interesting to do some background history on Turkey considering that Constantinople, now Istanbul, was once the capital of the Holy Roman Empire and subsequently became the capital of the Byzantine Empire. There is of course a rich Catholic history in this area filled with both glories and scandals.
I will discuss one of the low points.
The above picture is the infamous sack of Constantinople. Now I am not sure why so many of the Orthodox are still upset about this sack in the first place. I don’t know much of the history behind it other than that it dates back to 1204 and the times of the Fourth Crusade. Maybe it was filled with something unpleasant and left at the gates of Constantinople as an insult or something. Perhaps some mischievous Knight, like some kid on Halloween, filled it with manure and set it on fire. I can see how the gate guard might have been quite mad when he stomped the fire out, but this is quite a grudge to carry on for so long.
Pope John Paul II apologized about the events surround the sack in May 2001 so can’t we all just get along?