There’s an odd quirk to human nature. Whenever a person/a group of people/the Church does something that is A) Unequivocally good and B) Aggressively anti-evil, it draws people towards it.
In the book The Lord of the World (which I still haven’t read), the Pope creates an Order of Christ Crucified and essentially sends people out to be martyrs. It was unequivocally good in that it was calling people to accept a life of complete sacrifice in the name of God; it was aggressively anti-evil because these sacrifices were taken on in reparation for the sins of the world.
The Crusades, despite all the political baggage time and modernity have opted to heap onto those events were unequivocally good in that it called upon good Christian men and women to take the Holy Land out of the hands of heretics; it was aggressively anti-evil because it fought evil…
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