"The Divine Right of Kings."

September 1910
America;9/3/1910, Vol. 3 Issue 21, p538
The article reflects on the notion of the divine right of kings. It points out that the claim by German Emperor William who declared that he is King of Prussia by divine right does not conform with the traditional position of the Catholic Church. It argues that the Church acknowledged that all power comes from God but it has never made any definition regarding a mediate or immediate communication of civil power to a ruler. It suggests that the power of a ruler is based on the agreement between him and the nation.


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