A woman from the Princeton Alumni association called me today and set up an interview with me. Afterwards I felt a compunction to shower and remove a few tangles which had been in my hair for, I think, several months, if not years.

I'm feeling my historian's impulse take me in new directions. I'm taking AP European History and the focus on religion has sent me to the Vatican.

During the Renaissance, the Pope was the effective leader of Rome, and as such, he had to deal with the secular concerns of running a city state and the temptations of power that came with it. The Medici realized that however powerless secular Rome may be, spritual Rome may be a force to be reckoned with. They ingrained themselves with the Papacy, acquiring a number of positions for themselves with in the church, becomming Popes and among other things, getting a thirteen year old cousin named as the bishop of a diocese.

Thus, corruption entered the church. I want to discover where the corruption entered, not chronologically, but ideologically. I want to explore how the concerns of a secular Pope changed the face of Catholicism from then to the present.