Friday, November 30, 2012
Pope Urban X and Palestrina possibly represent Voltaire's attempt at bashing the Clergy
In class the other day we discussed Voltaire's repeated attempts at bashing the Clergy throughout Candide and how he had previously gone to jail for it. One thing we did not discuss that I realized was that it seems ironic that Pope Urban X and Palestrina had a child, the old woman in Candide. I thought it was against church rules for a Pope or any other Clergy member to either be married or have kids. Since Pope Urban X is the father of the old lady, he therefore broke Catholic Church rules. Voltaire is bashing the Catholic Church by putting this in Candide.