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[–] NorthernMan 5 points -2 points (+3|-5) ago 

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[–] middle_path 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

For better or worse, it greatly influenced all of Europe. Even secular sounding phrases like "goodbye" are far from it. For God sake, the most powerful man in all of the western world for most of mideval times was the pope.

That doesn't mean I condone it, but I don't think it's worth condemning either.