On November 18, 1302, Pope Boniface VIII issued the Papal bull "Unam Sanctam", which means 'Only One Holy', which implied that there was no one, not even the king that was over and above the pope. Historians consider the Bull of Boniface VIII one of the most extreme statements of papal spiritual supremacy ever made. The original document is lost but a version of the text can be found in the registers of Boniface VIII in the Vatican Archives. It arose due to the pope's conflict with Philip IV of France over attempts of each to prevent the other from receiving money from taxes. Most significantly, the Bull proclaimed, "Outside of Church there is neither salvation nor the remission of sins". It is an extreme form of the concept known as "plenitudo potestatis", or the plentitude of power. It declares that those who resist the Roman Pontiff are resisting God's ordination. This pope was seated 1294-1303 demanded high taxes for the church and his immediate family members.
The Templar Knights acted as bankers, to whom King Philip owed much money. Philip wanted the Templar's power taken away so he could cash in on his debts - this especially after Pope Bonifice VIII was demanding all taxes be paid to the church, leaving King Philip short of change.
The battle between France’s King Philip [the Fair] and Pope Boniface VIII, makes Boniface the villain as he was pompously meddling in the affairs of state, intruding on Philip’s lawful right to rule France, putting himself above the King of the land, and demanding all taxes be paid to himself, being there is no higher authority than the pope. Many will argue that Boniface was wrongly accused, but his two Bulls say otherwise. King Philip too, was a nasty man, in spite of the title 'Philip the Fair'. He may have been handsome, but Philip was a tyrant.
The artist of the "Lost Book' is portraying popes, because they were wrongly recorded - one way or the other.
NOW THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY:
"Probably no pope in the history of Christendom has been more maligned, more slandered, than this great pontiff [BONIFACE VIII]. His unyielding defense of the Church’s supreme authority over every temporal power - granted by Our Lord Himself - earned the unrelenting contempt of the enemies of Jesus Christ. In one of the advanced degrees of Freemasonry, for example, the initiation ritual includes thrusting a dagger through a ceremonial skull, which stands for that of Pope Boniface VIII. Why Boniface? [Note: I do not believe this is the skull of Bonifice -the unveiler]. Because everything that Freemasonry despises - the power and authority of Jesus Christ invested in His Vicar - was exemplified and upheld most formidably by this holy pope. And he was holy indeed. Three centuries after his death, his body was found to be incorrupt - a compelling sign, to the contradiction of his implacable enemies both within and with out the Church, that his life and works and teachings were wholly pleasing to God. It is for this reason that we believe Boniface VIII may one day be canonized a saint." [Note: I believe this to be crap myself - the unveiler]
The Council of Vienne was the 15th Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church that met between 1311 and 1312 in Vienne. Its principal act was to withdraw papal support for the Knights Templar on the instigation of the King of France, Philip IV.
The Knights Templar were hired in 1118, after the First Crusade of 1096, to ensure the safety of European pilgrims to Jerusalem. In the following centuries the order grew in power, popularity, and wealth. In the early 1300s, Philip IV of France needed money urgently to continue his war with England and so he accused the Grand Master of the Templars, Jacques De Molay, of corruption. In 1307 Philip had all French Templars arrested, charged with heresies, and tortured by the French authorities until they allegedly confessed. This action released Philip from his obligation to repay loans to the Templars and allowed him to confiscate the Templar's assets in France.
Pope, Clement V, was under the control of King Philip. The Pope's predecessor, Boniface VIII, had claimed supremacy over Philip and had excommunicated him when Philip disagreed. However Boniface was seized at Anagni by a party of horsemen under the command of Philip's men. Though he was later released, the Pope died shortly after. Boniface's successor, Pope Clement, thereafter followed Philip's directions. Although ecumenical councils in the Roman Catholic Church are summoned by the Pope, the Council of Vienne was in reality convened at Philip's behest to disband the Templars elsewhere.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/ and Catholic Encyclopedia
THE LOST BOOK OF NOSTRADAMUS[To view larger plate image - click on picture]
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SEE ALSO PLATE #20
In this image we see the following objects for consideration:
This is Papa Bonifacius Octavus, Episcopus Romanus; Pope Boniface VIII (c. 1235 – October 11, 1303), born Benedetto Caetani, Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from 1294 to 1303 - statue at right. Latin octavus is derived from octo "eight" and originally indicated the eighth son, or 8th of anything - like in pope.
1294 AD - Benedetto Caetani became Pope BonifaceVIII.
POPE = BONIFACE VIII; 8 STARS = OCTAVUS; CRUMBS = SMALL PORTIONS GIVEN TO THE PEOPLE AFTER THE POPE TOOK OUT HIS 'TAXES'; STOCK OF WHEAT = FIRST FRUITS GO TO THE POPE BY ORDER OF BULL UNAM SANCTAM.
[see external source for Unam Sanctam:
King Philip demanded from the new pope, successor Benedict XI, a formal condemnation of the memory of Pope Boniface VIII, and only thus could the royal hatred be extinguished. The king wished the name of Boniface stricken from the list of popes as a heretic, his bones disinterred, burned, and the ashes scattered to the winds. Philip again insisted on a canonical process for condemnation of the memory of Boniface VIII as a heretic, a blasphemer, an immoral priest. Pope Boniface VIII's ruthless support of the interests of his family and some of his financial policies marred his reputation as a Pope, in addition, he is known for having established the tradition of Jubilees, sources of not only money, but also scandal for the Church. Dante depicted Boniface VIII as being in Hell.
The main condition of the Jubilee consists of five parts:1) Confession, 2) Communion, 3) Prayer for the Pope, 4) Complete renunciation of all attachment to sin, and 4) Visits to the four basilicas during a certain specified period.
TWO BEARS: a Bear in heraldry indicates verocity in the protection of kindred. In this case family members of this pope who benefited from greatly.
Heraldry: the BEAR: It was an emblem or symbol of the warrior caste. Castes are hereditary systems of occupation, endogamy, social culture, social class, and political power, the assignment of individuals to places in the social hierarchy is determined by social group and cultural heritage. A constellation was named for the bear, Ursus Major, The Great Bear. The bear has lunar symbolical as well, giving it ties to the subconscious and the unconscious mind. The two bears represents the family of this pope.
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