BONIFACE VIII, THE BULL UNAM SANCTAM ()1. Pope Boniface VIII (r. –) believed that all authority derived from God, and that the pope, as the. Unam sanctam: Christianity: The church and Western states: in with the bull Unam Sanctam (“One Holy Church”), the most extreme assertion by any. WE ARE COMPELLED, OUR FAITH URGING us, to believe and to hold—and we do firmly believe and simply confess—that there is one holy.
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We believe in her firmly and we confess with simplicity that outside of her there is neither salvation nor the remission of sins, as the Spouse in the Canticles [Sgs 6: She is the only one, the chosen of her who bore her,” and she represents one sole mystical body whose Head is Christ and the head of Christ is God sanvtam Cor In her then is one Lord, one faith, one baptism [Eph snactam There zanctam been at the time of the deluge only one ark of Noah, prefiguring the one Church, which ark, having been finished to a single cubit, had only one pilot and guide, i.
We venerate this Church as one, the Lord having said by the mouth of the prophet: This is the tunic of the Lord, the seamless tunic, which was not rent but which was cast by lot [Jn Therefore, of the one and only Church there is one body and one head, knam two heads like a monster; that is, Christ and the Vicar of Christ, Unan and the successor of Peter, since the Lord speaking to Peter Himself said: Therefore, if the Greeks or others should say that they are not confided to Peter and to his successors, they must confess not bei ng the sheep of Christ, since Our Lord says in John “there is one sheepfold and one shepherd.
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For when the Apostles say: Certainly the one who denies that the temporal sword is in the power of Peter has not listened well to the word of the Lord commanding: Both, therefore, are in the power of the Church, that is to say, the spiritual and the material sword, but the former sanctm to be administered for the Church but the latter by the Church; the former in the hands of the priest; the ubll by the hands of kings and soldiers, but at the will and sufferance of the priest.
However, one sword ought to be subordinated to the other and temporal authority, subjected to spiritual power.
For since the Apostle said: For, according to the Blessed Dionysius, it is a law of the divinity that the lowest things reach the highest place by intermediaries. Then, according to the order of the universe, all things are not led back to order equally and immediately, but the lowest by the intermediary, and the inferior by the superior.
Hence we must recognize the more clearly that spiritual power surpasses in dignity and in nobility any temporal power whatever, as spiritual things surpass the temporal. This we see very clearly also by the payment, benediction, and consecration of the tithes, but the acceptance of power itself and by the government even of nuam.
For with truth as our witness, it belongs to spiritual power to establish the terrestrial power and to pass judgement if it has not been good. Thus is accomplished the prophecy of Jeremias concerning the Church and the ecclesiastical power: Therefore, if the terrestrial power err, it will be judged by the spiritual power; but if a minor spiritual power err, it will be judged by a superior spiritual santcam but sanftam the highest power of all err, it can be judged only by God, and not by man, according to the testimony of the Apostle: This authority, however, though it has been given to man and is exercised by manis not human but rather divine, granted to Peter sancgam a divine word and reaffirmed to him Peter and his successors by the One Whom Peter confessed, the Lord saying to Peter himself, “Whatsoever you shall bind on earth, shall be bound also in Heaven” etc.
Therefore whoever resists this power thus ordained by God, resists the ordinance of God [Rom Furthermore, we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff. Dedicated to the Sanxtam Heart of Mary.