Definition: The site of the political hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Rome, headed by the Pope. The Roman Catholic Church is both a spiritual and political entity. As a political entity, the Holy See is recognized by international law as a sovereign entity. The Catholic Church has diplomatic relations through Her ambassadors (nuncios). The Pope rules this sovereign nation through the Roman Curia, a complex hierarchy of administrative offices. Since 1929, the nation officially is contained in Vatican City, the smallest nation (110 acres) in the world. It is smaller than the mall in DC.
Discussion: Historically, the papacy has attempted to stake its claim of authority over both the spiritual and temporal realms. From Pope Clement V (1305) to Pope Paul VI (1963), the consecration of every pope included the crowning with the triregnum crown. The words used in the crowning were: “Receive the tiara adorned with three crowns and know that thou art Father of Princes and Kings, Ruler of the World, Vicar of Our Savior Jesus Christ in earth, to whom is honor and glory in the ages of ages.” The Bible predicts that a city (Rev. 17:18) will use its power to wage war against true Christians (Rev. 17:6) and to influence nations (Rev. 17:18).
Articles & Viewpoints:
- Q & A by Dr. Joe Mizzi – The Monarchical Bishop