Papal Bull Unam Sanctum And Imperialism


On 18 November 1302, Pope Boniface VIII issued the Papal Bull Unam Sanctum which is widely considered one of the most extreme statements of Papal Spiritual Supremacy ever made.I would say its most stark characteristic is the way it lays down dogmatic propositions on the necessity of belonging to the Catholic Church for eternal salvation.

“Furthermore, we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff….” (Unam Sanctum: Pope Boniface VIII: 1302).


It also emphasizes the position of the Pope as Supreme Head of the Church, and the duty of all ‘earthly authority’ to submit to the Pope in order to belong to the Church, and thus to attain salvation.

The Pope also asserts the ‘higher position’ of the ‘Spiritual’ in comparison with the ‘Secular’ order…..Ideas still in common circulation today.

In its Historical context, the Bull was promulgated during an ongoing dispute between Boniface VIII and Philip the Fair, King of France. In response to the Bull, Philip had the Dominican John of Paris issue a refutation. Pope Boniface reacted by excommunicating the King.

It was not just the French monarchy and clergy who disapproved of Boniface and his assertions. There were many texts circulating around Europe that attacked the Bull and Boniface’s bold claims for the power of the Papacy over the Temporal.

In the end, it led to a war that ended in Pope Boniface’s defeat and death. ‘Unam Sanctam’ also sowed the seeds of the Protestant Reformation which led to the decline of Papal Supremacy.

The decline in Papal Supremacy and the rise of Protestant Christianity in itself birthed a period of monumental change in Human Civilization and organisation i.e. ‘The Industrial Revolution’, thereby crystallizing the foundation of the modern world.


Ultimately, in my view, one of the most important things for the World and Post-Colonial Africa in particular, to understand about ‘Unam Sanctam’ is the Legal force of Papal Decrees in regulating Human organisation in Europe.
This would have implications not only for Europe, but for the rest of the world.
First in the Spanish ‘New World’, and in Africa, as the need to establish and maintain Legal Sovereignty over newly conquered territories required a Legal mechanism to enable it.Papal Bulls were useful for this purpose, and so next we’ll explore how this essentially European Legal mechanism was firstly employed to impose foreign Laws on indigenous Colonised populations thereby establishing systems of Law to justify Imperial possession and control, and secondly evolving into a Post-Colonial Legal system of Civilian Economic and Political control.

The system is now at the stage of becoming Global in character, as we ourselves stand at the precipice of another era of Human re-organisation, in the form of the New World Order.It should therefore be clear that ‘Unam Santcam’, and the Papal Bull in general, as Legal mechanisms for establishing dominion and control over entire Societies and Populations have had wide implications for Africa and the modern world. The Protestant Reformation and Industrial Revolution it spurred, now form the bedrock upon which our present and future Human eras will rest.To help bring all this into perspective, we’ve included links to articles on ‘Unam Sanctam’, its Historical effects and the current ongoing Religious debates it continues to ignite as one of the most controversial episodes in the History of the Catholic Church.

We’d also recommend the Documentaries: ‘Owned & Operated’, ‘Understanding The Human Farm’, ‘The Law Of Sovereigns’ & ‘The Handbook of Human Farming’ on our YouTube Channel in the ‘New World Order/Illuminati Agenda’ Playlist.

Hope you enjoyed the Retro-selection which in showing the foundations of Imperialism and ultimately the New World Order, it complements our main Feature on the Masonic Agenda.
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Unam Sanctum: Full Text New World Legacy

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