Caput Merovingian 751 CE

“After Carloman (older son of Frankish strongman, Charles Martel), who was an intensely pious man, retired to religious life in 747, Pepin the Short (the Frankish Mayor of the Palace), became the sole ruler of the Franks. He suppressed a revolt led by his half-brother Grifo, and succeeded in becoming the undisputed master of all Francia. Giving up pretense, Pepin then forced Childeric (considered the last Frankish king from the Merovingian dynasty) into a monastery and had himself proclaimed king of the Franks with support of Pope Zachary in 751. The decision was not supported by all members of the Carolingian family and Pepin had to put down a revolt led by Carloman’s son, Drogo, and again by Grifo. Anointed a first time in 752 in Soissons by the archbishop of Mainz, Pepin added to his power after Pope Stephen II traveled all the way to Paris from Rome to anoint him a second time in a lavish ceremony at the Basilica of St Denis in 754.”

Pope Stephen II used the “Donation of Constantine” as his authority to coronate and anoint a usurper of a throne. In 496 CE the church had pledged that the Merovingian line of kings (beginning with Merovée-417 and ending with Childeric III-751) would have the support of the papacy in perpetuity. A vow they broke with the Donation of Constantine, a forged Roman imperial decree by which the emperor Constantine I supposedly transferred authority over Rome and the western part of the Roman Empire to Pope Sylvester I (314-335 CE).

Donation of Constantine

“It has been suggested that an early draft of the Donation of Constantine was made shortly after the middle of the 8th century, in order to assist Pope Stephen II in his negotiations with Pepin. In 754, Pope Stephen II crossed the Alps to anoint Pepin king, as well as his two sons Charles and Carloman, at Saint-Denis on 28 July (in a memorable ceremony that was recalled in coronation rites of French kings until the end of the ancien regime in the French Revolution of 1789-1799), thereby enabling the Carolingian family to supplant the old Merovingian royal line. In return for Stephen’s support, Pepin gave the Pope the lands in Italy which the Lombards had taken from the Byzantine Empire. These lands would become the Papal States and would be the basis of the Papacy’s temporal power for the next eleven centuries.”

Thus, did the Papacy assume the mantle of anointing secular royalty to become the martial arm of the Roman Catholic Church, a power popes have used for millennia to meddle in mundane affairs. This bogus Papal dynamism had never crossed the mind of Yeshua of Nazareth concerning his vision of the leaders of kingdom of heaven.

Yeshua summoned them, and said to them, “You know that they who are recognized as rulers over the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you, but whoever wants to become great among you shall be your servant. Whoever of you wants to become first among you, shall be bondservant of all. For the Son of Man also came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45
[Quoted sources: Wikipedia and the World English Bible-Messianic Edition]

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