Finding the Papal Bull Documents

In 1988, I realized that I had never actually read the original language from the papal bulls of the fifteenth century. I had only read a few sentences quoted in various sources such as Vine Deloria, Jr.’s God is Red and Wilcomb Washburn’s Red Man’s Land White Man’s Law.  I remember wondering at a certain point how I might locate those Catholic Church documents. I began to reason it out: “Hmm, Catholic Church documents. Why don’t I call the library at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.?”

I called information (people still did that back then) and got the phone number of the library. When I called a librarian answered (I recently found the note; his name was David Gilson). I told him what I was looking for, and he told me to call him back in a couple of hours. He said he would see what he could find.

When I called again, the librarian said that he’d found what I was looking for: The documents were available in a book called European Treaties Bearing on the History of the United States and Its Dependencies to 1648, published by the Carnegie Institution in 1917. He said the book had been used a few years before that to settle some dispute over a Catholic Diocese.

Paige and I were living in Tucson, Arizona in those days, and I was spending a lot of time at the University of Arizona (UofA) library. I remember being quite exhilarated at the thought of being able to read those Vatican documents.

The UofA library did have the book. The Vatican papal bulls were available in both Latin and English. That’s how I first began studying the language of the papal bulls. That’s when I first came across the specifics about the DOMINATION LANGUAGE SYSTEM found in the papal bulls of the fifteenth century.

I remember reading for the first time the language from the document Dum diversas, dated 1452, and the document Romanus Pontifex from 1455.

“Invade, capture, vanquish, and subdue, all Saracens, pagans, and other enemies of Christ, to reduce their persons to perpetual slavery,” and “take away all their possessions and property.”

After years of reflection I realized that kind of the terminology carried THE DOMINATION CODE. Eventually, after years of study I consulted a Latin-English Dictionary, and found the Latin word “domo.” It had seven main meanings that seemed to the match the language of the papal bulls: “Subjugate, subdue, force into subservience, to tame, to domesticate, to cultivate, to till.”

Then there were the words of domination that begin with the 4th letter of alphabet, the letter ‘D’: Do, Dom, Domo, Dome, Dominati, Dominus, Dominium, Domanas, Dominorum, and so forth.

I thought it was so interesting, for example, that the word “domestic” in the phrase “domestic dependent nation” (a phrase created by Chief Justice John Marshall’s in the 1831 Supreme Court ruling Cherokee Nation v. Georgia) is one of the meanings of the Latin word “domo,” and the paradigm of domination.

The Inter Caetera papal bull was translated into English as saying that “barbarous nations” were to be “subjugated” and once that was done they would be considered “domesticated” by the invading system of domination.

Looking back, I now see that THE DOMINATION CODE is a name that I eventually gave to the formation of a gestalt or holistic structure formed out of apparently unrelated elements or activities. One name for that holistic structure is Imperii Christiani “of the Christian empire”) as Pope Alexander VI referred to it. The Christian empire desired to overrun and overtake the “barbarae nationes,” by invading them, capturing them, vanquishing them, subduing them, forcing them into subservience, taming them, domesticating them, while colonizing (cultivating and tilling) the soil.

The overall goal was for the Christian empire to impose a process of temporal and spiritual domination on the non-Christian world by taking their children away from them, destroying their languages, preventing them from maintaining their accustomed way of life, and destroying their economies by ridding the land of them.

Kill them off all together as much as possible, and the ones you cannot kill you must put into a permanent position of subservience and “domestication,” so that they will become entirely dependent on the Christian empire, or dependent on whatever political system becomes the successor to that empire. Condition the non-Christians to mentally and physically live in habitual pattern of obedience to the control and rule of Christendom.

A key sentence of the Inter Caetera papal bull of 1493 is extremely unsettling: “We [the royal “we”] trust in Him [the capital ‘H’ indicates a deity] from whom empires and dominations and all good things proceed.” The question arises, who is that Deity of empire and domination? No name is given.

The above sentence tells us that the Catholic Church of Pope Alexander VI was devoted to a God of Domination out of which he and the Catholic Church envisioned empires and dominations emerging or proceeding. Riches and wealth (“good things”) would be accumulated by those who mastered the ideas and activities of THE DOMINATION CODE. The current global order of states and corporate rule is premised on that same patterning. – Steven Newcomb