AThe Pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it
were God, and the vicar of God. The Pope is of such lofty and supreme dignity
that, properly speaking, he has not been established in any rank of dignity, but
rather has been placed upon the very summit of all ranks of dignities. The Pope is
called most holy because he is rightfully presumed to be such. Nor can emperors
and kings be called most holy; for although in civil laws the term >most sacred=
seems sometimes to have been usurped by emperors, yet never that of >most holy.=
The Pope alone is deservedly called by the name >most holy=, because he alone is
the vicar of Christ, who is the fountain and source and fullness of all holiness.
AThe Pope by reason of the excellence of his supreme dignity is called bishop of
bishops. He is also called ordinary of ordinaries. He is likewise bishop of the
universal church. He is likewise the divine monarch and supreme emperor, and
king of kings. Hence the Pope is crowned with a triple crown, as king of heaven
and of earth and of the lower regions.
AMoreover the superiority and the power of the Roman Pontiff by no means pertain
only to the heavenly things, to the earthly things, and to the things under the earth,
but are even over angels, than whom he is greater. So that if it were possible that
the angels might err in the faith, or might think contrary to the faith, they could be
judged and excommunicated by the Pope. For he is of so great dignity and power
that he forms one and the same tribunal with Christ. So that whatever the Pope
does, seems to proceed from the mouth of God, as according to most doctors, etc.
these are some of the blasphemies of the church of rome