Skip to comments.The Vatican Secret Archives Unveiled
Posted on 06/27/2012 7:14:22 AM PDT by marshmallow
Prompting some thoughts about historical amnesia and cultural suicide.
Rome The very name Vatican Secret Archives tends to trigger the Dan Brown reflex in minds given to conspiracy theories and black legends about the Catholic Church. In fact, there is nothing sinister about the title of this treasure trove of historical materials; secret, in this case, is Vaticanspeak for the private archives of the papacy, which were opened to qualified scholars in 1881 by Leo XIII, the founder of the modern papacy and a man unafraid of the truths that history could teach.
To mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of this remarkable institution, the Vatican and the City of Rome have assembled an extraordinary exhibit of materials from the Secret Archives, Lux in Arcana (Light in Mysterious Places), which can be enjoyed at the Capitoline Museum in the Piazza del Campidoglio until September 9, and sampled online at www.luxinarcana.org. If good fortune brings you to La Città before September 9, reserve at least three hours to savor an assemblage of primary historical materials of a magnitude never before exhibited in one place, and unlikely to be shown again in the foreseeable future.
Some of the documents written on such various materials as parchment, vellum, paper, and birchbark (the medium for an 1887 letter from the Ojibwe Indians to the pope, the Great Master of Prayer, he who acts in Jesuss stead) bring to mind epic moments and historical turning points across ten centuries: the handwritten records of Galileos trial before the Inquisition; Pope Alexander VIs bull Inter Cetera (which might be translated, Among Other Things), dividing the New World between Spain and Portugal; the 1530 petition from dozens of members of Englands House of Lords, asking Pope Clement VII to annul Henry VIIIs marriage to Catherine.....
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If you have the least bit of historical curiosity, the Vatican is the place to visit.
Just the hall of maps alone is worthwhile. Countless large scale maps of how the landmass of the earth was perceived at the time. These must have been used in sort of a command center for decisions on how Christianity was used to found civilization elsewhere.
I would love to see the Vatican. Not traveling, though, while Obamugabe is still in power.
From the article, and for the Catholic haters resident here on FR, who are bound to get all stimulated by the conjunction of the terms “Vatican” and “secret” in the same sentence:
“In fact, there is nothing sinister about the title of this treasure trove of historical materials; secret, in this case, is Vaticanspeak for the private archives of the papacy, which were opened to qualified scholars in 1881 by Leo XIII, the founder of the modern papacy and a man unafraid of the truths that history could teach.”