Before the segregation of the church and the reformation age, specifically in the 11th century, Pope Gregory VII was involved in a controversy with King Henry VII regarding the power to select, install, transfer and demotes bishops. Therefore, prompting the Pope to write out the unpublished Papal Dictate in the year 1075 which coincided with the age of the Gregorian reforms.

This dictate of the pope was unpublished, un-copied, uncirculated and later found in the papal register, and it contained a compilation of 27 statements of powers reserved for the pope alone. Pope Gregory sought to establish that Spiritual authority superseded temporal authority therefore laying more claims to the topic of papal infallibility and supremacy. They include:

1.The Roman Church was founded solely by God.

2.Only the Pope can be called Universal for he is of God.

3.Only the Pope can depose or reinstate bishops.

4.All bishops are below his Legate in council, even if a lower grade, and he can pass sentence of deposition against them.

5.The Pope may depose a bishop or abbot in absentia.

6.Believers should not related or exist together with Anyone having being demoted or excommunicated by the Pope.

7.For him alone is it lawful, according to the needs of the time, to make new laws, to assemble together new congregations, to make an abbey of a canonry, and, on the other hand, to divide a rich bishopric and unite the poor ones.

8.The Pope alone may use the Imperial Insignia.

9.All princes shall prostrate and kiss the feet of the Pope alone.

10.His name alone shall be spoken in the churches.

11.His title is unique in the world.

12.It may be permitted to him to depose emperors.

13.It may be permitted to him to transfer bishops, if need be.

14.He has the power to ordain the clerk of any parish he wishes.

15.He who is ordained by the Pope may preside over another church, but may not hold a subordinate position. Such a person may not receive a higher clerical grade from any other bishop.

16.No synod shall be called a General Synod without his order.

17.No chapter and no book shall be considered canonical without his authority.

18.A sentence passed by him may be retracted by no one. He alone may retract it.

19.He himself may be judged by no one.

20.No one shall dare to condemn any person who appeals to the Apostolic Chair.

21.The more important cases of every church should be referred to the Apostolic See.

22.The Roman Church has never erred. Nor will it err, to all eternityScripture being witness.

23.The Roman Pontiff, if he has been canonically ordained, is undoubtedly made holy by the merits of St. Peter, St. Ennodius Bishop of Pavia bearing witness, and many holy fathers agreeing with him. As it is contained in the decrees of Pope St. Symmachus.

24.By his command and consent, it may be lawful for subordinates to bring accusations.

25.He may depose and reinstate bishops without assembling a Synod.

26.He who is not at peace with the Roman Church shall not be considered catholic.

27.He may absolve subjects from their fealty to wicked men. 

Having written this Dictate, the Pope was thus supreme over Kings of the world, for he anointed by God.


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