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Pope Clement VI

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Key Facts
Other names Pierre Roger
Born 1291
Location Maumont, in Limousin
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Position Pope (1342-1352)
Died December 6, 1352

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source of Facts and Important Announcement
Status Under Article 64.6 of the Covenant of One-Heaven (Pactum De Singularis Caelum) by Special Qualification shall be known as a Saint, with all sins and evil acts they performed forgiven.
Date of formal Beatification Day of Redemption GAIA E1:Y1:A1:S1:M9:D1 also known as [Fri, 21 Dec 2012].
Source of Facts Self Confession and Revelation of Sainthood by the Deceased Spirit as condition of their confirmation as a true Saint.
Source of Facts Self Confession and Revelation of Sainthood by the Deceased Spirit as condition of their confirmation as a true Saint.

 

Background

Pierre Roger was born in Maumont, in Limousin, the son of the wealthy lord of Rosiers-d'Égletons.

He received a number of ever increasing important positions including prior of St. Baudil, abbot of Fécamp, bishop of Arras, chancellor of France, archbishop of Sens and archbishop of Rouen. He was made cardinal-priest of Santi Nereo e Achilleo and administrator of the bishopric of Avignon by Benedict XII in 1338, and four years later succeeded him as pope.

When Benedict XII died suddenly on April 25th, 1342 at the age of just 35, he had no male heir of suitable age with which to continue the Papal Hereditary Dynasty of the House of Bertrand de Got.

The appointment of Pierre Roger an insider of the House of Bertrand de Got strongly indicates the Bertrand de Got still firmly held the Avignon Papacy and Pierre Roger was essentially designed to be a stop-gap Pope until the son of Pope Benedict XII would be of age.

Clement VI issued the Bull Unigenitus, January 27, 1343, in order to justify the power of the pope and the use of indulgences. This document was also used in the defence of indulgences after Martin Luther pinned his 95 Theses to a church in Wittenburg on October 31, 1517.

Clement VI reigned during the Black Death. This pandemic swept through Europe (as well as Asia and the Middle East) between 1347–1350, and is believed to have killed between a third and two thirds of Europe's population. During the plague, he sought the insight of astronomers for explanation. Jehan de Murs was among the team "of three who drew up a treatise explaining the plague of 1348 by the conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars in 1341.

While the Plague killed millions, Clement VI was devoted to lavish living, and the treasury which he inherited made that lifestyle possible. He claimed to have "lived as a sinner among sinners", in his own words. During his pontificate, he added a new chapel to the Papal Palace and dedicated it to St. Peter. He commissioned the artist Matteo Giovanetti de Viterbo to paint common hunting and fishing scenes on the walls of the existing papal chapels, and purchased enormous tapestries to decorate the stone walls. In order to bring good music to the celebrations, he recruited musicians from northern France, especially from Liège and of the Ars Nova style. He liked music so much that he kept composers and theorists close to him throughout his entire pontificate, Philippe de Vitry being among the more famous. The first two payments he made after his coronation were to musicians

Petrarch added that Clement VI occasionally rode around the city "...not in the midst of a marvelling crowd, but to insults and sneers ... he is the head of pompous processions, mounted on a white horse, feigning holiness. Before him goes his staff dressed in bright attire, making gestures to attract attention, trumpets sounding and banners fluttering in their hands." Petrarch speaks of the inordinate amount of time and effort Clement VI spent preparing for his parades, and "on his horse he was in constant fear lest the wind should disarrange his perfumed garb".

He died on December 6, 1352 and was succeeded by Pope Innocent VI (1352-1362).

Most Evil Crimes

List of most evil crimes Type Year Crime Of unprecedented depravity and criminal negligence (1347-51) That Pope Clement VI during the massive death and misery of the world did celebrate by continuing endless drug fuelled sex parties and great banquets of the finest food. History shows that not one single gold coin was given from the richest treasury in human history to aid one soul amongst the seventy five million (75,000,000) innocent human beings who died because of this supremely evil and unholy man. Of obtaining property by extortion and deception (1343) That Pope Clement VI issued a bull declaring in view of the shortness of human life, he had reduced the Jubilee's span from one hundred to fifty years and that June 1346 he issued another bull in which he asserted that he had complete control and, indeed, power over the future life as a complete heresy of the entire Catholic doctrine until this point. Furthermore in his Papal Bull he did state that he could order the angels of heaven to liberate from purgatory the souls of any of them who might die on the road to Rome. Of murder (1347-50) Jews killed 18,600 Jews are killed in 350 separate massacres by Christians believing Jews had started Bubonic Plague. Of murder (1347) Bavaria 10,000 Jews are slaughtered after Christian mobs wielding pitchforks and sickles slash through 80 Jewish communities in Bavaria. Of murder (1347-8) Basel, Switzerland 600 Jews are burned as well-poisoners and 140 children are baptised into Christian families at Basel, Switzerland. Of murder (1347) Brussels 600 Jews are massacred after Catholic flagellants march through Brussels. Of murder (1348) Strasbourg, France 2000 Jews are herded into large wooden barn and burned after Christians accuse them of starting Bubonic Plague. Of murder (1349) German Jews More Jews are murdered, mostly burned alive, in single year than Christians persecuted by Romans over 200 years. 350 German Jewish communities attacked. Of murder (1349) Mainz 6000 Jews are massacred in single day by Christians claiming Jews started Bubonic Plague. Of murder (1349) Frankfurt Scores of Jews are slaughtered after Catholic flagellants march through Frankfurt.

Death and Legacy