Saturday, September 5, 2015

Inexplicable Censorship -- Vatican Publisher Presents Transcript of Proceedings on Emperor Constantine the Great

Inexplicable Censorship -- Vatican Publisher Presents Transcript of Proceedings on Emperor Constantine the Great

In Hoc Signo Vinces - censorship in the Vatican against Constantine the Great
(Rome) "The impudence of those who are obviously moved, to
 the detriment of the truth by an ideological schema, is always
 worrying," said Corrrispondenza Romana.  During proceedings 
at the Vatican publishing house,  the conference transcript 
about the Emperor Constantine the Great and the Constantinian 
Shift has recently appeared. It's a transcript with curious surprises,
 revealing an alarming censorship.
From the 18th-21st April 2012 on  the occasion of the 1700th
 anniversary of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, an international 
meeting of historians took place on the figure of Emperor 
Constantine the Great. The meeting had been initiated by 
the reigning President until 2009 of the Pontifical Committee
 for Historical Sciences, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller. 
Renowned speakers discussed  key issues that ranged 
from the conversion of the emperor, to the relationship
 between Christians and the Roman Empire, and 
Constantine's vision before the decisive  victory of
 October 28th, 312.

Speech by Professor de Mattei disappears

Recently, the Vatican publishing house will publish the 
title "Constantine the Great.  On the Roots of Europe,"  
as the conference's volume and which will be 
presented  in the Augustinianum in Rome. Among the 
"most important experts in the field", as the acting 
President of the Pontifical Committee for Historical 
Sciences writes, there was also the  historian 
Roberto de Mattei, who illustrated in a highly regarded
 paper, the "archetypal significance of the Battle of 
the Milvian Bridge." The presentation by Professor de
 Mattei is, however, gone. It is not found in the 
conference proceedings in which the papers were
 published. De Mattei was also not invited to the
 presentation of the volume, which can be 
assessed as an additional personal rebuff by t
he publisher.
"How is such an inexplicable censorship possible?" 
asked Corrispondenza Romana. To many it may 
have caused some upset  that Professor de Mattei
 regarded the Vision of Constantine, with its luminous
 signs in form of a cross on the sun with the words
 "In Hoc Signo Vinces," as genuine.   In a time in 
which even Catholic theological faculties of 
priest-professors deny the authenticity of the miracles 
of Jesus, "because they are  scientifically impossible,
"  someone may have felt provoked.

Vision and Victory of Constantine of

 "Archetypal Meaning"

Constantine the Great
The upset stomach of many must have grown,
 as de Mattei pointed out that in the vision of 
the emperor and its consequences  became 
a model for the following centuries, can be 
seen, and therefore taken up by Saint
 Pius X which he testified in the Apostolic 
Exhortation Universi christifidelibus, with 
which he announced the Constantinian
 Jubilee in commemoration of the historic 
event announced on 8 March 1913:
"At that time the Church Militant finally obtained 
the first of those triumphs which was relieved 
from previous epochs of all kinds of persecutions
 and stood ready on that day in the company of the 
human race for ever greater deeds."
What is significant to the battle of Saxa Rubra as
  "military and political triumph," says Professor 
de Mattei in his speech, is "not separate from
 the wonderful intuition of Constantine." 
He continues: "Christ himself called 
on Constantine and his legions to fight on
 His behalf. Thus, He established the
 principle that it is lawful to fight on behalf 
of God, when the cause is just and the war 
is declared a holy war. The battle of 28 October 
proved not only the legality of Christians to 
serve in the army, but was declared instinctu
 divinitatis the first holy war of the Christian era."

"In Hoc Signo Vinces" means not 

only "internal victory over sin, but 

also public, armed victory"

So the motto "In Hoc Signo Vinces," the "Signum 
Crucis, binds the symbol of the cross to a victory
 that is not only the inner victory over the
 disordered passions and sin, but also a 
public, armed, military victory."
Although these statements by Professor de 
Mattei were covered in detail by the sources, 
they seem not to have fit the picture of 
someone in the Vatican, whether the 
Pontifical Committee for Historical Research,
 the Vatican publishing house or even someone 
in a high position. To invite a speaker as a 
designated expert to a meeting and then to 
dismiss his paper without any justification, 
without even mentioning the name of the 
speaker, is not only a personal affront, and 
not just a violation of all intellectual 
and academic practice, but pure 
censorship. It's a manipulation behind 
which hides a falsification of history.
Corrispondenza Romana provides the 
additional question: "Who is afraid of 
Constantine the Great?"

Second Lecture also Disappears

It was not only de Mattei's lecture which 
has disappeared. But  the presentation 
by Professor Gianluigi Falchi from the
 Lateran University also can not be
 found in the conference proceedings. 
Professor Falchi talked about freedom
 of religion and the baptism of 
Constantine. In this case, there was
 no "plausible" explanation either,  as 
the historian had died in the meantime
 and thus his text could no longer see 
the printing. However,  a complete 
eradication is still not justified.
 Propriety entirely demands the 
publication of  papers in such cases 
with a note.
The case of Professor de Mattei, however, 
offers no "plausible" explanation.  
Therefore, there remains only the assumption
 that the contents of the lecture were not
 in fitting with the picture of that hasty distancing 
from the "Constantinian shift" matches in 
which to practice numerous church 
When emerged from the Battle of the 
Milvian Bridge, as the chairman of the 
Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, 
the French Premonstratensian Bernard 
Ardura, writes in his foreword to the conference
 proceedings, really a "new world" and a Europe 
"in which the values ​​of human dignity, freedom
 of conscience, freedom of religion and
 freedom of worship flourished ", it is difficult 
to understand that all this is depressed at
 the same time in connection with this meeting
 through censorship with feet that
 just wanted to emphasize these principles.

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