Decretals: Claims of Popes = God



In a discussion with someone on another forum they brought up the Decretales Gregorii. To be perfectly honest, I hadn’t even heard of them prior to his mentioning them. Can someone here provide a little background?

It seems that there was some language that he believes points to a perception that the Popes equated themselves with God. I certainly realize that commentators engaging in language of the time and/or being overly enthusiastic may have used unfortunate hyperbole. I also realize that purposeful mistranslations have been used to bolster week arguments.

Any help would be appreciated.




See here for a mention in Wikipedia.


Oops, that was actually the Dictatus papae


Eric, this has been discussed several times here; this is one such discussion that should help:


Thank you!

I appreciate the help.



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