The Donation of Constantine


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The History of the claim to be Vicar of Christ

This outlandish assertion came relatively late in the history of the Papacy. To begin with, the Bishop of Rome claimed to be the vicar of Caesar – and his successors the rightful heirs to the Caesars. The city that had been the seat of power for the Roman Empire became the city for the Bishop of Rome to exercise his authority.

Gradually, other Bishops and national monarchs accepted him as vicar and successor to Caesar with the same supreme title of “Pontifex Maximus.”

Next, the Bishops of Rome claimed to be “The vicar of the prince of the apostles”[1], that is, the vicar of Peter.[2] Thus, in the early fifth century, Bishop Innocent I (401-417 A.D.) insisted that Christ had delegated supreme power to Peter and made him the Bishop of Rome. Following this, he held that the Bishop of Rome as Peter’s successor was entitled to exercise Peter’s power and prerogatives. Boniface III, who became Bishop of Rome in 607, established himself as “Universal Bishop,” thus claiming to be vicar and master of all other bishops.

It was not until the eighth century, however, that the particular title “Vicar of the Son of God”[3] was found in the fraudulent document called “The Donation of Constantine.”[4] Although this notorious document was proven false in the early sixteenth century, the Bishops of Rome have used the title “Vicar of Christ” since the eighth century. This title has been the Pope’s supreme claim to spiritual and temporal supremacy. The taste of divine power, with which the title resonates, has proven to be addictive. The “Vicar of Christ” is able to recognize no authority other than his own. He looks upon himself as Master of all, and boldly proclaims, “The First See is judged by no one.”[5]

From this article here…


I thought this kind of nonsense has been discredited a long time ago. Why are there still gullible people who swallow such things up?


What exaclty do you need help with??? The site admits it’s a forgery. Thanks and God Bless.


Just wanted to know more about this ‘Donation of Constantine’ and the origin of the term ‘Vicar of the Son of God.’

I managd to find this at

**Q: How can you claim “Vicar of the Son of God” isn’t the official title of the Pope? This is how the papacy is addressed in the Donation of Constantine-- proof enough the Pope is the beast of Revelation 13. **

A: The spurious Donation of Constantine does use the expression “Vicar of the Son of God,” but only in passing, not as “the official title of the Pope,” and it applies the title to Peter alone, not to his successors–that is, it’s not used as a title for the popes in general and so is no title for them at all.

“Vicar of the Son of God” is employed by anti-Catholic writers in place of authentic titles such as “Vicar of Christ” or “Servant of the Servants of God” because it tallies up to 666–the number of the beast–and the others don’t.


This article really just takes their understanding of the Catholic description of the Pope and attacks that. There is plenty of support for the primacy of Peter and his successors and the institution of a visible Church. We do not base this on the Donation of Constantine.
Here is a little on this.

Catholics know that the Pope isn’t a replacement for Christ, but he is here on earth to serve the Church as the Popes before him. We do not equate the Pope to God or worship him. This is similar to the claim that Catholics worship statues as they take their understanding of statues and then attack the Catholic Church about it.

So this is my point, unfortunately this is very common, where people take their understanding of the Catholic Church and attack that.

“There are not over a hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church, which is, of course, quite a different thing.”

Bishop Fulton Sheen


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