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Who issued this Bull?

Pope Paul II   (Pietro Barbo) 

Born: 23 February 1417, Died: 26 July 1471. Pontiff, Bishop of Rome: 30 August 1464 to his death on 26 July 1471.

The author of the bull itself is the well-known Pope Paul V Borghese (1605-1621) who wrote it according to the decree set forth by Pope Paul II. 

Pope Paul V was educated as a lawyer, a renowned expert on canon law, and jealous of Church authority and property. He is remembered as the pope who clashed with Galileo, forbidding him to publicly support the Copernican theory of the universe, and as a great patron of the sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. He often mediated political conflicts and sometimes was at the center of disputes, such as one with Venice in 1606 that almost escalated into a war. Pope Paul V also financed the completion of St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican and anyone who has seen the façade of St. Peter's has seen Paul V's name prominently carved over the central door of the basilica, perhaps one of the most successful billboards in history.

Bibliography

Paul V," Encyclopedia.com (Encyclopedia of World Biography), https://www.encyclopedia.com/people/philosophy-and-religion/roman-catholic-popes-and-antipopes/paul-v  (August 24, 2018).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who issued the bull?

Pope Paul II   (Pietro Barbo)

Born: 23 February 1417, Died: 26 July 1471. Pontiff, Bishop of Rome: 30 August 1464 to his death on 26 July 1471.

The document begins with a decree of Pope Paul II Barbo (1464-1471) on general principles governing alienation of church property. It includes the command (followed here) that any later document delegating any authority over such alienation include the full text of his decree. 

Pope Paul II, the nephew of his predecessor Eugene IV, is remembered for his ostentation, his fondness for gemstones, and for his construction of what is now the Palazzo Venezia in Rome as his residence. Although he was an opponent of humanist learning, he permitted the first printing presses in Rome.  He was also a strong opponent of bribery and trafficking in religious offices. Overall, the Papacy of Paul II was marked by few accomplishments and an autocratic rule over the College of Cardinals. Because of this and his devotion to games and festivities, scholars rank him as one of the worst of the Renaissance popes.

Bibliography

“Paul II,” Encyclopedia.com (Encyclopedia of World Biography), https://www.encyclopedia.com/people/philosophy-and-religion/roman-catholic-popes-and-antipopes/paul-ii  (August 25, 2018).