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Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:00 am

I'd like to report on how we are affected by the pope and how he asserts power and "authority." In 1213, in England, there was a key event in history where the papacy asserted its power, proclaiming its authority with "permanent" effect upon British holdings and colonies, including us.

A cascade of events began in 1208, when King John refused to accept the Archbishop of Canterbury into the Catholic church of England. King John was exercising his diplomatic right to refuse to accept an ambassador from a foreign nation. The Catholic "church" is not just a church, but a sovereign nation by international right of having a claim of land. Also, by proxy, it has power to wage "holy" war, to enforce its foreign policies, much the same today as the United States uses the United Nations to enforce its foreign policies.

In response to the king's refusal, Pope Innocent III placed England under interdiction from the Catholic church. King John was excommunicated, and the pope could have authorized foreign kings to invade England to kidnap King John. In 1213 King John surrendered the kingdom of England, and on behalf of England agreed to pay 1,000 marks annually "to God and the Saints Peter and Paul" (to the Catholic church), and to accept the Archbishop of Canterbury.

This surrender was bound under treaty to be effective into perpetuity. That's a very long time, and it hasn't expired yet.

Two years later, the Magna Carta was signed under threat of sword. Although the Magna Carta is celebrated as a landmark document in history, it is a local agreement which cannot supersede international treaty of England with the papacy.

Today, the American people are joined with England's treaty with the pope. In spite of the Revolutionary War, our diplomatic representatives signed the Treaty of Paris, which gave recognition to the British monarchy as "Arch-Treasurer and Prince Elector of the Holy Roman Empire etc., and of the United States of America," and a series of confusing legal entities were constructed which are registered in England as corporations, including "United States," "The United States of America" "God We Trust," "E Pluribus Unum," and "People (The)."

Daniel Hutchins


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