The name Benedict means "blessed" and the name was adopted from Benedict of Nursia—who founded the monastic system named after him. You cannot have "celibate" monks without an available supply of "celibate" nuns, so his twin sister Scholastica founded the female branch of Benedictine monasticism.

In the new Jerusalem, the most famous Benedict was Benedict Arnold. At the beginning of the Revolution, Arnold was more patriotic than George Washington because he started the Revolution the correct way: by getting the British out of Canada!

Pope Benedict I.
Pope from 575 to 579.

After Constantinople was founded by Emperor Jesus Constantine in 330 AD, the Emperors claimed sovereignty over the entire Roman Empire.

However, the new papal pontiffs told them that they couldn't be legitimate Roman Emperors because they didn't reign in Roma.

Nevertheless, Pope Benedict had to have his election ratified by Emperor Tiberius II Constantine.

Emperor Tiberius II Constantine.
Reigned from 574 to 582.

It is beyond belief but Charlemagne was crowned "Holy Roman Emperor" by Pope Leo III in 800 AD; then he was dismissed and told to return home to Germania.

Pope Benedict II.
Pope from 684 to 685.

Pope Benedict II was "blessed" indeed because his reign only lasted from June 25, 684, to May 8, 685.

However, during his short reign he obtained a decree from the Emperor that transferred imperial confirmations from Constantinople to the Exarch of Ravenna.

The pontiffs knew that if sovereignty over Italy could be wrestled from Constantinople, that would end imperial confirmations completely.


Emperor Constantine IV (652
Reigned from 668 to 685.

By 686, dissension was growing between Roma and Constantinople over language, images, appointment of Popes, the nature of Christ, etc., etc. The 2 cities were not on the same page at all concerning vital theological issues.

The mythical Pope Benedict III.


Like all the Popes prior to Emperor Jesus Constantine, Pope Benedict III is a myth.

His reign was invented to cover-up the reign of Pope Joan VII.


The Pope Joan VII tarot card from the
Visconti-Sforza tarot deck, c. 1450.

The 2-year-reign of Pope Joan VII was followed by the relatively long reign of Pope Nicholas I (858 867). The next Pope Benedict inaugurated the 10th century—the darkest time in the very, very Dark Ages.

Pope Benedict IV.
Pope from 900 to 903.


In Roma, the 10th century is known as "the rule of the harlots," or the pornocracy.

That era is symbolized in the Apocalypse by the Congregation of Thyatira, when Jezebel was riding the Beast, and the Papacy was a veritable sewer of corruption.

Coincidently, Pope Benedict crowned "Louis the Blind" as the appropriately named fake "Holy Roman Emperor."


Coat of Arms of "Louis the Blind."

Benedict died in Roma during the summer of 903, his short reign was probably ended by poisoning!

Pope Benedict V.
Pope from May to June 964.

After reigning for just 1 month, Benedict V was deposed by Emperor Otto I and he died the following year.

In 964, there were 3 rivals for the Chair of St. Peter: Pope John XII, Benedict V. and Pope Leo VIII.

It was a replay of the bitter rivalry between Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus.


Fake Emperor Otto I (912973).
Reigned from 962 to 973.

Fake "Roman Emperor" Otto I was like a referee caught in the middle of the strife as the "Holy Fathers" fought each other bitterly over the Chair of St. Peter. Pope Benedict V was succeeded by Pope Leo VIII, who also reigned for a very short time.

Pope Benedict VI.
Pope from from 973 to 974.

Pope Benedict VI also had a very, very short reign of only 1 year.

In June 974, he was deposed and strangled by order of "Antipope" Boniface VII.

"Antipope" Boniface then fled to Constantinople, but he returned and assumed the Chair of St. Peter in 984.


"Antipope" Boniface VII.
Pope from June to Dec. 974.

Pope Boniface VII has been called an "Antipope." Since every Pope is an Antichrist, that means that an Antipope is actually a "good" Pope."

Pope Benedict VII.
Pope from 974 to 983.

Pope Benedict VII ruled for an incredibly long time for the 10th century.

Pope Benedict was succeeded by Pope John XIV whose birth name was Peter Canepanoza.

Amazingly, he did not take the name Peter as his throne name.


Pope John XIV.
Pope from 983 to 984.

After reigning for just 1 year, Pope John XIV was given the poison chalice and sent to St. Peter. With Otto II out of the way, "Antipope" Boniface VII engineered his demise, and he in turn was sent to St. Peter a year later.

Vital link


Norwich, John Julius. Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy. Random House, New York, 2011.

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