IN 1212, PIED PIPER POPE INNOCENT III AND HIS MONKS LED OVER 50,000 FRENCH AND GERMAN
CHILDREN TO THEIR DOOM SINGING THE CRUSADER'S HYMN "FAIREST LORD JESUS."
Most people believe that clerical abuse of children is a 20th century phenomenon. Nothing could be further from the TRUTH. Clerical abuse on a massive scale actually began in the 13th century with the Children's Crusade. The 13th century has been called the noonday of the Papacy because Pope Innocent III straddled the world like a colossus.

Edomite Lotario de' Conti—the future Pope Innocent III—was born near Lazio in central Italy. A canon lawyer by profession, his taking the name "INNOCENT" was like Adolf Hitler adopting the name Adolf Frieden (peaceful), or Attila the Hun adopting the name Attila the Hen.

"Innocent" had a thorough knowledge of the Latin Vulgate Version, and his letters and sermons are laced with Biblical quotations. Here is his favorite verse:

Lo, I have set thee this day over the nations, and the kingdoms, to root up, and to pull down, and to waste, and to destroy, and to build, and to plant (Jeremias 1:10, Douay-Rheims Version).

Nobody can deny that "Innocent" and his successors have laid waste to the entire world.

Pope Innocent III (1160 -1216).
Pope Innocent III (1160–1216).
Reigned from 1198 to 1216.
 

Lotario de' Conti became Pontiff at 38 without even bothering to become a priest first.

He was a shrewd canon lawyer who studied law at Bologna and Paris. He was the first Pope to call himself "Vicar of Christ."

Alarmingly, in 1950, a bust of the Pied Piper was placed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

Bust of Pope Innocent III in the
U.S. Capitol Buiding.

Pope Innocent III launched the Fourth Crusade with the intent of capturing Jerusalem and extinguishing the Greek Holy Fire in the tomb of Jesus. That tomb could not possibly be the location of the death and Resurrection of the real Jewish Messiah because that was located OUTSIDE the city, while that "Holy Sepulchre" is located WITHIN the city of Jerusalem:

This title therefore many of the Jews did read: because the place where Jesus was crucified was NIGH (near) to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, in Greek, and in Latin (John 19:20, Douay-Rheims Version).

There is a big difference from a location being NEAR the city to a location WITHIN the city. President Kennedy's grave is located in Arlington Cemetary, near Washigton City, but outside the city limits, in Arlington County, Virginia. The Prussians were NEAR Paris in August 1914 but they never entered the City of Lights.

By the 13th century, the Republic of Venice was the major seapower in the Mediterranean. Constantinople and Venice were rivals in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Doge saw an opportunity to eliminate his eastern rival. He persuaded the Crusaders to attack the fabulously wealthy New Roma . . . instead of Jerusalem!


Enrico Dandalo (11071205).
Doge from 1192 to 1205.
 

90-year-old Doge of Venice Enrico Dandalo led the Fourth Crusade to Constantinople instead of Jerusalem.

He reminded the Crusaders that Jerusalem had no gold, but the conquest of Constantinople would make them all as rich as Croesus!!

"Innocent" was furious at Dandalo for tempting his Crusaders with "filthy lucre," but the Doge died before he could excommunicate him!!

 

 
Sack of Constantinople by the Crusaders.
The Sack of Constantinople by
the Crusaders in 1204.

Pope Innocent III was furious at the Doge of Venice for tempting his Crusaders with "filthy lucre" instead of shipping them to Palestine. Constantinople was always on the Papal radar but the capture of Jerusalem took precedence over every other objective.

No "miracles of healing" were ever reported at the most important shrine in Christendom, and that was a big embarrassment to the pontiffs, because lesser shrines like Canterbury Cathedral were reporting "miracles" almost weekly. The only supernatural happening was the yearly "fire from heaven" that lighted the Patriarch's candle:

And he (Satan) did great signs, so that he made also fire to come down from heaven unto the earth in the sight of men
(Revelation 13:13, Douay-Rheims Version).

Next year the Holy Fire "miracle" takes place on April 8—the eve of the Orthodox Easter.


The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
by artist David Roberts, 1839.
 

Pope Innocent III convened the Fourth Lateran Council which officially recognized the Real Presence of Jesus in the host.

Only one miracle occurs annually in the Church of the Holy Sepuchre: the lighting of the Holy Fire.

All the Crusades were about extinguishing that Holy Fire.

 
The lighting of the Holy Fire in the Church
The lighting of the Holy Fire in the
Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

In order to shame his "get rich quick" Crusaders, Pope Innocent launched the Children's Crusade. He wanted the children to teach the Crusaders the lesson that "filthy lucre" should not be their motivation for rescuing the Holy Sepulchre from the "infidels."

Pope Innocent III launched the Children's Crusade in 1212

Pope Innocent used this Scripture from the Latin Vulgate Version to justify his Children's Crusade:

Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou has perfected praise, because of thy enemies, that thou mayst destroy the enemy and the avenger (Psalm 8:2, Douay-Rheims Version).

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the lion, and the sheep shall abide together, and a little child shall lead them (Isaiah 11:6, Douay-Rheims Version).

It was meant to SHAME the adults into joining them in the march to Jerusalem. The mass hysteria began in France and then spread to Germany. England was under the dreaded Interdict of Pope Innocent III so they could not send any of their children to the Crusade.


Jesus appearing to shepherd
boy Stephen.
 

In the spring of 1212, 12-year-old Stephen of Cloyes said that Jesus gave him a letter to give to the king of France.

King Philip Augustus was appalled at the idea, but his hands were tied because he was excommunicated for divorcing his wife, Princess Ingeborg of Danmark.

King John of England and Emperor Otho IV of Germany were also under the Papal ban.

 
King Philip Augustus of France
(11651223).
Reigned from 1180 to 1223.

There was nothing that any of the kings could do to stop the monkish contagion from spreading because Pope "Innocent" was at war with most of the European kings.

The entire kingdom of England was already under an Interdict and Otto IV was also excommunicated. Those 2 weapons: excommunication and the Interdict were powerful weapons in the hands of Innocent III. Those Papal thunderbolts caused kings to tremble on their thrones.


Nicholas of Cologne preaching the
Crusade in Germany.
 

A youth named Nicholas of Cologne began preaching the Crusade in Germany.

Emperor Otto IV was powerless to intervene because he was already excommunicated by Pope "Innocent."

Soon, thousands of children, both male and female, left their homes, and began marching south to the sea.

 

 

German Emperor Otto IV (11751218). Reigned from 1209 to 1215.

At least 25,000 children set out from Germany to cross the Alps on foot. Most of the children were illiterate and had no idea where Jerusalem was located.

Pope Innocent promised the children a miracle like Moses parting the Red Sea!!

Pope Innocent, acting through his clergy, told the children that the Mediterranean would open miraculously, and they would walk across the sea on dry land:

And when Moses had stretched forth his hand over the sea, the Lord took it away by a strong and burning wind blowing all the night, and turned it into dry ground: and the water was divided. And the children of Israel went in through the midst of the sea dried up: for the water was a wall on their right hand and on their left (Exodus 14: 21-22, Douay-Rheims Version).

The 25,000 French children set out for the port of Marseilles. Not that they needed ships, because Stephen had already assured them that the sea would open up, and they would march to Zion on dry ground.


The French children marching
to their doom.
 

When the children arrived in Marseilles, carrying their crosses, toys, and dolls, Stephen went down to the ocean and smote it with his crucifix 7 times.

Nothing happened and the sea refused to part.

It was then that 2 Edomite pirates named Hugo Ferreus and William Porcus offered to take them free of charge to the Holy Land via ship.

 

The children expected the sea
to
part like the Red Sea!

7 ships were loaded with 700 children per ship and they sailed off into the sunset never to be seen again. Nobody knows what happened to them but one ship was wrecked on the island of San Pietro.

Pope Gregory IX built a church on San Pietro Island to commemorate the drowned children!!

One of the pirate ships carrying the children into captivity was wrecked on the island of San Pietro near Sardinia. Many of the bodies of the children were washed ashore.

Pope Gregory IX
Pope Gregory IX
Pope from 1227 to 1241.
 

Pope Gregory IX condemned the Holy Fire as a pious fraud and he ordered the Franciscan monks to extinguish it.

During his pontificate, he ordered a church to be built on the island called Ecclesium Novorum Innocentium (Church of the New Innocents).

By 1867 that church was a total ruin.

 

An artist's sketch of the church in 1867.

Before the blessed Reformation, that island was a place of pilgrimage for the Catholics who believed that the children were "martyrs" for Jesus:

But they were not destined to be as lonely as they may have anticipated. In an age of pilgrimages and of holy places a spot like this would not remain unvisited. It soon became a favorite shrine, and from the islands around crowds came to utter eager prayers, or to fulfill the vows of superstition. The deep waters bore on their bosom many a boat, laden with pilgrims, who, as they approached the shore, heard the music of the services, that was wafted towards them by the breeze. It became the noted place of that part of the Mediterranean,and was looked upon with reverence as a " Holy Isle," where the wonderful children slept, whose intercession was most precious in view of their virtues and their martyrdom. (Gray,The Children's Crusade, p. 226).

After the blessed Reformation, it was a terrible embarrassment to the Popes so the church was closed and the island deserted.


The exterior of the refurbished
Chiesa
dei Novelli Innocenti
in Carlo Forte.
 

On the crumbling facade of the Ecclesium Novorum Innocentium a new church was been built called Chiesa dei Novelli Innocenti.

A mass is said once a year to commemorate and honor the children who died as "martyrs" to liberate the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem!!

 

 

Interior of the Chiesa dei
Novelli Innocenti
.

Recently, that church has been partially rebuilt and is now used only once a year. Very few people who visit the island are aware of its link to the Children's Crusade.

Pope Innocent III was the Pied Piper and the rats symbolized his monks!!

The initial story of the Pied Piper, dating from the 13th century, mentioned nothing about the town being infested with RATS. That embellishment was added by Saint Martin Luther to symbolize the RATS that lured the children to their doom.


Pope Innocent III piping the
children to their doom.
 

The original story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin is based on a horrible historical event, namely the Children's Crusade.

The original 13th century Pied Piper story does not mention RATS.

Saint Martin Luther added the RATS to symbolize the monks that lured the children to their doom!!

 

The Pied Piper play in Hamlin with
children dressed as RATS.

According to the post-Reformation version of the Pied Piper story, the town of Hamlin in Germany was plagued by RATS and the townspeople called on a rat-catcher to get rid of them. The rat-catcher lured the rats into the Wessex River and they all drowned. When the mayor of the town refused to pay the rat-catcher because "all he did was pipe a tune," he lured all the children away . . . never to be seen again.

The children went to their doom singing "Fairest Lord Jesus"

Here are the German and English words to the hymn that the German children sang as they marched to their doom:

GERMAN VERSION
ENGLISH VERSION
Schönster Herr Jesus,
Herrscher aller Erden,
Gottes und Maria Sohn ;
Dich will ich lieben,
Dich will ich ehren,
Du, meiner Seele Freud' und Kron!

Schön sind die Felder,
Noch schöner sind die Wälder,
In der schönen Frühlingszeit ;
Jesus ist schöner,
Jesus ist reiner,
Der unser traurig Herz erfreut.

Schon leuchtet die Sonne,
Noch schöner leuchtet der Monde,
Und die Sternlein allzumal ;
Jesus leuchtet schoner,
Jesus leuchtet reiner,
Als all' die Engel im Himmelsaal.
Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature, 
O thou of God and man the Son, 
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor, 
thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown. 

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands, 
robed in the blooming garb of spring: 
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer 
who makes the woeful heart to sing. 

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight, 
and all the twinkling starry host: 
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer 
than all the angels heaven can boast. 

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations! 
Son of God and Son of Man! 
Glory and honor, praise, adoration, 
now and forevermore be thine. 

The poor deluded illiterate children did not know that JESUS is a Latin name and Jewish parents gave their children Jewish names.

The Latin name JESUS was the first name of Roman Emperor Constantine, and the Church of Roma substituted Constantine for Christ. The children were on their way to liberate the tomb of JESUS in Jerusalem and Man of Sin never told them about the empty tomb on the Mount of Olives!!

Without controversy we can state that ALL the Popes were Pied Pipers, leading countless millions of ADULTS to their doom—the blind leading the blind to the pit of destruction.


Interesting Note

Hannibal Hamilin—President Lincoln's first Vice President—was named after the town of Hamlin in Germany!!


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References

Florescu, Radu. In Search of the Pied Piper. Athena, Lodon, U.K., 2005.

Gray, George Zabriskie. The Children's Crusade. Houghton Mifflin & Company, Boston, MASS, 1870.

Moore, John C. Pope Innocent III. University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, Indiana, 2009.


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