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Vatican's 'secret archives' are no longer secret


Posted on Tuesday, 29 October, 2019 | Comment icon 13 comments

The archives contain a wealth of information. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Leinad-Z
A vast repository of manuscripts dating back over a thousand years has been officially renamed by the Pope.
Originally founded in 1612 after Pope Paul V ordered all church records to be stored in one place, the Vatican Secret Archive contains all the acts promulgated by the Holy See.

A gold mine for scholars, philosophers and historians alike, this vast collection of papers, documents and parchments contains a wealth of knowledge about the church and its long history.

Some of its most valuable documents, including gold-plated manuscripts and the acts of the Inquisition trial against Galileo Galilei, are kept securely in special climate-controlled rooms.

The oldest of the documents stored in the archives dates back to the end of the 8th Century.
Now in a renewed bid to shake any negative connotations associated with the word 'secret' in its name, Pope Francis has this week formally renamed the repository the Vatican Apostolic Archive.

The Latin term 'secretum' doesn't actually mean 'secret' at all and never did - it's actually a reference to the archives being private i.e. the Pope's personal property.

"Thanks to a certain cultural emphases in some places, the word 'secretum' having lost its true meaning and instinctively being associated with the modern concept of the word 'secret,' assumed the prejudicial acceptance of being hidden, not revealed and reserved for a few," the Pope wrote.

"That is completely contrary to what the Vatican Secret Archive always was and intended to be."

Source: Japan Times | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by Golden Duck on 29 October, 2019, 23:48
The Archives site says researchers have been welcomed for some time.   http://asv.vatican.va/content/archiviosegretovaticano/en/news/news/Motu-Proprio-AAV.html
Comment icon #5 Posted by Manwon Lender on 30 October, 2019, 1:56
That's very interesting I hope they publish the truth about Mary Magdalena.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Seti42 on 30 October, 2019, 11:19
They still control who gets access, and they're not going to be scanning and putting all their texts on the internet (uncensored) for anyone to see anytime soon. Remember, their archives are a private library, not a public one. The Vatican has a LOT of dirty secrets, although I think most revolve around covering up molestation, laundering money, hiding old Gospel texts that contradict their 'official' version of the New Testament, uncensored church history (especially **** about the inquisition), and ideas about women holding positions of power in the church.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Twisted_Caulk on 30 October, 2019, 14:04
The archives is just a blackbook of a bunch of underage boys' names, addresses, and birthdates hah
Comment icon #8 Posted by geraldnewfie on 31 October, 2019, 1:28
actually it will just prove that it god and religion was all made up just to control the masses
Comment icon #9 Posted by jaylemurph on 31 October, 2019, 2:35
And I can personally confirm it. I’m writing a book that’s pretty harshly anti-Catholic, and they still gave me access, knowing that. Because it’s a library, run by scholars, not the ****ing League of Villains.   The fantasist conspiridiots need to stay in their reality-light protected forum. Eesh.    —Jaylemurph 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Orphalesion on 31 October, 2019, 4:33
They are pretty much just restricted to scholars, aren't they?
Comment icon #11 Posted by BorizBadinov on 31 October, 2019, 14:41
Access to archives is always subject to restriction based on how many people can occupy a given space and validity of research. If a reason such as needing to know how many popes chewed gum is given it will probably not be given the same consideration as a credited historical scholar unless no one else wants in that day. However the scholars that run the library are paid through an organization named The Monetary Affiliation For Internal Archive Control. The active members of which are also primary stockholders in the offshore company League of Villains LLC. (Google it and you will get a link ... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Jon the frog on 31 October, 2019, 16:48
It began well before that !
Comment icon #13 Posted by Twisted_Caulk on 31 October, 2019, 17:59
Religion is dumb. It was literally just the "science" at the time to explain why the sun rose every day and what the moon is.  In today's time where science has explained so many of the ancient world questions, religion is right along the conspiracy theories of ancient aliens, flat Earth, and that the moon landings didn't happen haha.


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