(Roman Piso, 01-17-2014) (Expanded, 01-26-2014, and 02-11-2015)
To be perfectly truthful with you, when I was deciding what title to give this article, so many things were going through my mind about the papacy and its various periods. And I began to wonder how it could be that I could possibly put some representative information in this article from each and still keep this only an article and not a book. I still don’t know, except that I know I will simply not be able to cover it all here.
The beginnings, of course, started with those who first created Christianity. And that means, Arrius Piso and Pliny The Younger, as well as their immediate family. At first there was Arrius Piso, as the ‘papa’ or father of the religion itself (see Abelard Reuchlin’s ‘The True Authorship of the New Testament’). However, instead of the first bishops of Rome calling themselves ‘Pope’ or papa, they simply allowed that tradition dictates that the bishop of Rome was the main leader for the religion. The first bishop of Rome to publicly call himself ‘papa’ or Pope as a title (other than Arrius Piso), was Damscus I, Pope from 366 to 384 C.E.
It should be noted that even though Arrius Piso was the main author and creator of Christianity, the manuscripts that he used as its basis were the result of a Roman effort to create a new religion that was instituted during the reign of Tiberius. The place where this council or committee for the creation of a new “universal” (that is, actually what “Catholic” means) religion was named or renamed after Tiberius, as Tiberias, which was located in Galilee.
Those individuals involved in that project were ancestors of Arrius Calpurnius Piso. Seneca was one member. He was Arrius Piso’s grand uncle (his maternal grandmother’s brother). There were several others, including Arrius Piso’s father, Gaius Piso. By the time of Nero, the Julian Caesars had abandoned the idea of making a new religion. Thus, Nero did not approve of it, and the Pisos and their allies then planned to assassinate Nero.
He (Nero) found out, and had many of those conspirators executed (such as Seneca, Gaius Piso, and Lucan The Poet, who was Seneca’s nephew). Though Lucius Piso, Gaius Piso’s brother, and Arrius Piso, were involved, Lucius Piso and Arrius Piso are spared by Nero. Professor Bruno Bauer of the University of Berlin, wrote ‘Christ and the Caesars’, which was published in the 1870’s. His work gives evidence of the Roman creation of Christianity, including Seneca’s involvement in it. This early council had created a manuscript called ‘Ur Marcus’, and probably another known as ‘Ur Mattheus’, or the prototype manuscripts for the gospels of Mark and Matthew. Though actual copies or even portions of these have never been found, they are known in classical and biblical scholarship as the ‘Q’ or Quella document/s.
The family that created Christianity, did not trust those who were not part of the immediate family to lead Christianity; therefore, all of the early popes were represented by the immediate family members who could be trusted. Sometimes, they were only leaders in name only, just to fill a space in the chronology. Such as with Julius Calpurnius Piso. He was Arrius Piso’s son, but he did not approve of Christianity. However, he went along with it because of a deal he had made with his father to allow him to write the ending – not only to the story of Christianity, but to Christianity itself; that being The Revelation. By the way, several people have wondered how it is that we have come to know so much about Arrius Piso and his family, as well as Pliny The Younger.
Credit the fact that so many primary source documents have survived, and the work which was done by Professor Ronald Syme. Syme wrote many extremely important papers on ancient Roman history and the individuals who lived then. His most important work came in the form of articles that he wrote which were published in The Journal Of Roman Studies, or JRS. He also wrote books, such as his well-known ‘Roman Papers’. Though Syme never wrote openly about what he actually knew about Arrius Piso and Pliny The Younger, he wrote things that indicated that he was an Inner Circle member; meaning that he knew that they had created Christianity.
The very early popes or bishops of Rome were named after names which could identify who they were (to the Inner Circle of royals of the time), but without revealing who they were to the public, in general. They gave hints and clues about who they were, without being too specific. They gave just enough information so that those in the know could discover just who they were. For one thing, those who knew who the creator of Christianity was, they would know automatically, that this person would be the very first bishop of Rome – St. Peter (aka Arrius Calpurnius Piso). Besides popes, saints and martyrs too, were actually created from within the family, their relatives and descendants.*
As time went on, the family branched out and formed various dynasties (such as the Annii Verii, the Annii Anicii, the Ulpii, etc.). There was a tradition, still in place among royals, from before Christianity was created, where they would hold councils and committees to make decisions about various things. These were times when representatives of the various branches came together to decide who would be pope. Long before Christianity was created, there was a tradition where the king’s first son would be in line to replace him when the time came, and the second son, would be the leader of the religion and would be known by different names when it came to different religions; but basically, acting in the same way as a High Priest (a practice seen used by the Pharaohs, for instance).
During the time when Emperors were ruling the Roman Empire, those emperors were descendants of Arrius Piso (see my list of the Roman Emperors and their family descent &/or relationship to Arrius Piso). And they, basically, chose the popes from within their own family or close relatives. When they created the illusion of the Roman Empire falling (it actually just moved to the East for a time, i.e. Constantinople), other branches of the family emerged on the scene. These were known in history as the Lombards, Visigoths, etc. They were closely related to the leaders of the Franks, who would become known as the Merovingian Kings of France. These leaders, could all trace back their ancestry to Arrius Piso. And of course, this included the Byzantine/Macedonian rulers who were later to become known as the Paleologian rulers.
So, down through time, when it came to choosing a pope and someone to replace or succeed him, the various branches of the family would decide by committee. At times, to save time, certain dynastic houses were chosen to make such choices. One of those later houses was known as Welf. Welf means ‘papal’. The Welfs, as known in history, were the leaders and rulers of Bavaria and associated lands. But many times the Welfs would allow various rulers to make these choices and simply approved them before the other royals of the time.
It appears that at least at times, some of the popes were chosen because they were a) of the right family (meaning a family that consisted of authors), and/or b) they either had become terminally ill, or were of such extreme age that it was assured that they would not be Pope for long. Unlike the emperors, many of the popes seem to have died of natural causes; except those that were both pope and emperor (see Abelard Reuchlin’s ‘From Ulpian to Constantine’).
Gradually, the power to make and bestow papal powers and authority was given up by the Welfs. This, for the most part was accomplished by intermarriages with the Welfs. Powerful branches of these families wanted their family members to rule as Pope. To show their relationship to each other as Pope and thereby show their authority to rule the papacy, they gave a family moniker or name such as ‘Orsini’, ‘Crescentii’, ‘Sforza’, ‘Medici’ and so forth. Once these families came to possess the papal powers, they seldom wanted that power to leave their family; as this was another means to gain vast wealth as well as power. And these families, would make saints of their close family members to give the illusion that they were ‘holy’, god-fearing people.
But, many times, the power simply went to their heads and they could not contain themselves or hide what they were actually doing, nor did they actually care to – because, who in their own time, could or would do anything about it? One of the worst of these “papal families” was the Borgias. Many people today can and have read about the Borgias and their lusts and depravity, and abuse of power. Remember, that while all of this was going on, down through history, all of these people and the rulers as well, were absolutely knowledgeable about their origins and the truth about Christianity. They were only making use of the institution, the religion, for their own gain. And, continued to hide just who they were, their relationship to each other; and of course, their descent from Arrius Piso.
Rulers who continued to rule as kings and popes were made from within, with no outsiders ever allowed into the Inner-Circle. And then came Napoleon. The Holy Roman Empire was founded by the sons and grandsons of the emperor Charlemagne and lasted, unchallenged, until the time of Napoleon. It was Napoleon who changed it all. He could not have brought down the Holy Roman Empire unless he knew just how to do it. And he did know this because he too, was a descendant of Arrius Calpurnius Piso.
The Inner-Circle knew Napoleon for who he was, but those who read only the outer world history of Napoleon did not. Napoleon was a nephew of popes and descendant of kings himself (including Constantine I and Charlemagne). But he was very much like his fore bearer Julius Calpurnius Piso, the son of Arrius Piso who wrote The Revelation as a way of giving out information about his father creating Christianity. This was chronicled in one of the books that I authored (‘The Inner Circle In The Outer World’).
For those of you who were not aware of it, the Holy Roman Empire was also known as The Reich. Even though Napoleon had destroyed the Holy Roman Empire (by about 1806) and gotten rid of many of the royal houses and kings, many more still existed and the Catholic Church was not destroyed. So, many rulers who were still kings and the Catholic Church still wanted to get back the power that they once had and they tried to revive ‘The Reich’ a second time beginning in about 1871. Before that attempt had ended, it had become World War I, and ended in 1918. But that “war to end all wars” did not put an end to an attempt to revive The Reich. Hitler came into power and established the ‘Third Reich’. Which, for those in the know, realized was actually a revival of the Holy Roman Empire that Napoleon had crushed. You should be able to find this out by a thorough reading of a) The Holy Roman Empire, and b) the beginnings and causes of World Wars I and II.
In more modern times, the actual origins and family ancestry of popes were being kept more and more confidential and generally, not given out to the public. Now, you are given very sketchy and vague ancestral information going back only a few generations. This is so that you will not discover any connections to royalty or other popes, and to further hide the fact that they too, were descendants of the creator of Christianity, Arrius Piso. Today, the last few popes, though through tradition were descendants of Arrius Piso, may not have actually known this themselves. That is, the popes of today, may very well be true believers of Christianity themselves. And that is basically how the papacy has changed since its very beginnings.
* Since the story of Christianity or the Christian story within the gospels were back-dated to an earlier time, it was also necessary to back-date the bishops of Rome to an earlier time than they had actually been in, at least until the point where they could be represented within the time in which they actually lived and were able to assume the title. This had been remedied by the time that the Roman Emperor, Antoninus Pius, became bishop of Rome as Pius I (140-154 CE). Also, I had worked out very precisely and in great detail, just who all of the early popes were. But that information was destroyed and I will have to work to restore as much of that information as possible. The first two were Arrius Piso as St. Peter, and Pliny The Younger as St. Paul, aka ‘Linus’. The next few were Arrius Piso’s sons and grandsons. See Abelard Reuchlin’s ‘The True Authorship of the New Testament’.
In at least a couple of my books, and/or articles or essays, I had made mention that Pliny The Younger had went around the Roman Empire beginning about the year 98 CE through the early 100’s CE. What he was doing was converting certain of the altars (small Temples) and worship places for the old Roman gods & goddesses, into the first Christian Churches. Abelard Reuchlin also says this in his ‘The True Authorship of the New Testament’. However, since at that time, the New Testament had not yet been completed, the early believers were somewhat skeptical. There was no early Church history written about yet either. So, it seemed to early prospects to have come out of nowhere. These were problems that still had to be worked out. The Jews too (consisting at that time of only Pharisees and their Scribes), were still around and they knew the truth about Christianity – some of which, appear to have been informing some of the early believers (and writing about it in the Talmud). In any case, initially, Christianity was a flop. Arrius Piso had tried testing it out much earlier, in certain communities where his family had property and land holdings. An example of this is Herculaneum and Pompeii. Only the gospels Mark and Matthew were finished by 73-75 CE (Common Era). And Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE, burying those cities. So, they had to not only start over, but they had to wait until sometime after the reign of Domitian – as he had banished the Piso family from Rome, except for Pliny The Younger (who was Arrius Piso’s much younger foster brother). Domitian kept Arrius Piso, who was still serving in the military, far off from Rome in Pannonia. We can glean all of this from the histories of the time, as long as we know under what names they were listed in those histories, such as in the histories of Flavius Josephus (aka Arrius Piso), Tacitus, Pliny The Younger, and Suetonius.
One of the main reasons that the Jews had given up fighting Arrius Piso and his invention, Christianity, as well as his Emperor relatives, is because they could see that Christianity at that time, appeared to be going nowhere. And in truth, Christianity would not become a real and actual religion with many believers until after the time of Constantine I (c. 330 CE). Before that, no one was funding the necessary infrastructure, such as the church buildings, bishops and other clergy. Arrius and Pliny had thought that they could just convert the old altars and set up a bishop at each of the first seven ‘churches’ and that it would take off; it didn’t. They wanted to run it on a shoestring. By the time of Constantine, the family realized that it was going to take much more than that to get it going. So, before Constantine (and even during his time), the Christian Church existed primarily as a fictional story. But during that time (from Arrius Piso to Constantine), various of the family members were busy writing as ‘Church Fathers’ and others, to make it appear that Christianity HAD indeed existed and been an active religion for all those years (See Abelard Reuchlin’s ‘How Christianity Grew…’
The ‘popes’ prior to Constantine were virtually popes in name only. The very early churches which went extinct, did so because once the Piso family realized no one was attending their churches, they tried to lure them in with sex. They started to write sexualized or bawdy material (thinly disguised), having Pliny as Paul do most of it with his epistles (see my book ‘Piso Christ’). After getting church attendees “hot and bothered”, they would direct them to small sex rooms built into those early churches, where they had a choice of “helper” and were asked for a tithe or “donation”. This was simply a continuation of what they were already doing in Rome with “vestal virgins”, who were not virgins at all; but were Temple prostitutes who were play-acting as if they were inexperienced – because that is what a majority of their clientèle preferred (Read ‘The Rise, Decline, and Fall of the Roman Religion’ by James Ballantyne Hannay).They had been doing this in even earlier times and would do this again in later times as well. But once the people of the towns in which these churches were located realized what was going on there, they forcibly closed them down (Again, see the works of James Ballantyne Hannay on Roman Religion).
James Ballantyne Hannay, was a Professor at Oxford. He was one of the main contributors and consultants for the great work known as ‘The Encyclopedia Biblica’. He says of it, “For instance, the learned and reverend authors of the Encyc. Biblica have treated the Jesus miracles of walking on waters, feeding thousands, etc. as “childish” fables, and have declared that Peter and Paul were merely “pen” names, or lay figures on which the true authors of the New Testament, the Roman ecclesiastics, hung their religious disquisitions – in fact, that the while narrative is fiction. That was always my opinion. The artificial sources of the names Peter and Paul are very apparent.” Hannay is famous for saying; “The Bible is full of passages too gross for translation, and containing sex words connected with the Roman religion.” Hannay, too, also wrote about Paul’s travels and of those travels being to places that were known for vice (the sex trade). Hanny also knew about the archaeological discoveries of ancient church ruins wherein were found the little “sex rooms” which were built into those early churches. Lucian, writing at the time of Marcus Aurelius (circa 180 CE), said that (even) the temple in Jerusalem had 100 of these “sex cubicles” built into it. Hannay says of the early Christian churches, “The Christian or “New” Churches were simply “free trade” brothels like the “high places” of the O.T., where, however, all prostitutes had their fees…” (Hannay’s ‘The Rise, Decline, and Fall…’, pg 45).
Note: Further information regarding the little sex cubicles used within ancient temples and early churches can be found in Lucian’s ‘The Syrian Goddess’. The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote as Lucian, circa 180 CE. He was a descendant of Arrius Piso through his son Justus Piso. By the way, the Piso family knew a great deal about what to use and what would work in terms of religion, as their family had experience with it for several hundred years. One thing about them that has hardly ever mentioned is that they had a long history as Roman governors of Syria. But they were also descendants of the ancient kings of Syria as well.
Because we have been studying ancient history, ancient texts and religion in the proper context, we have been able to discover many things that others have not. Case in point, we know who many of the early popes really were. This is our list of the first 10 popes and their true identities.
St. Peter: Arrius C. Piso, aka Arrius Antoninus, grandfather of Emp. Antoninus Pius.
St. Linus: Pliny The Younger, aka St. Paul, aka St. Ignatius, younger foster brother of Arrius Piso.
St. Cletus: Alexander C. Piso I, son of Arrius Calpurnius Piso (was killed by Domitian c. 96 CE).
St. Clement I of Rome: Julius C. Piso I, author of The Revelation, son of Arrius C. Piso.
St. Aristus: Proculus C. Piso, aka St. Polycarp, etc., son of Arrius C. Piso.
St. Alexander I: Alexander C. Piso II, son of Alexander C. Piso I (and so, grandson of Arrius Piso).
St. Sixtus I: Justus C. Piso, aka Justin Martyr, etc., son of Arrius C. Piso.
St. Telesphorus: Flavius Arrianus, aka Historians Appian & Ptolemy, grandson of Arrius Piso.
St. Hygenus: Silanus C. Piso, aka Herodes Atticus, son of Proculus C. Piso.
St. Pius I: Emp. Antoninus Pius, aka Suetonius, & Irenaeus, grandson of Arrius C. Piso.0