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The Porphyry Chair and Pope Joan

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The word porphyry has a definition of a rock with multi-faceted grains, and it is befitting that this particular chair be designated as the Porphyry Chair because the Catholic Church was founded on Peter, a disciple of Jesus. Peter, when defined means rock. What do the Porphyry Chair and Pope Joan have to do with the tidenow swelling regarding the Catholic religion from revelations of sexual abuse of priests against young children?

It is another piece of the rock that revelations of priest pedophiles being unmasked in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and now the latest in Latin America and South America. Here in the U.S., we have a number of scandals with dioceses paying large sums of money to those who experienced the sexual abuse. The history of the Catholic Church is rife with unsavory events and persecutions. It appears that their motto is "Do as I say, not as I do." Is this rock of Peter crumbling?

What other secrets has the Church hidden? This article is about one of those secrets involving Pope Joan. This is one ofthe Church's embarrassments and they have planted material alleging it is nothing more than a myth. From my research, I am putting forth that this is a covered-up event in the history of the Catholic Church.

When I first began researching material for my book Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls, I found many items of interest regarding the deceptions of the Catholic Church and one is the story of Pope Joan, a woman. The Catholic Church alleges there was not a Pope Joan and that it is a myth that began two hundred years after the event. I found material that indicates she was a real person. She was born of English missionaries who lived in Germany approximately in the first half of the 7th century. The Christian movement began in Ireland and spread into Europe around 590 A.D. Ireland and Britain sent missionaries out to Christianize the pagans, and this included on what we call Germany now. Therefore, Joan would probably have been born in Germany.

Joan must been taught to read and write and this would indicate her thirst for knowledge of Christianity. As the story goes, Joan traveled to Athens with a male companion where she became active in church affairs and rose to the position of a curia secretary. With her status elevated to a curia secretary, she moved to Rome with her male companion. Joan used the word John Anglicus while masquerading as a male. The people loved her as John and it was the people who elected popes during this period. When Pope Leo IV died, Joan known as John Anglicus became the elected pope. Thus, we have Pope John VIII.

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Bettye Johnson is the award-winning author of Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls, an Independent Publishers Book Award Winner 2006. Moving from the cotton fields in Texas to the embassies of Paris and Tokyo, Bettye Johnson has a woven tapestry of (more...)
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