Not A Mere Man, But As It Were God

Bouchet Exposition les vins des papes d'Avignon Tiare de Jean XXII“The Pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were God, and the vicar of God….Hence the Pope is crowned with a triple crown, as King of Heaven and of earth and of the lower regions….The Pope is at it were God on earth,…chief King of kings,…to whom has been entrusted by the omnipotent God directions…of the heavenly kingdom.”

(Source: Lucius Ferraris, “Papa,” article 2 in his Prompta Bibliotheca (“Handy Library”), Volume 6 (Venice, Italy: Gaspar Storti, 1772), pp. 26-29. Latin. Reprinted (Rome: Press of the Propaganda, 1899))