A while back, So And So emailed me asking access to the locked post on AEternus ille caelestium. I declined, saying that the post was not yet ready to publish, and needed quite a bit of commentary. Well, someone was impatient today and tried to break in to that locked post about a zillion times by way of the servers at stumbleupon. Whatever. Even if it’s been hacked and copied, it won’t be understood, guaranteed. It needs commentary! But, just to whet your appetite, here’s a random sentence from that non-document, translated and with an initial interlinear fisking, but without the necessary commentary. Remember, there are only two copies in the world. All the rest were burned by Saint Robert Bellarmine and the rest of the Cardinals of Holy Mother Church. It is by far the most important non-document of the Catholic Counter-Reformation.
14 AETERNUS ILLE CAELESTIUM
Verum quia nihil profuisset huius editionis auctoritatem grauissimo sanxisse decreto, si illius quæ germana esset lectio nesciretur, sacerq. textus ita disputantium pateret arbitrio, vt is, qui aduersus perfidum hostem, tamquam validissimus mucro distri- ctus fuerat, idem & clypeus fieri posset, quo debilitati iam, cæsiq. hostis latera tegerentur.
Even so, since nothing had been done to ratify the authority of this edition by a most weighty decree, so if there were anyone who was ignorant of the genuine reading, then the Sacred Text would be open to the judgement of those disputing, so that he, fighting against a faithless enemy, would have lost the strongest edge which would become a shield, for him who is already weakened, to cover his flanks from the blows of the enemy.
In other words:
Even so, since nothing had been done [since 8 April 1546] to ratify the authority of this edition [of the true, textual critical Vulgate as desired by Trent in the first dogmatic decree of the fourth session (Sacrosancta), with Sixtus V thinking that he has that edition in hand, an opinion that would cost him his life] by a most weighty decree [which AEternus ille caelestium sets out to be with multiple threats of excommunications for those who do not accept its contents], so if there were anyone who was ignorant of the genuine reading [of that edition put together according to that decree of Trent (Sacrosancta)], then the Sacred Text [even in the original languages] would be open to the judgement of those disputing [a Catholic with one of the new Protestants], so that he [the Catholic], fighting against a faithless enemy [the new Protestant], would have lost the strongest edge (of the sword) [as would be provided by just such a textually critically sound text, approved by the Supreme Magisterium], which would [have] become a shield for him who is already weakened [because of the unmitigated violence of the "Reformation"], to cover his flanks from the blows of the enemy.
Sixtus V, a hero of mine, for whom I’ve prayed (he’s not even a “Servant of God” as far as I know) and from whom I’ve asked intercession (since, whether in heaven or still in purgatory, he can still pray for all of us), understood the difficulty if not the best solution. I would often find myself before his tomb in the Sistine Chapel of Saint Mary Major’s through my years in Rome. Both Sixtus V and Robert Bellarmine are very significant, influential figures for this hermit of yours.
The commentary just on the significance of this sentence would go about 250 pages. In fact, it has. That was when I had a learned Cardinal as a second reader for yet another thesis… and that was all just chapter one, but I digress. Hacker knuckleheads, if successful, will only find an unfinished product (minus all commentary) which they will not be able to finish or interpret. Any efforts of theirs will only help my cause to publicize — later, please God — a popular and correct interpretation of what is actually going on with this document.
Warning to hackers: Really, what I say is true. The only people who have understood this document to date are Sixtus V, Bellarmine (later), the Pope in the last part of Bellarmine’s life, also Pius IX, Leo XIII, Pius X and a not so well known Italian priest. That’s it. Oh… me too. Oh, and the Cardinal who was second reader… But that’s another story altogether.