[[[ This is just one of those boring for-the-record posts that make no sense except to one or two readers within electronic range of the bird’s eye above. The rules presented below are a favor to “the hooker” who’s “not a hooker,” but rather an analyst, a recruiter, a watcher, a baiter, a betrayer, analogously “a hooker”, and a very close associate of my “Shadow.” If I were to be terribly cynical, I would just say, “It’s all too easy” and then just leave it go. But that doesn’t do anyone any good. Maybe these rules will help her figure herself out in the proper way, with the Holy Spirit. Right now she’s reading herself into what she’s doing. But that only brings her to herself, and not even that. ]]]
These are the six rules of Saint Robert Cardinal Bellarmine, S.J., regarding textual critical redaction of the ancient manuscripts of Sacred Scripture many decades after the fourth session of the Council of Trent. The rules are utterly unscientific and self-serving: check out the words in red. Nota bene: the “regia” is the ancient Greek manuscript he and the commission of Cardinals used as a working document for this project, all at the behest of the Supreme Pontiff. The manuscripts he used from the Vatican’s Apostolic Library are duly noted in the registers. Yet, he had more manuscripts available to him than this. Research has become difficult for reasons I cannot share… yet… The politics are… heart-stopping…
1. Quando plura manuscripta antiqua convenient cum vulgata latina: mutetur regia.
1. When many ancient manuscripts agree with the Latin Vulgate: the ‘regia’ is to be changed.
2. Quando omnia manuscripta contra vulgata et contra regia inter se conveniunt: mutetur regia, sed in notationibus ratio reddatur.
2. When all manuscripts against the Vulgate and the ‘regia’ themselves agree: the ‘regia’ is to be changed, but the reason is given in the notations.
3. Quando vulgata non refragatur, et maior pars manusciptorum contraria est regiae; mutetur regia, et reddatur ratio in notationibus.
3. When the Vulgate does not oppose, and a major part of the manuscripts are against the ‘regia’, the ‘regia’ is to be changed, and the reason is given in the notations.
4. Quando manuscriptum unum vel plura concordant cum vulgata, id annotetur in variis lectionibus.
4. When one manuscript or many agree with the Vulgate, it is to be noted with the variant readings.
5. Annotationes fiant ad finem uniuscuiusque capitis.
5. Annotations may be made at the end of each of the chapters.
6. Quando clare apparet, aliqua verba esse addita ex alio evangelista, eorum non habetur ratio: ut v. g. Marci 8, Saturati sunt omnes, illud omnes translatum est ex Matth. 15 in graeco.
6. When it appears clear that other words have been added from another Evangelist, they will not be reckoned: so, e.g., Mark 8, Saturati sunt omnes, that omnes was transferred from Matthew 15 in Greek.
/// These were first published in the most bloody days of World War II in an obscure though official journal and within days of Divino afflante Spiritu, perhaps in mockery of Father Andreas, Bellarmine’s secretary. But such arrogance was without understanding. At any rate, these rules could just as easily have been written by Erasmus or Luther, and were written by them in their spirit. Meanwhile, I had sent in a request to my close friend, the Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Library and Archivist of the Holy Roman Church, describing the resulting work. He sent the logistical prefect of the Library at the time on a wild goose chase that would result in a letter describing the results of the search. The ambiguity of that letter was masterful. The search was called off for incredibly specious reasons. I didn’t bring it up for some six months, but then, up in Saint John’s Tower of the Secretariat of State, I did ask his Eminence about this with a rather leading question which provoked a response that, all that time later, was instantly filled with anger yet perfected pleasantness, bitterness yet perfected cold-as-death intense calm. He had been waiting on edge all this time. His answer, given after a hesitation of, say, five full seconds (and that’s not easy) with every word calculated as in an impossible chess game (just nine words), was ferociously ambiguous, using multiple negatives and the passive voice, making the intent unmistakably clear. The tone was that of a challenge, as in “You’ll not succeed (though you just might)” [those not being the words he used]. I have to bide my time on this one. Pretty much everyone is dead who would stop the project. And… and… I know where to look.
At any rate, Bellarmine rejected this relativism of his “rules” at the end of his life and was beatified also because of this rejection of the error of his ways. He had been prostituting himself for decades as a man of consensus with the new Protestants, a kind of self-appointed embodiment of anti-Counter-Reformation. But then, thankfully, he went into full Counter-Reformation mode. It seems that his doing that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I’m not sure of the exact day, but it seems that the day of Bellarmine’s recanting is the day the genocidal thirty years war was to begin raging throughout Europe doing in thirty to fifty percent of the population of Europe. Bellarmine’s influence on the Church and on politics cannot possibly be underestimated.
“That’s stupid, Father Byers: religion has nothing to do with the real world,” say the manipulators of our own day. I have to wonder if analysts today are so humble was Bellarmine as to figure out that they are not as clever as they think they are. I doubt it. They can make the same mistake as Bellarmine, wasting their time, even if they faithfully follow the Treasure Map. They forget the quasi part of quasi per manus, thus rejecting the One who could draw them into the truth (see: A Most Glorious Day), thus prostituting themselves to the praise of others, thinking they are clever by clicking mouse buttons day and night, continuously, scouring, creating an imaginative story line, scouring this web site and that, clicking on dozens and dozens (rarely even some hundreds) of posts morning, noon and night, clicking and clicking, searching and searching (clever searches though) not only my site, but those of my friends. It ain’t gonna help. Reality is more complex and simple, more profound and simple, than any scouring is going to realize. **.***.***.**9. It’s all too easy, too easy to bait, to send her on my own wild goose chases. Actually, the activity from that one computer is a bit creepy.