Nice rebuttal, as witty and informative as always. It is only 3:43 long … that the best you can do?
Ha, cut me some slack. It was late last night (at least for me..way past my bedtime) when I saw the video and posted my response.
PS - The Donation of Constantine (Latin, Donatio Constantini) is a forged Roman imperial decree by which the emperor Constantine I supposedly transferred authority over Rome and the western part of the Roman Empire to the Pope ... only it was written hundreds of years after Constantine died.
No one denies the Donation forgery. It's just that over the years, those who hate and oppose the Church, her claim of being the only one Divinely established by Christ in 33AD, have lied, embellished, and developed myths and legends about it.
The video guy's assertion that the forgery resulted in the Pope claiming to be owner of the world is an outright lie. It's also outrageously stupid.
He also needs a lesson in history.
From 33AD to the 3rd century, history confirms the early Christians (called Catholics after 107AD) were being intensely persecuted for practicing their religion and claiming it was the only one true Faith, first by the Jews and then after 70AD, by all the Roman Emperors until Constantine I.
In 312, Constantine I issued the Edict of Milan, which decreed that all religious groups of the empire, including Christians, were free to worship as they pleased.
As a result of the Edict's protection and support, the intense persecutions stopped and the apostolic missionary work spread the Faith so effectively that Christianity increased in size and influence throughout the Roman Empire.
The Church was growing and churches were being established in Greece, Asia Minor and Egypt. And although St.Peter had long established the Holy See at Rome and it was to the Holy See that was the place of central authority for settling issues and questions of doctrine, of discipline and of jurisdiction.
Now, what exactly did Constantine donate to Pope St.Sylvester I (314-335)?
It was during his pontificate that Constantine ordered churches to be built in Rome and Jerusalem. It was his gift of the property of Lateran Palace to the pope that formed the nucleus of the "Patrimony of St.Peter", the name given to the possessions of the Holy See.
Gifts and bequests augumented these properties to such an extent that the Pope became the largest land owner in Italy, not the world!!!! That's the simple history but legends linking the Pope with COnstantine, added many imaginary episodes to this simple history and a spurious 9th century document recorded the Emperor's "donation" to Pope Sylvester of "the city of Rome, and all the provinces, places and cities of Italy, and the western lands."
BTW, the revenues from the Patrimony of St.Peter were used not only for administrative and ecclesiastical needs, but also to maintain hospitals, poor houses, and orphanages, to provide food and alms, to ransom hostages and slaves, and for other charitable purposes.
Next, why the forgery?