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1559 Sede Vacante Coin Recently Acquired By My Friend ‘Mark T.’

by Anura Guruge



Those that are familiar with my papal posts no doubt remember ‘Mark T.‘ (from the Mason-Dixon line vicinity) — a Federal Employee who is both an expert on matters papal and an avid collector of papal coins. Over the years I have published quite a few pictures of his amazing and beautiful coins.
This is one of his recent acquisitions and I have not dared ask how much it cost.
It is from 1559 — and it is a sede vacante (vacant see (in this case the Apostolic See of Rome)) coin. Such coins are issued by the Camerlengo (acting chief executive of the church in the absence of a pope) during the gap (i.e., vacancy) between the end of one papacy and the start of the next.
The 1559 sede vacante was between the papacies of Paul IV (#224, elected 1555) and his successor Pius IV. It was a relatively lengthy 4-month vacancy from August 18 to December 25, 1559. Yes, Pius IV was elected on Christmas.
The Camerlengo at this sede vacante was Guido Ascanio Cardinal Sforza (1518 — 1564) — the grandson of Paul III (#221, elected 1534). He was created a cardinal, aged 16, by his grandfather — as was normal for the time. He was appointed Camerlengo, yet again by his grandfather, in 1537 — when he was but 19-years old! He would go onto preside over four sede vacantes, 1559 his last.
The obverse side of this coin shows his coat of arms (per his prerogative as the Camerlengo) along with the notation SEDE VACANTE 1559.
The reverse side shows St. Peter standing with his keys keys along with the notation: S•PETRVS•©•ALMA•ROMA — where ‘Alma Roma’ refers to the ‘New Rome’ (under Christianity).This coin was minted in Rome.


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Pope Francis May Be Guilty Of Heresy, But Who On Earth Is Going To Depose Him?

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Click image for the ‘Daily Caller’ article. Google ‘Francis heresy’ for more coverage.



How Donald Trump must wish he was the Pope. No Congress to hound him or a special counsel to bug him. Total and utter autocratic power on Earth.

So, Pope Francis may have committed heresy, a papal equivalent of ‘obstructing justice’, but who on Earth is going to depose the pope? And he, as headstrong as any dumb Argentinian bull will only resign when he wants to — not because there was a public outcry.

Yes, way back a number of popes (and quite a few anti-popes) were deposed, legitimately or otherwise; e.g. John XII in 964 and Gregory VII in 1080. But, both those deposings were conducted by a powerful Emperor in cahoots with a synod. These days we don’t have such powerful European emperors or synods capable of doing anything without papal approval.

So, we can forget Pope Francis getting deposed.

So, he can continue indulging in heresy.


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Pope Francis, Once Again Wearing Gold, With The Insane Riches Of The Vatican As A Backdrop, Condemns Wealth.

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Click to access ‘The Washington Post’ article. Annotations & graphics are MINE.


Click to access my post from Christmas 2018.


This irks me no end. Yes, the pope makes a pretense of trying to lead a simple life BUT he invariably surrounds himself with gold. There is nothing in the Bible that says he need gold to give him credibility.

And as for the Vatican’s insane wealth — or for that matter the opulence in which Church prelates continue to live.

I no longer think that Francis is a hypocrite when it come to this matter — i.e., telling us to abandon wealth while the Vatican and the prelates continue to accumulate and glorify.

No, I just think he is TOO STUPID to realize what he is saying and the hypocrisy involved!


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Let’s HOPE That Stabbing Of 77-Year Old Catholic Priest, In Montreal, Was Random, & UNRELATED To Child Sex Crimes.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From CNN. Google ‘Montreal’ for more.


When I saw this last night I was disturbed. I have a number of friends who are Catholic priests — one of them even an Archbishop.

This is not good. Any violence is bad, but attacks on priests and worshippers (as in New Zealand) seems even more egregious.

I really am hoping that this was a random attack with no real motive behind it.

But, I fret. The attacker is a 26-year old man. That worries me. Was he a victim of Catholic clergy sex crimes?

I know that there is a huge amount of frustration and resentment. The stupid pope just doesn’t get it. People are fed up. They have waited decades for justice and stupid Francis keeps on thumbing his nose at them — even as recently as last week.

What next? Armed guards at Catholic churches? Not good.

The stupid pope, Francis, really needs to do something meaningful to show that the Church cares.

Last weekend we had a local 11-year old shooting dead his adoptive parents. Now this. And prior to that New Zealand. It is all very sad. Violence based on religion drives me to despair! Why?

But, ….

I really, really wish that this stupid pope will resign.


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Pope Francis, Re. Cardinal Barbarin, PROVES He Is On The Side Of The Child Sex Abusers, And NOT The Victims.

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From the NYT. Google “Barbarin” for more.


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This beyond the bloody pale.

The aptly-named Barbarin is already convicted by a french court and wanted to resign — albeit just is not-that-important archbishopric rather than the musch prestigious cardinalate.

Barbarin, at this late stage, was at least trying to make a gesture.

But, NOT the bloody pope. Oh, NO. The pope doesn’t like that. He cares nothing about the poor victims.

What Trump is to White Nationalists,

Pope Francis is to Child Sex Abusers.

I am so disgusted with him. He promised so much BUT did a 180 on the CRITICAL child sex abuse issue.

Worst pope in 61-years.

Also not getting ‘Cardinal’ George Pell, languishing in an Australian prison cell, to relinquish his cardinalate. Pope remains silent.

Francis is a disgrace to Christianity.


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Godfried Danneels (85), Another Catholic Cardinal Implicated In Child Sex Crimes, Dies.

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Google for more.


Click to ENLARGE and read here: Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfried_Danneels


Theodore McCarrick has to resign his cardinalate and is later defrocked on February 16, 2019.

George Pell is languishing in prison as of February 28, 2019.

And now Godfried Danneels dies.

Slowly, but surely, cardinals heavily implicated in child sex abuse crimes are ‘going away’ permitting the Church to be cleansed — if that is ever going to be possible.

Godfried used to be a good apple. He sacrificed his credibility and reputation to minimize the, inexcusable, crime of child sex abuse. I used to like him. But, that was before his true colors — black as they were — came to light.

As far as I am concerned he can no longer cause more harm.

I somehow doubt that he would make it to heaven because that would be a travesty.


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Cardinal George Pell Is Actually In A Prison Cell Now — NOT On Bail.

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Click to ENLARGE and admire. My own work.


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This full-length, 1-hour 8-minute sentencing hearing is worth watching
or, at a minimum, dipping into to get a flavor of the proceedings.


There was some confusion on this yesterday during his sentencing hearing; i.e., whether he would be allowed out, a free man, until his June 2019 appeal hearing. I made sure to double check,

He is in a prison cell. Has been for 15-days now. Two-weeks prior to yesterday’s sentencing hearing. So, he is no longer prancing around, cock-a-hoop. But, there is a chance that he might be able to wriggle free in June after his appeal hearing.

Right now he is on the permanent sex offenders list. Not sure what will happen IF he is acquitted on his appeal.

So, the pope now has the issue of one of his cardinals, an elector no less (i.e., under-80), is actually in a prison — and it is not Castel Sant’Angelo (the Vatican prison in the old days).

Maybe the pope is waiting for June, praying desperately and hoping for a miracle.

But, for now, Cardinal George Pell is actually in prison.

He probably is in isolation. I have to imagine that some red-blooded Australians, in prison, would want to have a word or two with him about his child abuse. Even hardened criminals don’t take kindly to this crime.


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