Pope John XV (XVI)

Pope John XV (XVI)
    Pope John XV (XVI)
     Catholic_Encyclopedia Pope John XV (XVI)
    Enthroned 985; d. April, 996. After John XIV had been removed by force, the usurper, Boniface VII, reigned eleven months, dying in July, 985. A Roman named John, the son of a Roman presbyter Leo, was then elected pope, and crowned between 6 August and 5 September, 985. A few later chroniclers (Marianus Scotus, Godfrey of Viterbo) and some papal catalogues give as the immediate successor of Boniface another John, son of Robert, who is supposed to have reigned four months, and is placed by a few historians in the list of popes as John XV. Although this alleged Pope John never existed, still the fact that he has been catalogued by these historians has thrown into disorder the numeration of the popes named John, the true John XV being often called John XVI. At this time the patrician John Crescentius, son of Duke Crescentius, with the help of his adherents, had obtained entire control of the temporal power in Rome. According to some chroniclers the ascendancy of Crescentius became so irksome to the pope, to whom he even forbade access except in return for bribes, that John fled to Tuscany and sought aid from the Empress Theophano, but allowed himself to be induced by the promises of Crescentius to return to Rome. As a matter of fact, John remained throughout his pontificate under the influence of the powerful patricius, though he maintained friendly relations with the German court and with both empresses–Adelaide, widow of Otto I, and Theophano, widow of Otto II. The pope's mediation was sought by England in the quarrel between King Æthelred and Richard of Normandy. The papal legate, Leo of Trevi, brought about between the parties the Peace of Rouen (1 March, 991), which was ratified by a papal Bull.
    A serious dispute occurred during this pontificate over the archiepiscopal See of Reims, the pope's interference leading at first to no definite result. Hugh Capet, who had been raised to the throne of France, made Arnulf, a nephew of Duke Charles of Lorraine, Archbishop of Reims in 998. Charles was an adversary of Hugh Capet, and succeeded in taking Reims and making the archbishop a prisoner. Hugh, however, considered Arnulf a traitor, and demanded his deposition by the pope. Before the latter's answer was received, Hugh Capet captured both Duke Charles and Archbishop Arnulf, and called a synod at Reims in June, 991, which deposed Arnulf and chose as his successor Abbot Gerbert (afterwards Pope Sylvester II). These proceedings were repudiated by Rome, although a synod at Chela had sanctioned the decrees of that of Reims. The pope summoned the French bishops to hold an independent synod at Aachen to reconsider the case. When they refused, he called them to a synod at Rome, but they urged the unsettled conditions in France and Italy as a reason for not obeying this summons. The pope then sent Abbot Leo of St. Boniface to France as legate, with instructions to call a council of French and German bishops at Mousson. At this council only the German bishops appeared, the French being stopped on the way by Kings Hugh and Robert. Gerbert tried to exculpate himself at the synod convened on 2 June, 995, but was condemned and suspended until 1 July, when a new synod was held at Reims. Through the exertions of the legate, the deposition of Arnulf was pronounced illegal. After Hugh Capet's death (23 October, 996), Arnulf was released from his imprisonment, and in 997 the Holy See secured his restoration to all his dignities. Gerbert set out for the imperial court at Magdeburg, and became the preceptor of Otto III. At a Roman synod held in the Lateran on 31 January, 993, Bishop Ulrich of Augsburg was solemnly canonized, an event which the pope announced to the French and German bishops in a Bull dated 3 February. This was the first time that a solemn canonization had been made by a pope. John conferred many privileges on churches and convents, and was a patron and protector of the monks of Cluny. In 996 Emperor Otto undertook a journey to Italy to obtain imperial coronation from the pope, but John died early in April, while Otto lingered until 12 April in Pavia, where he celebrated Easter.
    Liber Pontificalis, ed. DUCHESNE, II, 260; JAFFÉ, Regesta Rom. Pont., I (2nd ed.), 486-9; LANGEN, Gesch. der röm. Kirche, III, 369-80; GIESEBRECHT, Gesch. der deutschen Kaiserzeit, I (5th ed.), 593 sqq.; HÖFLER, Deutsche Päpste, I, 74 sqq.; HEFELE, Conciliengesch., IV (2nd ed.), 635 sqq.; REUMONT, Gesch. der Stadt Rom., II, 296 sqq.; GREGOROVIUS, Gesch. der Stadt Rom., III (5th ed.), 409 sqq.
    J.P. KIRSCH
    Transcribed by WGKofron With thanks to Fr. John Hilkert and St. Mary's Church, Akron, Ohio

The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VIII. — New York: Robert Appleton Company. . 1910.


Catholic encyclopedia.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • John XV (XVI) —     Pope John XV (XVI)     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope John XV (XVI)     Enthroned 985; d. April, 996. After John XIV had been removed by force, the usurper, Boniface VII, reigned eleven months, dying in July, 985. A Roman named John, the son… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Pope John Paul II — John Paul II John Paul II in 1993 Papacy began 16 October 1978 Papacy ended 2 April 2005 ( 1000000000000002600000026 years, 1000000 …   Wikipedia

  • Pope John — has been the most common papal name in the Roman Catholic Church, used by 21 popes, though the numbering of them has been irregular through history due to antipopes and differences in old lists. The Latin name is Iohannes .# Pope John I (523–526) …   Wikipedia

  • Pope John of Alexandria — John has been the papal name of several Coptic Popes.* Patriarch John II (I) of Alexandria (496–505) * Patriarch John III (II) of Alexandria (505–516) * Pope John III of Alexandria (677–688) * Pope John IV of Alexandria (776–799) * Pope John V of …   Wikipedia

  • Pope John XVI of Alexandria — was the Coptic Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark (1676 – 1718). The seat of the Pope during his papacy remained in the Saint Mary Church (Haret Elroum) in Cairo …   Wikipedia

  • John XV (XVI), Pope — • Enthroned 985; d. April, 996 Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Pope John XXIII — Infobox pope English name=John XXIII birth name=Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli term start=28 October 1958 term end=3 June 1963 predecessor=Pius XII successor=Paul VI birth date=birth date|df=yes|1881|11|25 birthplace=Sotto il Monte, Italy dead=dead… …   Wikipedia

  • Pope John XVII — Infobox Pope English name=John XVII birth name=Sicco term start=June 13, 1003 term end=December, 1003 predecessor=Silvester II successor=John XVIII birth date=??? birthplace=Rome, Italy dead=dead|death date=December, 1003 deathplace=Rome, Italy… …   Wikipedia

  • Pope John XVIII — Infobox Pope English name=John XVIII birth name=Fasanius term start=January, 1004 term end=July, 1009 predecessor=John XVII successor=Sergius IV birth date=??? birthplace=Rapagnano, Italy dead=dead|death date=July, 1009 deathplace=Rome, Italy… …   Wikipedia

  • Pope John Paul II Cultural Center — The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center is a Roman Catholic museum and think tank in Washington, D.C. The concept for the center began at a meeting between Pope John Paul II and then Bishop Adam Maida in 1988. The convert|100000|sqft|m2|sing=on… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.