The Complete English Translation of this 1138 Great Bull
Professor John Adams
Innocent, bishop, servant of the servants of God, to his dear son Silvius, custodian of the venerable guest-house which is situated next to the Lateran Palace, greeting and apostolic benediction.
It is agreeable to us to offer assent to (your) just pleas, and to tune our ears to your just petitions, we who, granted we are unworthy, are seen as custodians and heralds on high of justice, placed by God’s will, as reflections of Peter and Paul the leaders of the apostles. Therefore, Silvius, our beloved child in Christ, agreeing to your reasonable requests, in the same way as our predecessors of blessed memory Paschal II and Honorius II, Roman pontiffs, we confirm with this present document the guest house situated next to our Lateran Palace, which had been restored to the use of poor persons in the time of the aforesaid Paschal. We have decided that the same guest-house with all the property justly and legitimately belonging to it at the present time will remain in perpetual liberty, God willing; and that it not be subject in physical force or in law to anyone except us or our successors.
We confirm also to the same guest-house the chapel of S. Maria de Oblationario at the sepulture of the pilgrims, and all the adjacent land with the garden or olive orchard, from the bare rock below the palace to the road which leads to the Holy Cross, from the upper fork in the road to the walls of the city, and the garden between the guest-house and the walls of the city, and the land above the guest-house on the one side as far as the long wall, and on the other as far as the public road, and enclosed of the same land below the long wall five paces in length and four in width bounded behind by the house of Benincase; also three towers, nearest the wall of the city; one piece of vinyard next to the Porta S. Iohannes; three pieces on Monte Portatorio, five pieces in Calcotori; at the Porta Metrovi one piece; at the Porta Latina one piece; on Monte Cuppuli one piece. In addition, in the place which is called “Spanorum” two pieces of land suitable for sowing, on the first side is the dry river, on the second side land belonging to San Clemente, on the third side land belonging to S. Maria de Pallara, on the fourth side land belonging to S. Paolo the Apostle. Moreover, whatever happens to be given and offered to the same guest-house in the future, God granting, will be preserved for it whole and undamaged.
We determine, therefore, that it is not permitted for any person whomsoever to rashly disturb that guest-house, to commit robberies there or assaults; or to carry off its possessions or to retain what they have carried off; to diminish or harass it by rash vexations; but all things should remain quiet and inviolate for it, and it should stand in the future for all sorts of services for pilgrims and the poor.
If, however, someone should attempt to violate this decree of ours, unless he corrects his presumption with a worthy satisfaction, let him know that he will incur the wrath of the Apostolic See. And whoever takes care to truly favor this guest-house and those who serve in its domain, let him enjoy the grace of God Omnipotend and the Apostles. Amen. Amen. Amen.
I, Innocentius bishop of the catholic church subscribe.
I, Conrad bishop of Sabina, praising, subscribe.
I, Gudio bishop of Tibur.
I, Egidius, bishop of Tusculum.
I, Gregorius, cardinal priest of the title of Santi Apostoli.
I, Desiderius, cardinal priest of the title of Santa Prassede.
I, Petrus Pisanus, cardinal priest of the title of Santa Susanna.
I, Petrus, cardinal priest of the title of San Marcello
I, Comes, cardinal priest (of the title of S. Eudoxia [S. Pietro in Vincoli]).
I, Gerardus, cardinal priest of the title of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.
I, Anselmus, cardinal priest of the title of Lucinae [San Lorenzo in Lucina].
I, Lucas, cardinal priest of the title of SS. Giovanni e Paolo.
I, Martinus, cardinal priest of the title of San Stefano in Monte Celio.
I, Griffo, cardinal priest of the title of Pastoris (Santa Pudenziana).
I, Gregorius, cardinal deacon of Saints Sergius and Bacchus.
I, Oddo, cardinal deacon of San Giorgio ad Velum aureum.
I, Guido, cardinal deacon of Santi Cosma e Damiano.
I, Guido, cardinal deacon of San Adriano.
I, Hubaldus, cardinal deacon of Santa Maria in Via lata.
I, Vassallus, cardinal deacon of San Eustachio.
I, Grisogonus, cardinal deacon of Santa Maria in Porticu.
I, Gregorius, cardinal deacon of Sant’ Angelo in Pescheria.
I, Gerardus, cardinal deacon of Santa Maria in Domnica.
Given at the Lateran, through the hands of Aimeric, cardinal deacon of the Holy Roman Church and Chancellor. June 21. Indiction I. Year 1138 of the Incarnation of the Lord. Ninth year of the pontificate of Lord Innocent second.