The Apostles who went on the First Crusade

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

The First Crusade was the most glorious military undertaking in the history of Christianity. It was such because it was the first to internationally testify to the faith of the Church in using military forces for a work of mercy: to restore the order of justice, the rights of the Christian Faith, the mercy to persecuted Christians.

It is also a topic which is nearly universally reviled and hated by those who rule the modern world. It is hated by Muslims, because they see it as a defeat and a work which opposed their theological objectives of world conquest. It is hated by unbelieving Jews, who see it as a transgression of their rights to Palestine. It is hated by seculariest, who conquered Catholic nations since the time of the French Revolution, because they fear that Catholics admire any example of Catholics in an age when the Faith ruled the world.

A good number of ignorant or errant clerics also boo-hoo the Crusades. This is one of the reasons for which I personally have no confidence that John Paul II is a Saint, because he “apologized” for the Crusades, which was a complete act of historical revisionism, by a pope who was promoting to the dignity of Cardinal and Bishop numerous pedophiles and pedophile promoters, as we know today.

But the First Crusade was called by Bl. Pope Urban II by an official act of his magisterial authority, which declared it a work of penitence and charity required by our Catholic Faith.

A large number of Archbishops and Bishops, therefore, attended the First Crusade: that is, to say, they went on the First Crusade to offer spiritual, material, political and military assistance. Back in those days, Bishops own their own domains, had their own military forces, even if they personally did not wield sword.

Here is a list of the names of the Bishops who attended, and their titles:

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Most of these Bishops are from the Kingdom of France or subjects of the Holy Roman Empire.  At the time of the First Crusade, there was a schism in the Church, and the Kingdom of France remained in loyalty to the true Pope, Urban II, while the anti-pope ruled in Rome.

This is why, for us today, the Archbishops and Bishops of the First Crusade are wonderful examples of what it means to be a true man of God and successor to the Apostles of Our Lord Jesus Christ.


CREDITS: The info graphic of names was prepared by John C. Bugnolo, based on his study of the original texts of the Chronicles of the First Crusade. — The Featured Image is a painting by Emile Signor in 1847, entitled, “The Taking of Jerusalem by the Crusaders, July 15, 1099”, and is kept at the Bridgeman Art library, and is in the public domain.

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2 thoughts on “The Apostles who went on the First Crusade”

  1. Just the thought that there is not a single Bishop on the face of the earth today, with a God-driven purpose to tighten up his cincture, put on his Mitre, take up his mighty staff of Jesus Christ Good Shepherd to strike the wolf at his mouth, and to gather the rest of his Brothers and say: “Let us depose the ravenous wolf and let us reinstate the Holy Pontiff, His Holiness Benedict XVI, to the most venerable See, the throne of Saint Peter”, is mind-blowing. When Jesus said that the Sun would lose it’s light, he really meant it. That every Bishop would lose his purpose and would no longer give his light, is a thought that no prelate in the history of the Church could ever come to fathom, but here it is folks. It is right here, right before us, the Sun has darkened.

  2. Many Saints DO GO TO BATTLES AND THEY DO FIGHT A GREAT FIGHT… What’s wrong with you people today? St. JOAN OF ARC IS A YOUNG TEENAGE GIRL… Are you people today all became “sissy?” Catholics today are a bunch of lousy fake Catholics. They are not true Catholics and they are liars because they served God with their lips not with their spirit, hearts, minds, souls and bodies.

    Saints can’t ever be cowardice when they know they have to fight to KEEP THE FAITH AND DEFEND THE CHURCH, HUMANITY, THEIR COUNTRIES AND THEIR RIGHTS.

    Wake up people. Go to a real Catholic priest who ordained before 1960, and make a sincere confession and say at least 15 decades of Rosary a day, go to mass daily, make holy hour daily or weekly… do that, make it as reparation for the conversion of sinner, and never stop, make good penance and will see for yourself.


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