Etsi de statu was a papal bull issued by Pope Boniface VIII in July 1297. The bull was essentially a revocation of a bull issued the previous year, Clericis laicos. Whereas Clericis laicos had prohibited the taxation of clerical property by lay authorities without the explicit consent of the papacy, Etsi de statu allowed it in cases of emergency.[1]

Clericis laicos had been directed at the kings of England and France, Edward I and Philip IV respectively. There were preparations for war between the two over the Duchy of Aquitaine, and the bull was meant as a preventive measure against taxation of the clergy.[2] Boniface, however, was faced by an embargo, including the export of money from France. At the same time Boniface had to contend with a suspiciously convenient uprising in Rome by the Colonna family.[3]

The Pope had to back down and issue the more accommodating Etsi de statu.[1]


  1. ^ a b Canning, Joseph (1996). A History of Medieval Political Thought, 300-1450. London: Routledge. p. 138. ISBN 0-415-01349-6.
  2. ^ Powicke, F. M. (1962). The Thirteenth Century: 1216-1307 (2nd ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 674–7.
  3. ^ Cavendish, Richard. "Boniface VIII’s Bull Unam Sanctam", History Today, Volume 52 Issue 11 November 2002