For those seeking truth, read on:
896-897 Pope Stephen VII
- Responsible for calling the “Cadaver Synod” and exhuming the decomposed 8 month old body of Pope Formosus, which was redressed in his papal vestments and seated on the throne so he could be tried. The cadaver was then charged with perjury, performing the functions of a bishop when he had been deposed and for receiving the pontificate while he was the bishop of Porto.
- The corpse was then stripped of his sacred vestments, dressed as a layman, deprived of three fingers of its right hand (the blessing fingers), dragged through the streets and dumped in the Tiber River.
904–911 Pope Sergius III – Pornocracy Pope
- Start of the Pornocracy era. This “pornocracy” was an age with women in power: Theodora, whom Liutprand characterized as a “shameless whore… [who] exercised power on the Roman citizenry like a man” and her daughter Marozia, the mother of Pope John XI and reputed to be the mistress of Sergius III.
- Caesar Baronius, writing in the 16th century, and basing himself on Luitprand, was particularly scathing, describing Sergius as:
”a wretch, worthy of the rope and of fire… flames could not have caused this execrable monster to suffer the punishments which he merited. It is impossible to believe that such a pope was a lawful one.”
- Pope Sergius III was a supporter of Pope Stephen VII (who exhumed Pope Formosus’ corpse).
- Pope Sergius III reaffirmed the “Cadaver Synod” of Pope Stephen VII.
- Alleged father of Pope John XI by Marozia of the Theophylacti family. These accusations are found in Liutprand of Cremona’s Antapodosis, as well as the Liber Pontificalis. Marozia was reputed the concubine of Pope Sergius III when she was just 15.
- With the military help of the Tusculani Alberic I of Spoleto, Pope Sergius III reappeared in Rome and deposed Christopher, who was apparently strangled on Sergius’ orders. See Encyclopaedia Britannica.
- Promoted his family and members of his aristocratic party to positions of authority and prominence within the church.
914-928 Pope John X – Pornocracy Pope
- Allegedly had affairs with Theodora and her daughter Marozia, according to Liutprand of Cremona in his Antapodosis.
- Attempted to unify Italy under the leadership of Berengar of Friuli, and was instrumental in the defeat of the Saracens at the Battle of Garigliano, becoming the first pope to lead an army into battle. He forgot this verse (most Popes did):
Luke 3:14 King James Version (KJV)
And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
In 925 John attempted to stem the use of the Slav liturgy in Dalmatia, and enforce the local use of Latin in the Mass.
955-964 Pope John XII – Pornocracy Pope
- Turned the Lateran Palace into a brothel.
- He was officially charged with the following offences which he did not deny: “Then, rising up, the cardinal priest Peter testified that he himself had seen John XII celebrate Mass without taking communion. John, bishop of Narni, and John, a cardinal deacon, professed that they themselves saw that a deacon had been ordained in a horse stable, but were unsure of the time. Benedict, cardinal deacon, with other co-deacons and priests, said they knew that he had been paid for ordaining bishops, specifically that he had ordained a ten-year-old bishop in the city of Todi… They testified about his adultery, which they did not see with their own eyes, but nonetheless knew with certainty: he had fornicated with the widow of Rainier, with Stephana his father’s concubine, with the widow Anna, and with his own niece, and he made the sacred palace into a whorehouse. They said that he had gone hunting publicly; that he had blinded his confessor Benedict, and thereafter Benedict had died; that he had killed John, cardinal subdeacon, after castrating him; and that he had set fires, girded on a sword, and put on a helmet and cuirass. All, clerics as well as laymen, declared that he had toasted to the devil with wine. They said when playing at dice, he invoked Jupiter, Venus and other demons. They even said he did not celebrate Matins at the canonical hours nor did he make the sign of the cross.”
- Louis Marie DeCormenin said:
“John XII was worthy of being the rival of Elagabalus… a robber, a murderer, and incestuous person, unworthy to represent Christ upon the pontifical throne… This abominable priest soiled the chair of St. Peter for nine entire years and deserved to be called the most wicked of popes.”
- Reportedly raped his two sisters. Reference.
- Was killed by a man who found Pope John XII in bed with his wife. Reference.
1032-1048 Pope Benedict IX
- Sold the papacy in 1045 to Pope Gregory VI, committing the offence of Simony.
- The Catholic Encyclopedia calls him “a disgrace to the Chair of Peter.”
- Pope Benedict IX was the first pope said to have been primarily homosexual.
- He held orgies in the Lateran palace and turned the Vatican into a male brothel.
- St. Peter Damian is alleged to have described him as “feasting on immorality”.
- Pope Victor III, in his third book of Dialogues, referred to “his rapes, murders and other unspeakable acts. His life as a pope was so vile, so foul, so execrable, that I shudder to think of it.”
- Read more on catholic.org.
1198-1216 Pope Innocent III
- This Pope was anything but innocent: More blood was shed under Pope Innocent III, and that of his immediate successors, than in any other period of Church history, except in the Papacy’s effort to crush the Reformation in the 16th and 17th centuries. Reference.
- The Inquisition, called the “Holy Office,” was instituted by Pope Innocent III. It was the “Church Court for Detection and Punishment of Heretics.” Everyone was required to inform against Heretics. Anyone suspected, was liable to torture, without knowing the name of his accuser. Proceedings were in secret. The Inquisitor pronounced sentence, and the victim was turned over to Civil Authorities to be imprisoned for life or to be burned. The victim’s property was confiscated, and divided between the Church and the State.
- In the period immediately following Pope Innocent III, the Inquisition persecuted the Albigenses — but also claimed vast multitudes of victims in Spain, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.
1294-1303 Pope Boniface VIII
- Committed repeated incest upon his children and fathered illegitimate children by them.
- The poet Dante visited Rome and described the Vatican as a sewer of corruption.
- Pope Boniface VIII also publicly declared the following: “to enjoy oneself and to lie carnally with women or with boys is no more a sin than rubbing one’s hands together” [History of the Church Councils, Book 40, art. 697].
- Sent mercenaries to destroy other people’s castles, declared all the prominent Italian Colonna family’s property forfeited and proceeded to parcel their land out among his family members.
- Excommunicated the king and released a decree stating that “every human creature [was] subject to the Roman pontiff.”
- In 1302 issued a well known Unam Sanctum which declared that the Roman Catholic Church is the only true Church, outside of which there is no salvation. He may have forgotten to read the Bible: Acts 16:31 King James Version (KJV): 31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
1378-1389: Pope Urban VI:
- Deposed Queen Joan I of Naples and crowned Charles of Durazzo as monarch of the Kingdom of Naples.
- Tortured and brutally murdered six Cardinals. He was recorded as complaining to the torturers that he did not hear enough screaming when Cardinals who had conspired against him were tortured. Reference. Reference.
- Promised English soldiers and nobles indulgences to Heaven for anyone who would take up arms and defeat Pope Clement VII, who was supposedly an “anti-Pope” elected by French Cardinals.
1464-1471 Paul II
- Pope Paul II died of a stroke, allegedly whilst being sodomized by a page boy. Reference.
- One of his successors suggested that Pope Paul II should rather have been called Maria Pietissima, “Our Lady of Pity”, because he was inclined to break into tears at times of crisis (and because of accounts that he was homosexual).
- He had a papal tiara made for his own use studded with “diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, topaz, large pearls, and every kind of precious gem.”
- He built the Palazzo San Marco (now the Palazzo Venezia) and lived there even as pope, amassing a great collection of art and antiquities.
- Tortured Bartolomeo Platina, Filip Callimachus, among others on the charge of having participated in a conspiracy against the Pope.
- In 1466 he permitted the horse-race that was a feature of Carnivalto be run along the main street, the Via Lata, which now became known from this annual event as the Via del Corso. The Pope forced Jews to run naked in the streets for the amusement of non-Jews.
1471-1484 Pope Sixtus IV
- According to the published chronicle of the Italian historian Stefano Infessura, “Diary of the City of Rome”, Sixtus was a “lover of boys and sodomites” – awarding benefices and bishoprics in return for sexual favours, and nominating a number of young men as cardinals; some of whom were celebrated for their good looks.
- He built the Sistine Chapel.
- Pope Sixtus IV committed himself to Venice’s aggression against the duchy of Ferrara, which he incited the Venetians to attack. Reference.
- His achievements were accomplished through heavy taxation and simony.
- Pope Sixtus IV sought to strengthen his position by surrounding himself with relatives and friends. Six of the thirty-four cardinals that he created were his nephews.
- Pope Sixtus IV in his own bull, Aeterni regis of 21 June 1481 affirmed the Portuguese rights to acquire slaves along the African coast by force or trade.
- Pope Sixtus IV authorised the Spanish Inquisition in 1478 at the request of the Spanish Monarch. This was the “second wave” of inquisitions. Tens of thousands were burnt at the stake. The exact number has most likely been kept secret because we know the Catholic Inquisitors were expert record keepers. Torture was an integral part of the inquisitorial process to extract confessions. Extreme methods, devoid of all humanity, were used.
1492-1503 Pope Alexander VI
- Fathered four children with his mistress Vannozza dei Cattanei.
- Took a new mistress while he was Pope, Giulia Farnese.
- When a rich merchant prince would visit Rome, Pope Alexander VI would introduce his daughter, have her seduce them, and then marry his daughter off to the merchant for a vast dowry. Unfortunately for the merchant, Alexander VI was the pope and got to decide who was married and who wasn’t married. As soon as a wealthier merchant rolled into Rome Lucrezia’s marriage would end and she would become available to the next highest bidder.
- Alleged to have slept with his own daughter, Lucrezia. Reference.
- 31 October 1501, took part in an orgy arranged by his son Cesare Borgia. Johannes Burchard, author of the Liber Notarum, an official record of all the more significant papal ceremonies, including embassies, official visits and private functions, noted the following account of the Banquet of Chestnuts. ‘After dinner the candelabra with the burning candles were taken from the tables and placed on the floor, and chestnuts were strewn around, which the naked courtesans picked up, creeping on hands and knees between the chandeliers, while the Pope, Cesare, and his sister Lucretia looked on.’
- According to historian William Manchester, “Servants kept score of each man’s orgasms, for the pope greatly admired virility and measured a man’s machismo by his ejaculative capacity.”
- The wild orgies in the papal palace were populated with the empire’s finest whores, and these parties were indeed a family affair.
- The Catholic Encyclopedia at newadvent.org referred to him as “one who for thirty-five years had conducted the affairs of the Roman chancery with rare ability and industry.” They also praised him, as “splendid and energetic” and cheerfully quote a diarist on the good pope’s amazing sense of justice. In between all those orgies, after all, Pope Alex wrote terrific canonical philosophy and defenses of the Christian faith.
1503-1513 Pope Julius II
- Had three illegitimate daughters, one of whom was Felice della Rovere (born in 1483, twenty years before his election as pope, but twelve years after his enthronement as Bishop of Lausanne). Reference.
- The schismatic Conciliabulum of Pisa, which sought to depose him in 1511, accused him of being a “sodomite covered with shameful ulcers.” Reference.
1513 – 1521 Pope Leo X
- “Was possessed by an insatiable love of pleasure, revelry and carousing.”
- Leo’s governor Francesco Guicciardini, who wrote “At the beginning of his pontificate most people deemed him very chaste; however, he was afterwards discovered to be exceedingly devoted – and every day with less and less shame – to that kind of pleasure that for honour’s sake may not be named”.
- The bishop, historian and physician to Clement VII Paolo Giovio, who explained that “the pope did not escape the accusation of infamy, for the love he showed several of his chamberlains smacked of scandal in its playful liberality”.
- Leo arranged the best education that could be offered for Marcantonio Flaminio. Marcantonio’s father took the unusual step of refusing the career in the church that Leo had mapped out for the son and instead demanded a return to Bologna.
- He sold cardinals’ hats. He sold membership in the “Knights of Peter”. He borrowed large sums from bankers, curials, princes and Jews.
- Spent 1/7 of his predecessors’ reserves on a single ceremony. Reference.
- Martin Luther visited Rome and said: “No one can imagine what sins and infamous actions are committed in Rome.” He discovered that immorality existed among all classes of the clergy. Priests told indecent jokes while serving at Mass. The papal court was served at supper by twelve naked girls. At the heart of the Vatican nudism was rampant. References.
1534-1549 Pope Paul III
- Murdered relatives, including poisoning his mother and niece. Reference.
- Fathered at least three sons and a daughter and participated in witchcraft including astrology. Reference.
- Bestowed Parma and Piacenza, states of the Church, to his natural son Pier Luigi, who was later murdered. Reference.
- Confirmed that any individual may freely buy, sell and own slaves. Reference.
- The Jesuits order was was founded by Ignatius Loyola, a Spaniard, on the principle of absolute and unconditional obedience to the Pope and recover territory lost to Protestants and Muslims. Their supreme aim was so-called “destruction of heresy”. For the accomplishment of which — anything was justifiable — deception, immorality, vice, even murder. Their motto, “For the greater glory of God.” Reference.
- The Jesuits set up schools, seeking especially the children of ruling classes, aiming in all schools to gain absolute mastery over the pupil. They used the Confessional, especially with Kings, Princes and Civil Rulers — indulging them in all kinds of vice and crime, for favour.
- They used force, persuading rulers to execute Inquisition sentences. In France, they were responsible for St. Bartholomew’s Massacre, Persecution of the Huguenots (French Christians), Revocation of the Toleration Edict, and the French Revolution.
- In Spain, Netherlands, South Germany, Bohemia, Austria, Poland and other countries — they killed thousands. They stopped the Reformation in Southern Europe, and saved the Papacy from ruin.
- The Inquisition was the main agency in the Papacy’s effort to crush the Reformation movement. In the 30 years between 1540 and 1570 — no fewer than 900,000 Protestants were put to death in the Pope’s attempt for the extermination of the Waldenses. Reference.
1550-1555 Pope Julius III
- Looted the papal coffers to renovate his mansion in Rome, the Villa Giula. Art throughout the complex depicts scenes of bacchanals, nymphs and satyrs.
- Controversial poet and scholar Giovanni Della Casa wrote a poem about Julius III in which Della Casa defended the practice of sodomizing young boys. Reference.
- At age 61, before he was pope, he fell head over heels for a beautiful 15-year old beggar named Fabian, whom he picked up off the streets of Parma. Two years later, del Monte, as Pope Julius III, renamed the young man “Innocenzo” and made him a Cardinal who served as his chief diplomatic and political agent.
- The pope appointed Innocenzo, and showered him with many benefices that his income was one of the highest in all of Europe. The young cardinal was functionally illiterate and incapable of performing the duties of his office.
- Pope Julius III opened St. Peters and other major churches to sexual orgies that emphasized homosexual behavior.
1572-1585 Pope Gregory XIII
- Had an affair with Maddalena Fulchini which resulted in the birth of a son, Giacomo Boncompagni, in 1548. Giacomo remained illegitimate but was later appointed Gonfalonier of the Church, governor of the Castel Sant’Angelo, as well as governor of Fermo.
1831-1846 Pope Gregory XVI
- From Woman, Church and State p. 49: Let not my readers be deceived by the idea that the popes of Rome in our days, are much better than those of the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth centuries. They are absolutely the same. Inquire from those who have personally known Pope Gregory XVI., the predecessor of Pius IX., and after they will have given you the history of his mistresses, one of whom was the wife of his barber, they will tell you that he was one of the greatest drunkards in Italy!
1846-1878 Pope Pius IX
- Supported the kidnap and false imprisonment of a six-year-old Jewish boy, Edgardo Mortara, taken from his parents by the police of the Papal States, because he had been baptised a Christian when ill. Reference.
- From Woman, Church and State p. 49: Go to Italy, and there the Roman Catholics themselves will show you the two beautiful daughters whom the last pope, Pius IX., had from two of his mistresses. They will tell you, too, the names of five other mistresses — three of them nuns — he had when a priest and a bishop; some of them are still living.
- Called a Vatican Council in 1870, for the express purpose of having himself declared Infallible, which they did. Before Pope Pius IX, there was no official doctrine of papal infallibility. Why? Because so many popes were blatantly immoral – see above. Reference.
- Banned Catholics from: Freedom of speech and freedom of worship/religion among other things. Reference.
2013-? Pope Francis
- Stated that people should not expect to have a direct personal relationship with Jesus Christ:
Seems to have forgotten the following verses:
Matthew 18:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Romans 10:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
And the name of the Lord is Jesus Christ:
Philippians 2:9-11 King James Version (KJV)
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
- Prayed to Lucifer during mass:
The above accounts are illustrations of the fact that carnal mind can never please God:
Romans 8:5-8 King James Version (KJV)
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
God does not require physical palaces, conquests, jewels, beautiful things, beautiful people, wealth etc… on earth. God is a Spirit. He lives inside of us:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 King James Version (KJV)
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Is there no hope? Can mortal man ever be perfect? It is only by taking on the righteousness of Christ, can we be perfect.