The history of the Popes records homosexuality, rape, murder, adultery, incest, drunkenness and selling religious offices and worse. This top ten list really just scratches the surface of the heinous, evil acts that have been committed in the highest office of the Roman Catholic church. To list all of the crimes from all the Popes in brief would be�one hundred�times bigger then this list.
10. Pope Alexander VI 1492-1503
The problems that we see in modern times with priests and young boys is as old as the papacy itself. Pope Alexander VI had a special place reserved for him in the the Netherworld because of his wicked desires. On Halloween night of 1501, he was said to have organized and participated in the �worst orgy ever in the Vatican�.�This included�sex with promiscuous women, boys and anyone else at hand, but what is particularly evil about this Pope is that he was known to fornicate regularly with his two sisters and his daughter. For the crime of incest, Alexander VI is surely damned to the core and quite prodigiously �evil�.
9. Pope Damasus I 366-384
Under Damasus�s rule, women and children were bought and sold as sex slaves to increase funding for the church at Damasus�s design. Those who opposed the tyrannical rule of Damasus and his brother General Theodosius the Elder�would be tortured and burned alive after their lands were seized�by the�church. Under his rule, women were forced into prostitution, including female priests and nuns.
At the time, forty-four bishops who abhorred the acts of Pope Damasus I, yet he managed to avoid being convicted of the crimes he was accused of. After the charges had passed, all forty-four bishops were murdered at the order of Damasus I.�Damasus I was also the first among Popes to instill the concept that the papacy was a supreme office of God, using the Petrine text in the Holy book of Matthew to support his claims.
8. Pope Sergius III 904-911
With a reign of�only seven years as Pope, Sergius III managed to make the list of the the Evil Ten. He took the Papacy through murder and while in office, lived quite contently unmarried with a concubine by the name of Marozia, with whom�he fathered several illegitimate children. Marozia who assassinated Pope Leo VI (928 – 929), and put her own teenage son (John XI) as Pope.
7. Pope Benedict IX 1032-1048
In the disapproving words of one chronicler, Benedict was a �demon from Hell in the disguise of a priest.��This pope was apparently on a first-name basis with most of the whores in central Italy, sold church offices for hefty bribes (a sin known as �simony.�), hosted frequent bisexual orgies, sodomized animals, and even went so far as to curse God and toast the Devil at every meal! Dante Alighieri, famed author of The Inferno, proclaimed Benedict�s reign the low ebb of the history of the papacy.
By the time Benedict�s opponents within the church had succeeded in driving him from Rome a second time in 1045, Benedict had tired of being pope. So he consulted his godfather, a well-respected priest named Johannes Gratianus (�John Gratian�) about whether he could legally resign this most holy of offices. When the �Godfather� assured him that such a thing, although unprecedented, was wholly acceptable according to church doctrine, Benedict offered to sell it to him for a ridiculous sum that would apparently be used to fund the former pope�s �lifestyle change.�
The older man accepted and took the papal name of Gregory VI. The bribe he gave Benedict so completely bankrupted the papal treasury that for months afterward the church was unable to pay its bills. To further complicate matters Benedict�s foes among the clergy had refused to recognize Gregory�s right to the succession, electing one of their number pope as Sylvester III.
6. Pope Pius IX 1846-1878
This pope is said to be directly responsible for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The Roman Catholic Church and its popes are no strangers to political manouvering and even assasination to further policital goals.
Although Pope Pius IX never did sign an actual statement supporting the Confederacy, he wrote a “letter to Jefferson Davis that was accompanied by an autographed picture of the pope” in which the Pope addressed the Confederate President as “the “Honorable President of the Confederate States of America”. The Pope recognized the Confederate States of America to be a separate and distinct country. Charles Chiniquy vowed that letter caused great distress to Abraham Lincoln. Robert E. Lee, pointing to his own portrait of Pius IX, told a visitor after the war that he was “the only sovereign… in Europe who recognized our poor Confederacy”, which was in large part�tied to the expansion plans for the Roman Catholic church in ther US under�the guidance of�the�Papal regime in Rome.
There are cases with evidence in support of the theory that�Lincoln died as a result of orders from the Roman Catholic Church � not a fanatical maniac who really wanted his slaves.
5. Pope Urban II 1088-1099
The beginning of the crusading period is generally attributed by historians to Pope Urban II’s calling of the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont in 1095.Urban II felt that western military aid was necessary to help the Byzantine Empire under assault from the armies of Islam.� Between the years 1096-1099, under the guise of what would become known as the First Crusade,�Pope Urban II�oversaw the slaughter of roughly ten million people to procure Belgrade, the Orthodox Church of Constantinople in Yugoslavia as well as Turkey, Syria, Antioch and Palestine.
4. Pope Innocent III 1198-1216
Pope Innocent III reporetedly aided and abetted in the murder of well over one million people during his papacy between 1198-1216. He rallied military support in favor of the Inquisition after excommunicating Philip II of France and had put both France and England under interdict, which was the Pope�s granted power of punishment.
Innocent called the Fourth Crusade, which was diverted to Constantinople. The pope excommunicated the Crusaders who attacked Christian cities, but he made no move to halt or overturn their actions because he felt that the Latin presence would bring about a reconciliation between the Eastern and Western Churches. Innocent also ordered a crusade against the Albigenses, which successfully subdued the Cathar heresy in France but at a great cost in life and blood.
3. Pope Boniface VIII 1294-1303
Born in 1296 as Benedetto� Caetani, Gaetani purchased the papacy from the cardinals for 7,000 gold florins and became Pope Boniface VIII.
King Philip IV of France, supported by civilian lawyers concerned to exalt his authority against that of the pope, opposed the Bull Unam Sanctam of Boniface VIII. He summoned his Parliament in Paris and laid before it an impeachment of the pope for heresy, simony and rapacity. Boniface was specifically accused of “…wizardry, dealing with the Devil, disbelief in Jesus Christ, declaring that sins of the flesh were not sins, and causing the murder of Pope Celestine and others. He had a certain ‘idol’ in which a ‘diabolical spirit’ was enclosed whom he was in the habit of consulting”.
In 1303, Pope Boniface VIII was seized at Anagni, to where he had fled, and was delivered to Paris to be tried. Before five archbishops, 22 bishops, many monks and friars, Boniface VIII jeered habitually at religion and morals, and made this remarkable statement: “There was no Jesus Christ and the Eucharist is just flour and water. Mary was no more a virgin than my own mother, and there is no more harm in adultery than in rubbing your hands together.”
2. Pope John XXIII 1410-1415
On the night of the 3rd May 1410, Pope Alexander V died suddenly of poisoning after having dinner along with Cardinal Baldassare Cossa. The Italian cardinals elected the Pisan Baldassare Cossa to replace him. He called himself Pope John XXIII. Surprisingly, the vices of Cardinal Cossa, which were many, were well known to the cardinals and all of Italy.
Apparently you can’t escape your past. Eventually, a church High Council drew up a long indictment against John XXIII which ran to 54 Articles. He was charged with rape, adultery, incest, sodomy and the murder of Pope Alexander V. After a brief trial he was found guilty, deposed, imprisoned and strangled within two years. The Romans pelted mud and stones at his coffin when it was brought to Rome.
1. Pope Pius XII 1939-1958
There are so many charges against this pope that it would take a full volume to list them. One of the most atrocious:
�Establishing an unlawful enterprise for the purpose of crime (1920 � 1945): That Archbishop Pacelli later Pope Pius XII and the Jesuit order under the control of Superior General Wlodimir Ledochowski did help form the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (German Workers’ Party), abbreviated DAP, into the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP), also known as the Nazi Party as instructed to Adolf Hitler. That the initial purpose of the Nazi Party as formed by the Catholic Church was to (1) establish a pro-Catholic political party capable of defeating its opposition and gaining control of government; (2) establish a Concordant between the Catholic Church and the whole of Germany guaranteeing a massive financial pipeline in compensation for losing the Papal States; and (3) The elimination of all opposition including social reform/democratic minded groups, especially protestants, orthodox christians, communists and ethnic Jews.
That Archbishop Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) did mentor Hitler to join the DAP, did arrange form him to report to him regularly (at least each month, sometimes weekly) until Pacelli appointment of Vatican Cardinal Secretary of State in 1929 and did provide all the financial support and means for Hitler�s rise to Chairman of the NSDAP in 28 July 1921. Furthermore, that Archbishop Pacelli did use the gold brought in to Germany in 1917 to help fund the rapid expansion of the Nazi Party, including its first reform as a paramilitary organization in 1921. *source*
The International Catholic-Jewish Historical Commission (ICJHC), a group comprised of three Jewish and three Catholic scholars, was appointed in 1999 by the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. In October of 2000, the group of scholars finished their review of the Vatican’s archives, and submitted their preliminary findings to the Comission’s then-President, Cardinal Edward I Cassidy. Their report, entitled “The Vatican and the Holocaust,” laid to rest several of the conventional defenses of Pope Pius XII.
The often-espoused view that the Pontiff was unaware of the seriousness of the situation of European Jewry during the war was definitively found to be inaccurate. Numerous documents demonstrated that the Pope was well-informed about the full extent of the Nazi’s anti-Semitic practices. A letter from Konrad von Preysing, Bishop of Berlin, that proved that the Pope was aware of the situation as early as January of 1941, particularly caught the attention of the commission. In that letter, Preysing confirms that “Your Holiness is certainly informed about the situation of the Jews in Germany and the neighboring countries. I wish to mention that I have been asked both from the Catholic and Protestant side if the Holy See could not do something on this subject…in favor of these unfortunates.” The letter, which was a direct appeal to the Pope himself, without intermediaries, provoked no response. In 1942, an even more compelling eyewitness account of the mass-murder of Jews in Lwow was sent to the Pope by an archbishop; this, too, garnered no response.