imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

Most evil popes in Catholic history

In My Eyes: by Edward B. Antonio

If freethinkers don’t like Pope Francis, certainly, they are not fans either to the earlier popes.

Sometimes, I think the same, fellas, anyway this is a free country. That’s why I have made my concessions with God a personal one.

Some of the hidden parts of the Church’s history could well be exemplified by the following evil deeds concocted by some of the most evil popes in history.

Chris Harty, student, technology enthusiast and MMA and soccer fan, is one of those who tediously abhors the following popes:

1. Pope Paul III
Paul III was actually Julius III’s immediate predecessor and his reign had significantly less child rape, but what he lacked in creepiness he made up for in general ruthlessness and corruption. Paul III allegedly murdered his mother and his niece to inherit the family fortune prior to becoming Pope and was quick to execute anyone who annoyed him by strangulation and then immolation. His most famous lover was his daughter Constanza Farnese.

2. PopeBenedict IX
In 1032 Benedict IX became the youngest pope to ever take the papal seat, with some accounts stating he was only 11 or 12 years old at the time of his promotion to the papacy, although official records state he was closer to 20. Later Popes such as Victor III described his reign so: “His life as a pope was so vile, so foul, so execrable, that I shudder to think of it.” He was said to have hosted all-male orgies in the Lateran palace and freely raped men, women, children and animals. Benedict IX also holds the distinction of being the only man to sell the papacy, which he later regretted and took back by force. After Gregory VI’s rule as Pope, a Pope known as Damasus II came into power. Benedict literally poisoned Damasus II and reclaimed power over the Papacy. This was when the crimes of Benedict IX were so much to bear that the Romans could no longer stand it – they expelled him from the city entirely.

3. Pope Stephen VI
When he rose to power he had the remains of his predecessor Formosus exhumed so that the corpse could stand trial. The whole ordeal became known as the Cadaver Synod, and it was easily the strangest episode in papal history. Stephen VI made Formosus’s corpse stand trial and answer for his ‘crimes’, which were mostly just decrees and actions that Stephen VI had disagreed with while Formosus was alive. The corpse was placed on a throne and dressed in the garments of a corpse, and when the guilty verdict was reached the body was beheaded and cast into the Tiber river. The Cadaver Synod raised such an uproar that Stephen VI himself was strangled to death a month after its completion.

4. Pope John XII
He became pope at only 18 years old, and immediately developed a reputation for rape and deviant sexual activity. He allegedly raped his two sisters regularly, ordained a 10-year-old as bishop, refused to make the sign of the cross and invoked pagan gods when gambling. He also took particular enjoyment in having sex around the Vatican’s most holy sites, such as the tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul. He also enjoyed arbitrarily torturing and castrating cardinals. His 9-year reign began in 955 and ended in 964 after he was murdered by a jealous husband who caught the pope in bed with his wife.

5. Pope Alexander VI
Pope Alexander VI had a special place in Hell reserved for him in the circle of lust. On Halloween night of 1501, he was said to have organized and participated in the “worst orgy ever in the Vatican.” Alexander VI also was known to fornicate regularly with his two sisters and his daughter. Alexander VI hosted the most elaborate orgies the Vatican had ever seen: 50 prostitutes crammed into a single hall where the pope and members of his clergy ran wild on them. He assigned some clergymen to abstain from the celebratory orgy, but to instead watch over the debauchery and keep track of the amount of orgasms each clergyman achieved, as he believed virility was a sign of strength and he wanted to keep statistics on his entourage. He would marry off his daughter Lucrezia to rich merchants, then declare the marriage null and void – he was the pope after all – and absorbed all of their money. Alexander VI and his family effectively pillaged the upper class of Rome, stealing their fortunes and killing their opposition at will. His 11-year papacy came to an end in 1503, when one of the many assassins hired to kill him finally succeeded in their attempts. He was poisoned and died slowly over the next few days at the age of 72.

6. Pope Damasus
Individuals who lived to see Damasus’s rule saw a bitter day: 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 would be tortured and literally burned alive after their lands were seized and used for church designated purposes. Worse still is that the women forced into prostitution were not always simple subjects of Rome, but female priests and nuns themselves. Forty four bishops tried and found him guilty but after the charges were passed, all 44 bishops were murdered at the order of Damasus I.

7. Pope Sergius III
In seven short years as Pope, Sergius III was bad the minute he was made Pope. He took the Papacy through murder and while in office, lived quite contently unmarried with a concubine by the name of Marozia. While his political affiliates may have enjoyed his murderous tendencies for the sake of gaining control of the papacy, Sergius’s concubine may have rivaled him in true potential for evil. Marozia personally assassinated Pope Leo VI who followed Sergius just seventeen short years after Sergius left the Throne of Peter in order to claim the throne for Sergius’ and her son, John XI The Wicked.

8. Pope Urban II
Pope Urban II was the benchmark for where the crimes against humanity and God became genocidal. Between the years 1096-1099 Pope Urban II ordered the slaughter of roughly ten million people where there were men and women but mostly children in efforts to procure Belgrade, the Orthodox Church of Constantinople in Yugoslavia as well as Turkey, Syria, Antioch and Palestine. In the First Crusade, Urban II decreed that: “All who die by the way, whether by land or by sea, or in battle against the pagans, shall have immediate remission of sins. This I grant them through the power of God with which I am invested.” By giving every murderer, rapist and thief a last ditch chance at entering the kingdom of God, he guaranteed a sizeable army that would be ready and willing to invade the holy land.

9.Pope Innocent III
While Pope Innocent III didn’t reach the epic numbers of slaughters that his predecessor Urban II had, he still aided and abetted in the murder of well over two million people during his papacy between 1198-1216. His were words of war: he rallied military support in favor of the Inquisition after excommuni-cating Philip II of France and had put both France and England under interdict which was the Pope’s granted power of punishment. He had also began a Crusade against the Albigenses where upon his military constituents were ordered to butcher them by the tens of thousands in horrid and unholy ways. Dracula, eat your heart out.

10.Pope Boniface VIII
Again a pope that was so evil that he made it into the Catholic encyclopedia for his grave injustices against the people and his God. Boniface VIII was described in the Catholic encyclopedia as having, “scarcely any possible crime omitted – heresy gross and unnatural, immorality, idolatry, magic, simony… his whole pontificate was one record of evil.” Quite an accusation coming from the Catholic encyclopedia… When the poet Dante wrote his eternal masterpiece, “Inferno” it was the deepest pit of Hell that were assigned to Boniface VIII, Nicholas III and Clement V.
Boniface VIII was a self-proclaimed Atheist. He didn’t even believe in God yet he somehow managed to obtain the position of Pope through manipulation. In 1302, Boniface VIII instituted a commonly quoted misconception of Christianity called “Unum Sanctum” where through no faiths but that of the Catholic faith were to be saved come the day of Judgment by Christ. All outside of the Roman Catholic Church were to be damned eternally in the pits of Hell.

11. Pope John XXIII
Why people called this man the most depravedcriminal who sat on the papal chair rather than calling him the most depraved criminal of all time may never be understood. This “man” if you can call him that, committed almost every heinous crime imaginable – by the hundred. There were thirty-seven clergy members who witnessed and professed against him on the following charges: fornication, adultery, incest, sodomy, Simony, theft, and murder. Pope John XXIII had a harem of mistresses in Boulogne numbering two-hundred. Even more disgusting yet was the fact that these two-hundred women consisted mostly, if not entirely of nuns.#