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Bad Popes

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Definition:   The history of wickedness by those claiming to be head of the universal Church. Some examples: palatial rape and massive orgies (John XII, 937-64); incest, homosexuality and bestiality (Benedict IX, 1033-48); election of popes by prostitutes (Anastasius III and Lando, 911-914); promotion of prostitution (John XII, 955-63; Paul III, 1533-49); kidnapping and megalomania (Pius IX, 1846-78); founder of institutional torture (Urban II, 1088-99); genocidal maniacs (Innocent III, 1198-1216; Martin V, 1417-31; Innocent VIII, 1489-92); greed and avarice (too numerous to list); succession by murder (seven popes in five years, 896-90, not including anti-popes) and mutilation of corpses (Stephen VII, 897; Sergius III, 904-911).

Discussion: Compounding these sins, the papacy usurps the authority of Jesus Christ by claiming to be head of the Church.  The pope demands unquestioned allegiance and submission by the faithful. “For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered” (CCC 882). Catholics must leave their church and follow the true shepherd, Jesus. True sheep will not follow the pope, a false shepherd (Jn. 10:4-5).

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