Pope Benedict XVI and An Historical View of Other Popes

   Today, February 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI resigned as Pope.  This website had been highly critical of the Catholic Church when high authorities in the Church covered up child sexual abuse by Catholic priests.  This website had sincerely hoped that Pope Benedict XVI could bring meaningful changes to the church by focusing upon the teachings of Jesus Christ. 

   Sadly, Pope Benedict leaves the office under allegations in the Italian media that his resignation was motivated by a secret report.  The PANORAMA and The REPUBLICA newspapers stated that the secret report contained details of corruption and blackmail of gay Vatican clergymen. 

   In the past, some activities by Popes have been so horrible that many historians were reluctant to write about them.  The Catholic Church in 1492 attempted to save the life of the dying Pope Innocent VIII by having him drink the blood obtained from three youths who church authorities had slaughtered like sacrificial animals.  Also, Innocent is said to have sucked the breasts of lactating women in hopes of restoring his health. 

   Pope Stephan VI was Pope from May 22, 896 to August, 897.  He ordered the previous Pope, Pope Formosus, exhumed from the grave and placed him on trial.  The corpse of Formosus was found guilty and the corpse had three fingers cut off ! This psychotic act by Pope Stephen VI led to his imprisonment and finally to his death by strangulation. 

   Pope John XII was Pope from December 16, 955 to May 14, 964.  He gave lands to his many mistresses and ordained a ten year old boy as Bishop.  It is alleged and widely believed that Pope John XII met his death when a husband found him in bed with his wife. 

   Pope Alexander VI was Pope from 1492 until 1503.  He had a mistress and he had three sons by her.  His daughter was married in the Vatican. 

   Pope Benedict XII was Pope from 1032 to 1044, and again in 1045 and then again from 1047 to 1048.  He was the nephew of two former Popes and his father helped acquire the Pontifical office for him when he was 18 years old.  He was said to have lived an immoral life and the Catholic Encyclopedia stated that he was a disgrace to the Chair of Peter. 

   As the Cardinals deliberate on the election of the next Pope, it might be wise to remember that there is both good and evil in all mortal individuals.  Also, two quotes from George Santayana might prove helpful.  Santayana stated: ” Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  Santayana also stated: ” My atheism … is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.”

                               R. Van Conoley

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