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Babylon Mysteries #6

Some sins of some Popes


                        Ralph Woodrow



     IN ADDITION TO the conclusive evidence that has been given,

the very character and morals of many of the Popes would tend to

identify them as successors of pagan priests, rather than

representatives of Christ or Peter. Some of the Popes were so

depraved and base in their actions, even people who professed no

religion at all were ashamed of them. Such sins as adultery,

sodomy, simony, rape, murder, and drunkenness are among the sins

that have been committed by Popes. To link such sins with men who

have claimed to be the "Holy Father", "The Vicar of Christ", and

Bishop of bishops", may sound shocking, but those acquainted with

the history of the Papacy well know that not all Popes were holy


     Pope Sergius III (904-911) obtained the papal office by

murder. The annals of the church of Rome tell about his life of

open sin with Marozia who bore him several illegitimate

children.1 He was described by Baronius as a "monster" and by

Gregorovius as a "terrorizing criminal." Says a historian: "For

seven years this man ... occupied the chair of St.Peter, while

his concubine and her Semiramis-like mother held court with a

pomp and voluptuousness that recalled the worse days of the

ancient empire."2

Many more immoral acts and practices of the Popes are given.



     ADDING TO THE many contradictions with which the Romish

system was already plagued, there were Popes, like the god Janus

of olden times, who began to claim they were "infallible." People

naturally questioned how infallibility could be linked with the

papal office when some of the Popes had been very poor examples

in morals and integrity. And if the infallibility be applied only

to doctrines pronounced by the Popes, how was it that some Popes

had disagreed with other Popes? Even a number of the Popes

including Virilinus, Innocent III, Clement IV, Gregory XI,

Hadrian VI, and Paul IV - had rejected the doctrine of papal

infallibility! Just how could all of this be explained in an

acceptable manner and formulated into a dogma? Such was the task

of the Vatican Council of 1870. 

     The Council sought to narrow the meaning of infallibility

down to a workable definition, applying such only to papal

pronouncements made "ex cathedra." The wording finally adopted

was this: "The Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra - that

is, when in the exercise of his office as pastor and teacher of

all Christians he defines ... a doctrine of faith or morals to be

held by the whole Church - is, by reason of the Divine assistance

promised to him in blessed Peter, possessed of that infallibility

... and consequently such definitions of the Roman Pontiff are


     All of the problems were not solved by this wording,

nevertheless papal infallibility became an official dogma of the

Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican Council of 1870.

Woodrow gives contradictory infallibility from Pope histories.



1.Chiniquy, 'The Priest, the Woman, and the Confessional,' p.138.

2.Cotterill, 'Medieval Italy,' p.331.

3.Halley, Halley's Bible Handbook, p.774.

4.The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol.8, pp.425, art. "John X, Pope."

5.Chiniquy, 'The Priest, the Woman, and the Confessional,' p.138.

6.The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol.8, p.426, art. "John XI."

7.Ibid., p.427, art. "John XII." 

8.Liber Pontificalis, vol.2, p.246. 

9.The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol.2, p.661,662, art."Boniface VII"

10.Halley, Halley's Bible Handbook, p.775. 


12.The Catholic Encyclopedia,vol.2,pp.668,668,art."Boniface VIII"

13.Ibid., p.670.

14.History of the Church Councils, Bk.40, art.697. 

15.The Catholic Encyclopedia. vol.4, p.435, art. "Councils."

16.Halley, Halley's Bible Handbook, p.778.

17.Chiniquy,'The Priest, the Woman, and the Confessional,'p.139.

18.Durant, 'The Story of Civilization: The Reformation,' p.10.

19.Sacrorum Concilioriurn, vol.27, p.663.

20.Durant, 'The Story of Civilization: The Reformation,'p.10.

21.Halley, Halley's Bible Handbook, p.779.

22.Durant, 'The Story of Civilization: The Reformation,' p.13.

23.Halley, Halley's Bible Handbook, p.779. 


25.The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol.8, p.19, art. "Innocent VIII."

26.D'Aubigne, 'History of the Reformation,' p.11.

27.Chiniquy,'The Priest, the Woman, and the Confessional', p.139.

28.Diarium, vol.3, p.167. 

29.Life - July 5, 1963.

30.The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol.9, pp.162,163, art. "Leo X."

31.Durant, 'The Story of Civilization: The Reformation, p. 344.

32.D'Aubigne, History of the Reformation,' p.59.

33.The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol.8, p.407, art. "Joan, Popess." 

34.Ibid., p.408.


1.The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol.7, p.796, art. "Infallibility."

2.Ibid., vol.14, p.316, art. "Strossmayer." 

3.Ibid., vol.6, p.141, art. "Formosus."



Weeelllll....coming to modern times. It is a noted and recorded

FACT the Roman Catholic Church with many of its leaders DID

NOTHING (and in some situations, even worked with) AGAINST HITLER

and his kin, during the second World War. This is not to say that

SOME individual Catholics in "office" or lay members stood by and

let Hitler and his men do what they did, without resisting or

helping the innocent. But in the main, the TOP ones did little to

resist the evil of Hitler. The present Pope (in 2003 when this is

being presented to this Website) finally admitted such to the

Jews, and apologized, asking forgiveness from them and the world.

Then for you who go back to the 80s or 70s or before (I go back

to 1961 to 1972) as part of the Worldwide Church of God, under

Herbert W. Armstrong and Garner Ted Armstrong, and have come to

see what went on and how that church organization developed

(especially from the 70s onward), what you have read about the

evils or sex sins - inner fightings at the "top level" - proud

infallibleness, hard-handed rulership - lavish physical living -

abuse of brethren - will sadly all come to mind. For as Solomon

said, "There is nothing new under the sun."

As is all admitted and recorded by the Catholic Encyclopedia, the

gross sins of some of the Popes down through the centuries can

hardly uphold the papal office and succession as "God's true

Eldership from the apostle Peter" - Keith Hunt



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