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Martin Luther


"For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver."

Martin Luther, German philospher and moralist, the Father of the Protestant Church


It is not out of mere arrogance and perversity that I, an individual poor man, have taken upon me to address your lordships. The distress and misery that oppress all the Christian estates, more especially in Germany, have led not only myself, but everyone else, to cry aloud and to ask for help, and have now forced me too to cry out and to ask if God would give His Spirit to anyone to reach a hand to His wretched humans.

The Roman Catholics have, with great adroitness, drawn three walls round themselves, with which they have hitherto protected themselves, so that no one could reform them, whereby all Christendom has fallen terribly.

Firstly, if pressed by the temporal power, they have affirmed and maintained that the temporal power has no jurisdiction over them, but, on the contrary, that the spiritual power is above the temporal.

Secondly, if it were proposed to admonish them with the Scriptures, they objected that no one may interpret the Scriptures but the Pope.

Thirdly, if they are threatened with a council, they pretend that no one may call a council but the Pope. Thus they have stolen our three rods and intrenched themselves behind these three walls, to act with all the wickedness and malice, which we now witness.

If a little company of pious Christian laymen were taken prisoners and carried away to a desert, and had not among them a priest consecrated by a bishop, and were there to agree to elect one of them, born in wedlock or not, and were to order him to baptize, to celebrate the mass, to absolve, and to preach, this man would as truly be a priest, as if all the bishops and all the popes had consecrated him. That is why in cases of necessity every man can baptize and absolve, which would not be possible if we were not all priests. This great grace and virtue of baptism and of the Christian estate they have quite destroyed and made us forget by their ecclesiastical law.(We don't need no stinking intercessors!)

Current doctrine is this: that the temporal authority is not above the clergy, and may not punish it. This is if one were to say the hand may not help, though the eye is grievous suffering. Is it not unnatural, not to say unchristian, that one member may not help another, or guard it against harm? Nay the nobler the member, the more the rest are bound to help. Forasmuch as the temporal power has been ordained by God for the punishment of the evil and the protection of the good, therefore we must let it do its duty throughout the whole Christian Church whether it strikes Pope, bishops, priests, monks, nuns, or whoever it may be.

It is, indeed, past bearing that the spiritual law should esteem so highly the liberty, life, and property of the clergy, as if laymen were not as good spiritual Christians, or not equally members of the Church.

Why should your body, life, goods, and honor be free, and not mine, seeing that we are equal as Christians, and have received alike baptism, faith, spirit, and all things?

If a priest is killed, the country is laid under an interdict: why not also if a peasant is killed?

Whence comes this great difference among equal Christians? Simply from human laws and inventions.

It is a wickedly devised fable, they cannot quote a single letter to confirm it, that it is for the Pope alone to interpret the Scriptures or to confirm the interpretation of them. They have assumed the authority of their own selves. And though they say that this authority was given to St. Peter when the keys were given to him, it is plain enough that the keys were not given to St. Peter alone, but to the whole community. Besides, the keys were not ordained for doctrine or authority, but for sin, to bind or loose; and what they claim besides this from the keys is mere invention. Is not this plain enough? Only consider the matter. They must needs acknowledge that there are pious Christians among us that have the true faith, spirit, understanding, word, and mind of Jesus: why then should we reject their word and understanding, and follow a Pope who has neither understanding nor spirit? Surely this were to deny our whole faith and the Christian Church.

As for their boasts of their authority, that no one must oppose it, this is idle talk. No one in Christian Church has any authority to do harm, or to forbid others to prevent harm being done. There is no authority in the Church but for reformation. Therefore if the Pope wished to use his power to prevent the calling of a free council, so as to prevent the reformation of the Church, we must not respect him or his power; and if he should begin to excommunicate and fulminate, we must despise this as the doings of a madman, and, trusting in God, excommunicate and repel him as best we may. For this his usurped power is nothing; he does not possess it, and he is at once overthrown by a text from the Scriptures.

For St. Paul says to the Corinthians "that God has given us authority for edification, and not for destruction" (2 Cor. x. 8).

Let us now consider the matters which should be treated in the councils, and with which popes, cardinals, bishops, and all learned men should engage themselves day and night, if they love Jesus and His Church.

Let us rouse ourselves, fellow Germans, and stand in awe of God more than man, that we be not answerable for all the poor souls that are so miserably lost through the wicked, devilish government of the Roman Catholics, and that the dominion of the devil should not grow day by day, if indeed this hellish government can grow any worse, which, for my part, I can neither conceive nor believe.

It is a distressing and terrible thing to see that the head of Christendom, who boasts of being the vicar of Jesus and the successor of St. Peter, lives in a worldly pomp that no king or emperor can equal, so that in him that calls himself most holy and most spiritual there is more worldliness than in the world itself. He wears a triple crown, whereas the mightiest kings only wear one crown. If this resembles the poverty of Jesus and St. Peter, it is a new sort of resemblance.

The see of avarice and robbery at Rome is unwilling to wait for the benefices to fall in one after another by means of the Pope's month; and in order to get them into its insatiable maw as speedily as possible, they have devised the plan of taking living and benefices in three other ways:

First, if the incumbent of a free living dies at Rome or on his way thither, his living remains for ever the property of the see of Rome, or I rather should say, the see of robbers, though they will not let us call them robbers, as though no one has ever heard or read of such robbery.

Secondly, if a "servant" of the Pope or of one of the cardinals takes a living, or if, having a living, he becomes a "servant" of the Pope or of a cardinal, the living remains with Rome. Who can count the "servants" of the Pope and his cardinals, seeing that if he goes out riding, he is attended by three or four thousand mule riders, more than any king or emperor? For Jesus and Saint Peter went on foot, in order that their vice regents might indulge the better in all manner of pomp.

Thirdly, whenever there is any dispute about a benefice; and this is, I think, well nigh the broadest and commonest road by which benefices are brought to Rome. For where there is no dispute numberless knaves can be found at Rome who are ready to scrape up disputes, and attack living wherever they like. In this way many a good priest lose his living, or has to buy off the dispute for a time with a sum of money. These benefices, confiscated by right or wrong of dispute, are to be for ever the property of the see of Rome. It would be no wonder, if God were to rain sulphur and fire from heaven and cast Rome down into the pit, as God did formerly to Sodom and Gomorrah. What is the use of a Pope in Jesusendom, if the only use made of his power is to commit these supreme villainies under his protection and assistance? Oh noble princes and sirs, how long will you suffer your lands and your people to be the prey of these ravening wolves?

Finally, the Pope has built a special house for this fine traffic the house of the Datarius at Rome. Thither all must come that bargain in this way, for prebends and benefices; from him they must buy the glosses and obtain the right to practice such prime villainy. In former days it was fairly well at Rome, when justice had to be bought, or could only be put down by money; but now she has become so fastidious that she does not allow anyone to commit villainies unless he has first bought the right to do it with great sums. If this is not a house of prostitution, worse than all houses of prostitution that can be conceived, I do not know what houses of prostitution really are.

Since this devilish state of things is not only an open robberydeceit and tyranny of the gates of hell, but also destroys Christianity body and soul, we are bound to use all our diligence to prevent this misery and destruction of Christendom. If we wish to fight the Turk, let us begin here, where they are worse. If we justly hang thieves and behead robbers, why do we leave the greed of Rome so unpunished, that is the greatest thief and robberthat has appeared or can appear on Earth, and does all this in the holy name of Jesus and St. Peter? Who can suffer this and be silent about it?

Almost every thing that they possess has been stolen or got by robbery, as we learn from all histories. Why, the Pope never bought those great possessions, so as to be able to raise well nigh ten hundred thousand ducats from his ecclesiastical offices, without counting his gold mines described above and his land. He did not inherit it from Jesus and St. Peter; no one gave it or lent it him; he has not acquired it by prescription.

Tell me, where can he have got it? You can learn from this what their object is when they send out legates to collect money to be used against the Turk.

-Martin Luther, Address to the Christian Nobility of the German nation, German philospher and moralist, the Father of the Protestant Church

Which is more important to the Catholic Church: gold and silver or green trees?


Vatican arms dealerfaith in God

The pope is the head of the oldest monarchy on Earth

"On the evening of Saturday April 2, 2005, after receiving the Rite of Extreme Unction, Pope John Paul II passed away. At this time his chamberlain would have gone to the papal hospital bed and asked the Bishop of Rome a question, "Are you dead?" There would be no reply from the Pope. The chamberlain would then pick up a silver hammer and strike the Pope on the head and repeat his question, "Are you dead?" Again there would be no reply. The chamberlain would then thrice call out the Pope's baptismal name. He would then declare the Pope to be dead. This is the way the Church has determined papal deaths for centuries. This is the way of the world's oldest monarchy.

Since 1763 the august Almanach de Gotha has been the ultimate authority on the royal houses of Europe. Listed under 'Reigning Sovereign Houses' is the Holy See. Therein is stated, "the incumbent of the Holy See is considered by Christian sovereign families as the 'Father of the Family of Kings,' his Holiness represents the OLDEST MONARCHY on earth."

The triple sovereignty of the Pope-Person, Holy See & Vatican City - is distinct in fact and in law. Internationally, he is not subject to any authority on Earth. His Cardinals are considered to be Princes of the Church and peers of the sons of reigning monarchs. Each diocese is considered to be a royal fiefdom. The word 'diocese' originally signified an administrative unit devised by the Emperor Diocletian, a tyrant noted for his persecution of Christians." - Mark Owen


life vs death

the Catholic doctrine of mental reservation

For over seven hundred years there has been a doctrine within the Catholic Church called "mental reservation." The idea of "mental reservation" harkens back to a time when there were two separate court systems - ecclesiastical courts run by the church and civil courts run be the state.

Over seven hundred years ago the idea of "mental reservation" was created to protect the Catholic Church in civil court. The doctrine of "mental reservation" claims that it is morally justifiable to lie in order to protect the reputation of the institutionalized Catholic Church. The doctrine has been used quite extensively in modern times to protect the Catholic Church from civil allegations that the institution of the Catholic Church allowed recognized pedophiles to continue to work with children.

When a priest or nun is questioned about acts of clergy that would be considered heinous, such as pedophila, the priest or nuns are counseled by the institutionalized Catholic Church that lying is morally justifible, not a sin, under the doctrine of "mental reservation."


political expediency


This is a good example of how an institutionalized religion turns away from God by allowing expediency to trump the moral law of God. This also exemplifies the reality that men and women claiming to work only for God actually end up turning away from God by supporting an institution created by man before following the moral law of God. There is an extremely rich irony in that the claim that God is being served in this manner is to actually turn away from truth and from God.

"I'm certain there are many Catholics who have never heard of the doctrine of mental reservation. Let's call it what it truly is. It is standing in a public forum, swearing to one's God to tell the truth and then lying. We know that some Roman Catholic priests, brothers, deacons and nuns have sexually violated children. And now we hear that some of the ordained and consecrated of Roman Catholicism are nothing more than the immoral representatives of a morally bankrupt church." - Victoria Martin

"Lying to protect the church's reputation in sex abuse cases is a moral issue. Victims of sexual abuse by priests suffer lifelong trauma. Mental reservation to protect the church is immoral." - Marie Pietrasant

"As a Catholic, I am dismayed and ashamed to learn that cardinals vow that they will never tell secrets 'the revelation of which could cause damage or dishonor to the Holy Church.' There can be nothing more damaging to the church than to find that, for the Vatican hierarchy, the institution is more important than the well-being of children in the care of its priests. We can only wonder what other secrets are being kept that would cause damage and dishonor to the church." - Doris Isolini Nelson

"Most of the sex abuse cases documented in the Catholic Church scandal involved incidents between priests and boys. But I have read some of the grand jury documents and have been struck by the fact that many priests abused young schoolgirls as well. The only rational response is to reflect on how insane church leaders have become. In the last several decades they have failed miserably whenever they have been asked to solve problems."- R. John Kinkel, a former Catholic priest, now married with children, teaches sociology at Baker College in Michigan.

The doctrine of mental reservation did not help the Los Angeles Archdiocese in it's case against those accusing priests of pedophila. The Los Angeles Archdiocese agreed to pay $660 million to settle claims of sexual abuse committed by priests on children in July 2007.

"I am horrified and angered to tears at the hypocrisy and enormity of the sexual abuse that took place in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles over the last 70 years: 570 victims abused by 221 priests. These same priests would tell penitents in confession that impure thoughts, masturbation and birth control were mortal sins. These same priests would daily say Mass and receive Communion. Our priests preached purity and love yet practiced carnality and betrayal. How can we believe anything our prelates and priests tell us in the future?" - Jerry Mazenko

"Those who suffered this shameful abuse under the guise of religion will never be the same. I also suffered under a priest in Los Angeles. This man was a monster who beat children for the thrill of hearing them cry. I will never forgive and forget." - M.J. Fleming II

Evidence "doesn't line up with the ideology that it's always harmful for kids to have sexual relationships with adults and a boy's sexual experience with a priest could be positive. When I was a minor, I had sex with an adult. I'd say on balance that it was a perfectly good experience." - Vampires Judith Levine, Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children From Sex, Minnesota Star Tribune, March 26, 2002

"Priests don't emerge from a vacuum; those growing up from the 1950s on have been exposed to a mass media culture with its pervasive "sex sells" mentality. I visited a Catholic monastery in Big Sur a few years ago and was impressed with its film library - it looked like a small Blockbuster. Watching these movies was among the monks' favorite pastimes, one monk said. How can people be steeped in mass media entertainment and sexuality from childhood and then turn off their basic human needs and desires for their entire adult lives?" - Laura Brown

"Over the years, it has been clear to the Roman Catholic hierarchy that anything that undermines the confidence of the faithful in the church risks driving people away, thereby dooming them to hell. Therefore, the best thing to do about the misdeeds of priests is to cover them up. As the reasoning goes, the harm done to boys through molestation is far less than that through eternal damnation." - Rory Johnston

There are pedofile priests and then there are priests that commit filicide.

Dagoberto Valle Arriaga killed his son in the hope that church authorities would not discover that he sired a child.

The Roman CatholicChurch paid out more than $1 billion in claims to victims of sex abuse by clergy in the 1990s alone.


changing words

"Every time the pope improvises the Vatican secretariat of state reviews and cleans up his remarks." - papal spokesman Federico Lombardi

"There is a point at which any religious institution loses sight of its reason for existence and becomes primarily interested in preservation, which leads to corruption." - Patrick Schulp

"A reporter who reports truth about those who claim to represent Jesus is closer to God's Kingdom than those who officially represent it." - Ken Savage


limbo

Limbo was defined at the Council of Carthage 417 AD.

Limbo is the place where babies who have died without baptism spend eternity in a state of "natural happiness" but are excluded from the presence of God. The concept of limbo - from the Latin for "edge" - was meant to address the paradox that unbaptised babies could not go to heaven because their original sin had not been expunged.

The Catholic Church's International Theological Commission said limbo reflected an "unduly restrictive view of salvation."

In April 2007 it was announced that unbaptised infants would now be allowed through the Pearly Gates.

"We can all breathe a sigh of relief now that the Catholic Church has abolished limbo and promoted babies that have not been baptized to heaven. Too bad it took the Catholic Church centuries to decide that helpless infants shouldn't be held responsible for their theological views." - James Underdown

"Wake me up when the Catholic Church acknowledges that the Kingdom of Heaven is within - and when it devotes itself to assisting individuals to be healthy enough to pursue a relationship with divine will, instead of to building bigger cathedrals and sending out updated bulletins on who gets to go to heaven." - Mary Anagnos


inquisition

Inquisition

The Inquisition lasted 782 years, from 1231 until March 13, 2013, when Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, Cardinal-Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (formerly known as the Holy Office and the Roman Inquisition), was confined in the monastery Mater Ecclesiae.

The pope appoints the first "inquisitors of heretical depravity" in 1231.

Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, Spain, was established in 1478.

Between 3000 to 5000 people died during 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition . Politically motivated, it aimed to use religion to foster national unity but later became the object of Protestant anti-Catholic propaganda.

Torture was an integral part of the inquisitorial process, mainly to extract confessions - just as it was part of the systems used by secular courts of the time.

Historians explain that the Church tried to regulate torture, establishing clear guidelines for its use.

Unfortunately, limitations on torture never really work.





"The man was lying in bed.

They moved about him carefully.

He stirred faintly, said a few words, asked for a drink, smiled and then became silent under the rush of thoughts.

That morning they had seen him fold his hands, and they had asked him whether he wanted them to send for a priest.

"Yes--no," he said.

They went out, and a few minutes later, as if he had been waiting outside the door, a dark-robed priest entered.

The two were left alone together.

The dying man turned his face toward the newcomer.

"I am going to die," he said.

"What is your religion?" asked the priest.

"The religion of my own country, the Greek Orthodox Church."

"That is a heresy which you must instantly abjure.
There is only one true religion, the Roman Catholic religion.
Confess now. I will absolve you and baptise you."

The other did not reply.

"Tell me what sins you have committed. You will repent and everything will be forgiven you."

"My sins?"

"Try to remember. Shall I help you?"

He nodded toward the door.

"Who is that person?"

"My--wife," said the man with slight hesitation, which did not escape the priest, who was leaning over him with ears pricked.

He smelt a rat. "How long has she been your wife?"

"Two days."

"Oh, two days! Now I have struck it. And before that, you sinned with her?"

"No," said the man.

The priest was put out of countenance.

"Well, I suppose you are not lying. Why didn't you sin? It is unnatural. After all," he insisted, "you are a man."

The sick man was bewildered and began to get excited.

Seeing this, the priest said: "Do not be surprised, my son, if my questions are direct and to the point. I ask you in all simplicity, as is my august duty as a priest. Answer me in the same simple spirit, and you will enter into communion with God," he added, not without kindness.

"She is a young girl," said the old man. "I took her under my protection when she was quite a child. She shared the hardships of my traveller's life, and took care of me. I married her before my death because I am rich and she is poor."

"Was that the only reason--no other reason at all?"

He fixed his look searchingly on the dying man's face, then said, "Eh?" smiling and winking an eye, almost like an accomplice.

"I love her," said the man.

"At last, you are confessing!" cried the priest. (as if loving someone is a crime!)

He buried his eyes in the eyes of the dying man.

The things he said fairly hit him as he lay there. "So you desired this woman, the flesh of this woman, and for a long time committed a sin in spirit? Didn't you? Eh?(God given sexual desire a sin?)

"Tell me, when you were travelling together, how did you arrange for rooms and beds in the hotels?

"You say she took care of you? What did she have to do for you?"

The two men scanned each other's faces keenly, and I saw the misunderstanding between them growing. The dying man withdrew into himself and became hardened, incredulous before this stranger, with the vulgar appearance, in whose mouth the words of God and truth assumed a grotesque aspect. (Making nature evil is the goal of Catholicism.)

However, he made an effort:

"If I have sinned in spirit, to use your words," he said, "it proves that I have not sinned in reality, and why should I repent of what was suffering pure and simple?"

"No theories now. We are not here for theorising. I tell you, a thought committed in spirit is committed in intention, and therefore in effect, and must be confessed and redeemed. Tell me how often you succumbed to guilty thoughts. Give me details." (It has been decreed everyone is a sinner and all need an intercessor since only the ordained can communicate with God!)

"But I resisted," moaned the unfortunate man. "That is all I have to say."

"That is not enough. The stain - you are now con-vinced, I presume, of the justice of the term - the stain ought to be washed out by the truth." (You dirty, vile, evil stained beast, you!)

"Very well," said the dying man. "I confess I have committed the sin, and I repent of it."

"That is not a confession, and is none of my business," retorted the priest.

"Now tell me, under exactly what circumstances did you yield to temptation with that person, to the suggestions of the evil spirit?"(Judged and condemned for harboring demons!)

The man was swept by a wave of rebellion. He half rose and leaned on his elbow, glaring at the stranger, who returned his look steadily.

"Why have I the evil spirit in me?" he demanded.

"You are not the only one. All men have it."

"Then it is God who put it into them, since it is God who made them." (Otherwise God is not all powerful!)

"Ah, you are a debater! Well, if it gives you pleasure, I will answer you. Man has both the spirit of good and the spirit of evil in him, that is to say, the possibility of doing the one or the other. If he succumbs to evil, he is damned. If he triumphs over it, he is rewarded. To be saved, he must earn salvation by struggling with all his powers." (Life is a test - follow my orders, obey me, and you will be saved!)

"What powers?"

"Virtue and faith."

"And if he does not have enough virtue and faith, is that his fault?"

"Yes, because that comes from his having too much iniquity and blindness in his soul."(Why worry about the small things in the eye of a brother when your eyes can not see ?)

The man sat up again, seized by a new fit of anger which consumed him like a fever.

"Ah," he said, "original sin! There's nothing that can excuse the suffering of good people on earth. It is an abomination." (Original sin is a lie perpetrated for social control out of a common universal misunderstanding of perfection and corruption.)

The priest looked at the rebellious man blankly.

"How else could souls be tried?" he said quite calmly.

"Nothing can excuse the suffering of the good." (The good typically suffer at the hands of evil doers!)

"God's designs are inscrutable."

The dying man flung out his emaciated arms. His eyes became hollow.

"You are a liar!"

"Enough," said the priest.

"I have listened patiently to your ramblings and feel sorry for you. But there's no point arguing. You must prepare to appear before God, from whom you seem to have lived apart. If you have suffered, you will be consoled in His bosom. Let that suffice for you."

The invalid fell back and lay still for a while. He remained motionless under the white spread, like a reclining sepulchral statue of marble with a face of bronze. He regained his voice.

"Your God cannot console me."

"My son, my son, what are you saying?"

"Your God cannot console me, because He cannot give me what I want."

"Ah, my poor child, how far gone you are in your blindness! Why did you have me summoned?"

"I had hopes, I had hopes."

"Hopes? Hopes of what?"

"I do not know. The things we hope for are always the things we do not know."

His hands wavered in the air, then fell down again.

"Time is passing," said the priest and began all over again.

"Tell me the circumstances of your sin. Tell me. When you were alone with this person, when you two were close together, did you talk to each other, or did you keep quiet?"(Evil, evil flesh - why does it want to reproduce itself?)

"I do not believe in you," said the man.

The priest frowned. "Repent, and tell me that you believe in the Catholic religion, which will save you."

But the other man shook his head in utter anguish and denied all his happiness. "Religion--" he began.

The priest interrupted brutally. "You are not going to start over again! Keep quiet. All your arguments are worthless. Begin by believing in religion and then you will see what it means. I have come to force you to believe." (Duress!)

It was a duel to the end. The two men at the edge of the grave glared at each other like enemies.

"You must believe, as I."

"I do not believe."

"You must."

"You would make truth different from what it is by threats."

"Yes." He stressed the clear, elementary command.

"Whether you are convinced or not, believe. Evidence does not count. The one important thing is faith. God does not deign to convince the incredulous. These are no longer the days of miracles. The only miracle is in our hearts, and it is faith. Believe!"

He hurled the same word ceaselessly, like stones. "My son," he continued, more solemnly, standing up, with his large fat hand uplifted, "I exact of you an act of faith."

"Get out!" said the man, with hatred. But the priest did not stir.

Goaded by the urgence of the case, impelled by the necessity of saving this soul in spite of itself, he became implacable.

"You are going to die," he said, "you are going to die. You have only a few more minutes to live. Submit."

"No," said the man. The black-robed priest caught hold of both his hands.

"Submit. No discussion. You are losing precious time. All your reasoning is of no account. We are alone, you and I before God."

He shook his head with the low bulging forehead, the prominent fleshy nose, wide moist nostrils dark with snuff, thin yellow lips like twine tight across two projecting teeth that showed by themselves in the darkness. There were lines on his forehead and between his eyebrows and around his mouth. His cheeks and chin were covered with a grey layer.

"I represent God," he said. (Luckily for us God appointed intercessors!)

"You are in my presence as if you were in the presence of God. Simply say 'I believe,' and I will absolve you. 'I believe,' that is all. The rest makes no difference to me."(Na! Na! Na! I have the keys to heaven and you can only have them if you submit to my beliefs!)

He bent lower and lower, almost gluing his face to that of the dying man, trying to plant his absolution like a blow.

"Simply say with me, 'Our Father, who art in heaven.' I do not ask you to do anything else."

The sick man's face contracted.

"No--no!" Suddenly the priest rose with a triumphant air. "At last! You have said it."

"No."

"Ah!" muttered the priest between his teeth. He twisted the man's hands in his. You felt he would have put his arms around him to stifle him, assassinate him if his death rattle would have brought a confession--so possessed was he with the desire to persuade him, to snatch from him the words he had come to seek on his lips. He let the withered hands go, paced the room like a wild beast, then came back and stationed himself in front of the bed again.

"Remember--you are going to die," he stammered to the miserable man. "You will soon be in the earth. Say, 'Our Father,' just these two words, nothing else."

He hung over him with his eyes on his mouth, his dark, crouching figure like a demon lying in wait for a soul, like the whole Church over dying humanity.

"Say it! Say it! Say it!"

The sick man tried to wrest himself free. There was a rattle of fury in his throat. With the remnant of his voice, in a low tone, he gasped: "No!"

"Scoundrel!" cried the priest. And he struck him in the face. After that neither man made a move for a while. Then the priest went at it again.

"At least you will die holding a crucifix," he snarled. He drew a crucifix from his pocket, and put it down hard on his breast. The other man shook himself in a dull horror, as if religion were contagious, and threw the crucifix on the floor.

The priest stooped, mumbling insults. "Carrion, you want to die like a dog, but I am here!"

He picked up the crucifix, and with a gleam in his eyes, sure of crushing him, waited for his final chance. The dying man panted, completely at the end of his strength. The priest, seeing him in his power, laid the crucifix on his breast again. This time the other man let it stay there, unable to do anything but look at it with eyes of hatred. But his eyes did not make it fall." - Henri Barbusse (editorial opinions in parentheses)


Godfather's

"In 964 Pope Benedict V raped a young girl and absconded to Constantinople with the papal treasury only to reappear when the money ran out.

In October 1032 the papal miter was purchased for the 11-year old Benedict IX. Upon reaching his 14th year, a chronicler wrote that Benedict had already surpassed in wantonness and profligacy all who had preceded him. He often had to leave Rome in a hurry.

Gregory VII was a master forger, surpassing even the great fraud known as the 'Donation of Constantine,' the document that created the Papal States. Gregory had an entire school of forgers turning out document after document bearing the papal seal of approval. These documents were later systematized in the mid-1100s in Bologna by Gratian, a Benedictine monk. He called his work the Decretum, or Code of Canon Law. It was peppered throughout with several centuries of forgeries along with Gratian's own fictional additions. Gregory also formalized the celibacy doctrine in order to curtail the many gifts of church lands being given away to all of the illegitimate children of priests and bishops. According to Catholic historian Peter de Rosa in his book Vicars of Christ: "Popes had mistresses as young as fifteen years of age, were guilty of incest and sexual perversions of every sort, had innumerable children, were murdered in the very act of adultery. In the old Catholic phrase, why be holier than the Pope?"
Alexander VI (formerly Rodrigo Borgia) reigned from 1492-1503. Alexander committed his first murder at the age of 12. Upon assuming the Papal miter he cried, "I am Pope, Vicar of Christ!" Like his predecessor Innocent VIII, Alexander sired many children, baptized them personally and officiated at their weddings in the Vatican. He had ten known illegitimate children (including the notorious Cesare and Lucrezia), by his favorite mistress Vannoza Catanei. When she faded, Borgia took the 15-year old Giulia Farnese. Farnese obtained a Cardinal's red hat for her brother who later became Paul III.

Alexander was followed by Julius II who purchased the papacy with his own private fortune. He didn't even pretend to be a Christian. A notorious womanizer who sired any number of bastards, Julius was so eaten away with syphilis that he couldn't even expose his foot to be kissed.

Under Leo X (1513-21) - who cursed and excommunicated Martin Luther - specific prices were enumerated by the Roman Chancery for every imaginable crime. For instance, a deacon accused of murder could be absolved for 20 crowns. Once he had paid his indulgence, he could not be prosecuted by civil authorities.

Two hundred years earlier, John XXII had done much the same thing, setting indulgence prices for crimes ranging from incest to sodomy. During his pontificate Innocent VIII (1484-92) granted a 20-year Butterbriefe indulgence (letters of indulgence allowing the enjoyment of butter, cheese, milk, etc., during Lent) to persons who met his price. For a sum, one could purchase the privilege of eating favorite dishes during Lent.

Leo X (Giovanni de Medici) commissioned the Dominican friar Tetzel to sell indulgences which released one from purgatory. Tetzel's famous refrain went, "As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, a soul from purgatory springs!"

Pope Sixtus IV charged Roman brothels a Church tax. According to historian Will Durant, in 1490 there were 6800 registered prostitutes in Rome. Pius II declared that Rome was the only city run by bastards (the sons of Popes and Cardinals)." - Mark Owen



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