"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
Martin Luther, German
moralist, the Father of the Protestant
It is not out of mere
arrogance and perversity that I, an
poor man, have taken upon me to address your
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
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
power is above the
Secondly, if it were proposed to admonish them with the
Scriptures, they objected that no one may
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
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
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,
priests, monks, nuns, or whoever
it may be.
It is, indeed, past bearing that the
law should esteem so highly the
liberty, life, and property of the clergy, as if laymen were not
Christians, or not
equally members of the
Why should your body, life,
free, and not mine, seeing that we are
equal as Christians, and have received alike
spirit, and all things?
If a priest is killed, the country is laid under an interdict: why
not also if a peasant is killed?
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
understanding, word, and mind of Jesus: why then should we reject their
word and understanding, and follow a
Pope who has neither
spirit? Surely this were to deny
our whole faith and the
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jesus and Saint Peter went on foot, in order that their
vice regents might indulge the better in all manner of pomp.
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
living, or has to buy off the
dispute for a time with a sum of
money. These benefices, confiscated by
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
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
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
Which is more important to the Catholic Church:
gold and silver or green
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.
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
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
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
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
Church that lying is morally
justifible, not a sin, under the doctrine of
This is a good example of how an
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
"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." -
"As a Catholic, I am dismayed and ashamed to learn
that cardinals vow that they will never tell
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
"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
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
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
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.
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.
time the pope improvises the Vatican
secretariat of state reviews and cleans up his remarks." - papal spokesman
"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." -
"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
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
2007 it was announced that unbaptised infants would now be allowed through the
"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
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
divine will, instead of to
building bigger cathedrals and sending out updated bulletins on who gets to go
to heaven." - Mary Anagnos
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.
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
Historians explain that the Church tried to regulate torture,
establishing clear guidelines for its use.
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
The dying man turned his face toward the newcomer.
am going to die," he said.
"What is your
religion?" asked the priest.
religion of my own country, the Greek
"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."
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
days! Now I have struck it. And before
that, you sinned with her?"
The priest was put out of countenance.
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
"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.
her," said the man.
"At last, you are confessing!" cried the
priest. (as if loving someone is a crime!)
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
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
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!)
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.
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
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.
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
"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!)
"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
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
"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.
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
"Your God cannot console
"My son, my son, what are you saying?"
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
hopes, I had
"Hopes? Hopes of what?"
"I do not
know. The things we
hope for are always the things we do
His hands wavered
in the air, then fell down again.
"Time is passing," said the priest and began all
"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
"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
But the other man shook
his head in utter anguish and denied all his happiness. "Religion--" he began.
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
It was a duel to the end. The two men at the
edge of the grave glared at each other like enemies.
believe, as I."
"I do not
would make truth different from what it is by
"Yes." He stressed
the clear, elementary
"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
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
"Get out!" said the
man, with hatred. But the priest did
Goaded by the urgence of the case, impelled by the necessity
of saving this
soul in spite of itself, he became
"You are going to die," he said, "you are going to die. You
have only a few more minutes to live.
"No," said the man. The black-robed priest caught hold of both his
discussion. You are losing precious time. All
your reasoning is of no account. We are
alone, you and I before God."
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.
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
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
The sick man's face contracted.
"No--no!" Suddenly the
priest rose with a triumphant air. "At last! You have said it."
"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!"
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
"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
"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.
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
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