Top 10 Popes That Shook The World

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6. Pope John XXIII (15th Century)


You should not confuse this Pope for the one that came to power in the 20th century. This was Pope is one of the most heinous to walk this planet. It is still unclear of the extent of his crimes and his scope of his evil is mostly misunderstood. This “man” if you can call him that, committed almost every monstrous crime conceivable. 37 clergy members witnessed and professed against him on the following charges: Fornication, Adultery, Incest, Sodomy, Simony, Theft, and last but not least murder. There is one place reserved for him and it is hell!


7. Pope Damascus I

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Under Damascus’s rule, women and children were constantly bought and sold into sex slavery to increase funding for the Church. Those who opposed his tyrannical rule would be tortured and burned alive after their lands were seized by the Church. Under his rule, women were compelled into prostitution, including female priests and nuns.

At the time, forty-four bishops who loathed the acts of Pope Damasus I, yet he managed to avoid being convicted of the crimes he was accused of. After the charges were laid, all forty-four bishops were murdered at the order of the Pope himself.. Damasus I was also the first among Popes to instill the concept that the papacy was a supreme office of God, using the Petrine text in the Holy book of Matthew to support his claims.


8. Pope Leo X

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Often linked with Martin Luther and the disorder and turmoil of the Protestant Reformation, Pope Leo X is well-known for being one of the most prolific, uncontrollable spenders to have ever headed the Christian church.

Born Giovanni di Lorenzo de Medici, Leo came from a powerful family and enjoyed early favors that helped him acquire the papal throne when he was only 37. A patron of the arts, education, and charity, Leo certainly deserves to be recognized for elevating the church’s status, but his preference for money and political advancement rapidly exhausted the treasury. So financially unstable did his position become that he was eventually forced to pawn off furniture, jewels, and statues from the palace, as well as borrow huge sums of money from creditors, who became broke when the Pope died.

In addition to living a life of splendor, Leo practiced nepotism, famously used the sale of indulgences to finance the reconstruction of St. Peter’s Basilica, and was even accused of homosexuality. In fact, some sources hold that he died in bed while getting it on with a youngster. That accusation may or may not be true, of course, but one thing is for sure: Leo certainly let his love of luxury beat him.


9. Pope Nicholas III

Nicholas III

It’s always good to be the Pope of million  followers. But for the three years of Nicholas III’s reign (1277-1280), it may have been better to be the Pope’s brother. Or uncle. Or cousin. Nicholas III distributed the principalities in the Papal States among members of his family, essentially giving them land and political power. This nepotism earned him a spot in Dante’s eighth circle of Hell.


10. Pope Benedict IX

Pope Benedict IX

This pope makes this list because he committed murders and adulteries in broad daylight, robbed pilgrims of all their money and was regarded as a hideous criminal. The people drove him out of Rome: The Catholic encyclopedia says, “He was a totally disgrace for his position.


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