Quotes from"Unmasking Catholicism"by Mary Ann Collins
"Honorius was condemned as a heretic by the Sixth Ecumenical
Council. He was condemned as a heretic by Pope Leo II, and by every
other pope until the 11th century.
Stephen IV came to power with the help of an army that conquered the previous Pope. Stephen gave orders for his papal rival to be flogged, have his eyes cut out, have his kneecaps broken, and be imprisoned until he died. Then Pope Stephen sentenced a second man to die a slow, agonizing death, by having pieces of his body cut off every day until he finally died.
Cardinal Christopher put Leo V in prison and became Pope. Then Christopher was put in prison by Cardinal Sergius. Sergius killed Leo and Christopher while they were in prison. He also killed every cardinal who had opposed him.
John XII was a violent man. He was so lustful that people of his day said he turned the Lateran Palace into a house of prostitution. He drank toasts to the devil. When gambling, he invoked pagan gods and goddesses. He was killed by a jealous husband while in the act of committing adultery with the man's wife.
Silvester II was murdered by his successor, John XVII. Seven months later, John was poisoned.
Benedict VIII bought the papacy with bribery. He was known for torture, maiming, and murder. When Benedict VIII died, his brother seized power and became John XIX. He had himself ordained a priest, consecrated as a bishop, and crowned as pope, all in the same day.
Urban II called for a Crusade to take Jerusalem back from the Muslims. This was a"holy war."The Pope said that Crusaders would have full remission of their sins, and if they died in battle they would be martyrs. As the Crusaders went through Europe on their way to Jerusalem, they slaughtered European Jews. When they reached Jerusalem, many Muslims were beheaded, but some were tortured and then burned to death. This began a conflict between Islam and the West that is still going on today.
Benedict IX became Pope through bribery. He squandered the wealth of the Papacy on prostitutes and lavish banquets, and he had people murdered. The citizens of Rome hated Benedict so much that, on two occasions, he had to flee from Rome. Benedict sold the papacy to Gregory VI. As part of the deal, he continued to live in the Lateran Palace, with a generous income. Benedict filled the Lateran Palace with prostitutes.
Boniface VIII ordered that every man, woman, child, and animal in the Italian town of Palestrina be slaughtered. He was known for torture, massacre, and ferocity.
Clement VI ordered the slaughter of an entire Italian town. He lived a life of luxury and extravagance. He openly admitted that he sold church offices and he used threats and bribery to gain power. Clement purchased a French palace, which became famous for its prostitutes.
Julius II became Pope through bribery. He was ruthless and violent. He had a reputation for lust, drunkenness, rages, deception, and nepotism.
Leo X mixed paganism with Christianity. He had performances of Christ's crucifixion and ancient mythology. He filled Rome with splendid Church processions and statues of Greek gods and goddesses. He put a statue of himself in Rome's Capitol, to be saluted by the public.
Gregory VII required kings and emperors to kiss his foot. Gregory and his successors used forged documents in order to expand the power of the papacy. Some Roman Catholics tried to expose these forgeries, but they were excommunicated for it. However, the Orthodox Church kept records and wrote detailed information about the forgeries. Gregory said that he knew of more than 40 men who became Pope by means of bribery.
Innocent III said that the Pope is the ruler of the world and the father of princes and kings. He claimed that every priest and bishop must obey the Pope, even if the Pope commands something evil. He forced the King of France to kill hundreds of thousands of French citizens. He commanded that every person in the region, including the Catholics, be killed. He gave the Albigensian Crusaders the guarantee that, if they died in battle, their sins would be remitted.
None of these men met the biblical requirements for being an ordinary bishop, let alone Pope. Therefore, they were not valid popes. There are so many breaks in the chain of apostolic succession that it is not a chain at all."
From: "Unmasking Catholicism"by Mary Ann Collins, a former Catholic nun.
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