The Sixth Commandment"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." The sixth commandment upholds chastity as a moral virtue, a gift from God, a grace, a fruit of spiritual effort.
"You shall not commit adultery. 
You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 
'God is love and in himself he lives a mystery of personal loving communion. Creating the human race in his own image . . ., God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation, and thus the capacity and responsibility, of love and communion.' 
... Jesus came to restore creation to the purity of its origins . . . The tradition of the Church has understood the sixth commandment as encompassing the whole of human sexuality ...
Chastity is a moral virtue. It is also a gift from God, a grace, a fruit of spiritual effort.  the Holy Spirit enables one whom the water of baptism has regenerated to imitate the purity of Christ...
All the baptized are called to chastity. The Christian has 'put on Christ,' the model for all chastity . . . Lust is disordered desire for or inordinate enjoyment of sexual pleasure . . . Fornication is carnal union between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of persons and of human sexuality . . . Prostitution does injury to the dignity of the person who engages in it, reducing the person to an instrument of sexual pleasure. The one who pays sins gravely against himself: he violates the chastity to which his Baptism pledged him and defiles his body, the temple of the Holy Spirit."
(112. Ex 20:14; Deut 5:18; 113. Mt 5:27-28; 114. FC 11.)
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Catechism of the Catholic Church
USSC, 1994, p. 560-1.
Writing the 10 Commandments on our hearts and minds
"God’s ultimate goal is not to have the 10 Commandments inscribed on tablets of stone, but to have them written in our hearts and minds so that we will remember them and always live by them.
The book of Hebrews shows that the fault with the old agreement (Old Covenant) between God and man was not with God or with His law. The fault was “with them” (Hebrews 8:7-8)—with the imperfect humans who could not continually obey these good and beneficial laws.
So what is God’s solution to this problem? Jeremiah had prophesied about a new agreement (New Covenant). What would be the big change between the old and new? “I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts” (Hebrews 8:10, quoting Jeremiah 31:33).
Internalizing the 10 Commandments means we can grow to think, feel and act in the same way the Author of those commandments thinks, feels and acts. This is part of having the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5)."
Web (January 3, 2014
Vatican life was never dull or wholly evangelical. There were authoritative tales of drunkenness and sexual orgies, some of which were truly inspired by Bezulbub. For example, another Prince of Carnal Life, Alexander VI, "was reputed to have had incestuous relations with his daughter, the gorgeous Lucrezzia. If so, and it is not certain, it was a record even for a Renaissance pope to have had sex with three generations of women: his daughter, her mother and her grandmother."
His Holiness Pope John XII (955-63) "was a true debauchee (referred to by some sources as an ‘incestuous satanist’), partially as a result of his pampered upbringing. John was allegedly fatally stricken (possibly apoplexy) in the midst of an adulterous act; he lingered eight days before expiring."
Beatissimus Pater Pope Julius II was tall, handsome, and naturally, a great womanizer. Thus it was no surprise that "on Good Friday 1508 the Master of Ceremonies reported that his Holiness could not allow his foot to be kissed, 'quia totus erat ex morbo gallico ulcerous', 'it was completely riddled with syphilis'." This was a disease very common among priests, a peculiar health hazard that particularly infected the clergy in higher numbers.
Prostitutes gladly welcomed the clergy with open arms (and legs) since priests always paid higher prices for their sexual services. St Bridget made this remark to Pope Gregory: "The clergy are less priests of God than pimps of the devil."
Giovanni de' Medici was an abbot at seven, cardinal at thirteen (the youngest ever) and pope at 37. Our Most Holy Lord Pope Leo X was peculiarly pious and had neither mistresses nor bastards. However, he was a latent homosexual, highly addicted to "those pleasures which cannot, with decency, be mentioned."
Benedict IX (1032-44) gets a lot of votes for being the worst pope. "A depraved lecher infinitely more concerned with carnal pleasures than with the business of running the papacy . . . Like Nero, he achieved the extraordinary: Both managed to shock their contemporaries."
Our Most Holy Lord Pope John XII "copulated with a long list of ladies, including his father's old flame and his own niece," and ran a harem in the Lateran Palace.
Pius II acknowledged that Rome was "the only city in the world to be run by bastards" and successive popes made sure history recorded the era as the Golden Age of Bastards. The Most Blessed Father Borgia had ten illegitimate children from pretty Vanozza. Pope Julius II had three while still a cardinal.
Alexander VI's "eye for pretty woman was said to be infallible, even in old age." From Giula Farnese, a ravishing 15 year-old beauty married to Orsino Orsini, he sired a daughter, Laura. "That is why Giulia became known throughout Italy as 'the Pope's Whore' and 'the Bride of Christ'." By offering the pleasures of youth to his Holiness she secured a red hat for her brother, the future Paul III, who was thus nicknamed "The Petticoat Cardinal." At the age of fifty-eight Alexander VI took another fresh mistress.
The False Prophet Pope Alexander VI (1492-1503) was another Borgia. Our Holy Father was "a debauchee whose spiritual concerns were almost entirely overshadowed by matters of flesh, gold, and aggrandizement." He made his son Cesare a cardinal at the age of eighteen — even though he was not a priest.
On October 31, 1501 one of the most blasphemous acts in Vatican history took place in the heart of Christendom. "Cesare invited his favourite sister Lucrezia and the pope, the only other male present, to a festival called 'The Joust of the Whores.' Fifty of Rome's finest danced in increasingly scanty attire before finally disporting themselves naked around the pope's table ...
In a frenzied finale, the whores fell on their knees, scrambling in the rugs for chestnuts which the Borgias threw to them like hogs."
There were reliable rumors, perhaps for good reason, that His Holiness Pope Alexander VI "preferred an orgy to a high mass."
A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories History's Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors
Michael Farquhar, Penguin Books; (10) edition (May 1, 2001)
Part VI - Strange Reigns
"The Belle Of Versailles" If Louis XIV was France’s Sun King, then his brother, Philippe, Duc d’Orleans, was its Drag Queen. Monsieur, as the duke was always referred, loved putting himself on dazzling display, sashaying his way through the gilded halls of Versailles blowing kisses at all the pretty boys. “Monsieur was short and pot bellied,” the court observer Saint Simon wrote, “and wore such high heels he looked as though he was on stilts. He was forever dressing like a woman, with rings, bracelets, and gems everywhere; a long, black powdered wig frilled in the front, ribbons wherever he could put them, and all kinds of perfumes.” In short, he was a little light in the velvet slippers.
In Alexandre Dumas’s classic tale, The Man in the Iron Mask, Louis XIV’s identical brother is locked away with his face obscured so as to never pose a threat to the king. In truth, Louis and Philippe were not twins and looked little alike—the latter only a “flaccid reflection” of his brother, as one writer described him. Monsieur was never imprisoned, either. He was rendered impotent not by an iron mask, but by the constant encouragement he received as a young boy to engage in all his frilly interests—leaving the boy stuff to his big brother Louis.
Although the king hated homosexuals, he made an exception for his brother. Monsieur was accorded the highest prominence at court, and Louis was very affectionate toward him. He actually seemed to enjoy his brother’s incessant chattering, and even tolerated his periodic snit fits. But there was always the hint of condescension. “Now we are going to work,” Louis remarked when it was time to settle down to the business of the kingdom. “Go and amuse yourself, brother.” And off Monsieur would flit—to a wig fitting, a gossipy soiree, or any of the other frivolous pastimes that occupied his day.
Yet despite his flamboyant appearance and feminine behavior, Monsieur proved himself a brave warrior. Leading his troops into battle wearing blush, jewels, and a perfectly coiffed wig, the duke fought without fear. “He was more afraid of the sun, or the black smoke of gunpowder, than he was of musket bullets,” his wife once remarked
From Publishers Weekly
In another royal exposé, Farquhar, a writer at the Washington Post, duplicates some of the ground covered in Karl Shaw's Royal Babylon, such as Peter the Great's delight in administering torture (he had his son lashed to death) and the way Britain's Queen Mary cajoled her subjects into giving her their household treasures ("I am caressing it with my eyes," she would coyly coo). Written in a provocative tabloid style (with headings like "We Are Not Abused. We Are Abusive," "A Son Should Love His Mother, But..." and "All the Holiness Money Can Buy"), Farquhar publicly washes the dirty laundry of not only European royalty, but also of Roman emperors and popes. Murderers and torturers who slept with their siblings (and other relatives), the emperors of Rome excelled at corruption. The maniacal pedophile Tiberius Caesar (A.D. 14-37) left the corpses of his many victims to rot on the Gemonian Steps, which descended from the Capitol to the Forum, or alternatively enjoyed watching them being thrown from a cliff ("A contingent of soldiers was stationed below to whack them with oars and boat hooks just in case the fall failed to do the trick"). Many popes were no better. Not content with just rooting out Christian heretics by launching a bloody crusade against the Cathars in southern France, Innocent III (1160-1216) declared himself ruler of the world. He sacked Constantinople and massacred every Muslim he could find. Like Royal Babylon, this gossipy string of anecdotes is a popularized rather than an authoritative history and perfect for travel reading.
"Pope Leo X (ruled 1513-21)
Although he is not usually counted one of the "few bad Popes," Leo was a thoroughly vicious and unscrupulous man, and, in view of the position of the Church on the eve of the Reformation, one of the most scandalous Popes of the series. Son of Lorenzo de Medici, and profanely destined by that prince for a clerical career (whatever his character might prove to be), he became a cleric at the age of seven and a cardinal at the age of fourteen. Abnormally fat and unhealthy, and gravely ill with fistula, in the election-chamber he bribed his way to the Papal chair through friends, and settled down to a life of vulgar display and sensuous enjoyment. His health compelled him to be temperate at table, but he had about him a crowd of unscrupulous adventurers and professional buffoons. He loved to sit at indecent comedies in the Vatican, some of which were composed by his favourite, Cardinal Bibiena, the most immoral man of the Papal Court. Catholics boast that he was at least chaste, unlike his predecessors and successors, but they are untruthful about the evidence. Guicciardini, the greatest historian of the Middle Ages and a Catholic, says that Leo was not accused of vice before his election, but "he was afterwards found to be excessively devoted to pleasures which cannot be called decent" (Storia d'Italia, lib. XVI, C. V, p. 254, in the 1832 edition), and the Pope's friend and biographer, Bishop Giovio, discusses at length (Vita Leonis X, lib. IV, pp. 96-9, in the 1551 edition) the charge that he was addicted to sodomy, and lamely concludes — he obviously believes it — that it is difficult to be sure on such secret matters, and that in any case the Pope was no worse than other Italian princes."
Web (October 22, 2013)
"If the head be corrupt, so also must be the members. If the Pope be essentially Pagan, what else can be the character of his clergy? If they derive their orders from a radically corrupted source, these orders must partake of the corruption of the source from which they flow. This might be inferred independently of any special evidence; but the evidence in regard to the Pagan character of the Pope's clergy is as complete as that in regard to the Pope himself. In whatever light the subject is viewed, this will be very apparent.
There is a direct contrast between the character of the ministers of Christ, and that of the Papal priesthood. When Christ commissioned His servants, it was "to feed His sheep, to feed His lambs," and that with the Word of God, which testifies of Himself, and contains the words of eternal life. When the Pope ordains his clergy, he takes them bound to prohibit, except in special circumstances, the reading of the Word of God "in the vulgar tongue," that is, in a language which the people can understand. He gives them, indeed, a commission; and what is it? It is couched in these astounding words: "Receive the power of sacrificing for the living and the dead." What blasphemy could be worse than this? What more derogatory to the one sacrifice of Christ, whereby "He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified"? (Heb. x. 14). This is the real distinguishing function of the popish priesthood. At the remembrance that this power, in these very words, had been conferred on him, when ordained to the priesthood, Luther used, in after years, with a shudder, to express his astonishment that "the earth had not opened its mouth and swallowed up both him who uttered these words, and him to whom they were addressed." The sacrifice which the papal priesthood are empowered to offer, as a "true propitiatory sacrifice" for the sins of the living and the dead, is just the "unbloody sacrifice" of the mass, which was offered up in Babylon long before it was ever heard of in Rome.
The introduction of such a principle into the Christian Church had been distinctly predicted as one grand mark of the apostasy, when men should "depart from the faith, and speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their consciences seared with a hot iron, should forbid to marry." The effects of its introduction were most disastrous. The records of all nations where priestly celibacy has been introduced have proved that, instead of ministering to the purity of those condemned to it, it has only plunged them in the deepest pollution. The history of Tibet, and China, and Japan, where the Babylonian institute of priestly celibacy has prevailed from time immemorial, bears testimony to the abominations that have flowed from it. The excesses committed by the celibate priests of Bacchus in Pagan Rome in their secret Mysteries, were such that the Senate felt called upon to expel them from the bounds of the Roman republic. In Papal Rome the same abominations have flowed from priestly celibacy, in connection with the corrupt and corrupting system of the confessional, insomuch that all men who have examined the subject have been compelled to admire the amazing significance of the name divinely bestowed on it, both in a literal and figurative sense, "Babylon the Great, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." Out of a thousand facts of a similar kind, let one only be adduced, vouched for by the distinguished Roman Catholic historian De Thou. When Pope Paul V. meditated the suppression of the licensed brothels in the "Holy City," the Roman Senate petitioned against his carrying his design into effect, on the ground that the existence of such places was the only means of hindering the priests from seducing their wives and daughters!!"
Rev. Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons
James Wood, 1862, pp. 320-23
"Pope John XXIII (ruled 1410-15)
A brutal Neapolitan adventurer, said by some of the best contemporary writers to have been a pirate in his youth, who won his way to the cardinalate by ferocity in leading the Papal troops and raising large sums for the Popes by an infamous traffic in sacred offices. The German-Roman lawyer Dietrich von Neheim (De Schismate), the best-informed and most conscientious writer of the time, says that Cardinal Cossa, as he then was, corrupted 200 girls while he was Papal Legate at Bologna, and levied commissions on the gamblers and prostitutes of the city. He was elected Pope by a majority of the cardinals, but was deposed by the Council of Constance [see Hus] under pressure from the Emperor Sigismund (who certainly corrupted as many girls as the Pope). The indictment of his character which the great gathering of more than 400 cardinals and prelates drew up, while 1,000 prostitutes enlivened the city, runs to seventy-two articles, and includes every known crime and vice. Pope John was sent into a comfortable retirement, and John Hus was burned. The Dark Age had ended two centuries earlier."
Web (October 22, 2013)
"Pope John XII (ruled 955-64)
Son of the brutal ruler of Rome, Alberic, a son of Marozia, who seized power from, and probably murdered, his mother and made his son Pope at the age of eighteen. John had been wildly corrupt from boyhood in his father's palace (and harem), and Bishop Liutprand (De Rebus Gestis Othonis) and the monk annalist Benedict of Soracte describe him as a monster of vice in the Papal chair. He was denounced to the Emperor Otto for incest, rape, and turning the Papal Palace into a 'brothel.' The Roman clergy who took oath on the charges (adding chronic drunkenness, unnatural vice, etc.) said that he castrated cardinals and cut out the eyes of priests who protested. Bishop Liutprand was present at the trial. As it did not at the moment suit the Emperor's interests to condemn him, he said that John was 'just a boy' and they must let him sow his wild oats. This is the period of the Ottonian Renaissance, which certain American historians have 'discovered,' asking us to use the expression Dark Age no longer. After one of the longest reigns of the tenth century he was slain by the husband of a woman he had (apparently) raped."
Web (October 22, 2013)
"Pope.John X (ruled 914-28)
One of the many scandalous Popes of the Iron Age. Bishop Liutpr and, contemporary bishop of Cremona and one of the few cultivated writers of the time - note that he belonged to the Lombard part of Italy - tells us that John, while Archbishop of Ravenna, was the notorious lover of one of the chief ladies (who could not write their names) of the Roman 'nobility,'' Theodora (Antapodosis, II, 48), and he was raised to the Papal throne by her and her family. Cardinal Baronius, the 'father of Catholic history,' admits this, and it is on account of Theodora and her two daughters that he calls this section of Papal history 'the Rule of the Whores' . John quarreled with Theodora's even more brazen daughter Marozia (mother of one Pope and mistress of another), and she had him murdered. So say the Annals of Beneventum (in the Monumenta Germaniae, Vol. V), written by contemporary monks, as well as Liutprand."
Web (October 22, 2013)
"Demands for the Archbishop of Westminster's resignation were made last month after he disclosed that he knew of the paedophile activity of a priest but still gave him work as a chaplain.
Father Michael Hill was jailed for five years in 1997 for 10 sex attacks on altar boys and other children. They included a boy with learning difficulties he met at his Gatwick chapel after the youngster missed his flight."
BBC, Tuesday, 29 August, 2000
"The never-ending saga of Rome's paedophile priests continues. Hill's victims and their families say that their faith in the Church has been badly shaken. If it takes an incident such as this to raise their doubts about the propriety of that organisation, it is high time that they examined more closely the corruption that lies at the root of its whole system and familiarised themselves with the catalogue of unspeakable crimes that litter its bloody history.”
"Clampdown on clergy abusers planned
Clergy who abuse their position of trust to sexually exploit young people could face jail under proposals to be considered by the government.
The Home Office confirmed it would examine a plan to amend the Sexual Offences Bill to include the clergy, as well as teachers and care workers, under the new offence of abuse of trust."
BBC, Sunday, 23 July, 2000
"A committee set up to advise the Catholic Church on how to stop sexual abuse has called for police checks to be carried out on all clergy, staff and volunteers.
The recommendation is among 50 put forward in a report by an independent committee, chaired by retired judge Lord Nolan.
Others include the establishment of a national database on candidates for the priesthood and a national child protection unit within the church to provide support and advice and information at a national level."
BBC, Tuesday, 17 April, 2001
"An investigation has been launched into allegations of child abuse at the London Catholic school attended by Prime Minister Tony Blair's two teenage sons.
The inquiry focuses on a former chaplain and governor at the London Oratory School in Fulham, south-west London, who died of a suspected Aids-related illness, several newspapers have reported."
BBC, Tuesday, 5 December, 2000
"The head of the Roman Catholic church in England has agreed to meet demonstrators who say they were abused by members of the Church as children.
This follows around 30 people marching in silence to the official London residence of the Archbishop of Westminster, Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, to demand an "unconditional apology" for their suffering."
BBC, Tuesday, 29 August, 2000
Canadian ex-bishop faces child porn charges: report
Bishop Raymond Lahey
OTTAWA (Reuters) - A former Canadian bishop has been charged with distributing and selling child pornography after airport officials examined his laptop computer, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said on Wednesday.
It said Bishop Raymond Lahey, from the Roman Catholic diocese of Antigonish in Nova Scotia, was arrested at Ottawa airport last week after officers from the Canada Border Services Agency performed a random check of his laptop computer.
Lahey subsequently announced last Saturday that he was resigning for personal reasons.
A spokesman for the diocese was not available for comment. The Border Services Agency did not immediately respond to a request for more details.
Earlier this year, Lahey oversaw a multimillion-dollar settlement with people who said they had been sexually abused by priests in the diocese dating back to 1950, CBC said.
Reuters September 30, 2009
"In December 1999, A Catholic Bishop's report called Towards Understanding, suggested that little or no training in the issues of sexuality and celibacy could contribute to sexual abuse by clergy. However, the report also confirmed that the church had still not accepted its responsibility in the epidemic of child sexual assaults by suggesting that there was no evidence that the incidence of abuse of children was greater in the church than in the community at large. This is clearly and demonstrably untrue. With 450 individual child sexual assaults by church clergy acknowledged in the courts over the past 10 years, the nation's churches constitute the largest employer of paedophiles in the country by a very long way.
In fact this may just be the tip of the iceberg. Consider this.
A study conduced by Professor Freda Briggs, Russell Hawkins and Mary Williams at the University of South Australia found that of 179 men who were sexually abused as children or convicted child molesters, 15 per cent nominated Catholic priests as their abusers.
Research conducted by journalist, Jason Bearry, in the US revealed that 15 per cent of all Catholic priests in the US had sexually molested children in their care, but only a tiny proportion faced charges. According to other news sources, US Catholics had filed suits against nearly 500 priests over the past several years from 1993 and the church had already paid out nearly million dollars to plaintiffs who could eventually number in the tens of thousands.
In 1992, ABC Compass program aired an episode entitled The Ultimate Betrayal that claimed at least 15 per cent of Australian Clergy, of all denominations, sexually abused people in their congregation.
There appears to be approximately 20,000 church clergy in Australia. If the 15 per cent figure is ultimately proved then there could well be 3,000 child sex offenders in the church and not 450.
More worrying are recent reports from the US that hundreds of Roman Catholic priests have died of AIDS and hundreds more are living with HIV. In late January this year, an in depth Kansas City Star/Reuters' report stated that 'priests were dying of AIDS at a rate at least four times that of the general population.' The report quoted estimates from medical experts, priests and health statistics in drawing its analysis.
The fact that the Church officially outlaws gay sexual relations and opposes the use of condoms says much about the reasons for such an epidemic. The report quoted most priests as saying that the church had failed to give them any early sex education that would have equipped them to deal with the issues.
The statistics and the evidence that we have on hand suggests that the problem is getting worse rather than better.
No other profession features in child sexual abuse statistics to anywhere near the extent that church clergy do. Their response to increasing criticism on the issue is to point the finger at the sex industry in an attempt to shift their guilt. Sex crimes and sexual depravity will naturally be found in an industry that deals in sex, they argue. So whenever prostitution or censorship law reform is on the agenda, Bishops, Cardinals, suburban and country priests all step forward to condemn those working in the sex industry as immoral and perverse. Politicians continue to bow to the church's so-called 'moral authority' and turn a blind eye to the real facts about child sexual abuse."
Church clergy and child sex abuse 1990-2000
Church clergy and child sex abuse 1999-2005
Church clergy and child sex abuse 2006
Web (October 31, 2013)
From the Pen of the Moderator
Dr. Clay Nuttall, Moderator IBFNA
The Not-So-Scarlet Sin by Clay Nuttall
"We've come a long way from those days. It is not needful even to comment about the gutter level of the media, society, education, and business, let alone the White House. 'This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come' (II Tim 3:1). Who is surprised about the level of degradation in this present world?
The real shock is the level of sexual immorality in the church today. The light attitude toward divorce, adultery and fornication in the membership of the church is staggering. Marriage vows mean little, and churches are filled with huge numbers of the divorced, as well as those who have been involved in sexual sins. A light attitude is invading churches about sodomy and unmarried people living together, much of which reveals an unbiblical view of repentance and forgiveness.
A recent survey of evangelical teens claims that up to sixty per cent of these teens have been involved in sexual immorality at least once. Much of this has come from the 'dumbing down' of sin. Churches celebrate fornication with public weddings for those who have public sin outside of wedlock. The end result is that the rest of the teens detect an implied message----'go and do likewise.' The clear lack of repentance on the part of the offenders is really the heart of the matter. This is not about our extending forgiveness. It is about their lack of repentance and unwillingness to receive true forgiveness.
The grave burden in this issue is not the sexual adultery that has been and now is multiplied with little shame. James speaks of a spiritual adultery. 'Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?' (4:4). This is the same kind of adultery that the prophets denounced in Israel, who is called the adulterous wife of Jehovah.
I clearly remember 'spiritual adultery' practiced in the church that I attended as a lad. It was discussed in, with, and about sister churches. The conversations were not hushed and private. People were proud and bragged of their sinfulness. This wickedness in fundamental churches has increased to a tidal wave in this hour-the majority of churches we know are affected with this plague. This sin is far worse than sexual adultery because it results in the damning of men and women, boys and girls. This adultery was the public sin that kept me personally from coming to Christ until late in my teens."
Clay Nuttall is the Director of Project 21 at Piedmont Bible College
Web (January 13, 2014)