10th Century Obscenities
Vile Princes of the Papacy
"Popes maimed &
were maimed, killed & were killed... Without question, these pontiffs
constitute the most despicable body of leaders, clerical or lay, in history.
They were, frankly, barbarians. Ancient Rome had nothing to rival them
Peter de Rosa (Vicars of Christ, p48)
John XII (955-964).
Born from an incestuous
relationship between Pope Sergio III and his 13-year-old daughter
Marozie. John, in
turn, took his mother as his own mistress.
Pope at 18, he turned the
Lateran into a brothel. He was accused by a synod of "sacrilege,
simony, perjury, murder, adultery and incest" and was temporarily
He took his revenge on opponents
by hacking off limbs. He was murdered
by an enraged husband who caught him having sex with his wife.
11th Century Horror
Church lords over ignorant squalor of millions
1095 - Pope Urban II
calls upon the Franks to invade the more civilized Muslim world. Begins
five centuries of warfare.
"Let those who have
hitherto been robbers now become soldiers."
Urban II addresses his gangsters.
1009: Rivalry from Islam prompts
eastern churches to break with idolatry. This 'iconoclasm' begins breach
with idol-worshipping Catholic west. Centuries of bloodshed ensue.
1079: The Council of Rome:
Persecution of Berengarius & his followers who cannot stomach the
dogma of 'transmutation of bread & wine into Christ.'
Svyatoslav's Miscellany, 1076. God's work – a serious business.
12th Century Criminality
Christian Church ally of murderous kings & rogue
- Muslim heads catapulted into the besieged city of Antioch by Christian
Knights (Illumination from Les Histoires d'Outremer by
William of Tyre 12th century, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris).
1118: Christian fanatics
captured Saragossa; the beginning of the decline of Muslim civilization
1184 Council of Verona
condemns Waldensians for witchcraft. The charge is later extended to condemn
13th Century Wickedness
Vile Crusaders Plunder & Murder for God
1204 Christian crusaders
sack & ruin greatest Christian city, Constantinople.
1209 Pope Innocent III
launches Albigensian Crusade against Christian Cathars of southern France.
7000 massacred in La Madeleine Church alone.
1211 Burning of Waldenses
heretics at Strasbourg begins several centuries of persecution.
German Teutonic Knights
butcher their way through the Baltic lands, savage Catholic Poles &
1231: Pope Gregory IX authorizes
Inquisition for dealing with heretics.
1277 Pope John XXI, alarmed
by rumors of pagan heresy among “scholars
of arts in the faculty of theology" pressurizes Stephen Tempier,
Bishop of Paris, to prohibit 219 philosophical and theological theses.
The "Condemnations of Paris" is the first of 16 lists of censorship.
14th Century Catastrophe
Church hostility to medicine allows plague to decimate Europe
Burning of the Jews of Cologne blamed by Christians for the
Black Death (Liber Chronicarum Mundi).
"We declare, say,
define, and pronounce that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation
of every human creature to be subject to the Roman pontiff."
Pope Boniface VIII, Bull Unun Sanctum, 1302
1311-12: Ecumenical Council
of Vienne. It authorises the brutal suppression of the Knights Templar
(mercenaries of the church who have outlived their usefulness).
1316-1334: Pope John XXII,
world's richest man and first pontiff to promote theory of witchcraft.
Sanctions bull allowing heresy charges to be brought against dead people.
In 1320 he instructs French Inquisition to confiscate all property belonging
to blasphemers or dabblers in black arts.
1300s. Glowing eyes and nocturnal behaviour of the cat interpreted by the Church as clear proof of the hapless moggy's diabolic affinity. Wholesale trapping and burning of cats allowed free rein to the spread of the flee-carrying rat. Subsequently, Europe's population was decimated by the plague.
1347-50: The Black Death sweeps
across Europe, killing one-third of the population.
"Jews were burnt all
the way from the Mediterranean into Germany... under torture confessing
to have spread the plague by poisoning wells... the poison made from the
skin of a basilisk (a kind of mythical serpent)..."
N. Cantor (In the Wake of the Plague)
Tortured Bodies by Sadists of the Lord
16th Century Mayhem
Pogroms & civil wars in the name of Jesus
is: First, that their synagogues be burned down, and that all who
are able toss sulphur and pitch; it would be good if someone could
also throw in some hellfire.."
Martin Luther ("On
the Jews and their lies" 1543)
1517: Martin Luther posts
95 theses at Wittenberg. The Reformation will turn Europe into a battleground.
1517 A Dominican monk Johann
Tetzel swells papal coffers by selling indulgences ('souls freed from
1524: Luther no friend
of the downtrodden encourages savagery of German princes in
putting down the two-year Peasants Revolt.
Book Burners for Christ
Dominican monks in the service of Ferdinand proudly consign the wisdom
of Moorish Spain to the flames (Berruguete, Prado Museum, Madrid)
1553 John Calvin, the "Protestant
Pope" of Geneva proves his Christian credentials by having Michael
Servetus, the Spanish physician, burned at
the stake for heresy. Servetus
had opposed Trinitarianism and infant baptism.
the discoverer of pulmonary blood circulation (an advance on
Galen) had fled the Inquisition and had thought himself safe
among Protestants. Oh dear.
1559 Introduction of Index of Forbidden Books (lasts until 1966)
1563 Following the Council
of Trent, Jesuit Order becomes 'Defender of the Faith'. Huguenots are
persecuted in France.
17th Century Barbarity
Burning Witches for Christ
Urbain Grandier, burned
in Loudun, 1634. Cardinal Richelieu orchestrated his murder.
1600 After a seven year trail
before the Inquisition, Giordano Bruno, who had the audacity to suggest
that space was boundless and that the sun and its planets were not unique,
is condemned and burned at the stake.
1605: The Gunpowder Plot. Catholic fanatics attempt to blow up James
I of England.
1633 Galileo is brought before the Inquisition. Under threat of torture
and death, he is forced from his knees to renounce all belief in Copernican
theories. He is sentenced to life imprisonment. He dies in 1642 and the
charges against him stand for another 350 years.
1618-1648 Central Europe
devastated by Thirty Years' War between Catholics and Protestants
1411 Dominican Vincente Ferrer
revives anti-Jewish hysteria in Spain: "cohorts of the Devil and
Anti-Christ, clever, warped and doomed."
1415 John Huss
of Bohemia, critic of papal corruption but guaranteed personal
safety, burned at the stake. "When dealing with heretics,
one is not obligated to keep his word." Pope Gregory
1415 Pope John
XXIII deposed: "The most scandalous charges were suppressed;
the Vicar of Christ was only accused of piracy, murder, rape, sodomy
Gibbon (Decline & Fall)
1478: Pope Sixtus
IV, in alliance with King Ferdinand of Spain, establishes the Spanish
Inquisition. Jews, Moors and heretics will be imprisoned, tortured and
murdered for centuries.
The bisexual Sixtus, though suffering from syphilis, fathers children
from his elder sister.
1484 Pope Innocent VIII decrees that cats are unholy creatures, to be burned along with the witches that own them.
1486 Taking a break
from book-burning, two Dominican monks, Henrich Kramer & James
Sprenger, write a best-seller Malleus Maleficarum
('The Witches Hammer') 'the most blood thirsty book ever
written.' (Peter de Rosa, Vicars of Christ, p184)
nonsense rests on the bench of every magistrate and judge in Europe
for three centuries and leads to tens of thousands of judicial murders.
reformer, Savonarola burner of books & ornaments of 'pagan
immorality' is himself burned for criticising the degenerate
Pope Alexander VI.
18th Century Scandal
Christian Church endorses Slavery, Racism & subordination
"And Noah awoke from
his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said,
Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his
"As for your male
and female slaves whom you may have: you may buy male and female slaves
from the nations that are round about you. You may also buy from among
the strangers who sojourn with you and their families that are with you,
who have been born in your land; and they may be your property."
1738: Freemasonry is condemned
by Clement XII and Catholics are forbidden to join.
1793: Last 'witch' burning at Poznen in Germany
19th Century Evil
Christian Church Rejects Science & social
reform; Christian 'missions' go hand-in-hand with colonialism.
1814: Society of Jesus, suppressed
since 1773, is restored. The Inquisition continues until 1834, Church-sanctioned
torture until 1917.
1844: 'Protection of Children
Act' allows Church missionaries in Australia to kidnap aboriginal children.
1854: Pius IX proclaims the
dogma of the Immaculate Conception in the bull Ineffabilis Deus.
Lourdes shrine introduced.
1864: Pius IX issues the encyclical
Quanta cura and the Syllabus of Errors. It condemns some
80 propositions derived from scientific method and rationalism. Liberalism
& socialism are denounced.
1870: Vatican Council declares
the Pope "infallible".
'Bible Societies' & 'Missions'
in European colonies destroy indigenous cultures
20th Century Iniquity
Christian Church allies itself with Fascism;
opposes advances of science & personal freedom
1907 Pius X condemns Modernism
in the decree Lamentabili and the encyclical Pascendi.
Hitler's Pope - Pius
Hitler, a Roman Catholic,
is never excommunicated for causing the death of millions; whereas
Martin Luther was excommunicated for criticism of the papal system.
Friends of Fascists Everywhere:
21st Century Menace
Churches the Stalking Ground of Paedophiles & Sex
On March 12, 2000 Pope
John Paul II attempted to purify the soul of the Catholic Church by
apologising for 2000 years of "sins" committed by the church
quite some compensation for twenty centuries of terrorism, extortion
And yet – September 2000 – the
same John Paul II issues "Dominus Jesus (Lord Jesus)", reaffirming
intolerance: "Only one path to God – the Roman Catholic Church."
And the story does not end:
Still the evil continues...
sex abuse scandal rocks the US Catholic Church
"The Roman Catholic
Church has removed 218 priests from their positions this year because
of child sexual abuse allegations, but at least 34 known offenders remain
in church jobs"- Reuters (June 9 2002)
Creator of "saints"
31 July, 2003 "Congregation
for the Doctrine of the Faith" condemns same sex deviants
who seek marriage. In contrast, no Vatican condemnation
of priestly paedophiles.