The Top Ten Most EVIL Popes
5. Pope Urban II
Pope Urban II was the benchmark for where the crimes against humanity and God became genocidal. Between the years 1096-1099 Pope Urban II ordered the slaughter of roughly ten million people where there were men and women but mostly children in efforts to procure Belgrade, the Orthodox Church of Constantinople in Yugoslavia as well as Turkey, Syria, Antioch and Palestine. Just for reference, Hitler killed in or around six million Jews during the Holocaust. Wow.
4. Pope Innocent III
While Pope Innocent III didn’t reach the epic numbers of slaughters that his predecessor Urban II had, he still aided and abetted in the murder of well over one million people during his papacy between 1198-1216. His were words of war: he rallied military support in favor of the Inquisition after excommunicating Philip II of France and had put both France and England under interdict which was the Pope’s granted power of punishment. What was unique was that the Crusade he waged after supporting the Inquisition was not against heathen scum following a far carried faith – he went from the Vatican directly to England and had his military might wage war against European brothers. He had also began a Crusade against the Albigenses where upon his military constituents were ordered to butcher them by the tens of thousands in horrid and unholy ways. Dracula, eat your heart out.
3. Pope Boniface VIII
Again a Pope that was so evil that he made it into the Catholic encyclopedia for his grave injustices against the people and his God. Boniface VIII was described in the Catholic encyclopedia as having, “scarcely any possible crime omitted – heresy gross and unnatural immorality, idolatry, magic, simony… his whole pontificate was one record of evil.” Quite an accusation coming from the Catholic encyclopedia… When the poet Dante wrote his eternal masterpiece, “Inferno” it was the deepest pit of Hell that were assigned to Boniface VIII, Nicholas III and Clement V. Needless to say, this was one bad dude.
Boniface VIII was a self-proclaimed Atheist. He didn’t even BELIEVE in God yet he somehow managed to obtain the position of Pope. In 1302, Boniface VIII instituted a commonly quoted misconception of Christianity (thanks) called “Unum Sanctum” where through no faiths but that of the Catholic faith were to be saved come the day of Judgment by Christ. All outside of the Holy Roman Catholic Church were to be damned eternally in the pits of Hell. As it turns out, most of those he damned did in fact go to Heaven, but as Dante predicted, it is Boniface VIII chilling with Satan over poker and shots of Johnny Walker Red.
2. Pope John XXIII
Not to be confused with Pope John XXIII of the 20th century.
Why people called this man the most depraved criminal who sat on the papal chair rather than calling him the most depraved criminal of all time may never be understood. Perhaps it was simply because they didn’t understand the scope of his evil. This “man” if you can call him that, committed almost every heinous crime imaginable – by the hundred. There were thirty-seven clergy members who witnessed and professed against him on the following charges: Fornication, Adultery, Incest, Sodomy, Simony, Theft, and last but not least, Murder. Even more members of the church than the thirty-seven who had accused him had been witnesses to the gut-wrenching fact that Pope John XXIII had a harem of mistresses in Boulogne numbering two-hundred. Even more disgusting yet was the fact that these two-hundred women consisted mostly, if not entirely of nuns. Thousands of lives were lost during the schism enacted in efforts to depose John XXIII, but luckily for the people, and the two-hundred nuns, he was indeed deposed.
1. Pope Pius XII
As though one horrible Pius wasn’t enough, Pope Pius XII came into power over the Vatican not long after his predecessor Pius who supplied the orders to kill Lincoln. Again, take careful note of the era during which Pius XII held the Chair of Peter – it was 1939 to 1958. Well, if anyone had ever been curious as to why exactly Hitler got the notion that Jews were to be exterminated by the millions between 1939 – 1945, it may have had something to do with the fact that Pope Pius XII personally handed him detailed instructions on how the methodical extermination of non-Catholic minorities across all of Europe was to be enacted and how death camps were to be constructed for the sole purpose of their murder. According to Pius XII, people of Jewish faith and other “heretics” were not only supposed to be shot or killed, they were to be burned alive as to stay consistent with the Roman Catholic Church’s designated penalty for heresy against God. In 1946 he came to the aid of war criminals including Ante Pavelic who was known in Croatia for leading among the most satanic and kill-happy regimes in all of world history. The group went by the name of the Croatian Ustashi. Taking a note from Pavelic, Pius XII established his own mini form of the Ustashi known as the Catholic Ustashi (guess he liked Pavelic’s work?) and the Catholic organization was responsible for the murder of more than 600,000 people. Not only were the murders enacted but they were done in such hideous ways that it’s probably a sin just to think about how they may have looked. Killings ranged anywhere from excessive torture to another visitation of crucifixion (it’s not just Christ this time), cannibalism (mmm, mmm. Finger-lickin’ good), live dismemberment (remember the saying ‘I’ll cut off your arm and beat you with it?’”) and burning alive (oh so they gave the Jews a few friends to dance on the hot coals with). If all of this is true, this man was not only truly insane, he was quite possible the epitome of evil in the 20th century.
All in all, it seems as though the papacy has been littered with more criminals than good hearted Christians. While this short list of ten is only a fraction of the fifty Popes who’ve been said to have sinned unceremoniously against God on a regular basis, there have indeed been two-hundred sixty-five Popes in the history of the Vatican. God willing through the other two-hundred fifteen there has been enough good instilled throughout the world to overcome these jaw-slacking evil peoples’ works. Just to paint a portrait though of how rampant evil was and has recently been within the office of the papacy, there have been forty-four US Presidents to serve in office since the establishment of the United States in 1776. If the Presidency were to have followed suit with the papacy, there would have been eight Presidents already who’ve committed cardinal sins such as adultery (cough, cough, Clinton, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, and Roosevelt), murder (come now, that’s already at least twenty of the forty) and other sins that God-fearing and decent people would shrink in cowardice over simply hearing about. Well, maybe the papacy isn’t as evil as some offices that have been held in the past few hundred years…