Support First Things by turning your adblocker off or by making a  donation. Thanks!

The Danger of Good Popes

From Web Exclusives

Pope Benedict IX was elected pope in 1032 when he was just a teenager: different sources put his age at somewhere between 11 to 20 years old. His father was the Count of Tusculum and used his influence to obtain the papacy for his son. Benedict IX indulged in extreme sexual immorality, including orgies and unnatural acts… . Continue Reading »