Originally posted by Paul Dirac II
The Roman Catholic papacy went through a rough patch, as judged by non-Catholic historians anyway, around 500 years ago.
Never having been Catholic, I don't know how this era is treated by the Catholic church today. Is it avoided as a topic? Or have the popes of those days had their image sanitized by the modern church? Or is it simply admitted, "They were what they were"?
BORGIAS WHO BECAME POPE, PRINCE OF THE WORLD
Fourteen years after his death, the corruption of the papacy that Alexander VI exemplified - particularly the sale of indulgences - would prompt a young monk and priest by the name of Martin Luther to nail a summary of his grievances on the door of a church in Germany and launch the Protestant Reformation.
The following seems to be the view of many in the Roman Catholic Church:
Pope Alexander VI was no Antipope like Benedict XVI