The Next Great Priestly Scandal: Priests Who Have Fathered Illegitimate Children

Rome’s Popes Have Fathered Children Too!

Lest the reader think that the Roman popes, at least, have not been guilty of such things, the following will suffice:

“Do not the annals of the Church of Rome give us the history of that celebrated prostitute of Rome, Marozia, who lived in public concubinage with the Pope Sergius III, whom she raised to the so-called chair of St. Peter?  Had she not also, by that Pope a son, of whom she also made a pope after the death of his holy (?) Father, Pope Sergius?… The son whom Marozia had by Pope Sergius, was elected pope, by the influence of his mother, under the name of John XI, when not sixteen years old!…

“And what could we not say of Alexander VI?  That monster who lived in public incest with his two sisters and his own daughter Lucretia, from whom he got a child….

“Let not my readers be deceived by the idea that the popes of Rome in our days, are much better than those of the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth centuries.  They are absolutely the same – the only difference is that, today, they take a little more care to conceal their secret orgies…

“Go to Italy, and there the Roman Catholics themselves will show you the two beautiful daughters whom… Pius IX had from two of his mistresses.”[30]

“Roman Catholics are wont to ridicule the plural marriage of the early Mormons.  They don’t know their own Church history.  The Bishop of Liége at one time had 65 children – not all from the same wife.  Cardinal Pier-Leone was elevated to the papacy (in a disputed election) in spite of his children by his own sister Tropea and the fact that he took his concubinage along when he travelled as a papal legate.”[31]

Of the pope, Alexander VI, in the fifteenth century: “Daniel, the historian, tells us that… ‘He formed an illicit connection with a widow who resided at Rome, and with her two daughters; and this was followed by an incestuous connection with her daughter, the infamous Venoza.  He afterwards formed another criminal connection with Lucretia, who was, in fact, his own daughter, wife and daughter-in-law, of whom he had a son; this son was therefore, his own son and grandson!’”[32]

Still more about Alexander VI, from a Roman Catholic historian: “His relations with Vanozza, a married woman, were probably well known to the cardinals before his elevation.  By her he had four children…. He also had other children by different women.”  And from another Roman Catholic historian: “Alexander VI had promised to keep his children out of Rome, but his paternal affection prevailed over his wisdom.  The ambitious schemes which he formed for his children’s advancement soon roused bitter feelings against him..”  Also: “Lucrezia Borgia, the daughter of Pope Alexander VI, was allowed to exercise great influence at the papal court, and vast territories were bestowed on her.”[33]

Priestly Celibacy at the Root of the Problem

Plainly, at the very heart of the problem lies the diabolical doctrine of priestly celibacy: “forbidding to marry”.  But Rome refuses to admit this.  When Vatican News asked the cardinal, Stella, “How would you respond to those who maintain that the presence of children of priests is an argument for the introduction of optional celibacy for priests in the Latin church?” he replied: “The fact that some priests have experienced relationships and have brought children into the world does not affect the theme of priestly celibacy, which represents a precious gift for the Latin church, the ever-present value of which has been expressed by the recent popes, from St Paul VI to Pope Francis.  Similarly, cases of abandonment of the matrimonial union and from the children do not take away from the ever-present value of Christian marriage.”

Let us analyse his argument.  In the first place, compulsory priestly celibacy is specifically branded as a “doctrine of devils” by Paul the apostle in 1 Tim. 4:1-3.  For the Papal system, then, to call it “a precious gift for the Latin church” is to blatantly contradict the divinely inspired words of Scripture itself.  Who are we to believe, God the Holy Spirit (who “speaketh expressly” on this matter, we are told in 1 Tim. 4:1) or the popes of Rome?

In the second place, if it is such a “precious gift”, why is it only a supposed gift for “the Latin church”?  Bible Christians can answer this, of course: the so-called “Latin church” (Roman Catholicism) is not a true Christian church at all.  But in this ecumenical age, when Rome is doing its best to unite all “churches” to itself in one big, happy family with “papa” ruling over all, to argue that celibacy is a “precious gift”, and yet in the same breath to say that it is only for the “Latin church”, is really lame.  If it was really from the Lord, such a gift would be right for everyone!

In the third place, the cardinal lied when he said that “some priests have experienced relationships and have brought children into the world”.  The number is not small, it is huge