The tenth century is a very dark chapter in the history of the papacy. The popes have become no more than mafia dons–killing, torturing and scheming to get the power and wealth that has come to be linked to the papacy. Once on the throne most of them live decadent, immoral lives until they are murdered or deposed by their enemies.
But for all this the Holy Spirit never rests. The Benedictine movement continues to expand, renewal comes from the grass roots and the church continues to thrive even though the hierarchy is corrupt, venal and immoral.
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