666 Christian Crimes



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Early 2nd Century

Ignatius of Antioch argued quite vehemently that church members should "regard the bishop as the Lord himself." [Ignatius, "To the Ephesians," 6.1; cited by Ehrman, 216-217]



In a letter to the Corinthians Pope St. Clement I asserted that God delegates his authority to the earthly bishops, priests and deacons. "Clement warns that whoever disobeys the divinely ordained authorities 'receives the death penalty!'" [Pagels, 1989, 34]



Pope St. Alexander I started the custom of blessing houses with holy water and salt, according to the sixth century Liber Pontificalis. This custom "really stemmed from a pagan practice." [McBrien, 37]




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Pope St. Callistus I, before his church career, was guilty of bank fraud and fighting in a synagogue on the Jewish Sabbath. He was sentenced to hard labor in the Sardinian salt mines. After his release from prison, he made his way to Rome where he was eventually promoted by Pope St. Zephrynus. He then got Zephrynus to name him his successor. The prominent priest, Hippolytus, accused Callistus of using his position to enhance his personal wealth. They fought throughout the five year reign of Callistus. [Curran, 12-15; McBrien, 43-44]



"... Bishop Cyprian of Carthage praised the currently spreading plague because it allowed Christian youths to die while still in a state of virginity." [Robin Lane Fox, Pagans and Christians, 298-299 (cited by Walker, 6)]





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