Larry Holzwarth 2018
Papal corruption throughout history is a fact of the existence of the Church of Rome, and which is, figuratively speaking, swept under the bed. But it is barely hidden. It was the corruption of the Church’s highest office which led to the evolution of Protestantism, the excesses of the Inquisition, and to a large extent the cover up of the sex scandals of the twentieth century and more recent years. The Church still maintains vast wealth, always a source of corruption, in the form of cash, property, and art. Once a dominant figure in European politics, the role of the papacy has become less powerful in politics, but no less influential to the world’s Catholics.