See our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715 with 134 videos & counting. Larry Wessels, director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas/ Christian Debater (YouTube channel: CANSWERSTV at http://www.youtube.com/user/CAnswersTV; websites: http://www.BibleQuery.org, http://www.HistoryCart.com & http://www.MuslimHope.com) presents former Roman Catholic priest for 22 years Richard Bennett (website: http://www.BEREANBEACON.ORG) on the question of "The Cunning System of the Vatican" which is really nothing more than an elitist bureaucratic machine replacing the true gospel of Jesus Christ with a counterfeit religious system of man made inventions for financial profit.
The Cunning Genius of the Vatican Papal System
As the background of the structure of the Catholic Church is alarming, an exposure of its system is essential. Biblical and historical analysis of the Papal system is required so that its influence can be prevented. This we have done in this Video It is utterly important to remember that “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” As many Christian people, and indeed Evangelical churches, have been harmed because of their ignorance of the genius of Vatican procedures please make this video known to your family and friends, thank you.
The full list of popes from Peter up through John Paul II, including many mentioned as martyrs, is found in I Sommi Pontifici Romani, Annuario Pontificio, and the iconography of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls.
Chronological list of popes who are alleged to have been murdered:
John VIII (872–882): Allegedly poisoned and then clubbed to death
Adrian III (884–885): Allegedly poisoned
Leo V (903): Allegedly strangled
John X (914–928): Allegedly smothered with pillow
Stephen VII/(VIII) (929–931): Allegedly murdered
Sergius IV (1009–1012): Allegedly murdered
Clement II (1046–1047): Allegedly poisoned
Damasus II (1048): Allegedly murdered
John XXI (1276-1277): While visiting the construction of a church, the roof collapsed on him, leading to conspiracy theories
Celestine V (1294, died 1296): Held captive and allegedly murdered after his abdication, by order of his successor, Pope Boniface VIII
Boniface VIII (1294–1303): Death possibly (though unlikely) from the effects of ill-treatment one month before
Benedict XI (1304–1305): Allegedly poisoned; no evidence provided
Pius XI (1922-1939): Allegedly (though unlikely), in connection with his doctor's having been the father of Benito Mussolini's mistress
John Paul I (1978): Death just 33 days after Papal election led to conspiracy theories
Mann, H. (1910). Pope John VIII. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved February 14, 2010 from New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08423c.htm
15. Pope Leo V NewAdvent.org
16. Pope John X NewAdvent.org
17. Pope Clement II NewAdvent.org
18. "Pope Celestine V". List of Roman Catholic Popes. Retrieved May 2011.
19. Pope Boniface VIII NewAdvent.org
20. Yallop, David A. In God's Name: An Investigation into the Murder of Pope John Paul I. Toronto: Bantam Books, 1984. ISBN 978-0-553-05073-8.
Historians use the term "Medieval Inquisition" to describe the various inquisitions that started around 1184, including the Episcopal Inquisition (1184–1230s) and later the Papal Inquisition (1230s). These inquisitions responded to large popular movements throughout Europe considered apostate or heretical to Christianity, in particular the Cathars in southern France and the Waldensians in both southern France and northern Italy. Other Inquisitions followed after these first inquisition movements. Legal basis for some inquisitorial activity came from Pope Innocent IV's papal bull Ad extirpanda of 1252, which explicitly authorized (and defined the appropriate circumstances for) the use of torture by the Inquisition for eliciting confessions from heretics. By 1256 inquisitors were given absolution if they used instruments of torture.
In the 13th century, most inquisitors were friars who taught theology and/or law in the universities. They used inquisitorial procedures, a common legal practice adapted from the earlier Ancient Roman court procedures. They judged heresy along with bishops and groups of "assessors" (clergy serving in a role that was roughly analogous to a jury or legal advisers), using the local authorities to establish a tribunal and to prosecute heretics. After 1200, a Grand Inquisitor headed each Inquisition. Grand Inquisitions persisted until the mid 19th century.
"In 1252 Innocent IV licensed the use of torture to obtain evidence from suspects, and by 1256 inquisitors were allowed to absolve each other if they used instruments of torture themselves, rather than relying on lay agents for the purpose...".