LECHERY IN THE CHURCH OF ROME EXPOSED
BY RAND WINBURN
A Protestant Reformation Publication
WARNING: This Treatise
contains Roman Catholic Church Latin translations which use
explicit language not suitable for the young, the immature,
the religious, or the self-righteous.
Lechery: "unrestrained, excessive indulgence of sexual
desires; gross sensuality; lewdness." (Webster)
Lecher: "a man who indulges in lechery; lewd, grossly
sensual man." (Webster)
The root of both words is Old French, lechier, meaning to live a debauched
It literally means to lick. (Webster)
"And their dead bodies shall
lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called
Sodom and Egypt, where
also our Lord was crucified."
"And there came one of the
seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me,
saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment
of the great whore that sitteth
upon many waters
.having a golden cup in her hand full
of abominations and filthiness of her fornication"
"And he cried mightily with
a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen,
and is become the habitation of devils, and the
hold of every foul spirit, and a
cage of every unclean and hateful bird."
"But the fearful, and unbelieving,
and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers,
and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their
part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which
is the second death."
"And there shall in no wise
enter into it anything that defileth,
neither whatsoever worketh abomination,
or maketh a lie, but they which are written in the Lamb's book
"For without are dogs, and
sorcerers, and whoremongers,
and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh
In these verses from the Revelation, our sovereign Lord has
given His Church important clues as to the identity of the false
church, Mystery Babylon the Great. It is upon her the wrath
of God is destined to be displayed before the unbelieving world.
This ministry wishes to expose the identity of this great whore.
The Lord wills the true Church know upon whom His righteous
judgment must fall. Once her identity is known, we are certain
true believers will separate from her, warning others. The Elect
who reside in her will awaken and flee. To that end, we have
collected data damning to the Church of Rome, her Papacy and
priesthood. It is damning because of its scope in time and place,
its depth of depravity, and its fulfillment of prophecy foretold
the Apostle John. Our research spans centuries and culminates
in modern day current events. Every fact is documented so that
the reader may ascertain for himself its veracity. If what we
present to the reader is unbiased historical fact and not biased
fiction, then the reader has but two choices: either (1) ignore
the preponderance of damning evidence and testimony; or (2)
believe the overwhelming evidence and testimony pointing to
the Church of Rome as that doomed, soon to be damned false church
depicted as 'Mother' in Revelation 17 & 18.
Furthermore, if this is so, then her head, the Vicar of Christ,
can be none other that the very Antichrist, that Man of Sin,
the son of perdition, marked out in Scripture as the head of
that false Christian body, who usurps the authority and honor
due Christ. For the Papacy is unlike any office in professing
Christianity. No other dynasty in Christendom has consistently
insisted in being declared 'Papa' over the Church Universal,
receiving worship and obeisance, (II Thess. 2:3-4). Nor has
any other dynasty in Christendom succeeded in this goal. Nor
has any other dynasty ruled the Roman Catholic Church. Nor will
any other dynasty do so, even until the Day of Christ Jesus.
Additionally, the wretched decay and corruption in the Church
of Rome can be attributed, in part, to the passivity of the
Papacy in addressing and swiftly dealing directly with the sins
of his priesthood and orders. The silence of the popes is a
sign of complicity.
We begin our journey into the Church of Rome's bottomless pit
of perversion by outlining the decrees of the Ecumenical Church
Councils from A. D. 325 through A. D. 1215 which denounced the
moral and venal crimes pervading the 'Christian' priesthood.
Sexual & Other Crimes of the Clergy
as Proven in the Catholic Church Councils
By reviewing the public records of history, including the Catholic
Church's own Councils, we find that sexual perversity is no
new thing for the Church of Rome's nuns, priests and popes.
Common sense dictates that the public pronunciation of these
crimes, (some of which are unspeakable), by the hundreds of
bishops attending these Councils could only have occurred if
the crimes in question had reached an unmanageable level. Who
would have wanted these sins exposed to public scrutiny if they
could have been dealt with in a less high profile fashion? Secrecy
is the norm in the Catholic Church. Therefore, we may infer
that the ungodly depravity of the hierarchy, priesthood and
orders had reached a critical level evident to each convening
Council, requiring action of some kind be taken, even if in
Unable to alter the records found in the innumerable books worldwide which contain this
information, the Church of Rome has taken a new tact. Vatican
II is their latest official means used to 'soften' their grim
historical image as foes of freedom, adversaries of truth, and
promoters of promiscuity. Since Vatican II, the Church of Rome
has taken an ecumenical approach to winning converts to her
fold. Threats of force, torture and death no longer appeal to
the laity as a means to compel the lost to salvation through
her pope and holy Mother Church. At least for now.
Because the United
States is blessed with free speech and free press, one is able,
without difficulty, to research and compile evidence of the
innumerable sex crimes committed by those depraved priests and
nuns who populate the dioceses, nunneries and monasteries in
this and other countries. The 1980's and 1990's has evidenced
an alarming trend in the rise of reported rapes, pedophilia,
and sexual abuse in general, by the Roman Catholic 'holy' orders.
Lord only knows how many victims of the predatory priests and
nuns have never reported their abuse to any authorities, or
having reported the disdainful acts to the religious authorities,
remain cloaked in secrecy, never to be made public by the Church.
There are three main sources the reader may use to confirm
the documentation for him or herself: 1) the Internet, using
search engines; 2) the library, using numerous book source materials
and newspaper indexes; 3) secular bookstores which carry current
books on the subject. Don't look for books on this subject in
your local Christian Bible bookstore. Censorship is their rule,
not their exception.
The writings of the Church Councils themselves, admittedly
an unbiased source of information, may be accessed by the reader
either through libraries or Internet web sites. For this research
the present writer used three sources: Decrees
of the Ecumenical Councils, Edited by Norman P. Tanner S.
J., [London and Washington, D. C.: Sheed & Ward Ltd. and
Georgetown University Press, 1990.]; Disciplinary
Decrees of the General Councils, by Rev. H. J. Schroeder,
O. P.; [St. Louis, MO and London: B. Herder Book Co., 1937];
and Translations and Reprints from the Original Sources of European History,
Vol. IV., Canons and Creeds of the First Four General Councils,
[Philadelphia: University of PA Press, circa 1900].
In addition to citing the canons which speak of the illicit
sexual practices of its orders, we will also cite those which
expose the avarice and simony of the clergy, proving their love
of the world and the things thereof. We begin our foray into
removing the cloak of the secret past by examining the Council
of Nicæa, A. D. 325
1. Self-mutilation incompatible with clerical office.
The discerning reader will immediately understand the thrust
of this canon: sadism and masochism form the grounds for salvation
for these misguided religious. One is 'saved' by suffering.
Or one 'saves' by his own suffering for others. One cannot help
but bring to mind the unclean spirit described in Mark 5. Flagellation
is proof of demon possession, not the work of the Holy Spirit.
Canon 3. 'Sub-introduced' women not to dwell with clerics.
Already the religious were engaging in fornication, not taking
care to hide their sins from public scrutiny. Efforts were made
by the Council to curtail this wicked behavior by limiting the
clergy's "house guests" to mothers, sisters or aunts,
in order to "escape all suspicion" of wrongdoing.
After this decree took effect, it was amazing how many new 'relatives'
of the priests materialized.
9. On inquiry into the character of ordinands.
The official Church was experiencing a deficiency in the moral
and ethical character of its priests. They were ordaining idolaters,
adulterers, murderers, blasphemers, bigamists, heretics, etc.
Despite the ordinand's baptism, confirmation and ordination,
it became apparent that the priest's inherent sin nature was
unchanged, proving the lie of baptismal regeneration, the lie
of Holy Spirit "strengthening" via confirmation, and
the lie of the impartation of the sanctifying grace of the Holy
Spirit in their ordination.
Canon 17. Clerics are forbidden to take interest or devise
other schemes of dishonest profit.
Common sense dictates that the clergy would have no money to
lend had they truly adhered to the vow of poverty. Instead,
the Church hierarchy gained immense wealth through venality,
extortion, thievery, and promises of shortened time in Purgatory
given the dying penitent, in exchange for his leaving the Church
all his possessions. Schroeder tells us the bishops were demanding
50% interest. Thus, we can see the origin of 'loan sharks.'
of Constantinople, A. D. 381
Canon 6. On accusation
Due to the growing number of accusations of evil doings directed
toward the ruling bishops by the general populace, certain rules
were instituted for the purpose of suppressing truth. Those
who held non-Catholic beliefs (i.e., 'heretics', who comprised
true Bible-believing Christians), were not allowed to testify
against a bishop. But it was the true Christians, called 'heretics,'
who abhorred the sins of the established Church, and who went
to great lengths to expose them.
of Chalcedon, A. D. 451
Canon 2. Against
The Dominican Schroeder informs us, "When over and above
the ecclesiastical power, the bishops began to exercise also
considerable civil power in the community, a power that increased
rather than diminished with subsequent centuries, the way was
opened for the worst kind of ecclesiastical venality and intrigue.
Canon 3. No bishop, cleric or monk shall engage in secular
Schroeder quotes Cyprian, who details the greed of the priesthood,
abandon their Churches, desert their
people, and wander up and down through foreign provinces scanning
the markets for profitable merchandise
; while their brethren in the Church hunger, they covet
money in abundance, seizing lands by deceit and fraudulent practices
and increasing their capital by compound interest." [De
lapsis, 6]. Does the reader hear echoes of Revelation 18:11-19?
Canon 4. Against disorderly conduct in monks.
Promiscuity is denounced to those religious who, rather than
"embrace a quiet life and attend to fasting and prayer
only," continue to attend those places, in secrecy, which
they publicly renounced. Although not specified in this canon,
common sense dictates such off-limit premises would include
whore houses and bars. Once again, we see the inefficacy of
the sacraments in the lives of these 'holy' terrors.
Canon 16. A consecrated virgin and a monk may not marry under
penalty of excommunication.
Although most humans are born with the innate desire to love
another and to raise a family through the bonds of marriage,
the Holy Catholic Church has determined, by its own authority,
that such needs, desires and wants shall be declared evil and
sinful - unsuitable for serving God in holiness and truth. This
canon is but the tip of the iceberg seen in that prophecy of
Paul's, in which he declares the doctrines
of devils, (I Timothy 4:1-3), predicted to be instituted
by Mystery Babylon. It is while 'under obedience' to such unbiblical
rules that sodomites, lesbians, pedophiles and adulterers may
thrive, undetected for centuries. Of course, such illicit behavior
ignores hypocritical vows of chastity, and is contrary to the
Christian law of grace.
Canon 27. Those who forcibly carry off women, also their accomplices,
are severely punished.
Both the clergy and laity had a propensity to kidnap and rape
women at will. Schroeder illuminates the subject: "The
purpose of such abduction was either marriage or, more usually
perhaps, the gratification of lusts." Again, we see the
inefficacy of the sacraments of the Catholic Church, the 'failure'
of the Holy Spirit to lead His own into all truth, and the fulfillment
of prophecy in identifying the great whore, the Mother of all
of Nicæa II, A. D. 787
Canon 4. Any bishop who extorts gold, silver,
or anything else from clerics and monks under his jurisdiction,
shall upon conviction be suspended or excommunicated
Four hundred and fifty years from the first Nicene Council
decree against simony and extortion, the evil still persists.
This fact is yet another proof of the "falling away"
of the once orthodox Roman Catholic/Greek Orthodox Church [see
II Thess. 2:3; Rev. 17:4; 18:12]. Let the reader meditate on
the centuries of decadent dealings by the Papacy in order to
pay for the building of that prostitute, Vatican City-State.
Canon 16. Clerics should wear modest and unostentatious clothing
and not array themselves in gay and showy apparel with silk.
Although the lay people were struggling to make ends meet,
the Catholic clergy were able to spend a portion of their filthy
lucre on clothing woven with silk, proving they
that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses, not the House
of God. Here we are drawn, once more, to the
image of the woman arrayed
in purple and scarlet color described in Rev. 18:12.
Canon 18. No bishop is permitted to have a woman in his service
in the episcopal residence or in the monastery.
As leaders of the Church, bishops were severally chastised
for fornication. It was bad enough the lower ranking clergy
were fornicators, but bishops were expected to set a better
example. Again, we see that 450 years has changed nothing in
the sins of the Catholic Church.
Canon 19. Vows of those presenting themselves for holy orders
and for the monastic state are to be made without the exaction
Whenever the clergy saw opportunity to make a buck, they took
it, making merchandise out of religion.
Canon 20. Henceforth no double monasteries shall be erected
and nuns shall not dwell together in the same monastery, for
thus adultery finds its occasion. Nor shall one have access
to the monastery of the other.
Not surprisingly, as in coed college dorms, fornication was
rampant in double monasteries which housed both monks and nuns.
Sin had gotten so out of hand that there needed to be an official
decree published, for all the world to see, that monks and nuns
were transgressing their holy vows, breaking the very commandments
of God they promised to uphold. Eleven hundred years later,
The Awful Disclosures
of Maria Monk detailed that in Montreal, Canada, the fornications
and rapes of nuns by priests were alive and well behind closed
of Constantinople IV., A. D. 869
Canon 19. Metropolitans shall not go to the Churches of their
subjects, impelled by avarice, abuse their power by imposing
heavy [financial] burdens on them, squandering money intended
for the poor and other ecclesiastical purposes.
These wicked deeds are ongoing today. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat recently detailed the exploits of the
Bishop of the Northern California Diocese. In addition to sodomy,
he was found guilty of "mismanaging" $16 million of
diocese funds, which had disappeared. [11/11/99; page 1].
Canon 20. A bishop who possesses Church property shall be deposed
if he expels the owner for failure to pay rent without giving
him due notice.
At the Council of Chalcedon it was decreed that no religious
could partake of secular business enterprise. In contradiction
to that canon, the Church now allows bishops to assume the role
of 'holy' landlords, legally collecting rents.
First Lateran Council, (Rome), A. D. 1123
Canon 1. Ordinations and promotions for money
are devoid of every dignity.
Simony will not go away in the Roman Catholic Church. Council
decrees go unheeded, while the public gets fleeced because of
the clergy's perpetual love of money over love of God.
Canon 3. Priests, deacons and subdeacons are forbidden to live
with women other than such as were permitted by the Nicæan I
Is the reader beginning to see a pattern? Vows of chastity
be damned, these clergymen need their fleshly desires to be
met and gratified, no matter the gravity of the sin. Since marriage
is illegal, the next best thing is fornication, a much lesser
sin in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church.
Canon 21. We absolutely forbid priests, deacons, subdeacons
and monks to have concubines or to contract marriage.
Fornication, then, as now, was the rule, not the exception.
Second Lateran Council, (Rome), A. D. 1139
Canon 1. Anyone simoniacally ordained shall be disposed.
Apparently all the previous Council decrees were not enough
to change the clergy's evil ways, so this interdict is enacted
once more, in hopes that it will be the last.
Canon 2. If anyone has obtained promotion simoniacally
buyer and seller shall be condemned.
Same old, same old.
Canon 6. Clerics living with women shall be deprived of their
office and benefice.
With all the priestly fornication committed century after century,
it makes one amazed that there were any untainted men left to
administer the sacraments.
Canon 7. Masses celebrated by members of the clergy who have
wives or concubines are not to be attended by anyone.
Canon 8. This applies also to nuns.
Four out of the first 8 canons deal with the sexual sins of
Canon 10. Church tithes may not be appropriated by laymen.
Holy Mother Church needs her tithes and offerings. How else
can she build St. Peter's Basilica?
Canon 13. Usurers are deprived of all ecclesiastical
consolation and stigmatized with the mark of infamy and deprived
of Christian burial.
The mark of infamy is that Mark of the Beast which deprived
the so-called 'heretics' of Christian burial [see Rev.11:9].
Eight hundred years after Nicæa I, there is no abating the greed
of the priesthood.
Canon 21. Sons of priests must be debarred
from the ministry of the altar.
Yes, you read right. Priests who fornicate tend to have children,
as do the fornicators in secular society. A dispensation is
extended to those illegitimate children who become monks or
canons regular. I now understand how the Church of Rome was
able to staff its many vacant priestly positions - the children
of the priests filled the void!
Canon 23. Those who reject the sacraments are condemned, and
the civil power is invoked to restrain their mischief.
This is rich. The pious laity who use their common sense, who
despise the overt sins of the priesthood, refusing to partake
of the rituals and ceremonies of these wicked religious, are
themselves condemned and handed over to the magistrates for
punishment. The sinning priests, however, endure no such treatment.
Canon 24. Sacramentals shall be gratis.
Yet more evidence of simony by the priests, by whatever means
are at their disposal.
Canon 26. Women who pretend to be nuns are forbidden to live
in private houses and receive strangers and persons of little
Herein lies a classic. Whore houses were being erected under
the nose of the Papacy, posing as nunneries. Although priests
were forbidden to live with nuns and other women, would it not
be more prudent to visit these holy 'nuns' to give them opportunity
for an occasional 'confession'? Schroeder, in
an aside, muses, "from the character of the guests they
entertained, left themselves open to well-grounded suspicion
regarding their morals."
Canon 27. Nuns may not sing the divine office
with the canons or monks.
"The reason for the prohibition it contained arose from
abuses that had found their way into certain monasteries. It
does not seem to have had the desired effect," says Schroeder.
The nuns and monks were not stupid. Any excuse for these sex-starved
religious to meet and make a 'love connection' was good enough
choir practice, confession, dining together, basket
weaving, idol engraving
Third Lateran Council, (Rome), A. D. 1179
7. It is simoniacal to exact fees for the installation of bishops,
abbots, etc.; also for burials, nuptial blessings, and for the
administration of the other sacraments.
Religion was big business in the Church of Rome. Today it is
still big business, the evangelical community at-large notwithstanding.
Canon 10. Money may not be demanded from monks on their entrance
into the monastery. They may not have private property and must
live the common life
Exchanging cash for grace has been commonplace in the Catholic
Church for centuries as is evidenced by these repeatedly published
disciplinary canons - canons which have done absolutely no good
in curtailing the evil practice.
Canon 11. Clerics in sacred orders who keep in their houses
any women for unchaste purposes, must either dismiss them and
live continently or be deposed from office and deprived of their
ecclesiastical benefice. Anyone found guilty of that
incontinence, which is against nature, on account of which came the anger of God upon the children
of unbelief and destroyed by fire five cities, if he be a cleric,
let him be deposed from the clerical state or sentenced to a
monastery to do penance; if a layman, let him be excommunicated
and completely cut off from the communion of the faithful. Moreover,
if any cleric shall presume to frequent the monasteries of nuns
without necessity, let him be warned of the bishop
The sexual sins of the Church of Rome know no bounds. Charges
that clerics keep women for sex, commit sodomy and pedophilia
is now openly reported for the first time in an ecumenical council.
Visits by clergy to nunneries for the purpose of fornication
has not abated. Today, 925 years later, these same sex crimes
of the Catholic Church occur on such a regular basis, it is
nothing less than incredulous that there are any 'faithful'
left in subjection to the Church.
Canon 13. Several churches are not to be conferred on one person
Imagine playing Monopoly with churches. This is what the bishops
did. They collected churches like Monopoly pieces, extracting
much revenue from rents, tithes, indulgences and Masses for
the dead. Lateran III said, "That's a no, no." Does
the reader believe for a moment the bishops obeyed?
Fourth Lateran Council, (Rome), A. D. 1215
Canon 6. [T]he metropolitans
.should be actuated with
a genuine fear of God in correcting abuses and reforming morals,
especially the morals of the clergy
Canon 7. No custom or appeal shall
hinder prelates from correcting abuses and morals of their subjects,
especially of the clergy, lest their blood be demanded at their
Canon 8. Reports of serious
irregularities by prelates and inferior clerics must be investigated
by the superior
One can only wince at the depraved nature of the mysterious
Canon 14. That the morals and general conduct of clerics may
be better reformed, let all strive to live chastely and virtuously,
particularly those in sacred orders, guarding against every
vice of desire, especially that on account of which the anger
of God came from heaven upon the children of unbelief
suspended for incontinency who presumes to celebrate the divine
mysteries, shall be forever deposed.
Fifty years and two generations after the Third Lateran Council,
sodomy and pedophilia is still problematic in the holy apostolic Catholic Church. Priests who commit sexual
sins are prohibited from "creating" Jesus Christ in
the celebration of the Eucharist. This canon has been forgotten
by the modern-day Catholic Church. They are infamous for simply
shuffling the pedophile/fornicating/sodomite priest from parish
to parish, where he still "creates" the Real Presence
of the Body and Blood of the Lord.
Canon 15. Clerics who do not abstain from drunkenness after
being warned shall be suspended from their office and benefice.
Nor shall anyone be encouraged to drink, for drunkenness banishes
reason and incites to lust
Mind you, these rebukes come from friendly quarters, not from
Canon 18. Clerics may neither pronounce nor execute a sentence
Like the Pharisees before them, the Roman Catholic hierarchy
determined that the their hands would be innocent of shedding
blood by handing the 'heretics' over to the secular Catholic
authorities for execution.
Canon 27. Incompetent persons must not be promoted to the priesthood
or given the direction of souls.
If only the Church of Rome had followed her own advice before
electing Innocent IV, Boniface VIII, Leo X, Alexander VI, John
XXIII, and the numerous other wicked Antichristian popes.
Canon 31. Illegitimate sons of canons may not be appointed
to churches in which their fathers serve.
Need we say more of the sins of the fathers?
Canon 54. The payment of tithes takes precedence over the payment
of taxes and other expenses and those who invert this order
are to be punished.
Kenneth Copeland and Fred Price would be proud of this canon.
Canon 62. Relics are not to be sold or put on exhibition, lest
the people be deceived in regard to them.
In our community just recently, the alleged bones of 'St.'
Therese of Lisieux were displayed, to the rapture of thousands
of almsgiving believers.
Canons 63-66. More disciplinary measures for simoniacal clergy,
who demand money for religious services rendered.
Canons 67-70. Religious intolerance
directed at the Jews.