Sunday, December 31, 2006

Famous people from Polydeukion to Ted Haggard

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Polydeukes/Polydeukion was the favorite pupil and beloved of stoic philosopher and millionaire philanthropist Herodes Atticus.

Saint Peter, traditionally the first Pope, was married (Jesus cured his mother-in-law), known to have taken his wife along on his apostolic/mission journeys (1 Cor. 9:5).

Pope St. Hormisdas (514–523) was married and widowed before ordination. He was the father of Pope Silverius.

Pope Adrian II (867–872) was married before taking orders and had a daughter.

Pope Sergius III (904–911) was supposedly the father of Pope John XI by Marozia (Source: Liber Pontificalis, Liutprand of Cremona).

Pope John XII (955–963) (deposed by Conclave) was said to have turned the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano into a brothel and was accused of adultery, fornication, and incest (Source: Patrologia Latina).

Pope Clement IV (1265–1268) was married before taking holy orders, and had several children.

Pope Pius II (1458–1464) had several illegitimate children.

Pope Innocent VIII (1484–1492) had several illegitimate children.

Pope Alexander VI (1492–1503) had a notably long affair with Vannozza dei Cattanei before his papacy, by whom he had his famous illegitimate children Cesare and Lucrezia. A later mistress, Giulia Farnese, was the sister of Alessandro Farnese, who later became Pope Paul III. Rumors of Alexander's sexual activity were even more wild — see Banquet of Chestnuts. He fathered a total of seven children.

Pope Julius II (1503–1513) had three illegitimate daughters.

Pope Clement VII (1523–1534) was probably the father of Alessandro de' Medici, whom he made Duke of Florence.

Pope Paul III (1534–1549) held off ordination in order to continue his promiscuous lifestyle, fathering four illegitimate children by his mistress. His nickname was "Cardinal Petticoat" because his sister Giulia had been Alexander VI's mistress. He made his illegitimate son Pier Luigi Farnese the first Duke of Parma.

Pope Pius IV (1559–1565) had several illegitimate children.

Pope Gregory XIII (1572–1585) had an illegitimate son before he took holy orders.

Jack Hyles was publicly accused of having an affair with a church member's wife.

Jim Bakker resigned as host of the PTL Club in 1987, amidst a scandal involving former secretary Jessica Hahn.

Bob Gray, founder of Trinity Baptist College, was in June 2006 accused of molesting more than 20 children.[2]

Jimmy Swaggart was photographed in 1988 in series of meetings with prostitutes. When this was exposed his ministry was destroyed. He was later stopped by police officers in 1991 with a prostitute in his vehicle.

Ted Haggard, President of the National Association of Evangelicals and founder of New Life Church, resigned his positions at his church and the National Association of Evangelicals on November 2nd, 2006 following allegations he maintained a three-year-long sexual relationship with a male escort, Mike Jones.

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