Despite the vow of celibacy that is a cornerstone of the Catholic priesthood, throughout history there were many popes that were not celibate. These romantically active popes included those who had long-term partners and even a few popes that had children. While this kind of moral and spiritual dishonesty is now considered to be a thing of the past, at the time, this blatant hypocrisy fed into popular anger over deceit within the Catholic Church, adding to the great turmoil surrounding the Church during volatile times.
Here are some of the more egregious examples of popes who didn't adhere to celibacy.
Pope Alexander VI Fathered Nine Children
Paul II Allegedly Passed While Sexually Engaged With A Male Page
Pope Julius II Was 'Covered With Shameful Ulcers'
Julius III Made His Alleged Commoner Boyfriend A Cardinal