Insights into the Catholic Church: Unveiling Historical Secrets

By Sophia Maddox | March 8, 2024

Pope Alexander VI Was Into Very Weird Stuff

test article image
public domain

Pope Alexander VI was certainly an eccentric figure. He gained notoriety through his involvement in the 1501 event known as the Banquet of Chestnuts which isn’t as boring as it sounds. It's rumored that he persuaded 50 women to disrobe, and then chestnuts were scattered on the floor, compelling the women to scurry around on their hands and knees, resembling swine, as noted by historian Tony Perrotet. Adding to the peculiarity of the gathering, Pope Alexander VI allegedly offered rewards to the man who could bed the most women.

The Church Funded Schools That Took Indigenous Children From Their Families

test article image
Getty Images

The Canadian Indian residential school system comprised a network of boarding schools aimed at Indigenous communities. Children were frequently taken from their parental homes, sometimes through coercive means, and placed into these schools. According to the 2015 findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, over 4,000 students are estimated to have lost their lives due to the consequences of this system. Approximately 60% of these Canadian Indian residential schools were run by the Catholic Church, with financial support from federal and provincial governments. The commission determined that students perished as a result of inadequate facilities, disease, suicide, and mistreatment at the hands of those in charge of the schools.