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Why Did Pope Leo X call Christ a fable?

Why did Pope Leo X (d. 1521) call Christ a "fable" (Cardinal Bembo: His Letters..., op. cit.).

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Because he is a fable.

  • 1 decade ago

    “It has served us well, this myth of Christ."

    Although widely attributed to Leo X, the earliest known source of this statement is actually a fiercely antipapal work by the ex-Catholic Anglican priest John Bale “Acta Romanorum Pontificum usque ad tempora Paulo IV” (Basel 1538; Frankfurt 1567; Leiden 1615) which was first translated from Latin into English as "The Pageant of the Popes" in 1574:

    "For on a time when a cardinall Bembus did move a question out of the Gospell, the Pope gave him a very contemptuous answer saying: All ages can testifie enough howe profitable that fable of Christe hath ben to us and our companie."

    The Pope in this case being Leo X.

    There are no authenticated documents that state that Pope Leo X actually said this.

    http://www.pgil-eirdata.org/html/pgil_datasets/aut...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bale

    http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Pope_Leo_X

    With love in Christ.

    Source(s): During this season of Advent when all of Christendom looks back to the first coming of Christ at Bethlehem and looks to the future when Christ will come again, I add my voice: "O come, O come, Emmanuel!"
  • Terri
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Leo X lived in the late 15th/early 16th centuries (he was a Medici) and was one of the Renaissance popes who was notoriously elevated to high office less for religious reasons than for reasons of power and profit. However, that remark, which has been attributed to him, has not been sourced. He may never have said it. If he did, he would simply have been commenting that the church had done been very well financially out of the Jesus story. It was the sort of thing that a number of popes during that long-ago era might have thought , but it's less likely to be something anyone actually said.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He had one drink too many and forgot to watch what he was saying

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He thought that "fable" was less abrupt than "fairy tales" dear.

  • 1 decade ago

    He had just had a moment of clarity.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because he was the antichrist.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He wasn't very bright...

  • 1 decade ago

    he was a dumbass

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