January 17, 897

10/15/2007


Pope Stephen VI decided to dig up the corpse of Pope Formosus, who had been dead for eight months, so that Formosus could be put on trial before a synod of bishops. The decaying cadaver was placed on a chair, given a lawyer, and then found guilty. The sentence was to be stripped of his sacred garments, which were ripped off, taking with them pieces of his putrefied body, and to have three fingers of his right hand cut off—the three fingers he had used to bless the faithful. The day's festivities concluded with Formosus being tossed into the Tiber River, after which appropriate hymns were sung.


Comments(27)

Anonymous | 01:42 pm on 10/20/2007

Where's the beef? When the link said "more" I wasn't looking for a picture passing itself off as a thousand words. I was looking for:

Indictment
Evidence
Summation
Sentencing Transcript

What was Formosus heresy? Aiding Chiang Kai-Shek?

Karen | 02:26 am on 10/21/2007

I agree. Where's "the REST of the story??"

Janible | 08:18 am on 10/21/2007

The "more" was the great line "The day's festivities concluded with Formosus being tossed into the Tiber River, after which appropriate hymns were sung." I keep wondering which hymns were considered "appropriate"! "Shall We Gather at the River"?

Len Clements | 12:45 pm on 10/21/2007

There's much more information here:

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

Nancy | 02:46 pm on 10/21/2007

Wiki and the Catholic Encyclopedia offer a mass of information that shows that politicians still make strange bedfellows.

PAPABEAR | 12:03 am on 10/22/2007

MY WIFE WANTS TO KNOW WHAT APPROPRIATE HYMNS COULD YOU SING FOR A ALREADY DEAD POPE, THERE COULD BE MORE TO THE STORY
GIVE SOME HISTORY OF THE POPES I DID LIKE THE PAINTING.

Scott | 04:35 pm on 10/22/2007

Is this what they mean when they say the church is dead?

Tom | 12:15 am on 10/24/2007

"Take me to the river/Drop me in the water..."

Okay, so it's the Talking Heads, but it would be an appropos hymn nonetheless.

ShanghaiJohnnyP | 11:35 pm on 10/24/2007

"You Have The Right To Remain Silent.
Anything You say can and Will Be Used Against
You In A Court of Law.
If You Can't afford A Lawyer,One Will Be appointed
For You By The Court.".

Larry | 12:02 pm on 10/30/2007

While Nancy is probably right about politicians making strange bedfellows (I have no experience and couldn't say firsthand) I think she meant that POLITICS makes strange bedfellows....

Conor | 05:47 pm on 11/01/2007

I think it is time to update this page.

DocKnowles | 03:08 pm on 11/02/2007

I get it! Steve was really upset! But, 'appropriate hymns?" Who did the singing Linda Ronstadt?
You're No Good, You're No Good, Baby You're No Good!

slowUturn | 11:35 pm on 3/28/2008

Rollin'- Rollin'- Rollin' on the Riv-er.........

rome apartments | 04:25 am on 6/12/2008

Fascinating story indeed.

Neon21 | 03:02 am on 3/11/2011

Formosus reigned for 5 years. He was about admired as spiritual, acceptable and kind. However, he still bedevilled a adroitness for accepting on the amiss ancillary of a political agenda. pass4sure 74-924 He fabricated the aberration of angering the Duchess Agilitrude and the House of Spoletto if he banned to acme the Duchess' son as the Emperor of Rome. Shortly afterwards accepting Formosus’s blessing, Arnulf fell ill while boot on Spoleto to defeat Lambert and Ageltrude already and for all. Due to Arnulf’s illness, the attack adjoin Lambert was canceled and Arnulf aloof home to Germany, anemic in bloom and power. Lambert regained ability in Italy bound and at the alpha of 897, he accustomed in Rome to exact avengement on Pope Formosus. By application political burden and aggressive threats, Lambert alleged for an ecclesiastical balloon of Pope Formosus central the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Pope Formosus sat silently on his apostolic throne, dressed in his apostolic apparel and tiara, and was accustomed a aegis advocate who never argued for his client.

st. george island rentals | 03:46 pm on 8/09/2008

The painting is a really amazing piece of art.

Anonymous | 03:03 am on 3/11/2011

Formosus reigned for 5 years. He was about admired as spiritual, acceptable and kind. However, he still bedevilled a adroitness for accepting on the amiss ancillary of a political agenda. pass4sure 70-306 He fabricated the aberration of angering the Duchess Agilitrude and the House of Spoletto if he banned to acme the Duchess' son as the Emperor of Rome. Shortly afterwards accepting Formosus’s blessing, Arnulf fell ill while boot on Spoleto to defeat Lambert and Ageltrude already and for all. Due to Arnulf’s illness, the attack adjoin Lambert was canceled and Arnulf aloof home to Germany, anemic in bloom and power. pass4sure 70-567 Lambert regained ability in Italy bound and at the alpha of 897, he accustomed in Rome to exact avengement on Pope Formosus. By application political burden and aggressive threats, Lambert alleged for an ecclesiastical balloon of Pope Formosus central the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Pope Formosus sat silently on his apostolic throne, pass4sure 70-573 dressed in his apostolic apparel and tiara, and was accustomed a aegis advocate who never argued for his client.

Junior golf camp | 01:45 pm on 12/06/2008

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tennis camp | 01:12 pm on 1/14/2009

Well, if Pope Formosus really did something horrible during his term as Pope, the move to put him in trial even if he is dead is just right and stripping off the sacred garment and all other thing that a Pope should have after his death. But i guess digging him up, and let the corpse set on a chair to stand trial is a bit to much. Well, it happened hundred years ago before we are born, we cannot do anything about it,but that is a nice piece of history of the catholic church.
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wholesale body jewelry | 09:31 pm on 1/15/2009

I wonder what kind of hymns they sung when they tossed the body in the river. I guess at least he deserved to be buried as human, not being tossed in the river. He pay already when his finger cut off, stripped of his rights as Pope and his corpse was dug out just to stand trial.
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junior tennis camp | 12:01 am on 1/18/2009

that was an interesting part of catholic history. Trial is just, but to dig and let a corpse set in chair for trial....i can't imagine...can't they just go on with the trial without the corpse? Its history anyway.
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Life After Bankruptcy | 04:46 pm on 2/11/2011

Is it true. Certainly unbelievable. It is very interesting to read the story. Thanks for the nice work. keep it up.

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1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
It is nice to notice the strange practice. thanks.

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