Originally Posted by BListon
I've just always wondered why we Catholics call the Pope the Holy Father, because obviously we have had some "not so holy" Holy Fathers before. Do you still address a bad Pope as Holy Father (ex. Leo X, Sixtus V, Boniface VIII)?
Be careful, because sometimes what we think we "know" about "bad" popes is propaganda from the time, written by enemies of the Church. It's amazing how some of this stuff can be so persistent in histories.