Pope John Paul I


#1

i ran into a lady who calls herself catholic and said that she had documents proving that Pope John Paul I was for contraception and that is why he was killed. does any one have anything he actually said or wrote that would support that claim (that he was for contraception)?. I could only find that he had met with the overpopulation center of the UN. thank you


#2

I’ve heard this theory about John Paul I, too. I’m not sure where it came from. If you watch Godfather III, you’ll see another common conspiracy theory about John Paul I as well, relating to the Mafia and the Vatican Bank.

My personal favourite papal consipracy theory is the one that insists that Paul VI was really a “double,” and the real Pope was kept drugged and imprisioned somewhere :dts: (“backed up” by side-by-side photos, the Cardinal Mindzsenty incident, etc.). Though, despite what Paul VI (whichever one :rolleyes: ) did following Vatican II, even he continued to pronounce the traditional Church teaching regarding contraception.

The fact is - JPI was a middle-aged to older man in poor health with a bad heart. Period. End of story.


#3

By whom, and for what purpose?

I daresay, it he had had such an inclination, 90+% of Catholicism, laity, clergy and hierarchy, would have jumped for joy!


#4

There have been “conspiracy” books written to suggest that Pope John Paul I was a closet liberal and was murdered (by various and sundry persons, depending on which conspiracy you read: communists, “P2”, Masons, Vatican Bank officials, even Cardinal Cody!)

I may be mistaken, but I don’t believe that any major scholars take any of it seriously at this point. The cause for his canonization has been opened, and if there are any “dark secrets” I suspect that they’ll come out then!

I agree with the previous poster. He was an elderly gentleman with a serious heart condition – and it quite possible that even he didn’t realize just how sick he was.


#5

I see there’s even a whole Wikipedia entry on John Paul I consipiracy theories:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_John_Paul_I_conspiracy_theories


#6

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