Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Two Hundred Thirty-first Pope: Clement VIII - 0 comments

Clement was Italian (like all popes for the last 500 years up until John Paull II), but served for a time as cardinal in Poland. He developed a nasty case of anti-semitism, and persecuted Jews in some pretty shameful ways.

One small mark in his favor is that he was a coffee fan. Coffee was just gaining popularity in Europe, but it's reputation as a drink of the Infidel Middle Easterners was damaging. Some of the church officials asked Clement to ban it - as a drink of the devil - but instead Clement suggested that perhaps Christians should be baptized in it instead. Yum!


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