A Dead Pope Goes To Court


"Pope Formosus and Stephen VI" - The "Cadaver Synod" (1870) Jean Paul Laurens / Wikipedia

The Catholic Church is no stranger to scandal and controversy, but in January of 897 the institution was home to a new and unique scandal that put the garden variety tales of adultery and financial corruption to shame. Listen in to learn what drove Pope Stephen VI (also sometimes called Pope Steven VII) to dig up one of his predecessors and put the corpse of another Pope on trial.