TIME Magazine has a list going called “The 10 Most Controversial Popes”. If you haven’t got much to do this afternoon, you might take a look and see if you agree. Note that it isn’t “The 10 Worst Popes” of history (which would probably be a list populated with the popes of the 10th Century alone – notably, only Sergius III makes it to this list), but the “10 most controversial“. TIME has them as:
Neither Pope Benedict XVI or Pope Paul VI or John Paul II have made it to the list – although surely they must together top the list in terms of media controversy. All the popes on this list lived before the time of the widespread open public media Papal Hunting Season – lucky them. Or us. Anyway, what do you think of the list, and how would you correct it?