The Papal Curse

pius ix tierraThe anathema of the Pope, words that would strike moral terror in the hearts of men and women throughout time who lived under the tyranical rule of the self-professed Vicar of Christ.  One who not only took upon himself the power to kill men in body, but one who also brazenly claimed the power to destroy men’s souls.  Thereby in effect making himself equal with God (see Mt 10:28). 

Below we will read the curse pronounced by  Pope Pius IX upon Victor Emmanuel, where in Grover’s “Romanism The Danger Ahead”, it is written:

Victor Emmanuel and his patriotic countrymen wrested the temporal power from Pius IX., and liberated the Italian people from the power of the Church of Rome forever, so far as civil government is concerned. Being otherwise powerless, the pope strikes back, with a curse, which is here given, as printed in the Philadelphia Morning Post. It is the perfection of pious swearing by the Vicegerent of God, who said “swear not at all.” (1)

It is also said that this curse was pronounced on the Rev. Wm. Hogan, (a converted Roman Catholic priest), in Philadelphia. (2)  One might also image that less explicit curses and anathemas as found in pronouncements from councils like Trent, carry with them the same underlying intent.  So when you read of the papal curses still on the books, which have never been revoked by Rome, keep these words in mind that flow forth from lips of the man who dresses like an angel but speaks like a dragon. 

Let us now read the words of the Pope:

“Pronounced on all who leave the Church of Rome. By the authority of God Almighty, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and the undefiled Virgin Mary, mother and patroness of our Saviour, and of all celestial virtues, Angels, Archangels, Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Cherubim and Seraphim, and of all the holy Patriarchs, Prophets, and of all the Apostles and Evangelists, of the holy innocents, who in the sight of the holy Lamb are found worthy to sing the new song of the Holy Martyrs and Holy Confessors, and of all the Holy Virgins, and of all the Saints, together with the Holy Elect of God,–MAY HE BE DAMNED. We excommunicate and anathematize him, from the threshold of the holy church of God Almighty. We sequester him, that he may be tormented, disposed, and be delivered over with Datham and Abiram, and with those who say unto the Lord, ‘Depart from us, we desire none of thy ways;’ as a fire is quenched with water, so let the light of him be put out forevermore, unless it shall repent him, and make satisfaction. Amen.

“May the Father who creates man, curse him. May the Son, who suffered for us, curse him! May the Holy Ghost who is poured out in baptism, curse him! May the Holy Cross, which Christ for our salvation, triumphing over his enemies, ascended, curse him!

“May the Holy Mary, ever Virgin and Mother of God, curse him! May all the Angels, Principalities, and Powers, and all heavenly Armies curse him! May the glorious band of the Patriarchs and Prophets curse him! “May St. John the Precursor, and St John the Baptist, and St. Peter and St Paul, and St. Andrew and all other of Christ’s Apostles together curse him and may the rest of the Disciples and Evangelists who by their preaching converted the universe, and the Holy and wonderful company of Martyrs and Confessors, who by their works are found pleasing to God Almighty; may the holy choir of the Holy Virgins, who for the honor of God have despised the things of the world, damn him. May all the Saints from the beginning of the world to everlasting ages, who are found to be beloved of God, damn him!

“May he be damned wherever he be, whether in the house or in the alley, in the woods or in the water, or in the church! May he be cursed in living or dying!

“May he be cursed in eating and drinking, in being hungry, in being thirsty, in fasting and sleeping, in slumbering, and in sitting, in living, in working, in resting, and in blood letting! May he be cursed in all the faculties of his body!

“May he be cursed inwardly and outwardly. May he be cursed in his hair; cursed be he in his brains, and his vertex, in his temples, in his eyebrows, in his cheeks, in his jaw-bones, in his nostrils, in his teeth, and grinders, in his lips, in his shoulders, in his arms, and in his fingers.

“May he be damned in his mouth, in his breast, in his heart, and purtenances, down to the very stomach!

“May he be cursed in his reins and groins, in his thighs and his hips, and in his knees, his legs and his feet, and his toe-nails!

“May he be cursed in all his joints, and articulation of the members; from the crown of the head to the soles of his feet, may there be no soundness!

“May the Son of the living God, with all the glory of his majesty, CURSE HIM! And may Heaven, with all the powers that move therein, rise up against him, and curse and damn him; unless he repent and make satisfaction! Amen! So be it. Be it so. Amen.” (3)


1 Ray, D. B.  The Papal Controversy Involving The Claim Of The Roman Catholic Church To Be The Church Of God Between “American Baptist” and “Church Progress”. St. Louis, MO.: National Baptist Publishing Company, 1892. Online at: Source.
2 Richardson, Sarah J. Life In The Grey Nunnery.  Boston: Edward P. Hood, 1857. Online at: Source.
3 Ray, D. B.  1892.

18 thoughts on “The Papal Curse

  1. No doubt this pope is now experiencing all this and more. There was no room for grace and mercy for anyone who disagreed with them


  2. Sadly there are those today in evangelical circles who pronounce curses on those who dare to “touch the Lord’s anointed”, leave the fellowship ,challenge heresy or question tithing. The spirit of Babylon is not confined to the Roman church. Fortunately God says Pro26:2 A curse without cause will not alight.


  3. Wow! How Christian of him!

    Luther said that “the pope (who supposedly has the authority to lessen people’s time in purgatory) ought release everyone out of purgatory out of thr goodness of a kind and charitable Christian heart.”

    (or something similar to that)


  4. I hate false teaching – within and without the cult of Rome; even in my own life by my own lips and keyboard.

    The bilge put forth by the RCC, represented in this thread, is enough to make one weep. Has anyone begun to read the story supporting footnote #2?

    The first 2 chapters are enough to make anyone weep.

    My step-mother (my mother died when I was a teenager) is coming for a visit next month; she is a cradle Catholic who moved back home to the east years ago after my father died and has been reabsorbed into the RCC collective. I’ve sent her this book with a note that I wouldn’t have done so if I did not love her but I have no indication she ever opened it.

    I am prayerfully considering how I will talk with her during her visit. The Bible tells me, I think, not to even eat with such a one. This will be a test, for which I thank the Lord, though He alone knows the outcome. I shall seek wisdom and do my best to keep my focus on the Lamb of God*

    *Mary not included


  5. You know we can go back to any time in history and find wrongs in most all Churches and religions. So let us do this.

    Bloody Mary killed Protestants, Elizabeth 1 killed Catholics.

    The Puritans killed people they suspected of witchcraft done from the hysterics of little girls.

    In the United States we almost killed a whole race of people called the American Indian to gain their land and to also show them how to keep from being a “savage” and teach them about God and make them “civilized.” I wonder if there were any Protestants or Catholics in this????

    Joseph Smith was killed for being a Mormon? Wonder if any Catholics or Protestants were in that?

    Let us not forget the history of the United States bringing people from Africa over here to be “slaves” because the slave owners had so much land they could not work it themselves. Let us not forget they were branded, beaten, tortued and killed. Wonder if any Catholics or Protestants were in that? The funny thing is it was some of the Quakers who helped slaves get to freedom and these were people most other religions did not accept at all.

    I could go on and on, but I am not due to the length. Many things have been done wrong all for the “love of God.” Many people have been hurt and killed all in the “name of God.” It has been done by people and Churches who all said, “they were God fearing people.” Catholics are not the only religion with bad “history.”

    God Bless, Sandy


  6. Pope Innocent III murdered far more Christians in one afternoon than any Roman emperor did in during his entire reign.


  7. Amen Jeff H. 605 years of bloody terror were the inquisitions. People lived in absolute fear at the killing machine that ravaged parts of Europe and destroyed countless lives. How much sorrow, how much pain, how much horror was sown across the land by the Pope and his more than willing diabolical servants. All because men and women wanted to worship God according to their conscience and not bow down unto the man who sat as a king claiming to be god’s viceroy on earth.

    One day double will be given unto them for that which they have given unto the Lord’s saints.

    For those who want to see the fruit of those who claim to sit in the seat of Peter, watch this video.


  8. brother Michael,


    To this day, the atrocities committed during the Inquisition are defended by the RCC.

    A ‘typical’ defense is found at Catholic Answers:

    …any discussion of apologetics with Fundamentalists will address the Inquisition. To non-Catholics it is a scandal; to Catholics, an embarrassment…


    Where is the outrage?

    Where is the biblical repentance?

    Where is the admission that popes are NOT infallible?

    They [Catholics] fear, while the others [Bible-believing Christians] hope, that the facts about the Inquisition might prove the illegitimacy of the Catholic Church.

    But the facts fail to do that. The Church has nothing to fear from the truth. No account of foolishness, misguided zeal, or cruelty by Catholics can undo the divine foundation of the Church, though, admittedly, these things are stumbling blocks to Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

    Wait… The RCC claims a divine foundation and that the popes are infallible… but the RCC has bad apples like any other group… and that THEY (the bad apples) were the ones who perpetrated the Inquisition.

    W R O N G !

    It all boils down to a ‘bait and switch’.

    The orders came directly from the succession of scores of popes, starting with ‘Innocent’ III, through six centuries of this abomination.

    What must be grasped is that the Church contains within itself all sorts of sinners and knaves, and some of them obtain positions of responsibility. Paul and Christ himself warned us that there would be a few ravenous wolves among Church leaders

    I thought the ‘leaders’ of the RCC – the popes – were infallible, no?

    Then, the RCC apologist goes off the deep end, by claiming ‘bad’ is really ‘good’:

    …there is a certain utility—though a decidedly limited one—in demonstrating that the kinds and degrees of punishments inflicted by the Spanish Inquisition were similar to (actually, even lighter than) those meted out by secular courts. It is equally true that, despite what we consider the Spanish Inquisition’s lamentable procedures, many people preferred to have their cases tried by ecclesiastical courts because the secular courts had even fewer safeguards. In fact, historians have found records of people blaspheming in secular courts of the period so they could have their case transferred to an ecclesiastical court, where they would get a better hearing.

    What drivel.

    I imagine being set on fire…
    or having to sit on a pointed metal block…
    or being stretched until every joint is wrenched apart…

    …was preferable to… NOTHING!

    It’s not preferable to ANYTHING!

    The crucial thing for Catholics, once they have obtained some appreciation of the history of the Inquisition, is to explain how such an institution could have been associated with a divinely established Church and why it is not proper to conclude, from the existence of the Inquisition, that the Catholic Church is not the Church of Christ.

    Funny, they never tell you how to do this.

    If the popes are infallible, then this is impossible.

    The Inquisition proved that the RCC is (and has always been) run by fallen, evil men (something that all of us are)…

    The main differences are:

    – We do not claim to be infallible, we are fallen and evil (but saved),

    – We do not kill those who wish to leave our Church,

    – We do not kill those who wish to read the Bible (we encourage it!)

    – We claim no popes. Jesus is the Head of our Church.

    This is the real point at issue, and this is where any discussion should focus.

    Finally, we agree.

    RCC, look at what you have done… to people who loved Christ and His Word.

    Have you no shame?

    In Christ,
    – Jeff H


  9. Dear Sandy:

    Forgive me for getting a little off topic here but I had to correct something you said:

    Joseph Smith was killed for being a Mormon? Wonder if any Catholics or Protestants were in that?

    Actually, Joseph Smith was killed because the townspeople had enough of his shenanigans (Mormon or not). The final straw was when he had his cronies attack and burn the printing presses of a local newspaper because they dared to expose and speak critical of his polygamy.

    He was not a martyr as you suggested (and as Mormons would love for you to believe).

    I recommend you check out Mormonism’s history of blood shedding from The Mountain Meadows Massacre to their teaching on Blood Atonement. You may be surprised about what the cult of Mormonism was really founded on (I recently published a post called What Do Mormons Think About Islam in which the comments section addressed this very matter). It will make for some very interesting reading.

    – The Pilgrim


  10. Hey Pilgrim,

    Thank you for the info and I do not know a lot about being a “Mormon” or not being one.

    This is the point I am trying to make. It does not matter if one is Catholic/Protestant when people are killed by either one. It does not matter if (I will take the hit here,) if Catholics killed a thousand people and Protestants killed 100.

    If any on either side killed “one” they still have the blood of those killed on their hands, regardless of the reason.

    My biggest fear is for all of us and in some parts of the world it is happening, is we will see these things again. Maybe not in our lifetimes but maybe in our children’s. God loves us all so much Protestant, Jew, Catholic, or whatever, I truly do not want to see His heart broken. I feel that is what we do when we hate.

    How dare I hate you for what Church you go to, to worship God? How dare I hate you for your beliefs? How dare I do these things? My soul is going to stand before God, and it cannot afford to have these things on it. I do not care if I am a Catholic or Protestant to “kill you” over such a thing, I cannot even imagine.

    I will get off of my soap box. It all truly just breaks my heart Pilgrim, it really does. All of it on both sides.

    God Bless, Sandy


  11. Sandy:

    Here’s an excerpt from a comment I left to a Mormon on another post. I think it spells out my position on this fairly well.

    Imagine if you will, that I am your teacher and you are my pupil.

    First scenario:
    I give you a list of chores for the day that reads:

    1. Drop my suit off at the cleaners.
    2. Go to store to buy milk.
    3. Change the oil in the car.
    4. Check the mail.
    5. Feed the animals.

    But somewhere between dropping the suit off at the cleaners and feeding the animals, you decide to batter, rape, and murder an elderly woman in her home after you broke into it.

    Who’s to blame? The student, the pupil or both?

    Next scenario:
    I give you a list of chores for the day that reads:

    1. Drop my suit off at the cleaners.
    2. Go to store to buy milk.
    3. Burn down a house full of children.
    4. Check the mail.
    5. Feed the animals.

    Somewhere between the cleaners and feeding the animals you burn down a house full of children.

    Now who’s to blame? The student, the pupil or both?

    You see, Christians strive to follow the commands of Jesus Christ (one of the proofs that we love Him is if we follow His commands). He does not command us to take lives (especially in the advance of the Gospel).

    So if a man who professes to follow Christ commits murder, then only a fool would blame it on the man’s religion (see the first list of chores). That is, of course, unless that man’s religion teaches such behavior (see the second list of chores).

    Making the case that a murderer committed his wicked deed because he attended a Christian church and/or professed to be a Christian is just plain disingenuous and ignorant. It would be like blaming the Roman Catholic organization when a priest molests a child. As much as I’m opposed to the RC organization, it would be intellectually dishonest for me to claim the priests actions were brought about or predicated by his organization’s teachings.

    An even better example is if an LDS missionary visiting my home stole something from me when I wasn’t looking. I would be an absolute fool to blame his theft on anything other than him. If I dared blame his theft on LDS teachings then I’d be grossly misrepresenting LDS teachings and you’d be right to call me on that.

    Ah, but then there’s the other teachings of Mormonism in all its nakedness.

    Not only was the murderous ideals of madmen advanced by the LDS prophet Brigham Young (see here), but that wicked, blasphemous doctrine from Hell called Blood Atonement was also taught by others within the organization as well (see here).


  12. about 3 years ago my wifes ex-husband told her in no certain terms that he prayed to GOD that i would die.- he hated me with a passion. well i am truly sorry to say that this man died a terrible death himself about a year later bleeding from every orifice. this pope character is or i should say was no different thanany. other man except that he had a large degree of hatred in his heart GODS laws and principles NEVER change-those who live the sword die by the sword.- we can either speak blessings into existence or curses, this vicar of CHRIST non-sense is alie from the pits of hell. this false religion is causing and for many centuries has caused countless millions to make their bed in hell. i truly pray for catholics to abandon this hellish religion and seek the truth which is CHRIST JESUS only

    hey; how come i always get the mean face-ha-ha.


  13. Thank you Pilgrim for the info and I do understand what you are saying. Also thank you for the links when I have time I will go and read them. As I stated I am the first to say I do not know a whole lot about being or not being a Mormon.

    I was feeding my dogs though and I got to thinking even though the Mormon’s detroyed this printing press, is that all a human life is worth to some??? Take the Mormon/Catholic/Protestant out of it, there stands human beings created by God.

    Pilgrim I am the first to say my Church in some aspects has a wretched history and is still making it’s own wretchedness on some things. Like I tell my Protestant Brother by blood, “The Church does not need any help looking bad at times it does quite well on it’s own, thank you.” We laugh but it is true and it is sad.

    I can’t and I hope God never let’s me cross that line though. I know at times I do, out of hurt, which is no excuse, but it is honest.

    I wish not one person that “worships or represents God ever hurt or murdered one soul.” That is not the case. We all have to live at some point with the history of our Fathers of our Churches, if these Churches have been around any length of time. The hearts and souls of man are very evil at times.

    Truly what can we do about it? Nothing. To me we have to go on and trust God for all of this, and do our best not to repeat it. I choose to love you if you worship God in a fox hole. That choice is mine. It may not be right for others but it is mine. The history is the past and we cannot change it. But we must go on in spite of it, and love one another.

    God Bless, Sandy


  14. I took a look at your curse of Pius IX. I have real issues with the accuracy and honesty of what you are claiming. Firstly, it was never uttered by Pius IX. It was a curse found in the fourth chapter of the novel “Tristam Shandy” and is put into the mouth of a bishop named Ernulphus Ernulphus (1140-1124). Secondly, it is a curse that is found in a novel, thus I am not sure of its historical truth. Thirdly, outside of this novel I have never found any document in support that the curse being anything other than the product of an author’s imagination. Finally, if you are going to make such outlandish accusations please get you facts right. Oh, and remember… charity first.
    BTW The anathemas of Trent are no more a curse than the ones found in the councils of Nicea and Constantinople, which I am assuming hold some weight.


  15. I have it coming from “The Engineer Corps of Hell” which is not a novel. It also appears in “Life In The Grey Nunnery” which is also not a novel. You may also find it in “The Devil in Robes.” So those are my facts.

    Second, the anathemas of Trent are clanging cymbals that in vain attempt to curse the saints of God. Rome no longer able to silence the saints of God by locking them in dungeons and casting them to the flame, resorted to her forked tongue.

    Thirdly, I will extend the same charity unto Rome that my Lord extended to the Scribes, Pharisees and hypocrites.


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