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6 September 2010updated 08 Sep 2021 6:22am

Christianity’s top 11 most controversial figures

The Staggers presents its list of most intriguing and contentious Christians: includes Popes, conspi

By Tom Phillips and Duncan Robinson

To add a little context to the wider debate surrounding Benedict XVI’s visit to the UK on 16 September, we profile 11 christians (one for each disciple, less the paradoxically condemned Judas) that have provoked controversy, shaped the course of history, and given rise to important questions about the role of religion in society.

And they are:

1. Martin Luther – The original protestant

2. Henry VIII – The Tudor megalomaniac

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3. Pope Urban II – Eleventh century Dr. Death

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4. Guy Fawkes – Britain’s number one conspirator

5. Joan of Arc – The bad-girl of French Catholicism

6. Thomas Cranmer – The craftsmen of royal supremacy

7. Pope Urban VIII – Inquisitor extraordinaire

8. Thomas More – Enemy of the State

9. Pope Pius XII – Hitler’s Pope

10. Pope Pius IX – The Anti-semite

11. Jerry FalwellThe televangelist