A Question for IC Readers About Innocent VIII

My daughter came home from her college Sociology class yesterday and told me that her instructor had alluded to the following “fact” about Pope Innocent VIII several times.  

from Wikipedia:

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The unsympathetic Roman chronicler Stefano Infessura provides many lively details, among them the apparent attempt to revive Innocent VIII on his deathbed by blood transfusions from three young male children (who died as well in the process).[17]

Do any IC readers know whether or not this is true?  I realize Innocent VIII was not the most morally upright of popes, but I find it hard to believe that he — or anyone — would knowingly countenance the death of three children to keep himself alive. 




  • Deal W. Hudson

    Deal W. Hudson is ​publisher and editor of The Christian Review and the host of “Church and Culture,” a weekly two-hour radio show on the Ave Maria Radio Network.​ He is the former publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine.

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