Why some popes were not holy Admin Monday, September 23, 2013 When Msgr. Ronald Knox was asked to explain how some popes have fallen well short of holiness, he replied: “If Judas could be described as our Lord’s apostle, I don’t quite see why Alexander VI should not be his Vicar.” © 2023 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: [email protected] The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.