One should not overlook the rampant corruption and hypocrisy which characterized the Popes of this era; a time when honest and upright pontiffs were the exception rather than the rule. The office of Pope was more of a political prize than a respected position of church leadership. Julius II, who commissioned the painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was known as "Papa terrible," because he would rather fight in a war than conduct church business. He was commonly known as the warrior pope. Rodrigo Borgia, the Spaniard who became Alexander VI raised two of his own children in the Vatican, Lucretia and Cesare. In a particularly heinous instance, Alexander had a group of condemned men delivered to the Vatican courtyard. The men expected a pardon. Instead, Alexander's son Cesare opened fire on them with a rifle killing them, after which Alexander complemented them on their marksmanship. Leo X, of the deMedici family, once commented, "God has given us the papacy, let us enjoy it." He not only enjoyed the Papacy, but also lusting after teenage boys. The worst example, some years earlier, was the youngest pope, John XII, who was elected at age seventeen but died when he was twenty five while in the act of adultery with another man's wife. These actions along with others noted above caused the Papacy to lose tremendous prestige and with it it's influence.