This is a list of sexually active popes, list of Catholic priests who were sexually active before becoming pope, and popes who were legally married. Some candidates were sexually active before their election as pope, and it has sometimes been claimed that other popes were sexually active during their papacies. Since such relationships were sometimes undertaken outside of the bonds of matrimony, and because sometimes the Pope was under a vow of celibacy, the Catholic Church considers these to be grave abuses and causes of scandal.
There have been 265 popes. Since 1585, no pope is known to have been sexually active after election to the Papacy.
There are various classifications for those who were sexually active at some time during their lives. Periods in parentheses refer to the years of their papacies.