"I cannot accept, your canon that
we are to judge pope and king unlike other men,
with a favorable presumption that they do no wrong.
If there is any presumption, it is the other way against holders of power ...
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
[John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton] (1834-1902), First Baron Acton of Aldenham
in a letter to the bishop of London, Bishop Mandell Creighton, April 5,1887