Archpriest of Saint John's.
When Benedict IX offered to surrender the papacy for a large sum of money, Gratian paid in order to get the unworthy Benedict off the throne.
148th pope in 1045.
However, Benedict's rivals supported the anti-pope John of Sabina.
A synod at Sutri sent John to a monastery, declared that Benedict IX had forfeited his rights, and claimed that Gregory VI had committed simony.
To prevent civil and clerical disorder, Gregory resigned in 1046, and returned to Germany with King Henry III.