of course history has produced many evil priests. everyone knows this or at least should know this. the lotus sutra predicts this so it should be no surprise.what separates priest or monks from laymen and laywomen is the profound vow priests pledge allegiance to. the business suited leaders(priests) of the sgi and the phony robed priests who tun their backs on what is right, make or carry through with no such vow. why? because their faith is rotten to the core. to practice as a lay person in the latter age is extremely rough. for a true priest it is excruciating. most cannot.
nichiren was under a death sentence from the first day that he declared there was only slander of the lotus sutra. he pissed off everyone. they tried several times to end his life.....to no avail.nevertheless, from the day he declared his faith, a death sentence was his to bare.