Inquisition of the Inquisition

Perhaps it will be another decade or two before we have witchcraft trials in Canada. And who knows whether they will be conducted under the supervision of wise Islamic scholars? For the concept of witchcraft is hardly unnatural to the mindset that has brought us “political correctness,” and for all we know the trials will be conducted by human rights commissioners.For centuries, through the “dark” and “middle” ages, the Catholic Church struggled to eradicate the pagan belief in witches from pre-Christian Europe, only to have witchcraft proceedings explode again, at the time of the Reformation. We no longer appreciate what comes out on the table when free, rational thought is pushed under it. (Source)

The enemies of the Catholic Church like to drudge up their (mostly) false allegations concerning the Crusades,  Withcraft, and Galileo.  Most of these people – in particular the gum smacking ignorants in the MSM – don’t have a lick of knowledge concerning the context or even the facts about these so-called scandals in Church history.  But history has a way of avenging itself.  The Crusades, for instance, now that Islamic aggression has shown its ugly head once again, are being viewed somewhat more favourably by yesterday’s anti-Catholics. Context has a way of correcting erroneous perceptions.

Another lie is the whole Inquisition punching bag.  You know the big bad Inquisition where the big, bad Catholic Church compelled the Jews to convert or be tortured.  That whole charge was always completely bogus and brought up by the enemies of the Church to undermine her moral authority.  Just like they do with Pope Pius XII and the Jews — when he was, in fact, the greatest friend of the Jews in saving their lives.

Here’s a cool little article on the new research of what happened during the Inquisition:

…But the most infamous event was when the captured men of Otranto were given the choice to convert to Islam or die; 800 of them held to their Christian faith and were beheaded en masseat a place now known as the Hill of the Martyrs. The Turkish fleet then went on to attack the cities of Vieste, Lecce, Taranto and Brindisi and destroyed the great library at the Monastero di San Nicholas di Casole before returning to Ottoman territory in November.

It is one of the great ironies of history that three times more people died in the forgotten event that almost surely inspired the Spanish Inquisition than died in the famous flames of the inquisition itself. Despite its reputation as one of the most vicious and lethal institutions in human history, the Spanish Inquisition was one of the most humane and decent of its time, and one could even argue the most reasonable, considering the circumstances.

  • The Spanish Inquisition did not attempt to convert anyone to Christianity.
  • The inquisitors were not slobbering psychotics as portrayed by Dostoevsky and Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Torture was rarely used, and only when there was substantial evidence to indicate that the accused was lying.
  • The main reason there was a Spanish Inquisition in the first place is that, unlike in other European kingdoms, Ferdinand and Isabella encouraged Jews and Muslims to convert to Christianity instead of simply expelling them all.

In light of its nightmarish reputation, it will surely surprise those who believe that millions of people died in the Spanish Inquisition to learn that throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, less than three people per year were sentenced to death by the Inquisition throughout the Spanish Empire, which ranged from Spain to Sicily and Peru. Secular historians given access to the Vatican’s archives in 1998 discovered that of the 44,674 individuals tried between 1540 and 1700, only 804 were recorded as being relictus culiae saeculari. The 763-page report indicates that only 1 percent of the 125,000 trials recorded over the entire inquisition ultimately resulted in execution by the secular authority, which means that throughout its infamous 345-year history, the dread Spanish Inquisition was less than one-fourteenth as deadly on an annual basis as children’s bicycles.

If the Spanish Inquisition was, as historian Henry Charles Lea once described it, theocratic absolutism at its worst, one can only conclude that this is an astonishingly positive testimony on behalf of theocratic absolutism. It is testimony to the strange vagaries of history that it should be the Spanish Inquisition that remains notorious today, even though the 6,832 members of the Catholic clergy murdered in the Spanish Republican Red Terror of 1936 is more than twice the number of the victims of 345 years of inquisition.  (Source)

4 thoughts on “Inquisition of the Inquisition

  1. Good work Pacheco! Have you read Triumph (a 2,000 year history of the
    Catholic Church) by H. W. Crocker III? In it he quotes famous historian Will Durant that fewer people were killed by the Inquisition over 350 years than were killed ina single day in the American Civil War. Less than a dozen people per year (average). .pb

  2. I find it an interesting but weak defense when one argues that our “bad guys” weren’t nearly as bad as the other side’s “bad guys”. Instead, shouldn’t our bad guys have been good guys?

    As well the statement, “The Crusades, for instance, now that Islamic aggression has shown its ugly head once again, are being viewed somewhat more favourably by yesterday’s anti-Catholics,” is so ludicrous that I hardly no where to start. Should we attack China because of the actions of Ghengis Khan?

    By the way, who are, “the gum smacking ignorants in the MSM”?

  3. OK, let us instead refine and replace that term “Gum Smacking” (news journalists and academia professors) with the term, “Useful Idiots” aka, those naive believers of socialism/Leninism/Trotsky-its/Mao-ists/communism.

  4. Thank you for this article- its a topic that needs to be dealt with.

    However certain comments do not ring true to me
    1-Spanish Inquisition did not attempt to convert anyone to Christianity
    Further down in the article it says-Ferdinand and Isabella encouraged Jews and Muslims to convert
    instead of simply expelling them. Surely ‘ encouraging to convert’ is attempting to convert.

    2-Torture was rarely used- only if they were found to be lying. ( Sounds like Gwuan Tonimo ?sp).

    It does take courage to even attempt to discuss these topics so I commend you for that- however
    I think to defend the Church at every turn at the expense of truth is not doing the Church any favours.

    Would you consider asking Fr Peter Hocken- a Catholic priest- to write an article for you. He has done
    extensive work on this topic and has written a booklet titled The Marranos- A History in need of Healing. He can probably be contacted through TJC11- Towards Jerusalem Council 11.

    On the issue of Pope Pius I agree completely – this is backed up by documents and testimony.
    The Association of Hebrew Catholic has a good article in their magazine The Hebrew Catholic.

    Pope John Paul 11 in a comment- Post Synodal Exhortation- Ecclesia in Europe said
    ‘acknowledgement must also be given to any part which the children of the Church have had in the
    growth and spread of anti-Semitism in history- forgiveness must be sought for this from God- and
    every effort must be made for re-conciliation with the sons of Israel’.

    If we don’t acknowledge our part in anti-Semitism- we will not do the next thing which is to ask
    for forgiveness. JP11 asked for forgiveness for the Church every opportunity he had – if he thought it was necessary- so do I.

    We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah- is a Vatican document that encourages Catholics to deal with the anti-Semitism of the past and understand the role it played in facilitating the Holocaust-
    this terrible event did not grow in a vacuum- Europe was a mostly Christian continent at the time
    but the attitudes of many Christians – steeped in anti-Semitism over time- led to too many being indifferent.

    JP11 believed that when the Church repented and asked for forgiveness- as did the prophets of old- for the sins of the past- God would pour out His Blessings and Grace and lead the Church into a
    new Spring-time of Restoration and Renewal. We cannot move forward and learn how to fly if we are constantly held back by the sins of the past. We’re bigger than that.
    I heard a priest say that ‘God will always anoint you for what He has appointed you for’- this holds true for the Church too.

    Lets ask the Holy Spirit to Bless us with clarity of mind and discernment and to give us hearts that are open to what God wishes to do in this generation in the healing between Christians and Jews.

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