Medieval Times

Heresy is derived from the greek word ‘hairesis’ (choice).
But the Ca tholic Church allowed no choice beside the official version of believe.
Con cerning the political order, often the kings were more motivated than the Church to combate heretics, as it was an occasion for them to enlarge their realms.
Envy and greed made people denounce their neighbors as ‘witches’.

The description of a cruel and ignorant inquisitor is false, inquisitors w ere usually learned, honest and irreproachable persons that loathed to decide ab out the defendant’s destiny hastily and gratuitously.

They knew the ‘Inquistors Manual’ by heart, and all the tricks to confuse the suspects and make them confess whatever they want to hear.

Bogus is the description of the use of medieval torture and the image give n to inquisitorial tribunals as the scene of extremely subtle cruelties of ingen ious ways of inflicting pain and also of a criminal insistence in obtaining conf essions is the result of the sensational writers’ propaganda that exploited the credulity of many, and so the description of it as a bloodthirsty tribunal is fa lse.

Let’s quote one of the most credible writers, Francisco Peñ ;a, who made in 1578 the reedition of the ‘Inquistors Manual’, a fierce sup porter of torture who gave very explicit descriptions of it. One piece of advice he gave to Inquisitors: “everything should be done that never an accused could claim his innocence, so that the people will doubt that the condemnation is inju st. Even if it is hard to lead innocents to the stake.”

And let’s not forget the words of Pope Jean Paul II, who on the 12 th of March 2000, asked in public pardon for all the crimes and horro rs made under the name of Inquisition.
Are you more catholic than the pope?

There were different phases of inquisitorial activity that appeared for di fferent reasons.
Catholics sinned at various points in these processe s, but the Church never taught error, and the popular image of ‘The Inquisition’ has been totally blown out of proportion.

What is error? Sometimes, it is only difference in a dogmati c question for which the Catholic Church took one decision in a concile, whereas other religions like Protestantism or Orthodox Church took another ‘choice’.

Inquistion caused the death of many innocent people in the medieval age s, but it was incapable of stopping satanism and modern science.

The judicial technique of ‘inquisitio’ (inquiry or inquest) was established at the end of the XIIth century by the Catholic Church. The inquisitor’s goal was not to primarily punish the guilty but to identify the heretic, get them to confess their sins and so repent.

The Roman Inquisition combated Cathars, witches, and scientists, and disappeared slowly at the XVth century.

The Spanish Inquisition, widely independant from the Catholic Church, was mainly a political instrument in Spain and lasted until the XVIIIth century.

Medieval inquisitorial activity began for the reason of combating the Cathars (Albigenses) that practiced widespread incest, murder, bestiality and elevated suicide to a religious ideal known as the ‘endura’.
It is true that the religion of the Cathars is clearly a heresy from the point of view of the Catholic Church: it is strongly inspired by the books of the apostle John, is based on a dualism of a good and a bad principle, it rejects the Catholic sacraments, mariage (leading to a life in chastety) , the veneration of images of the Christ, and all kind of violence (thus leading to vegetarism).
The above mentioned accusations were made up to motivate the crusades that were lead to eliminate the Cathars, and this oppinion continues to live on in the heads of some fundamentalists.

Heresy at the medieval times was an attack against social and political order besides orthodoxy.
Heresy is derived from the greek word ‘hairesis’ (choice).
But the Catholic Church allowed no choice beside the official version of believe.
Concerning the political order, often the kings were more motivated than the Church to combate heretics, as it was an occasion for them to enlarge their realms.
Envy and greed made people denounce their neighbors as ‘witches’.
The description of a cruel and ignorant inquisitor is false, inquisitors were usually learned, honest and irreproachable persons that loathed to decide about the defendant’s destiny hastily and gratuitously.
They knew the ‘Inquistors Manual’ by heart, and all the tricks to confuse the suspects and make them confess whatever they want to hear.
Bogus is the description of the use of medieval torture and the image given to inquisitorial tribunals as the scene of extremely subtle cruelties of ingenious ways of inflicting pain and also of a criminal insistence in obtaining confessions is the result of the sensational writers’ propaganda that exploited the credulity of many, and so the description of it as a bloodthirsty tribunal is false.
Let’s quote one of the most credible writers, Francisco Peña, who made in 1578 the reedition of the ‘Inquistors Manual’, a fierce supporter of torture who gave very explicit descriptions of it. One piece of advice he gave to Inquisitors: “everything should be done that never an accused could claim his innocence, so that the people will doubt that the condemnation is injust. Even if it is hard to lead innocents to the stake.” And let’s not forget the words of Pope Jean Paul II, who on the 12th of March 2000, asked in public pardon for all the crimes and horrors made under the name of Inquisition. Are you more catholic than the pope?

There were different phases of inquisitorial activity that appeared for different reasons. Catholics sinned at various points in these processes, but the Church never taught error, and the popular image of ‘The Inquisition’ has been totally blown out of proportion. What is error? Sometimes, it is only difference in a dogmatic question for which the Catholic Church took one decision in a concile, whereas other religions like Protestantism or Orthodox Church took another ‘choice’. Inquistion caused the death of many innocent people in the medieval ages, but it was incapable of stopping satanism and modern science.
The judicial technique of ‘inquisitio’ (inquiry or inquest) was established at the end of the XIIth century by the Catholic Church. The inquisitor’s goal was not to primarily punish the guilty but to identify the heretic, get them to confess their sins and so repent.
The Roman Inquisition combated Cathars, witches, and scientists, and disappeared slowly at the XVth century.
The Spanish Inquisition, widely independant from the Catholic Church, was mainly a political instrument in Spain and lasted until the XVIIIth century.

Medieval inquisitorial activity began for the reason of combating the Cathars Albigenses) that practiced widespread incest, murder, bestiality and elevated suicide to a religious ideal known as the ‘endura’.
It is true that the religion of the Cathars is clearly a heresy from the point of view of the Catholic Church: it is strongly inspired by the books of the apostle John, is based on a dualism of a good and a bad principle, it rejects the Catholic sacraments, mariage (leading to a life in chastety) , the veneration of images of the Christ, and all kind of violence (thus leading to vegetarism).^M
The above mentioned accusations were made up to motivate the crusades that were lead to eliminate the Cathars, and this oppinion continues to live on in the heads of some fundamentalists.
Heresy at the medieval times was an attack against social and political order besides orthodoxy.  Heresy is derived from the greek word ‘hairesis’ (choice).
But the Catholic Church allowed no choice beside the official version of believe.
Concerning the political order, often the kings were more motivated than the Church to combate heretics, as it was an occasion for them to enlarge their realms. Envy and greed made people denounce their neighbors as ‘witches’.
The description of a cruel and ignorant inquisitor is false, inquisitors were usually learned, honest and irreproachable persons that loathed to decide about the defendant’s destiny hastily and gratuitously. They knew the ‘Inquistors Manual’ by heart, and all the tricks to confuse the suspects and make them confess whatever they want to hear.

Bogus is the description of the use of medieval torture and the image given to inquisitorial tribunals as the scene of extremely subtle cruelties of ingenious ways of inflicting pain and also of a criminal insistence in obtaining confessions is the result of the sensational writers’ propaganda that exploited the credulity of many, and so the description of it as a bloodthirsty tribunal is false. Let’s quote one of the most credible writers, Francisco Peña, who made in 1578 the reedition of the ‘Inquistors Manual’, a fierce supporter of torture who gave very explicit descriptions of it. One piece of advice he gave to Inquisitors: “everything should be done that never an accused could claim his innocence, so that the people will doubt that the condemnation is injust. Even if it is hard to lead innocents to the stake.” And let’s not forget the words of Pope Jean Paul II, who on the 12th of March 2000, asked in public pardon for all the crimes and horrors made under the name of Inquisition. Are you more catholic than the pope?

There were different phases of inquisitorial activity that appeared for different reasons. Catholics sinned at various points in these processes, but the Church never taught error, and the popular image of ‘The Inquisition’ has been totally blown out of proportion. What is error? Sometimes, it is only difference in a dogmatic question for which the Catholic Church took one decision in a concile, whereas other religions like Protestantism or Orthodox Church took another ‘choice’. Inquistion caused the death of many innocent people in the medieval ages, but it was incapable of stopping satanism and modern science.