The Inquisition?  No it is the Inquisitions.  Each Inquisition was made up of thousands of mini-Inquisitions.  A person caught with an excerpt from the Qur'an was tried and murdered by the village and the priest blessed them for it and had the body thrown away like thrash.  Much of the activities of the Church were about "weeding out" Jews and Muslims who were pretending to be Catholic.  It did not matter that they were only doing so for religious freedom and rights were denied to them in the first place.

So broadly speaking, there were five different Inquisitions. The first one was created by bishops in 1184. Innocent III set up the legatine Inquisition which was supervised for him by the Cistercians in 1198. Gregory IX established the monastic one in 1231 which was operated by the Dominican order. Paul III founded the Roman Inquisition in 1542. The worst one was the Spanish Inquisition which started in 1478. It was the arm of the state for destroying Jews and Moors who faked conversions to Roman Catholicism. It was driven by the knowledge that if the enemies pretend to be friends they can do the faith a great deal of damage. In 1480, Pope Sixtus IV approved the Inquisition in Spain (Vicars of Christ page 237).

Pope Boniface VIII stated that the Church should hand heretics over to the secular powers even when it knows that its request that they will not be executed will not be fulfilled (page 72, Crisis of Moral Authority, Don Cupitt, SCM Press, London, 1985). The Church even granted an indulgence to those who gave wood to the executioners to burn heretics (page 242, A Handbook on the Papacy).

Juan Antonio Llorente worked for the Inquisition gave the world the evidence that the Inquisition murdered millions. 105,285 victims were killed by the Inquisitor Torquemada alone. Llorente was accused of embezzlement but it is wrong to say that that has anything to do with his reliability as a historian. Anyway, the accusation was not proven. The documents he had consulted were burned by him. This is held by Roman Catholics like Karl Keating (Catholicism and Fundamentalism, page 292) to cast doubt on his reliability. But these documents were stolen and he had to destroy the evidence for the Church that would come after him. He knew that the Church could not get him arrested and jailed if he got rid of the documents for then she would have to make other documents that proved the information in his books was right and came from purloined papers in order to establish his guilt.
Keating tells us that according to some Catholic scholars the Inquisition only killed about 4000 people during its existence (Catholicism and Fundamentalism, page 296).  The same "authorities" don't tell you about the mini-inquisitions and the bad record keeping and the loss of much material.  Some of it is locked away and may never see the light of day.

For a man that would say one life or a million it does not matter for all life counts, Keating is giving his own hardness of heart away.  As is his Church which downplays the subject too.
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In The Inquisition and Liberty (page 125) we learned that hardly anybody who was accused by the Inquisition was acquitted. If the popes were really that good there would have been plenty especially in the early days. Gregory IX made the fanatical murderer Conrad of Marburg lead the Inquisition in Germany knowing what he was like (Handbook on the Papacy, page 236).
The prisons were terrible beyond belief (Handbook on the Papacy, page 237). And how can the likes of Knox try to say that the popes sincerely meant their denunciations of the cruelty of the Inquisition when the pope had the money and power and influence to ensure that the prisoners had some comforts?
The Franciscan monk, Bernard Delicieux, who tried to stop the inhumanity of the Inquisition became its victim thanks to the pope just for saying the system was unchristian (Handbook on the Papacy, page 238).

Torquemada and the Inquisitors by John Edwards tells us a lot of interesting things about the Inquisition. Muslims in Valencia were forcibly converted to the Catholic Church in 1521 (page 77). French and German Jews had been forcibly converted to the Church during the First Crusade in 1096 and at that time the Church decreed that only people who physically resisted baptism could be considered to have received an invalid baptism and to be free of any obligation to obey the Church – an obligation conferred by valid baptism (page 78). So if you were forced to be baptised and didn’t struggle then in Catholic doctrine the baptism made you a Catholic bound to obey the rules of the Church and bend the knee to the pope. This legislation according to the book was still in force in 1521! There can be no doubt that it was official Catholic doctrine that enforcement was good and acceptable and effective. The Church claims that what it officially accepts is what God has revealed for God doesn’t let the Church err. So the Catholic Church can be justly condemned as believing in forced conversion despite anything it says today. Its standard says that forced conversion is what the Church must believe in.

St Pius V almost decreed in 1570 that any married woman who sold herself for sexual favours was to be executed for adultery.  He appealed to the Bible for support.  Adultery and Divorce in Calvinʼs Geneva, Robert M. Kingdon (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995).

Today, the Church says that to be a heretic in those times was to be willing to take up arms against the innocent members of the Church and to kill them was right. But Lateran 4 never says that. It tars all heretics with the same brush. Most heretics are not murderous or traitors. The Church is lying to cover up the evil of the past. To do that dishonours the murdered heretics intensely and shows how much hate festers inside the façade that is Roman Catholicism.


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