The disturbing history of the Catholic Church | Ingram Atkinson


Catholicism is a religion that has had its share of controversies over the years

The Catholic Church is one of the oldest, largest and most influential religions in the world. It has been around since the earliest days of Christianity and has shaped many aspects of modern culture. But this isn’t an article about the greatness of Catholicism, it’s an article about its dark side: the things that have happened in its history that are rarely talked about or even rarely known to people who don’t are not Christian themselves.

The Church used a form of execution called the stake to punish heretics. It was a common form of execution in medieval times, and many people believed that being burned at the stake would lead to eternal damnation.

The Catholic Church believed that cremation was an effective means of punishing those who had committed heresy, as it killed them instantly without allowing any pain or suffering before their bodies were reduced to ashes.

The Crusades were a series of wars between Christians and Muslims that lasted from 1095 to 1291. They were a response to the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem in 638, which had been conquered by the Muslims several years earlier. The Crusaders wanted to retake Jerusalem for Christianity, but their efforts failed and many died as a result.

The Crusades were also responsible for many deaths among non-combatants, including children who were killed in raids on villages or towns in what is now Syria or Palestine (the Levant).

The Church ran a network of secret torture chambers across Europe. They used torture to punish people who disagreed with them, saying it was necessary to save souls. The Church destroyed the evidence of their actions in order to prevent any future trials from taking place and to avoid exposing what they had done.

The use of torture by The Catholic Church dates back to Antiquity when people were thought to be possessed by demons and needed to be healed through corporal punishment before being released back into society as healed souls (or at least one less demon). Later the priests started using brutal methods like burning at the stake (a method used on over 200 people) or drowning the victims in rivers so they couldn’t tell others what had happened. passed while they were still alive – often after being tortured first! In some cases, the Church has even encouraged violence.

In 1291, Pope Nicholas IV issued a decree which read: “We order all priests to kill heretics.” He also issued a papal bull calling on Christians to kill Jews and Muslims in order to save their souls. the spanish inquisition, which began in 1478 and lasted until 1834, thousands of people were killed or tortured because they believed in something other than Catholicism (and sometimes even if they did not). Catholics suspected of being atheists or Protestants were often coerced into confessions before being burned at the stake.

The Catholic Church has a long history of manipulating and destroying evidence contrary to its beliefs. The most famous example is the destruction of Jewish libraries in Rome during the Spanish Inquisition, but there are many others throughout history.

In one instance, an official named Girolamo Benzoni wrote a book called Historia naturalis regni Siciliae (1568) which criticized the idea of ​​miracles and asserted that people can be saved only by good works rather than receiving God’s grace directly. as Catholics believe. He was punished for this by being forced to renounce his views as part of an effort to discredit him from writing any more!

In another case, Cardinal Carlo Borromeo ordered that all copies of his own writings on religious matters be burned so that no one could read them.

Catholicism is a religion that has had its share of controversy over the years. Unfortunately, it seems that the Catholic Church will continue to have them for centuries. The important thing is that we can learn from these controversies and use them as an opportunity for change to make our world a better place.

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