A Medieval Holocaust!
(Just one of many victims)
After the Second World War political prisoners, like the Poles who suffered terribly in Auschwitz, would often comment, "If the Nazis didn't kill you, than the [liberating] Russians did," for many Polish women were brutally raped and subsequently died at the hands of peasant Russian conscripts. Yet the same can also be said of the Catholic church, for this Latin institution would murder nearly as many people as those that died in World War II!
(It must be stated that some writers believe, however that the combined death of both World Wars would only just be less than those that were massacred at the hands of the Catholic church, from the fourth century up until the 20th century. Dr. Peter Ruckman, in his two-volume book set on Church history, states that 50 million people were murdered during this period. Roman Catholic writter, John Cornwell also writes how 1-10 million were murdered during the Inquisition period alone, with 10,000 females (many under the age of ten) perishing in Germany (Sunday Times, 23/8/98.)
Only the Russian dictator Joseph Stalin would come anyway near to matching this, for he would exterminate around 35 million of his own people.
The church and the "heretic"
"The rule of Rome revived in a new form, and was real under the popes of the thirteenth century as it had been under the Caesars of the first. It was as oppressive, cruel and bloody under Innocent III (1198-1216) as it had been under Nero and Domitian. The reality was the same, though the forms had changed. The Caesars did not persecute the witnesses of Jesus more severely and bitterly than did the popes; Diocletian did not destroy the saints or oppose the gospel more than did the Inquisition of Papal days...At the Lateran Council, in 1513, after all the so-called heretics had been silenced by fire and sword, an orator, addressing the Pope, said, "The whole body of Christendom is now subject to one head, even to thee; no one now opposes, no one now objects" (Grattan Guinness, Romanism and the Reformation, pgs. 31, 32; 49.)
Yet Gregory the Great, Nicholas I, and even a third century synod, all condemned any form of torture towards the laity (offically that is) as a violation of divine law. However by the twelfth century, and with the need for more money, popes became generals, emperors, gods and kings all rolled in to one, and took the lead in fighting on behalf of their church to retain the wealth they already had and to seek even more, if and where possible.
Christianity was already strong in the United Kingdom before Augustine arrived and started killing Christians off. Augustine fought very hard to replace Britain's early form of Christianity, however, such Christians would not give up their religion so easily, nor would they accept the pope as their supreme pontiff. Many were martyred for not converting to Roman Catholicism (Catholic Encyclopaedia, Vol. VI, pg. 797; Vol. V. pg. 441 & Vol. VII, pg. 261.)
(King Henry IV passed special laws through Parliament, which allowed "heretics" to be tracked down and executed for not accepting Roman Catholicism (Thomas Armitage, History of the Baptists, Vol. 1, pg. 323.)
Saxons who refused to be baptised into the Catholic church were executed (Carlo De Clery, La Legislation Religieuse Franqre de clovis et Charlemagne, 1936, pg. 167.)
Upon Augustine's death, the following words were inscribed on his tombstone:
"Here rests the lord Augustine who...reduced king Ethhelbert and his nation from the worship of idols [that's rich coming from the Catholic church] to the faith [Roman Catholic, that should be] of Christ" (Bede, Vol. II, Chapter 3.)
Bloody Mary executed 289 Protestants, by burning them alive at the stake, even bishops Ridley, Latimer and Cranmer were not exempt for dying for their faith, and Latimer's dying words to Ridley have gone down in Church history as being some of the most poignant:
"Be of good comfort Master Ridley and play the man. We shall this day light such a candle by God's grace in England as I trust shall never be put out" (The Young Reformer, Issue 76, Sept/Oct. 2005.)
The Catholic church has long stated that heretics should be killed (Catholic Encyclopaedia, Vol. VII, pg. 260.)
And we have the following quote from the "popular" Thomas Aquinas, who also had the following to say about heretics:
"They should be done to death" (Ethics, Vol. 1, pg. 332.)
The Council of Toulouse (1119AD) affirmed that "heretics" who refused to attend mass and submit to Rome, were to be punished severely (Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. V, pg. 482.)
Pope Urban once told his faithful:
"Go, soldiers...subdue these dastardly nations" (The World's Great Speeches, 1954, pg. 69.)
And Pope Leo XIII ordered all religions to be suppressed, except Catholics of course (Great Encyclical Letters, pgs. 91, 125, 126, 161 & Catholic Encyclopaedia, Vol. VII, pg. 216.)
There were also other popes like Alexander IV, Julius III, Clement V and Benedict XIV, each personally ordered and sanctioned torture and murder of all "heretics" (Rev. R.P. Blackeny, Manual of Romish Controversy, 1851, pg. 100.)
So under papal orders, the Inquisition took ground, under the leadership of one, Thomas de Torquemada, for 15 long bloody years.
This group of Catholic jihadists was lead by the bloodthirsty Dominicans, an order that is still in existence today.
Prior to Vatican II, archbishops and bishops had to take the following oath:
"I will do my utmost to persecute and oppose heretics and schismatics" (Pontificate Romanum, 1869, cited by Samuel W. Barnum, Romanism, As It Is, 1879, pg. 275.)
(In total the Inquisition functioned from 1273-1870AD.)
Christians informed on Christians for such trivial and minor issues. Informants, in return, gracefully received indulgences. Everybody was watching one another, during this early form of a police state.
All public executions, whether by boiling water, the sword, hanging, strangulation or beheading, was done with many being burnt alive, under orders from the church, and in the presence of family members.
James Billton offers the following of a slaughter in France, in 1572:
"...One of the most horrific and heinous of crimes in France in 1572, by the torturing and massacre of seventy thousand Huguenots in Paris and other major cities in France. This evil crime commenced at 3 o'clock in the morning of SUNDAY 24th August and continued until the TUESDAY morning. This has become known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day" (Is Calvinism Biblical?, pg. 22.)
(After this slaughter pope Gregory XIII was so elated at its success, that they had a special mass of thanksgiving; bonfires and fireworks were also used in the celebrations.)
Ruckman outdoes Bilton's version, with the following and quite harrowing account, of 1641:
"For example, in the seventeenth century (1641), the Catholics in Ireland fixed October 23 (the feast of Ignatius Loyola) as a massacre day for Christians and proceeded to kill 150,000 Protestants in one day, which is more than twice as many Catholics as were killed in armed combat fighting Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) in a year. Bible-believing Protestants were buried in the ground up to their necks till they starved; one man was forced to go to mass, after which they ripped him open and let him bleed to death. Another they sawed asunder, slit his wife's throat, dashed out the brains of his young child, and threw the corpse into a pigsty to be eaten by swine. Several Christians were stripped naked, fastened to horses by ropes placed around their middles, and dragged through bogs until they expired. Thousands were mutilated by having arms, hands, and legs cut off and by being left to bleed to death. Three hundred were drowned in one day in the county of Tyrone, and fifty or sixty were put into one house which was set on fire" (The History of the New Testament Church, Vol. 1, pg. 389.)
And one mustn't be allowed to forget the thirty-year war (1618-1648AD) in Germany where 50%, that's half of the country, were slaughtered by the Catholic church during this horrific period of German history. For those that managed to escape alive and rebuild their lives, they then had to deal with the fact that most of their properties had been totally destroyed (Hugo Grotius, On the Laws of War and Peace, 1625.)
Another such case is graphically described in the Catholic writter, Peter De Rosa's book:
"A Christian wife with child was arrested, stripped naked, her arms tied, the cords twisted painfully, transferred her to the potro, a trestle with sharp-edged rungs across it like a ladder. Her head was lower that her feet. The executioner poured water down her throat some prisoners had six to eight jars poured down them. Four days later this excruciating torture was repeated again in the presence of two Dominicans and one Episcopal vicar: her crime - unable to eat pork and wearing fresh undergarments on Saturday. She was released after only three years probably due to insanity" (Vicars of Christ, pgs. 235- 237.)
We then have another cruel and barbaric account, this time involving one ten-year-old girl:
"The Catholics proceeded to roast a ten-year-old girl over a fire and then killed a mother with her infant, after pursuing her into a cave in the woods" (Morland, History of the Evangelical Churches of the Piedmont, pg. 349.)
Ruckman once again echoes this type of action:
"[Victims were] Torn to pieces with hocks, laid on red-hot grills, rolled on broken glass, pulled apart by horses, eaten by wild beasts, whipped and starved to death."
Such incidents of cruelty as this are even acknowledged by Catholics themselves. For example, in the Rhemish New Testament, we read the following concerning Revelation 17:6, 'drunken with the blood of the saints':
"Protestants foolishly expound this of Rome, because heretics are there put to death [by Rome.] But their blood is not called the blood of saints, any more than the blood of thieves or man-killers, or other malefactors; and for the shedding of it no commonwealth shall give account."
Throughout this highly controversial and torrid history of Catholicism (which lasted for over six hundred years, under orders from eighty "infallible" popes), millions of innocent people had been tortured and murdered for not wishing to follow and convert to their false pagan religion.
Even Napoleons much hardened men were sickened when they found naked and insane people imprisoned UNDER THE FLOORS in Catholic prisons. They were so appalled at what they found, they released these religious prisoners and blew up their Spanish monastery that had so long held them. One can easily see where the Nazis got their methods from.
Some of these prisoners were Jews who refused to convert to Rome. When Napoleon's men released them and allowed them to have free worship services, they dedicated a special prayer for him. For non-Jews, the way the Catholic church humiliated them was to display their badge of shame - cross symbols.
(The church of Rome not only gives the real church a bad name but brings much shame to the Lord Jesus Christ.)
During Napoleon's time he was able to box up and ship off to France, some 3,000 crates of files, collated by Rome on over 100,000 people. However, some of these boxes were lost and destroyed during the dispatch to France. Some documents did find their way onto the black market, and the Catholic church was forced to pay extortionately high prices to get this sensitive material back.
Second World War
It must also be mentioned that over half of the German Army and Gestapo during the War, were Catholics. The SS would also copy the Jesuit structure for its shock troops. Therefore, we shouldn't be surprised to learn, that for those Jews which were persecuted during this reign of terror, they were not only forced by the Nazis to publicly wear yellow bonnets, but they were also compelled to wear the Star of David for all to see.
(For the record Hitler was never excommunicated, and even enjoyed a requiem mass by Pius XII, and he was even reported to have said:
"I am completely convinced that I am acting as the agent of God. I am now a Catholic and will always remain so.")
During this period, Catholic bishops, monks and priests helped the Ustashi, with support from archbishop Stepinac. (This "faithful prince" of his church was later made cardinal by Pius XII.) It is reported that 820,000 Serbians (Greek Orthodox Christians) were slaughtered by Rome (Avro Manhattan, Vatican Imperialism in the Twentieth Century, pgs. 356-359.)
Such atrocities are nothing new, as this article has already outlined, for we also read how Catholic priests ordered the deaths of "heretics" in Krizevci, Yugoslavia. One priest, "father" Peric said: "Kill my sister." She was Greek Orthodox (Manhattan, pg. 366.)
In 1949, 49 Protestants in South America were targeted and threatened, that if they refused to attend mass and hand over their Bibles, they would face death (Christian Science Monitor, 12/9/50.)
So one must ask the question: where did all this religious and bigoted intolerance come from? In De Rosa's book, we read how incredibly tolerant the pagan Roman emperor Constantine was, from a letter he sent to his eastern rival Licinius:
"We have long considered that freedom of worship should not be denied. Rather, each man's thoughts and desire should be granted him, thus enabling him to have regard for spiritual things as he himself may choose. This is why we have given orders that everyone should be allowed to have his own beliefs and worship as he wishes."
"It is ironic that no document in Church history, not even from the Second Vatican Council, is as tolerant, generous or wise as the Edict of Milan, composed by two blood thirsty warriors" (pg. 49.)
The Inquisition, which was agreed and initiated in the holy office, now called the congregation for the doctrine of faith, is still in operation today.
(Joseph Ratzinger, now as pope, once lead this office for 15 years) but only through "political means." However, some South American Catholics have been involved, directly and indirectly, in destroying some protestant free churches (Time Magazine, 5th Oct. 1953.)
Grattan hits the nail right on the head:
"It [the Vatican] has no army and no Inquisition of its own, nor is any single kingdom in Europe willing any longer to act as its executioner. It utterly lacks the power, to persecute directly or indirectly...it is too weak politically to deft modern society by reintroducing medieval tortures, massacres, religious crusades and the auto da fe. But it is as willing as ever and awaits the opportunity only" (Guinness, pg. 46.)
Joseph Ratzinger before being pope, according to John Cornwell, gave a speech in Spain, in which he commented about the Inquisition as being:
"Not as dark as is thought." He went on further to justify it by saying: "It fought against fanaticism" and its methods were "much more humane" than is generally appreciated (Sunday Times, 23/8/98.)
Although the official bloodthirsty Inquisition has long ceased, Cromwell stated the following about a new wave of Inquisition that commenced in 1903, under pope Pius X and dubbed the "black terror," but this time using more indirect and subtle methods of controlling and silencing those who'd dare rebel and question their churches views and beliefs:
"Sister Lavina is a Roman Catholic nun, a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary....Bryne wrote a book published in 1994 called Women on the Altar [usual feminist argument for female priests.] It modestly advocated ordination for women....copies of the book quickly sold out in Britain...at the behest of the Vatican, the press recently removed the 1300 copies of the book it had left. It is deciding whether to incinerate or pulp them. Byrne has no idea who reported, or "delated", her book to Rome. But she believes it was the work of right-wing Catholic women in England who target women "dissidents" and bombard the Vatican with complaining letters and calls for radical action."
And this suspicion that Lavina has may seem to far fetched, for only recently I watched a documentary about women wanting to be priests in the Catholic church. Christina Odone was commissioned and put forward to argue for it, while Ann Widdecombe was very much against it, and this was most public to see. So much so, that at one stage of the interview, the former had to leave the room in tears.
Cromwell again states the following about this new wave of Inquisition:
"To silence the modernists, he [pope Pius X] established a worldwide spy and propaganda network. It was directed by a grotesque individual - clumsy, overweight, myopic, with steel-rimmed spectacles - called Umberto Benigni. A former journalist and editor, Benigni used the most up-to-date media methods, stringers, telegrams, copying machines, to collect anonymous information on Catholic priests and scholars the world over. He had a liking for secret codes and nicknames, referring to Pius X in his cables as "Mama"....at Benigni's suggestion, Pius X insisted that Catholic ordinands must take an anti-modernist oath. This involved assent to all papal teaching, both as to content and as to the "sense" in which the Vatican meant it to be understood. Such internal assent went beyond anything dreamt up even by Stalin or the worst imaginings of George Orwell. The oath survives to this day in a new but similarly encompassing formula taken by Catholic ordinands, seminary teachers and Catholic university theologians. The pernicious result of Pius X's campaign was the shackling of free and imaginative Catholic thinking, discussion and writing for the next 50 years. In the 1950s, a number of Catholic thinkers attempted to break out of the constraints imposed by Pius X, but Pius XII resumed the campaign. In an encyclical entitled Of Human Nature, he declared that, once the pope has pronounced on a topic of faith or morals, all discussion must end, even among competent theologians [Gerry Matatics and Scott Hahn better watch out then."]
Finally, Cornwell quotes Catholic theologian, Bernard Haring about his contempt for the Vatican thought police:
"I would prefer Hitler's courts, he said, to another papal interrogation. Hitler's trials were certainly more dangerous, but they were not an offence to my honour."
However, the London Times, on 16th June 2004, reported the Vatican had issued a statement in which they once again tried to play down their bloodthirsty past. They claimed that out of the 125,000 known trials of suspected "heretics" in Spain, about one per cent of the defendants were executed, far fewer than commonly believed. Many of the burnings at the stake were carried out by civil rather than religious tribunals.
Pope John Paul II also said:
"That actions which had disfigured the face of the Church had to be viewed in their historical context."
While it is true that some people distort history to suit their own hidden agenda, it must also be said that the Catholic church is certainly guilty of this. And while Rome to this day insists this "programming," much like the way the Chinese do to their citizens, was in the best interest of the "heretic," isn't it more truthful to say that this was done primarily for one purpose: keep the power over the people and not to lose their financial empire. We find exactly the same thing in Scripture: "If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation....then from that day forth they took "counsel" together FOR TO PUT HIM TO DEATH" (John 11:48-53.)
With all the killing throughout the history of the church, the following quote should have been heeded by Luther:
"I do not want to struggle for the Gospel by VIOLENCE and MURDER."
Finally may I leave the reader with one more excellent but sombre statement from Guinness:
"I have stood in that valley of Lucerna where dwelt the faithful Waldenses, those ancients Protestants who held to the pure gospel all through the dark ages, that lovely valley with its pine clad slopes which Rome converted into a slaughter house. Oh, horrible massacres of gentle, unoffending, noble-minded men! Oh, horrible massacres of tender women and helpless children! Yes, ye hated them, ye hunted them, ye stuck them on spits, ye impaled them, ye hanged them, ye roasted them, ye flayed them, ye cut them in pieces, ye violated them, ye violated the women, ye violated the children, ye forced flints into them and stakes, and stuffed them with gunpowder, and blew them up and tore them asunder limb from limb, and tossed them over precipices and dashed them against the rocks; ye cut them up alive, ye dismembered them; ye racked, mutilated, burned, tortured, mangled, massacred holy men, sainted women, mothers, daughter, tender children, harmless sacrificed them in heaps, in hecatombs, turning all Spain, Italy, France, Europe, Christian Europe, into a slaughter-house, a charnel house, an Akeldama" (pg. 116.)
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