Controversial Theologian Hans Küng: ‘I Don’t Cling to This Life’

SPIEGEL ONLINE INTERNATIONAL

Markus Grill

Hans Kung Hans Küng fought his whole life for the reforms being weighed by the Vatican today. In a SPIEGEL interview, the elderly Swiss theologian discusses Pope Francis’ chances to revolutionize the church, why John Paul II shouldn’t be canonized and what he hopes to learn in heaven.

SPIEGEL: Professor Küng, will you go to heaven?Küng: I certainly hope so.

SPIEGEL: Some would say you’re going to hell because you are a heretic in the eyes of the church.

Küng: I’m not a heretic, but a critical reform theologian who, unlike many of his critics, uses the gospel instead of medieval theology, liturgy and church law as his benchmark.

SPIEGEL: Does hell even exist?

Küng: Alluding to hell is a warning that a person can completely neglect his purpose in life. I don’t believe in an eternal hell.

SPIEGEL: If hell means losing one’s purpose in life, it must be a pretty secularist notion.

Küng: Sartre says that hell is other people. People create their own hell — in wars like the one in Syria, for example, as well as with unbridled capitalism.

SPIEGEL: In his essay “Fragment on the Subject of Religion,” Thomas Mann admitted that he thought about death almost every day of his life. Do you?

Küng: Actually, I expected that I would die at an early age because I thought that, given the wild life I live, I wouldn’t make it to my 50th birthday. Now I’m surprised to be 85 and still alive.

Swiss theologian Hans Küng has been a voice for reform in the Catholic Church for decades on issues such as papal infallibility, the celibacy of priests and euthanasia. His advocacy cost him his license to teach Catholic theology and has led many to brand him a heretic. As the 85-year-old suffers from Parkinson’s disease and other ailments, he watches the church under Pope Francis contemplate many of the reforms he has long championed. He recently sat down with SPIEGEL for a wide-ranging conversation about his life and hopes for the future of the church.

 


 

SPIEGEL: Professor Küng, will you go to heaven?Küng: I certainly hope so.

SPIEGEL: Some would say you’re going to hell because you are a heretic in the eyes of the church.

Küng: I’m not a heretic, but a critical reform theologian who, unlike many of his critics, uses the gospel instead of medieval theology, liturgy and church law as his benchmark.

SPIEGEL: Does hell even exist?

Küng: Alluding to hell is a warning that a person can completely neglect his purpose in life. I don’t believe in an eternal hell.

SPIEGEL: If hell means losing one’s purpose in life, it must be a pretty secularist notion.

Küng: Sartre says that hell is other people. People create their own hell — in wars like the one in Syria, for example, as well as with unbridled capitalism.

SPIEGEL: In his essay “Fragment on the Subject of Religion,” Thomas Mann admitted that he thought about death almost every day of his life. Do you?

Küng: Actually, I expected that I would die at an early age because I thought that, given the wild life I live, I wouldn’t make it to my 50th birthday. Now I’m surprised to be 85 and still alive.

SPIEGEL: You went skiing for the last time in 2008. How does it feel to know that you’re doing something for the last time?

Küng: It certainly makes me feel a little melancholy to think about that last time, when I standing up there in Lech, up in the Arlberg range. I love the clear, cold air in the Alps. It’s where I used to air out my often tortured brain. But I accept my fate. In fact, I’m happy that I was still able to go skiing at 80.

SPIEGEL: You are an elderly, sick man. You have acute hearing loss, osteoarthritis and macular degeneration, which will destroy your ability to read.

Küng: That would be the worst thing, no longer being able to read.

SPIEGEL: You were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a year ago.

Küng: Nevertheless, I still work very hard every day. And yet I interpret all of these things as warning signs of my impending death. My handwriting is getting small and often illegible, almost as if it were disappearing. My fingers are failing. It’s a fact that my general condition has deteriorated, and yet I also fight it.

SPIEGEL: How?

Küng: I swim a quarter of an hour every day here in the building, and I do physiotherapy exercises on the floor, as well as voice exercises and finger exercises, and I focus on new tasks. Besides, I take various pills every day.

SPIEGEL: You have written more than 60 books, and you were always a highly productive man who liked getting into arguments. In your memoirs, you ponder whether you will soon be nothing but a shadow of yourself.

Küng: Of course, the diagnoses and prognoses of doctors are imprecise. My vision, for example, is deteriorating more slowly than predicted. Two years ago, my doctor said that I would only be able to read for another two years. And now I can still read! But I’m living on short notice and am prepared to say goodbye at any time.

SPIEGEL: Your Parkinson’s disease will progress.

Küng: Muhammad Ali, who also has Parkinson’s, appeared at the opening ceremony of the Olympics in London last year. He was paraded before the entire world, vacant and silent. It was appalling. I think it’s a horrible notion.

SPIEGEL: Your friend, the writer and intellectual Walter Jens fell into a rapidly deteriorating state of dementia nine years ago. He died this year.

Küng: I visited him several times, including a visit shortly before his death. Up until a few years ago, his face would still light up when I came to see him. But, in recent years, he could no longer remember whether I had visited him the day before or a month ago. In the end, he no longer recognized me. It was depressing to think that Jens, one of the most important intellectuals of the postwar era, had fallen back into a childhood of sorts.

SPIEGEL: Was the dementia hard on Jens, too, or just on his relatives and friends?

Küng: At the beginning of his illness, when you asked him how he felt, he almost always said “terrible” or “bad.” At the same time, he became appreciative of small things, such as children, animals and sweets. I used to bring him chocolate. At first, he would eat it by himself, but later on I had to put it in his mouth for him. We can’t possibly know what Jens experienced at the end. But I can’t be expected to accept being in a condition like that.

SPIEGEL: In 1995, you and Jens co-wrote the book “Dying with Dignity.” As a Christian, are you allowed to put an end to your own life?

Küng: I feel that life is a gift from God. But God has made me responsible for this gift. The same applies to the last phase of life: dying. The God of the Bible is a god of compassion and not a cruel despot who wants to see people spend as much time as possible in a hell of their own pain. In other words, assisted suicide can be the ultimate, final form of helping in life.

SPIEGEL: The Catholic Church considers euthanasia a sin, an encroachment on the sovereignty of the Creator.

Küng: I didn’t appreciate it when the spokesman for the bishop of Rottenburg promptly declared that what I had written represented the teachings of Mr. Küng and not the teachings of the church. A church hierarchy that has been so wrong on birth control, the pill and artificial insemination shouldn’t make the same mistakes now on issues relating to the end of life. After all, our situation has changed fundamentally in the 21st century. The average life expectancy 100 years ago was 45, and most people died an early death. I’m 85 now, but that’s an artificial extension of my lifetime — thanks to those 10 pills I take a day, and thanks to advances in hygiene and medicine.

SPIEGEL: Are you afraid of a long, lingering illness?

Küng: Well, I have written a carefully worded advance directive, and I recently joined an assisted suicide organization. This doesn’t mean that I aim to commit suicide. But, in the event that my illness worsens, I want to have a guarantee that I can die in a dignified manner. Nowhere in the bible does it say that a person has to stick it out to the decreed end. No one tells us what “decreed” means.

SPIEGEL: You have to go to a different country to have access to assisted suicide.

Küng: I’m a Swiss citizen.

SPIEGEL: How exactly does it work? Do you call up and say: ‘I’m on my way’?

Küng: I don’t have a roadmap yet. But I did write my own personal dying liturgy in the last volume of my memoirs.

SPIEGEL: A priest won’t be allowed to administer the last rites to you.

Küng: I will have a friend with me who is a priest and one of my students.

SPIEGEL: In Goethe’s “The Sorrows of Young Werther,” the protagonist kills himself for love. The book ends with the sentence: “No priest attended.” That’s the position of the church.

Küng: I’ve always objected to my position on dying being seen as a protest against church authority. I don’t want to provide any general rules, and I can only decide for myself. It would be ridiculous to stage one’s death as a protest against the church’s authority. What I do want to achieve, however, is that the issue is discussed openly and amiably. The subject of “active euthanasia” has been taboo in Germany since the Nazis’ mass killings of the handicapped.

SPIEGEL: But what person with an incurable disease will want to impose a burden on his relatives once assisted suicide has become socially accepted?

Küng: Of course there is the risk that you describe. But, today, assisted suicide takes place in a gray zone because it’s banned. Many doctors increase the morphine dose when the time is right, and in doing so, they run the risk of being convicted of a crime. There are some patients who, when they cannot find such doctors, jump out of hospital windows. That’s intolerable! We can’t leave this issue up to the discretion of each doctor. We need a legal regulation, in part to protect doctors.

SPIEGEL: Don’t we cling to life too much at the end, so that we miss the right moment?

Küng: That’s possible, of course.

SPIEGEL: Do you cling to life?

Küng: I don’t cling to earthly life because I believe in eternal life. That’s the big distinction between my point of view and a purely secular position.

SPIEGEL: You write in your memoirs: “My heart aches when I consider all the things I am supposed to give up.”

Küng: That’s true. I’m not saying goodbye to life because I’m a misanthropist or disdain this life, but because, for other reasons, it’s time to move on. I am firmly convinced that there is life after death, not in a primitive sense but as the entry of my completely finite person into God’s infinity, as a transition into another reality beyond the dimension of space and time that pure reason can neither affirm nor deny. It’s a question of reasonable trust. I have no mathematic and scientific evidence of this, but I have good reasons to trust in the message of the Bible, and I believe in being taken in by a merciful God.

SPIEGEL: Do you have a concept of heaven?

Küng: Most ways of speaking about heaven are pure images that cannot be taken literally. We are far removed from the notions of heaven in the period before Copernicus. In heaven, however, I hope to learn the answers to the world’s great mysteries, to questions such as: Why is something something and not nothing? Where do the Big Bang and physical constants come from? In other words, the question that neither astrophysics nor philosophy has answers for. At any rate, I’m talking about a state of eternal peace and eternal happiness.

SPIEGEL: Today, physics can explain the dark cosmos, with its billions of stars, much better than it could in the past. Has this shaken your faith?

Küng: When we consider how enormous and dark the universe is, it certainly doesn’t make things easier for faith. When he wrote his Ninth Symphony, Beethoven could still hope that “above the canopy of stars must dwell a loving father.” We, however, must accept how little we ultimately know. Ninety-five percent of the universe is unknown to us, and we know nothing about the 27 percent of dark matter or the 68 percent of dark energy. Physics is getting closer and closer to the origin, and yet it cannot explain the origin itself.

SPIEGEL: You want your funeral to end with the hymn “Now Thank We All Our God.”

Küng: Because it expresses that my life has not perished but has been completed. It’s something to be happy about, isn’t it?

 

 

Francis: First Jesuit Pope – Chilling Facts You Need To Know About the Jesuits

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Saturday, March 16, 2013
The Symbol of Catholic “Society of Jesus”

 

Within the Vatican, their Jesuit order has known to be rogue warriors – and are often referred to as Vatican assassins.

So that you can start to see the Vatican & State connections. You should know the following:

More than 200 current and former Heads of State, 1,500 cabinet-level ministers, and many other distinguished world leaders in government and the private sector have participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program.”
In 1940 Nelson Rockefeller (Knight of Malta) was named Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (the pre-cursor to the IVLP program).

 


Argentine Jorge Bergoglio just became the first Jesuit Pope in history. As a Jesuit, he broke his own oath whereby he swore he would never become a Pope, since Jesuits have a tradition of never accepting positions in high places. What then can we expect from a person who breaks their own promise? There is much left to ponder about regarding this Vatican’s strategical decision of placing a Jesuit as Pope for the first time in history.

The Pope (aka The White Pope) secretly follows the direct orders of the
Adolfo Nicolas (known as “The Black Pope”), who is the Superior General of this Catholic order. To understand the implications of the first Jesuit becoming a pope, it is important to highlight a brief summary of how the Catholic Church, through its Jesuit order, has been secretly ruling the world…

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Catholic History

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WycliffeIt didn’t take long for Wycliffe to irritate a few Catholics, especially Pope Gregory XI. Their animosity toward each other may be without rival in the history of the Catholic Church. Gregory issued no less than five Papal Bulls attempting to shut Wycliffe up, but he would not be silent. Wycliffe went so far as to argue that the pope and the Antichrist were practically equivalent, and denounced the papal throne as the throne of Satan on Earth. He may have been the first to declare this now-popular idea (popular among Protestants).

In a nutshell, John Wycliffe presaged Martin Luther as a Protestant reformer. Wycliffe lived from c. 1328 to 31 December 1384, about a hundred years before Luther, and Wycliffe saw very much the same problems in the Roman Catholic Church. Catholicism itself was fine with him, but the Church was largely corrupt by his day. A lot of its practices will make entries farther down. Wycliffe wanted people to worship God and Jesus according to the Bible, not according to the popes and their bishops and priests. He saw that people are corruptible, while the Bible is not, and thus, there was no good sense in taking one’s troubles to a priest, so the priest could make one feel better. Communication directly with God, via prayer, was not impossible, but required an understanding of the Bible, and the next entry outlines a specific grievance Wycliffe had with the Church on this subject. Wycliffe preached in England, and on the Continent, that priests should do nothing more than oversee church services and help the laypeople interpret the Bible for themselves. He argued based on various Bible passages that secular kings and queens had a divine right, direct from God Almighty, to be kings and queens. Thus, their rule should not be opposed by anyone, anymore than God’s rule should be opposed. The popes, however, routinely told Europe’s monarchs what was what in every field of activity. It didn’t take long for Wycliffe to irritate a few Catholics, especially Pope Gregory XI. Their animosity toward each other may be without rival in the history of the Catholic Church. Gregory issued no less than five Papal Bulls attempting to shut Wycliffe up, but he would not be silent. Wycliffe went so far as to argue that the pope and the Antichrist were practically equivalent, and denounced the papal throne as the throne of Satan on Earth. He may have been the first to declare this now-popular idea (popular among Protestants). He was the first to translate the complete Bible into English, which did not endear him to the Catholic hierarchy. The Church did not attempt to catch and kill Wycliffe, ostensibly because it could not find him (he traveled extensively in England, France, and the Netherlands), or because it did not like the risk of invading England to get him. He died three days after suffering a stroke during Mass. 30 years later, the Council of Constance ended “the three popes’ reign” and elected Alexander V, who immediately denounced Wycliffe as a heretic, had as many of his books burned as could be found on the Continent and in England, excommunicated and consigned to everlasting flames from the moment of his death. In 1428, Pope Martin V had him dug up and burned at the stake.

Galileo

 20050719015343!Justus Sustermans - Portrait Of Galileo Galilei, 1636Galileo was of the opinion that Nicholas Copernicus was right. The Earth is not the center. The Church didn’t want to hear that. Galileo went to Rome to persuade the Church not to ban Copernicus’s works, and instead of convincing them, the Church officials turned on Galileo and demanded that he desist with his ideas of Heliocentrism. He refused, but did back off for a few years. Urban VIII tried what he dared to help him, but the facts themselves were deemed vehemently heretical, and Galileo was finally brought before an Inquisition (more on those later), and forced under threat of excommunication and torture to “abjure, curse, and detest” heliocentrism.

The trial of Galileo Galilei is one of the most infamous and embarrassing moments in Catholic history. It still hasn’t gone away. Galileo seems to have been always at odds with the Catholic Church’s hegemony on all education, even though he was good friends with Pope Urban VIII, and dedicated some of his works to him. But he discovered, via his own pet design for the refracting telescope, that Jupiter has moons, and Jupiter’s moons orbit Jupiter, NOT Earth. Know what that means? Orbits are based on gravity, not mankind’s arrogance. This idea is called heliocentrism, which is, Mr. Sun is at the center of the solar system, and Earth, like everything else nearby, orbits Mr. Sun. Galileo was of the opinion that Nicholas Copernicus was right. The Earth is not the center. The Church didn’t want to hear that. Galileo went to Rome to persuade the Church not to ban Copernicus’s works, and instead of convincing them, the Church officials turned on Galileo and demanded that he desist with his ideas of Heliocentrism. He refused, but did back off for a few years. Urban VIII tried what he dared to help him, but the facts themselves were deemed vehemently heretical, and Galileo was finally brought before an Inquisition (more on those later), and forced under threat of excommunication and torture to “abjure, curse, and detest” heliocentrism. The legend goes that, seated in a chair in a bare room before the table of Inquisitors, Galileo sighed, put his hands behind his back, crossed his fingers and said something to the effect of, “Fine. The Earth does not move around the Sun.” Then, under his breath, he muttered, “E pur si muove,” which is, “And yet it moves.” How much of this is true cannot be ascertained for certain, but at one point he did let his Italian temper get the better of him (after several years of aggravation), when he stood and bellowed, “The Bible tells you how to go to Heaven! It does NOT tell you how the heavens go!” The Catholic Church did not lift its ban on heliocentrical thought until 1758. It was not until 1992, 350 years after his death, that a pope, John Paul II, formally apologized for the Church placing Galileo under house arrest for the last 9 years of his life, and denouncing his discoveries which, ironically, were also incorrect as Galileo taught that the Sun was the center of the universe – not just our solar system. John Paul II’s successor, Benedict XVI, is on record as stating that the Catholic Church’s “verdict against Galileo was rational and just and the revision of this verdict can be justified only on the grounds of what is politically opportune.” Politically, mind you; not factually.

 Joan of Arc

Image-1 During this farce, the inquisitors (French Bishops who favored the rule of the English), especially Jean LeMaitre, tried to trap Joan with her own words, just like the Pharisees and Sadducees tried to trap Jesus with his own words. And Jesus is probably quite proud of how Joan handled herself, because she calmly and carefully turned all their traps back against them.

Joan of Arc believed that God had called her to lead the French in kicking the English out of France once and for all. She instigated an uprising in 1429, and led a successful relief force to the besieged city of Orleans, where she aided Gilles de Rais (who, you may recall from another list, was also a savage serial killer), as well as Jean de Dunois and Jean de Brosse, in lifting the siege and routing the English oppressors. Long story short, Joan roused the political irritation of quite a few Catholic honchos in the area. But when they set about opening up a trial against her, they could find no legitimate evidence. But they opened the trial anyway, and also refused to allow her any legal counsel. This was patently against their own rules. During this farce, the inquisitors (French Bishops who favored the rule of the English), especially Jean LeMaitre, tried to trap Joan with her own words, just like the Pharisees and Sadducees tried to trap Jesus with his own words. And Jesus is probably quite proud of how Joan handled herself, because she calmly and carefully turned all their traps back against them. She left them no ground at all on which to base her execution, so of course, they killed her anyway. They hated her and wanted to kill her. In the end, they had to lie. Joan of Arc was executed for heresy, not because she claimed to hear the voice of God, not because she defied and killed the English, but because she was said to have worn a man’s clothing while in prison. This was also forbidden, and thus punishable by being burned at the stake. She requested that her last meal be Holy Communion. The Church officials refused, in essence trying everything they could to consign her to Hell. It was even discovered after her death that she had never worn a man’s clothing. Her case was successfully appealed 25 years later, and she was exonerated by the Pope at the behest of St Joan’s mother. Nevertheless, the Church did not canonize her until 16 May, 1920, five hundred years after she was killed.

 Jan Hus

Jan Hus 2 Jan Hus (c. 1369 – 6 July 1415) was a Czech priest and Catholic reformer who could not stand what he saw as various corruptions rife throughout the Roman Catholic Church. It would take too long to explain every detail of his arguments with the Church, but they can all be simplified to his view that the priests, bishops, archbishops and popes were immoral and given to sin, just as any other human.

Along with the next entry, this is one of the two most appalling incidents of criminal cowardice in the history of the Catholic Church. Jan Hus (c. 1369 – 6 July 1415) was a Czech priest and Catholic reformer who could not stand what he saw as various corruptions rife throughout the Roman Catholic Church. It would take too long to explain every detail of his arguments with the Church, but they can all be simplified to his view that the priests, bishops, archbishops and popes were immoral and given to sin, just as any other human. Thus, any rule the Church established was corrupt, because 100% of the rules necessary for Christian living and salvation had already been written by God in the Bible. He made no secret of his disdain and outright antagonism for the Church in his Prague pulpit. He was strongly influenced by #10, and when #10 died a peaceful death, Hus carried on in his place. He especially wanted the papal schism to end. There were two popes at the time, Gregory XII and Benedict XIII. In 1409, Alexander V was elected to appease both sides, but this backfired. Hus saw it was one more proof that the Church was a human institution, and no longer divine. In 1411, indulgences received a sudden surge of popularity following the death of Prague’s Archbishop, Zbynek Zajic, when Antipope John XXIII advocated indulgences to insure that all those under his bishopric would be cleaned of the sin of following Hus. Hus sternly preached against indulgences. So, in 1415, the Church convened the Council of Constance to put an end to the papal schism, but also to put an end to Hus. They tricked him into coming to the Council under a letter of indemnity, which meant they promised to do no harm at all to him. All they wanted was to talk. While he was there, the Church started the rumor that he was trying to escape the city of Constance (Konstanz). He was not trying to escape, because he wrote his will before leaving Prague. He knew they might try to kill him, and they did, arresting, trying and imprisoning him for heresy. He was held in an underground dungeon, fed very little, contracting the flu and possibly pneumonia. He was ordered to recant his teachings, and he refused, stating that he stood firmly and solely on the Bible, that for the Church to demand his recantation of the Bible was the same as demanding God’s genuflection to the Roman Catholic Church. This infuriated the Church officials, who promptly sentenced him to death. They refused him the Last Rites and burned him at the stake.

Kevin Annett Exposes Dark Secrets of the Vatican and Its Affiliated Churches

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April 26, 2014

Many people don’t realize that the Vatican and its affiliated churches are committing crimes against humanity by financing and supporting child trafficking, wars and genocide. The reason why you don’t hear about these dark secrets of the Vatican in the Western mainstream media is because most Western media outlets are owned and controlled by the New World Order (NWO).

Did you know the Vatican is a corporation?

Most people don’t realize that Vatican City, which is located in Rome, is a sovereign country within Italy. Since most people don’t know that Vatican City is a country, it isn’t surprising that most people are unaware that the Vatican is a corporation. In terms of revenue, the Vatican is one of the most profitable corporations.

The NWO is a secret organization made of secret societies and controlling groups of people that have one thing in common; to establish a one world government to control and enslave the people of the world. For millennia, they have been working very hard from behind the scene to infiltrate government agencies and financial and religious institutions. Unfortunately, they have achieved many of their goals, which is why we are losing more of our freedom and liberty everyday. If you want evidence of these claims, read this shocking but empowering article

Did you know the Vatican is a corporation?

Most people don’t realize that Vatican City, which is located in Rome, is a sovereign country within Italy. Since most people don’t know that Vatican City is a country, it isn’t surprising that most people are unaware that the Vatican is a corporation. In terms of revenue, the Vatican is one of the most profitable corporations.

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Medieval Witch Hunts

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This travesty gets its own entry for several reasons. The so-called “witches” were rounded up and slaughtered for centuries throughout Europe. Casualty numbers vary drastically because records were not well kept, but the average total is anywhere from 40,000 to 100,000 dead, just in the period of c. 1480 to c. 1750.

It was established doctrine that witches were not witches by their own volition, but by Satan’s, and so burning them at the stake would purify them by pain so they could enter Heaven. The Church actually believed, and led the populace to believe, that it was doing witches a favor by torturing them and burning them to death. The methods by which to prove a witch were ludicrous, to state the obvious: a mole or birthmark was deemed proof of trafficking with the Devil; uttering blasphemy (and back then it was nearly impossible to open your mouth without offending the Church)

The hunts had been perpetrated for centuries before, and they were carried out for one or both of two reasons: fear and personal animosity. If a particular person irritated someone, the latter could accuse the former of witchcraft, and the Catholic Church showed up like a bloodhound. Or a nation or local government could suddenly become afraid of the influence of the Antichrist and take care of the matter with the Church’s blessing.

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Inquisitions

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Inquisitions

Interestingly the office of the Inquisition still exists today under the name “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith”.

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Because they spanned the entire latter half of the Middle Ages, lasting into the 1800s, the Inquisitions themselves deserve their own entry. Their typically accepted dates are from the 1100s to 1808. The Inquisition still exists today, but torture and execution are no longer allowed. The word itself simply denotes an investigation into possible heresy.

For those seven centuries or so, anyone who roused the anger or suspicion of the Roman Catholic Church was in very real danger of the arrival of Inquisitors, whose job was “to root out and purge the Christian civilized world of heresy and crimes against God.” Torture was not only defended as a means to gain a confession; the Church encouraged it.

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The Crimes of the Catholic Church 1 Inquisition

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To hold on to their power, Pope Innocent III instituted the Inquisition. They have mistreated the early Christian and labeled those who read the Bible as ‘Heretics’.

Published on Aug 10, 2013

Along with the inquisition, the Roman Catholic Church invented many cruel and inhumane torture devices. These instruments had made the guillotine more humane. They can just kill a person quick and easy, rather, they made their death as painful imaginable.

Published on Aug 10, 2013

(3:06) “There is no such thing as the innocent blood of Jewish children!
All Jewish blood is guilty, and the Jews must die because that is their punishment for that sin.”
-Pope Pius XII, in reply to a Jewish rabbi who is asking for help from the church

Published on Aug 10, 2013

Mea culpa is a Latin phrase that translates into English as “through my fault”. It is repeated three times in the prayer of confession at the Catholic Mass: mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa — “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault”. The three phrases are in the ablative case, which gives the instrumental meaning “through”

The Crimes of the Catholic Church:
Part 1: Inquisition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEnHfq…
Part 2: Cruel Torture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX_veF…
Part 3: Holocaust http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnORJM…
Part 4: “Mea Culpa” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djeP2K…