Based on previously unreleased secret documents from European Archives including the Vatican, Secret Files of the Inquisition unveils the incredible true story of the Catholic Church’s 500-year struggle to remain the world’s only true Christian religion.Continue reading “Secret Files of the Inquisition”
Month: November 2020
What Were the Burning Times?
Facts and Fiction About the European Witch Hunts
Poganisam and Wicca
By Patti Wigington, Updated August 13, 2018
We’ve all seen the bumper stickers and the t-shirts: Never Again the Burning Times! It’s a rally cry for many born-again Pagans and Wiccans, and indicates a need to reclaim what’s ours — our rights to worship and celebrate as we choose. The phrase Burning Times is often used in modern Paganism and Wicca to indicate the era from the Dark Ages to around the nineteenth century, when charges of heresy were enough to get a witch burned at the stake. Some have claimed that as many as nine million people were killed in the name of “witch hunts.” However, there’s a lot of discussion within the Pagan world about the accuracy of that number, and some scholars have estimated it significantly lower, possibly as few as 200,000. That’s still a pretty big number, but a lot less than some of the other claims that have been made.Continue reading “What Were the Burning Times?”
Malleus Maleficarum, the Medieval Witch Hunter Book
The European Witch Hunters’ Manual
By Jone Johnson Lewis, Updated February 16, 2019
Unknown/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
The Malleus Maleficarum, a Latin book written in 1486 and 1487, is also known as “The Hammer of Witches.” This is a translation of the title. Authorship of the book is credited to two German Dominican monks, Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger. The two were also theology professors. Sprenger’s role in writing the book is now thought by some scholars to have been largely symbolic rather than active.Continue reading “Malleus Maleficarum, the Medieval Witch Hunter Book”
How Irish women won the right to wote in 1918
THE IRISH TIMES
Catriona Crowe, Mon, Dec 10, 2018
After decades of campaigning by the suffragettes, a 1918 Act gave a limited cohort of women the right to vote in parliamentary elections
Image courtesy of the National Print Museum
A few years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Eric Hobsbawm, the late eminent left-wing historian, and took the opportunity to ask him what he believed was the most significant revolution of the 20th century. Without hesitation he answered: “Undoubtedly, the women’s revolution.”Continue reading “How Irish women won the right to wote in 1918”
Gone and Forgotten: The Sad Fate of the Witches of Prussia
By Natalia Klimczak, 19 SEPTEMBER, 2016
The region of Prussia in Central Europe is a unique place due to the large number of cultures which have resided and met there. These lands were also a hotbed for witchcraft and a cruel fate for those who dared to dabble in the practice.
A Mixture of Faiths
Witchcraft may have existed in this area since the settling of Eastern and Western Prussia. Before the baptisms of these regions, the territory of historical Prussia was pagan. The faith of the inhabitants was mixed and dependent on the tribe they were related to, but it was generally a combination of Baltic religions with inflated mythologies.Continue reading “Gone and Forgotten: The Sad Fate of the Witches of Prussia”
A Timeline of Witch Hunts in Europe
Saul and the Witch of Endor, 1526. Artist: Cornelisz van Oostsanen, Jacob (ca. 1470-1533). Heritage Images/Getty Images / Getty Images
The European witch hunts have a long timeline, gaining momentum during the 16th century and continuing for more than 200 years. People accused of practicing maleficarum, or harmful magic, were widely persecuted, but the exact number of Europeans executed on charges of witchcraft is not certain and subject to considerable controversy. Estimates have ranged from about 10,000 to nine million. While most historians use the range of 40,000 to 100,000 based on public records, up to three times that many people were formally accused of practicing witchcraft.Continue reading “A Timeline of Witch Hunts in Europe”
How many people were killed as Witches in Europe from 1200 to the present?
POLAND STRUGGLES TO DEAL WITH PEDOPHILIA IN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Claudia Ciobanu / Warsaw / August 26, 2020
While the Polish authorities focus on fighting an imagined threat to children from what they call the “LGBT lobby”, progress on combating pedophilia inside the Catholic Church, a well-documented phenomenon, remains slow.
Afew days after receiving her first communion in May last year, nine-year-old Julia told her mother she was sick and refused to go to church for further ceremonies planned in relation to this key moment in a Catholic family’s life.Continue reading “POLAND STRUGGLES TO DEAL WITH PEDOPHILIA IN CATHOLIC CHURCH”