THE DARK SIDE CHRISTIAN HISTORY / HELEN ELLEBRE

This is simply a book that everyone must sit down and read.
Alice Walker

This book is dedicated to freedom and human dignity.

Contents

Preface i Introduction

ONE Seeds of Tyranny

TWO Political Maneuvering: Making Christianity Palatable to the Romans 

14 

Preface i Introduction

ONE Seeds of Tyranny

TWO Political Maneuvering: Making Christianity Palatable to the Romans 

14 

THREE Deciding Upon Doctrine: Sex, Free Will, Reincarnation and the Use of Force 

30 

FOUR The Church Takes Over: 

The Dark Ages 

41 

FIVE The Church Fights Change: 

The Middle Ages 

54 

SIX Controlling the Human Spirit: 

The Inquisition and Slavery 

76 

SEVEN The Reformation: 

Converting the Populace 

93 

EIGHT The Witch Hunts: 

The End of Magic and Miracles 

114 

NINE Alienation From Nature 139 

TEN A World Without God 165 

ELEVEN Conclusion 185 

Notes Bibliography Index Illustration Credits 

189 208 213 220 

Preface 

In June of 1995 the Chicago Tribune reported that Pope John Paul II had urged the Roman Catholic Church to seize the “particularly propitious” occasion of the new millennium to recognize “the dark side of its history.”1 In a 1994 confidential letter to cardinals which was later leaked to the Italian press, he asked, How can one remain silent about the many forms of violence perpetrated in the name of the faith—wars of religion, tribunals of the Inquisition and other forms of violations of the rights of persons?2 Unfortunately, too many have remained silent. Several years ago I listened in amazement as an acquaintance spoke of how the Christian Church had embodied the best of Western civilization and how it had brought peace and understanding to the people it touched. He seemed entirely unaware of the Church’s dark past. I decided to prepare a short presentation chronicling the dark side of Christian history—a presentation to help balance the perception that organized Christianity has historically lived up to its professed principles and ideals. I assumed that I would easily find all the information necessary for this presentation at the bookstore, but was soon shocked to find so little available on the subject. While historians have certainly written about the dark side of Christian history, their words have largely stayed within the confines of academe. And few have written of Christianity’s role in creating a world in which people feel alienated from the sacred. Why, at a time when so many are searching for deeper spiritual meaning, isn’t 

Continue reading “THE DARK SIDE CHRISTIAN HISTORY / HELEN ELLEBRE”

Inquisitors Between Two Worlds Jean-Paul Rehr, Université Lumière Lyon 2/CIHAM

[Note: this is the original English version of an article translated to French for Raison Présente to 

appear in Winter 2019-20. Citations should refer to the French version.] 

i. The Problem of Inquisition in History 

“The Inquisition is a subject of so particular a nature, that any one who attempts to write upon it 

with impartiality, will find he has undertaken a very difficult province.” So begins the section on 

Inquisition in the handsomely illustrated eighteenth-century international bestseller, Cérémonies et 

coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde by the Protestants Bernard Picart and Jean Frederic Bernard (in Amsterdam, fleeing the French counter-reformation). In their attempts to “objectively” present world religions, in what is in effect one of the earliest of works of comparative religion, they struggled with the 500-year history of Catholic Inquisitions. 250 years later, the historian Edward Peters remarked in his majesterial Inquisition (1989) that the task was no easier for the modern historian, as the myth and history of inquisition “are closely intertwined, and to extricate one from the other is to touch something that still resonates in modern conciousness and emotion; it also raises the charge that the historian is simply creating an uncomfortable new myth to replace the old”. 

Continue reading “Inquisitors Between Two Worlds Jean-Paul Rehr, Université Lumière Lyon 2/CIHAM”

HOLY HERETICS IN LATER MEDIEVAL ITALY

Slikovni rezultat za heretics - photos - free
Download Heretics 1905 by G. K. Chesterton, Free Book | Medieval …
pinterest.com

appeal of martyrs is grounded in their willingness to violate socio-cultural norms and, as a consequence, become extra- ordinary individuals.1 Some early Christian theologians, such as Clement of Alexandria (d. c.215), believed that all faithful Christians would necessarily break free of the regulations and codes of society and achieve moral perfection through an ascetic lifestyle.2 Not all Christians, however, shared Clement’s opti- mism or penchant for self-denial. Martyrs therefore were, and are, considered exceptional individuals and models of comport- ment for lesser mortals. They remained popular subjects of ven- eration even after the spread of Christianity rendered martyrdom all but obsolete within western Europe. The Middle Ages did produce some new Christian martyrs there: for example, the ninth-century martyrs of Muslim-ruled Co ́rdoba; various Viking victims, such as St Edmund; the ‘holy innocents’, or chil- dren purportedly killed by Jews; and individuals like the mur- dered archbishop Thomas Becket.3 Yet by and large it was not 

Continue reading “HOLY HERETICS IN LATER MEDIEVAL ITALY”

Persecution of Cathars, Albigenses and Waldenses Christian Heresy Persecution of Cathars, Albigenses and Waldenses

Abstract 

Four Church Councils in 1119, 1139, 1148 and 1163 declared the Cathars to be heretics. The Council of Toulouse in 1119 and then the Lateran Council of 1139 urged the secular powers to proceed violently against heresy—they did not. Even so, Cathars were burned or imprisoned in many places, but, William IX of Aquitaine and many of the nobles of the Midi continued to protect them. They valued their industry and integrity in a corrupt world. The French bishops at the Council of Tours (1163) discussed the presence of Cathars in Cologne, Bonn and Liege. They called them Manichæans, a taunt, for they knew they were not, and the Cathars called themselves the Good Christians. From 1180 to 1230, the Catholic Church enacted legislation against heresy, and set up a permanent tribunal, staffed by Dominican friars. It was the Inquisition. 

The Church had great faith in punishment for the body as a cure for rebellion in the spirit. 

Continue reading “Persecution of Cathars, Albigenses and Waldenses Christian Heresy Persecution of Cathars, Albigenses and Waldenses”

The Abuse of the Name of the Christ of God

The coming of the Christ of God in Jesus of Naza- reth was announced by the great prophets of God in the Old Covenant – and Jesus of Nazareth came. He brought the teaching of love for God and neigh- bor from the Kingdom of God, from the Sanctum. From the heart of His love and peaceableness, He taught the way back to the Kingdom of God. 

The majority of people did not accept Him and His teachings. Incited by the caste of priests of that time, the people accepted that Jesus of Nazareth was handed over to the Roman state, which had Him crucified. Jesus of Nazareth, who lived among us people as the Prince of Peace, became the Re- deemer of all men and souls on Calvary. The first followers of Jesus of Nazareth lived in aware ness of the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. They strove to live as He had exemplified and taught them. However, a few generations after His murder on the cross through the machinations of the caste of priests back then, began the betrayal of the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. An external religion was established – an unholy alliance be- tween the caste of priests and the Roman imperial 

rule – that no longer had anything to do with the original teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, but which enveloped itself with the name “Christian.” The sim ple teaching of love for God and neighbor was perverted more and more into its opposite and replaced with dogmas, rites and ritual acts of pagan origin. 

The betrayal of Jesus, the Christ, and His teachings is visible in the trail of blood and suffering that for centuries the so-called Christian institutions have drawn over all the Earth and caused in all cultures. 

Under the abuse of His name, all people and groups who remained true to the original Christian values were mercilessly persecuted by the dominant church institutions; anyone who did not subordinate himself to their doctrine was “eradicated.” 

Under the abuse of His name, robbing, murder ing, betrayal and lying were committed. Popes called for the Crusades and millions of people were brutally slaughtered. 

Under the abuse of His name, people, primarily women, were accused of witchcraft and cruelly tor- tured and martyred. 

Under the abuse of His name, people set forth, allegedly to “proclaim the Gospel,” and thereby whole nations were massacred, their treasures robbed and incorporated into the churches and their allies. 

Under the abuse of His name, churches calling themselves Christian were considerably involved in the emergence of wars, right into the present time. 

Under the abuse of His name, the churches sit on immense riches, while day after day their fellow humans die of hunger by the thousands. 

Under the abuse of the name “Christian,” countless children and youth were sexually abused by priests; in homes run by churches, children were humiliated, violated and maltreated. 

Millions of people, entire peoples and nations, still associate Christ, the Prince of Peace and Redeemer of all humankind and souls, with the crimes and monstrosities that the caste of priests and its deadly vassals have spread all over the Earth for nearly two thousand years. The victims hold Christ responsible for this, because with their misdeeds the wolves in “pseudo-Christian” sheep‘s clothing defiled, and defile, the impeccable name of the Christ of God. 

In many countries of the Earth, with the blessing of the caste of priests, the powers that be invoke Christ while they unscrupulously impose their self- ish, violent and belligerent interests on the backs of the people, the animals, the environment and, thus, the whole Earth. 

Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the All-Highest, did not teach all this, quite the contrary: He came to de- nounce the injustice and falsehood and to teach people the way of peace. 

The works of discord are the works of those who see in Christ, and in all those who know His true teachings and follow Him, the greatest threat to their dark interests. Therefore, they pin their own vile filth – as documented by history – on Him and His true followers, thereby bringing the name of Christ into discredit. 

Thus, the rehabilitation of the Christ of God and His teaching of peace, of love for God and neighbor. 

All these facets of the abuse of His name will be extensively examined in this book, above all the falsification of the teachings of Jesus, the Christ, and its devastating consequences for humankind and for all that lives on the Earth, facets which are 

becoming ever more visible today – the advancing destruction of our all-too-human world. Due to the cover-up skills of the established church institu- tions, many people are not aware of the underlying causes of this destruction. Throughout the centuries, these cover-up skills were also used to prevent people from learning the true significance of the incarnation of the Son of God in Jesus of Nazareth and His Redeemer-deed on Calvary. This will also be thoroughly explored in the following. 

From the Book: The Rehabilitation of the Christ of God

Authors: Martin Kübli, Dieter Potzel, Ulrich Seifert

Prepared: Ana Jurić


14 of the Most Absurd and Unforgivable Things the Catholic Church Has Ever Done

Ranker

 

Lea Rose Emery

233.3k views14 items

It’s hard out here for a pope. See, when it comes to religious history, the list of Catholic Church transgressions makes for pretty uncomfortable reading. Despite exalting virtue and kindness in its teaching, Church leadership has spearheaded a long history of outright unforgivable Catholic actions.

You might remember some of these improprieties from school – the Inquisition, Joan of Arc, and the trial of Galileo should all ring a bell. But not everything here is medieval. Though Vatican violence goes way back, there are a number of disturbing episodes from recent history. Some of this repugnant behavior comes from Popes, some was Church-endorsed, and some, most unsettlingly, was just straight-up regular Church practice.

Dark Church history contains scandal after scandal rife with every vice and taboo you can imagine. When the Church was at the height of its power (at which point it was the most powerful organization in the Western world), it’s safe to say everything went to its head. Combine that with the fact that Church leaders seem to stubbornly resist adapting to changing morality and you’ve got a whole lot of unforgivable moments on our hands.

Systemically Covering Up Tens Of Thousands Of Cases Involving Sexual Misconduct
Systemically Covering Up Tens ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 14 of the Most Absurd and Unforgivable Things the Catholic Church Has Ever Done
Photo: Unknown/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0

Remember the time there was a systematic cover up of abuse, molestation, and rape at the hands of priests that went all the way to the top of the Church? A conservative estimate says there were 17,200 victims in the US alone, and this type of mistreatment happened world-wide. When complaints came in, priests and other offenders were transferred, rather than punished. The extent of their actions will probably never be fully understood, because of the decades of cover up.

But the Church isn’t denying it anymore. The archdiocese of Milwaukee acknowledged the severity of the issue and agreed to pay a $21 million settlement to 300 victims. But these types of settlements are few and far between. Luckily, Pope Francis has set up a tribunal to hold the bishops who facilitated the cover up to account. The molestation of children is still happening at the hands of priests, 15 years after the Boston Globe broke the story.

In fact, in August 2018, a grand jury reported that internal documents from six Pennsylvanian dioceses noted that over 300 “predator priests” were “credibly accused” (a seemingly subjective accusation acknowledgement based on the discretion of individual dioceses) of harming more than 1,000 child victims; the alleged violations go as far back as 1947. Due to statute of limitations, only two priests were charged with abusing minors.

In February 2019, however, Pope Francis publicly acknowledged the systemic maltreatment and vowed to combat the problem. He said, “I think that it’s continuing because it’s not like once you realize it that it stops. It continues. And for some time we’ve been working on it.”

The International Union of Superiors General has used the uprising of the #metoo movement to denounce the “culture of silence and secrecy.” With the support of Pope Francis and the pushback from the community of international female superiors, the Catholic church claims to be “working on” overcoming the years of sexual mistreatment by persons in power.

Crusades is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 14 of the Most Absurd and Unforgivable Things the Catholic Church Has Ever Done
Photo: Gustave Doré/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

In 1095, when Pope Urban II made a plea for war with Muslims, armies of Christians in Western Europe took up the charge. The pope promised serfs freedom if they went, galvanizing the masses. In the First Crusade, an army of peasants led by Peter the Hermit was massacred by the Turks. When an army of knights went after them and captured Jerusalem, it was said they massacred Muslims until the streets ran with blood.

This was only the beginning. Waves of the Crusades continued until 1396, marking three centuries of warfare, and incalculable human suffering. Catholics definitely weren’t the only religion involved in this mass violence, but Pope Urban II got the ball rolling. Here’s a nice juicy summary of the sordid catastrophe:

“Taking the heads of slain enemies and impaling them upon pikes appears to have been a favorite pastime among crusaders. Chronicles record a story of a crusader-bishop who referred to the impaled heads of slain Muslims as a joyful spectacle for the people of God. When Muslim cities were captured by Christian crusaders, it was standard operating procedure for all inhabitants, no matter what their age, to be summarily killed. It is not an exaggeration to say that the streets ran red with blood as Christians reveled in church-sanctioned horrors. Jews who took refuge in their synagogues would be burned alive, not unlike the treatment they received in Europe.”

see more on Crusades

Pretty Much Everything Done By Pope Boniface VIII
Pretty Much Everything Done By... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 14 of the Most Absurd and Unforgivable Things the Catholic Church Has Ever Done
Photo: Artaud de Montor/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

When you’re such an evil pope Dante reserves you a spot in the Eight Circle of Hell, you definitely get a place on this list (and are probably laughing in heaven right now at the filthy plebs who deigned write this). It’s amazing to think people of this nature were endorsed by the Catholic Church, let alone elected to lead the organization.

Boniface VIII (1230 -1303) was guilty of many horrible crimes that, sum total, make him seem like a sadistic Roman emperor. Among other things, he oversaw the complete destruction of Palestrina, a city that peacefully surrendered. Palestrina was completely razed, and Boniface ordered a plow driven over it to prove it had been reduced to nothing but earth and rubble.

You know priests take a vow of celibacy, right? Apparently, Boniface VIII didn’t take his too seriously. He once had a three-way with a married woman and her daughter, but was even more well known for saying that having sex with young boys was as natural as rubbing one hand against the other. So, obviously, he was raping (or at least fornicating with), children.

To celebrate his many great accomplishments, Boniface VIII just loved erecting statutes of himself. So add hubris to his list of sins.

Burning Joan Of Arc For Dressing Like A Man
Burning Joan Of Arc For Dressi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 14 of the Most Absurd and Unforgivable Things the Catholic Church Has Ever Done
Photo: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

You may know Joan of Arc as a saint, but the Church didn’t always hold her in such high esteem. In fact, at one time, she was pretty much the Catholic Church’s public enemy number one.

In 1429, 17-year-old Joan of Arc, believing God had spoken to her, instigated an uprising to get the English out of France, but some high-powered Catholics who sympathized with the English weren’t pleased. French king Charles VII wisely accepted Joan’s help in his fight against the English, and together, they won some major battles.

When Joan was captured, Charles VII, unsure of whether he trusted her as an emissary of God, handed her over to the Church, which did what Catholics do best, put her on trial for heresy with no evidence. To make things one step more ridiculous, Joan was denied counsel, which was against Church rules. Despite this, she is famed for remaining cool, calm, and dripping with integrity throughout the trial.

Because there was no evidence of heresy, Joan was found guilty of one of the 70+ other charges brought against her, wearing men’s clothes, for which she was burned at the stake in 1431 in front of a crowd of thousands. The Church was determined to get her, and did.

In 1456, Charles VII ordered an investigation into Joan’s trial. The result? She was declared innocent and made a martyr. The Church followed suit and, in 1920, canonized her. Talk about a change of heart. Maybe since all male Church officials were dresses they pretend are robes, they decided it was okay for Joan to dress a little butch.

Burning William Tyndale For Making A Vernacular Bible For The Masses
Burning William Tyndale For Ma is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 14 of the Most Absurd and Unforgivable Things the Catholic Church Has Ever Done
Photo: Foxe’s Martyrs/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

You’d think the Church would make the mass distribution of its core text a main priority. As it turns out, in the 16th century, this was the last thing powerful Catholics wanted.

Scholar William Tyndale, on the other hand, wanted this so badly he went into hiding to translate the Bible into English, so lay people could read it for themselves. The Church was not happy about this, and when copies were smuggled around Europe, Catholic authorities demanded they be burned.

And what of Tyndale? He was captured, tried for heresy for daring translate the bible, and burned at the stake. When Church authorities decided printing Bibles in English was okay, they borrowed a whole lot from Tyndale’s translation. And never apologized.

Slaying Countless Women As Witches Because Pope Innocent VII Was Paranoid
Slaying Countless Women As Wit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 14 of the Most Absurd and Unforgivable Things the Catholic Church Has Ever Done
Photo: Artaud de Montor /Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The Catholic Church wasn’t the only group involved in witch hunts, but it kicked things off with Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches), a doozy of a book written in 1487, after Pope Innocent VIII declared, by papal bull, witches were real and a threat (due to their involvement with Satan). He wanted that sh*t investigated stat, so clergymen Johann Sprenger and Heinrich Krämer (using his Latin name, Henricus Institoris) took up the call and literally wrote the book on witches, Satanists (which were invented for this book), and hunts thereof. And boy, was it a success. It was so popular that, for 200 years, it was second only to the Bible on the sales charts.

The problem? Well, for one, the book was hugely sexist and focused almost only on women, promoting burning them at the stake,  a common punishment for heretics. So who knows how many deaths it inspired; its influence was too huge to quantify. The book is also filled with somewhat dubious information, such as the following facts about witches and Satanists: they stop cows from giving milk; they rode through the air on broomsticks on their way to forest orgies; they ate infants.

Absolving Sins For Cash Payments, Including Sins Not Yet Committed
Absolving Sins For Cash Paymen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 14 of the Most Absurd and Unforgivable Things the Catholic Church Has Ever Done
Photo: Unknown/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

If one bit of Catholic Church history got drilled into your mind in high school, there’s a good chance it was the selling of indulgences and Martin Luther’s reformation. Now synonymous with money-grubbing, the idea of an indulgence isn’t so bad in theory. According to Church doctrine,

“[an] indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain defined conditions through the Church’s help when, as a minister of redemption, she dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions won by Christ and the saints.”

A little wordy, but potentially inoffensive.

In the 16th century, however, indulgences got out of hand. Pope Leo X had expensive taste and wasn’t above using shady means to satisfy it. Indulgences were peddled as “pay X to absolve you of Y.” Basically, money gets you into heaven. To give some indication of how crazy things got, Dominican friar John Teztel was named Grand Commissioner of indulgences in Germany (so, overseeing indulgence was his only job), where he sold absolution for future sins. So: “Hey, give us some gold, it’s all good if you kill that dude next week.”

If you were poor and ignorant, as most poor people in the period probably were, you basically just believed you were hopelessly f*cked and did your best to prepare for an eternity spent frolicking in the torments of hell.

So what happened? Martin Luther, none too pleased, wrote his 95 Theses, effectively kick starting the Reformation.

Orchestrating The Fall Of The Knights Templar To Appease A Broke King
Orchestrating The Fall Of The is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 14 of the Most Absurd and Unforgivable Things the Catholic Church Has Ever Done
Photo: Unknown/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Made famous again by The Da Vinci Code, the Knights Templar, a stateless military fraternity assembled to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land, were the subject of gossip a long time ago. They were endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church in 1129, and were famous valorous service in the Crusades. They were also really good with money, which shouldn’t have been a problem, but King Philip IV of France owed them (and others) a whole lot of it. Philip took advantage of growing fear of the Knight Templar’s power and pressured the Church into dropping the mighty anvil of god down on them.

What the Church did next wasn’t great. In 1307, Pope Clement V had members arrested and tortured, gaining false confessions of heresy. In fact, he got enough such confessions to justify disbanding the order in 1312. Various Knights confessed to spitting on the cross, fraud, and secrecy (which was apparently a crime?), and nobody cared the confessions arose from torture and were recanted afterward. Archbishop of Sens Philippe de Marigny, who ran an investigation into the Knights, had dozens burned at the stake. A fine repayment for all of that fighting in the crusades.

In 2007, a secret document showing Pope Clement V absolved the Knights before later deciding to disband them was published. Historians believe this document provides essential proof that the Church caved under King Phillip’s pressure. Good news for the Knight’s integrity, bad news for the Church’s.

Burning Someone 43 Years After He Passed Because He Upset Some Important Catholics
Burning Someone 43 Years After is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 14 of the Most Absurd and Unforgivable Things the Catholic Church Has Ever Done
Photo: Ford Maddox Brown/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

As if having your enemies killed wasn’t enough, Catholics gotta burn the corpses, too. What gives? Trying to outdo what the Romans did to JC?

John Wycliffe (1320 – 1384), famous English theologian and vocal critic of the Church, was a forerunner of the Reformation. Among his many criticisms was a belief the Church should give up its worldly possessions. As you can imagine, not an idea the church was happy to have spread around. Wycliffe also promoted and worked on the first English translation of the Bible, hoping to give people direct access to the word of god. Again, not a fun idea for the Church, which liked its monopoly on power.

William Courtenay, Archbishop of Canterbury, made moves against Wycliffe after retiring (gotta stay busy). Wycliffe’s writings were banned in certain areas, but it didn’t end there. It didn’t even end when Wycliffe died of a stroke in 1384. Instead, in 1415 (31 years after he died), the Council of Constance declared Wycliffe a heretic. Not only did they order his books burned, they ordered his body exhumed and burned. And it took them 12 years to do that. So, 43 years after Wycliffe died, his corpse was torched and his ashes thrown in the River Swift. So much for resting in peace.

Executing Jan Hus For Working Out Some Tricky Theological Philosophy
Executing Jan Hus For Working is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 14 of the Most Absurd and Unforgivable Things the Catholic Church Has Ever Done
Photo: Diebold Schilling the Older/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The Church tends to be pretty brutal with its critics, of which the treatment of Jan Hus, born 1372, is one of the best (or worst) examples. A Czech priest, Hus felt the Church, run by humans, who are by nature flawed, must necessarily also therefore be flawed, while the Bible, the direct word of God, had no flaws. He was, therefore, openly critical of Church practices, especially the papal schism and indulgence sales.

So, not very happy with Hus, the Church convened the Council of Constance and invited him to join them. Nothing to worry about, just a wee chat. Or so they said.

Instead of having that wee chat, the Council arrested Hus and put him on trial (and then in jail) for, you guessed it, heresy. He was kept in a dungeon and, when he refused to recant his teachings, was sentenced to death. The Church even refused him his last rights before burning him at the stake. And to think they said they just wanted to talk.

The Joust Of Whores Organized By Pope Alexander VI 
The Joust Of Whores Organized is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 14 of the Most Absurd and Unforgivable Things the Catholic Church Has Ever Done
Photo: Thomas Gun/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The Joust of Whores is just one example of the corrupt and ridiculous popes of yore. In 1501, Pope Alexander VI (a Borgia, if that rings any bells), who was known to have some pretty refined hobbies, like watching horses fornicate, took things way over the top. According to historian Tony Perrottet, he invited 50 women to strip at the pope’s table. Then things got weird.

As Perrotet writes: “Alexander and his family gleefully threw chestnuts on the floor, forcing the women to grovel around their feet like swine; they then offered prizes of fine clothes and jewelry for the man who could fornicate with the most women.”

It’s rumored Alexander VI was killed by his son, Cesar. Just to show how truly f*cked up Alexander was, his body was expelled from the basilica of Saint Peter. Why? He was considered too evil for sacred soil.

The Roman Inquisition, During Which Judaism And Love Magic Were Serious Crimes
The Roman Inquisition, During is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 14 of the Most Absurd and Unforgivable Things the Catholic Church Has Ever Done
Photo: Ettore Ferrari/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The level of the Church’s involvement in various inquisitions can be argued. It’s important to remember Pope Innocent IV (ironic name, that) explicitly condoned torture as an Inquisition interrogation technique in his papal bull Ad extirpanda in 1252 (which bull probably deserves its own place on this list). The Spanish Inquisition, most famous of these murder orgies, was carried by Spanish royalty and friars, who were Catholic, but not working directly for, or under direction of, the Vatican.

But wait, kids! Don’t forget the Roman Inquisition, or the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition, which was 100% the church’s doing. In 1542, as part of a Counter-Reformation against Protestantism (seriously, didn’t these people have anything better to do than overreact to other Christians who pissed them off?), the Spanish Inquisitions’s gentle cousin, the Roman Inquisition, was born. Galileo and Copernicus were among those questioned. While Church staple heresy was a popular dish during the Inquisition, the menu had a number of options, including blasphemy, Judaism (which is a crime how?), immorality, witchcraft, love magic (yes please), and anything else wrathful Papists could shoe-horn in.

John Bargrave, a  contemporary English writer, described how he was questioned in Latin (rather than Italian) to prevent uneducated guards from understanding what was being said. He was also prevented from carrying books “printed at any heretical city, as Geneva, Amsterdam, Leyden, London, or the like.”

Not as bad as the Spanish Inquisition, sure, but very much related and equally dogmatic, close minded, and power-mongering. A Church specialty. Bonne mort, frères et sœurs.

Imprisoning Galileo In His Home For Years Because He Suggested Science Was Greater Than God
Imprisoning Galileo In His Hom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 14 of the Most Absurd and Unforgivable Things the Catholic Church Has Ever Done
Photo: Cristiano Banti/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The Church and science have a complicated relationship, to put it nicely. In 1633, Galileo Galilei, the father of, like, all science, was put on trial by the Church for saying the sun is the center of the universe and the earth moves around it, rather than the other way around. Which is, you know, true for the most part (sure, okay, the sun isn’t the center of the universe, but still, he was onto something). But that didn’t matter.

Pope Urban VIII was having none of it, seeing Galileo’s statement as horrific heresy. So, 10 cardinals sat in judgment of Galileo, who was threatened with torture, imprisonment, and even being burned at the stake. Galileo, 69 at the time and in a “pitiable state of bodily indisposition,” eventually renounced his beliefs. Because of this, the church went easy on him and, rather than torture, he was subjected to house arrest until he died. What a way to treat the father of modern of science.

And what does the church have to say on the subject now? “We today know that Galileo was right in adopting the Copernican astronomical theory,” Paul Cardinal Poupard, the head of an investigation into the matter said in 1992. So, only 350 years too late.

Cutting Funding For Immigrants Because Of Their Connection To The LGBTQ+ Community 
Cutting Funding For Immigrants is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 14 of the Most Absurd and Unforgivable Things the Catholic Church Has Ever Done
Photo: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Not all Catholic faux pas come from the past; there’s been some dodgy stuff in modern times, as well (see priest rape bonanza), and the church’s relationship with the LGBTQ+ community continues to be a source of frustration. But here’s a humdinger:

For years, the Church gave thousands of dollars to Compañeros, a nonprofit helping Hispanic immigrants access healthcare, understand laws, and meet other basic needs. That is, until the Church found out Compañeros teamed up with a gay and lesbian rights group, at which point Nicole Mosher, executive director of  Compañeros, was informed their funding was in danger.

Compañeros is but one example of organizations the Church threatens for not falling in line with the most strident dictates of Catholicism. The New York Times explained in 2002, “Since 2010, nine groups from across the country have lost financing from the campaign because of conflicts with Catholic principles.”

On the one hand, of course it’s okay for the Church to withhold money from causes in contradiction with its beliefs. Like, say, an abortion clinic. But cutting off funding to aid the needy simply because of an association with the LGBTQ+ community seems extreme and unfair, especially given Church doctrine on helping the needy and feeding the poor. What’s more, members of the LGBTQ+ community can identify as Catholic and go to church, but can’t be helped by that Church? This is all the more more difficult to swallow when considering the Church’s $1.6 billion stock portfolio.

https://www.ranker.com/list/most-unforgivable-things-the-catholic-church-has-done/lea-rose-emery

Eight of the worst popes in church history

 

April 15, 2018

(CNN)Billed as a reformer and outsider, Pope Francis was elected five years ago.

He took the helm as the Catholic Church wrestled with corruption and the fallout of the child sexual abuse scandal. But this is hardly the first time that the church has been gripped by scandal.
Can you imagine a Pope placing the rotting corpse of his predecessor on trial? Or putting the papacy itself up for sale?
Well, history tells us that popes did all that and more at a time when they apparently played by a very different set of rules.
Here are eight popes you’ll find in the history books for all the wrong reasons:

Pope Alexander VI

BORN AS: Rodrigo Borgia near Valencia, Spain, in 1431.
TIME IN POWER: 1492-1503.
WHAT HE DID: To this day, the Borgia name is synonymous with scandal because of this guy’s rule. (How many other papal families have a Showtime series named after them?)
There was controversy from the start with Pope Alexander VI, a wealthy Spaniard who allegedly bought the papacy by bribing his fellow electors.
Alexander also saw no problem appointing many of his relatives to positions of power, or killing off rival cardinals to claim their valuable property for himself.
And he was apparently quite the ladies’ man, fathering several children with his many mistresses.

Pope Stephen VI

BORN AS: Birth name, date and birthplace unknown.
TIME IN POWER: May 896-August 897.
WHAT HE DID: Pope Stephen VI did not have a chummy relationship with his predecessor, Pope Formosus. And that’s putting it kindly.
When Stephen came to power, Formosus had already been dead for months, but having his enemy six feet under was not enough punishment for the new Pope.
It’s safe to say the verdict didn’t go Formosus’ way, so Stephen commanded his body be dragged through the streets of Rome and dumped in the Tiber River.
Though he won the so-called cadaver trial, Stephen was strangled to death by one of his enemies barely more than a year later.

Pope Boniface VIII

BORN AS: Benedetto Caetani in Rome, circa 1235.
TIME IN POWER: 1294-1303.
WHAT HE DID: With his “my way or the highway” approach to the papacy, Pope Boniface VIII had a knack for starting fights.
Among his many enemies was the writer Dante Alighieri, whose criticism of the church led to his exile from Florence, Italy, at the hands of Boniface’s cronies.
In 1302, Boniface issued a papal bull — the church’s term for an official proclamation — which placed Europe’s kings and their armies under his supreme command.
Many rulers may have called “bull” on this, especially Philip, who ordered Boniface’s capture after he caught wind of the Pope’s plans to excommunicate him.
Boniface died soon after, but not before earning himself a permanent spot in the eighth circle of Hell in Dante’s “Inferno.”

Pope Urban VI

BORN AS: Bartolomeo Prignano in Naples, Italy, circa 1318.
TIME IN POWER: 1378-1389.
WHAT HE DID: When your tenure tears the church in two, consider your spot on the “not a great pope” list secured.
Pope Urban VI’s election in 1378 triggered the Western Schism, also known as the time when there were two, and later, three, competing popes claiming the title of church leader à la “Game of Thrones.” Urban also had no problem using violence to dispatch his enemies.
He called for the brutal killings of cardinals who plotted against him, and legend has it he even griped that their screams weren’t loud enough.

Pope Leo X

 

BORN AS: Giovanni de’ Medici in Florence, Italy, in 1475.
TIME IN POWER: 1513-1521.
WHAT HE DID: A member of Italy’s powerful Medici family, Pope Leo X had a taste for the finer things in life.
He funded some of the Renaissance’s most famous artwork, but his big spending drove the church’s finances deep into the red.
To help balance the books, he relied heavily on the sale of indulgences — which is forking over money to the church to buy forgiveness for sins or, say, to get a dead relative out of Purgatory.
You might remember from history class that this pay-for-penance scheme angered many, including Martin Luther, whose “95 Theses” sparked the Protestant Reformation and tore apart the Catholic Church.
BORN AS: Giovanni de’ Medici in Florence, Italy, in 1475.
TIME IN POWER: 1513-1521.
WHAT HE DID: A member of Italy’s powerful Medici family, Pope Leo X had a taste for the finer things in life.
He funded some of the Renaissance’s most famous artwork, but his big spending drove the church’s finances deep into the red.
To help balance the books, he relied heavily on the sale of indulgences — which is forking over money to the church to buy forgiveness for sins or, say, to get a dead relative out of Purgatory.
You might remember from history class that this pay-for-penance scheme angered many, including Martin Luther, whose “95 Theses” sparked the Protestant Reformation and tore apart the Catholic Church.

Pope John XII

BORN AS: Ottaviano in Rome, circa 937.
TIME IN POWER: 955-964.
WHAT HE DID: He was only about 18 when he became Pope, and history claims that John XII ran the church in a way you’d expect from a hormonal teenager with enormous power.
From most accounts, it sounds like the papal palace under John XII was part-raucous frat party, part-seedy brothel.
Whichever version you believe, John XII was definitely not celibate, and legend has it he died of a stroke doing what he loved … with another man’s wife.

Pope Benedict IX

BORN AS: Theophylactus in Rome, circa 1012.
TIME IN POWER: 1032-1044; April-May 1045; 1047-1048
WHAT HE DID: A “demon from hell’” and “so vile, so foul, so execrable that I shudder to think of it” are just a few of the kind words future saints and other popes have used to describe Pope Benedict IX.
This Pope held the position three different times, and was kind of like a really bad cold that the church couldn’t get rid of.
His first spell as Pope ended with him fleeing Rome after a citizens’ rebellion erupted over his violent behavior.
He then came back into power for a second stint but sold the papacy to his godfather, who became Pope Gregory VI.
But Benedict was still not finished. He returned to Rome years later, reclaimed the throne and then lost it again after German armies finally chased him out of Rome for good.

Pope Sergius III

BORN AS: Sergius in Rome. Birth date is unknown.
TIME IN POWER: 904-911.
WHAT HE DID: As a friend of Pope Stephen VI of “cadaver trial” fame, it should come as little surprise that Sergius III was also not a great Pope.
Sergius came to power at a time when several players laid claim to the title, and after declaring a number of his rivals anti-popes, he had at least one of them killed.
He’s also said by some to be the father of Pope John XI, the product of Sergius’ relationship with a Roman socialite named Marozia.

SECRET HISTORY OF PAPAL ROME

 

The majority of people today, including Roman Catholics do not know about the true bloody history of the Papal Church of Rome. The true history of the Roman Catholic Church has been hidden away from the eyes of the masses, through the re-writing of the history books, so that they cannot see the truth about the antichrist church, otherwise known as Babylon, the Mother of Harlots. But on this page we will give you a glimpse into the history of Papal Rome, with a timeline of events that took place during the past 1000 years.

Further down the page you will see quotes from the few available (if you dig deep) history books revealing the truth about Papal persecutions.

Please know, this is not out of hate for the people WITHIN the Catholic Church, but hate for what the Catholic Church has done and for what she CONTINUES to do. God is calling His precious children OUT of this church (Babylon) and we are here to help sound that call!

“Under the guise of Christianity, the Papal Church committed more enormities than ever disgraced the annals of paganism. Disregarding the maxims and the spirit of the Gospel, the papal Church, arming herself with the power of the sword, vexed the Church of God and wasted it for several centuries, a period most appropriately termed in history, the ‘dark ages’. “The kings of the earth, gave their power to the Beast.” (Fox’s Book of Martyrs, Ch. IV)

“Roman Catholicism was born in blood, has wallowed in blood, and has quenched its thirst in blood, and it is in letters of blood that its true history is written.” (Baron DePonnat, 1940)

“And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” (Revelation 17:6)

I learned much from the Order of the Jesuits, said Hitler … Until now, there has never been anything more grandiose, on the earth, than the hierarchical organization of the Catholic Church. I transferred much of this organization into my own party.” (Hermann Rauschning, former national-socialist chief of the government of Dantzig: ‘Hitler m’a dit’, (Ed. Co-operation, Paris 1939, pp.266, 267, 273 ss).

Before we get into the blood that the Roman Catholic Church has spilt throughout her history, just take a quick look at the following wicked crimes against CHILDREN that this church has committed and STILL continues to commit!

Crimes Against CHILDREN

6,000+ Catholic priests abused 16,000+ (known) children since 1950 in America (link)

500,000 children taken from families, forced into Catholic institutions and abused in Australia from 1930 to 1970 (link)

4,000+ children sexually abused in Australia since 1980 (link)

Hundreds of thousands of children abused in Catholic and Protestant ‘care homes’ in Germany between 1950 to 1970 (link)

Pope John Paul II ignored the abuse of 2,000 boys in Austria over decades and covered up ‘innumerable’ cases of abuse (link)

ONE MILLION men women and children in Croatia tortured and killed by Catholic Church in 1940’s (link)

20,000+ children abused by Catholic Church since 1945 in Netherlands (link)

150,000 children abused and killed in government and Catholic (plus Anglican) run institutions in Canada from 1876 to 1996 (link and here)

1,700+ Catholic priests accused of abuse in Brazil (link)

Catholic Church sends pedophile priests to South American churches (link and here)

Tens of thousands of children abused by Catholic priests in Ireland between 1930 to 1990 (link)

10,000+ women abused in Catholic institutions in Ireland between 1920 to 1996 (link)

Hundreds of Catholic priests abused children in the Philippines between 1980 to 2000 (link)

800,000 people massacred in Rwanda, with support from Catholic Church in 1994 (link)

Thousands of children and adults abused in Catholic ‘care homes’ in Scotland in the 60’s and 70’s (link)

300,000 babies stolen from mothers by Catholic Church in Spain between 1930 – 1990 (link)

Thousands of children tortured and abused in Catholic schools in Switzerland between 1930 to 1970 (link)

The above is just the tip of the iceberg!

Papal Persecutions

1209 – The Albigensian Crusades in southern France. Roman Catholic crusaders slaughter approximately 20,000 citizens of Beziers, France on July 22, 1209. Both Albigensian Christians and Catholics were slain. By the time the Roman Catholic armies finished their crusade, almost the entire population of southern France (mostly Albigensian Christians) has been exterminated (reference Link 1 and Link 2).

1236 – Roman Catholic crusaders slaughter Jews in the Anjou and Poitou regions of western France in a severe wave of persecution (reference Link 1 and Link 2).

1481 – – At the direction of the Roman Catholic inquisitors, authorities torture, burn and slaughter tens, even hundreds of thousands of people during the Spanish Inquisition (Jean Antoine Llorentine, History of the Inquistion; as cited in R.W. Thompson, The Papacy and the Civil Power (New York, 1876); as cited in Dave Hunt, A Woman Rides the Beast).

1540 – 1570 – Roman Catholic armies butcher at least 900,000 Waldensian Christians of all ages during this 30-year period (source: Halley’s Bible Handbook).

1553 – 1558 – Roman Catholic Queen Mary I of England (aka bloody Mary) attempts to bring England back under the yoke of papal tyranny. During her reign, nearly 300 men and woman are burned to death at the stake. Her victims include bishops, scholars, and other Protestant leaders (Link).

1572 – St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. French Roman Catholic soldiers begin killing Protestants in Paris on the night of August 24, 1572. The soldiers kill at least 10,000 Protestants during the first three days. At least 8000 more Protestants are killed as the slaughter spreads to the countryside (Link).

1618 – 1648 – The Thirty Years War. This bloody, religious war is planned, instigated, and orchestrated by the Roman Catholic Jesuit order and its agents in an attempt to exterminate all the Protestants in Europe. Many countries in central Europe lose up to half their population (see Cushing B. Hassell, History of the Church of God, Chapter XVII).

1641 – 1649 – Eight years of Jesuit-instigated Roman Catholic butchery of Irish Protestants claims the lives of hundreds of thousands of Protestants (see Cushing B. Hassell, History of the Church of God, Chapter XVII).

1685 – French Roman Catholic soldiers slaughter approximately 500,000 French Protestant Huguenots on the orders of Roman Catholic King Louis 14 of France.

1941 – 1945 – The Roman Catholic Ustashi in Yugoslavia butchered Hundreds of thousands of Yugoslav citizens, Serbs, Jews and Roma. And Hundreds of thousands were forced to convert to Catholicism. (linklinklink)

1949 – 1953 – With the support from the Columbian government, the Roman Catholic Church had 60,000 Protestants and non-Catholics shot, drowned and emasculated. Pope Pius XII awarded the Columbian President with one of the highest awards the church can give.

During her full reign of terror, the Papacy had caused the cruel death of at least 50 MILLION people. The following are quotes from the few available history books concerning Papal persecutions.

“Bertrand, the Papal Legate, wrote a letter to Pope Honorius, desiring to be recalled from the croisade against the primitive witnesses and contenders for the faith. In that authentic document, he stated, that within fifteen years, 300,000 of those crossed soldiers had become victims to their own fanatical and blind fury. Their unrelenting and insatiable thirst for Christian and human blood spared none within the reach of their impetuous despotism and unrestricted usurpations. On the river Garonne, a conflict occurred between the croisaders, with their ecclesiastical leaders, the Prelates of Thoulouse and Comminges; who solemnly promised to all their vassals the full pardon of sin, and the possession of heaven immediately, if they were slain in the battle. The Spanish monarch and his confederates acknowledged that they must have lost 400,000 men, in that tremendous conflict, and immediately after it-but the Papists boasted, that including the women and children, they had massacred more than two millions of the human family, in that solitary croisade against the southwest part of France.” (Bourne, George, The American Textbook of Popery, Griffith & Simon, Philadelphia, 1846, pp. 402-403)

“The Catholic crusade against the Albigenses in Southern France (from 1209-1229), under Popes Innocent III., Honorius III. and Gregory IX., was one of the bloodiest tragedies in human history … The number of Albigenses that perished in the twenty years war is estimated at from one to two millions.” (Cushing B. Hassell, History of the Church of God, Chapter XIV)

“Need I speak to you of the thirty years war in Germany, which was mainly instigated by the Jesuits, in order to deprive the Protestants of the right of free religious worship, secured to them by the treaty of Augsburg? Or of the Irish rebellion, of the inhuman butchery of about fifteen millions of Indians in South America, Mexico and Cuba, by the Spanish papists? In short, it is calculated by authentic historians, that papal Rome has shed the blood of sixty-eight millions of the human race in order to establish her unfounded claims to religious dominion.” (The Glorious Reformation by S. S. SCHMUCKER, 1838 — citing Dr. Brownlee’s ‘Popery an enemy to civil liberty’, p. 105)

“This was the century of the last religious wars in Christendom, the Thirty Years War in Germany, fomented by the Jesuits, reducing the people to cannibalism, and the population of Bohemia from 4,000,000 to 780,000, and of Germany from 20,000,000 to 7,000,000, and making Southern Germany almost a desert.” (Cushing B. Hassell, History of the Church of God, Chapter XVII)

“In one word, the church of Rome has spent immense treasures and shed, in murder, the blood of sixty eight millions and five hundred thousand of the human race, to establish before the astonished and disgusted world, her fixed determination to annihilate every claim set up by the human family to liberty, and the right of unbounded freedom of conscience.” (W C Brownlee, Popery an enemy to civil liberty, 1836, pp. 104-105)

“There perished under pope Julian 200,000 Christians: and by the French massacre, on a moderate calculation, in 3 months, 100,000. Of the Waldenses there perished 150,000; of the Albigenses, 150,000. There perished by the Jesuits in 30 years only 900,000. The Duke of Alva destroyed by the common hangman alone, 36,000 persons; the amount murdered by him is set down by Grotius at 100,000! There perished by the fire, and tortures of the Inquisition in Spain, Italy, and France 150,000 … In the Irish massacres there perished 150,000 Protestants! To sum up the whole, the Roman Catholic church has caused the ruin, and destruction of a million and a half of Moors in Spain; nearly two millions of Jews South America in Europe. In Mexico, and , including the islands of Cuba and St. Domingo, fifteen millions of Indians, in 40 years, fell victims to popery. And in Europe, and the East Indies, and in America, 50 millions of Protestants, at least, have been murdered by it! Thus the church of Rome stands before the world, ‘the woman in scarlet, on the scarlet colored Beast.’ A church claiming to be Christian, drenched in the blood of sixty-eight millions, and five hundred thousand human beings!” (W. C. Brownlee, Letters in the Roman Catholic controversy, 1834, pp. 347-348)

“Alexander Campbell, well known religions leader of the nineteenth century, stated in debate with John B. Purcell, Bishop of Cincinnati, in 1837 that the records of historians and martyrologists show that it may be reasonable to estimate that from fifty to sixty-eight millions of human beings died, suffered torture, lost their possessions, or were otherwise devoured by the Roman Catholic Church during the awful years of the Inquisition. Bishop Purcell made little effort to refute these figures.” (Citing A Debate on the Roman Catholic Religion, Christian Publishing Co., 1837, p. 327.) … (The Shadow of Rome, by John B. Wilder; Zondervan Publishing Co., 1960, page 87)

“Let us keep a sense of proportion. The record of ‘Christianity’ [Roman Catholic] from the days when it first obtained the power to persecute is one of the most ghastly in history. The total number of Manichaeans, Arians, Priscillianists, Paulicians, Bogomiles, Cathari, Waldensians, Albigensians, witches, Lollards, Hussites, Jews and Protestants killed because of their rebellion against Rome clearly runs to many millions; and beyond these actual executions or massacres is the enormously larger number of those who were tortured, imprisoned, or beggared. I am concerned rather with the positive historical aspect of this. In almost every century a large part of the race has endeavored to reject the Christian religion, and, if in those centuries there had been the same freedom as we enjoy, Roman Catholicism would, in spite of the universal ignorance, have shrunk long ago into a sect. The religious history of Europe has never yet been written.” (The Story Of Religious Controversy Chapter XXIII by Joseph McCabe (an atheist) who lived from 1867 to 1955)

“Mede has calculated from good authorities ‘that in the war with the Albigenses and Waldenses there perished of these people, in France alone, 1,000,000.'” (Christ and Antichrist, by Samuel J. Cassels, 1846, page 257)

“Who have their dungeon cells under their cathedrals, in which they claim, as inquisitors of their own diocese, to imprison free men in our republic? Foreign popish bishops! And the facts respecting a man being so confined and scourged, in the cells at Baltimore [AMERICA], until he recanted, have been published, and not to this day contradicted! … Who are in the habit of uttering ferocious threats to assassinate and burn up those Protestants who successfully oppose Romanism? The foreign papists! I have in my possession the evidence of no less than six such inhuman threatenings against myself.” (W. C. Brownlee, Popery the Enemy of Civil and Religious Liberty, J. S. Taylor, New York, 1836, p.210-211)

“It is reckoned that during the reign of Justinian, Africa lost five millions of inhabitants; thus Arianism was extinguished in that region, not by any enforcement of conformity, but by the extermination of the race which had introduced and professed it. – History of the Christian Church, J.C. Robertson, Vol. 1, p. 521.” (Bunch, Taylor, The Book of Daniel, p. 101)

[footnote, speaking of Pope Innocent VIII] “Yet on the papal throne he played the zealot against the Germans, whom he accused of magic, in his bull Summis desiderantes affectibus, etc., and also against the Hussites, whom he well nigh exterminated.” (Williams, Henry Smith, The Historian’s History of the World, vol. 8, p. 643)

“The inquisitor Reinerius, who died in 1259, has left it on record: ‘Concerning the sects of ancient heretics, observe, that there have been more than seventy: all of which, except the sects of the Manichaeans and the Arians and the Runcarians and the Leonists which have infected Germany, have through the favour of God, been destroyed.” (Broadbent, E.H., The Pilgrim Church, Gospel Folio Press, 2002, p. 90 (originally published in 1931)

“An edict was issued under the regency of Theodora, which decreed that the Paulicians should be exterminated by fire and sword, or brought back to the Greek church … It is affirmed by civil and ecclesiastical historians, that, in a short reign, one hundred thousand Paulicians were put to death.” (Andrew Miller, Short Papers on Church, London, Chapter 16)

“The whole number of victims who have been offered up in Europe since the beginning of the Reformation? Partly by war, partly by the Inquisition, and a thousand other methods of Romish cruelty? No less within forty years, if the computation of an eminent writer be just, than five and forty millions! (John Wesley, ‘Doctrine of Original Sin’, Part I, section II.8, 1757, Wesley’s Works, edited by Thomas Jackson, vol. 9, pp. 217-19)

“The inquisition, which was established in the twelfth century against the Waldenses … was now more effectually set to work. Terrible persecutions were carried on in various parts of Germany, and even in Bohemia, which continued about thirty years, and the blood of the saints was said to flow like rivers of water. The countries of Poland, Lithuania, and Hungary, were in a similar manner deluged with Protestant blood.” (Buck, Charles, A Theological Dictionary, containing Definitions of All Religious Terms; …, Philadelphia, Thomas Cowperthwait & Co., 1838, article ‘Persecution’)

“Those who were not put to death suffered imprisonment, had their houses pulled down, their lands laid waste, their property stolen, and their wives and daughters, after being ravished, sent into convents … If any fled from these cruelties, they were pursued through the woods, hunted and shot like wild beasts…At the head of the dragoons, in all the provinces of France, marched the bishops, priests, friars, &c. the clergy being ordered to keep up the cruel spirit of the military. An order was published for demolishing all protestant churches.” (Southwell, Henry, The new book of martyrs; or complete Christian martyrology. Containing an authentic and genuine historical account of the many dreadful persecutions against the Church of Christ, in all parts of the world, … Imprint London : printed for J. Cooke, [1765?] page 108-109)

“In Bohemia, by 1600, in a population of 4,000,000, 80 per cent were Protestant. When the Hapsburgs and Jesuits had done their work, 800,000 were left, all Catholics … In Austria and Hungary half the population Protestant, but under the Hapsburgs and Jesuits they were slaughtered … In Poland, by the end of the 16th century, it seemed as if Romanism was about to be entirely swept away, but here too, the Jesuits, by persecution, killed Reform. In Italy, the Pope’s own country, the Reformation was getting a real hold; but the Inquisition got busy, and hardly a trace of Protestantism was left.” (Halley’s Bible Handbook, p.798)

“The Horrors of the Inquisition, ordered and maintained by the Popes, over a period of 500 years, in which unnumbered millions were Tortured and Burned, constitute the MOST BRUTAL, BEASTLY, and DEVILISH PICTURE in all history.” (Halley’s Bible Handbook, p.732)

Please see THIS DOCUMENT listing more of the Catholic Church’s crimes against children.

Friends, please open your eyes to this antichrist church. This is not God’s church whatsoever. It is an apostate church and history PROVES her status as the main Bible ‘antichrist’ system. The pope thinks he sits IN PLACE OF Christ, acting as if he is God, which is what antichrist actually means in the original language. Someone who puts himself IN PLACE OF Christ. And the doctrines of this church are an abomination to our Holy Heavenly Father. Heed the call today! COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE! (Revelation 18:4).

 

How Can We Lament the Present Tyranny? Reaping what We have Sown in the Great White North

by Kevin D. Annett

 it starts happening to your people too you’ll understand what we’ve lost, but by then it’ll be too late for everybody. 

– Haida elder Nungklaathgaa (Doug Wilson) to the author, February 2006

History teaches, but it has no pupils. 

– Antonio Gramsci, 1934

The latest call to me for help couldn’t have come at a more appropriate place: an unmarked mass grave of children. 

“Kevin, where have you been?” squawked the voice on my borrowed cell phone. 

“At the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital” I replied. “Ever heard of it?”

“No, no, but look, this is important!” continued the caller. “They just made it a law in Ontario that every child has to be vaccinated or they’ll be expelled from school and their parents will go to jail!”

“So you mean they’ll be like Indians” I said. The caller didn’t understand what I meant.

Doug Wilson could easily have ended up in the ground where I stood that morning. The aged Haida man was stolen from his family by gun-wielding Mounties when he was barely six and somehow survived starvation and tortures at the death camp called the Edmonton Indian residential school. Next door to it was the medical experimental centre called the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital, also run by the United Church. Doug was on the burial detail there, as he recounted to me years ago.

“We were scared as hell that we’d catch something from the dead kids we were burying. They’d all been worked on at the hospital by the church doctors, given some weird injections as part of some drug testing thing. They were all bloated up and yellow with strange scabs all over their bodies. None of the kids who went into those labs ever came out alive. And there was nothing we could do about it.”

“Why not?” I asked him naively.

“Because Indians can’t refuse any medical treatment or shots. Still can’t under the law. We’re just guinea pigs.”

Since Canada began, my people have established and funded and maintained and then concealed our domestic genocidal atrocities. Most Canadians still turn away with disbelief or scorn whenever these crimes are mentioned. Yet these same complicit and accommodated folks are now suddenly outraged that their own freedoms and health are under attack by the same “Crown” authority that sanctioned and led our Group Crime. My people haven’t learned or taken to heart that whatever is done to the most vulnerable among us will eventually be inflicted on everyone.

When it comes to the present police-state legislation requiring mandatory vaccinations of our children, the Canadian government and their Big Pharma string pullers are simply applying everything they’ve done to Indians over the years to the rest of us. We’re all on the Reservation now. 

The truth is that the very methods of repression now being deployed against all of us were first perfected in the Indian schools and hospitals, and for over a century were used to wipe out tens of thousands of children, with our complicity. The terror we caused and allowed against those legions of brown children is now blowing back on our own. That’s why the evidence I’ve surfaced for over a quarter century as well as our campaign to expose genocide in Canada has been so systematically attacked, marginalized, smeared and censored out of sight and mind: because it reveals how and why the present tyranny has come about. And such knowledge and memory is dangerous to the few who continue to milk and bilk the many.

But the sickness called Canada runs deeper. No state immersed in inter generational crime can retain its lawful or its moral substance. As Martin Luther King observed, “To keep others repressed you have to be down there in the ditch with them.” Or as a German friend who’d survived the war years in Berlin once described to me:

“There never was any serious mass opposition to Hitler because as a people we’d lost the capacity to know right from wrong, and to act on what we knew. We all became lost in the same Nacht und Nebel (Night and Fog) that the Nazis imposed on all their opponents.”

The mental and moral fog that enshrouds Christian Canada is not ultimately something that has been done to us; it has been generated by we ourselves and by our long accommodation and service to a blood soaked Empire. If the Canadian government is able to so easily impose its Orwellian statutes on us it is because we have lost the capacity to be other than servile. My Irish grandmother used to say “The Devil can’t put into you what isn’t there already.” If Adolf Hitler psychically represented a defeated, war-ravaged people hungry for vengeance, then the burgeoning police state on this continent is nothing less than the expression of a people who have fed too long off the fruits of genocide to do anything else but choose a slavish security over the risks and costs of freedom. 

Even if we could make such a choice, the basic moral issue is whether Canadians have earned the right to liberty and justice. Like the proverbial death-bed penitent who seeks a cheap, last minute redemption as the void yawns, Canadians want an assurance of justice of which we are not worthy. We have not yet won our right to be a free people. We are too immersed in the Night and Fog of our own complicity and fears to do anything but stumble in blindness, seeking a quick and easy solution to ourselves without understanding who and what we are. 

“They don’t seem to realize that they’re dead”: thus did my buddy John Graham, a Lakota shaman, describe the preened and proper United Church parishioners who hurried past our leaflets and placards one Sunday morning bearing the same oblivious, bovine expression. The seed of murder we have sown to steal and keep this land has filled our Body Politic and each one of us with a harvest of living death. Native or Pale, “sheeple” or “awake”, none of us is spared. We’re in a state of group possession. Anyone who peeks even slightly outside their own self-interested circle knows this to be so.

Can we truly lament the present Tyranny, when it has emerged from ourselves and through which we have reaped all its material benefits up until now? To genuinely mourn is to let go of a life that is dead and gone, and take the first step towards freedom: the kind that lies beyond our present selves. For the true mourner knows that things are over, that no healing or “reconciliation” is possible, that a life and even an entire culture has ended. Only then can a new world be born. But first we each must grieve and wail from our guts, and let go of the corpse that we all cling to for answers. Leave the fallen city, and seek your salvation elsewhere.

Fallen indeed is the great city of Babylon known as Canada. Why then are we hoping for rescue from its latest repressive laws through the very courts that serve the monster that we have created? Can one wing of the problem protest or oppose the other? Hope lies elsewhere. Seeking freedom and a new spirit and name in the desert outside the city walls is never easy, practical or desirable for a captive people like Canadians. But there is no other course for us.

What does it all mean? Simply this: Seek yourself elsewhere than in what you presently are. Take your children and your best self and leave the power and its jurisdiction that you serve, while you still can. The Republic of Kanata awaits you once it has emerged from within you.

 
image.png Mass grave of children at former Charles Camsell Indian Hospital, Edmonton

Listen to Kevin live every Sunday at 6 pm eastern at www.bbsradio.com/herewestand . See the evidence of genocide in Canada and globally at www.murderbydecree.com and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk4g5l7FcFc&list=PLYEnChrKOgm7aRDzbo6yfswzCEdMl2P8e&index=1 .

Some of Kevin’s books can be ordered here:Murder by Decree – The Crime of Genocide in
 
Unrelenting: Between Sodom and Zion: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1523905778
 
Establishing the Reign of Natural Liberty: A Common Law Training Manual
At the Mouth of a Cannon: Conquest and Cupidity on Canada’s West Coast https://www.amazon.com/dp/1983790842 , https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JZKNDJK
Truth Teller’s Shield: A Manual for Whistle Blowers & Hell Raisers:
Establishing Liberty: The Case for the Republic of Kanata
Here We Stand: The Call of the New Protestant Reformation https://www.amazon.com/dp/1974273474
Fallen – The Story of the Vancouver Four: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1548152684
 
The Sacrifice – Of Family and Empire: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1727005961
 
1497 and so on: A History of White People in Canada or, The Caucasian Healing Fund : https://www.amazon.com/dp/1541034961
 
The Border: A Post-Canadian Anthology  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1092763910
 
Kevin’s award winning documentary film Unrepentant can be viewed at  https://youtu.be/rCRrEqeWoOM. See also an insightful personal interview “Who is Kevin Annett?” (2013) at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY4h3hDjOYM and also:  http://www.salem-news.com/articles/march262019/canada-biggest-cover-up-sw.php
Listen to Kevin live every Sunday at 6 pm eastern at www.bbsradio.com/herewestand . See the evidence of genocide in Canada and globally at www.murderbydecree.com and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk4g5l7FcFc&list=PLYEnChrKOgm7aRDzbo6yfswzCEdMl2P8e&index=1 .
Some of Kevin’s books can be ordered here:
Murder by Decree – The Crime of Genocide in Canada: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1530145619
Unrelenting: Between Sodom and Zion: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1523905778
 
Establishing the Reign of Natural Liberty: A Common Law Training Manual
At the Mouth of a Cannon: Conquest and Cupidity on Canada’s West Coast https://www.amazon.com/dp/1983790842 , https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JZKNDJK
Truth Teller’s Shield: A Manual for Whistle Blowers & Hell Raisers:
Establishing Liberty: The Case for the Republic of Kanata
Here We Stand: The Call of the New Protestant Reformation https://www.amazon.com/dp/1974273474
Fallen – The Story of the Vancouver Four: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1548152684
 
The Sacrifice – Of Family and Empire: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1727005961
 
1497 and so on: A History of White People in Canada or, The Caucasian Healing Fund : https://www.amazon.com/dp/1541034961
 
The Border: A Post-Canadian Anthology  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1092763910
 
Kevin’s award winning documentary film Unrepentant can be viewed at  https://youtu.be/rCRrEqeWoOM. See also an insightful personal interview “Who is Kevin Annett?” (2013) at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY4h3hDjOYM and also:  http://www.salem-news.com/articles/march262019/canada-biggest-cover-up-sw.php

 

Christianity and colonialism

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Edward Andrews writes:

Historians have traditionally looked at Christian missionaries in one of two ways. The first church historians to catalogue missionary history provided hagiographic descriptions of their trials, successes, and sometimes even martyrdom. Missionaries were thus visible saints, exemplars of ideal piety in a sea of persistent savagery. However, by the middle of the twentieth century, an era marked by civil rights movements, anti-colonialism, and growing secularization, missionaries were viewed quite differently. Instead of godly martyrs, historians now described missionaries as arrogant and rapacious imperialists. Christianity became not a saving grace but a monolithic and aggressive force that missionaries imposed upon defiant natives. Indeed, missionaries were now understood as important agents in the ever-expanding nation-state, or “ideological shock troops for colonial invasion whose zealotry blinded them.”[3]

 

Continue reading “Christianity and colonialism”