In 1563, at The Council of Trent the Roman Catholic Church issue a death sentence for anyone who said the bread and wine used in Holy Communion were only symbolic.
1. If anyone denies that in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist are
contained truly, really and substantially the body and blood together with the
soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ,
but says that He is in it only as in a sign, or figure or force, let him be
anathema [damned as a
heretic] - COUNCIL
OF TRENT, THIRTEENTH SESSION, chapter VII.
The believers refused
to recognize, that Jesus was a piece of bread. For that they were
“punished" by Holy Inquisition. Thomas Aquinas (1226-1274), a Catholic
saint wrote: "It is more wicked to corrupt the faith on which depends the
life of the soul than to debase the coinage which provides merely for temporal
life; wherefore if coiners and other malefactors are justly doomed to death,
much more may heretics be justly slain once they are convicted."
In 1826, a Spanish schoolmaster was hanged because he substituted the phrase "Ave Maria" ("Hail Mary") for “Praise to God” during school prayers (Paul Johnson, “A History of Christianity”, N.York: Simon & Schuster, 1995, p.308).
people were convicted of heresy for reasons that are difficult to understand. A
young nobleman failed to take his hat off when a religious procession was going
through the streets. It was raining at the time. He paid a heavy price for
trying to keep his head dry. He was convicted of blasphemy. He was sentenced to
"torture ordinary and extraordinary". His hands were cut off. His
tongue was ripped out with pincers. And he was burned alive..
(Paul Johnson, “ A History of Christianity, ” p.353).
During the inquisition dozens of millions of people were killed as enemies of the Catholic Church. In the course of one day in August 24, 1572 about 100,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) were massacred in Paris during the St. Bartholomew Day Massacre. The French soldiers and Catholic clergy rushed into houses of nothing suspecting unarmed people and killed men, women, children - all. The currents of blood flew along the streets of Paris. The rivers were so filled with corpses, that within many months there was a stench from decomposing bodies. Many were put to a jail. The best and most distinguished people ran away to Germany, Switzerland, England, Ireland and later to America.... France was brought to its knees.... Since then France could not restore its former greatness
When Pope Gregory XIII received the news about the success of “campaign”, he, being very happy, went with the grand procession to St. Louis Church to give thanks. He ordered the pope mint court to mint coins in commemoration of the massacre. The coin depicted an angel with a cross in one hand and a sword in the other, before whom a band of Huguenots, with horror on their faces, are fleeing. The fresco painted by the Italian artist Vasary, from which the memorable coin was minted, still hangs in Vatican in memory of murder of 100.000 French Christians!
were slaughtered by the most refined ways.
Here are only some of tortures, through which they passed:
the skin was flayed of their
head, face and body; nipples were pulled out;
they were fried alive in pans; they were bound
to pillar head down and roasted; the mouths
were slit back to ears; they were crucified upside down;
they were thrown out of windows upon upward standing spears;
the bodies were gored through mouths with pikes;
the arms were cut off.
man was burnt slowly: beginning
with soles of feet, then up to ankles and the middle of the body, until he was
dead; red-hot things were put on the belly
until bowels fell out; the women stripped were
hanged on the tree by their hair and were scourged; some
people had their flesh torn with the claws of wild animals;
the head was gripped in a vice and the vice were twisted until eyes came
out ; the tongue was cut.
People were hanged up by the heels and were choked with smoke;
the hearts were pulled out, some people
had their bowels pulled out; sharp instruments
were forced under their nails and other parts of the body;
throats were cut with butcher knives; Knocked
on the head with axes; naked women were left
hanging up by one leg on trees until they died.