had seen enough, - writes Wylie, -; and as we re-crossed the moat of the Castle
of Chillon, the light seemed sweeter than ever, and we never in all our lives
felt so thankful for the Reformation, which had vested us in the privilege of
reading our Bible without having our limbs torn and our body mangled”.
the property of "heretics" passed to the Church. So the Church became
rich rather quickly on the blood of innocent people. “Even the grave was no
protection from having property be confiscated. Corpses were dug up, and dead
men and women were convicted of heresy. This allowed the Inquisitors to take the
property of the heirs of the dead "heretics". » (Dave Hunt, “ A Woman Rides the Beast, ” p. 253).
The courts over witches began to be held less often in the majority of parts of Europe after 1680; in England the execution for witchcraft was abolished in 1736. In the end XVII and in the XVIII century last wave of prosecution of witches fell upon Poland and other areas of East Europe, but it was finished approximately about 1740.. Last legal court over a witch took place in Switzerland in 1782. In France the last heretic was condemned in 1766. The inquisition was completely stopped only in 1820. Thus, "holy" Roman Catholic Church had been dirty in human blood for about 1300 years and thus killed approximately from 70 up to 100 million people.
In 1542 Pope Paul III established an investigational office for struggle against Protestants called the "Holy Roman and Universal Inquisition” in the Vatican. In 1545, the Inquisition published an Index of prohibited books. Catholics were under the threat of death if they read one of these books. The Index included all of the books of the Protestant Reformers, as well as Protestant Bibles. In Spain, owning one of these banned books was punishable by death. The list of forbidden books was kept current until Pope Paul VI abolished the Index in 1959 (Bruce L. Shelley, “ Church History in Plain Language, ” p.274.).
In 1908 Roman Pope Pius X dropped the word "inquisition" from the title of the office and it came to be known simply as the "Holy Office." On December 7, 1965 that office was renamed into the "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith." The title sounds innocuous enough, but there is a long and bloody history attached to that office; in fact, the public burnings of "heretics" were called autos-da-fe or "acts of faith”. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith still exists in the Catholic church today, holding meetings once a week with the Pope periodically presiding. The office still occupies the Palace of the Inquisition, which is adjacent to the Vatican. The current Grand Inquisitor is the former archbishop of Munich, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Because of the importance of his position as the chief enforcer of dogma, Ratzinger is viewed by many as the most powerful cardinal in the Catholic Church.
you think such
a struggle against heretics was welcomed by God? “I shall not
kill” - tells the Bible. When the village of the Samaritans did not accept
Jesus, the disciples offered him: “Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to
come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and
rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son
of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them»
(Luke.9:54-56). «A man that is
an heretic after the first and second admonition reject»
said that those who believed in him are the limbs of His body. “I am in my
Father, and you in me, and I in you” (John.14:20); “So we, being many, are
one body in Christ.” (Rom. 12:4-5). The
prosecution of His church is equivalent to prosecution of Jesus Christ Himself.
When Saul (he later became Paul) pursued the Church of the Christ, Jesus came to
him and asked: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting
Me?” (Acts 9:4).
He who Pursues the Christians pursues God
and His Anointed ! There was no greater persecutor of Jesus' church in the
history of the world than the Roman Catholic System led by Vatican.