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Posted by Elaine on July 31, 2000 at 19:47:08:

In Reply to: Re: For all those who ponder the castingof stones posted by Elaine on July 31, 2000 at 18:34:53:

: There was not 'an' inquisition in Europe, there were several - & though popularly thought otherwise, they were not Church Inquisitions, but secular. The most infamous was that of Spain (condemned by the Church) but they were held by the princes of France & Italian states as well.

: To say "The
: Church ran a wonderful business of torturing, killing thousands of people and profited." is incorrect, the corruption of both Catholic princes & churchmen notwithstanding (witness the Counter Reformation). I appreciate the point you were making & the balance you sought but I must correct that myth.

: Very interesting issues to ponder here ...

: E

I did not write that very clearly! Sorry ...
My point was there were several inquisitions, rather than one, & the presumed referenced inquisition(s) was the work of a secular nation (though rooted/masked in religious tenets & empowered by the Church, the tribunals evolved into realms of secular authority). (Regarding Spain, of course, Torquemada was THE driving force & quite fanatic - ) I didn't want to imply it was secular in nature ...

Am going off track from your post here~


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