DARK HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH !
ON THE INSIDE COVER JACKET:
With 1.2 billion members, the Catholic Church is one of the world's oldest institutions and has played a crucial part in the development of Western civilization. But in its rise from Jewish sect to global faith, it has been both the persecuted and the persecutor; it has become powerful but guilty of corruption; and it has preached moral purity but has been marred by abuse scandals.
From the persecution of the early Christians in ancient Rome, through the terrors of the anti-heresy witch hunts of the notorious Grand Inquisitor, Torquemada, to papal collaboration with the Nazis during World War 11, Dark History of the Catholic Church tells the stories of heretics and pogroms, Mother Teresa and martyred priests, papal purges and crooked clergy, false prophets and faithless pontiffs.
ON THE BACK COVER WE READ:
Headed by the Pope and administered by more than 400,000 priests, the Catholic Church is the world's largest Christian church. But despite its many good works, the Church has some dark episodes and scandals staining its reputation.
Between 1480 and 1800, hundreds of thousands were tries and tortured as heretics, with confessions extracted by methods including branding, the rack, toe crushing, bone breaking, beatings, foot roasting, and blinding by red-hot pokers. If found guilty, the victims were then strangled and burned to death.
Death by Translation
In 1536, William Tyndale was burned at the stake for translating and distributing copies of the Bible in English.
"As soon as a coin in the coffee rings / the soul from purgatory springs." In the sixteenth century, Catholic preacher Johann Tetzel famously provoked Martin Luther by selling indulgences, or forgiveness of sins, for the supposed transgressions of the dead to their surviving relatives.
THE DARK HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH - Schisms, Wars, Inquisitions, Witch Hunts, Scandals, Corruption
by Michael Kerrigan
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