I remember reading about a quote of some bishop around the turn of 19th century, "The Inquisition was an unfortunate episode in church history."
You muddafukka I said to myself, that's like saying the Holocaust was a misadventure due to misinterpretation of Darwinism. No wonder human history is so messed up, and the Catholic Church still thrives. How do you torture and kill millions of people and completely get away with it? Not one clergyman as far as I know even underwent a mild rebuke.
Consider this painting below called the "Auto da Fe". That's St Dominic Guzman sitting on his thrown like some sort of midievil Jabba the Hutt. That sonofabitch murdered thousands and today there're several American cities named after him, a Country (the Dominic Republic) and even an island in the Caribbean. He founded many austere monasteries and ruled that it was sinful to even question the word of your superiors. He happened to be the patron saint of Christopher Columbus.
The two condemned in the painting were Cathars. The group from Southern France was persecuted by the Church in Rome because they questioned the payment of tribute. The painting below gives us an idea of what it was like in the 1200s and today the Church acts like it never happened.
If you like to follow up on this intriguing history check out Man Made God by Barbara Walkers. She's an expect in Midieval History and a co-author on mine in my Pot Stories. Also, my Saving Gaia offers what changes have to be made to save the planet. Breaking away from superstition is a good start. Humans need to understand that we are a part of nature and grew out of the natural world over the course of four billion years.