Sunday, June 17, 2018

A Church Frozen in Time

A Church Frozen in Time - my discussion with a sedevacantist.

A certain sedevacantist site, which I will not mention, posted an article about the alleged rebuke of St. Peter by St. Paul. I commented that many reliable sources contend that the Peter that was rebuked was not St. Peter, but another person by that name. I provided a link to a blog post article on my web site. This led to a series of back and forth responses by myself and the moderator. At some point he decided to take a close look at my websites, and wrote a comment bewailing my books on Luisa Piccarreta since some of her writings had been placed on the Index. He wrote that the “Divine Will cult is condemned by the Church.”

I responded that the Indexed works were some of her ancillary writings that were highly edited by others, and that the first nineteen of her books received the Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat. I added that Her "cult" is certainly NOT condemned by the Church, but is rather encouraged by the current Ordinary, who is promoting her Cause and is preparing a critical edition of her writings. All of the objections have been thoroughly answered by competent theologians. A good summary of the situation is at the EWTN  website. 

His answer was that I was citing Novus Ordo sources. “That the Novus Ordo Sect would approve these works or revelations, is not surprising.” In other words, what EWTN says does not count, it is Novus Ordo. What the current Ordinary of Luisa's Diocese says is irrelevant since he is Novus Ordo. I replied, and he replied back, and so on.

In thinking about this, it occurs to me that should the Church beatify her, or officially approve the writings of Luisa Piccarreta, it will mean nothing to him, since this would all be “Novus Ordo.” That is, his views are based on a Church that is frozen in time. It marched on only until the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958. Nothing that happened after that in the Vatican matters to the sede-vacantist.  They have no obedience to the hierarchy, and either ignore or mock whatever the recent Popes have said.  Nothing that the living Catholic Church now says or does has any meaning to them, since it is not part of their leaderless religion. Theirs is a lifeless church with no one at the helm and which cannot grow.  It cannot issue authoritative documents, and has no formal jurisdiction.  It is a religion frozen in time.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Our Lady of Good Success and the Divine Designs

Our Lady of Good Success Teaches Us How to Respond to the Crisis in the Church.


     An article written for the website Rosary to the Interior: For the Purification of the Church discusses the fourth Joyful Rosary mystery, the Presentation of Jesus / Purification of Mary, in the light of the prophecies of Our Lady of Good Success (OLGS). These Church-approved apparitions and revelations were made to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres (1563-1635), a Conceptionist religious in Quito, Ecuador. 
     Unlike many of the recent articles on OLGS, it's primary focus is not on the dramatic prophecies that describe the current crisis in the Church. Rather the emphasis is on the hope for final victory, and God's “Secret Designs” on how attain it, as indicated by Our Lady. The lengthy article provides an excellent overview, with appropriate details, of the entire drama of the Conceptionist Nuns of that era, interwoven with the apparitions, teachings and messages of Jesus and Mary. 
     The basic principle of God’s “Secret Designs” according to the article is this: “God’s promise of Our Lady’s Triumph (and thus the Church’s) will be fulfilled through the formation of souls who, with the graces which make this possible, will live a profound victimhood in imitation of Christ – a victimhood which they will suffer at the hands of both good and evil persons.” The laity are called to participate in this victimhood, and the key to this victimhood is remaining truly and fully united with the Church no matter what sufferings or deprivations this may bring.

     From a study of the OLGS apparitions, the author states that rendering full obedience to the Vicar of Christ, after understanding the limits placed upon the powers of the Papacy, “is not at all inconsistent with criticism of a Pope’s personal errors in regard to doctrines and their implications, nor is it inconsistent with refusing to follow these errors and policies if they are contrary to the Gospel.” He bases his conclusion on the way the Conceptionist Nuns offered their “victimhood” that was suffered at the hands of their Superiors, who wanted to mitigate, weaken, and relax the Rules of the convent. Rather than rebelling, the observant nuns accepted the lawful jurisdiction of those over them, however unjust it was, even to the point of being cast into the convent prison. “For those who choose not to abandon the Cross, however, it is within the depths of this suffering that is to be found the grace of victory.”

Instead of Despair, there is Hope.

     Applying this to the Church of today, he writes: that “the rejection of obedience to the Pope in his government and discipline of the Church entails the loss of that grace which is the very life-blood of the Church. Such is the position in which such groups as the SSPX and the Sedevacantists find themselves. They are depriving both themselves and the Church of the grace whereby Our Lady’s Triumph will be achieved.” These choices and others which revolve around defiance of the pope, the validity of his election, or plotting to depose him, assert at least implicitly that “God does not know what He is doing, that God is not trustworthy in his promises, or that God has failed.” The jurisdiction of the Church hierarchy must be accepted, we must remain within the fold, but we should not be silent in the face of Modernist fantasies that are taught or proposed, which seek to mitigate and relax our obligation to follow the teachings of Christ. 

   “If, on the other hand, we unite ourselves to the Heart of Mary, now pierced with the sword of sorrows and suffering necessary for the purification of the Church and the triumphal re-entry of the Light of Christ into his temple, then our Lady’s Immaculate Heart will not only be our refuge and the way that will lead us to God, but the means by which we also may become true vessels of merciful love and full participants in God’s “secret designs” of mercy for a suffering, sinful world. Unquestionably, the primary means which Our Lady has given us to effect this spiritual childhood in service to Her Triumph is the Rosary.” 

     I highly recommend reading this very important article in its entirety.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Daily Prayer to the Blessed Virgin for the Month of May

Prayer to the Celestial Queen for each day of the month of May
Immaculate Queen, my Celestial Mother, I come onto your maternal knees to abandon myself in your arms as your dear child, and to ask of You, with the most ardent sighs, in this month consecrated to You, the greatest of graces: that You admit me to live in the Kingdom of the Divine Will.

Holy Mother, You who are the Queen of this Kingdom, admit me to live in It as your child, that It may no longer be deserted, but populated by your children. Therefore, Sovereign Queen, I entrust myself to You, that You may lead my steps in the Kingdom of the Divine Will; and as I cling to your maternal hand, You will lead all my being to live perennial life in the Divine Will. 
You will be my Mother, and to You, as my Mother, I deliver my will, that You may exchange it with the Divine Will, and so I may be sure I will not go out of Its Kingdom. Therefore I pray You to illumine me in order to make me comprehend what ‘Will of God’ means.

(Hail Mary)

Combine this prayer from the book The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will with its daily meditations on the Heavenly Queen for the month of May, available at this Link.

Quoting from the Doctoral Thesis of Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, approved by the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome, and authorized by the Holy See, " . . . Luisa wrote The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will that Mary dictated to her for mankind's sanctification in the Divine Will."  (p. 26.) 

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Padre Pio on Modesty, the Forgotten Virtue

     Nothing reflects the good or bad qualities of the soul more than modesty. Compare Padre Pio's teaching shown below, to St. Paul's description of the behavior of persons in the last days, and discern where we are in salvation history.

     The Apostle Paul warns: “Know also this, that, in the last days, shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, without affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent, unmerciful, without kindness, traitors, stubborn, puffed up, and lovers of pleasures more than of God: having an appearance indeed of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Now these avoid.” [2 Tim. 3:1-5.]

     Did someone say “selfie?” 

     From a letter of Padre Pio to one of his spiritual daughters: 

     Once you leave church, be as every follower of the Nazarene should be.  Above all, be extremely modest in everything, as this is the virtue which, more than any other, reveals the affections of the heart.  Nothing represents an object more faithfully or clearly than a mirror.  In the same way, nothing more widely represents the good or bad qualities of a soul than the greater or lesser regulation of the exterior, as when one appears more or less modest.  You must be modest in speech, modest in laughter, modest in your bearing, modest in walking.   All this must be practiced, not out of vanity in order to display one's self, nor out of hypocrisy in order to appear to be good to the eyes of others, but rather, for the internal virtue of modesty, which regulates the external workings of the body.


     Therefore, be humble of heart, circumspect in words, prudent in your resolutions.  Always be sparing in your speech, assiduous in good reading, attentive in your work, modest in your conversation.  Don't be disgusting to anybody but be benevolent towards all and respectful towards your elders.   May any sinister glance be far from you, may no daring word escape your lips, may you never carry out any immodest or somewhat free action; never a rather free action or a petulant tone of voice.

     In short let your whole exterior be a vivid image of the composure of your soul.

     Always keep the modesty of the divine Master before your eyes, as an example; this Master who, according to the words of the Apostle to the Corinthians, placing the modesty of Jesus Christ on an equal footing with meekness, which was his one particular virtue and almost his characteristic:  "Now I Paul myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ" [2 Cor. 10:1], and according to such a perfect model reform all your external operations, which should be faithful reflections revealing the affections of your interior.

     Never forget this divine model. Try to see a certain lovable majesty in his presence, a certain pleasant authority in his manner of speaking, a certain pleasant dignity in walking, in contemplating, speaking, conversing; a certain sweet serenity of face.  Imagine that extremely composed and sweet expression with which he drew the crowds, making them leave cities and castles, leading them to the mountains, the forests, to the solitude and deserted beaches of the sea, totally forgetting food, drink and their domestic duties.

     Thus let us try to imitate, as far as we possibly can, such modest and dignified actions.  And let us do our utmost to be, as far as possible, similar to him on this earth, in order that we might be more perfect and more similar to him for the whole of eternity in the heavenly Jerusalem.

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Pietrelcina, July 25, 1915, from a letter to Annita Rodote, in Volume III of his Letters – used with permission. To read the entire letter, click Here.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Real Life of Jesus in the Divine Will and the Eucharist

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 Padre Pio said the world would be astonished at the greatness of Luisa Piccarreta.  You will be too after you read this book!     

Learn how the Real Life of Jesus in the Eucharist also exists in souls who live in the Divine Will. In fact, the souls who live in the Divine Will are living Hosts, since the Divine Volition is a continuous Communion. Learn why Jesus is not bound by His own Sacraments, and how He entrusted His Sacramental Life to the Heart of His Mother. Find out why Jesus gave Communion to Himself at the Last Supper, and how His sacrificial life continues in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Learn why living in the Divine Will has Primacy, and surpasses all the other Sacraments. This book is a detailed report and compendium of almost 150 separate teachings on the Lord's Real Life as it exists in the Divine Will and the Eucharist, taken from Luisa Piccarreta's 36-volume opus on the Divine Will revelations.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Paul VI Said He had Abolished the Traditional Mass

In a discourse to twenty new cardinals, nominated in a 1976 consistory, Paul VI explicitly declared that the new Mass (Novus Ordo) was promulgated to replace the old Mass (Tridentine), in accordance with the norms of Vatican II.  Further, the adoption of the new Mass is not optional, and only infirm or elderly priests are permitted to say the old Mass, provided no one else is in attendance. 

". . . . and they shall defile the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the continual sacrifice, and they shall place there the abomination unto desolation."
[Daniel 11:31

English translation below of relevant part of Concistoro Segreto del Santo Padre Paolo VI per la Nomina di Venti Cardinali. Link to full text Here. 

"It is in the name of Tradition that we ask all our children, all Catholic communities, to celebrate, in dignity and fervor, the renewed Liturgy. The adoption of the new "Ordo Missae" is certainly not left to the will of the priests or of the faithful: and the Instruction of June 14, 1971 provided for the celebration of Mass in the ancient form, with the authorization of the ordinary, only for elderly or infirm priests who offer the Divine Sacrifice sine populo. The Novus Ordo was promulgated to replace the old, after mature deliberation, following the requests of the Second Vatican Council. Similarly, our holy predecessor Pius V had made mandatory the Missal reformed under his authority, following the Council of Trent." 

The Italian and Latin follow, from Vatican web site:

È nel nome della Tradizione che noi domandiamo a tutti i nostri figli, a tutte le comunità cattoliche, di celebrare, in dignità e fervore la Liturgia rinnovata. L’adozione del nuovo «Ordo Missae» non è lasciata certo all’arbitrio dei sacerdoti o dei fedeli: e l’Istruzione del 14 giugno 1971 ha previsto la celebrazione della Messa nell’antica forma, con l’autorizzazione dell’ordinario, solo per sacerdoti anziani o infermi, che offrono il Divin Sacrificio sine populo. Il nuovo Ordo è stato promulgato perché si sostituisse all’antico, dopo matura deliberazione, in seguito alle istanze del Concilio Vaticano II. Non diversamente il nostro santo Predecessore Pio V aveva reso obbligatorio il Messale riformato sotto la sua autorità, in seguito al Concilio Tridentino.

At vero, nomine ipsius Traditionis Nos ab omnibus filiis Nostris atque ab omnibus catholicis communitatibus postulamus, ut cum dignitate pietatisque fervore renovatae Liturgiae ritus celebrentur. Usus novi Ordinis Missae minime quidem sacerdotum vel christifidelium arbitrio permittitur. Instructione autem edita die quarto decimo mensis Iunii anno millesimo nongentesimo septuagesimo primo provisum est, ut Missae celebratio antiquo ritu sineretur, facultate data ab Ordinario, tantummodo sacerdotibus aetate provectis vel infirmis, qui Divinum Sacrificium sine populo offerrent. Novus Ordo promulgatus est, ut in locum veteris substitueretur post maturam deliberationem, atque ad exsequendas normas quae a Concilio Vaticano II impertitae sunt. Haud dissimili ratione, Decessor Noster S. Pius V post Concilium Tridentinum Missale auctoritate sua recognitum adhiberi iusserat.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The True Life of Jesus.

The Real, True Life of Jesus exists in those who live in the Divine Will, just as It does in the Eucharist.

From the Church-approved Volume 16 of Luisa Piccarreta's writings. Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat from the Bishop of her Diocese and St. Annibale di Francia. Below post is based on her entry dated November 5, 1923. 
Luisa was feeling oppressed, in part because her confessor had denied her absolution due to her lack of trust in him, but primarily because of the privation of her beloved Jesus. Having received Holy Communion, she abandoned herself to the Lord, lamenting that creatures, instead of helping her, pile pain upon pain. She asked Jesus, as the High Priest, to give her absolution Himself, forgiving the sins that are in her soul. She wished to hear His sweet voice, that bestows life and forgiveness. 
The Lord made Himself seen in her interior, within the Sacramental veils, which formed as though a mirror; Jesus was inside of it, alive and real. He told her that the mirror comprises the accidents of the bread which keep Him imprisoned within them. He forms His Life in the Host, but the Host does not give Him anything, not one affection, heartbeat, or even the littlest “I love You.” It is as though dead for Him, and He remains alone, without a shadow of requital. His love is almost impatient to go out and shatter that glass. He wants to descend into hearts in order to find in them that requital which the Host does not know how to give, nor can it. 

      Does Luisa know where He can find His true requital? It is in the soul who lives in His Divine Will. As he descends into her heart in Communion, He immediately consumes the accidents of the Host, because He knows that more noble accidents, more dear to Him, are ready to imprison Him. They will not let Him go out of that heart, which will give Him, not only life within itself, but life for life. He will not be alone, but will be with His most faithful company. There will be two hearts, palpitating together, united in love and in their desires. He will remain in her, and there He will live a Life, alive and real, just as He does in the Most Holy Sacrament. The accidents which He finds in the soul who does His Will, are her acts done in the Divine Volition, which, more than accidents, lay themselves around Him. They imprison Him, but inside a noble and divine prison, not a dark one, because her acts done In His Will illuminate and warm her, more than sun. How happy He feels to form His real Life in her, because He feels as if He were inside His Celestial Royal Palace. In Luisa's heart He is so happy, He delights and feels the purest joys. 

But Luisa objected, asking if what He is telling her is something new and singular – that in one who lives in His Will He forms His real life? She asked if it was rather His mystical Life, which He forms in hearts which possess His grace? But Jesus replied that it is not a mystical Life, as in those who possess His grace. They do not live with their acts identified within His Volition, and do not have sufficient material to form the accidents in order to imprison Him. It would be as if the priest did not have the Host, and wanted to pronounce the words of the consecration. He would say them, but would say them to empty space – His sacramental Life would certainly not have existence. This is how He is in the hearts which, though they may possess His grace, do not live completely in His Will. He is in them by grace, but not in reality. 

Luisa, in response, asked the Lord how can it be that He can really live in the soul who lives in His Will? Jesus answered that does He not live in the sacramental Host, alive and real, in Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity? Why does He live in the Host in that way? Because there is not a will that opposes His Will. If He found in the Host a will opposed to His, He would form neither real nor perennial Life in it. This is also the reason why the sacramental accidents are consumed when creatures receive Him – because He does not find a human will united with Him in such a way as to want to lose its own will in order to acquire His Will. Instead He finds a will that wants to act, that wants to do things on its own. So He makes His little visit, then He leaves. 

On the other hand, for one who lives in His Divine Will, His Volition and hers are one. What He does in the Host, how much more can He do in her, since He finds a heartbeat, an affection, His return and His interest, which He does not find in the Host. To the soul who lives in His Will, His real Life within her is necessary; otherwise How could she live in His Volition? Luisa does not understand that the sanctity of living in His Will is a sanctity completely different from the other sanctities. Except for the crosses, mortifications, and necessary acts of life which embellish the soul, it is nothing other than the life of the Blessed in Heaven. Since they live in His Will, by virtue of It they have Him within each one of them, as if He were for each one alone, alive and real, and not mystically, but really dwelling within them. If they did not have Him within them as their own life, it could not be called life of Heaven. Their happiness would be neither complete nor perfect if even a tiny particle of His Life were missing in them. Similarly, for one who lives in His Will on earth, if His real Life, which emits His Will, were missing, the Divine Volition would be neither full nor perfect in her. Truly, these are all prodigies of His love, even more: the prodigy of prodigies, that His Will has kept within Itself until now. But now it wants to issue them in order to achieve the primary purpose of the Creation of man. Therefore, He wants to form His first real Life in Luisa. 

On hearing this, Luisa felt a breath of disturbance, because she felt so far from this prodigy of having Him form His real Life in her. But Jesus told her not to worry. What He wants is that she obeys as much as she can, without putting anything of her own. All other sanctities, those of obedience and the other virtues, are not exempt from pettiness, disturbance, conflicts, and waste of time. These agitations prevent the forming of a beautiful sun – at most they form a little star. Only the sanctity of the Divine Volition is exempt from these miseries. 

The Divine Will encloses all the Sacraments and their effects. Therefore Luisa should abandon herself completely in It, and make It her own. Then she will receive the effects of the absolution, or anything else which she might be denied. She should not waste time, because by doing so she will come to hamper His real Life, which He is forming in her. (V16; 11/05/1923.)

[Does this mean that the soul living in the Divine Will does not have to receive Communion?  Absolutely not!  When such a soul, in whom Jesus lives with His real Life, receives the Sacrament, Jesus gloriously receives Himself, repeating what He did at the Last Supper, on the night that He instituted the Eucharist, when He gave Communion to Himself. I hope to be able to post something about this, based on Luisa's revelations, in the near future.]

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Padre Pio read this book four times!

A wonderful source for Lenten readings and meditations is the book, The Twenty Four Hours of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  The book has six Imprimaturs from various bishops and countries.

The twenty four hours cover His entire Passion, beginning from the time Jesus took final leave of His Mother Mary until His burial. The first link below includes a preface by St. Annibale di Francia. This book of meditations on the Passion of Christ was composed by Luisa Piccarreta.

Hours of the Passion (Link.)
Hours of the Passion (Link.)

Padre Pio read the Hours of the Passion four times! This is according to Adriana Pallotti, his recently deceased spiritual daughter from San Giovanni Rotondo, who received personal spiritual direction from the Saint. (Link.)

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Sacrament of the Divine Will surpasses all the other Sacraments.

The Lord told Luisa that Sacraments are called such because they are sacred, and possess the power and value to confer grace and sanctity. However, they act according to the dispositions of creatures. Thus, often they remain fruitless, unable to confer the goods they contain. The Divine Will, which is sacred and holy, contains altogether the virtue of all the Sacraments. Furthermore, It does not have to work in order to dispose the soul the receive Its goods. Rather, as soon as the soul has disposed herself to do His Will, the Divine Volition finding everything prepared and disposed, communicates Itself to the soul without delay, even at the cost of any sacrifice. It pours out the goods It contains, and forms the heroes and martyrs of the Divine Will, and portents unheard of. The Sacraments unite the soul with God, and doing the Divine Will unites the will of the creature to her Creator. The soul dissolves herself in the Eternal Volition – the “nothing” ascends to the “All,” and the “All” descends to the “nothing.” This is the noblest, most divine, purest, most beautiful, and holiest act of the creature.
The Lord confirmed to Luisa and repeated it, that His Will is Sacrament, and It surpasses all the Sacraments together. It acts in a more admirable way, without mediation from anyone and without the need for matter. The Sacrament of His Will is formed between His Will and that of the soul. The two wills tie themselves together and form the Sacrament. His Will is life, and the soul is already disposed to receive life. It is holy and she receives sanctity. It is strong and she receives strength, and so on.
On the other hand, the other Sacraments have to labor much to dispose souls, if they manage at all. How often do these channels which He left the Church remain despised, beaten up, and trampled upon! Some use them to sully themselves, and turn against Him to offend Him. If Luisa knew the enormous sacrileges committed in the Sacrament of Confession, and the horrendous abuses of the Sacrament of the Eucharist, Luisa would cry along with Him for the great pain.
Only the Sacrament of the Divine Will can sing glory and victory. It is full in its effects, and cannot be touched by the offenses of the creature. This is because, in order to enter into His Will, the soul must lay down her own will and her passions. Only then does the Divine Volition bend down to her. It invests her, identifies her with Itself, and makes portents of her. This is why Jesus becomes festive with He speaks of His will. His joy is full, and no bitterness enters between Him and the soul. But for the other Sacraments, His heart swims in sorrow. Man has turned them into a fount of bitterness for Him, while he instituted them as many founts of grace.

Based on revelations to the mystic Luisa Piccarreta, Volume 12; 12/26/1919.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

How is your Latin?

Radio and website in Latin Language from Finland?

Yes there is a weekly broadcast of the news in spoken Latin, originating from Finland.  An outcry from listeners worldwide prevented the show from being closed down by Finnish state radio last month.

Here is the LINK to the website, where you can listen to the recorded Latin broadcasts.  Site includes glossaries of contemporary terms.

This is a LINK to an article (in English) about the attempted shutdown and outcry.

Latin words and phrases every man should know:  LINK.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Michael Savage likens the Roman Catholic Church to Isis!

Sadly Dr. Savage apparently buys into the discredited “Black Legend” of the Spanish Inquisition. In his newest best-selling book, God, Faith, and Reason,
the conservative commentator makes such outrageous statements as “ . . . Either you believed in what Catholics believed in or they killed you . . . They were very similar to Isis.”
He writes the following on page 132 of his book:
The Maranno Jews lived during the Inquisition, when the Catholics were killing anyone who didn't follow their way. They were very much like the radical Muslims today. Yes, there is a precedent for what the radical Muslims are doing today. Either you believed in what Catholics believed in or they killed you. They'd let you convert, but if you didn't they burned you at the stake or had you drawn and quartered. They were very similar to Isis.”

On the contrary, never has the Catholic religion taught or mandated that people must be forced to convert upon pain of death or torture. Dr. Savage's sensationalist rhetoric is entirely misleading and grossly exaggerated. During the 350 years the Inquisition lasted, of course there were abuses. But comparing them to the excesses of what “radical Muslims are doing today” is absurd. Excerpts from three sources are presented below in order to shed some truth and light on what really happened during that period of history.  Like the Crusades, the Inquisition in its concept was essentially good and not evil.

In his article “Whythe Inquisition was Founded,” Hugh O'Reilly writes:

As the father of Christendom, Pope Gregory IX was anxious to correct the many errors of his time that were poisoning society spiritually and causing people to go astray from the Catholic Faith [Gregory IX reigned from 1227 to 1241.]"
Scene of the Inquisition - Francisco de Goya
Like Moses in the Old Testament, Gregory IX desired to protect the children of God from error. Like Moses, he ordered an Inquiry, or Inquisition, to be made with all diligence, and he demanded the testimony of at least two witnesses. Like Moses, he insisted that crimes against God should not go unpunished. The parallel stops here. Moses, in much earlier times, had no interest in distinguishing between the penitent and the obstinate, the deceiver and the deceived. He simply commanded the guilty to be stoned to death. Gregory IX’s principal desire was to draw the heretic back into the grace of God. Only in the cases where he insisted on remaining an enemy of God - and, therefore, of society - was he to be cut off from the Church and handed over to the discretion of the State.”

However, when abuses came to the attention of Pope Sixtus IV, he put an end of the Papacy's role in the Inquisition.

Thomas F. Madden writes in Crisis Magazine, in his article “TheTruth about the Spanish Inquisition, that the Inquisition then became an “. . . arm of the Spanish monarchy, separate from ecclesiastical authority. It is odd, then, that the Spanish Inquisition is so often today described as one of the Catholic Church’s great sins. The Catholic Church as an institution had almost nothing to do with it."

What about the dark dungeons and torture chambers? The Spanish Inquisition had jails, of course. But they were neither especially dark nor dungeon-like. Indeed, as far as prisons go, they were widely considered to be the best in Europe. There were even instances of criminals in Spain purposely blaspheming so as to be transferred to the Inquisition’s prisons. Like all courts in Europe, the Spanish Inquisition used torture. But it did so much less often than other courts. Modern researchers have discovered that the Spanish Inquisition applied torture in only 2 percent of its cases. Each instance of torture was limited to a maximum of 15 minutes. In only 1 percent of the cases was torture applied twice and never for a third time. The inescapable conclusion is that, by the standards of its time, the Spanish Inquisition was positively enlightened. That was the assessment of most Europeans until 1530. . ."

No major court in Europe executed fewer people than the Spanish Inquisition. This was a time, after all, when damaging shrubs in a public garden in London carried the death penalty. Across Europe, executions were everyday events. But not so with the Spanish Inquisition. In its 350-year lifespan only about 4,000 people were put to the stake [half of those occurred after the Spanish monarchy took control]."

Although the Spanish defeated Protestants on the battlefield, they would lose the propaganda war. These were the years when the famous “Black Legend” of Spain was forged. Innumerable books and pamphlets poured from northern presses accusing the Spanish Empire of inhuman depravity and horrible atrocities in the New World. Opulent Spain was cast as a place of darkness, ignorance, and evil. Although modern scholars have long ago discarded the Black Legend, it still remains very much alive today."

A new, fictional Spanish Inquisition had been constructed, designed by the enemies of Spain and the Catholic Church.”

ISIS Inquisitors

The Traditionin Action website reviewed the BBC film “Timewatch – the Myth of the Spanish Inquisition,” which demonstrated that the anti-Catholic arguments have no basic in historical evidence. The 46-minute film, produced in 1994, outlines the history and facts of the Spanish Inquisition, basing its information on a systematic study of its private official records. View the movie Here

Reviewer Phillip Mericle writes: “Inquisition courts and prisons were the envy of the land, and criminals would actually blaspheme in secular courts in the hope that they would be brought before the Holy Inquisition instead. The sentences of the Spanish Inquisition were much more lenient than those of the courts of France, England, the Holy Roman Empire, and other European countries." 
It is this Black Myth that continues to be spread by partisans of the French Revolution, Freemasons, and Hollywood film makers today. This is why to this day those initial falsities continue to live in the public’s mind.” 

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