The Tradition in Action website has published a very interesting article by Dr. Marian T. Horvat on the recently concluded twenty-year long study of the Vatican secret archives on the Inquisition – the 4,500 volumes of documents of which were opened to scholars by order of the CDF back in 1998.
As Dr. Horvat points out, Cardinal Ratzinger at the time (more than two decades into John Paul II’s traveling pontifical apology tour) seemed to assume the worst, saying, “We know all the sins of the Church, and I hope more will not be added to them.”
Oh, yes, the sins of the Church – the arrogant pre-conciliar Church, that is, the same that did not hesitate to insist upon its unique rights as the one true Church of Christ the King; He who reigns over all things as Sovereign and Lord – these offenses against humanity are all-too-well known by such men as Josef Ratzinger and those who have an equal disdain for authentic Catholic tradition.
Dr. Horvat writes:
Since the 16th century, the Inquisition in genere, with no objection from the Vatican II Church, has been presented unrelentingly by Protestants, Illuminati and their cohorts as a Church organ with enormous powers that tortured its victims to get forced confessions and then burned those she called heretics at the stake. According to this Black Legend the main targets of this monstrous institution were Protestants, Jews and scientists like Galileo. The invention of the printing press came at the right time to facilitate the spread of this harmful reputation everywhere.
Indeed, disciples of the Council not only fail to object to claims of a monstrous (pre-conciliar) Church, they have been pleased to perpetuate the lie at every possible turn.
In writing a premature obituary for The Catholic Inquisitor, conciliar apologist extraordinaire and aposto-business tycoon Karl Keating opined:
The publication’s name may delight a few Traditionalist guys who sit around having beers and wondering why they can’t get dates, but in terms of marketing it will be a turn-off, even to many who otherwise might take an interest in such a publication. It’s the kind of name chosen by the tone deaf. True believers don’t need such an in-your-face title, and Traditionalists who don’t want to read only harangues (yes, such people exist) will be turned off. But the title is a minor point.
You see, for Keating & Co., in addition to preferring Chartreuse and cheese to beer and peanuts (how pedestrian!), “true believers” are those who keep telling themselves that we are basking in the early days of a “New Springtime” – even as the visible structures of the Church are crumbling at their very feet.
Such persons as these are just too busy keepin’ it real (or keepin’ it profitable, as the case may be) to consider anything that even dares to hint that the reality of the Inquisition (or the Faith itself, for that matter) is anything other than what their vaunted patron “Saint” said it was:
Another painful chapter of history to which the sons and daughters of the Church must return with a spirit of repentance is that of the acquiescence given, especially in certain centuries, to intolerance and even the use of violence in the service of the truth. (John Paul II, Address to the International Symposium on the Inquisition, citing Tertio millennio adveniente – 35)
This is why the results of the two-decade long examination of the Vatican secret archives on the Inquisition are receiving so little attention in official Roman circles and elsewhere; specifically, members of the santo subito club simply cannot bear to consider such scholarly findings as those that expose the Catholic incompetence of the “Great One” (with apologies to Wayne Gretzky).
Dr. Horvat writes:
Now finally, after 20 years of meticulous study, the results of 40 scholars delving into the archives of the real, not imaginary, Inquisition were released in an 800-page tome. The startling news published in a discreet article in L’Osservatore Romano (May 19, 2018, p. 5) was that the Inquisition was in fact a good and fair tribunal, not the dark horror chamber invented by the Black Legend.
At this I will invite you to read Dr. Horvat’s article in full (HERE). It’s well worth your while.
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You might even consider sending a gift subscription to a santo subito club member near you; along with a note, How do you like me now?