This subject is extremely pertinent at present, due to  275 to 302 physical acts of vandalism upon Catholic Church infrastructure in America,  the FBI targeting as criminals those people who prefer the 1962 version of the Latin Mass, the endless defamation against the Catholic Church of ages past which infer that today's Catholic Church is the evil evil Whore of Babylon and must be wiped off the face of the Earth,  the murder of priests, laymen, and nuns in Africa --- and more.
You would have to be an airhead or an avowed liar to deny that Catholicism is once again under attack, as it was before, during the horrendous persecutions committed by  Nero Caesar,  Aurelius,  Decius,  Gallus,  Valerian,  Diocletian,  Visigoth King Athanaric,  Persia's Shapur II, and legions of others, including Henry VIII, Cromwell, Otto von Bismark (during the 1872-78 "Kulturalkampf,") the Orthodox Russians of the late 1800s, and the 20th Century Soviet Union which even inflicted physical martyrdom into the "modern modern" 1980s --- and of course the Adolph Hitler who let 2,579 Roman Catholic priests die at Dachau, long before their time.
This discourse is under reconstruction and even reapportionment, being that it has to be separated into Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. This is especially the case, being that new information on the Spanish Inquisition was found ... by historians. (Two letters, one of which has one footnote which is the "tale of the tape," concerning one hyper-exaggerated & defamatory allegation.)
Plus, exculpatory Inquisition information publicly reported 29 years ago by the BBC goes ignored in America. So, overlook any redundant paragraphs in this rough draft, as well as misspellings and missing prepositions. None the less, it took much longer for me to have researched and written this discourse than it will ever take for you to read this, if you're a native English speaker ... and if you were not a product of the American public school system.
Concerning present-day America and its recent vandalism of 275 to 302 Catholic church buildings ... as well as the FBI's recent memo targeting Latin-Mass Catholics the same way in which the killers of Soviet Russia did ... there has been a super-failure to communicate amongst people whose knowledge is limited to fifteen-second commercial TV newscast sound bytes.
Concerning the present American inability to communicate ... as well as the suppression of factual information throughout Digital America ... remember this:
A person who speaks three languages is trilingual. A person who speaks two languages is bilingual. And a person who speaks only one language is an American. How ironic it is that those who know Latin in America get officially targeted by the American FBI, as if knowing more than one language is a crime. The mindset of today's American government officials, knowledge is a dangerous thing that must be suppressed. Thus, we have the Era of the American Moron which replaced the American Muscle Car & American Motor Head. Let us proceed, unless of course, you believe that knowledge is a dangerous thing. Shall we? =======>
Before all else, directly below is the link to the 1994 BBC documentary titled, The Myth of the Spanish Inquisition. Each case brought before the 356 year-long inquisition had a case file attached to it, and the case files were preserved in the Spanish Inquisition archives. The fact that the case files were meticulously done and reserved as well as museum antiques indicates a disciplined people. That immediately negates the claim that the 16th Century Spanish were vile, psychopathic, depraved, maniacal, terroristic, blood-ridden, gore-ridden & animalistic people.
In fact, a historian could easily write-off the one (and only one) hyper-exaggerated Inquisition horror story, because Spain --- both Castile & Aragon, as well as Catalonia --- had vibrant & influential knightly orders in existence. That translates into a culture of civility, bearing a code of honor.
MYTH OF THE SPANISH INQUISITION:
The matter of 15th & 16th Century Spanish-America is a discourse of its own. None the less, even when there were reports of criminal conduct in the American colonies, it was Christopher Columbus who ended up indicted in 1500 (during his third voyage), prosecuted & convicted. He appealed. He then got to take a fourth voyage in 1502. He died in 1506. The bottom line is that he was not given a carte blanch, enabling him to do whatever he wanted. However, in Spanish law there was a matter of gathering physical evidence, in order to convict you. There were no cameras nor internet access in those days ... nor fax machines.
False Light Defamation against Catholicism
In fact, the Bishop of Mexico City wrote to the Spanish crown around 1530, reporting on the abusive events that needed halted. That bishop did NOT look the other way. Plus, a pope issued a papal bull forbidding slavery there ... in Latin America. See: Sublimis Deus, June 2, 1537: Pope Paul III.
BTW, when you read the words, papal bull, think "papal BULLETIN."
A pope ordered the end of slavery in the Philippines, on April 18, 1591, as well. A number of subsequent popes condemned slavery, even while the American South lived off of chattel slavery. But of course, the Protestant South declared all popes to be the Antichrist, even though the Sacred Script prophesies that only one Antichrist was left to come ... in the future. There were over 260 popes since that prophecy. So, which one was the Antichrist? ANS: None of them.
Protestant fanatics are liars obsessed with defaming the Catholic Church, so that Catholics will start going to a Protestant fanatic's "house of worship" and put lots of tax-free collection basket money into the fanatic's baskets.
A pope also intervened 16 years before Columbus was even born, concerning slavery in the Canary Islands. Pope Eugene IV was the one who ordered it to be halted. See: Sicut Dudem, January 1435; Against the Enslaving of Black Natives in the Canary Islands.
The ANTI-CATHOLIC propagandists claim that the aforementioned papal
bulletin only freed Catholic slaves. No. That is yet another lie of
those inciting violence against Roman Catholics. The fact was that
Roman Catholics were ordered to free all slaves.
By the way, the anti-Catholic propaganda machine claims that all of slavery began with a pope's bulletin, in 1452. Uhhhhm, it was a declaration of war against the Saracens who spent centuries invading Christian Europe, kidnapping European women for sex slavery, kidnapping children for other types of slavery, and inhabiting as European lands as the conquering rulers. This included Sicily, Bari Italy and surrounding terrain. This included the "Saracens" attempting to takeover lands they failed to conquer, such as Sardinia. The papal order was to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." The order did NOT mention sub-Sahara Africa. Howeverm the FREEING og the slave in the CANARY ISLANDS did mention blacks - - - ordering Catholics to free the black man there.
The Muslim Moors invaded Spanish land in 711, when Roman Catholics were minding their own business. The same Muslims invaded French territory, while Roman Catholics there were minding their own business, also. This invasion resulted in the famous Battle of Tours, in 732 A.D. (C.E.). In fact, Muslims attacked Jerusalem and its Catholic king, in 638 A.D. (C.E.). So, Muslims were invading Christian lands -- and taking Christian slaves --- hundreds of years before the first Crusade (in 1096) ever happened.
Thus, it is defamatory bull crap to claim that, in 1095, the Muslims were minding their own business ... polishing their halos ... when, all of a sudden, the evil evil white European Christians came a coming. At the time, the Muslims were in slowly approaching Constantinople, and the Muslims kept-a-coming unitl they conquered Constantinople as they did to many Christian cities and regions. The Christians were already in Jerusalem when Muslims invaded it and started a siege, ending Christian freedom-of-religion there. You need to understand the Islam means "to submit," and the doctrinal goal of Muslims is to have the entire Earth "submit" to . . . you know whom.
For hundreds of years, Muslims invaded Christian lands, as well as having pirated ships occupied by Christian women who ended up being kidnap victims and sex slaves. This practice even endured into the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, necessitating him to act. In as much, the very first military operation ever done by the United States Marine Corps was to free the victim-slaves of the marauding Muslims of Northern Africa. This is why the Marine anthem mentions "the shores of Tripoli." Moreover, in that exact same geographic region ... called Libya ... slavery still exists today.
Falsely accusing Catholics as being the founders of Atlantic Slavery is ultra-insulting to Irish Catholics, being that the Irish were made slaves in their own land, while watching their forests get decimated. For those in the American public school system, know that there used to be "a saying" which reminded Europe that "the British navy was built from Irish oak." The British literally stole the forests of the Irish, doing so while Britain was a Protestant country.
Now, proof that it's a lie to claim Catholicism as the founder of Atlantic slavery exists in the fact that there were NO SLAVE TRADE DOCKS in Rome or elsewhere. No pope was selling slaves. Moreover, it has been beyond obvious that the masters of the Atlantic slave trade were the Dutch, shortly after the Netherland's Flemish region officially declared itself Protestant ... more specifically, Calvinist.
Take note that Protestantism identified itself with the names of mere 16th Century mortals, as if they were all the new messiahs. The names included Luther, Calvin, Bezanson Hugues (the Huguenots), Menno Simmons (the Mennonites), etc. This adds to the Protestant hypocrisy of calling Catholic idolaters. Even in 20th Century America, Southern Baptists often had a poster of the idol of their age on a wall. His name was Elvis Presley.
Take note that the Baptists of the Deep South damned Catholics for having paintings of the Virgin Mary in their homes. But it was super-fine to prominently display a picture of Elvis Presley Needless to say, Roman Catholic do NOT believe that the Mother of Christ created the universe. Likewise, no Southern Baptist believes that Elvis created the universe. Yet, Baptist preachers market fear of Catholicism, so that people will put their tax-free collection basket dollars into the Baptist's pockets. Baptists do political mud-slinging when condemning Catholicism. It's money-motivated.
As a preview to a possible future discourse on early Spanish America:  a number of the conquistadors where Jewish ... not converted Jews.  The Aztec Empire was still practicing human sacrifice, and that ongoing crime needed to be ended.  The Incan Empire practiced human sacrifice, also.  Conquistadors were payed a disappointingly lower-than-expected wage for their efforts.  A miraculous event in 1531 changed Spanish/Native relations to the point of resulting in a new nation - new culture - even new race --- a mixed race.  Even at that, people need to remember the axiom, "When the cat is away, the mice will play." Spain's king and queen were far away.  The great killer of 16th Century America was small pox ... not musket fire and/or swords.
White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Racism in Print
The 1567 Inquisition horror tale was extremely RACIST, in its generalizations of the Spanish People, per se. It was an ad hominid character assassination of an entire nation of people (two kingdoms and Catalonia) who are not the whitest people in existence. By the way, that sole 1567 Spanish Inquisition horror story was pre-war propaganda for the Netherlands conflict which would turn into the 80 Years War. At the time, the Netherlands was under Spanish Rule. Propaganda kills.
The Spanish Inquisition
existed from 1478 to 1834. It was established five years before Martin Luther was even born. It was founded 43 years BEFORE Martin Luther was excommunicated for his unrepentant insistence on adhering to 41 doctrinal heresies, inter alia. Thus, the Spanish Inquisition was NOT created to execute Lutherans.
(NOTE for those of you in the American public school system: This does NOT refer to the civil rights activist of the 1960s, named Martin Luther KING. This discourse refers to the very white, antisemitic, overweight, admittedly flatulent & constipated ale drinker who had a documented "seizure disorder" in the 16th Century.)
This was mentioned, because, when I was speaking of the very white 16th Century Martin Luther once, a product of the American public school system thought that I was referring to the civil rights activist who was shot to death on April 4, 1968. That graduate was only 451 years off the mark. In fact, that person had no idea that there existed a very white 16th Century German man named Martin Luther, in the first place. Way to go, American Public School System. Dumbing them down the American Way.
Now, decades ago, the Spanish government opened the archives to the public the same way in which public library contents are made available to none other than . . . the Public. The BBC took up the Spanish government on its open invitation, and payed credentialed historians to report on their findings, after they scoured --- sifted through --- the Inquisition archives. Now, there were 20 tribunals ... which were the same as 20 "district courts." Thus, there were 20 archives to research. Once again ... for the sake of convenience, the 1994 BBC documentary is once again linked directly below, for your convenience:
MYTH OF THE SPANISH INQUISITION:
Added Note: Except for a couple of quick quotes, that which is mentioned in the BBC documentary is NOT addressed in this discourse, and that which is mentioned in this discourse is NOT addressed in the 1994 BBC documentary.
Simply remember that the BBC producers only had fifty-some commercial-free minutes to present their case. So, there was still a lot to convey on the Spanish Inquisition, all of which shows that the 1567 horror story of Reginaldus Montaus was total bull crap & the defamation of an entire nation --- the incitement of murder against those defamed people --- an act of war which would end up lasting for eighty deadly years in the Netherlands --- and a crime against humanity.
If you study history, you will find that any type of defamation is mostly an act of murder, if it's not spoken by a person hiding his guilt in a crime. Thus, the author of that 1567 hyper-exaggerated Spanish Inquisition tale was trying to get Spaniards killed ... in the Netherlands. Those of us descendant of those particular Spaniards are not amused by today's Spanish Inquisition propaganda. In fact, any descendant of 16th Century Roman Catholics who still embrace Roman Catholicism aren't amused by the centuries-old propaganda. We really DON'T appreciate it, at all.
And the defamatory propaganda occurred during a time when Spanish rulers were defending all of Europe from the incessant attacks of those people who adhered to the exact same religion held by those who toppled the NYC World Trade Towers and killed thousands of people in those towers. Beginning in the 700s, Christian Europe was the recipient of repeated invasions, attacks, acts of piracy which resulted in death, rape, slavery, and the stealing of property. For many years, they were called "the Saracens."
Remember what is the theme of the anti-Catholics obsessed with perpetuating the Nightmarish Inquisition Tale which had long since been proven to be a myth:
It's very simple: "The Catholic haters" are obsessed with clinging to the 1567 story so that, in 2023, "they" can officially declare the One Holy Catholic & Apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ the Whore of Babylon, instead of the only Bride of Christ. Catholicism was the FIRST CHRISTIANITY, and God is changeless. Do the math on this topic. Protestants condemned "tradition," because it Protestantism had no tradition. It was a new... start-up religion ... with zero past and therefore zero tradition. Now, St. Paul ... in the Bible ... instructed his converts to also adhere all that Paul taught them "orally ... in spoken word." Spoken word is known as tradition. Following tradition is a rule of the Bible. Catholicism has tradition. Protestantism does NOT. It's fake Christianity. It didn't start until 1493 years after the Star of Bethlehem was seen by learned Magi. Case closed.
The same anti-Catholic propagandists who assert that the Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon also assert that there is very little evidence of the Inquisition, but that the horror story is true anyway. Well, that assertion is a compound falsehood. Take Note:::
 There are literally TONS of evidence attached to the Spanish Inquisition. Every case brought before the Inquisition (which operated from 1478 to 1834) had a case file attached to it. The Spanish Inquisition case files were kept well-preserved in the Inquisition archive system throughout the centuries. This amounts to the undeniable records of approximately 130,000 cases that were brought before the Inquisition. In contrast, one and only one horror story was written by an anonymous person shortly before the start of the 80 Years War. The whole thing was pre-war propaganda.
 Being that there has never been found any mass graves, any bloodstained torture chamber walls, any blood-soaked road that leads to any mass grave, and no bloodstained torture devices, the 1567 Inquisition horror story is most probably a fraud composed with malice aforethought --- and not through an error made in good faith. The reasonable person would conclude the that whole damn thing is a premeditated lie.
The 80 Years War was the one where a faction in the Netherlands was seeking independence from the Spanish Crown that ruled the Netherlands. In propaganda, you make your enemy sound as horrid as possible. That was done in the 1567 tale written by an anonymous person who called himself "Montanus." Moreover, that 1567 tale was sheer, hate-ridden racism, evidenced by the anonymous writer calling the Spanish (per se) the most vile, evil, animalistic, sex-crazed, & Satanic beings on Earth. Yes, Montanus did a little overkill, to state it politely. And he did called the Spanish "the children of Satan."
Take note that these anti-Catholic propagandists never state how nice Protestantism is. They only state how evil is their competitor, the Catholic Church. They define the One Holy Catholic & Apostolic Church guided by God the Holy Spirit as the great evil persecutor of Holy Holy "Bible Believing Protestants." Well, Protestants stole the Bible from Jews & Catholics, with the New Testament being a sole Catholic production. The Catholic Church has always used the Bible far far far more often than the Protestants. Here is a vivid example:
You have heard of the Gregorian Chant ... correct? Well, what exactly are monks chanting when they do the Gregorian Chant? ANS: Passages of the Bible. Monks have chanted the Bible for centuries.
Anti-Catholic American Protestants simply hate anything as classical as the Gregorian Chant, as well as the classical Greek chants I learned at a certain university's music department operated by local symphony orchestra members. Those anti-Catholics simply prefer what a city slicker calls hick music -- hoopie music ... yeehaw music --- briar hopper music --- twanging guitar (pronounced ghi-tar & "ghit tar," as in "Play this here ghittar."
In Protestantism, there is no such thing as differentiating the sacred from the secular. So, they claim secular hick music to be the sacred music played by angels in Heaven and enjoyed by the very Jewish Jesus Christ who instead heard Greek chants in his lifetime. After all, Nazareth was a heavily Greek-influenced city. In fact, the renown St Paul of Tarsus was known as a "Hellenistic Jew," aka "Greek Jew."
None the less, Protestantism is a very profane religion that has no concept of consecrating anything or anyone. The sacred Music of the middle & western Mediterranean regions is regarded as Satanic by them --- because it's foreign to them, and anything foreign is not seen as fascinating, but rather, it's seen as evil by the isolationists known for their lead-infested moonshine.
For the record, the music of the Eastern Mediterranean region is in 2/4 time, and it's very much different than the Greco-Roman "sound modes" of the Dorian, Phrygian, Lydia, etc, "tonalities." I'll stop here, before turning this text into a music history class.
Concerning the 1567 horror story of "Montanus," it's an easily understood premise that, before one goes to war, one needs to make sure that he does it when his enemy has a full schedule. And coincidentally enough, Spain was  in its tenth year of war against France,  while the Habsburg Dynasty which controlled Spain & the Netherlands was in its 40th consecutive year of warfare against the Ottoman Empire. Plus, there was  Spain's Conquest of the Inca Empire  trouble in the Philippines with "Dagohoy Rebel Group," and that caused the riff between England and Spain.
The thesis statement is that Spain did nothing more violent or even more strictly than any other European sovereignty at the time. Moreover, the Spanish Inquisition did NOT perform any of the sick & twisted tortures mentioned in the one Reginaldus Montanus tale published in 1567. The French, British, Scottish, etc had their executions too, relatively close to the same number as did the Spanish.
And yes, I'm well aware of the 77 executions per year, in the last six years of the Granada War against the occupier Moors. Divide 77 by 20 tribunals, aka "district courts," and it only amounts to 4 executions per year per district tribunal, on the average. But of course, the executions would logically have been concentrated near Granada, the former capital of Andalusia ... aka Moorish Spain. War brings an increase in executions anywhere there is war.
In fact, even in the newly formed British American colonies, you could be put to death for stealing a horse in New England. You could even be put to death in South Carolina, for wrecking a tobacco crop. This is because, at one time, tobacco leaves were colonial currency. In fact, in the Wild Wild West, a person could get hung for stealing a horse.
And of course, neither in British America nor in Spain were there iron maidens, plums of agony, or things similar.
29 Years Later
It has now been 28 years since the production of the the BBC Spanish Inquisition documentary. The most important point at this point is that, in the past 28 years, numerical statistics on the Spanish Inquisition have become much more exact ... concise ... like a major league team's scorecard ... like an accountant's tax return ... like an almanac author's weather history report. This included the number of executions which occurred in the Inquisition's 356 year history, as well as the number of people investigated and brought to trial ... and even the categories of cases.
For example, the number of people who were investigated for advancing the Lutheranism which stole Roman Catholic real estate in Northern Europe ... done under the guise of being devoutly Catholic people ... were 3,499, between 1560 and 1700. That also amounts to an average of 25 Lutheran cases per year, in a 140 year period. That also amounts to an average of ONLY 1.25 Lutheran cases a year, per tribunal court.
The reality was that accusations arose from the Valladoid and Seville regions of Spain in 1558, where there were Protestant communities. At the time, Spain and Protestant England were allies against Catholic France. England regarded Lutherans as the enemy to the Church of England, founded by Henry. Thus, both Spanish Catholics and British Anglican Church authorities saw Lutherans as a very hostile enemy. After all, Lutherans successfully stole Roman Catholic Church property in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Saxony, and Brandenburg. For some reason, 16th Century Lutherans did NOT have the concept of building their own churches.
The daughter of Henry VIII, namely Elizabeth, put Lutherans to death during her reign. In like manner, approximately 100 Lutherans were executed by the Seville district tribunal between 1558 and 1562. Only in the 1580s did Elizabeth sever friendly relations with Spain and order a full persecution of Catholicism in England. It came as a result of Elizabeth knowing that Catholics wanted to return England to the Roman Catholic status it had since 597 A.D. This would include deposing her ... overthrowing the House of Tudor.
Q ::: Concerning the Lutherans in the Seville area, who would have reported them to the Inquisition? ANS: The Moriscos. Seville was thriving. It was an Indies Trade post, 25 miles from the Gulf of Cadiz. Yet, it was a refuge for the poor and displaced. So, "runaway Lutherans" would find their ways there.
Moriscos knew how Luther advocated the ousting of the Jews from Germany. Moriscos were not too far away from that destiny in Europe. Lutherans in Spain could easily sabotage the hopes of the Moriscos and having them treating like Jews. So, the Lutherans had to go away --- the hard way. Yet, the Inquisition was actually marked with numerous cases where leniency was granted.
Now, the 1994 BBC documentary's mentioned that the Spanish Inquisition employed a lot of leniency. An example I found is that, from 1563 to the end of the 16th Century, an additional 200 persons were put on trial in Spain for propagating the Lutheran Agenda which included the destruction of the Roman Catholic Church --- yet, only 12 of those 200 people were executed.
Executions came in waves, usually during wartime. But, at no time did the Spanish use the ridiculously narrated torture chamber antics mentioned in the very fraudulent 1567 tale. War propaganda & pre-war propaganda is expected to be a hyper-exaggerated lie. But, that lie has been used by Catholic-hating Protestants for 400+ years, and the incessant lying about the Inquisition needs to stop.
Concerning Seville, the Montanus Tale was asserted to have been written by a Spaniard once stationed near Seville, as a monk. Well, this Spaniard was burnt in effigy three or four year prior to the publication of the Montanus Tale.
Q:: Do you know what it means to be burnt in effigy in 16th Century Spain? ANS: It means that they haven't caught up to you and did NOT burn the real you. It means that you evaded capture. You escaped. you were free. Thus, a person burnt in effigy is one who never appeared before Inquisition lawyers or judges. In as much, if that certain Spanish person did write the Montanus Tale, it was NOT written from personal experience. It was NOT an eyewitness account. It was deliberate pre-war propaganda.
The Newly Found Letter
I mentioned a newly found and authenticated letter of the 16th Century which reported that the former inhabitant and monk of Seville was gone --- went awol --- having left Spain with 16 other monks. It was one of TWO newly found 16th Century letters concerning 16th Century Seville.
The letter also mentioned that the authorities intended on searching for him and the 16 others . . . in Northern Europe. Thus, he would have been taken to the Netherlands Inquisition, if he were ever caught. Rather, he ended up healthy and alive in Geneva, in 1568. He eventually moved to Frankfort, to work and make his livelihood. He died in 1594, if memory serves me correctly. So, he had a long life. If he were tortured by the Inquisition, he would have died a bit earlier.
The truth about 1567 is that the Dutch wanted to declare Independence from Spain. So, they incited severe hatred of the Spanish, instead of promoting the concept of civil rights and a nation's right to self-determination. The concept of allowing freedom of religion was going to have to wait for the births of John Adams, John Jay, and Ben Franklin, apparently. The Dutch were going to have none of that civilized stuff. Nor were the Swedes. They were the demons of the 30 Years War. It would necessitate the Reign of Napoleon to allow freedom of religion in Western Europe.
Now, keep in mind that the 1567 horror story led people to believe that executions were occurring at a rate of dozens a day. So, in the early 20th Century, media outlets claimed that the number of people executed by the Spanish Inquisition was between 100,000 to 1,000,000 people. Then, by the time the 21st Century came into existence, even the most hate-filled anti-Catholic propagandist knew that the number of executions were nowhere near that numerical range. They concluded that 32,000 people were executed, in 356 years. Well, that number turned out to be 12 times higher than the reality.
The actual number turned out to be 2,600 persons (approximately), in 356 years. This amounts to ONLY SEVEN executions per YEAR. This means that there was an average of ONE execution in any one tribunal court every THREE years ... approximately speaking, of course.
The 1994 BBC documentary estimated that 3,000 to 5,000 persons were executed in the Inquisition's 356 years of operation. The BBC was close. Yet, even the BBC's highest estimated number averaged only 1 and a half executions every TWO years, for each of the 20 tribunal courts. Observe: 5000 divided by 356 years = 14.4, divided by 20 court jurisdictions = 0.7 = 2.1 executions every three years ... or 1.5 executions every two years. None the less, the average number of executions per year ... for all 20 tribunals combined ... was 9 to 14.
When reducing the estimate of executions to 3,000, the average becomes 3,000 divided by 356 = 8.4, divided by 20 jurisdictions = 0.42 (or 1 execution per jurisdiction, every TWO years.) Thus, the horror story told by the anonymous "Montanus" in 1567 was one huge insult to the intelligence of the average modern human.
Now, if you insist on believing in the claim of 32,000 executions, this only amounts to 4.5 (four and a half) executions per year for each tribunal, individually. Observe: 32,000 divided by 356 years = approx 90 per year divided by 20 tribunals = 4.5 executions per year per tribunal (otherwise known as "per district court.")
Even the anti-Catholic's high number is actually a low number. Now, divide that exaggerated number by 12, and you have approximately the real number. This is why you cannot find bloodstained torture chambers, or mass graves or blood-drenched streets leading to any cemetery. In conclusion, the tales of torture chambers and the iron maiden were 100% myth ... false ... a class-action-defamation-lawsuit-waiting-to-happen, etc. This is because that mythical version of the Spanish Inquisition is said to be a reflection on Catholicism today, and such defamation incites violence. There has been enough violence done on Catholic churches recently . . . to the tune of 130 vandalized in one way or another, in the United States.
In conclusion, the Number One Killer of 16th & 17th Century Europe was NOT the Spanish Inquisition. Next to war, the Number 1 Killer of Europeans was . . . the BUBONIC PLAGUE. Observe::: [1563, London | 1582, Tenerife Spain | 1592, Malta | 1592, also London | 1596, Spain (second plague pandemic --- 600,000+ losses) | 1603, London (40,000 losses) | 1629, Italy (one million losses) | 1632, Augsburg Germany | 1636, London again | 1647, Seville (500,000 losses) | 1656 Naples Italy (1,250,000 losses) | 1663, Amsterdam | 1665 London again (100,000+ losses) | 1668, France (40,000 losses) | 1675, Malta again | 1676 Spain again | 1679, Vienna (76,000 losses) | 1681 Prague (83,000 losses).]
As far as record keeping goes, 20 tribunals (district courts) each had 356 yearly time segments, for record-keeping purposes. This translates into boxes - windows -cells. Now, 356 years x 20 tribunals = 7,120 time segments, for the record-keeping purposes. In as much ...
The statistical summary of the number of cases brought before the entire Spanish Inquisition, in its 356 year history is approximately 131,000. It sounds like a lot to a member of the American public school system. HOWEVER, 131,000 cases divided by 356 years of operation = an average of 368 cases per year. Now divide 368 yearly cases by 20 tribunals (district courts). This equals 368 DIVIDED BY the 20 tribunals (district courts) of the Spanish Inquisition = 18 and a third cases per year per tribunal --- per district court. This means that there were years when the Spanish Inquisition was basically on vacation.
Now, in the last six years of the Granada War which ended in 1491, there was an average of 77 executions --- wartime executions --- in Spain's effort to win back all of Spain to the Spanish, for the first time in 767 years. The Granada War was the effort to finally defeat the final Moorish stronghold in Spain. Thus, you would expect a higher number of executions during wartime.
This stat also means that there were many years when there were NO EXECUTIONS ordered by the Spanish Inquisition. Plus, the BBC pointed out that the number of executions in 16th & 17th Century Spain was not greater than those which individually occurred in any other European nation, be it France individually, England individually, etc.
Perhaps you saw a smug-faced anti-Catholic gloat with certainty that the one ... and only one ... Spanish Inquisition horror story narrative was 100,000 % true. Perhaps you saw the arrogant & smirking facial expression of someone who believes he has all Catholics "busted" --- that he has all the proof needed to declare Catholicism a fraud to be written-off and wiped off the Planet Earth. This has occurred amongst anti-Catholic Atheists and Protestants and Neo-Pagan New Agers alike. The Montanus Tale is their "Gotcha Moment." There is one huge problem to this arrogance.
If you ever do come to read the Montanus Horror Story that was first published in Heidelberg in 1567, you will immediately see --- in your technologically advanced & psychologically advanced 21st Century mind --- that only an easily fooled buffoon would fail to instantaneously catch the contradictions and logistic problems in the uncorroborated account. Rather, these smug faced anti-Catholics never asked to learn of the evidence.
Example: The Montanus Tale claims that the remains of gore and shredded flesh were all over the torture devices which Montanus claimed existed. This includes the mention of an Iron Maiden. Okay then. Which humans had the capability to constantly clean human gore & carnage off of torture machines ... or to even endure such a repulsive sight ... throughout full-time employment?
Plus, how could someone be so stupid as to believe that young Spanish males were too idiotic to detect a mechanical woman at least 20 to 30 feet away.
The biggest indictment of the hate-filled anti-Catholics is that the Montanus Tale is sheer racism, to the depths of the definition of racism. It calls the Spanish vile animals, low-lifes, and the children of Satan. Okay then. Ricardo Montalban, Antonio Banderas, Plácido Domingo, neurosurgeon Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, famed math teacher Jaime Escalante, Nobel Prize Winner Luis Alvarez, NASA Astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz, etc, etc, etc, are all vile trash and sons of Satan simply because they have the Spanish DNA . . . according to anonymous Montanus.
Concerning Montanus' identity, the anti-Catholics did name a person. I address that particular person in this series. Well, if he were dragged into the Spanish Inquisition, then the anti-Catholics can hire a historian to go to Seville's meticulously kept Inquisition case files, find that particular person's case file, make copies of it, and show it to the world.
The interesting thing about those who believe the Montanus' Tale is that they claim that the Spanish Inquisition dragged people into torture chambers, to force them to become Catholic. Observe the asininity of these super smug buffoons:
To become Catholic, you have to go through the "Rite of Christian Initiation." It used to be called "the Catechumenate." This means that you have to go to a series of catechism classes and then show that you have at least a minimum-marginal understanding of the articles of the Faith ... in the Faith of Peter. In years past, the catechumens you would leave Mass before the Consecration of the bread & wine and then go to another room for classroom instruction on the Faith.
Next, you had to wait until the soonest Palm Sunday, where you would be introduced at a Mass. Oh, and you also had to find a "catechumen's sponsor," and I don't think that you'll being walking into a Catholic man's house all bloody and chained-up with hooded torturers dragging you into that house, just so that you can ask that man to be your sponsor. In fact, you wouldn't be going to the Palm Sunday Mass all bloody and chained-up to a torture wheel, either. Nor do I think that you would go to catechism classes all bloody and chained up.
Here is the other asininity: Jews who refused to become Catholic were expelled from Spain ... NOT tortured in a torture chamber and forced to become Catholic. This, alone, proved the Montanus Tale to be complete bull crap.
PLUS ... if you were a Catholic who publicly denounced the Faith of Peter and joined another religion such as Lutheranism or Calvinism or Anabaptism, then you were AUTOMATICALLY EXCOMMUNICATED and you were banned from walking into a Church and joining in the sacraments. There was an entirely different process to observe, for you return to the Faith, and it had nothing to do with whips, chains, torture wheels, iron maidens, and hooded monks.
You need to understand that Catholicism is a process, and the ultimate process is that of transforming into Christ. All other processes in Catholicism are designed to get you to achieve the ultimate process of transforming into the Divine Nazarene who was born in the City of David, namely Bethlehem. Actually, Bethlehem means "City of Bread."
There's a process for becoming Catholic, as well as a process for returning to the church after you left it for whatever reason. There was a process in 382 A.D. to have those ancient writings of the Bible be declared the Inspired Word of God, too. There is a process to ordination ... confirmation ... marriage, etc. There is NO rite in the Catholic Church where a monk puts a gun to your head and says, "Become Catholic right now or I'm gonna blow your head off." That scene is basically the 1567 Spanish Inquisition horror story. Whoever wrote thought that people were really stupid and gullible. Well, 16th Century Man was compared to much more sophisticated 19th, 20th, and 21st Century Man. Only a hick from the sticks would believe such a story. The problem was that hicks from the stick couldn't read, in the first place.
The Catholic Church does the opposite of the Tent Revival Protestants who do commit bully tactics in their services, as in literally pushing a person to walk up to the front of the tent and do what Protestants call "an altar call." For the record, there is no altar at the front of those tents even though there is no altar in the front of those tents. You are then pushed into suddenly declaring the Nazarene as your Lord and "personal savior," followed by you being instantly declared "saved" for all time and eternity.
The Catholic Church knows that we live in time & space ... and that God is the God of providence ... not the God of pushy shovy & impatient Born-again Tent Revivalists whose final goal is an increase of tax-free collection basket revenue and donations-through-the-mail or through paypal or through venmo.
All in all, no monk is going to pull you into a torture chamber, if you're excommunicated. He will instead give you the address of the church official who can lift the sanction of excommunication from you. Thus, the Montanus Tale is instantly recognized as bull crap yet again, being that no amount of torturing done by any monk is going to get the sanction of excommunication lifted from you or anyone else. Rather, the monk would need the approval of the Vatican to grant absolution for a "reserved sin" and bring you "back into communion with the See of Peter." And to a Roman Catholic, St. Peter is a decisive entity.
Moreover, there are people perceived as so vile that no self-respecting Catholic wants him anywhere near Catholic Church property. No monk is going to be forcing that type of guy to "become a Catholic," being that such a person will only sabotage and vandalize the Faith, in one way or another.
By the way, inquisitions weren't operated by "monks." They were operated by commissioned laymen and "friars." The lawmen were law school grads, usually. I mentioned previously that there is a huge difference between a friar and a monk. So, when you hear a nightmarish Spanish Inquisition tale by a guy constantly using the word, "monk" "monk" "monk" monk-monk-monk, he's full of crap and doesn't know what he's talking about. He's trying to get Catholics appalled, so that they will leave the True Church and join one of Protestantism's many Fake Churches. Those fake churches do NOT have absolution from sin. They do not have the consecration of the Eucharist. They do NOT have the Sacrament of Confirmation. They do not have Christ's priesthood. And they certainly do NOT have the Power of the Keys that Christ gave to Peter and his successors until the End of Time. Their Spanish Inquisition horror tales are as fake as their Protestant Churches.
Moreover, throughout the history of Catholicism, the technique that the Church used to get people to become Catholic is called "going out and talking to people." This is traditionally called "missionary work." For example, a priest rents a place and invites people to come and listen to him. If he is convincing enough, they will eventually become Catholic. Sometimes, it will take more people to convince someone to become Catholic. In fact, it might take a bit of book reading to convince that person. So, how many books are mentioned in the Montanus Tale?
So, in review, the other thing that Catholics do to convince you to become Catholic is called "writing books" and "publishing books." In order to get someone to become Catholic, you first have to teach him what Catholicism is. You don't merely drag him into a torture chamber and force him to become something he knows nothing about. Such a person first needs to read ... of have read to him ... a catechism book ... even a penny catechism pamphlet. There are no torture wheels or iron maidens on Roman Catholic altars, and there never was.
As you can now see, the anti-Catholics who rest their condemnation of Catholicism upon the blatantly fictitious "Montanus Tale" are so easily deceived ... and so void of common sense ... that they literally are a danger to society. After all, look what happened to the easily deceived Germans of the 1930s as soon as Hitler was granted a few "speaking engagements."
Ironically, Germany was the first place where the Montanus Tale was published. Germany is the same place where millions of people were deceived by Adolph Hitler. The people who accepted the Montanus Tale also accepted the Hitler Tale. Montanus damned the Spanish and Hitler damned the Jews. Racist hatred prevailed in Germany throughout all those centuries, until the rest of the Western world got sick of it all and then turned Germany into the craters of the Moon, compliments of the B-17, the B-24, Btitish Lancasters, the P-51, the P-38, and the P-47, as well as other airborne vehicles that did NOT drop cotton candy and balloons from their bombers and "pursuit aircraft."
White Anglo-Saxon Prejudice Across the Atlantic, in America
Jimmy Swaggart called the religion of intellectuals and scholars such as Aquinas, Liguori, von Hildebrand, Chesterton, Garrigou-Lagrange, Bede the Venerable, and Luis de Molina a church of superstition. It's also a religion followed by many an Italian-American engineer, lawyer, and architecture, as well as followed by Hispanic teachers and professors. Thus, Swaggart is simply a liar marketing fear of the only Church ever founded by the christ whos created the human mind, in the first place.
Jimmy Swaggart's biggest lie is in him denying that the Bible came from the Catholic Church. Well, Martin Luther said the opposite. He said that his Lutheran people needed to give credit to the Catholic Church for preserving and passing on the Bible. After all, it was Catholic monks who made copies of the Bible. Protestants didn't have anyone man-enough --- or disciplined enough -- to be a monk, as well as being literate enough to read the Psalms in the Catholic Church's official prayer. The official prayer of the Catholic Church is the Divine Office ... the Liturgy of the Hours. The central prayer is the Mass. And the most advocated prayer by popes and canonized saints ... and yours truly ... is the Rosary and rosary-like devotions, such as honoring the 7 Sorrows and 7 Joys of St. Joseph.
As a quick note, in the 1520s & 1530s, it was the rural people --- the country folk --- who remained Roman Catholic. The Northern European city slickers were the ones supporting the Protestant takeover of Catholic Church real estate. Today, country folk in America are usually Protestant, and the American city slickers who have any faith in Christ are are usually Catholic ... or Episcopalian ... or Presbyterian ... or Orthodox. For some reason the urban blacks in America decided to adhere to the religion of their great grandparents' slave owners. Well, "the slave Bible" was very much truncated. It omitted all Biblical passages dealing with becoming free from slavery.
None the less, the collection of writings known as the Bible was declared "the Inspired word of God" in 382 C.E., long before Hus, Luther, and Jimmy Swaggart were even born. Swaggart is simply a feisty guy with a brawler's mindset. He's a spiritual thug. HOWEVER, do NOT bother him. If you see him in a public venue, such as in a restaurant, leave him alone. Do NOT harass him. Do NOT publish any address or phone number of his. NEVER make the enemies of God look like martyrs.
There is a civilized reason why there exists the written word and audio recording devices. You can do videos exposing his doctrinal untruths. You are not going to get him to do it, for you. So, don't waste your time, unless you are going to pray and offer sacrifices for his conversion. And that is a legit thing to do with any enemy of the Church, be it Jimmy Swaggart, fake Catholics, corrupt politicians as anti-Catholic you-know-whom, and bully celebrities who get to sit and B.S. away on a TV talk show, thereby wasting people's time every weekday.
Now, concerning today's Protestant attacks against Catholicism, in the 450 year tradition of Protestants defaming the only church ever founded by Christ, the motive has been this: The renewed defamation is the attempt to create a horror for Catholicism in the minds of Catholics, in the hope that Catholics will leave the True Church, then join a fake church, and then put disposable income into the tax-free collection baskets of the defamer Protestants. It's business. It's all business. After all, these Protestant TV preachers do wear business suits at their pulpits, as they pretend to be Biblical scholars.
Catholicism is the largest and oldest Christianity ever. This means that Catholicism is the lead competitor of the product being sold by TV preachers. Now, these defamatory preachers approach their pulpits in business suits ... when not dressed in graduation gowns. So, the Catholic Church has the greatest number of potential customers. The constant defaming of Catholicism is an element of Business Suit Protestantism. It's their way of saying that their product is better than the product of the leading competitor. It's their way of getting more customers ... and more income.
You gotta admit that these TV evangelists are really really really rich, thereby showing humanity that Americans are not very bright. Americans have a way of throwing away their money.
And remember, Protestantism began in the 1520s & 1530s by stealing Catholic Church real estate and infrastructure. This was done, by means of a king's decree here and an elector's decree there, to the point where a new Protestant religion was suddenly declared the official state religion in England, Scotland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, the Jurisdiction of Saxony, the Jurisdiction of Brandenburg, the City of Zurich, etc.
Protestantism was NOT the people's choice, being that it was too new to have been test-driven by any 16th Century Northern European nation. The only place where it showed itself to exist according to the People's will was in a pocket or two of Southern France, where the Huguenots lived ... and in Zurich, as well as in Geneva. Protestantism elsewhere was imposed upon the People by the sword. This has been already outlined, in other articles at this site.
The fact that there were Catholic-Protestant wars throughout the 16th & 17th Centuries shows that Protestantism wasn't as popular as the propagandists make it out to be. Luther advocated the death penalty for anyone who didn't believe his specific heretical doctrines, and he did the OPPOSITE of allowing for freedom of thought. Yet, people claim that he was the champion of freedom of thought. This is why this site is here. Luther was not what his propagandists made him out to be, and even his medical condition was "well-documented," including his "seizure disorder." But, his followers won't admit that he was a pathological mess.
There's more. That's why there is now need to address all of the anti-Catholic propaganda. It has quickly become the anti-Catholic 1800s in America, again. See: Know-Nothing Party (Political Party).
As an example of misunderstanding & false light defamation, the statue of St. Louis was vandalized under the claim that Louis was a white racist. King Louis was half Hispanic, and in today's America, Hispanics are regarded as a racial minority, by American society ... as opposed to the Census Bureau. So, people vandalized the statue of a minority person who actually began the free-of-charge hospital system in Western Europe. That's the thanks Louis got ... for his charity.
It was only ONE anonymous Tale, easily refuted by the THOUSANDS of Spanish Inquisition case files
All the nightmarish accusations came from one 1567 writing published in Heidelberg and one 1570 letter proven to be a forgery which claimed that the Inquisition targeted entire populations for annihilation. That was it. Of course, propagandists will deceive you into thinking that numerous people witnessed horror and wrote about it, when the truth is that people wrote about the Spanish Inquisition hundreds of years after 1567, and they wrote as if the horror stories which were proven to NOT exist in the 1500s were still occurring hundreds of years later. This included Voltaire. Voltaire was an arrogantly presumptive person who like to belittle people.
The Spanish Inquisition horror story has zero physical evidence attached to it and zero documentation attached to it, as well. It was overly theatrical pre-war propaganda for the upcoming war which intended to be a war of succession from Spain --- for the Netherlands. It turned out to be the dreaded 80 Years War of 1568 to 1648. Propaganda kills. End of temporary intro.
Did you believe in the Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction? Almost everyone did, due to the relentless propaganda promoted by the one-sided, corporate-sized media. Yet, after hundreds of billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars and years of warfare, none were found. However, that wasn't the only fraud forced upon humanity, throughout the ages.
We now adjourn to the modern-era reputation of the Spanish Inquisition. People have been led to believe in the horror story version of that judicial entity as much as they were led to believe in the Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction. Being that your mind probably carries a cemented conclusion about the subject at hand, take a moment to answer this question:Firstly, you can find numerous pieces of evidence to prove the existence of the Nazi German mass-murder industry, to the point of touring the gas chambers and walking past the mass grave-sites, as well as seeing photographs of all the jewelry taken from the mass-murdered Jews, Gypsies, and even Roman Catholic priests who wore metal crosses and religious medals. Well, where can you find the evidence to support the horror-story version of the Spanish Inquisition? You can definitely find evidence for the 20th Century Spanish Civil War, but what evidence can you produce about the Darth Vader version of 16th Century Spain? The Darth Vader version turned out to be merely the pre-war propaganda of 1567, just like the pre-war propaganda of 2003.
Now, it's important to note that each individual case which was brought before the Spanish Inquisition had a case file attached to it. Each case file was then consigned to the Spanish Inquisition Archive System. The archive system remained well-preserved throughout the centuries.
Decades ago, the Spanish government opened to the public the Spanish Inquisition archives. And of course, the world renown BBC took up the Spanish government on its open invitation and payed credentialed historians to report on their findings, after having scoured throughout the Spanish Inquisition case files. That amounted to 354 years of case files, minus the few years when Napoleon put the Spanish Inquisition out of operation.
Directly below is the link to the 1994 documentary on the Spanish Inquisition, produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation. It's titled, the MYTH of the Spanish Inquisition, with the accent being on "myth." I would have called the documentary the Intelligence-insulting Farce of ... or the Hyper-exaggeration of ... or the False Light Defamation of ... or the Entirely Distorted Image ... of the Spanish Inquisition.
The Inquisition, itself, comprised 20 branch offices, otherwise known as tribunals ... otherwise equal to district courts. The number of judges, aka Inquisitors, per tribunal was no more the two or three. Technically speaking, it wasn't a church court operation. It was a secular branch of the Castile & Aragon crowns, with imperial immediacy attached to its jurisdiction. This meant that the operators of the Inquisition had immediate recourse to and from the Spanish crown, without having to go through a chain of command.
None the less, the Spanish Inquisition was founded in 1478 by Queen Isabella, as an aid in her final war against Spain's Muslim invaders & occupiers of the previous 767 years. She asked the pope to grant official approval of this Inquisition, so that she could use official Catholic Church theologians to judge the cases there. These members of the Catholic Hierarchy were the final judges of each case brought before them. Thus, the Spanish Inquisition was a State Court that was granted autonomy. Catholic theologians were the judges. But, they were judges in the name of the queen and NOT in the name of the Roman Catholic Church.
There simultaneously existed the Roman Inquisition. That WAS the official Church inquisition. But, it didn't have attached to it the nightmarish torture chamber stories attached to the Spanish Inquisition. This is because Spain was the great imperial power of Europe, and to defeat a massive power, you must employ the use of lying propaganda and all forms of defamation, so as to outrage the citizenry into rebelling for your cause.
Concerning statistics, the Spanish Inquisition endured for 354 years. Throughout the 354 year history
of the Spanish Inquisition, there was an average of no more than 9 to 14
executions per year. Throughout this time, the population of Spain
went from approx 9 million to 13.4 million. This makes the former claim
of 500,000 to one million deaths a multi-million dollar class action defamation lawsuit-waiting-to-happen. Even
the modern Protestant claim of 32,0000 deaths is 6.5 to 10 times higher than the reality.
Now, during the last six years of the final war between the invader-occupier Muslims and the Catholics of Spain, there was an average of 77 executions per year, until 1492. This was 15th Century statistics. So, beware of how a stereotypical propagandist can twist the stats. None the less, Spain was at war with an opponent who occupied Spain for 767 years. So, the executions were not a matter of a crazed maniac with torture engines all around him.
Most important is that there is no physical or documented evidence to support the 1567 Spanish Inquisition Horror Story. And quite frankly, as will be pointed out to you, that horror story is an insult to even average human intelligence.
All in all, it got to a point in Spanish Inquisition history, when all executions ceased for the most part. In fact, Napoleon and the Cortes Cadiz suspended inquisition operations from 1808 to 1814. And the last execution was that of of a teacher who used Catholic Church property to advocate Deism. Deism claims that everything about the Catholic Faith is worthless, meaning that the Catholic Church should be dissolved and its property used for other things. This was in the Year 1826.
Now, experience had shown to Europe that the preacher of any anti-Catholic doctrine is eventually accompanied by armed persons ready to engage in warfare.
In conclusion, the true nightmare of Spanish History was  Napoleon's invasion of Spain in 1808 and  the 20th Century Spanish Civil War, where even nuns were executed ... and where even statues of Christ were the targets of firing squads.
Also remember that the first sign of a hate-filled, lying, anti-Catholic propagandist is that the propagandist is that the propagandist states that very little evidence of the Spanish Inquisition exists. Well, evidence of the Spanish Inquisition is all over Spain. It's called the archives. The problem is that there is no evidence to support the one damning tale published in Heidelberg, in 1567. It has zero corroborating witnesses to confirm its content, and it has zero pieces of physical evidence. After all, where are all the blood-splattered walls and blood-soaked streets where carts would have been rolling, carrying the dead torture victims? Where are all the torture engines? ANS: Not in Spain. In fact, the closest iron maiden was discovered to have been in Germany; a very long jog from Spain. The archives proved that 16th Century Spain NOT any worse than France or Austria or Italy or Greece in matters of capital punishment. No one was worse than Russia, during that time span.In fact, England was the monster of 16th Century Western Europe, in intervals of time. When it came to executions, 16th Century England had low tide and high tide. 200 to 300 Catholic martyrs of the Tudor reign ended up being beatified. That is one step away from canonization. Then came the Irish who were victimized by Oliver Cromwell. This estimate is that approx 520 Roman Catholics were put to death by the Tudor and Cromwell reigns, with much less of a number of Protestants. Yet, the Spanish Inquisition gets the attention.
The Jews of Spain: Both sides of the story
Whereas the Horror Story of the Inquisition detailed horrendous torture against Protestants, there wasn't enough Protestants in Spain to keep 20 district court tribunals busy. The true inquisition predominately focused on Jews, to see if those who went through public conversion to Catholicism secretly remained Jews, instead.
At this point stop and acknowledge in your mind the predominate reason why Spaniards did NOT trust Jews. It's simple. Jews were seen as the funding source of the Moorish invaders and occupiers of Spain, especially in Granada where they excelled economically. BUT ... the Moorish occupation was basically in three different modes of time, with the middle era being warfare renewed.
When Umayyad Caliphate Commander Ṭāriq ibn Ziyād first captured Granada, Cordorba, and Astorga, in 711, the Jews saw themselves relieved of stress and oppression by the Visigoths. As long as the Jews payed the Jizya tax to the Moors, and abided by certain Muslims laws, they could enjoy an affluent lifestyle. Yet, they and the Catholics were to be regarded as second class citizens. So, the Jews in Granada were an effective source of income for the Moors, and thrived. The Moorish capital was Granada, and the Moors remained in Spain for 767 years, even calling Spain, Andalusia.
The great animosity from the Jews came from the period when the Visigoths were forcing baptism upon them. Yet, a Visigoth king recognized it as wrong, and put it to an end. So, the animosity should have departed, after a hundred or two years.
None the less, the official Catholic Church teaching on forced baptism appears in Vatican II and in the Pope Pius XII encyclical, Mystici Corporis Christi. To make a long story short, you cannot force doctrinal beliefs on a person. You can enforce the natural law of moral conduct, though. Thus, you can prohibit dangerous activities and unsafe practices. You can punish a person for violent acts not done in self-defense or the defense of a third person. You can inspect things, such as road vehicles, etc. But, you cannot tell a person whom to believe is God ... or the Great Spirit ... or the godhead ... or the Unmoved Mover, etc.
Ironically, the non-Christians Moors were allowed to stay in Spain, after the 1492 liberation. Then, in 1609, even Roman Catholic Moors were expelled. They were all under suspicion of aiding the Berber pirates in the Mediterranean Sea. The bottom line is that the Spaniards dreaded a return invasion of the Moors. And they were sure that the Jews would re-welcome them, due to the Moors not being as harsh as were the Visigoths. The Visigoths should have let the matter of religion be in the hands of unarmed missionaries who were more teachers than sales professionals or census takers.
As far as goes the forged letter, it stated that the Inquisition targeted entire Western European populations for extermination. In addition to proving the letter a fraud through forensic science, the circumstance of the day proved it to be the most asinine of allegations. This is because Spain had its hands full with none other than the FOURTH Ottoman-Venetian War. This necessitated the Spanish, Sicilian, and Neapolitan navies to sail to Cyprus and to the Gulf of Patraikos.
This was the war of the famous Battle of Lepanto of 1571 (which see.) Europe was about to be overrun by Muslim invaders who would have turned all the churches into mosques ... and many a young lady into harem girls ... against the ladies' wills. Yet, none of the official Protestant nations cared to join in the defense of Europe, as if they were hoping that the Ottomans would destroy the Catholic armies and end the Holy Roman Empire.
At the same time was the dreaded 80 Years War which was transpiring in the Netherlands. It involved a trade embargo against England and English "privateers" pirating Spanish & Portuguese ships. Thus, there wasn't the time and resources to even think of exterminating entire populations within Europe. The letter was a complete fake which caused an uproar.
The Montanus Nightmare Tale included racist name-calling, all the while accusing the Spaniard of being the most depraved, most vile, and lowest of the low-life humanity had to offer. Thus, you were considered to be the worst of the worst dregs, simply because you were Spanish.
Plus, the reasonable person would realize that the horrific tortures of the Montanus Tale involves repulsively shredded gore. Now, no human can endure the work of cleaning torture engines laced with torn human remains. Nearby Spanish residents would have eventually learned of this. There would have been an uproar and lots of writings on the subject; not merely Montanus' blatant farce.
Plus, there would be mass graves of chaotically arranged human bones piled-up on each other, if that horror story were true. So, where are these mass graves of grotesque carnage. The Spanish were well known to be sensitive enough to make notable artwork. Such people abhor gore. Moreover, the only known iron maiden of the era was in . . . Germany, not Spain. Plus, Spain was a Roman Catholic country, and Roman Catholicism forbade bodily mutilation of any kind. That would have been the epitome of hypocrisy, if the Montanus Tale were true. But, the Montanus Tale is an insult to the intelligence of anyone who has the time to think.
The Spanish did NOT arbitrarily kill people. There had to be a writ of execution involved with every execution, being that the most powerful empire in Western Europe always had due process of the law and record-keeping. The Spanish kept a meticulous archive system. There is no evidence of more than an average of 9 to 14 executions per year, and those people were burnt in flames. There weren't killed on torture engines.
Also to be addressed is the fact that today's more subtle anti-Catholic propagandists attribute the Montanus Horror Story a certain Spaniard who was an ex-monk versed in Hebrew and Greek. Well, no sensible human would write so repulsively of his own people, because to do so is to indict yourself.
No Spaniard would call his own people and own self the most sexually perverted, most murderous, and lowest of all animals who walk the Earth. In fact, how could the ultimate super power of Western Europe be nothing more than a nation of brutal & mindless dregs, as well as sexually perverted animals? That, alone, shows that the Montanus Horror Story was hyped-up pre-war propaganda. Yet, the specific facts about the one Spaniard whom the anti-Catholics claim to be Montanus shows instantly that they are either deliberately lying or they are void of intelligence.
To make a long story short, that particular Spanish person would have been taken to the Netherlands Inquisition and NOT to the Spanish one as Montanus claimed to have been taken. Plus, the Spanish ex-monk would had exactly sixteen witnesses to corroborate at least part of his story. This is because 16 other monks simultaneously left the monastery with the Spanish gentleman claimed to be Montanus in disguise. Yet, no one ever corroborated anything that the Montanus Tale stated.
Plus, the Spanish man whom Protestants claim to be Montanus appeared in Geneva Switzerland healthy and enthusiastic, in 1568. By 1571, the same man became a citizen of Frankfort and then became a successful silk merchant. He lived to the age 74. If he were beaten badly at a horrific Spanish torture chamber, he would have died at a much younger age.
It is always wrong to present your hate-filled prejudice as documented fact. And concerning the man claimed to be Montanus, it was the Spaniard who translated the Bible into Spanish. The hate-filled propagandists wanted to make it appear that Casiodoro de Reina was tortured for translating the Bible into Spanish. This is where the greatest lie of Protestant propagandists come to the fore.
Their great lie is the claim that the Catholic Church hid the Bible from humanity, and that the Protestants liberated mankind by distributing the Bible everywhere, beginning with the Gutenberg Bible. This is a 100,000% lie.
Firstly, Gutenberg was a devout Roman Catholic given ranking by the Bishop of Mainz, Germany. It has always been the case that the Catholic Church used & still uses the Bible far more often than the Protestants ever did . . . to the point where numerous Roman Catholic stained-glass windows ARE Biblical passages (scenes) in picture form . . . manufactured for the sake of the illiterate. Observe:
During any day, the Roman Catholic Church uses the Bible in its official prayers  EIGHT times everyday in the Divine Office, also known as the Book of Hours,  THREE times per every Sunday Mass,  TWO times per every weekend Mass . . . and in  numerous theology courses, being that the Roman Catholic Church has far more academic institutions of all academic levels than Protestantism ever had,  and the Bible is also used during official Catholic weekend retreats, depending on the discretion of the priest conducting the retreat.
 Moreover, the Roman Catholic Church grants a complete remission of the TEMPORAL PUNISHMENT due to sin (AFTER receiving priestly absolution) at the hour of death to those who spent their lives devoutly reading the Bible approximately a quarter-hour per day.  Also remember that the greatest Bible teacher of them all were the numerous Catholic Church stained-glass windows which each portray a Biblical scene on each window, be it the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity of Christ, St. Peter's commission, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the Ascension, the Archangel Michael, Elijah, John the Baptist, etc, etc, etc.
Protestant preachers who wear business suits at the pulpit lie about the Catholic Church as a business tactic. They defame the Catholic Church, in the hope that Catholics will leave the True Church and join the preachers' Protestant sect, so that the Catholics will start putting their tax-free collection basket money into the Protestant sect's collection baskets.
In this way, the Protestant preachers can buy more business suits ... and personal items. It's business to them. It's all business. It's how they make their income; killing off the Catholic Church so that they can live really really well. They are constantly looking for their Thirty Pieces of Silver, over and over again and again.
|A nation of mindless animals can't construct things like this, because it required diligence, intellectual capacity, and discipline. These types of structures are throughout Spain. Thus, the Montanus Tale was the Montanus Farce. The year after it's publication began the 80 Years War. Propaganda does start wars.|
The great outrage in anti-Catholic propagandists harping on the one anonymous & uncorroborated horror story of the Spanish Inquisition for the past 450 years ... without first consulting the vast Inquisition archives and without acknowledging the entire absence of physical evidence ... is that those people are condemning the existence of the Catholic Church today, by pushing a 450 year old story that was proven to be a hideous exaggeration. in the first place. They are basically saying, "You have to shut down ... or shun ... or destroy the Catholic Church today, for something that was said to have happened 450 years ago, without evidence to prove that it happened."
This is especially outrageous, in light of the fact that Henry VIII's England was the true nightmare, as was the German Peasant Rebellion which saw the killing of 100,000 to 300,000 people after Martin Luther condemned the peasants in writing. Cromwell's massacre of the Irish in Drogheda was just as true a nightmare, and Elizabeth II calling for an all-out persecution of the Catholic Church in the 1580s is a continuation of the same nightmare. In fact, the British government posthumously condemned Cromwell as a criminal.
Once again, the 1994 BBC documentary titled, THE
MYTH OF THE SPANISH INQUISITION, is linked directly below, for your convenience.
In having stolen all Roman Catholic Church property in England, and after having killed Roman Catholics by the cartload, Tudor England needed to develop an exaggerated and therefore false excuse for the murders and thefts. They had to demonize Roman Catholics, even though England was Roman Catholic for the past consecutive centuries.
Thus, British Protestants were out to defame their own ancestors. Or at the least they would find a way to make their ancestors look like the repressed victims of that evil evil Catholic Church known for minstrels, fairs, knights, castles, religious charity organizations, monks making hand-written copies of the Bible, religious pilgrimages, cathedrals, and Saint Francis of Assisi, not to mention Thomas a Becket and the recently martyred Thomas More.
Being that there was a rebellion in the Netherlands against the Hapsburg Dynasty who happened to also rule Spain, war propagandists needed to make the Spanish look so horrifying that the Dutch would want all links to Spain severed.
Central Europe's Lutherans and Calvinists needed to
do the same, being that the King of Spain was also the Holy Roman Emperor. Thus came the hyper-exaggerated horror story of the
Spanish Inquisition, published in Heidelberg in 1567. However, more people were executed in the Netherlands for heresy than
in Spain, between 1557 and 1562. So, where are all the
horror stories about the Dutch Inquisition? Well, the horror story about the Dutch would come to be that they would rise as the literal masters of the Atlantic Slave Trade, adversely affecting the lives of 500,000 black (sub-Saharan) Africans.
Now see researcher Henry Kamen, fellow of the Royal Historical Society:
Above & Below: The Toledo branch of the Spanish Inquisition, slightly south of Madrid.
The Dutch trafficked in approximately 500,000 African lives, thereby causing tremendously more harm on humanity than any European inquisition ever could. The Netherlands would also be a nation of legalized piracy, in hijacking hundreds of Portuguese & Spanish ships, while claiming to be "predestined" to Heaven, according to the Calvinist Protestant doctrine.
Moreover, on two historic occasions, popes shut down the slave trade, even 16 years before Columbus was even born;  Canary Islands, January 13, 1435, Pope Eugene IV.  Philippines, April 18, 1591, Pope Gregory XIV.
All in all, the demonizing of the Roman Catholic Church was done, in order to justify the stealing of Catholic Church real estate, via edict & decree in the following European places:
 England, by secular edict,  Scotland, by secular edict,  Denmark, by secular edict,  Norway, by secular edict, but not until two years after Henry VIII robbed the Church in England  Sweden, by secular edict that was "abrogated" for a short while and which was later placed back into force,  Finland, by secular edict,  Saxony, by outright disobedience to imperial orders,  Brandenburg. by "elector's discretion," concerning a 1526 law, until it was "reversed" in 1529,  Zurich Switzerland and other German and Swiss territories.
Furthermore, the 1567 horror story coincidentally was published when the Catholic government of the Netherlands counter-attacked the rebels who were literally rioting and smashing Catholic church statues without paying for the damages caused. Statue Smashing is called iconoclasm. In as much, the statue smashers could now use the very defamatory 1567 horror story to claim that the Catholics of the Netherlands were evil and must be defeated. However, the ironiy to this consists in the fact that European law always used to require TWO corroborating witnesses, in order to effect a conviction. The Montanus Horror Story did NOT have a corroborating witness account.
Shock Troops like Ninjas & the Trojan Horse
In 1568 Calvinist "shock troops" came into the Netherlands dressed like beggars, in a tactic much like the Trojan Horse event. They were called the Geuzen, and they came to kill. So, that 1567 horror story was deliberate war propaganda for the Protestant-Catholic or Catholic-Protestant wars.
And remember: The King of Spain also was the King of the Netherlands, and he also was the Holy Roman Emperor. Thus, propagandist who fabricated the "Montanus Tale" painted the picture of a common Spaniard so vile that the Dutch would want to have nothing to do with the king of those Spaniards who happened to also be the king of the Dutch. In this way, the lying propagandist(s), "Montanus" was trying to recruit soldiers for the Catholic-Protestant wars. And of course, Winston Churchill once stated that, "The first casualty of war is the truth." Before evil people attack, they first lie about the enemy.
The 16th Century Version of Tokyo Rose
need to read about the Hapsburg Dynasty. In as much, the Protestant
Revolt was not against Catholicism alone. It was also against the
Hapsburg Dynasty. Thus, the 1567 horror story about the Spanish
Inquisition which has ZERO EVIDENCE to support its claims was nothing
more than war propaganda. Whoever wrote it was the 16th Century version
of "Tokyo Rose." (which see)
Also remember that, at its
beginning, Protestantism was literally forced upon Northern Europeans,
via governmental decrees, aka kings' edicts. It was shoved down
Northern European Roman Catholic throats, under penalty of law.
Protestantism was too new to have been the popular religion of the
People. And of course, by the death penalties given by the "Protestant
Reformers," the number 2 casualty in the "Protestant Reformation" was
"freedom of thought." The Number 1 casualty was Truth & Kindness.
(Biblical phrase from Isaiah.)
|Now think! Volumes of evidence exist for the Nazi Holocaust. None exist for the Darth Vader version of the Spanish Inquisition. You don't have to be the useful idiot of the anti-Catholic megachurch & backwoods preachers out there. |
For those who missed it, the Spanish Inquisition is entirely on record, in archives
Concerning the true horror story of the 16th Century, between 1557 and 1562, more executions transpired in the Netherlands than in Spain. Yet, the Castile Crown's population was 7 million and Aragon was an additional million, while the Netherlands' population was 2.4 million. This means that Spain should have had at least three times more executions.
Here's something the brainwashed will refuse to believe: Spain did NOT execute women for witchcraft. In the Spanish Inquisition data that I personally saw, I saw a grand total of ONE woman in Spain who was executed for witchcraft. Now, let's follow a trail of facts:
A Matter of Identity
There is the matter of the identity of the author(s) of the 1567 Heidleberg publication that detailed the overly theatrical accusations against Roman Catholic Spain, where within the Spanish were called "animals." Great racism there, Montanus. The writer identified himself as "Reginaldus Gonsalvius Montanus." Needless to say, there is no such case file in the Spanish Inquisition archives. So, the pro-protestant people who make the conjectures ... as well as the disingenuous propaganda, claim that Montanus was Casiodoro of Reina.
Well, years after the modern Protestant conclusion as to the identity of Montanus, TWO authentic letters of the time span were found by a certain historical society. Casiodoro de Reina was definitely mentioned in one ... but only one ... and only in the footnotes.
That letter mentioned that 17 Spanish monks had
gone awol (absent without leave) and apparently traveled north, to
Protestant country. De Reina was mentioned as one of the 17 monks. Mention was made that the run-away monks would be sought, in northern Europe.
This means that Casiodoro de Reina was reported as being at-large ... and NOT in a Spanish Inquisition torture chamber. And then, Casiodor was "heard from again." He was in GENEVA SWITZERLAND, saying that Geneva was the new Rome.
The one blatant piece of evidence which proves 100,000% that either Casiodoro was deliberately lying in the Montanus Tale or else he never wrote the Montanus Tale in the first place:
An official letter which served the purposes of a dispatch reported that Casiodoro and 16 other Spanish clergymen renounced their Catholic Faith and made it into Northern Europe. The same dispatch stated that any available soldiers under his Highness, Ferdinand I, would search for those 17 ex-clergymen. Got it so far?
Okay now, IF Casiodoro had been found by any of the king's soldiers, he would have been sent to none other than THE NETHERLANDS, and NOT to the Spanish Inquisition. This is because the King of Spain and the King of the Netherlands was the same one Hapsburg family member. Moreover, you are sent to the jurisdiction of your crime. Conspiracy to harm Northern European Catholics ... or to steal Catholic Church real estate ... or to damage Catholic Church property is such a crime. And a lot of that type of activity was occurring in Northern Europe, including Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Being sent to an inquisition meant that you were going to "go in for questioning," and the jurisdiction where a crime was committed was important. Now, there is no crime in walking away from your monastery in Spain. The question was what were Spanish ex-clergymen doing in a geographic area where ex-clergyman promoted the attacking of Roman Catholics and the acquisition of Roman Catholic Church property without paying for it. So, what was the intent of the Spanish clerics who denounced their faith and went to the Catholic-Protestant war zone?
A decisive question to Casiodoro would have been what was he doing in Northern European, when he was known to have no business there, and when he was a Spanish monk either lived off of the donations of the people or lived off of the selling of monks' bread or other food source? These men did take vows of poverty, after all.
As a quick note: There is a difference between a monk and a friar is more than one way. A friar is usually the member of a mendicant order. A Mendicant Order is one were the order lives off of the donations of the people. Monks create a product to sale. In the Trappist monastery where I was a long-term guest, the TRappist made jam and sold it at the grocery stores.
The fact that Montanus claimed to have been a witness to the transpiration of the Inquisition in Spain, amongst "vile Spanish animals," instead of IN THE NETHERLANDS, it shows us that Casiodoro de Reina either did NOT write the Montanus Tale or that he wrote it with the full intent to tell defamatory falsehoods in his writings. If he did write the tale which had zero evidence to support it and zero corroborating witnesses to support it, he wasn't making a honest mistake. He was engaged in severe malice.
Now, if any of you out there insist on pushing the defamatory version and the Montanus Tale, while declaring Casiodoro the poor poor victim of the Spanish Inquisition, when he showed up in Geneva in one piece, then we can continue this conversation before an United States federal magistrate, in a multi-million dollar class action (AND DIVERSITY ACTION) lawsuit. And of course, from my personal experience, Catholic Bashers have a severe mental & emotional illness where they will not rest until the see every Catholic on Planet Earth dead. They are obsessed to a deadly degree . . . from my very unfortunate personal experience. Also from my recent personal experience, lawyers are very expensive today, if you're not related to one.
More about the Casiodoro de Reina who would have been taken to the Netherlands Inquisition and NOT to the Spanish one, if any law enforcement official of the king would have caught up with him, before he safely made it to Geneva Switzerland:
He is the one who translated the Bible into Spanish. Thereafter, the motive in modern Protestant propagandists in presenting him as the sure author of the UNSUBSTANTIATED & UNCORROBORATED Montanus Tale is to enable the propagandist present Casiodor as this holy and hoeroic martyr going up against the evil evil Bible suppressing & Bible hiding Catholic Church. The great lie of this is that:
 The Roman Catholic Church preserved and made copies of the Bible from the first day the Council of Rome declared the specific books of the Bible to be THE BIBLE.  The Catholic Church several times each day in official church liturgy. This include EIGHT time daily in the Divine Office, aka the Book of Hours, and three times per mass, each mass, on Sundays, as well as TWO times per each weekday Mass.  And there are Bible class throughout Catholic academia in Church history. used th all the way until the 1054 Schism with Greek Christians.  Roman Catholic Church stained-glass windows often are illustrations of Bible passages. Such was the act of beginning the Gospel to the Poor.
It has been a deliberate lie of the Protestants to state that Catholic never use the Bible. As an example, why not go through this one website and count the Bible quotes in the most recent 5 posts, for example. Catholic writers use a lot of Biblical citations-references. None the less, Casiodoro was used in the modern Protestant story of the Montanus Horror Story, to make him look like he was being tortured for making the Bible available to the People, behind the Catholic Church's back, when the truth is that the Catholic Church has been the care-taker of the Bible who even made Bible Picture Stories out of stained-glass for everyone to see.
Protestants defame the Catholic Church so hideously, because there is a lot of tax-free collection basket money in conning Catholics to leave the True Church for their very fake church. That fake church is comprised on hundred of splinters. Those splinters are known as denominations. Protestants don't even agree with each other.
And of course, anti-Catholic propagandists of today make it sound as if Johannes Gutenberg began the Protestant "Reformation" by printing a copy of the Bible and by separating himself from the Catholic Church as much as possible. The truth is that the Roman Catholic archbishop of Mainz (Archbishop Adolph von Nassau) declared Gutenberg "a hofmann" (a gentleman of the Court) This means that Gutenberg had a financial stipend, as well as free grain and wine, along with a court outfit each year. Moreover, Gutenberg died a Roman Catholic.
Incidentally, the Gutenberg Bible was only 42 lines in length. After that was the Mainz Psalter. It was commissioned by the archbishop of Mainz, in 1457. Thus, Gutenberg was NOT printing against the Catholic Church. He was printed while being commissioned to do so, by the Catholic Church. Protestant Propagandists are deliberate liars. After all, John Wycliffe was often said by these Protestants to have been burned at the stake by Roman Catholics. That was another big Protestant lie. John Wycliffe died on New Year's Eve 1384, from a stroke that he had three days prior. After 500 years, we vividly have learned that all that you are going to get from Protestant propagandists is lies, lies, and more lies.
The Other Proof that Shoots Down the Casiodoro Conjecture
Concerning the Protestant claim that Casiodoro de Reina was Montanus, there is one flaming piece of blatant evidence which proves that claim to be either  a total falsehood as to it having been written by Casiodoro or  deliberately written by Casiodoro to be a lie:
There were 16 other renegade Spanish clergymen who left the St. Isidore Monastery the same time Casiodoro did. This means that several other runaway Spanish monks in Casiodoro's group would have also been witnesses to horrific acts in Spain. Thus, they would have written their own damning eye-witness accusations against the Spanish Inquisition. Needless to say, none of the other 16 associates of Casiodoro wrote any such damning testimony.
The obvious conclusion is that the horrific Montanus Tale is an account that had ZERO CORROBORATING WITNESSES to it, and therefore, it was no more than a political HIT PIECE that served the function of war propaganda in the Protestant side of the Catholic-Protestant wars. Such uncorroborated writings are usually deliberate lies.
Iron maiden type
devices don't show up in history, until the early 19th Century ... in
places such as PENNSYLVANIA. Let's review: A torture device that an
easily deceived person would expect to find at a Spanish Inquisition
office was found in PENNSYLVANIA ... after the Napoleonic Era. (It was
found during an investigation of governmental abuse ... a prison warden
Concerning the Pear of Agony, no mention of such a device shows up, until the 1700s, except for one mention made by a member of the House of Bourbon in the 1600s. But no mention is made in the 1500s or at any time before the Heidelberg publication of the Montanus book. Bourbons were NOT know for torturing people. They were known for warfare and land acquisition, as well as luxurious living.
can assure you that the aristocrats of France preferred going to the
theater far more than torturing people's non-sunlit anatomical
sections. In fact, the French literally used to take to theater
productions persons diagnosed as mentally ill. So, the French didn't
have the Martin Luther mindset, as when Luther told a certain prince to
drown a certain mentally ill child in a nearby river.
That piece of Luther's advice is a matter of written record. Many things about Luther were heavily documented, because they were turning Luther into the Elvis Presley of his day --- into the "beloved Fuhrer" of his day --- the Hollywood star of his time. Something like that. And of course, this is what cults do.
For the record, during the 18th Century, the French called the mentally ill "the alienated." And they did take them to theater productions, as an act of kindness.
Moreover, the French had an aversion to any type of torture, evidenced by the use of the painless guillotine. And remember, Joan of Arc was given a torturous death in England ... not France. Very painful and repulsively gore-ridden forms of execution were practiced in England and Scotland long before Henry VIII commandeered every acre of Roman Catholic Church property there.
The Baptismal Certificates of the time are evidence . . . for proving the tale to be a lie.
Oh, and concerning the claim that mass quantities of people were being
forced to become Catholic in Spain, okay then, do this: Show me all of
the baptismal certificates of all of the tortured people who gave-in
and became Catholic. When you become Catholic, you go on record, and
your record is filed in a parish church. Ask ancestry experts.
Catholic parishes have registries, you know. Even the day you received the Sacrament of Confirmation is recorded, along with that of your wedding and funeral -- and perhaps that of priestly ordination which is only done by a bishop. So, where is evidence of suddenly elevated numbers of memberships of parishes near the torture chambers? In fact, where are these Spanish torture chambers, anyway?
You would think that,
after 456 years of horror stories, at least one blood-stain torture
chamber would have been found . . . or at least one Iron Maiden . . . or
at least one pear of agony . . . or least one hundred "missing persons
reports" filed by wives or adult children or by siblings. Apparently,
people were not being arrested in the middle of the night and taken to
torture chambers which didn't exist in the first place.
One more pivotal fact: You have to go through the Rite of Christian Initiation, before you get baptized. So, where is evidence of blood-soaked religion textbooks or manuals or handbooks? Where are the blood-stained classrooms? Catholicism is NOT the Pentecostal religion, where a guy walks to the front of the congregation, does the "Lord & personal savior" incantation, raise his arms, and then shouts, "Parrrrraise the Lord! I've bin saved!"
Moreover, for a Catholic baptism, you need "a baptismal sponsor." So,
where is the paperwork showing all the extra baptismal sponsors of 16th
Century Spain? Plus, plus, plus, baptismal "candidates" are presented
to a parish ... or at a cathedral ... at a Palm Sunday Mass. Where's
the evidence of a church-load of torture victims being presented
throughout Spain on Palm Sunday? Even furthermore, it requires
approval from a high ranking bishop to have the ordinary baptismal
process waived. Okay then, show me the signed and sealed pages showing
the waivers. Even at that, the names of baptized Catholics still go on
record somewhere. Well, let's see the records.
If the Spanish Inquisition were the horror that "Montanus" claimed it to have been, there would be a lot of documentation of excess Catholic parish membership occurring in the parishes near the torture chambers. Where is it?
And where are all the skeletal remains and the mass graves? What happened to the massive population of execution victims Montanus claimed to have existed in 16th Century Spain? There should be evidence similar to the Jewish Holocaust. It's NOWHERE to be found in Spain.
So, this leaves us with a question: Why are people ...
especially in Germany and America ... so easily deceived? The burden
of proof is on all of the anti-Catholic propagandists. Where's their
evidence? If you don't have any evidence, then you have to make
retractions. It's called "making restitution" for lying to the public
on a massive scale.
One more question: Which law firms are willing to do multi-million dollar defamation class-action lawsuits? Constantly bringing up the Inquisition is the same as inciting violence, lost business opportunities, and types of social shunning against Catholics of Spanish descent. The bottom line is that the Spanish Inquisition was hyper-exaggerated to the point of False Light Defamation.
|Evidence is everywhere for the existence of the Jewish Holocaust. Evidence is nowhere for the hyper-exaggerated horror story version of the Spanish Inquisition. Americans need to start using their brain cells, for a change. There is no law which says that Americans have to remain the useful idiots of lying propagandists.|
Okay then, we review:
There's widespread evidence of the existence of the Nazi Holocaust. There's undeniable evidence that Planet Earth is undoubtedly spherical. There is no evidence for the "horror-story-version" of the Spanish Inquisition. In fact, from 1557 to 1562, Spain had less executions than did the much smaller Netherlands. Even at that . . .
... Do you really think that people back then were so stupid that they couldn't detect a mechanical dummy ten to fifteen feet away? And don't you think that there would have been puddles of blood all around, to warn the next guy who walked into that hallway?
One of the tales was that prisoners would walk up to sharp-bladed mechanical dummy dressed like a seductive woman, only to violently die when they put their arms around it. Uhhhm, don't you think that each guy would have first said, "Hello," while waiting for this "really hot chick" to at least say, "Hello" back to him?
Men can tell the difference between a really hot chick and a mechanical device. Plus, the blood stains would have been everywhere. All in all, it's very simple to conclude. The people who believe in the horror-story version of the Spanish Inquisition never read it. It's super blatant bull crap to the sophisticated, 21st Century, high-tech mind reader. Come out of the Protestant Dark-Minded Ages, people. Come out of the Protestant Paranoia, before you hurt someone.
|A modern 21st Century city with a notable Catholic population --- not living in the Protestant dark ages.|
Protestants brought no freedom of thought, evidenced by the executions of their opposition.
Let us not forget that Luther was the first German to advocate in writing the expulsion of the Jews from German boundaries. Luther furthermore directed that it only be done at the hands of government officials in Germany, and not by the common folk. Well, centuries later, a certain German government complied with Luther's suggestion and turned it into a graphic reality.
|Here are the fruits of Martin Luther's "reformation" and writings.|
“Hitler's Kampf und Luther's Lehr Des deutschen Volkes gute Wehr." "Hitler’s struggle and Luther’s teaching are the German people’s sure defense."
Luther's Literature: The Undoing of Christ's Work
Do not be deceived. Stealing Catholic Church real estate, by the acre, does NOT constitute a Reformation. There was NO Protestant Reformation. There was only war after war, even into 1712. In fact, the 1555 Peace of Augsburg was merely a temporary truce between Catholics and the newly formed Lutherans. All other religions were left out of the equation.
Despite the 1555 truce, Protestant-Catholic warfare continued
France, until 1598. The events, politics, and scorecard on that time
span was super complicated, especially the deadly & vengeful
dominoes effect of 1572. It was even cloak & dagger in the
unfolding of events thereafter. That time span would be for its own discourse ...
chapter ... article ... webpage. It can't be reduced to one paragraph.
So we move onward.
St. Francis of Assisi Was the Most Epic & Effective Church Reformer in human history
All in all, Martin Luther's century ... and the century to follow ... were the centuries of War. In as much, it was St. Francis of Assisi who brought peace to his geographic setting, in the 13th Century. It was St. Dominic who brought peace to Southern France, during the lifetime of St. Francis. Luther brought mass amounts of death, even centuries later, at the hands of Adolph Hitler who literally used Luther as a Nazi Party Poster Boy. St. Dominic literally brought mass conversions to the Catholic Faith, mostly through advocating devotion to the Rosary.
As a review ... in the need to review, review, review: the hatred of the Jews is a part of
Luther's literature, as in the Jews and Their Lies. Hitler ran with it ... with Luther's hatred of the Jews. Luther literally advocated running all Jews out of Germany. HOWEVER, he stated that only the government should do so ... not the common German citizen. Well, a German government got the common German citizen to exterminate as many Jews as could be captured.
Theft the size of a continent
Luther heavily advocated stealing Roman Catholic Church property, as well. But of course, he didn't regard it as theft. He regarded it as driving the wolves from the sheep fields and then having good and holy stewards manage the stolen property. This would be followed by the stealing of Jewish property, centuries later. He who started the divisive Protestant religions was also the poster-boy at the start of the Nazi Religion. Luther was originally Hitler's pope, dating back to 1933. Very simply, evil is attracted to evil.
In addition, it was a complete lie to have asserted that Luther "had a premonition of his own death" and that he confessed his sins shortly before dying. Firstly, he predicted that he would die in Wittenberg. Luther died in Eisleben (in Saxony-Anhalt.) Plus, he was aging and simply talked about aging and what was the point in being alive in the first place. When you get older, death comes to mind. Therefore, bitterly complaining about life, while drinking pints of beer and/or ale, is NOT the act of confessing your sins, especially when your writings and advice resulted in the deaths of literally over 100,000 people, in the 1520s, alone.
Hitler's Birthday Gift to Luther
Ever-so-ironically, the ruthless Krystallnacht of November 9 & 10 (1938), took place on the 455th birthday of Martin Luther, and it was triggered by a young Polish Jew in France who assassinated a German diplomat, on Nov 7 of that year. Herschel Feibel Grynszpan killed Ernst vom Rath, triggering tens of thousands of Jews being immediately sent to concentration camps which were actually ready for business in 1933.
less than one year after Grynszpan's act of hot-blooded rage, Poland was
invaded. WWII began. More importantly, in less than one week, Jewish
property was vandalized at the point of torches and bricks. A youth would end up causing another world war.
the first class of people to receive Nazi concentration camp
hospitality were the disabled. Then the gypsies were soundly
exterminated. In fact, 2,579 Catholic priests were sent to Dachau, to
die, proving that Hitler and Pius XII were NOT conspiratorial pro-Nazi
buddies. There were not that many priests in Central Europe, to begin
with. Priests are naturally a minority everywhere, due to the nature of
their work. Yet, Hitler gave priests the big x-out ... the big
black-out ... the big Nazi farewell.
All in all, the tragic occurrences of WWI and WWII were both triggered by asinine youths with guns, causing millions of deaths after their acts of murder. So, if you are wondering how WWIII is going to start . . .
didn't merely separate themselves from the Catholic Church. They
separated themselves from each other, in forming sect after sect after
sect. After all, Martin Luther and his sidekick, Phillip Melanchthon,
condemned the Anabaptists, expressly stating
that every member of that sect deserved the death penalty. In
Switzerland, Anabaptist leaders got the death penalty Luther suggested.
soundly condemned by Luther also, as well as was Thomas Muntzer, in his
adopted project. That adopted project was the supporting of the German
Peasant Rebellion of
addition, the Swiss Protestant Ulrich Zwingli most certainly was in the
possession of deadly armaments when he died in the Second Battle of
Kappel, in 1531. He regularly carried a sword AND a halberd which is
carried by the Vatican's Swiss Guard to this day. It's just that the
armies of the five Catholic cantons performed a surprise attack, when a
lot of the Swiss Protestant soldiers had their pants down ... sometimes
literally. Zwingli was in the "second line," and he still was caught
off-guard. Thus, he was NOT a mild, unarmed chaplain, as lying
propagandists made him out to be. Even today's Protestants lie and lie and lie some more, to make
their founders look good.
Zwingli had his share of personal armaments which easily could take a human life or two or more. He was as willing to kill as much as he was willing to "live in sin." Meanwhile, Protestant propagandists are willing to lie in their writings, probably for the sake of getting added tax-free collection basket donations and book sales. Don't be deceived. Zwingli was no saint.
addition, there were certain Catholic commanders during the
Protestant-Catholic wars who were no saints, either. Add the Spanish
Catholic commanders who oversaw the sacking of Catholic Rome.
this point remember that the geographic region which gave humanity
also gave humanity Adolph Hitler. There were massacres centuries prior
to Hitler's reign, dating back to the Black Death of 1348 - 1350, and
also during other times --- in the same Germanic region.
Yes, Jews were blamed for the Black Death. None the less, always
remember: Martin Luther was the undoing of Christ. Hitler was the
In the modern era,
Protestant sects even have sub-subsects, as is the case with
Pentecostalism which has 32 sub-subsects divided between two subsects.
In fact, there's even a Bapticostal Movement. Protestantism is a
tossed salad. It's a grab bag used as a party favor. It's an abstract
art painting on a museum wall which compels a viewer to say, "What the Hell is that?"
divide and conquer has been the game Satan has been playing all along,
in splintering the Church of Christ as if it were a board of thinned-out
wood. And remember, Satan is envious of mankind, because God willed to
become Man, instead of angel. Thus, Satan wants mankind annihilated.
After all, it is written, "However, through the envy of the Devil, death came into the world." Wisdom 2:24.
Disunity is the definition of Protestantism, in its divergent sects and in its dissimilar doctrines between the sects. And of course, division is the Way of Satan, as in "My name is Legion, for we are many." (Luke 8:30 & Mark 5:9)
Protestantism discards Mary, as if she were the most worthless being in existence. The fact that God the Father called Mary, "highly favored daughter," (through the Archangel Gabriel) means nothing to the Protestant world. The fact that Christ's closest apostle, John, took in Mary and made her a member of his household for life, equally means nothing to these people. The fact that the Early Church Fathers regarded Mary as the Ark of the Covenant is even more meaningless to these people.
Even though the Tilma of Guadalupe shows all the science markers of a miraculous image, it means nothing to the Protestant world. Lourdes Water is ignored by these apathetic people, too. Their indifference also applies to miraculous hosts, miraculously produced oils, and stigmatic saints, as well as authentically incorruptible saints such as Louis of Montfort, Bl Margaret of Savoy, St. Savina Petrilli, and Ubald of Gubbio. Yet, they all claim that God talks to them, in "a word of knowledge."
They talk about being baptized in the Spirit and performing long-distance miracles, as well as performing a version of exorcism. So, they do not deny supernatural phenomenon. They only deny the existence of miracles when Catholics perform the miracles.
evangelists, since the beginning of broadcasting, claimed numerous
miracles with zero investigators confirming the claims. That is to say,
they have no Lourdes Bureau to
investigate anything. They will say that someone far away here and
someone far away there were miraculously cured of this and miraculously
cured of that. Yet, never mentioned the who and the where. Their
followers apparently don't believe that people on TV are capable of
lying ... or of even being criminally indicted for fraud in a 4th
Circuit district court, on 24 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, and
conspiracy ... or for racketeering & grand theft in Florida ... or
embezzlement ... etc. (All the aforementioned things actually
A certain low-level church employee who was caught stealing from his employer on a long-term basis once said that adhering to a Protestant sect "is just another way to go to Heaven." No, it isn't. It's just another way to go to Hell. At its inception, it was a way of bringing Hell to the people of Planet Earth. Those were brutal times.
For further learning, there is "Defense against Catholic Bashers. Part 1 is found through here: http://www.theheartofmary.com/2023/02/summit-of-truth1.html