Understanding the Inquisition

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In the annals of history, perhaps no story sets itself so violently against the Catholic Church, and Catholic Spain as the black legend of the Inquisition. From claims of the most grotesque tortures, secretive and unjust legal proceedings, and tens of thousands of brutal executions, the Inquisition in the modern world is almost a byword for tyranny.

And yet, the truth of the matter is quite different. In Understanding The Inquisition, Mr. Christopher Check, examines the origins of the Roman, and later Spanish Inquisition, its purposes and procedures, and some of the most persistent myths surrounding it.

Point-by-point, he shows that heresy was not merely a religious oddity, or a difference of opinion, but a dangerous and violent thing that tore asunder the political and cultural life of a Christian kingdom.

This talk presents the Inquisition's true foundation in the Sacred Scriptures, its use of the best of Roman jurisprudence and the relatively benign and merciful practices of the Inquisition's courts.

While denying none of the abused and periodic cruelty employed by Spain's inquisitors, the Inquisition saved untold souls, and in Spain, at least, preserved the social fabric of the country, far after most of Europe's countries were riddled with the Protestant heresy.

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Christopher Check
1 Compact Disc
Run Time:
61 minutes
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  • 5
    The Inquisition DVD was very informative

    Posted by Cris Samaniego on Feb 14th 2022

    The subject of the Inquisition was well explained, re-enforced and it added to what I learned from Mr. Steve Weidenkopf in another DVD on the Inquisition. Basically, the Inquisition was there to try to save the heretic not to condemn him. This is the kind of knowledge people need to have, not the opinions, first impressions, and biases that they have learned from faulty sources. The accompanying booklet was also a great reference source. I recommend to have this kind of reference booklet on all the other DVD's that you produce. Great job Catholic Answers. Thank you. Cris S.

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