The Real Truth About The Red Mass – Red Mass History

Cardinal Archbishop of Washington Donald Wuerl, bottom center, speaks with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, left, as Justices Elena Kagan, center right, and Stephen Breyer, top right, all talk on the steps of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle after the 60th annual Red Mass at in Washington on Sunday Sept. 30, 2012. The Red Mass is held traditionally in Washington the day before the Supreme Court’s new term opens. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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WASHINGTON — An American archbishop has reminded a congregation that included six Supreme Court justices Sunday to be open to the spirit of God, beg for his blessings and “strive to be instruments of a new evangelization.”

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“We must be loyal Americans by being bold and courageous men and women of faith and conviction regarding the ethical norms that guide society and its choices,” he said, paraphrasing a passage from a homily by Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.

Six US Supreme Court Justices Present at Annual Red Mass in Washington DC

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… Breyer, top right, all talk on the steps of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle after the 60th annual Red Mass at in Washington on Sunday Sept. 30, 2012.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American archbishop has reminded a congregation that included six Supreme Court justices Sunday to be open to the spirit of God, beg for his blessings and “strive to be instruments of a new evangelization.”

The Archdiocese of Washington says Justices John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Elena Kagan, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer were at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle for Red Mass, celebrated the Sunday before the Supreme Court begins its new term.

The Most Rev. Timothy Broglio, archbishop for the military services, said the Mass was also “a moment to pause and pray for those who serve our country and foster justice for all.”

 Cardinal Archbishop of Washington Donald Wuerl speak with U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts on the steps of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle after the 60th annual Red Mass in Washington on Sunday Sept. 30, 2012. The Red Mass is held traditionally in Washington the day before the Supreme Court’s new term opens. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The Red Mass was started in Washington in 1952 by the John Carroll Society, a lay Catholic group of prominent lawyers and professionals. . . .

Lynn, an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, noted the Mass was begun after several high court decisions that were disapproved of by the archdiocese.

“They figured if they got all the justices together and chatted them up in a worship service, they might be able to convince them to see the law their way,” he said.

In 1989, a top church official used the occasion of the Mass to call for a return to “religiously based moral values” and lament the “inviolable, impenetrable and towering wall” between church and state.

In 1986, Washington Cardinal James Hickey attacked the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion. .

For the most part the Red Mass is like any other Roman Catholic Mass. A sermon is given, the message which is delivered has an overlapping political and religious theme. The Mass is also an opportunity for the Catholic church to express its goals for the coming year. The most significant difference between the Red Mass and a traditional Mass is that the focuses of prayer and blessings concentrate on the leadership roles of those present. Guidance from the Holy Sprit is asked to be bestowed on the congregants. Other blessings that are commonly requested to prevail in the minds, offices, and court rooms are Divine strength, wisdom, truth, and justice. Peace and friendship are exchanged among the congregation, the sacraments are given, and the Mass is commenced.

With over half of the Supreme Court’s justices participating in this event, at a time when the Supreme Court has and will continue to face cases involving the separation of church and state, the event is considered controversial by some, even hough it attracts leaders from different religious backgrounds. (President Bush is an evangelical Protestant, Justice Breyer is Jewish.)

The Red Mass is called such due to the red vestments worn by Royal Judges participating in the Pope’s tribunal. Additionally the use of red garments continues today because of it’s representation of the Holy Sprit in Roman Catholic ritual. The tradition of the Red Mass extends back well before the establishment of the Supreme Court, to the Medieval Era. Although it is believed that the first Red Mass was held around 1200, it was not until 1245, in Paris, that the Mass was actually documented. As of 1310 the Mass had become an annual tradition in England to commemorate the beginning of each new Court term. From England the tradition of a yearly Red Mass spread throughout Europe. The tradition was adopted in the United States in the early 20th century.

The first American Red Mass was organized to promote Vatican policies. It was held at the Church of St. Andrew in New York City in 1928. After 1928 only a few Red Masses were held. But since 1953 Red Masses have been held annually in Washington DC. One of the principal reasons the Red Mass did not gain an earlier foothold in tradition in the United States may have been because of the widespread prejudice that existed against Catholicism. Although Catholicism is now regarded as a mainstream religion, prior to the 1950’s Catholicism was treated by many Protestants as sacrilegious if not pagan. A key turning point in the way Catholicism was regarded in the United States came in the 1950s when leading Catholic thinkers became identified with the anti-Communist movement. Faced with an outside enemy Protestants and Catholics united in a show of religious tolerance and Christian unity. (The first Catholic appointed to the Supreme Court was Roger Taney, who was appointed by Andrew Jackson. At the time of the 1953 Red Mass there were no Catholics on the Supreme Court, today (2012)  there are six Catholic justices, three Jewish justices and, for the first time in history, no Protestant justices. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who came once and was so offended by the “outrageously anti-abortion” homily that she never returned.

The Red Mass Honoring the Inquisitor Thomas More

“The centennial was officially celebrated on Monday with a historical Red Mass in St. John’s Church. The Red Mass was designed to ask St. Thomas More and .

Thomas More the Inquisitor

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The Pope deemed Thomas More Patron Saint of the politicians But really he was a murderer and a very wicked man. (His wickedness is even documented in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” in the 12th Chapter)

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Remember, They are honoring and giving the Sir Thomas More award to people at the Red Mass. Thomas More was a murderer and had many good men and women burned at the stake, including William Tyndale who was a main translator of the Bible into the English Language.

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A True Theocracy

A theocracy is a government which derives its power immediately from God. The government of Israel was a true theocracy. That was really a government of God. At the burning bush, God commissioned Moses to lead his people out of Egypt. By signs and wonders and mighty miracles multiplied, God delivered Israel from Egypt and led them through the wilderness and finally into the promised land. There he ruled them by judges “until Samuel the prophet,” to whom, when he was a child, God spoke, and by whom He made known His will.

In the days of Samuel the people asked that they might have a king. This was allowed, and God chose Saul, and Samuel anointed him king of Israel. Saul failed to do the will of God; and as he rejected the word of the Lord, the Lord rejected him from being king and sent Samuel to anoint David king of Israel; and David’s throne God established forevermore. When Solomon succeeded to the kingdom in the place of David his father, the record is: “then Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king instead of David his father.” 1 Chronicles 29:23.

The Throne of the Lord “Whose Right It Is

David’s throne was the throne of the Lord, and Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king over the earthly kingdom of God. The succession to the throne descended in David’s line to Zedekiah, who was made subject to the king of Babylon, and who entered into a solemn covenant before God that he would loyally render allegiance to the king of Babylon. But Zedekiah broke his covenant, and then God said to him:

“thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, thus saith the Lord God; remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and i will give it him.” Ezekiel 21:25-27. See also chapter 17:1-21.

The kingdom was then subject to Babylon. When Babylon fell, and Medo-Persia succeeded, it was overturned the first time. When Medo-Persia fell and was succeeded by Greece, it was overturned the second time. When the Greek empire gave way to Rome, it was overturned the third time. And then says the word, “it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and i will give it him.”

Who is he whose right it is? “thou . . . Shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the son of the highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Luke 1:31-33.

“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”
John 18:36

Thy Kingdom Come

And while He was here as “that prophet,” a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, the night in which He was betrayed He Himself declared, “my kingdom is not of this world.” thus the throne of the Lord has been removed from this world and will “be no more, until he come whose right it is,” and then it will be given him. And that time is the end of this world, and the beginning of “the world to come.”

To the twelve apostles the Saviour said, “I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” luke 22:29, 30.

From Matthew’s account of Christ’s promise to the twelve we learn when it will be fulfilled; “in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Matthew 19:28.

In the parable of the talents, Christ represents himself under the figure of a nobleman who “went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.” Luke 19:12. And he himself has told us when he will sit upon the throne of his glory: “when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations.” Matthew 25:31, 32.

Looking Forward

To this time the revelator looks forward when he says, “the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.” Revelation 11:15. The context clearly shows when this will take place: “the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” verse 18.

It is at the time of the final judgment, the reward of the righteous, and the punishment of the wicked that the kingdom of Christ will be set up. When all who oppose the sovereignty of Christ have been destroyed, the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ.

Then Christ will reign, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:16. “and the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most high.” and “the saints of the most high shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.” Daniel 7:27, 18.

Until that time the kingdom of Christ cannot be established on the earth. His kingdom is not of this world. His followers are to account themselves “strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” Paul says, “our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Hebrews 11:13; Philippians 3:20, R.V.

Usurping God’s Authority

Since the kingdom of Israel passed away, God has never delegated authority to any man or body of men to execute his laws as such. “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” Romans 12:19. Civil governments have to do with the relations of man with man; but they have nothing whatever to do with the duties that grow out of man’s relation to God. Except the kingdom of Israel, no government has ever existed on the earth in which God by inspired men directed the affairs of state. Whenever men have endeavored to form such a government as that of Israel, they have, of necessity, taken it upon themselves to interpret and enforce the law of God. They have assumed the right to control the conscience, and thus have usurped the prerogative of God.

In the former dispensation, while sins against God were visited with temporal penalties, the judgments executed were not only by divine sanction, but under his direct control, and by his command. Sorcerers were to be put to death. Idolaters were to be slain. Profanity and sacrilege were punished with death. Whole nations of idolaters were to be exterminated. But the infliction of these penalties was directed by him who reads the hearts of men, who knows the measure of their guilt, and who deals with his creatures in wisdom and mercy. When men, with human frailties and passions, undertake to do this work, it needs no argument to show that the door is opened to unrestrained injustice and cruelty. The most inhuman crimes will be perpetrated, and all in the sacred name of Christ.

Foundation of Religious Tyranny

From the laws of Israel, which punished offenses against God, arguments have been drawn to prove the duty of punishing similar sins in this age. All persecutors have employed them to justify their deeds. The principle that God has delegated to human authority the right to control the conscience is the very foundation of religious tyranny and persecution. But all who reason thus lose sight of the fact that we are now living in a different dispensation, under conditions wholly different from those of Israel; that the kingdom of Israel was a type of the kingdom of Christ, which will not be set up until his second coming; and that the duties which pertain to man’s relation to God are not to be regulated or enforced by human authority.
Source: Patriarchs and Prophets, 1890, Appendix

Quotes by America’s Greatest Leaders
on the Relationship between Church and State

George Washington (First President of the United States of America.)
“Every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshiping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.”May 1789

Thomas Jefferson (Third President of the United States of America)
“Almighty God hath created the mind free; all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments of burdens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in His almighty power to do.” Acts for Establishing Religious Freedom in Virginia, 1785 “I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, disciplines or exercises.” Words of Thomas Jefferson, Vol 5, pg 236

Abraham Lincoln (Sixteenth President of the United States of America)
“Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in us. Our defense is in the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you whave planted the seeds of despotism at your own doors. Familiarize yourself with the chains of bondage, and you prepare your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genious of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tryant who rises among you.” Speech at Edwardsville, IL, 1858

Ulysses S. Grant (Eighteenth President of the United States of America)
“Declare church and state forever separate and distinct; but each free within their proper spheres.” Seventh annual message, Congress December 7, 1875. “Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school supported entirely by private contribution. Keep church and state forever separate.” Des Moines, IA 1875.

James A. Garfield (Twentieth President of the United States of America) “Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither justice nor freedom can be permanently maintained. Its interests are intrusted to the States and the voluntary action of the people. Whatever help the nation can justly afford should be generously given to aid the States in supporting common schools; but it would be unjust to our people and dangerous to our institutions to apply any portion of the revenues of the nation or of the States to the support of sectarian schools. The separation of Church and State in everything relating to taxation should be absolute.” Letter of Acceptance of Nomination for the Presidency July 12, 1880

Theodore Roosevelt (Twenty-sixth President of the United States of America)
“I hold that in this country there must be complete severance of Church and State; that public moneys shall not be used for the purpose of advancing any particular creed; and therefore that the public schools shall be non-sectarian and no public moneys appropriated for sectarian schools.” New York, October 12, 1915

Benjamin Franklin (Statesman, Inventor, Author)
“When religion is good, it will take care of itself. When it is not able to take care of itself, and God does not see fit to take care of it, so that it has to appeal to the civil power for support, it is evidence to my mind that its cause is a bad one.”

“Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: why would we trade a system that has served us so

Introduction to the concept of separation of church and state, and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

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Systematic murder of believers the untold history of the inquisition by Richard Bennett

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The Untold History of the Inquisition

By Richard Bennett

Most people at the present time have some knowledge of the Holocaust, the six years of

unspeakable horror and suffering to which the Jewish people were subjected under Hitler and the

Nazis during the Second World War. Few, however, are aware of the atrocities of systematized

torture and murder of Bible-believing Christians and Jews that took place during the 605 years of

the Inquisition.1

From the beginning of the Papacy to the present time, it is estimated by reputable and

trustworthy historians that tens of millions of people have been tortured and killed by Papal

persecutors for the crime of believing God’s word in the Bible, rather than the dogmas of the

Roman Catholic Church. While the majority of those who suffered were true believers, Papal

Rome also persecuted Jews, Muslims, Knights Templar, and those that she called “witches.

Through the Inquisition was demonstrated the grace and divine power that the Lord gave

to His people to survive those horrific years with their faith strengthened. Also shown was the

inner heart of ritualistic Catholicism and the lengths to which it will go to enforce its will. It is

truly a warning for succeeding generations.

In 1203, Pope Innocent III published a decree in France that

began the extermination of what the Pope called heresy. This

marked the start of the Inquisition as a distinctive Papal

institution. It was to endure until its final dissolution in Spain

and Portugal in 1808. Pope Innocent III began by

commanding armies of the Crusade to attack the Albigenses

in France. They were called Albigenses because many of

them resided in the city of Albi in southern France. They had

developed a committed Christian life, real estate, progressive

cities, and townships right across southern France. These

Christians were horrifically destroyed and butchered by the

armies of Papal Rome in their many cities, towns, and villages

across southern France. The Albigenses came from a group

that was originally known as the Paulicians, who took their

teaching from the Apostle Paul. Even their name, ‘Albigenses,’ has been deeply tarnished by

Roman Catholic sources. Not only were they slaughtered, but their memory has been practically

obliterated from the pages of history. However, from their fruits as Christians, we truly see the

character of these men and women who traced their faith back to the writings of Paul the Apostle

in the New Testament.

From the thirteenth century onwards, the machinery of the Papal Inquisition’s terrorism

was created. The Popes compelled secular authorities to co-operate under threat of drastic

penalties. Kings and princes who disobeyed the Popes’ orders were to be excommunicated and

1 The main historians that wrote on the Inquisition are Dowling, Lea, Vancandard, Maycock,

Coulton, Turberville and Scott

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their subjects released from loyalty to them. In 1252, Pope Innocent IV devised in detail for the

many Inquisitors how torture was to be carried out. He did this in his decree called, At

Extirpanda. Confirmatory or regulatory decrees were later issued by Popes Alexander IV,

Clement IV, Urban IV, and Clement V. Torture was prescribed, but it was to stop short of

pulling off limbs or causing death. Disastrous punishments were enacted on all who protected or

gave help to believers. Those who applied the instruments of torture during the Inquisition were

following orders. The Popes themselves were wholly responsible for the instruments and how

they were used.

Then, in 1487, Pope Innocent VIII planned and ordered the persecution of the Vaudois

believers who had remained faithful to biblical faith since apostolic times.

Charles VIII of France agreed to raise an army for the destruction of the Vaudois.The Pope promised forgiveness of sins and a share in the goods to those who participated. The army was joined by thousands of gangsters urged on by the promise of forgiveness of sins and the

expectation of obtaining spoil from the Vaudois possessions. This army attacked the Vaudois mountain valleys in northern Italy. Thousands of Bible-believing Christians perished along with their homes while their crops were destroyed.Entire villages were demolished. Their women were raped and then viciously

murdered.True Believers: the Vaudois in Piedmont Valley For the most part, there is agreement among scholars about the history of the Inquisition.Lea’s great works, the History of the Inquisition in the Middle Ages and the History of the Inquisition of Spain, embodied immense and careful research. There is little difference about facts in the writings of Dowling, Vancandard, Maycock, Coulton, and Turberville. The methods of the Inquisition were an outrage to elementary principles of justice. Anyone could be arrested

on suspicion. The trials were secret. The prisoner was not allowed to know the accusers or witnesses. The Bishops and priests who acted as judges had absolute power. The evidence of infamous persons, criminals, or perjurers was admitted so long as it was hostile. Children older than twelve were required to bear testimony. The prisoner was disallowed the help of an advocate, for anyone defending a prisoner was held guilty of the crime of heresy. A person tried by the Inquisition was scarcely ever acquitted. “In the register of Carcassonne from 1249 to 1258, comprising about two hundred cases, there is not a single case in which a prisoner was

discharged as innocent.” Tanon, a French investigator, wrote, “There is scarcely ever an acquittal, pure and simple, in the sentence of the Inquisition.”2 There were many accounts of burning at the stake across Europe. The ferocious Inquisitor, Robert le Bugre, who considered his mission was “not to convert but to burn,”

devastated much of France. In one period of about three months he is said to have thus

dispatched about fifty prisoners of either sex, and the whole number of his victims during the

several years of his unchecked career was very large.3 The notorious Conrad of Marburg caused a general panic in Germany where he was appointed Inquisitor by Pope Gregory IX. In 1520, Pope Leo X in his famous decree, Exsurge Domine, denounced the teachings of Luther with the following words, “That heretics should be burned is contrary to the will of the Spirit. The Roman Catholic scholar Lord Acton wrote,

“Rome taught for four centuries that no Catholic could be saved who denied that heretics ought

to be put to death.”

The prisons of the Inquisition were some of the most common and atrocious places. The Inquisitors could leave people in their prisons indefinitely, without trial. The Inquisitor Eymeric, in his

records called Directorium, stated that a person believed guilty “shall be shut up in prison, strictly confined and in chains. If he shows no willingness to be converted there is no need for haste for the pains and privations of imprisonment often bring about a change of mind.”5 To quote Lea, “The dungeons of the

Inquisition were abodes of fearful misery, but where there were reasons for increasing their terrors there was no difficulty in increasing the hardships. The chains and starvation in a stifling

hole was a favorite device for extracting confession from unwilling lips.”

Historians give us some detailed information about some of the prisons of the Inquisition. Even some Catholic priests complained about the prison conditions in some towns in the south of France. Historians tell that the cells were fitted up with a variety of

instruments to cause severe suffering. Many prisoners, through the severity of their torments,

lost the use of their limbs and were rendered utterly helpless.

The burning at the stake was the standard way that the Papacy disposed of believers.

This was usually done with dramatic pomp and festivity before the massive gatherings of people.

It was as if the Roman Church believed that both their bodies and beliefs would disappear into

cinders. In England, Mary Tudor, known as “Bloody Mary,” a fervent Catholic beholden to the

Pope, employed the Inquisition to burn no fewer than 288 Bible-believing martyrs. Most of

them died because they denied the Catholic dogma that Jesus Christ is really present, flesh and

blood, body and soul, divinity and humanity in the communion bread. The burning back to back

of Bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley at the stake outside Balliol College Oxford, in

1555, is known to many people. So also are Latimer’s stirring last words an inspiration to

Christians over the centuries, “Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall

this day, by God’s grace, light such a candle in England as I trust shall never be put out.”

3Lea, History of the Inquisition in the Middle Ages, Vol. 11, p. 116

4 Lord Acton Correspondence, Vol. 1, p. 108

5Maycock, The Inquisition, p. 157

6Lea, History of the Inquisition in the Middle Ages, Vol. 1, p. 420

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The Instruments of Torture

“The Rack” is one of the best known forms of medieval torture. This mechanism operated by

having the victim lie on a horizontal rack with his hands and ankles tied to rollers on opposite

ends.

The Inquisitors would perform the

interrogation while turning the rollers,

stretching the body of the suspect and

causing colossal pain.

They would stretch the body out until the joints were actually yanked from their sockets. The

ultimate intent was that of killing the victim either through shock or injuries. If the believer were

still alive, yet refused to submit, he or she was sent to be burned at the stake.

Besides the Rack, there was the torture of pulling the believer towards the ceiling with

ropes, and then with a weight on his or her feet, dropping him or her to the floor so that

excruciating pain ripped through the body.

The Inquisitors also used “Skull Crusher.” They ordered the believer’s chin to be

placed on a lower bar and a screw then forced an iron cap down on his or her head.

Their teeth could be crushed. Their eyes could be squeezed from their sockets.

It was hoped that the believer was so overcome by the extreme pain of having his

head crushed would confess his alleged errors and believe in the Holy Mother

Church.

The Inquisitors also used the “Iron Maiden.” It was a tomb-sized container

with folding doors. The spiked studded arms wrapped around the victim in such a way so as to

puncture parts of the entire body, including the ears and eyes.

The purpose of the use of Iron Maiden was to inflict pain by means of

vicious spikes and a slow death. The prickles inside were designed so that

the trapped believer was left to slowly die in the utmost pain.

A prisoner would be bidden to stand right in front of Iron Maiden prior to

torture. The spring would be touched by the executioner and the Iron

Maiden would fling open her arms, and the wretched victim would

straightway be forced within them. Another spring was then touched and the Iron Maiden closed upon her victim. Then spiky arms of the Iron Maiden slowly but irresistibly closed upon the man, cruelly goring him.

The talons Iron Maiden, sometimes called the “Iron Virgin,” were not designed to kill outright. They trapped the prisoner who was left  to slowly perish in the utmost pain. Beside these instruments of torture there were others for the tearing and ripping of one’s flesh.

The Catholic Church learned a human being could live

until the skin was peeled down to the waist. Often the

torturers heated these instruments and then used them on

women’s breasts and the genital organs of both sexes.

There were also instruments for compressing the fingers until the bones would be squeezed into

splinters. There were instruments for probing below the fingernails until pain like burning fire

would run along the nerves.

There were instruments for tearing out the tongue, for scooping out the eyes, and for rooting out the ears. There wasa bunch of iron cords with a spiked circle at the end of every whip for tearing the flesh from the back until bone and sinew were laid bare.

There were also iron cases for the legs, which were tightened upon the limb placed in them by means of a screw, till flesh and bone were reduced to a pulp.

The thumbscrews were also applied to crush prisoners’ toes, while larger, heavier devices based on the same design principle were applied to destroy knees and elbows.

The Chair of Nails Torture

The chair nails, used by Inquisitors, was studded with spikes. The victim was strapped naked in the chair and a fire was lit beneath it. Heavy

objects were placed upon the victim to increase the pain of the spikes.

Blows with mallets were also used to inflict more pain.

There were also devices to slowly and painfully remove the intestines and

other organs from the body while keeping the person alive and conscious

of the pain. Anyone of those horrors could be inflicted on anybody, i.e.,

man, woman, or child over the age of 12 that did not agree with the

teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Inquisition was carried out in France, Holland, Germany, Spain, and Italy.

The Stocks Torture

The victims often had their feet placed in stocks. The

stocks comprised two pieces of timber clamped together,

over and under, across each leg above the ankles. The

soles of the victim’s feet were greased with lard and a

blazing brazier was applied to them. Their feet were first

blistered and then fried. At intervals, a plank was

interposed between the fire and their feet. This plank was

to be immediately removed if the victims failed to admit

that they were guilty as charged.

The Inquisition in Spain perpetrated horrors on a more terrific scale than in other

countries. Activities in Spain were more atrocious and its hecatombs of victims more numerous

than elsewhere. The atrocities of the Spanish Inquisition cannot be disputed. Torquemada, the

most infamous of the Inquisitors for ferocity, had full papal authorization. He was commissioned

by Pope Sixtus IV in 1483. He was re-commissioned by Innocent VIII in 1485. So far were the

popes from seeking to hold back Torquemada’s inhuman cruelties that we find them praising him

and encouraging him. Pope Sixtus IV wrote to him praised his zeal, saying “We commend you

in the Lord and exhort you, cherished son, to persevere with tireless zeal in aiding and promoting

the cause of faith, by doing which, as we are assured you will, you will win our special favor.”

In Spain the burnings of believers was called “Autos-da-fé” there they had peculiar pomp and

festivity. As late as 1680 there was a stunning Auto-da-fé at Madrid at which one hundred

believers were burned. The historian Turberville quotes Voltaire’s comment; “that an Asiatic

arriving in Madrid on such an occasion would be doubtful whether he was witnessing a festival,

a religious ceremony, a sacrifice, or a massacre; it was in fact all of these.”7 The Judas Chair was

also a torture device used in the Spanish Inquisition.

The Actual Judas Chair and the Art work showing Chair as it was used

The Judas Chair, also known as the Judas Cradle, was a pyramid-shaped seat. The victim was placed on

top of it, with the point inserted into their orifices, then very slowly lowered by ropes.

The purpose was to Turberville,

The Spanish Inquisition, stretch the orifice over a long period of time in extreme pain in order that the victim would renounce his or her faith. Then bishops and priests of the Inquisition used a devise for breaking a believer’s faith as he was

tied to a wheel. Clubbing and mocking would accompany this torture.

An attempt to break a believer’s faith as he was tied to a wheel Then there was the commonly used torture technique called the “Strappado.’ All that was needed was a sturdy rafter and some rope. The victims wrists were bound behind their back and the rope tossed over the beam or on a pulley. The victim was  repeatedly dropped from a height so their arms and shoulders would dislocate. This and many more torture devices were use to get the believer to renounce his or her Christian faith, and then profess his or her faith in the Roman Church. We rejoice that the believers for the most part, remained true to the Lord. We realize that  Bible believers in those horrendous years were fortified by the power of

God through faith. They experienced what the Apostle Peter wrote that as believers we are “kept by the power of God through faith.” Consequently, kept by the power of God, their faith resounded at that time before the throne of God, and it still resounds on the pages of history for those who dare comprehend the true historical accounts. The torture chambers of the Inquisition lasted 605 years and were found throughout the nationscontrolled by Papal Rome. They had their beginning under Pope Innocent III in 1203 until the

Inquisition’s final dissolution in Spain and Portugal in 1808.

Twentieth Century Inquisition in Croatia

In 1929, Mussolini signed the Lateran Treaty with Pope Pius XI officially conceding Vatican

Hill to the Pope. The Papacy once again became a sovereign civil state. The legal agreement

between Mussolini and the Vatican was just the beginning. Following this, the Papacy formed

alliances in the twentieth century with Roman Catholic dictators such as Adolph Hitler of

Germany, Francisco Franco of Spain, Antonio Salazar of Portugal, and Juan Peron of Argentina.

But the alliance that proved to be the most brutal and bloodthirsty of all was that between the

Papacy and Anton Pavelic in Croatia. It was agreed that Anton Pavelic8 was to be head of the

new nation state of Croatia, which was carved out of Yugoslavia during the Second World War.

During Pavelic’s four-year reign, he and Roman Catholic

Prelate, Archbishop Alois Stepinac, pursued a “convert or

die” policy among the 900,000 Greek Othodox Serbs,

Jews, and others in Croatia. 200,000 were converted; the

700,000 who chose to die were tortured, burned, buried

alive, or shot after digging their own graves. This

appalling persecution carried out by the Ustashis included

many of the worst atrocities of history. The mutilations

were horrific, the tortures vicious, and the savagery

terrible. The Catholic Church did not leave the execution

of a religious war to the secular arm. She was there herself, openly ignoring precautions and bolder than she had been for a very long time. Wielding the hatchet or dagger, pulling the trigger, organizing the massacre, the Roman  Anton Pavelic with Archbishop Stepina Catholic priests became their own instruments of the

Inquisition.Anton Pavelic with Franciscan Monks  Many of the Ustashi

officers were priests or friars sworn to fight “with

dagger or gun,” for the “triumph of Christ and Croatia.” Priests played a prominent role in the

closing or takeover of Serbian Orthodox Churches,

the seizure of church records and the interrogation of the Serbian Orthodox clergy. They

also supervised concentration camps and organized the torture of many of the victims.

Ante Pavelic b. July 14, 1889 – d. December 28, 1959

French author Edmond Paris, who was born a Roman Catholic and has written a very thorough

account of this terrible massacre in his book Convert or Die, has said,

“It is difficult for the world to believe that a whole people could be doomed to

extermination by a government and religious hierarchy of the twentieth century, just

because it happened to belong to another ethnical and racial group and had inherited the

Christianity of Byzantium rather than that of Rome.”

The creation of the entirely Roman Catholic, independent State of Croatia during the Second

World War was accompanied by a persecution so ferocious that it is difficult to find a parallel in

all of history. The Inquisition applied to the Serbian Orthodox by the Croatian Catholics

accounted for 700,000 Serbs being tortured and killed in just four years. So while the Inquisition

ended in the nineteenth century, the same procedures and mindset were evident in Croatia in the

twentieth century. In fact, the same mindset is still officially maintained by the Papacy in the

twenty-first century. The Roman Church to this day maintains the laws that she used as her

authority to torture and murder Bible believers for over 600 years. In her present-day laws she

states her right to coerce Christian people. Thus Canon law, Canon 1311, states,

“The [Catholic] Church has an innate and proper right to coerce offending members of

the Christian faithful by means of papal sanctions.”

The Catholic Church also holds to the fact that she can demand a submission of intellect and will

as she did in the years of the Inquisition. Consequently she states the following,

“A religious respect of intellect and will, even if not the assent of faith, is to be paid to

the teaching which the Supreme Pontiff or the college of bishops enunciate on faith and

morals.”

So to whatever the Supreme Pontiff or his college of bishops teach on faith and morals, a person

must submit their intellect and will. This is the same teaching that was upheld with the terrors of

the Inquisition for 600 years. While there are no sanctions in torture and death at the present

time, the same astonishing mindset is Roman Catholic law. The fact is that the Papacy still

claims the right to judge and impose chastening that has not changed since the days of the

Inquisition. In present-day Canon Law she also decrees,

Canon 1405 (Sect.1) “It is the right of the Roman Pontiff himself alone to judge in cases

mentioned in can. 1401: 1. those who hold the highest civil office in a state;…

Canon 1401 “By proper and exclusive right the Church adjudicates: 1. cases concerning

spiritual matters or connected with the spiritual; 2. the violation of ecclesiastical laws and all

those cases in which there is a question of sin in respect to the determination of culpability

and the imposition of ecclesiastical penalties.”

The Holy Spirit’s admonition to believers is to be remembered as these decrees are certified into

law, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not

entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

In past times, kings and princes and nations were supposed to tremble at her decrees.

Woe to him who resisted! Subjects were released from their oaths of allegiance; whole states

were placed under interdict. By deception regarding the Gospel and, subsequently, by force the

Papacy has held her domain together. She has only external unity, as any one who has lived

within her system and studied her decrees and history knows. It is of signal importance to realize

that the Roman Catholic Church has no other way to maintain her life than by imposition of her

external laws, because she lacks the life giving power of the Holy Spirit and unity of the One

9 Galatians 5:1.

Body of the Lord Jesus Christ. She must legislate to exist, and she needs civil powers to enforce

her decrees. It is crucial to understand that suppression and control are her main stratagems,

although at the time such are not apparent. If control by her is to be avoided, her paradigm must

be understood.

The Lord’s Final Victory

Papal Rome has asked pardon for the wrongs of the Inquisition. During a Mass on March 12,

2000, Pope John Paul II asked pardon for wrongs committed in the past by members of the

church. It was not individual members of the church, but as Lord Acton observed, it was “the

Popes in particular that caused and instigated the sufferings and persecutions, involving

themselves in detail even in the minute ways that believers were to be tortured.”

We have seen how the institutionalized Papacy and the powers of darkness have conspired

against Christ’s kingdom and His people. It is most important to know what the Lord’s anointed

has to say about His kingdom and to know that all the powers on earth cannot challenge Him.

As Psalm 2 reminds us, the Messiah reigns and His Throne is not moved, nor has His plans

changed, whatever may be the turmoil and schemes against Him. While the enemies of the

Gospel are plotting and planning how to break His bands asunder and cast His cords from them,

He has already defeated their devices and He says to them, “yet have I set my king upon my holy

hill of Zion.”10 All events are in His hands. Who can stand against the Almighty?

Things are not as they seem. It looks as if the powers that designed and implemented the

Inquisition still govern the hearts of much of mankind at the present time. The Lord God’s fixed

decrees remain and all the schemes of hell cannot efface a single part of His purpose. He reigns

by inheritance, “Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”11 The Lord God owns Him, and

declares Him Lord and Head of the Church. The supreme government of the Church is His

responsibility and He will bring it to complete success including the punishment of His enemies.

It necessarily follows that though Papal Rome has been a rebel against the government of Christ

Jesus, the Lord God has nonetheless fulfilled His purpose through all the terrible evil that has

taken place. The truth is that through all the dreadful deeds of Papal Rome, the Sovereign Lord

Jesus Christ was entirely with His people, and He was in control of all events so that the faith

and witness of millions shone forth both in this world and before the throne of God; and will

shine forth throughout all the ages of the world to come.

From the beginning the Lord God purposed to glorify Himself “in the Church by Christ Jesus,

throughout all ages, world without end.”12 He has glorified Himself in the faith and suffering of

true believers throughout the 605 years of the Inquisition, as His Word proclaims, “the Lord

reigneth; let the people tremble.”13

The voice of the Lord thunders from the final chapters of the Bible and reverberates throughout

the world, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive

not of her plagues.”14 While the Papacy from the city of Rome continues to wax strong her final

condemnation is already written, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made

all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”15 The Lord God’s reserved wrath,

His punishing justice, and His enmity to sin, will be revealed to the entire world. The destruction

of Papal Rome will proceed from the glory of His power. “The same shall drink of the wine of

the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation.”16 The

certainty of the final triumph should animate us in our efforts, and true believers in their

struggles.

The frequently quoted maxim that “peoples ignorant of history are destined to repeat it” is true.

Without the knowledge of the systematic murder of believers during the Inquisition, we can fail

to see that the true Gospel is a matter of life. True believers are in real danger of compromise

with the Church of Rome. As the Apostle Paul told believers, “All who live godly in Christ Jesus

will suffer persecution.”17 The victory of the faith and courage of believers over the severest

trials is repeatedly recorded in the pages of history. As the Lord Himself proclaimed, “Be not

afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. Also I say unto

you, whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the

angels of God.”18 Where there is true faith and love of the Lord, there is in the midst of all

afflictions a joy unspeakable and full of glory. God is the only Holy Father, the All Holy One.

His holiness is the distinguishing factor in all His essential characteristics. This is the reason

why we need to be in right standing before the one and only All Holy God on the terms He

prescribes. Turn to God in faith alone, in Christ alone, for the salvation that He alone gives, by

the conviction of the Holy Spirit, based on Christ’s death and resurrection for His own, and

believe on Him alone, “to the praise of the glory of his grace.”

Source : http://www.bereanbeacon.org/SMBe.pdf

Rupert Murdoch

(Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of News Corporation) Papal Knight of St. Gregory. Rupert was born Roman Catholic (Rupert’s geneology). His mother’s maiden name was “Greene”  In 1998 Rupert was made a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the great. Another Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great was John J Raskob who was married to another “Greene” (Helena).

Systematic murder of believers the untold history of the inquisition by Richard Bennett

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The Untold History of the Inquisition

By Richard Bennett

Most people at the present time have some knowledge of the Holocaust, the six years of

unspeakable horror and suffering to which the Jewish people were subjected under Hitler and the

Nazis during the Second World War. Few, however, are aware of the atrocities of systematized

torture and murder of Bible-believing Christians and Jews that took place during the 605 years of

the Inquisition.1

From the beginning of the Papacy to the present time, it is estimated by reputable and

trustworthy historians that tens of millions of people have been tortured and killed by Papal

persecutors for the crime of believing God’s word in the Bible, rather than the dogmas of the

Roman Catholic Church. While the majority of those who suffered were true believers, Papal

Rome also persecuted Jews, Muslims, Knights Templar, and those that she called “witches.

Through the Inquisition was demonstrated the grace and divine power that the Lord gave

to His people to survive those horrific years with their faith strengthened. Also shown was the

inner heart of ritualistic Catholicism and the lengths to which it will go to enforce its will. It is

truly a warning for succeeding generations.

In 1203, Pope Innocent III published a decree in France that

began the extermination of what the Pope called heresy. This

marked the start of the Inquisition as a distinctive Papal

institution. It was to endure until its final dissolution in Spain

and Portugal in 1808. Pope Innocent III began by

commanding armies of the Crusade to attack the Albigenses

in France. They were called Albigenses because many of

them resided in the city of Albi in southern France. They had

developed a committed Christian life, real estate, progressive

cities, and townships right across southern France. These

Christians were horrifically destroyed and butchered by the

armies of Papal Rome in their many cities, towns, and villages

across southern France. The Albigenses came from a group

that was originally known as the Paulicians, who took their

teaching from the Apostle Paul. Even their name, ‘Albigenses,’ has been deeply tarnished by

Roman Catholic sources. Not only were they slaughtered, but their memory has been practically

obliterated from the pages of history. However, from their fruits as Christians, we truly see the

character of these men and women who traced their faith back to the writings of Paul the Apostle

in the New Testament.

From the thirteenth century onwards, the machinery of the Papal Inquisition’s terrorism

was created. The Popes compelled secular authorities to co-operate under threat of drastic

penalties. Kings and princes who disobeyed the Popes’ orders were to be excommunicated and

1 The main historians that wrote on the Inquisition are Dowling, Lea, Vancandard, Maycock,

Coulton, Turberville and Scott

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their subjects released from loyalty to them. In 1252, Pope Innocent IV devised in detail for the

many Inquisitors how torture was to be carried out. He did this in his decree called, At

Extirpanda. Confirmatory or regulatory decrees were later issued by Popes Alexander IV,

Clement IV, Urban IV, and Clement V. Torture was prescribed, but it was to stop short of

pulling off limbs or causing death. Disastrous punishments were enacted on all who protected or

gave help to believers. Those who applied the instruments of torture during the Inquisition were

following orders. The Popes themselves were wholly responsible for the instruments and how

they were used.

Then, in 1487, Pope Innocent VIII planned and ordered the persecution of the Vaudois

believers who had remained faithful to biblical faith since apostolic times.

Charles VIII of France agreed to raise an army for the destruction of the Vaudois.The Pope promised forgiveness of sins and a share in the goods to those who participated. The army was joined by thousands of gangsters urged on by the promise of forgiveness of sins and the

expectation of obtaining spoil from the Vaudois possessions. This army attacked the Vaudois mountain valleys in northern Italy. Thousands of Bible-believing Christians perished along with their homes while their crops were destroyed.Entire villages were demolished. Their women were raped and then viciously

murdered.True Believers: the Vaudois in Piedmont Valley For the most part, there is agreement among scholars about the history of the Inquisition.Lea’s great works, the History of the Inquisition in the Middle Ages and the History of the Inquisition of Spain, embodied immense and careful research. There is little difference about facts in the writings of Dowling, Vancandard, Maycock, Coulton, and Turberville. The methods of the Inquisition were an outrage to elementary principles of justice. Anyone could be arrested

on suspicion. The trials were secret. The prisoner was not allowed to know the accusers or witnesses. The Bishops and priests who acted as judges had absolute power. The evidence of infamous persons, criminals, or perjurers was admitted so long as it was hostile. Children older than twelve were required to bear testimony. The prisoner was disallowed the help of an advocate, for anyone defending a prisoner was held guilty of the crime of heresy. A person tried by the Inquisition was scarcely ever acquitted. “In the register of Carcassonne from 1249 to 1258, comprising about two hundred cases, there is not a single case in which a prisoner was

discharged as innocent.” Tanon, a French investigator, wrote, “There is scarcely ever an acquittal, pure and simple, in the sentence of the Inquisition.”2 There were many accounts of burning at the stake across Europe. The ferocious Inquisitor, Robert le Bugre, who considered his mission was “not to convert but to burn,”

devastated much of France. In one period of about three months he is said to have thus

dispatched about fifty prisoners of either sex, and the whole number of his victims during the

several years of his unchecked career was very large.3 The notorious Conrad of Marburg caused a general panic in Germany where he was appointed Inquisitor by Pope Gregory IX. In 1520, Pope Leo X in his famous decree, Exsurge Domine, denounced the teachings of Luther with the following words, “That heretics should be burned is contrary to the will of the Spirit. The Roman Catholic scholar Lord Acton wrote,

“Rome taught for four centuries that no Catholic could be saved who denied that heretics ought

to be put to death.”

The prisons of the Inquisition were some of the most common and atrocious places. The Inquisitors could leave people in their prisons indefinitely, without trial. The Inquisitor Eymeric, in his

records called Directorium, stated that a person believed guilty “shall be shut up in prison, strictly confined and in chains. If he shows no willingness to be converted there is no need for haste for the pains and privations of imprisonment often bring about a change of mind.”5 To quote Lea, “The dungeons of the

Inquisition were abodes of fearful misery, but where there were reasons for increasing their terrors there was no difficulty in increasing the hardships. The chains and starvation in a stifling

hole was a favorite device for extracting confession from unwilling lips.”

Historians give us some detailed information about some of the prisons of the Inquisition. Even some Catholic priests complained about the prison conditions in some towns in the south of France. Historians tell that the cells were fitted up with a variety of

instruments to cause severe suffering. Many prisoners, through the severity of their torments,

lost the use of their limbs and were rendered utterly helpless.

The burning at the stake was the standard way that the Papacy disposed of believers.

This was usually done with dramatic pomp and festivity before the massive gatherings of people.

It was as if the Roman Church believed that both their bodies and beliefs would disappear into

cinders. In England, Mary Tudor, known as “Bloody Mary,” a fervent Catholic beholden to the

Pope, employed the Inquisition to burn no fewer than 288 Bible-believing martyrs. Most of

them died because they denied the Catholic dogma that Jesus Christ is really present, flesh and

blood, body and soul, divinity and humanity in the communion bread. The burning back to back

of Bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley at the stake outside Balliol College Oxford, in

1555, is known to many people. So also are Latimer’s stirring last words an inspiration to

Christians over the centuries, “Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall

this day, by God’s grace, light such a candle in England as I trust shall never be put out.”

3Lea, History of the Inquisition in the Middle Ages, Vol. 11, p. 116

4 Lord Acton Correspondence, Vol. 1, p. 108

5Maycock, The Inquisition, p. 157

6Lea, History of the Inquisition in the Middle Ages, Vol. 1, p. 420

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The Instruments of Torture

“The Rack” is one of the best known forms of medieval torture. This mechanism operated by

having the victim lie on a horizontal rack with his hands and ankles tied to rollers on opposite

ends.

The Inquisitors would perform the

interrogation while turning the rollers,

stretching the body of the suspect and

causing colossal pain.

They would stretch the body out until the joints were actually yanked from their sockets. The

ultimate intent was that of killing the victim either through shock or injuries. If the believer were

still alive, yet refused to submit, he or she was sent to be burned at the stake.

Besides the Rack, there was the torture of pulling the believer towards the ceiling with

ropes, and then with a weight on his or her feet, dropping him or her to the floor so that

excruciating pain ripped through the body.

The Inquisitors also used “Skull Crusher.” They ordered the believer’s chin to be

placed on a lower bar and a screw then forced an iron cap down on his or her head.

Their teeth could be crushed. Their eyes could be squeezed from their sockets.

It was hoped that the believer was so overcome by the extreme pain of having his

head crushed would confess his alleged errors and believe in the Holy Mother

Church.

The Inquisitors also used the “Iron Maiden.” It was a tomb-sized container

with folding doors. The spiked studded arms wrapped around the victim in such a way so as to

puncture parts of the entire body, including the ears and eyes.

The purpose of the use of Iron Maiden was to inflict pain by means of

vicious spikes and a slow death. The prickles inside were designed so that

the trapped believer was left to slowly die in the utmost pain.

A prisoner would be bidden to stand right in front of Iron Maiden prior to

torture. The spring would be touched by the executioner and the Iron

Maiden would fling open her arms, and the wretched victim would

straightway be forced within them. Another spring was then touched and the Iron Maiden closed upon her victim. Then spiky arms of the Iron Maiden slowly but irresistibly closed upon the man, cruelly goring him.

The talons Iron Maiden, sometimes called the “Iron Virgin,” were not designed to kill outright. They trapped the prisoner who was left  to slowly perish in the utmost pain. Beside these instruments of torture there were others for the tearing and ripping of one’s flesh.

The Catholic Church learned a human being could live

until the skin was peeled down to the waist. Often the

torturers heated these instruments and then used them on

women’s breasts and the genital organs of both sexes.

There were also instruments for compressing the fingers until the bones would be squeezed into

splinters. There were instruments for probing below the fingernails until pain like burning fire

would run along the nerves.

There were instruments for tearing out the tongue, for scooping out the eyes, and for rooting out the ears. There wasa bunch of iron cords with a spiked circle at the end of every whip for tearing the flesh from the back until bone and sinew were laid bare.

There were also iron cases for the legs, which were tightened upon the limb placed in them by means of a screw, till flesh and bone were reduced to a pulp.

The thumbscrews were also applied to crush prisoners’ toes, while larger, heavier devices based on the same design principle were applied to destroy knees and elbows.

The Chair of Nails Torture

The chair nails, used by Inquisitors, was studded with spikes. The victim was strapped naked in the chair and a fire was lit beneath it. Heavy

objects were placed upon the victim to increase the pain of the spikes.

Blows with mallets were also used to inflict more pain.

There were also devices to slowly and painfully remove the intestines and

other organs from the body while keeping the person alive and conscious

of the pain. Anyone of those horrors could be inflicted on anybody, i.e.,

man, woman, or child over the age of 12 that did not agree with the

teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Inquisition was carried out in France, Holland, Germany, Spain, and Italy.

The Stocks Torture

The victims often had their feet placed in stocks. The

stocks comprised two pieces of timber clamped together,

over and under, across each leg above the ankles. The

soles of the victim’s feet were greased with lard and a

blazing brazier was applied to them. Their feet were first

blistered and then fried. At intervals, a plank was

interposed between the fire and their feet. This plank was

to be immediately removed if the victims failed to admit

that they were guilty as charged.

The Inquisition in Spain perpetrated horrors on a more terrific scale than in other

countries. Activities in Spain were more atrocious and its hecatombs of victims more numerous

than elsewhere. The atrocities of the Spanish Inquisition cannot be disputed. Torquemada, the

most infamous of the Inquisitors for ferocity, had full papal authorization. He was commissioned

by Pope Sixtus IV in 1483. He was re-commissioned by Innocent VIII in 1485. So far were the

popes from seeking to hold back Torquemada’s inhuman cruelties that we find them praising him

and encouraging him. Pope Sixtus IV wrote to him praised his zeal, saying “We commend you

in the Lord and exhort you, cherished son, to persevere with tireless zeal in aiding and promoting

the cause of faith, by doing which, as we are assured you will, you will win our special favor.”

In Spain the burnings of believers was called “Autos-da-fé” there they had peculiar pomp and

festivity. As late as 1680 there was a stunning Auto-da-fé at Madrid at which one hundred

believers were burned. The historian Turberville quotes Voltaire’s comment; “that an Asiatic

arriving in Madrid on such an occasion would be doubtful whether he was witnessing a festival,

a religious ceremony, a sacrifice, or a massacre; it was in fact all of these.”7 The Judas Chair was

also a torture device used in the Spanish Inquisition.

The Actual Judas Chair and the Art work showing Chair as it was used

The Judas Chair, also known as the Judas Cradle, was a pyramid-shaped seat. The victim was placed on

top of it, with the point inserted into their orifices, then very slowly lowered by ropes.

The purpose was to Turberville,

The Spanish Inquisition, stretch the orifice over a long period of time in extreme pain in order that the victim would renounce his or her faith. Then bishops and priests of the Inquisition used a devise for breaking a believer’s faith as he was

tied to a wheel. Clubbing and mocking would accompany this torture.

An attempt to break a believer’s faith as he was tied to a wheel Then there was the commonly used torture technique called the “Strappado.’ All that was needed was a sturdy rafter and some rope. The victims wrists were bound behind their back and the rope tossed over the beam or on a pulley. The victim was  repeatedly dropped from a height so their arms and shoulders would dislocate. This and many more torture devices were use to get the believer to renounce his or her Christian faith, and then profess his or her faith in the Roman Church. We rejoice that the believers for the most part, remained true to the Lord. We realize that  Bible believers in those horrendous years were fortified by the power of

God through faith. They experienced what the Apostle Peter wrote that as believers we are “kept by the power of God through faith.” Consequently, kept by the power of God, their faith resounded at that time before the throne of God, and it still resounds on the pages of history for those who dare comprehend the true historical accounts. The torture chambers of the Inquisition lasted 605 years and were found throughout the nationscontrolled by Papal Rome. They had their beginning under Pope Innocent III in 1203 until the

Inquisition’s final dissolution in Spain and Portugal in 1808.

Twentieth Century Inquisition in Croatia

In 1929, Mussolini signed the Lateran Treaty with Pope Pius XI officially conceding Vatican

Hill to the Pope. The Papacy once again became a sovereign civil state. The legal agreement

between Mussolini and the Vatican was just the beginning. Following this, the Papacy formed

alliances in the twentieth century with Roman Catholic dictators such as Adolph Hitler of

Germany, Francisco Franco of Spain, Antonio Salazar of Portugal, and Juan Peron of Argentina.

But the alliance that proved to be the most brutal and bloodthirsty of all was that between the

Papacy and Anton Pavelic in Croatia. It was agreed that Anton Pavelic8 was to be head of the

new nation state of Croatia, which was carved out of Yugoslavia during the Second World War.

During Pavelic’s four-year reign, he and Roman Catholic

Prelate, Archbishop Alois Stepinac, pursued a “convert or

die” policy among the 900,000 Greek Othodox Serbs,

Jews, and others in Croatia. 200,000 were converted; the

700,000 who chose to die were tortured, burned, buried

alive, or shot after digging their own graves. This

appalling persecution carried out by the Ustashis included

many of the worst atrocities of history. The mutilations

were horrific, the tortures vicious, and the savagery

terrible. The Catholic Church did not leave the execution

of a religious war to the secular arm. She was there herself, openly ignoring precautions and bolder than she had been for a very long time. Wielding the hatchet or dagger, pulling the trigger, organizing the massacre, the Roman  Anton Pavelic with Archbishop Stepina Catholic priests became their own instruments of the

Inquisition.Anton Pavelic with Franciscan Monks  Many of the Ustashi

officers were priests or friars sworn to fight “with

dagger or gun,” for the “triumph of Christ and Croatia.” Priests played a prominent role in the

closing or takeover of Serbian Orthodox Churches,

the seizure of church records and the interrogation of the Serbian Orthodox clergy. They

also supervised concentration camps and organized the torture of many of the victims.

Ante Pavelic b. July 14, 1889 – d. December 28, 1959

French author Edmond Paris, who was born a Roman Catholic and has written a very thorough

account of this terrible massacre in his book Convert or Die, has said,

“It is difficult for the world to believe that a whole people could be doomed to

extermination by a government and religious hierarchy of the twentieth century, just

because it happened to belong to another ethnical and racial group and had inherited the

Christianity of Byzantium rather than that of Rome.”

The creation of the entirely Roman Catholic, independent State of Croatia during the Second

World War was accompanied by a persecution so ferocious that it is difficult to find a parallel in

all of history. The Inquisition applied to the Serbian Orthodox by the Croatian Catholics

accounted for 700,000 Serbs being tortured and killed in just four years. So while the Inquisition

ended in the nineteenth century, the same procedures and mindset were evident in Croatia in the

twentieth century. In fact, the same mindset is still officially maintained by the Papacy in the

twenty-first century. The Roman Church to this day maintains the laws that she used as her

authority to torture and murder Bible believers for over 600 years. In her present-day laws she

states her right to coerce Christian people. Thus Canon law, Canon 1311, states,

“The [Catholic] Church has an innate and proper right to coerce offending members of

the Christian faithful by means of papal sanctions.”

The Catholic Church also holds to the fact that she can demand a submission of intellect and will

as she did in the years of the Inquisition. Consequently she states the following,

“A religious respect of intellect and will, even if not the assent of faith, is to be paid to

the teaching which the Supreme Pontiff or the college of bishops enunciate on faith and

morals.”

So to whatever the Supreme Pontiff or his college of bishops teach on faith and morals, a person

must submit their intellect and will. This is the same teaching that was upheld with the terrors of

the Inquisition for 600 years. While there are no sanctions in torture and death at the present

time, the same astonishing mindset is Roman Catholic law. The fact is that the Papacy still

claims the right to judge and impose chastening that has not changed since the days of the

Inquisition. In present-day Canon Law she also decrees,

Canon 1405 (Sect.1) “It is the right of the Roman Pontiff himself alone to judge in cases

mentioned in can. 1401: 1. those who hold the highest civil office in a state;…

Canon 1401 “By proper and exclusive right the Church adjudicates: 1. cases concerning

spiritual matters or connected with the spiritual; 2. the violation of ecclesiastical laws and all

those cases in which there is a question of sin in respect to the determination of culpability

and the imposition of ecclesiastical penalties.”

The Holy Spirit’s admonition to believers is to be remembered as these decrees are certified into

law, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not

entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

In past times, kings and princes and nations were supposed to tremble at her decrees.

Woe to him who resisted! Subjects were released from their oaths of allegiance; whole states

were placed under interdict. By deception regarding the Gospel and, subsequently, by force the

Papacy has held her domain together. She has only external unity, as any one who has lived

within her system and studied her decrees and history knows. It is of signal importance to realize

that the Roman Catholic Church has no other way to maintain her life than by imposition of her

external laws, because she lacks the life giving power of the Holy Spirit and unity of the One

9 Galatians 5:1.

Body of the Lord Jesus Christ. She must legislate to exist, and she needs civil powers to enforce

her decrees. It is crucial to understand that suppression and control are her main stratagems,

although at the time such are not apparent. If control by her is to be avoided, her paradigm must

be understood.

The Lord’s Final Victory

Papal Rome has asked pardon for the wrongs of the Inquisition. During a Mass on March 12,

2000, Pope John Paul II asked pardon for wrongs committed in the past by members of the

church. It was not individual members of the church, but as Lord Acton observed, it was “the

Popes in particular that caused and instigated the sufferings and persecutions, involving

themselves in detail even in the minute ways that believers were to be tortured.”

We have seen how the institutionalized Papacy and the powers of darkness have conspired

against Christ’s kingdom and His people. It is most important to know what the Lord’s anointed

has to say about His kingdom and to know that all the powers on earth cannot challenge Him.

As Psalm 2 reminds us, the Messiah reigns and His Throne is not moved, nor has His plans

changed, whatever may be the turmoil and schemes against Him. While the enemies of the

Gospel are plotting and planning how to break His bands asunder and cast His cords from them,

He has already defeated their devices and He says to them, “yet have I set my king upon my holy

hill of Zion.”10 All events are in His hands. Who can stand against the Almighty?

Things are not as they seem. It looks as if the powers that designed and implemented the

Inquisition still govern the hearts of much of mankind at the present time. The Lord God’s fixed

decrees remain and all the schemes of hell cannot efface a single part of His purpose. He reigns

by inheritance, “Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”11 The Lord God owns Him, and

declares Him Lord and Head of the Church. The supreme government of the Church is His

responsibility and He will bring it to complete success including the punishment of His enemies.

It necessarily follows that though Papal Rome has been a rebel against the government of Christ

Jesus, the Lord God has nonetheless fulfilled His purpose through all the terrible evil that has

taken place. The truth is that through all the dreadful deeds of Papal Rome, the Sovereign Lord

Jesus Christ was entirely with His people, and He was in control of all events so that the faith

and witness of millions shone forth both in this world and before the throne of God; and will

shine forth throughout all the ages of the world to come.

From the beginning the Lord God purposed to glorify Himself “in the Church by Christ Jesus,

throughout all ages, world without end.”12 He has glorified Himself in the faith and suffering of

true believers throughout the 605 years of the Inquisition, as His Word proclaims, “the Lord

reigneth; let the people tremble.”13

The voice of the Lord thunders from the final chapters of the Bible and reverberates throughout

the world, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive

not of her plagues.”14 While the Papacy from the city of Rome continues to wax strong her final

condemnation is already written, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made

all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”15 The Lord God’s reserved wrath,

His punishing justice, and His enmity to sin, will be revealed to the entire world. The destruction

of Papal Rome will proceed from the glory of His power. “The same shall drink of the wine of

the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation.”16 The

certainty of the final triumph should animate us in our efforts, and true believers in their

struggles.

The frequently quoted maxim that “peoples ignorant of history are destined to repeat it” is true.

Without the knowledge of the systematic murder of believers during the Inquisition, we can fail

to see that the true Gospel is a matter of life. True believers are in real danger of compromise

with the Church of Rome. As the Apostle Paul told believers, “All who live godly in Christ Jesus

will suffer persecution.”17 The victory of the faith and courage of believers over the severest

trials is repeatedly recorded in the pages of history. As the Lord Himself proclaimed, “Be not

afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. Also I say unto

you, whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the

angels of God.”18 Where there is true faith and love of the Lord, there is in the midst of all

afflictions a joy unspeakable and full of glory. God is the only Holy Father, the All Holy One.

His holiness is the distinguishing factor in all His essential characteristics. This is the reason

why we need to be in right standing before the one and only All Holy God on the terms He

prescribes. Turn to God in faith alone, in Christ alone, for the salvation that He alone gives, by

the conviction of the Holy Spirit, based on Christ’s death and resurrection for His own, and

believe on Him alone, “to the praise of the glory of his grace.”

Source : http://www.bereanbeacon.org/SMBe.pdf

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