There had to have been Catholic Bishops who knowingly allowed murder and torture in there respective diocese at one time or another... In no way does anybody except for fundies, believe it was a systematic operation headed by Rome. That was my argument. Even during the sacking of Constantinople, there were Catholic Bishops and Priests amongst the ranks of the crusaders- albeit they were all excommunicated at the time. But later reinstated. Same thing with the sex abuse cover-up. Yes, this is enormously blown up by fundies, but there is absolutely no doubt that a Bishop or two allowed a pedophile priest to continue in his ministry. Its a shame the media and fanatics try and paint this as a system wide cover up headed by the Pope. And I also don't believe it was a malicious attempt by the Bishops to hide it, but rather a lack of understanding on the subject as well as a belief in redemption of the sinner- no matter how vile the sin.<quoted text>
A strongly suggested read.
MYTH 1: THE INQUISITION WAS REPRESSIVE
MYTH 2: THE INQUISITION WAS INTOLERANT
MYTH 3: THE PROCEDURE WAS BARBARIC AND INHUMANE
MYTH 4: IT WAS THE SPANISH INQUISITION THAT WAS EXCESSIVE
MYTH 5: MAN IS FREE WHEN RELIGION IS NOT PUBLIC
The whole point of my argument is that these things do NOT reflect the truth in Catholicism as a whole, and all the guilty are in violation of Church teaching. The Church is still guided to truth by Christ.
Thank you for your link and I'll definitely read anything I can. I had this conversation with Fr Ubel of the Cathedral at a theology on tap function. That's what I'm mostly basing my argument on. I know a Priest isn't automatically an expert on medieval Church practices either, so I welcome any other info.