The Crusades and the Inquisition

The Battle Over the Crusades

July 22, 2001

by Robert P. Lockwood (7/2001) When the Showtime premium cable channel planned to air a film version of the viciously anti-Catholic play “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You,” the director of the production, Marshall Brickman, was asked to respond to the controversy. “Any institution that has backed the Inquisition, the Crusades... [Read more...]

The Black Legend: The Inquisition

April 22, 2001

by Robert P. Lockwood (Catalyst 4/2001) Most of the myths surrounding the Inquisition have come to us wrapped in the cloak of the Spanish Inquisition. It is the world of Edgar Allen Poe’sThe Pit and the Pendulum, with vivid descriptions of burning heretics, ghastly engines of torture with innocent Bible-believers martyred for their faith. In many... [Read more...]

History and Myth: The Inquisition

August 22, 2000

by Robert P. Lockwood (8/2000) “Let us pray that each one of us, looking to the Lord Jesus, meek and humble of heart, will recognize that even men of the church, in the name of faith and morals, have sometimes used methods not in keeping with the Gospel in the solemn duty of defending the truth.” – Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Jubilee Request for... [Read more...]

Galileo and the Catholic Church

March 22, 2000

by Robert P. Lockwood (3/2000) In October, 1992 Cardinal Paul Poupard presented to Pope John Paul II the results of the papal-requested Pontifical Academy study of the famous 1633 trial of Galileo.1 He reported the study’s conclusion that at the time of the trial, “theologians…. failed to grasp the profound non-literal meaning of the Scriptures... [Read more...]