The Black Legend of the Spanish Inquisition Put to Rest
Ron Westernik/Phillip Mericle
It never fails to amaze me how ignorant the general population, especially Catholics, regarding what so called historians have perpetuated as facts pertaining to the Spanish Inquisition. Notwithstanding my references in the past to a 1994 BBC documentary on the subject which illustrates quite clearly the myths established as facts regarding The Inquisition, but also details the methods and means used by the inquisition courts which were much more merciful and lenient than the "King's" or civil court. Below is an excellent review of the BBC documentary with a youtube link to the documentary itself. IMHO, the review and the documentary put to rest the BS promoted by the Protestants (to this day) regarding what the Spanish Inquisition was. -- Ron
The Myth of the Spanish Inquisition
reviewed by Phillip Mericle
In the years I’ve been a Catholic I’ve noticed that one subject frequently brought up about the “evils” of the Church is the “infamy” of the Spanish Inquisition. How many movies and television shows have we seen that depict the Inquisition of Spain as a bloodthirsty and tyrannical tribunal determined to cow the world with fear as it slaughters without concern for law or evidence?
Many Catholics I’ve met even apologize for the Spanish Inquisition, as if it were a black mark in the History of the Church that must be swept under the carpet, like the Crusades. Protestants cite it as the cruel reality of Roman tyranny, while atheists sneer at it as the inevitable product of religious belief.
The impartial analysis of Inquisition archives, like the one in Salamanca above, destroys the Black Myth