Since this oldish thread has popped back up, I wanted to ask if anyone had bothered to verify the OP's claim that it came from a catholic priest. Has anyone done that?
We like to think we are good at separating BS from legitimate stuff, but my quick search showed that it came, at least in part, from an anonymous person on a catholic web site: http://www.catholic.com/quickquestions/how-can-i-defend-the-church-against-the-inquisition
What worries me is that so many people have commented and then added to this as if it has been backed by the catholic church, the vatican, the pope, etc. without a single person bothering to do some fact-checking.
Again, my quick check shows the following, from a legitimate catholic site, and clearly states that the church does not condone the Inquisition's practices:
Playing devil's advocate here for the sake of reminding people that the road goes both ways when it comes to making claims and accusations. I'm not defending the catholic church, but making a point about our actions here when it comes to taking a questionable post and running with it without checking for accuracy first.
Thanks, you are absolutely right that we shouldn't have assumed.
Of course, the Vatican still sucks, but we shouldn't assume
You can definitely assume that.
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