The Catholic Church has been responsible for many atrocities since it was established 2000 years ago, and the more I’ve researched religion for articles, the more I’ve discovered about the atrocities that the Catholic Church has been behind. I’ve covered some of the subjects in previous articles, so I will compile them into this article, and add more that I’ve researched.
This is a subject that everyone is familiar with, so there’s no need for me to go into too much detail, as there are numerous documentaries and even movies on the subject of the disgraceful acts of so many Catholic Priests. The Vatican doesn’t even attempt to cover it up anymore as there’s been so many trials and settlements that have cost the Vatican bank millions and millions of dollars, and in America alone there are estimates of over 17,000 cases and that’s a conservative guess. There are probably many, many more where the victims have deceased, or are too ashamed to come forward. You also have to bear in mind that the wealth surrounding the Catholic Church is outrageous. Yes, they put money into hospitals, and into education, but large parts of their wealth is unaccounted for as they don’t have any inland revenue to answer to, as they essentially have charity status and don’t pay tax, but this is where it gets interesting; the Catholic Church has spent millions opposing same–sex marriage, but also spent millions to defend and attempt to cover up the Priests who sexually abused children, and Nuns. Every time the debate about same-sex marriage comes up in predominantly Catholic states in America, they put forward money to the opposition to attempt to prevent the bill from being passed. How is this morally right, to use money that’s exempt from tax, to use against people that go against the rules of their religion, but at the same time protect sex offending priests?
“Cardinal Bernard Law, who presided over the coverup of the church‘s famous Boston sex abuse scandals, was plucked and brought to Rome by Pope John Paul II, where he resided until he died at the Vatican, beyond the reach of American prosecutors.” – Source
There have been several high profile accusations that the Catholic Church has been in allegiance with the Mafia, and the most notorious case was involving God’s banker, Paul Marcinkus, who was president of the Vatican bank for 18 years from 1971. He was allegedly involved in the murder of Pope John Paul I and the collapse of the fraudulent Banco Ambrosiano who had debts of over 1 billion dollars. The death of John Paul I happened just 33 days after taking on his position, and he was poisoned by cyanide in his sleep. Anthony Raimondi, the nephew of the notorious mafia boss, Lucky Luciano, and cousin to Paul Marcinkus, was called to assist in the execution of the Pope as he was claimed to be about to expose a multi-billion dollar fraud conspiracy within the Catholic Church. Anthony Raimondi made the claim in his autobiography, ‘When the Bullet Hits the Bone.‘, but the Pope was said to have died from a heart attack by the coroner, but Raimondi insists that if the Pope was exhumed there’d be traces of valium and cyanide in him.
Christianity‘s active involvement in the Nazi party cannot be disputed, and especially in the Catholic Church the involvement went all the way to the top, and even the Pope Pius XII (Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli) never condemned their actions, and met Hitler on several occasions, and signed the Reichskonkordat, which was treaty between the Nazi party, and the Vatican when he was the Cardinal Secretary of State, before he became the Pope.
Christian apologists use desperate measures to try and make society believe that the Catholic Church wasn’t in bed with the emerging Nazi party, in the 1930s, previous to the events of World War II, but it’s been covered by many historians, and especially in the book ‘Hitler‘s Pope‘ by John Cornwell.
During the Nazi Gleichschaltung, which was was the process of totalitarian Nazification control, Ludvig Müller had the job of uniting all of the separate Protestant church bodies into one solitary moment called Reichskirche, and he wished to serve as the top bishop, which eventually happened when he became Reich Bishop. The radicalised Nazis wanted to remove the Old Testament and replace it with a new German religion that had no connection to the Jews. Müller was unable to truly unite the Protestant Churches which infuriated Adolf Hitler, so with the German Christians failing in their job, it was Alfred Rosenberg’s turn and he described Rome and Protestantism as Negative Christianity and he pushed Germany towards Positive Christianity.
The Nazi party gained much support from the German nationals because they were scared of democracy which brought secularism, and with communism also spreading around Europe, fascism was Germany‘s defence against its influence. Many of the high ranking Nazis were born into Catholic households, were baptised and attended churches regularly. Adolf Hitler went to school at a Monastery, and found the power the priests had to be intoxicating, and according to some scholars he even considered priesthood before his interest in politics began.
Jozef Tiso was also Slovak Roman Catholic Priest who governed the Slovak state during World War II. He was part of the Czechoslovak government and replaced Hinka as party leader in 1938. During the war, Tiso was a supporter of Hitler and was involved in the deportation of Jews for execution in Germany, and the execution of Slovak Jews. The Slovak National Uprising had intent of removing Tiso from power, but were suppressed and many of them were executed. After the war ended he fled to Germany, but was captured by U.S soldiers and returned to Czechoslovakia, where he was tried for crimes against humanity and was sentenced to a death by hanging in 1947.
As well as the Catholic Church being involved directly with the NAZI party, they were also in allegiance with the Ustaše concentration extermination camps in Jasenovac, Croatia, and has been called the ‘Auschwitz of the Balkans’. Unlike the NAZI run camps who had a tendency to gas their victims, Jasenovac used a significantly more barbaric method which often involved the victims being beaten to death with hammers, or cut apart by axes. The majority of the victims were ethnic Serbs, and a vast number were executed in what is called the ‘Serbian genocide’. Ante Pavelić, was the leader of Ustaše, and he ran his regime using Nazi, Fascist, and Catholic Cleric Authoritarianism. The Croatian Catholic Church, and bishop Aloysius Viktor Stepinac, were supporters of Ante Pavelić.
“a benevolent government forced to fight for the interests of Roman Catholic Croats against threats being posed by Communists and Orthodox Christian Serbs.” – Source
Ante Pavelić was a practising Catholic and a regular visitor to Pope Pius XII. The Vatican were heavily criticised for being aware of the atrocities in the camps, especially being that some of the camps were reserved for just children. The level of brutality apparently even shocked visiting SS soldiers, who condemned Miroslav Filipović, who was a chaplain that ran the camp, who after the war was hanged in his clerical robes for his crimes against humanity, and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children.
“Obeying his master, he is obeying God” – Saint John Chrysostom
The Inquisition (Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith) was initially created to seek out heretics, but it soon went beyond that, and the Catholic Church went on a mass killing spree, through their severe religious intolerance, because they believed their authority came from God. They only had judicial power over Christians so many law-abiding citizens were tried, tortured and executed for heresy despite being innocent. They frequently tortured Jews in the hope of religious conversion to Christianity, and if the accused had no desire to convert, the inquisitors had the power of execution.
It initially started in 12th century France, but moved across Europe. People accused of heresy were tortured and often executed as their punishment. The inquisitions lasted over 600 years, and the resulting death count can obviously only be a rough estimation. The Spanish Inquisition is one of the most famous modern examples of religious intolerance.
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send [or bring] peace, but a sword.’’
It has been described as a call to arms for Christians by many experts who say that despite Christianity claiming to be peaceful, like every tradition it had a violent side.
The Crusades was sanctioned by the Latin church to attempt to rid parts of the world under Islamic ruling. Under the leadership of Pope Urban II, Catholics in Europe sought to regain control of the Holy Land (Israel), which at that time was a territory under Muslim control. It was a time that was used to persecute pagans, to gain territories and political advantages. In a two hundred year period there were 7 major Crusades. During the ‘people’s crusade’ thousands of Jews were murdered in the Rhineland massacre. The Crusades apparently appalled the members of the Orthodox religions due to their unrelenting brutality. Who knows how many were murdered? When the Catholic knights captured Jerusalem in 1099, they slaughtered the occupying Muslims, and it’s said that the streets ran with blood
Conquistador is the Spanish meaning for conquerer and was used to describe the Catholic explorers and soldiers of the Spanish and Portuguese empires during the ‘Age of Discovery‘. This is accepted by historians as the first modern mass genocide and resulted in the deaths of up to 8,000,000 indigenous people of the north and South American mainlands and islands.
‘Hernando de Soto‘ was a Spanish conquistador who’s legacy was his conquest of the Inca Empire in Peru, and leading the first expedition into North America in 1539 (De Soto’s Trail) allegedly in search of gold.
During the battle of Mabila in Alabama which was a walled compound defended by Muskogee warriors, it’s alleged that Spanish forces killed over 2,500 Indians.
“breaking in upon the Indians and beating them down, they fled out of the place, the cavalry and infantry driving them back through the gates, where losing the hope of escape, they fought valiantly; and the Catholics getting among them with cutlasses, they found themselves met on all sides by their strokes, when many, dashing headlong into the flaming houses, were smothered, and, heaped one upon another, burned to death.”
The Spanish were the First Nation to set up colonies and settlements that were in Florida and New Mexico. From 1540 to various countries attempted to set up colonies.
The ‘discovery‘ of the Americas, by ‘Christopher Columbus‘ was met with much prejudice by his return in 1493, where he arrived with an army to the Caribbean and forced slavery, and committed genocide to the ‘Taíno‘ people. He was born an Italian, but his voyages were commissioned by Spanish hierarchy, most notably the ‘Aragons‘. By records compiled by Spanish authority, up to 5,000,000 ‘Taíno‘ people were deceased one way or another through the tyranny of Columbus and his ‘Spanish colonists‘, in the most horrific acts imaginable; mass hangings, burnings and mutilation, and this was just the beginning.
“Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shore, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it. Our children are still taught to respect the violence which reduced a red-skinned people of an earlier culture into a few fragmented groups herded into impoverished reservations.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
When the Europeans colonised America, they systematically slaughtered the native Indians to acquire land, and often it was rigorously planned military exercises, where no mercy was shown. The colonists often considered themselves superior beings as the Indians were inferior heathens, who didn’t believe, or even know who God was. Paranoia and fear of what the colonists failed to understand about the Indians was also a driving force in their removal from their sacred lands, and many deemed them no more than savages, with racial hatred and the promotion of civilisation and Christianity being a major factor. In 400 years from the time of Columbus arriving to the end of the 19th century, millions of indigenous peoples were murdered, or diseases brought from Europe killed them as they had no immunity to defend themselves.
“We now shot them like dogs” – David Crockett
Pope Innocent VIII declared in 1484, by papal bull ‘Summis desiderantes affectibus’, that witches were real, and were under the control of Satan. This act of heresy was so severe that witchcraft was seen as a severe threat in Germany, and the papal bull was in response to German inquisitor, Heinrich Kramer. Wiesensteig witch trial was responsible for the trial and execution of 67 women accused of sorcery. This led to witch hunts where it’s estimated up to 40,000 people of both sexes were tortured, and executed by burning and this continued until the 18th century, until it practically vanished.
Historians claim that the Witch Trials were at their peak when the rivalry between the Protestant and Catholic Church was at its highest, and suggest that to gain more followers they promoted their church by the hunting of alleged witches. The more witches that were put on trial, proved which church was the most powerful in offering protection against Satan, and with both churches competing against each other after the reformation of 1517. By the time the scientific revolution arrived, people began thinking more rationally, and the belief in witchcraft became much less common.
“When the hysteria of a witch-hunt is granted supremacy over the logic, values and spirit of the law, justice can only become a warped, alien concept in that society.