Describes the western world's most potent religion, Catholicism, and its determination to maintain power at any cost in medieval France, 15th century Spain, Renaissance Italy and even into the 19th century. Historians, experts and Church authorities advise on the handling of this controversial subject matter.
EPISODE 1 - THE LAND OF ERROR - In the 12th century, an upstart Christian sect called Catharism challenges Church doctrine and the absolute power of the Pope. Pope Innocent III declares a Holy War to kill these people. The remote French village of Montaillou is the last stronghold of the Cathars. One man, Bishop Jacques Fournier, becomes one of the most skilled interrogators of the Holy Inquisition. EPISODE 2 - THE TEARS OF SPAIN - Fernando and Isabel proclaim themselves the Catholic Monarchs. In the war to drive the remaining Muslims from the south of the Kingdom their scapegoats become the Conversos, Jews who have converted to Christianity and who are now accused of being traitors and heretics secretly trying to undermine the Church. The Spanish Inquisition is born and a campaign of terror begins. EPISODE 3 - THE SWORD AND THE SHIELD - In 16th century the rise of Protestantism weakens the Church's spiritual control and its political influence. To protect the Roman Church from these ... Written by
Not having access to all of the documents in this sort of documentary means that the information is received as given. Being a lapsed anything is not a useful comment. The inquisition happened. This documentary was shown as part of the Catholic churches desire to be in complete control and those who have had the PRIVELDGE of having this as the cornerstone of their eventual personality will normally try to defend most criticism.
Had this story been told in conjunction with our now well documented tale about our great Christian Crusades, the destruction of any section holding differing views of the Christian 'fairy' tale like the Cathars, the alleged riches of the Templars, the Catholic attempts to bring down for example the young protestant state of England with assassination of Elizabeth, James 1, the attempts to cause regime change in the 1700s with the Jacobite risings a pattern of Catholic influence could be easily seen in its desire to bring back its need for world control. I would assume it is through the Catolic church that Napoleon was considered as an early anti-Christ.
Going further back in time we are being advised about the beginnings of control by the Pauline version of the word being defended by the destruction of those sects which did not agree all the way back to the beginnings of Christianity.
I am a now lapsed eyes opened Christian who can plainly see how the CHURCH in its desire for control invented and was allowed to use its inventions if the state also benefited. Here it was the tortuous behaviour of its inquisitors shown in this series. Would we class these men today as GOOD men. Don't forget how we feel about those who though well intentioned drilled holes or used electricity as cures for various illnesses.
The veracity of all of the information in this documentary of course can be doubted but the Catholic church does not have a great history in its tolerance of anything deviating from its dogmatic teachings. Its clergy who commit the greatest of sins are still kept within its folds and protected yet open criticism causes excommunication.
To see the similarities shown in the documentary about the treatment of the Jewish population by Spain shows that it has always been so very easy to create a false bogeyman. I wonder how the Jews were treated in Spain when the Fascist party took over in the 1930s.
Remember that the young Protestant nations in Britain were still coming to terms with its old feelings regarding Witchcraft. Another left over from Catholic teachings.
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