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by Flamehorse, June 8, 2011
This list is not a denunciation of Roman Catholicism, which dates back to Christ Himself. The Church today is a very honorable institution. 848 But there are a few moments in its history when it did not live up to its own high moral standards. This list constitutes an honest, unflinching look at some black moments in Roman Catholic history. Like 10 John Wycliffe 59
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In a nutshell, John Wycliffe presaged Martin Luther as a Protestant reformer. Wycliffe lived from c. 1328 to 31 December 1384, about a hundred years before Luther, and Wycliffe saw very much the same problems in the Roman Catholic Church. Catholicism itself was fine with him, but the Church was largely corrupt by his day. A lot of its practices will make entries farther down. Wycliffe wanted people to worship God and Jesus according to the Bible, not according to the popes and their bishops and priests. He saw that people are corruptible, while the Bible is not, and thus, there was no good sense in taking one’s troubles to a priest, so the priest could make one feel better. Communication directly with God, via prayer, was not impossible, but required an understanding of the Bible, and the next entry outlines a specific grievance Wycliffe had with the Church on this subject. Wycliffe preached in England, and on the Continent, that priests should do nothing more than oversee church services and help the laypeople interpret the Bible for themselves. He argued based on various Bible passages that secular kings and queens had a divine right, direct from God Almighty, to be kings and queens. Thus, their rule should not be opposed by anyone, anymore than God’s rule should be opposed. The popes, however, routinely told Europe’s monarchs what was what in every field of activity. It didn’t take long for Wycliffe to irritate a few Catholics, especially Pope Gregory XI. Their animosity toward each other may be without rival in the history of the Catholic Church. Gregory issued no less than five Papal Bulls attempting to shut Wycliffe up, but he would not be silent. Wycliffe went so far as to argue that the pope and the Antichrist were practically equivalent, and denounced the papal throne as the throne of Satan on Earth. He may have been the first to declare this now-popular idea (popular among Protestants). He was the first to translate the complete Bible into English, which did not endear him to the Catholic hierarchy. The Church did not attempt to catch and kill Wycliffe, ostensibly because it could not find him (he traveled extensively in England, France, and the Netherlands), or because it did not like the risk of invading England to get him. He died three days after suffering a stroke during Mass. 30 years later, the Council of Constance ended “the three popes’ reign” and elected Alexander V, who immediately denounced Wycliffe as a heretic, had as many of his books burned as could be found on the Continent and in England, excommunicated and consigned to everlasting flames from the moment of his death. In 1428, Pope Martin V had him dug up and burned at the stake. 9 Vernacular Bible
bishop and priest of the continent told not to translate the Bible into any language besides Biblical Hebrew. still the only official Bible of the Catholic Church. and the Catholic Church had all of both.” It was the translation used most often from then on throughout Western Europe. 8 Indulgences listverse.Listverse Pope Damasus I commissioned Saint Jerome. and an elect few well educated scholars. the King James Version in Latin. who told their bishops. the Bible remained well known only to the church officials. It is. clergy of all orders. who told the popes. since the King James translators used it as one of their primary guides. It was not spoken except in church ceremonies. Why? Because knowledge is power.com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ 3/24 . which was the compendium of all biblical texts.000 years. translated into Latin. in 382. more or less. because Jerome’s translation is perfectly accurate and at its time of publication Latin was spoken throughout most of Europe. the commoners had to get their priests to teach them. Jerome’s product became known as “versio vulgata.2/1/13 Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History . However. Nothing is wrong with any of this. in order to learn it. It is. Ancient Greek or Latin. the Latin Vulgate was the one and only Bible most Western Europeans ever encountered. But the priests would not bother teaching them. that the commoners did not understand the first thing about Latin. It was never counter to any Papal Bull for any person to translate the Bible into another language. and from 400 to about 1530. anyone who intended to do so was strongly admonished by the Pope himself. with every archbishop. meaning no one spoke them commonly.” or “common version. For about 1. and thus. But the problem arose when the commoners throughout Europe told their priests. These three languages were almost dead at the time. to revise the Vetus Latina. in fact.
It has never worked that way according to the Bible and official Catholic doctrine. for people who took part in pilgrimages to Lourdes. unless their surviving loved ones paid the Church money. and it worked magnificently. The most recent indulgences were granted in 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI.com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ 4/24 . Sin all you want.” These Bishops extorted people for years by horrifying them that they’re departed loved ones were currently frying in Purgatory. This money would atone for the dead persons’ sins. Indulgences are given. a soul from purgatory springs. and some which remit all. “As soon as a coin in the coffer rings. in itself. If they were. and he’ll give you some money to feel safe again. or for saying a prayer. and anyone who reads the Pauline Epistles will realize this. But certain Bishops of the Catholic Church saw indulgences as a very good way to get rich. to anyone who performs a Christian act. especially doing a good deed for someone else. and they would then enter Heaven. and would remain there for a very long time. This practice really isn’t that un-biblical. but the problem is that people immediately see it as a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.Listverse Indulgences are various degrees of the remission of punishments from sins that have already been forgiven. It got ridiculously out of hand from about 500 until Martin Luther spoke against it in his 95 Theses. and you’re good to go. in 1517. Indulgences are not supposed to be sold. Indulgences are still given in the Catholic Church – some which remit part of the punishment owed for sin.2/1/13 Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History . to whom is attributed this infamous couplet. 7 Knights Templar listverse. not sold. people with lots of money would be holier than thou art. One of the most notorious abusers of the practice was a man named Johann Tetzel. then say a Hail Mary. Threaten an ignorant person with eternal burning.
the recanted their confessions. They. but internally. understandably. it was deemed “righteous punishment. ordering that Templars be arrested and tortured all over Europe. including the Grandmaster Jacques de Molay. Some had their testicles crushed in vises. The “investigation” involved torturing the Templars via very perverted. and Clement acquiesced with an Inquisition convened to investigate these accusations. burned at the stake. confessed to all sorts of horrible offenses to the Church. Most were put on the rack and stretched until their shoulders dislocated.” They both died within a year. but the Catholic Church was officially and directly responsible in torturing and executing the Templar knights. when lightning struck the building and burned it to the ground. King Phillip IV of Spain had borrowed a very large amount of money and personnel from the Templars. most after gruesome tortures. 6 Galileo listverse. But Phillip saw an extraordinary chance to eradicate the Templar order from his entire country and seize its incalculable wealth for himself. Clement issued a Papal Bull on 22 November.” But none of them did. Phillip IV is the most directly to blame. including apostasy (which means renouncing Christ). along with spitting on the cross. 1307. which constituted idolatry. He is said to have screamed out of the flames that Phillip and Clement would both meet him before God. but those convicted. and they were. idolatry and even sodomy. If they died from the torture. Any one of these “crimes” warranted death back then. which caused them to bleed profusely. horrifying methods. and a rumor persists that his body lay in state during a thunderstorm. with the single proviso that no blood be spilled. were. No blood was spilled. Clement died of natural causes. Most of the Templars across Europe actually escaped or were acquitted. Phillip accused them of the most atrocious sins imaginable for that time. in order to wage war against the English. of course. He bullied Clement V with political embargoes.Listverse The origin of the superstition of Friday the 13th began on Friday the 13th of October.2/1/13 Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History . and the Templars were guilty of precisely none. knowing full well that they were innocent of all charges. They may have been in possession of the Shroud of Turin at this time. Phillip had a stroke and fell off his horse while hunting. As soon as their tortures were over. arrest and imprison all the Templars in Spain. sending his men out to round up. according to the records we have. Phillip seized the opportunity. including the above mentioned.com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ 5/24 . heresy. and when Pope Clement V sent him word that there were suspicions about the Christian nature of the Templar brotherhood. to a man. Some were shackled to the dungeon floors and had their feet roasted to the bone in furnaces. “and that right soon.
NOT Earth. and Earth.com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ 6/24 .Listverse The trial of Galileo Galilei is one of the most infamous and embarrassing moments in Catholic history. and detest” heliocentrism. John Paul II’s successor. and dedicated some of his works to him. not factually. Galileo seems to have been always at odds with the Catholic Church’s hegemony on all education. that Jupiter has moons. but at one point he did let his Italian temper get the better of him (after several years of aggravation). and forced under threat of excommunication and torture to “abjure. listverse. formally apologized for the Church placing Galileo under house arrest for the last 9 years of his life.” which is. “Fine. even though he was good friends with Pope Urban VIII. Mr. via his own pet design for the refracting telescope.2/1/13 Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History . “The Bible tells you how to go to Heaven! It does NOT tell you how the heavens go!” The Catholic Church did not lift its ban on heliocentrical thought until 1758. which is. The Church didn’t want to hear that. Urban VIII tried what he dared to help him. Galileo was of the opinion that Nicholas Copernicus was right. not mankind’s arrogance. were also incorrect as Galileo taught that the Sun was the center of the universe – not just our solar system. The Earth does not move around the Sun. Sun. but the facts themselves were deemed vehemently heretical.” Then.” Politically. seated in a chair in a bare room before the table of Inquisitors. is on record as stating that the Catholic Church’s “verdict against Galileo was rational and just and the revision of this verdict can be justified only on the grounds of what is politically opportune. “E pur si muove. “And yet it moves. Sun is at the center of the solar system. that a pope. The legend goes that. mind you. when he stood and bellowed. and denouncing his discoveries which. It was not until 1992. and instead of convincing them. Benedict XVI. Galileo sighed. He refused. the Church officials turned on Galileo and demanded that he desist with his ideas of Heliocentrism. But he discovered. he muttered. 350 years after his death. It still hasn’t gone away. John Paul II. Know what that means? Orbits are based on gravity.” How much of this is true cannot be ascertained for certain. The Earth is not the center. and Jupiter’s moons orbit Jupiter. curse. under his breath. but did back off for a few years. Galileo went to Rome to persuade the Church not to ban Copernicus’s works. ironically. put his hands behind his back. like everything else nearby. and Galileo was finally brought before an Inquisition (more on those later). crossed his fingers and said something to the effect of. This idea is called heliocentrism. orbits Mr.
It was even discovered after her death that she had never worn a man’s clothing. Joan roused the political irritation of quite a few Catholic honchos in the area. This was patently against their own rules. and also refused to allow her any legal counsel. they could find no legitimate evidence. The Church officials refused. in lifting the siege and routing the English oppressors. you may recall from another list. just like the Pharisees and Sadducees tried to trap Jesus with his own words. During this farce.2/1/13 Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History . Joan of Arc was executed for heresy. they killed her anyway. the inquisitors (French Bishops who favored the rule of the English).com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ 7/24 . but because she was said to have worn a man’s clothing while in prison. not because she claimed to hear the voice of God. as well as Jean de Dunois and Jean de Brosse. so of course.Listverse Miracle Prayer Closet prayerclosets. They hated her and wanted to kill her. This was also forbidden. She left them no ground at all on which to base her execution. because she calmly and carefully turned all their traps back against them. Her case was successfully appealed 25 years later. tried to trap Joan with her own words. Long story short. But when they set about opening up a trial against her. where she aided Gilles de Rais (who.com Submit Your Prayer Request Online. in essence trying everything they could to consign her to Hell. and she was exonerated by the Pope at listverse. they had to lie. and thus punishable by being burned at the stake. She requested that her last meal be Holy Communion. In the end. and led a successful relief force to the besieged city of Orleans. was also a savage serial killer). And Jesus is probably quite proud of how Joan handled herself. But they opened the trial anyway. She instigated an uprising in 1429. especially Jean LeMaitre. not because she defied and killed the English. Prophet Manasseh Will Pray Too! 5 Joan of Arc Joan of Arc believed that God had called her to lead the French in kicking the English out of France once and for all.
com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ 8/24 . archbishops and popes were immoral and given to sin. but this backfired. It would take too long to explain every detail of his arguments with the Church. trying and imprisoning him for heresy. This infuriated the Church officials. contracting the flu and possibly pneumonia. While he was there. arresting. Gregory XII and Benedict XIII. in 1415. this is one of the two most appalling incidents of criminal cowardice in the history of the Catholic Church. five hundred years after she was killed. They tricked him into coming to the Council under a letter of indemnity. who promptly sentenced him to death. because he wrote his will before leaving Prague. 3 William Tyndale listverse. In 1411. when Antipope John XXIII advocated indulgences to insure that all those under his bishopric would be cleaned of the sin of following Hus. the Church did not canonize her until 16 May. and when #10 died a peaceful death. Hus carried on in his place. fed very little. He was held in an underground dungeon. just as any other human. In 1409.2/1/13 Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History . 1920. the Church started the rumor that he was trying to escape the city of Constance (Konstanz). So. He made no secret of his disdain and outright antagonism for the Church in his Prague pulpit. 1369 – 6 July 1415) was a Czech priest and Catholic reformer who could not stand what he saw as various corruptions rife throughout the Roman Catholic Church. Thus. but also to put an end to Hus. He was strongly influenced by #10. because 100% of the rules necessary for Christian living and salvation had already been written by God in the Bible. There were two popes at the time. and he refused. Hus saw it was one more proof that the Church was a human institution. and they did. Alexander V was elected to appease both sides. the Church convened the Council of Constance to put an end to the papal schism. All they wanted was to talk. that for the Church to demand his recantation of the Bible was the same as demanding God’s genuflection to the Roman Catholic Church. indulgences received a sudden surge of popularity following the death of Prague’s Archbishop. but they can all be simplified to his view that the priests. any rule the Church established was corrupt. Hus sternly preached against indulgences. Jan Hus (c. and no longer divine. Zbynek Zajic. 4 Jan Hus Along with the next entry. He knew they might try to kill him. He was not trying to escape. Nevertheless. stating that he stood firmly and solely on the Bible. He especially wanted the papal schism to end. They refused him the Last Rites and burned him at the stake. bishops. which meant they promised to do no harm at all to him. He was ordered to recant his teachings.Listverse the behest of St Joan’s mother.
Tyndale also wrote fearlessly against the divorce of Henry VIII. Everyone was uncomfortable with the Bible being readily accessible to the commoners. 2 Inquisitions listverse. but Tyndale could not get anyone in the Catholic Church to help him with room and board. especially into England.2/1/13 Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History .Listverse Tyndale dedicated his life to translating the Bible into vernacular English. as mentioned in entry #9. This was not expressly against the rules. Tyndale finished translating the Old Testament in 1530. evading capture while he translated the New Testament. and infuriating the king. He was finally caught after some help from a backstabbing friend named Henry Phillips. on 6 October 1536. finishing it in 1525. in Vilvoorde. then burned at the stake. calling it anti-Scriptural. so the laypeople of England could read it for themselves.com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ 9/24 . and strangled. It was printed en masse and smuggled all over Europe. Tyndale went into hiding in Belgium and Germany. outside Brussels. including the King James have borrowed extensively from Tyndale’s Bible. because how could the Church then keep power? Not to be deterred. All subsequent English Bibles. The Catholic Church has never apologized. where the Catholics in charge burned a number of them in public. charged with heresy for no other reason than translating the Bible into English.
The word itself simply denotes an investigation into possible heresy. and the Inquisition allowed no exemptions for anyone. it must not be forgotten that the Catholic Church routinely arrested and tortured Jews. children.com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ 10/24 .2/1/13 Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History . whose job was “to root out and purge the Christian civilized world of heresy and crimes against God. Anyone who foolishly refused was tortured until he or she did convert. 1 Medieval Witch Hunts listverse. Muslims. the Church encouraged it. men. hanging by the toes or thumbs. These people were given prior warning to vacate the given area (a pogrom). bone breaking. Waldensianism (Christian). but torture and execution are no longer allowed.” Torture was not only defended as a means to gain a confession. Hussitism (Christian) and numerous other religions and religious sects.Listverse Because they spanned the entire latter half of the Middle Ages. the elderly or the disabled. For seven centuries. then burned at the stake. and the Inquisition held absolute sway by the most brutal methods imaginable. the condemned was almost always strangled. including branding. Their typically accepted dates are from the 1100s to 1808. lasting into the 1800s. These tortures were lurid beyond belief. For those seven centuries or so. toe crushing. even terrifying monarchs. Interestingly the office of the Inquisition still exists today under the name “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith”. the rack. and blinding by red-hot pokers. after which anyone found in the area was arrested and given an ultimatum: convert to Christianity or be executed. women. Aside from the specific cases mentioned in other entries. anyone who roused the anger or suspicion of the Roman Catholic Church was in very real danger of the arrival of Inquisitors. the Inquisitions themselves deserve their own entry. foot roasting. the Catholic Church was all powerful. The Inquisition still exists today. simple beatings. After such tortures.
Share this: Facebook 744 Twitter 59 Google +1 Email Print listverse. since only the Devil could teach someone to conquer water. because the rats multiplied out of control. The Church actually believed. uttering blasphemy (and back then it was nearly impossible to open your mouth without offending the Church). it also ordered that all witches’ “familiars” be hunted down. the latter could accuse the former of witchcraft. tooth extraction. 1750. head crushing. cats were slaughtered wholesale all over Europe. and they were carried out for one or both of two reasons: fear and personal animosity.com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ 11/24 . denouncement by another witch (and since denouncing another passed the blame. or rats or especially cats. 1340 to c. The so-called “witches” were rounded up and slaughtered for centuries throughout Europe. Tortures were not always overseen by the Church itself. From the 1100s until the late 1300s.000 to 100. These familiars were pets that witches were believed to keep. the rule of not shedding blood was ignored in these instances.000 dead. disemboweling. in large part. 1480 to c. and so burning them at the stake would purify them by pain so they could enter Heaven. was always via burning at the stake. just in the period of c. The Plague finally dwindled away because the people were too busy dying to kill cats. So the tortures became much. 1355 spread so well.2/1/13 Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History . much worse: flogging. the accused could save himself this way). whether frogs. Another very serious mistake the Church made in pursuing and slaughtering people because of the slightest hint of heresy is that in so doing. to be afraid during interrogation. there were no cats to check the rats’ spread. and thus. Death. It should be noted that witch hunts were not unique to the Catholic Church. drawing and quartering. and led the populace to believe. castration by red-hot pincers. but the average total is anywhere from 40. skinning alive. If a particular person irritated someone. It was established doctrine that witches were not witches by their own volition. Or a nation or local government could suddenly become afraid of the influence of the Antichrist and take care of the matter with the Church’s blessing. to state the obvious: a mole or birthmark was deemed proof of trafficking with the Devil. anyone who could swim was most assuredly a witch. The hunts had been perpetrated for centuries before. that it was doing witches a favor by torturing them and burning them to death. Casualty numbers vary drastically because records were not well kept. no one was immune from guilt. and the Catholic Church showed up like a bloodhound. The Black Death of c. but by Satan’s. The methods by which to prove a witch were ludicrous. killed and burned.Listverse This travesty gets its own entry for several reasons. Alas. and the most infamous of all. and the cats repopulated Europe and brought the rats back down. as all of the protestant nations in Europe also partook of this cruel abuse. When the fleas bearing bubonic plague rode on the backs of rats from the Black Sea area and Western Asia into Italy and Western Europe. or owls. if not by torture. de-nailing.
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"To be deep in history is to cease to be protestant" . And since the people we were supposed to trust the most to teach us truth had now betrayed us. the spirit of Sola Scriptura.by that definition. should he have kept silent or continued to be called a heritic and eventually be banished anyway? Should he have allowed people to believe that their money could actually buy people into heaven? Considering the evil that was occuring. which cannot be wrong. we realize that in rejecting the church we do miss some of the things that the church did have to offer and some of their better points. The Bible was never meant to be the be all end all of Chrisitianity. that according to history and fact. what should Luther have done? After recieving word that his concerns were invalid and he should be quiet. not what is correct. he could not have done anything less than what he did. It may interest you to know that. yes. you will note. Sola Scriptura is to learn how to read and interpret what the original author was trying to say. the greatest of all. and since it comes from God.John Newman 4 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › Ap ri l > Julian • 5 days ago I´m not trying to argue Protestant or Catholic here. Sola Scriptura does not mean that people are only to use scripture and interpret the Bible individually. he established a Church that had the authority to create the Biblical canon. I think we can agree. that we are trying to find the AUTHOR´s original interpretation.St Jerome There is nothing in Catholicism that contradicts the Bible but there are things in Catholicism that are not explicitly stated in the Bible. 0 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › Bi b l e -re a d e r > Julian • 6 days ago The fact that Catholic Church had to establish the Catholic Catechism is a blatant proof that listverse. And. even the Catholic church falls into that category. we are forced to wonder. it is completely ridiculous and terrible to have so many denominations supposedly based upon the Bible. the Bible is seen as an equal to tradition and the Church. This. with over 40. There will always be people who will try to sway interpretation to what is comfortable.Listverse Ju l i a n • 2 years ago "Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ" . which of course the protestants have visibly demonstrated. who should have known better. I am horrified that men of God. Which is why.000 denominations and all sorts of heretical beliefs supposedly based on the Bible. cannot be true. used their God given gifts and talents for hate and power. since the Bible is the actual Word of God to us. but I think there´s some confusion. as you have said. with the help of church authority or teachers.2/1/13 Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History . However based on the above events. who should have been fighting for love and justice. Yet it is concerning that the Catholic Church does not fully encourage or teach people to study Scripture and apply it to their lives. we turn to the Word of God. How can Christ himself be made equal with the Church or the traditions that uphold him? Also. May God forgive us all. is so important. the Magisterium of the Church and Sacred Tradition had authority as well. not our own. In fact. friends. Yet. The events above are not just the history of Catholism but the history of Christianity. Where in the Bible is Sola Scriptura? Christ did not establish the Bible. that is the only thing they had left. it does mean that the church authority better be measuring up to what the word of God says. The Bible was not promoted by the church for individual reading in the early times because of fear people would misinterpret it and take it out of context. It is just that once the protestants rejected the church. it is a very unique authority.com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ 13/24 .
just repent. they have done many wrongful things and killed many people during those times but it is them who is to be condemned. there have been plenty of utter blackguards. satan founded it http://www. our religion is still the original religion personally founded by god himself not by some priest or king who just want to have their own collections and benefits by founding their so called new religion that has no intervention from god. wedding. i repeat. the myths about the Middle ages etc. I think Mother Theresa would beg to differ with you.com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ 14/24 . salvation for the rich. Its just that you don't read the Bible or you refuse to understand it. not the religion's fault.. or maybe more. 2 △ 1▽ • Reply • Share › yo u d o n tkn o w > JofEatsTheWorld Share › • 3 months ago Catholic is the wrong religion. as in a lot lot. but many of the statements made here are nonsense.redicecreations. the poor got nothing. as i read the comments many demons are indeed writing their comments in their. for all the things that those men have done in the name of the church will be forgiven by the name of christ. Vincents & countless others have been doing for more than a century. masses. really. 3 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › Mi ch > syke • 2 months ago Maybe you should check out what CRS. 0 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › s yke • 2 years ago catholic church here strongly opposes law encouraging birth control intended for lowering the already high birth rates in our country. here in phil catholic church earns a lot. the wrong is the men of the church not the religion.. 2 △ ▽ 2 • Reply • Share › as hjgas d > Mich Reply • • 25 days ago Share › schools which are priced for the rich and famous. Not to mention the schools & orphages that were run by the Catholic Church the first half of the last century & before. In fact many of them are contradicted by your articles on the myths about the Catholic Church. from birth to death the poor people pay. 0 △ 1▽ • Reply • C a rl o s • 2 years ago listverse. And average person should be able to realize this. And actually. that's why you are clueless to the teachings of our Lord. & did I mention all the labor laws that were reformed in part by the heip of the Catholic Church. CMMB.com. St. the Catholic Church tramples almost half of the teachings of Jesus.2/1/13 Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History . you mean? △ ▽ • Ronk • 11 months ago It's no secret that among the billions of people who have been Catholics in the past 2000 years. Hmmm. 2 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › Jo fEa ts Th e Wo rl d • 3 months ago its the people of the church. fiestas and masses again for the dead to end asap the deads' souls' stay in purgatory.Listverse they are creating their own teachings and are separating from the scriptures. birth. dont insult our religion because of the said things.
1 billion Catholic Christians. you are Peter.com. people in the past and present messed up but think of that compared to all the other Catholics in the world. the "rock" of his Church. these are historical facts and not just any other fairytale you see on tv or read in preschool books. and humans make mistakes. Simon son of Jonah. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. satan founded it http://www...1 BILLION people!!!!!! That is more people than all other Christian denominations in the United States Combined!!!!! So ya. Matthew 16:17-19 states: Jesus said to him in reply. You will have to remember that the Catholic Church is run by humans. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you. and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 1. Everybody makes mistakes.redicecreations. people make mistakes. "Blessed are you.. he wont let his people keep sinning and sinning.2/1/13 C a rl o s • 2 years ago Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History . why pin it on the Catholic Church? The "universal" church.. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven. you cant tell me that a Preacher in a Protestant Church has never made a mistake or committed a terrible crime. And so I say to you. the direct successor of Simon Peter. but my heavenly Father. and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. God will judge them the way he deems necessary. we are just humans. the people in it did. Jesus Christ himself. 1 △ 1▽ • Reply • Share › yo u d o n tkn o w > chezirre Share › • 3 months ago Catholic is not the right religion. the Church committed no crime. △ ▽ Reply • ch e zi rre > Carlos • 2 years ago the church is an institution established by God.. whom he named Peter. i cant blame you though.see number 4: Jan Hus. it is in our nature and can be proved in history and the present.. Jews or Muslims. reading is a whole lot different from really experiencing or witnessing. I'll have to stop visiting Listverse altogether. And if people in the Catholic Church messed up obviously people in other Christian denominations mess up to. Guess. and not all people are his people. And why do we care. So why don't you look at your religion and what they've done wrong before you start putting other people's religions down. He gave him the keys of his Church and instituted him shepherd of the whole flock.. 2 △ 1▽ 2 • Reply • Share › Al n a s i > Carlos • • 2 years ago Share › Ummm. The Pope is the senior pastor of 1." The Lord made Simon alone. And yes if your wondering I am a Catholic and am proud to be one!! 1 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › b e n • a year ago listverse. 0 △ ▽ • Reply • cb m vl 2 7 • 23 days ago Why do people hate the Catholic Church.com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ 15/24 . the catholic church has had sooo many controversial stories even you would learn to doubt the catholic church if you would just open your eyes. and upon this rock I will build my church.Listverse Since when did Listverse became an outlet for bashing Catholics? I haven't seen a single list bashing Protestants.
ben 1 △ ▽ • • Reply • Share › KXG 9 months ago Ahhhh. dont be so judgmental 2 △ 1▽ ItK 0 • Reply • Share › > JofEatsTheWorld • • 3 months ago So. defrauded millions. The Papacy. It shows the KJV as sourcing many translations but not the vulgate. not as i do" conga line. In case you will be doing a 2 edition of your excellent list. Also page 79 of bart ehrman's book "misquoting jesus" says that the kjv was based on the 1516 erasmus version. 0 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › ItK > cbmvl27 • 22 days ago I have no religion. But people in other religions have messed up too. Looking forward to seeing more of your ace work. but still. you might like to see the Dec 2011 edition of National Geograhic. white and rich good ole boys club better and tighter than any KKK member's wildest wet dream. 2 △ 4▽ • Reply • Share › Jo fEa ts Th e Wo rl d > KXG • 3 months ago i know these things that the article wrote for a long time dude. its human nature. hypocritical. and learn of what they have already done. 1 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › a tp m o l l o y • 9 months ago The Church today is a very honorable institution . but by it's teachings? △ ▽ Reply • Share › cb m vl 2 7 > ItK • 23 days ago Not necessarily. People make mistakes. and seeing them do quite the opposite. altar boy diddling. i love my religion and i learned accept that our history is imperfect. If the funny hats and the little boy diddling are the finest culmination of over 1000 years of "God's will" can muster I'm so glad I'm a dirty heathen. which features the King James bible. burned their own holy books. peasant swindling.com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ 16/24 . This is in no way justifying these horrific crimes against humanity. and kept their old. snake-oil salesmen on the fact of the planet. murdered more people than any tea-pot dictator. The Catholic Church. You Think ?? There is a lot of buggered choirboys who might disagree with you 1 △ 2▽ • Reply • Share › Mi ch > atpmolloy • 2 months ago The facts are. Vocations are called by listverse. But I was raised a catholic. not just in the Catholic Church.Listverse ben • a year ago Great work Flamehorse. that the percentage of pedophiles in the Catholic Church are not any higher then the percentage in the general population. cheers. but the unfortunate truth is that some people enter the vocations of the church because they are running away from themselves and or hiding who they really are. and it's hard not to judge something while you grow up hearing one thing coming from their mouths. The Holy See. The biggest bunch of bullsh*t slinging. They've kept the masses ignorant and sedated on their "do as i say. We shouldn't judge an origination by it's actions.2/1/13 Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History . Before you put down somebody else's religion because of its history why don't you check out your own religions history because I can guarantee there are shameful moments in it.
. that the percentage of pedophiles in the Catholic Church are not any higher then the percentage in the general population. bullshit." .. church leaders shuffled the child molestors around to a new location to let them do the same thing again. 0 △ 2▽ △ 2▽ • Reply • Share › F* ckYo u Je s u s 0 • • a year ago Share › stupid religion!!!. 4 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › Bo b . but the unfortunate truth is that some people enter the vocations of the church because they are running away from themselves and or hiding who they really are. It's aiding and abetting in child molestation." In a word.. & none more so then those hiding behind God. the Catholic Church takes extreme measures to protect children. Except even when they knew. These individuals go to great lengths to deceive. & none more so then those hiding behind God. As far as today. As far as today.. I'm glad I'm not catholic.. The same is true for the general population... Vocations are called by God. Measures that far exceed those of the general populace. 0 • 2 years ago Reply Share › Uh. 2 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › annie • a year ago hateful Prottie lies-heretics will always be blind to the truth. • 2 months ago I will reply.. the pope is idiot!!! Reply • d i s q u s _ tg 5 p l VMn T2 > F*ckYouJesus • 3 months ago This "stupid religion" is responsible for founding the principles of Western culture.. and the cats repopulated Europe and brought the rats back down. 1 Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History .Listverse △ ▽ • Reply • Share › D o u g l a s Ba th > Mich • 3 days ago "Unfortuantely the church was not always able to discern who these individuals were until it was too late. Raping children and protecting people that do it? △ 2▽ • • Mi ch > Bob. Measures that far exceed those of the general populace. These individuals go to great lengths to deceive. jesus was asshole. not something to hide in. 0 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › Yo u N e e d To Gro w U p • a year ago "The Plague finally dwindled away because the people were too busy dying to kill cats.com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ reads like an enquirer rag!! 17/24 . The same is true for the general population.. the Catholic Church takes extreme measures to protect children. Unfortuantely the church was not always able to discern who these individuals were until it was too late. There is no defense for that. Unfortuantely the church was not always able to discern who these individuals were until it was too late. not something to hide in.2/1/13 they are running away from themselves and or hiding who they really are. Vocations are called by God. because their twisted revisionist history listverse. which you are enjoying the fruits of today. This is in no way justifying these horrific crimes against humanity. The facts are..
I know the church has something to do with it but I don't remember what.Listverse reads like an enquirer rag!! 0 △ 1▽ • • Reply • Share › Aj e 5 days ago I appreciate that the author mentioned how protestants were also to blame for some crimes.. It would be much better to hear a humble apology or to hear. or that they were misinformed.. I know that Joan of Arc was killed by the RC church but was later canonized as saint. I also know about the Inquisition of the RC Church and why they could not abolish it. Hmmm. what about being supporters of Nazi Germany." 0 △ ▽ • • Reply • Share › Ke vi n a month ago The author here is a ignorant moron. My God. 0 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › Am a n d a C Ow e n s • 2 months ago What about the Catholic priests in the Vatican who sheltered Nazi war criminals and arranged safe passage out of Europe using forged Red Cross documents? 0 △ ▽ △ ▽ • Reply • Share › th e o n e 0 • 3 months ago Reply Share › stupid fucking catholics • • l i te s p 3 3 d • 3 months ago This is just a few what about the genocide of the Gnostics. stop trying to defend yourselves..but I'm pretty sure the plague didn't dwindle out because people were too busy dying to kill cats. As for the witch hunt. But I am actually familiar with some of the facts here. Put away the evil one from among yourselves. All religions are bad but Catholicism must be in contention for the number 1 spot.. Reply Share › 0 listverse. Only 10. It was non-biased in that respect. what about the recent hundreds of thousands of child molestation and rape. The Inquisition ONLY has jurisdiction over Catholics for a start. And you trying to downplay it´s occurance or the role that the Church had is disgusting. Without actually reading the bible. :) 0 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › Ju s t re a d th e b i b l e • a month ago Indeed "Ignorance of scripture is is ignorance of Christ" St Jerome. We have proofs that it happened. But now I know.¨ rather than denial.. 0 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › Nobody • 6 days ago No sources provided.com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ △ ▽ 18/24 .2/1/13 Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History . ¨Despite our past. As to the Catholic comments here. we are determined to rise from the ashes.. 0 △ ▽ • • Reply • Share › aib 7 months ago By no means am I an expert. how can you know God? Try reading 1 Corr 5:12-13 (Douray--Rei s version): "For what have I to do to judge them that are without? Do not you judge them that are within? For them that are without. You cannot deny it happened.. God will judge. There are so many lies and flat out bullshit here its unbelievable.. It happened.
First time visited. What a letdown. 0 △ ▽ • • Reply • Share › Bo b Fa b e r 0 8 months ago Share › Very interesting site.Listverse • Reply • Share › Ja m e s McVe i g h • 8 months ago Why are the current evils of the Catholic Church not mentioned. and so many countless others organizations like them & the billions of people world wide who support them a joke? These organizations have helped millions world wide with food. The same is true for the general population. the Catholic Church takes extreme measures to protect children. LIFE. Measures that far exceed those of the general populace. 'Feed the Children'. have saved staggering numbers of childrens' lives. not something to hide in. △ ▽ • • Reply • D a n te 9 months ago When Christianity ruled Europe. Since when is it a 'joke' to follow the teachings of Jesus & help your fellow man? 0 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › C ra i g Ma cl e o d • 10 months ago And a point everyone doesn't understand (even wikipedia apparently) is that Galileo was wrong. As far as today. This is in no way is justifying these horrific crimes against humanity but the unfortunate truth is that some people enter the vocations of the church because they are running away from themselves and or hiding who they really are. etc. & others in the Catholic Church like her. disaster relief. education. 0 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › Mi ch > James McVeigh • 2 months ago As for current. not the solar system. water. These individuals go to great lengths to deceive. I rather think that an institutional protection racket for paedophiles and child torturers deserves criticism. The facts are that the percentage of pedophiles in the Catholic Church are not any higher then the percentage in the general population. Thanks God. Vocations are called by God. The Salvation Army. & none more so then those hiding behind God. medical. & organizaions such as CRS & CMMB evil? The combination of the above mentioned. 0 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › Mi ch > Dante • 2 months ago The Christian Church is not a 'joke' unless you consider CRS. 0 △ ▽ • • Reply • Share › C ra i g 10 months ago This list is so disappointing. CMMB.com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ 19/24 . I've read so many brilliant articles on this site I suppose the standard had to slip at some point. Christianity is nothing but a ceremonial jokes now. I assume you consider Mother Theresa. 0 △ ▽ • Reply • Share › R o n k • 11 months ago listverse. Unfortuantely the church was not always able to discern who these individuals were until it was too late. He believed the sun was the centre of the UNIVERSE. called "Dark Ages".2/1/13 0 △ ▽ Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History . we lived in an era. Almost all of these are simply incorrect or the result of the reimagining of Catholic history that occurred in the 19th/20th. for more than a century.
Catholic inquisitions NEVER targeted Jews. On the contrary. not a complekte one anyway) but for his numerous dangerous errors which were nothing to do with Bible translation and he had very little in common with the protestantism which was invented 200 years later .and thoughts . △ ▽ • Reply • Share › Pro f. Moslems. The Inquisition's role was to investigate alleged incorrect beliefs and practices by Christians. Wycliff was condemned bot for producing a Bible in Enmglish (which he diid not. Keep it up! 0 △ ▽ △ ▽ • Reply • Share › H e d b a n g r1 4 1 0 • • a year ago Share › Paedophile priests? Reply • Load more comments r C o m m e n t fe e d m Su b s cri b e vi a e m a i l listverse. and reformers. For example it was not Galileo who said the famous quote "The Bible tells men the way to go to Heaven. not the way the Heavens go" was not by Galileo but by a Roman Cardinal before Galileo was even born. The Galileo item is almost completely myth. as soon as a country converted to Christianity (which in thiose days meant the same as Catholicism) Bibles were written in that language (often the Church actually invented a written form of that language in order to write the Bible. 0 △ ▽ 0 • Reply • Share › yo u d o n tkn o w > Ronk • • 3 months ago Your wrong. Ge o rg e Me n a ch e ry • a year ago May I congratulate flamehorse on presenting some of the best pictures . I wish a list of the most glorious momen ts of Catholicism also were given alongside in the same incomparable style and format.2/1/13 Top 10 Shameful Moments in Catholic History . or any other non-Christian who by definition were outtside of its jurisdiction. Witch burning was neither a Catholic phenomenon nor a Middle ages one.of some of the world's greatest thinkers. sorry △ ▽ 1 • Reply Share › d i s q u s _ tg 5 p l VMn T2 > youdontknow • 3 months ago This isn't a sound argument.com/2011/06/08/top-10-shameful-moments-in-catholic-history/ 20/24 .Listverse Ronk • 11 months ago For example: The Church never either formally or informally prvented or dissuaded anyone from writing the Bible in any language. The reason being that the Catholic inquisitions (the fairest and most humane courts in the world up until that time) saved accused "witches" by guaranteeing a fair trial and due legal process depending on actual evidence not just mob accusations or score settling by enemies. Large scale witch huntuing and witch burning began only after the midle ages ended and was far more common in protestant cpountries than elsewhere. About the only thing he had in common with protestants is that they were both anti-Catholic. humanists.) In the case of Engllish Bibles they were wriitten 600 years before Wycliff was born.
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