Apologetics

A look at what Catholics actually believe and why

The Inquisition: 50-68 million killed by the Church?

Galileo appears before the Holy Office in this 19th century painting by Joseph Nicolas Robert-Fleury.  While the Inquisitions were a very real part of the Middle Ages — and did on occasion involve abuse of authority — they must be understood in the context of their time, and the numbers of those condemned were not nearly as great as revisionist historians often suggest.

Apologetics (defending Catholicism and sometimes Christianity in general) is usually very fun. I love my work, but at times it is maddeningly frustrating. One time I had an experience that provided an opportunity to clarify some relevant historical facts about the Inquisition (actually, if we’re being historically correct, there were several “Inquisitions”). Non-Catholic Christians and…