Pope says Inquisition wasn't so bad

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Pope says Inquisition wasn't so bad
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"The Vatican sought to play down the terrors of the Inquisition yesterday, claiming that far fewer people were tortured and executed for heresy than was popularly believed. The reassessment by Church historians was seized on by the Pope to qualify the apology he made for the Inquisition during the Church's millennium celebrations... Church officials said that statistics and other data demolished myths about the Inquisition, including that torture and executions were commonly used... while there were some 125,000 trials of suspected heretics in Spain, research found that about one per cent of the defendants were executed, far fewer than commonly believed. Many of the burnings at the stake were carried out by civil rather than religious tribunals."

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