Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 7 months ago

Why did Catholics torture and kill so many people during the Spanish Inquisition?


The Spanish Inquisition was established in 1478 by Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. It was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy in their kingdoms and to replace the Medieval Inquisition, which was under Papal control. 

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  • Anonymous
    7 months ago
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    Abuse of power.   They wanted total control of “Church and government.”   They did it to eliminate who they called “heretics”, that was anyone that would criticize Catholicism, Protestants, Jews, Muslims they would burn alive; 

    anyone even reading a Bible they would burn alive, but first they would torture them.   Reason:  abuse of power.    A few years ago, the Pope apologized for the Inquisitions.   

    More here under History of Inquisitions:

    “The Inquisition has its origins in the early organized persecution of non-Catholic Christian religions in Europe. In 1184 Pope Lucius III sent bishops to southern France to track down heretics called Catharists. These efforts continued into the 14th Century.

    During the same period, the church also pursued the Waldensians in Germany and Northern Italy. In 1231, Pope Gregory charged the Dominican and Franciscan Orders to take over the job of tracking down heretics.

    In 1307, Inquisitors were involved in the mass arrest and tortures of 15,000 Knights Templar in France, resulting in dozens of executions. Joan of Arc, burned at the stake in 1431, is the most famous victim of this wing of the Inquisition.

    The infamous Spanish Inquisition, authorized by Pope Sixtus IV in 1478.

    Roman inquisition : AKA the Galileo Inquisition. Rome renewed its own Inquisition in 1542 when Pope Paul III created the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition to combat Protestant heresy.

    In 1556, Philip II ascended the Spanish throne. He had previously brought the Roman Inquisition to the Netherlands, where Lutherans were hunted down and burned at the stake.... The Inquisition was the Roman Inquisition. Alarmed by the spread of Protestantism and especially by its penetration into Italy, Pope Paul III in 1542 established in Rome the Congregation of the Inquisition. This institution was al so known as the Roman Inquisition and the Holy Office.”

    See here Inquisitions Time lime:


    The History Channel

    Encyclopedia Britannica 


  • ?
    Lv 6
    7 months ago

    Much of it is Protestant propaganda. Learn about the Black Legend.

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Because nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    Mostly to get rid of political enemies, and seize property.  Most deaths were inflicted on decent RCCs

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  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    Jesus called the Roman assembly the synagogue of Satan. 

    Nail that down.

    Satan hated competition so he tried his best to wipe it all out. He murdered Jews, Christians and Muslims with the murderous crusades and inquisitions. 

    Paul knew....

    Ephesians 6:12 KJV — For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    Revelation 18:4-6 KJV — And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    The Spanish government

    recently resurgent from Moorish (Muslim) domination

    worked with the Roman Catholic Church

    to purge non-Christian elements from Spain.

    This was a reactionary move

    the Christians having spent centuries under Moorish legal oppression.

    Make no mistake: the Christian reactionary move (Inquisition)

    was much more violent and oppressive than were Moorish laws.

    But I suppose

    that there must also have been a (great) fear

    that the Moors still in Iberia would in return rebel against Christian rule.

    SO: this lashback against non-Christians.

    And you might ask: why not just against Moors or Muslims?

    The answer: because even though the Moorish laws did not offer equality to Christians and Jews

    Moorish policies *did* permit either to advance quite high in position

    and there were a few Jews who gained very high rank as advisers to the Moorish government.

    These people were viewed by the (formerly, recently) oppressed as traitors to their people and collaborators with the enemy Moors.

    SO: even though the Inquisition tolerated Jews

    (it apparently did NOT tolerate Muslims)

    it legally oppressed Jews severely

    and viciously expunged any form of Christianity that differed from the state religion even slightly

    on grounds of religious "orthodoxy"

    but probably largely motivated by a concern to stamp out any stirring of rebellion.

    It's one of those things that sort of snowballed

    being popular at the beginning and thus gaining strength

    to the point where it became a part of culture and government and religion

    a part of society, and so not easily separated from society.

  • 7 months ago

    Lie much?  It was the Spanish *government*  -- Ferdinand and Isabel -- that established the Inquisition.

    Source(s): Greek Orthodox Christian
  • 7 months ago

    The Catholic goal during the Spanish Inquisition was to eliminate Catholics who had converted  to Protestantism. Protestants were viewed as a threat to the Vatican and the amount of control they had over Catholics. 

  • 7 months ago

    Because no one expected the Spanish Inquisition.

  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    cause they were being evil

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