You know those Holocaust-denying clergy that Pope Benedict welcomed back into the church?

They were members of the Society of Saint Pius X (which has since booted one of the Holocaust-denying priests to protect the order's reputation) whose website features the marvelously titled article "Defense of the Inquisition."

The Inquisition wasn't so bad, you see, because "saints who lived in the era of the Inquisition never criticized it, except to complain that it did not repress heresy severely enough."


How does one account for the fact that the Church has canonized no less than four Grand Inquisitors: Peter the Martyr (d. 1252), John Capistran (d. 1456), Peter Arbues (d. 1485) and Pius V (d. 1572)?


One will work in vain in proving that the Inquisition was not as terrible as it was believed to be. That will not convince the modern mind, since it is the principle of religious intolerance as such which is unacceptable today... But if the Church recognizes the freedom of conscience of the individual in his innermost heart, if the individual is free, at the risk of his salvation, to refuse the faith, it does not follow that he can propagate his errors and thus lead other souls to hell. So, the Church respects the freedom of conscience of individuals, but not the freedom of expression of false doctrines.


And my favorite:

Certainly one must not propose the re-establishment of the Inquisition. Now it is too late. The Inquisition can only be effective in a society which is already profoundly Christian. It is a defensive weapon, which is of no use in restoring the world to the Faith. Today’s Church is at the stage of the Reconquista.

But if there is not occasion to restore the Inquisition, one must certainly rehabilitate it in the eyes of history.

The Holocaust didn't happen. The Inquisition wasn't so bad. Please make a note of it.

Thanks to Slog tipper Ryan.