When people hear the word holocaust most of them immediately think about Hitler and the Jewish holocaust. The holocaust by Hitler killed 6 million Jews, but what is not mentioned often is that 5 million Christians and others were also killed, an estimated 12 million people in total. This holocaust only lasted about 6 years, so it was the death of about 2 million people every year. Everyone agrees that it was a horrible thing that was done and that it was totally evil.
But according to history there was a much bigger holocaust going on through the centuries. I am talking about the Christian holocaust by the Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Church slaughter of heretical Christians is a well-recorded fact of history. The estimated number of dead Christians ranges between 60 million to 150 million. Even if we take the Catholic apologists own lower figure of 60 million, just measure it against the 12 million of Hitler and he comes out very short.
This holocaust is so well recorded by history that not even the Catholic Church denies that it happened. Of course they always lower the numbers, to somehow make themselves feel better. Or they try to pass the buck and say that the governmental authorities forced them to do it. That they were just acting on behalf of the kings.
This passing of the buck will not do, for it is well known that the Catholic Church put up the European rules and took them down, even the mighty emperor Charles V had to bow down and submit to the Catholic Church. The rulers did collaborate with the popes in the murdering of these Christians "Heretics", because it was political convenient for them.
One may ask how is it possible that a holocaust of such gigantic proportions took place? How is it that people seldom mention it? Because of the how it happened, where it happened and when it happened.
This other holocaust did not happened all at once, but over an extended period of hundredths of years almost two thousand years, the bloodier persecutions were during the thousand years better known as the dark ages. Another time when it was also extremely bloody was during the reformation, when the Catholic Church suddenly found itself struggling for its existence. They counter-attacked hard and were able to stem the tide of the reformation
A holocaust that happens over such a long stretch of time is bound to seem less dramatic and horrible when compared with one of shorter duration of a few years. Another factor was the geography of the persecution. The persecution did not happen in a single place but was scattered yet widespread. The third factor for the silence of this holocaust was the collaboration of the rulers. No country likes to have their past rulers associated with a holocaust, so it is better to ignore or if possible to sweep this history under the rug.
Historians have only superficially mentioned this Holocaust. Some of them because it painted their church in such a bad light, others for political reasons and others because a lot of the information has been lost. Of course no competent historian has denied that it happened but they try to minimize the numbers and the atrocities committed.
The span of time, the place of death or who did it really makes little difference to the victims. Who really killed them, when or where makes no difference to a death person; all that matters is that the person is dead. A person killed by prison guards is just as dead as one hanged by an executioner; a person killed by being left in the frozen night cold is just as dead as one burned at the stake. Yet many of the victims were cruelly tortured before suffering a painful death.
It was a time of fear, superstition and ignorance where the Catholic Church ruled supreme. During that time, everyone feared the Catholic Church power. Their power over death and life was immense during the medieval age.
The tortures of these Christians were beyond humanity. According to existing records they were slowly burned, crucified, pulled apart, hanged upside down, put on stakes, pounded with hammers, hurled from high places, stoned, crushed, starved, mangled with spikes, boiled in hot oil, sawn in pieces, and other such incredible barbarities. And all of them courtesy of the Roman Catholic Church, but of course in this age and time, it is not polite to mention it.
The persecutions of the Catholic Church against the Christians dwarfed the persecutions that the pagans or the Muslims conducted. The Catholics were more sadistic and relentless in their zeal to destroy the "heretics" than the pagans in Rome had ever been.
Some may ask if the persecutions were so severe how did some Christian groups were able to not only escape but actually flourish and have whole towns and even cities populated with Christians? Communist Russia with its extensive system of spying was not able to destroy the Christian Church, and it was not for lack of trying. China using the latest technologies has not been able to destroy the current underground church; now imagine a foe with less control over the land and more primitive technology and you have part of the answer.
Some of the thing that prevented the total destruction of the Christians was the technology of those times and the conditions, which permitted them to escape detection. Conducting a large-scale persecution is not easy it takes a lot of troops and resources to do it. There was a matter of raising troops and then keeping the troops movements secret.
Yes many Christians were captured but many also were able to flee and escape their persecutors and live to die of old age. There were always means to escape even in the most sever persecutions by fleeing deep into the European forests or even to other land's beyond the pope's reach.
There are accounts of some Christians managing to evade persecution by paying money to the priests in their local areas, the greedy priests not desiring to lose a good source of income allowed them to exist. As long as the Christians kept on paying, the priests turned a blind eye to their existence and did not report them to the inquisition.
Then there is the matter of some Christians choosing to defend themselves. These courageous Christians discouraged some of the Catholics from conducting persecutions in some areas, by taking arms to defend themselves. Whenever Christians chose to defend their families, they usually routed the Popish armies.
There were many of the common people who had no problems living with "heretics" next door, but once persecutions begun they steered clear of having any connection with them. People who were deemed sympathetic to the "heretics" risked sharing the fate of those "heretics" so even people who despised the priests pretended to agree with them.
The Catholic Church conducted a long campaign of lying, deception and treachery against the "heretics” sometimes towns were promised safety if they lay their weapons down, but as soon as the Catholics could, they broke their promise of safety and destroyed the believers of that trusting town or city. They used many other such tricks in their zeal to destroy all the "heretics". A safe passage issued by the roman authorities wasn’t worth the paper it was written on.
The inquisition was severe in many countries but particularly in Spain, the thoroughness and barbarity of the Catholics in Spain was such that finding "heretics" was getting harder and harder each year.
Even though Spain was considered all Catholic, yet during the worst period of the inquisition the inquisitors still found thirty-two thousand victims. So it is obvious that although most "heretics" were eliminated from Spain a few scattered ones remained, and were never totally wiped out.
Little by little the light of the reformation started by Martin Luther begun to illuminate the minds of men, and eventually it turned into such a force that all the popes and their armies were not able to stem the flood. They brought larger armies against the reformers, at first the Catholics triumphed but eventually they were defeated.
There came a time when the Catholic Church was no longer able to use force against the Protestants because the Protestants had learned not to trust the Catholic Church or its promises. The Protestants were a little more willing and ready to fight with the Catholic Church than the past Christians. It took many years of war, and sacrifice but eventually the military power of the Catholic Church was broken.
The Catholic Church is no longer able to impose its will by use of force, so its power has been diminishing year by year. Yet it still is a potent force because of the amount of believers it has. The Catholic Church must be observed carefully for it is a wolf in sheep's clothing that given a chance would it would use its power to oppress and destroy the entire protestant world.
The Catholic Church is drenched in the blood of the saints of God, yet proclaims itself as a pure church, a church of peace. They are trying really hard to make people forget all the centuries of persecutions they conducted against Christians. It is a past they try to hide, not because they are ashamed, but because they can not longer carry it out.
The last pope tried to gloss over this brutal and grizzly history by offering an insincere and vague apology. Yet the office of the inquisition still exists, the past pope Ratzinger was in charge of it before he was elected pope. Will the new Pope Francis abolish this hated office? Don't get your hopes high, for he might actually reactivate it, if he gets a chance. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Everything that is written here can be corroborated by going into any public library and doing some research. It is not like I am inventing some fictional history like middle earth. It is just an ugly history that many people want to forget, but God remembers and he will one day avenge the martyrs of this holocaust.

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