Request for Forgiveness

I’ve seen a few different Pagan sites and blogs reporting the fact that the Pope asked for forgiveness today with respect to the Inquisition. (See the Reuters story, which is somewhat oddly posted under “Oddly Enough News”.) I’m not really sure this is a Pagan issue. Sure, lots of Pagans have claimed the Inquisition as our “Burning Times”, but anyone who has taken time to study this atrocity knows that most, if not all, of the people killed were not witches.

I guess it is just large event we can point to and say “See, bigger religions like to shut down us little guys.” And again, I don’t think this is a good thing. The victim mentality is far to evident in a certain section of the Pagan community.

There is one good thing that came out of this article is that it reiterates the fact that not as many people were killed as is commonly thought. Hopefully with so many Pagans reading it, this point will finally hit home. I just wish they had supplied an actual number.

3 Responses

  1. dave says:

    They were not being very Christ like in their actions, that is for sure.

  2. BrentN says:

    So when is he going to ask forgiveness for denying women fundamental freedoms and rights?

  3. Bec says:

    My thoughts exactly. I think it’s sad that so few pagans (particularly new ones) take the time to read secular history and rely solely on the versions of history writen by pagan authors who themselves didn’t do enough research.