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  #208 New April 6th, 2020 02:50 AM
I actually have been thinking about other things besides the country-that-shall-not-be-named virus. I have kept working through the history of the Reformation and the history of the Dark Ages, and added some reading in the history of the Inquisition. The Inquisition history is interesting as it goes into, to start with, the condition of the Medieval and Pre-Reformation Church, giving plenty of sources. The sources are pretty much all Church authors of various rank, protesting against the vices of the clergy and papacy, which makes them very hard to overlook.

It gets me to thinking as to how many Catholics have ever spent some time reading about the very poor moral and ethical condition of the Catholic Church at the period before the Reformation? To say it was bad is an understatement. To say that some of the problems would have ashamed most of Hollywood is being kind. Hollywood typically does not go about poisoning people, as Pope Alexander the Sixth was widely viewed to do at the time. For those who are not into Church, or Reformation, or New World exploration history, Alexander the Sixth was Roderigo Borgia, who among other things divided the newly discovered lands in the west between Spain and Portugal, without leaving any over for anyone else. That did not turn out too well in the long run. Good old Alexander was sufficiently infamous that no pope has taken the name of Alexander since. His successors where not a whole lot better, but at least have not been accused of poisoning those with whom they disagreed.

I also have come to the conclusion that the Elector Frederick of Saxony, who sheltered Luther throughout his, the Elector's life, has not gotten some well-deserved credit for helping make the Reformation take place. I did not know that Frederick never met Luther in person, but only through intermediaries, even when Frederick was defying his erstwhile Emperor, Charles the Fifth, by not turning him over to be burned. I will have to see if I can track down a biography of him that is in English.

Then there are the Armenian massacres by the Turks, ably assisted by the Kurds, prior to and during World War One. Given some of the accounts, I suspect that a fair number of mass graves could be located in areas of Iraq and Syria. Turkey would be off-limits for any such effort. The thing is about some of the material is that it is not written by the Armenians, but by Americans and even some Germans, and a couple of Turks with very guilty consciences. And the Turks continue to claim that it is all a false narrative.
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