(His sense of humor, even on dark topics, is also to my taste.
Your mileage may vary, but I’ll give an example related to the topic.
How do you explain that Catholic witch hunting manual from Germany? The principal author, Heinrich Kramer, was widely recognized as a “demented imbecile” by contemporaries.
The bishop of Innsbruck thwarted his attempt to convict women there of witchcraft and forced him out of town.
Catholics and Protestants hunted witches with comparable vigor. It took more than pure reason to end the witch craze.
Matilda Gage’s estimate of nine million women burned is more than 200 times the best current estimate of 30,000 to 50,000 killed during the 400 years from 1400 to 1800 — a large number, but no Holocaust. Witches were hanged, strangled, and beheaded, as well. At least 20 percent of all suspected witches were male.
This installment of Conspiracies & Catholicism seems kind of redundant after last week’s article on magic, but I’m looking more at the “everyone knows” about the Church and witchcraft.
Let me see if I can sum up the archetypal belief: All through the middle ages, single women– especially if they lived alone or practiced some sort of medicine– were randomly being accused of witchcraft and burnt alive for it.
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