The Spanish Inquisition was established by the Pope in the 1400s to convert people to Catholicism through the use of torture. It’s leader, the Grand Inquisitor Tomas de Torquemada became the personification of religious power and prejudice. In 2004, Pope John Paul II apologized officially for the atrocities committed by Rome in those days of ignorance and cruelty. However, Hitchens puts it succinctly:
“We have no right to forget what religion was like before its fangs were drawn.”
In the Philippines, the CBCP is a toothless 21st Century equivalent of the Inquisition. Thankfully, because of Enlightenment and Reason, their dogma is today regarded with ridicule rather than the fear it once commanded.
But, lurking inside every unctuous bishop is a Torquemada, waiting to be worshipped by the credulous.
And ridiculed by everyone else.