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The truth about the path of the catholic church throughout history

  1. 1. THE TRUTH ABOUT THE PATH OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCHTHROUGHOUT HISTORYFernando Alcoforado *Those who profess Catholicism does not have the slightest perception of enormousdeviations practiced by the Catholic Church throughout its history in relation to whatJesus Christ preached firmly believing that it represents God on Earth. The CatholicChurch, founded some 2000 years have marked its history, however, with deaths,betrayals, thefts, and even sins association with some of the worst villains in humanhistory. After the death of Jesus Christ, Christianity was spread by the apostles Peterand Paul facing strong opposition from the Roman Empire, especially during the reignof the Roman emperor Nero, where Christians were tortured, impaled and harassedarenas for public entertainment.In the year 313, to cope with the crisis and decay of the Roman Empire, EmperorConstantine decided to give freedom of worship to Christians and additionally adoptedthe strategy of the Roman Empire split into two parts: the western, with its capital inRome represented the Western Roman Empire, and the eastern part, with its capital inConstantinople (now Istanbul in Turkey) represented the Eastern Roman Empire. In390, the Roman Catholic Church became the official religion of the Roman Empire toact instituted by Emperor Theodosius.The pope (Bishop of Rome) resisted repeated attempts domain of the Byzantineemperor in Constantinople, while the Byzantines did not accept that and not believe inthe figure of the pope as head of all Christians. The conflict between the bishop ofRome and the Byzantine emperor led to what is called the Schism, also called the GreatSchism or East-West Schism, when the Roman Catholic Church broke away from theOrthodox Church of Constantinople. After the invasions of Germanic tribes (barbarians)and the growing crisis and decay of the Roman Empire, the Catholic Church sided withthe barbarians, Christianizing them, dominating and conquering the vast westernterritories of the Roman Empire.The Catholic Church, which at first consisted of some poor men preaching the word ofGod, became a powerful organization capable of crowning and overthrows kings, andowns vast lands and immense wealth. Thus, in the mid-tenth century, it was unbeatableand feared nothing. It seemed that nothing could stop the powerful Catholic Church,until the time came an enemy, a new religion, which could undermine its foundations:the Muslim religion that arose around the seventh century and was gaining manyadherents, conquering many lands that ranged from Spain to India. The CatholicChurchs response has been to promote what is now known as the First Crusade underthe pretext of retaking the city of Jerusalem.The Catholic Church calls the First Crusade "Holy War", but it was nothing less than anattempt to reduce the strength of the new religion that arose. In 1095, under the ordersof Pope Urban II, Europeans went to the "Holy War" in the name of God which, aftermuch bloodshed, the Catholic Church was able to take control of Jerusalem and theHoly Land. From 1095 to 1270, the confrontation between the Catholic Church andMuslims contributed to eight crusades were carried out that led to the initial conquest ofJerusalem by the Christians, then the reconquest by the Muslims and so on until thefinal defeat of the Catholic Church in the eighth crusade. The Catholic Church was at 1
  2. 2. this time an economic power, military and territorial larger than many kingdoms ofEurope turning into a monarchy ruled by popes and petty tyrants.During the Middle Ages (from fifth century to the fifteenth century), the CatholicChurch became a major religious and political institutions of the Western world. It wasthe owner of large land holdings, exercised a monopoly in the field of knowledge, andwas possessed of the largest medieval libraries and monasteries where philosophicalstudies almost always occurred. At this time, the Catholic Church had abandoned totallythe preaching of Jesus Christ and to top it off it would still create something to useagainst their enemies. In one of the most vicious movements of history, it has created atribunal to judge their enemies: the Inquisition.In order to demonstrate its political power and also contribute to the salvation of thesouls of heretics, the Catholic Church installed the Holy Inquisition or Tribunal of theHoly Office where those accused of heresy were questioned by members of the clergy,tortured or burned at the stake. Even the Knights Templar were considered heretics bythe Inquisition tortured and making them disappear from the Earth, despite beingrecognized as great devotees who prayed and followed the word of God.With the advent of the Renaissance in Europe, possessed of immense wealth, the Popeswere the main buyers of art hiring the best artists like Michelangelo and Raphael topaint his works. The Popes lavished on everything they did showing that the CatholicChurch did not differ from European monarchies. Some Popes, who should be the mainrepresentatives of God on Earth, were corrupt, had mistresses and were feared byEuropean kings. In the fifteenth century, the Catholic Church exercised key role inevangelizing and domination of the natives of the American continent by Europeansettlers in the period of the Great European Maritime Navigations. Moreover, the spreadof Christianity was one of the reasons for the European maritime enterprise.In the sixteenth century, Luther and Calvin, monks belonging to the Catholic Church,began attempts to changes in Catholic rites and to end indulgences, among others. Thereform movement of Luther and Calvin reached a dimension that they themselves hadnot planned. The reform was crucial not to break with the Christian faith, but bychallenging the doctrines and Catholic rites, founding the initial germ of the ProtestantChurch, which currently competes fully with the Catholic Church as the number offollowers and fans around the world.After all the atrocities committed by the Church until the Middle Ages, not even yourfriends trust in the Catholic Church with the emergence of stronger monarchies at theend of the period, several countries, such as Spain and France did not want to knowmore of religion meddling in politics initiating the decay of the powerful CatholicChurch whose situation became more difficult with the Bourgeois Revolution of 1789in France, which led the country to modernity putting an end to the absolutist regime.One of the first acts of this revolution was to confiscate the goods of the clergy and theCatholic Church was put in its place: away from political decisions. Under thecommand of Napoleon, France invaded Italy and occupied the Vatican, prompting PopePius VI prisoner.Everything indicated that the Catholic Church would collapse. However, lucky for it,Napoleon was defeated in 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo and again a pope reigned overthe Vatican. But the situation was difficult because, over the years, more and more thatthe Catholic Church power had been decreasing and their lands were confiscated by 2
  3. 3. various countries. This situation has reached the point of believing that even the VaticanCity would be for the Catholic Church, despite the efforts of Pope Pius IX. The Churchwas reeling in 1920 when Pope Pius IX began negotiations to get to at least the Vaticanbecame a sort of independent country.The situation was difficult because those who ruled Italy at that time were Mussolini,the founder of fascism. Even so, the Pope signed with Mussolini in 1929 the LateranTreaty, and especially to host shelter in the Vatican the high clergy of the Church,gaining their independence and getting an astronomical amount of money of the Italiantyrant, that this money was used to make Vatican Bank one of the most powerful in theworld, which today owns large companies. To stay strong and smooth, the CatholicChurch has supported, through Cardinal Eugene Pacelli (later to become Pope PiusXII), the signing of the law that gave powers to anyone unless Dictator Adolf Hitler inGermany.It was in this way that the Catholic Church has become a partner of the two greatestvillains in the history of humanity in the twentieth century (Hitler and Mussolini). In1933, the Centre Party, which was the Catholic legend in Germany, supported Hitler tobecome a dictator. During the War, the Church never condemned the Nazis for theHolocaust and turned his face as if nothing had happened, while millions were killedduring the World War II. And to make matters worse, at the end of the war, the Vaticanand the Catholic Church helped many Catholics Nazis who wanted to flee to Argentina.So many visas for war criminals were achieved thanks to the Catholic Church and itsinfluence.Other shameful actions of the Catholic Church became public because the VaticanBank, one of the richest in the world, would be involved with the Italian Mafia, with taxevasion, money “laundering”, corruption and many other crimes. The partners Nazisand Fascists had fallen during the war, but this partnership, the Catholic Church hadraised a lot of money that Mussolini paid to her as compensation, besides spoken thatmuch money that was confiscated from Jews ended up in vaults of the Vatican duringWorld War II. With all of this fortune, the chief Catholics decided to invest insomething that would give him even more money: a bank. In 1958, the church had morethan 500 million dollars in addition to the 940 million dollars invested in the IOR(Institute for Works of Religion), better known as the Vatican Bank.In 1978, a new Pope was elected, John Paul I, who promised to end all crimes and theVatican Banks involvement with the Mafia. Mysteriously, just a month after takingoffice, John Paul I was found dead. The spokesmen of the Catholic Church said that hewas the victim of a heart attack, but many believe he was killed by the Mafia because ofits threats. Despite the scandals and involvement with the Italian Mafia, the CatholicChurch never lost their fortunes, even more because it did not pay taxes on virtuallyanywhere in the world, which gives it great advantage because it can move money theway it wants and invest in various markets.The Catholic Church does not deal with little money. Their fortunes come to the billionsincluding schools, businesses and other things that owns so hidden around the world. Itis said that the Catholic Church is one of the largest shareholders of a company thatmanufactures weapons, called Pietro Beretta Ltd., one of the largest in the world. Withthis business diversification, the Catholic Church managed many profits mounting anunprecedented empire. The Vatican Museum has 120 thousand works of art of greatvalue, but they are not priced, but certainly arrive at the hundreds of billions of dollars. 3
  4. 4. The Catholic Church has over a hundred thousand properties around the world, many ofwhich are hospitals, universities, colleges, etc.. In Germany alone, the Catholic Churchhas a half-trillion dollar in properties. In stocks, the Vatican has over eight billioninvested in various businesses around the world. Anyway, this is the fortune of theCatholic Church, which may have more money than the largest companies in the worldand certainly has much more than the vast majority of countries on this planet. Maybewith all that money it has could end up with much, if not all hunger in the world, but thePopes never let that money be offered because, after all, they and the Catholic Churchmust maintain its status.This is the real history of the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, with the image of aninstitution held sacred by many Catholics and seen as the representative of God onEarth, its trajectory through history is the antithesis of the preaching of Jesus Christ.BIBLIOGRAPHY:BLAINEY, Geoffrey. Uma breve história do cristianismo. Curitiba: EditoraFundamento.HILL, Jonathan. Historia do cristianismo. São Paulo: Editora Rosari.KAUTSKY, Karl. A Origem do cristianismo. Rio: Editora Civilização Brasileira.MINILUA. O lado oculto da Igreja Católica. Available on the website<http://minilua.com/o-lado-oculto-da-igreja-catlica-9/>.* Alcoforado, Fernando, engineer and doctor of Territorial Planning and Regional Development from theUniversity of Barcelona, a university professor and consultant in strategic planning, business planning,regional planning and planning of energy systems, is the author of Globalização (Editora Nobel, SãoPaulo, 1997), De Collor a FHC- O Brasil e a Nova (Des)ordem Mundial (Editora Nobel, São Paulo,1998), Um Projeto para o Brasil (Editora Nobel, São Paulo, 2000), Os condicionantes dodesenvolvimento do Estado da Bahia (Tese de doutorado. Universidade de Barcelona,http://www.tesisenred.net/handle/10803/1944, 2003), Globalização e Desenvolvimento (Editora Nobel,São Paulo, 2006), Bahia- Desenvolvimento do Século XVI ao Século XX e Objetivos Estratégicos na EraContemporânea (EGBA, Salvador, 2008), The Necessary Conditions of the Economic and SocialDevelopment-The Case of the State of Bahia (VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG,Saarbrücken, Germany, 2010), Aquecimento Global e Catástrofe Planetária (P&A Gráfica e Editora,Salvador, 2010), Amazônia Sustentável- Para o progresso do Brasil e combate ao aquecimento global(Viena- Editora e Gráfica, Santa Cruz do Rio Pardo, São Paulo, 2011) and Os Fatores Condicionantes doDesenvolvimento Econômico e Social (Editora CRV, Curitiba, 2012), among others. 4

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