The people killed by the Catholic Church during the inquisition were probably mainly persecuted because they denounced the sexual crimes of the priests.
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2010 October 19
An Australian nun was 1871 excommunicated from the Catholic Church because her order uncovered a case of sexual abuse of a boy by a priest. Read more:
I read an article today that showed how widespread the abuse of children by Catholic officials really is, in this case Australia, and especially also how widespread it is time wise. Many abuse cases are coming up this year and many of them reach back to the previous century and the case dealt with in this article goes back to the century before last century. But all this points to a situation that this abuse does not only happen this century and last century, but that it has happened all the centuries this Catholic Church has existed, so for two millennia.
Catholics claim that only a small percentage of their officials are guilty of these crimes but that should really read that only a small percentage of these officials have been found out and the real truth is probably that only a small percentage of their officials are not guilty of these crimes.
In this article it says that the person who uncovered and denounced the sexual abuse of a boy by a priest was banished from the church, excommunicated. From this we can assume that many - may be even most people who were excommunicated by the Catholic Church, and may be also killed by it, were people who did similar things, uncovered sexual abuse of children by priests.
May be the whole inquisition was more or less carried out because this church was trying to get rid of people who accused Catholic priests of this type of crimes.
I am now quoting from what I read:
Aussie whistle-blower on abuse canonised
Pope Benedict gave Australia its first saint yesterday – a 19th century “whistle-blower” nun who activists say should be the patron of victims of sexual abuse by priests she was punished for exposing it.
At a ceremony in St Peter’s Square, the pope canonised Mother Mary MacKillop and five other Roman Catholic Church figures from Poland, Canada, Spain and Italy.
Tens of thousands of Australian pilgrims travelled to Rome to attend the mass, where the pope read a sainthood decree for MacKillop, one of the few saints in church history who were excommunicated and later rehabilitated.
A maverick and feisty upstart in the spirit of her young nation, MacKillop, the daughter of Scottish immigrants, founded the Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart in 1867 to help the poor and educate their children.
Independent minded, she regularly clashed with the church’s male hierarchy, and the tension led to her excommunication in 1871. The order was later lifted.
Documents recently uncovered in Australia showed MacKillop was banished from the church in part because her order uncovered a case of sexual abuse of a boy by an Irish priest.
In his homily, the pope spoke of her “saintly example of zeal, perseverance and prayer”.
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