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Secret Files of the Inquisition
Secret Files of the Inquisition
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2007     4hr 0min

Studio: Pbs Release Date: 05/06/2009 Run time: 240 minutes


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Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Documentary
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 05/22/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 4hr 0min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

watash | USA | 05/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With every school shooting and other tragic events, the cry resurfaces for prayer in public schools and the posting of the 10 commandments and other religious talismans. Additionally, these magic cures are said to ward off all evil. The truth is that the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution forbid those things because of the dangers of pitting one religion against another.

The Sunni vs. Shia, the problems in Northern Ireland, plus India/Pakistan and many other conflicts are directly caused by religious tension. The founding fathers took great care not to establish a theocracy for the dangers that, that system of governing can produce, thus eliminating the mention of God or Christianity anywhere within the law of the land.

Secret Files of the Inquisition brings this point home better than anything I have ever seen . . . . WELL DONE PBS!"
Inquisition History & Ironies
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of the great ironies of history is that the funding of Columbus' discovery of the New World which became the bulwark of religious freedom may have come from the confiscated property of the Jews by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand during the Spanish Inquisition. This DVD assembles information from many sources to tell the story of the Inquisition from before its inception by Pope Gregory IX in 1231 to after its dissolution by Pope Pius IX in 1862. The Inquisition which was created to control Christian heresies and blasphemies within the expanding Roman Catholic realm evolved into a program to satisfy the economic needs of Kings and Queens.

There are too few heroes in this story. Looking back from our modern perspective, this history will please only the critics of the Catholic Church and by extension all organized religions. By engaging this excellent DVD you will better appreciate how far the human mind can stretch truth and belief to satisfy political and economic needs."
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary provides interesting information about one of the most brutal and feared organizations in history. The creators of this documentary use a great deal of historical information and points of view of various historians (including members of the Catholic Church at the Vatican). Interesting, exciting, shoking, and sad. The Inquistion, like other terrible organizations in history, carried its very own genocide over several centuries. The saddest thing is that it was done in the name of God."
Was John-Paul II Wrong?
Gary L. Allan | Portage, IN USA | 04/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In 2004 John Paul II made an apology for the sins of the inquisition - was he wrong? Based upon what this series presents I believe the evidence is conclusive - it tells of the true greatness of this Pope for admitting to the sins that were committed in the name of Christ and the Catholic Church. By releasing these archives, wrongs perpetrated by the church can be brought to light and assessed. By producing this series, PBS did a wonderful job of sharing these files and bringing to light not only the religious-political issues of these periods, but also the possibility of reconciliation between differing groups in the modern world."