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Vatican to release study on Inquisition

The Vatican will soon publish a study on the Inquisition, containing the proceedings of an international conference held in Rome in 1998.

Catholic World News reports that the Vatican has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday, at which three cardinals will speak about the new study.

Cardinal Roger Etchegary was involved because the original conference on the Inquisition, held in October 1998, was organised by the committee to prepare for the Jubilee Year 2000, which he chaired.

The October 1998 conference brought together 30 scholars, who met behind closed doors to discuss the actions of the Inquisition, putting that work in the proper historical context. The research submitted to that committee was partially responsible for the decision by Pope John Paul II to issue an apology for the episodes of intolerance that have marked the history of the church; he included the use of coercive methods by the Inquisition.

The historical research on the Inquisition was made possible by the opening of Vatican archives from the Holy Office - the body originally known as the Inquisition, and now as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The records date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, when the first Church tribunals were set up to combat the Catharist heresy. After a long and turbulent history, the Inquisition finally ended in Spain in 1834.

Vatican to release study on Inquisition (Catholic World News 10/6/04)

Pope requests open-mindedness in examination of Inquisition (Zenit/ 1/11/98)
Investigating the inquisition (BBC 29/10/98)
Galileo and the Inquisition (Electronic Resources Centre, Rice University)
Focus on the Vatican (Cephas Ministry Newsletter)
Castro praises pope during meeting with US university students (CathNews 13/12/02)
Dominicans examine role in Inquisition (CathNews 2/02)

11 Jun 2004