(c) 2010-2011 Mardukh
"Problem of Evil" is philosophically
complex. You gave mankind the gift of will and
freedom of choice, so that we have
the power to do good or to do evil.
None of us is perfect. But some people have
been so notoriously cruel that their sins truly
"cry to heaven for vengeance."
me not judge any person, but I think
You would want me to recognize the depths
of degradation to which mankind can fall
- to remind myself on occasion of just
how horrendous unrestrained evil can become.
pray for the wicked individuals who perpetrated
the events which I recall here, and I pray,
of course, for the many victims
who suffered such inhuman cruelty and lost their
lives so painfully and so tragically.
religious faith, or belief
as a cultural pretext, was inextricably involved
in several of these horrific events.
remind myself of these tragedies here
to apologize to You, God, in my capacity
as a member of the human race, for these egregious,
terrifying crimes and sins
committed by my fellow human beings,
and to caution myself that no one is beyond
the temptations of Satan and the commission
of evil deeds, large and small.
Here, God, are my understandings.
INQUISITION - 1100's-1600's
the 12th century, prior to full separation of
Church and State, the Catholic Church suppressed
heresy, through ecclesiastical proscription,
Pope Gregory IX (who reigned 1227–1241)
assigned to the Domincan Order the duty of conducting
Inquisition trials, and proscribing punishments,
Convicted heretics were handed over
to the civil authority for punishments
which included horrendous tortures, horrible
death by public burning and other incredibly
inhumane procedures. Some lucky victims
had bags of gunpowder tied around
their necks, providing them a quick death
as soon as they were set afire.
Ecclesiastic authorities were present
as witnesses to these terrible atrocities.
Jewish converts, Your Chosen People, suspected
of remaining secretly faithful
to to their faith, were among the victims,
when Ferdinand and Isabella drove all Jews
out of Spain.
The 1578 handbook for Inquisitors noted that,
“punishment does not take place primarily
and per se for the correction and good
of the person punished, but for the public good
in order that others may become terrified and
weaned away from the evils
they might otherwise commit."
"Supreme Sacred Congregation
of the Universal inquisition", later became
the “Roman Inquisition.” In 1908
Saint Pius X renamed it the "Supreme Sacred
Congregation of the Holy Office." In 1965
it became the “Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith,” as it exists to this
Lord, all who perpetrated these inhumane tortures
and killings, especially reprehensible for having
in Your name. Please bountifully bless
in paradise the many victims
of these heinous crimes.
BARTHOLOMEW'S DAY MASSACRE - 1572
event was a group of targeted individual assassinations
in Paris, followed by a wave of Roman Catholic
mob violence and killings, all directed against
the Huguenots (French Calvinist Protestants),
during the French Wars of Religion.
King Charles IX
Henry III of NavarreXX
xMargaret of Valois
believed to have been instigated by Queen Catherine
the mother of King Charles IX, the massacre
took place six days after the wedding
of the King's sister Margaret
to the Protestant Henry III of Navarre
(the future Henry IV of France).
This marriage was an occasion for which many
of the most wealthy and prominent Protestant
Huguenots had gathered in largely Catholic Paris.
massacre began on 23 August 1572 (the eve of
the feast of Bartholomew the Apostle),
two days after the attempted assassination
of the military and political leader of the
Huguenots. The King ordered the retaliatory
killing of a group of Huguenot leaders,
and the slaughter spread throughout Paris. Lasting
several weeks, the massacre expanded outward
to other urban centers and into
the countryside. Modern estimates
for the number of dead vary widely,
from 5,000 to 30,000.
The event "printed on Protestant minds
the indelible conviction that Catholicism
was a bloody and treacherous religion."
Have mercy, Lord God, on the victims
and the perpetrators of these horrendous slaughters.
TRAIL OF TEARS - 1830's
United States "Indian Removal Act
of 1830," forced Native American tribes
from their desirable homeland properties
on marches by foot to other territories.
Many suffered from exposure, disease
and starvation on the long journeys to their
destinations, and countless thousands died from
exhaustion, or starved or froze
mercy, Lord, on those who conceived
and carried out this patently horrendous
and inhuman Act, and on all those helpless Native
American innocents, whose lands were stolen
for miniscule payment, and who suffered so terribly,
or died along the paths through uncharted territory,
in this grave injustice and barbaric cruelty.
HOLOCAUST - 1941-1945
frightening event in my own lifetime
is too familiar in recent memory to need explanation
here. That civilized societies can be gripped
in such maniacal hatred,
and stoop to such enormity of horror,
such barbaric cruelty, and such naked atrocities
Lord have mercy on all those who lived through,
or died during, these unspeakable, terrible
tragedies, and let them
not be forgotten.
May all these victims of hatred
now rest in peace, robed in shining glory
in the comfort of Your heavenly grace.
cleanse my own heart of all evil,
all judgment of others, and please let me root
out every vestige of wickedness
from my own soul.
All this I pray
in the name of the all-merciful Jesus.