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Jun 15, 5:42 PM EDT
Vatican: Inquisition Not So Widespread
By FRANCES D'EMILIO
Associated Press Writer
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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Torture, burning at the stake and other punishment for the faithful condemned as witches or heretics by church tribunals during the Inquisition was not as widespread as commonly believed, the Vatican said Tuesday.
Pope John Paul II praised the research, recalling that in 2000, the church asked pardon for "errors committed in the service of the truth through recourse to non-evangelical methods."
"In the opinion of the public, the image of the Inquisition represents almost the symbol ... of scandal," the pontiff wrote in a letter about the research. "To what degree is this image faithful to reality?"