I was so blown away by this painting I needed to post it on my blog to try to draw attention to it. The painting by Pedro Berruguete (1475) is truly remarkable and important because it’s sheer incontrovertible evidence of how sadistic and criminal the Christian mind is and has been in history.
On the auto da fe website click on the painting to observe it in minute detail. Lots to comtemplate. Truly amazing.
The pious magnate sitting on the throne is none other than St. Dominic, the founder of the monastic order and promoter/advocate of the Inquisition. The two condemned in the lower right are Cathars, considered heretics because they wouldn’t agree to pay tribute to the pope in Rome. The Albigensian Crusade resulted in tens of thousands burnt at the stake.
To think St. Dominic has a New World island country named after him as well as several cities. Devout Christians kneel and pray to the sadomasochist monster. I conjecture the holy man was a latter day Tom Dewey who rose to power and prominence by prosecuting bad guys and mobsters. We haven’t evolved very much since. The only difference is the Cathars were independent successful business people who didn’t like paying for protection. To the pope they was an unmitigated persistent threat because they wanted to do away with the sacraments, the source of big money.
Notice the burly butterball cleric dosing off directly beneath the Inquisitor. Shows how routine these Auto da fé (Confessions of faith) must have been. Believers should look at this painting to get an idea what unquestioning blind faith can do to people. Check out the smug arrogance of St. Dominic. If questioned about murder and sadism, he would have probably answered, “I was only doing my job.”
The date of painting is significant because within twenty years Columbus would discover the New World and would be urged to name his discovery after his national hero.
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