Whether it be the record of the Inquisition in the Middle Ages or the contemporary scandal of paedophile priests A good, if sometimes agonising, read. If the Vatican was afraid of the effects of the Da Vinci Code on its corrupt empire, wait until it sees this! Dr David Ranan is a political scientist whose main area of interest is the study of power structures. Four hundred and twenty-six dynamite pages of truth-telling that will have Josef Ratzinger squirming on his golden throne. This really is a book not to miss.
In almost every case he calmly presents the facts and explains that the various abuses seem to come from organizational imperatives and maintenance concerns rather than from flaws in doctrine. Double Cross: The Code of the Catholic Church certainly challenged my affection and nostalgia for the religion of my youth.
It was much more readable and compelling than I'd expected. It's well written and it is pretty convincing. When I tell you that it devotes pages to attacking the Church Withal, I found the book salutary. It reminds me how the credibility of the Church has so often been endangered not only by bad individuals but by bad trends. I'd like to read this book on Kindle Don't have a Kindle? Customer reviews 4. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon.
It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Top reviews Most recent Top reviews Top reviews from the United States There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. The supportive documentation section of the book is unorganized and there needs to be documented references to support allegations: 1 Notes and bibliography are not separated. This is tacky because it makes checking references very difficult for the reader.
It is not helpful to the reader to have a supposed fact tossed out without supporting documentation. Take for example, the allegation that use of anesthetics in childbirth was opposed by the Catholic church because the Bible said women were destined to suffer pain because of their original sin eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge, not that Adam would have had the guts to go there It took me a long time to track down data that suggests this was accurate in certain situations and not ubiquitous or a policy of the Corporate Church.
In summary, my personal opinion is that this could have been a good reference book if the author paid more attention to detail and had not let his emotions interfere with the points he wished to make. Being an atheist of perhaps the "new" variety, my moral values require me to be fair.
Perhaps this is because of some kind of attraction to a "Golden Rule" that reflects an evolutionary past, as opposed to a Iron-age myth about a magic sky-fairy that breathed on dirt.
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, Verified Purchase I red this book 5 or more years ago and found it an excellent review of history that has been blurred and hidden by a secretive Catholic Leadership. He is incisive in his history of what has actually occurred in the RCC. We need much more of this critical thought put together with documented facts to see where we are going. I am Catholic and, while some of the facts found here are shocking, others are helpful for us to understand the need to change the authoritarian clericalism in the RCC.
Read more One person found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse pegasus74 5. David Ranan has made an excellent attempt at providing useful information from numerous references, footnotes and extensive notes to each chapter.
The rhythm of the book with lively descriptions of intrigues crafted should make any unbiased reader to wonder about the mind set of its religious founders. It appears that deception, miraculous claims and intense faith forcefully drives minds of most believers.
The mind set of designers appears to have become trapped in the darkness of antiquity which created their outrageous fables. A balanced mind takes into account advancement in science physics, biology, chemistry, geology, cosmology, evolution and technology. It becomes a mind shattering logic to come with a sensible understanding of the Catholic clergy.
For the common man not having opportunities even today to become enlightened with knowledge, it becomes a formidable task to clear the cobwebs of antiquity generated by centuries of twisted views and cemented on a non democratic pyramidal corporate structure centered in the Vatican quarters in Rome to broadcast from there.
This review is inspired by the book, and bolstered by information gathered from many similar publications, as well as those referred to in the review and current sex scandals related to the Catholic Church. It goes through genealogy of Christianity starting with ancient myths and paganism; evolution of knowledge; configured patchwork of earlier religions; growth into organization based in Rome; build up from dark ages into the Holy Inquisition period; its spread into the West with suppression of science and free thought through the renaissance period; its forays into the East the Goa Inquisition during the Portuguese occupation ; continued hatred for Jews through World War II; several incarnations of the Inquisition until very recently in the form of doctrine of faith; its growth into an extremely rich modern corporate giant, the Vatican, with a judiciary system, and a powerful modern banking base; current battles and cover ups to damage control the fallout from sexual crimes of its clergy; and to maintain the corporation's image from centuries of abuse.
Foundation of Christianity It is well know now that knowledge has been evolving with time as humanity struggled to find meaning to its existence. In the slow evolutionary process, knowledge was initially passed to generations in primitive cave paintings, and hieroglyphics.
Church Of The Double Cross - The Starvations - Church Of The Double Cross (Vinyl) the evolution of languages it was conveyed in writings which were slowly reinforced with grammar. Cultures developed and got incorporated as humans moved all across the earth from its ancestral Africa[ Well known religions which appeared in the historically known order are Hindusism, Bhudhism, Jewism, Christianity and Islam.
Travel, commerce and ingenuity brain-enabled accelerated the spread of knowledge. Christian religion is not original but have its beginnings in the pagan gods notably of India, Egypt, Greece and Romansastrological mythology, and earlier religions of Hindusism, Bhudhism, Jewism and Mithrasism. Solar flares observed with NASA's technology, [ Hence the understanding of nature was primitive and extremely limited. As a result, Christianity became configured like a patchwork of quilt of ancient motifs found in many parts of the world eons before its time.
The Christian fathers had simply plagiarized older myths and legends, and brewed into a conspiracy, political power and religion with the support of regimes whose population was largely chiristians initially and later catholics. Over centuries the Catholic Church grew into a structure with a central bureaucracy.
In its infancy it had to struggle with several competing sects proclaiming themselves as Christians. The Emperor Constantine I, himself a pagan, converted to Christianity in a shrewd political move and made it the religion of the Roman Empire. Slowly the local administrative structures were pulled together into one hierarchy with Vatican as the center in Rome. Any resistance was policed and persecuted. State rulers were sworn to protect the Church.
From there on it is a recorded history of growth of greed, power, murderous religious fury, and mind control of the innocent through deception, repression, persecution, abominable crimes and fear. The Holy Inquisition: Occidental The year old archives opened recently by the Vatican provide insight into the genesis and history of the Holy Inquisition.
It became the Church Of The Double Cross - The Starvations - Church Of The Double Cross (Vinyl) notorious suppression in religious history throughout Central and Western Europe, but it never got instituted in England or Scandinavia. Kertzer, and references therein; 3 war with free thought of the renaissance period and scientific ideas; and 4 the end of the Inquisition in Spain by Napoleon, the unification of Italian states, the break up of the papal states, confining the Pope to the Vatican quarters, the fight for Edgardo Mortara, abducted by the Vatican Police in Bologna.
A modern review, [ It was introduced in the territory of Goa, India in the 16th century by the Catholic missionaries, with the Church Of The Double Cross - The Starvations - Church Of The Double Cross (Vinyl) of the rulers of colonial Portugal. See [ It was used to overrun and destroy existing religions Hindus and Moslemslanguage and culture of the territory of Goa. Sadly, even today brainwashed Catholics find it difficult to accept that the Goa Inquisition was started at the request of Francis Xavier, a canonized and popular local saint.
Modern Catholic Church: Corporation, arrogant, controversial, rich and powerful The modern Catholic Church is a pyramidal, centralized and authoritarian organization headed by one man, the Pope who governs from the Vatican. It is a modern monetary giant, a self styled state, with rules to govern itself outside of the ethics, legal rules and regulations normal citizens face in any state for misdeeds.
With a powerful body of bureaucrats with diplomatic contacts, the Vatican has acquired observer status in the important world organizations, such as the UN. This privilege allows it to influence its own agenda in the international world affairs. The Church is lethargic in accepting scientific truth since its inception.
Its belated mea culpa and "forgiveness for wounds of the Inquisition" in the face of criticism and public shame cannot replace injustice. It took them three and a half centuries to apologize to Galileo. It was a slap on the wrist. Their mind set is locked up in antiquity. The current flare up of the media reporting on the abuses and its handling, highlights corporate-like operational procedures.
It is cocky and overbearing. It was reported in a NY Times column, [ We have not succeeded, and neither will you. The modern incarnation is the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith CDFwhich underwent a revolution in when Cardinal Ratzinger subjected all sexual abuse allegations against priests to the authority of his office, Church Of The Double Cross - The Starvations - Church Of The Double Cross (Vinyl).
Even today CDF censures theologians who tend to veer from the accepted faith. The Vatican finds it shameful and extremely embarrassing to accept the truth that Charles Darwin was right about the Evolution, see [ Evolution is scientific and religion is a myth; science and religion do not mix. The Vatican's Index Librorum Prohibitorum forbade the Catholics for centuries neither to own nor read literature from the list under pain of excommunication. It has now removed the Index.
Italian Government has erected a lasting monument of Bruno right in the center of Rome's fashionable Campo de Fiori, where he was burnt at the stake. Adjacent to the statue is located the "Fahrenheit " bookstore, a monument to free thinking.
The Catholicism, trumpeted as the only true religion, is based on ignorance around sex, procreation and ancient myths. The Church has made no attempts to understand sex and evolution of human nature. See also the influence of science and biology on modern life, [ Get it as soon as Thu, Oct 1.
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