** The other are outright lies made up (by self-proclaimed Christians) to damage the Church. Some of those latter are:
- the Inquisitions killed 50-100 million people (around 3000 is the figure currently put forth in the scholarly community).**
Very interesting article on scholarship of the witch hunts (which ties in with the Inquisition)—http://chass.colostate-pueblo.edu/natrel/pom/old/POM5a1.html
**2) Catholics chained bibles to the pulpits to prevent the common man from having access to scripture.
I wouldn’t classify this as an “outright lie.” Books, including the Bible, were indeed chained in the 15th to early 18th century in libraries and to pulpits because they were so valuable, so, yes, in a sense, it was to keep the common man (who couldn’t have read it anyway) from taking off with it. It was hardly limited to the Catholics or to the Bible.
"chained books: Books that in the past were attached to shelves, reading desks, pulpits, pews, etc., by means of chains. From the 15th to the early 18th century, books were secured in this manner to prevent them from being stolen."
"In 1539, Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, hired Myles Coverdale at the bequest of King Henry VIII to publish the “Great Bible”. It became the first English Bible authorized for public use, as it was distributed to every church, chained to the pulpit. By the decree of the king a reader was provided so that the illiterate could hear the Word of God in their own tongue. It would seem that William Tyndale’s last prayer had been granted – three years after his martyrdom. Cranmer’s Bible, published by Coverdale, was known as the Great Bible due to its great size: a large pulpit folio measuring over 14 inches tall. Seven editions of this version were printed between April of 1539 and December of 1541."
(note that this version of the Bible is also referred to as the Chained Bible, and was not Catholic)