[quote=prodromos]Except that Constantinople was Christian, not Moslem. We’ve just witnessed the return of the relics of St John Chrysostom which were taken during the sack of Constantinople.
Not that the sack of Constantinople was sanctioned by the Pope (though he did try to take advantage of the situation after the fact)
Acually, Mr. Arnold also addresses Constantinople in his series. The Pope was offering indulgences for participation in these pilgrim trips to help reclaim the Holy Sepulchre. When he received rumors of an impending attack on Constantinople, he issued a condemnation of the idea, urged everyone to continue straight for their original purpose, and even withdrew the indulgence for anyone who participated in the unapproved act. So almost no one listened to the pope, so that’s not really new either (slavery and birth control immediately come to mind).
The Spanish Inquisition is also discussed at length by Matthew Arnold. Really, his point appears not to “rewrite” a new false history of the Spanish Inquisition, but rather to investigate current history’s accounts of these events (with newly available documents, recently released by the Vatican) to see what is true and what is not true. He acknowledges that many people (Catholics as well) will dismiss his actions as “misguided”. I, for one, welcome Mr. Arnold’s dissection of these events in an attempt to uncover Truth.
Yes, we all understand our Church is full of us sinners, and yes, because of that the Church has been guilty of a number of misguided deeds in the past (and in the future no doubt). But to acknowledge such DOES NOT mean we must roll over and apologize for every accused misdeed in history that someone can come up, without checking it out first. That’s all Matthew Arnold is doing…checking it out!
God Bless Us All!