**With Islam being on the news so often, the question of its alleged violent nature needs to be discussed. However, Aquinas is still held up as the highest Catholic theologian in the Church, even said to be materially infallible by Pius XI. However St. Thomas says things like the following:
“On the other hand, there are unbelievers who at some time have accepted the faith, and professed it, such as heretics and all apostates: such should be submitted even to bodily compulsion, that they may fulfil what they have promised, and hold what they, at one time, received” “ought to be compelled to keep it,” “whereas keeping the faith, when one has received it, is a matter of obligation,” and therefore “Heretics should be compelled to keep the faith.” Summa Theologiae>, II-II, q. 10, a. 8. "Church altogether forbids unbelievers to acquire dominion over believers, or to have authority over them in any capacity."q. 10, a. 10.
If Christians went around following these rules, we would be seen as no different from the Islamics.
St. Thomas Aquinas also discusses bodily mutilation (ST, IIa IIae 65, 1) approvingly, which is unfortunately supported by the Bible: Ex. 21: 24, Lv 24: 19-20. However, the Church now teaches that torture is against human dignity (so when Jesus says sinners will be beaten, he is contradicting human dignity?)
Finally, Father Brian Harrison supplied me with the following
Ecumenical Council of Vienne (1311-1312).
“However, the bishop without the inquisitor or the inquisitor without the bishop or his representative . . . may not consign anyone to harsh and cruel imprisonment, which would be punishment rather than custody, or subject anyone to torture” Canon 13 of the Council’s disciplinary decisions. Cf. H. J. Schroeder, O.P., Disciplinary Decrees of the General Councils (London: Herder, 1937)
These are all frightening issues, but my basic questions is: is Islam really different than Christianity, and for that matter, Judaism??