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Thread #27353   Message #336096
Posted By: Ringer
07-Nov-00 - 01:39 PM
Thread Name: BS: Paganism: an exploration
Subject: RE: BS: Paganism: an exploration
...when the Church of Rome killed many [Witches] in order to seize their money and land

I'm sure that did happen, and perhaps not infrequently, but are you not being a little unfair to tar all Roman Catholics (or at least all witch-burners) with that same brush? From the point of view of the early 21st century it may be difficult to understand, but some might have had purer motives. If they really believed that witches who had sold their souls to the Devil were a reality, and who did, with his Satanic help, bring misery and pestilence to their neighbours they might also have believed that by threatening them with death by fiery torture and if necessary carrying out that threat there might have been some possibility of saving their immortal souls.