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Sophia Ilongga wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have a few questions

  • We all know that we were always attacked by Protestant denominations for misunderstanding the Exodus 20:3-5 and I know that having images is not prohibited (Exodus 25:18-20), but I'm just wondering why our Church calls our images and statues sacred images?

Also, I have copy of this book:

Inquisition and Society in Spain in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries Paperback by Henry Kamen

I tried to understand the message of this book but its too deep for me.

  • Can you help me to understand the Holy Inquisition?
  • Was the Catholic Church and priests at that time involved in torturing heretics or only the government of Spain?
  • Was the Pope was trying to save those innocent people?

I appreciate if you could give me a comprehensive answer on this.

Thank you very much!

Sophia Ilongga

  { Why are images and statues, sacred images and can you help me understand the Holy Inquisition? }

Mike replied:

Dear Sophia,

We refer to images and statues in our Church as sacred because they represent, or are related to, God Himself who is all holy.

Images or statues of people are sacred in the sense that, though not God, they lived lives of holiness that modeled Jesus very closely and in that sense they were In Christ.

As for the Holy Inquisition, I’m not familiar with the book you have cited but New Advent would be a good resource to use:

This article from our colleagues at Catholic Answers will also help:

These postings from our database should also give you valuable information. Especially the first five:

I hope this helps,

Mike

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