Until the Renaissance the Church was able, more or less, to enforce its monopoly of belief. But during the Renaissance, humanism flourished.
"For one thing it shows the ignorance of someone who identifies the Catholic Church and, particularly the priesthood, with sexual abuse."
El Salvador - one of five countries where abortion is illegal in all circumstances - has imprisoned dozens of young women for murder.
For century after century after century, the Christian church had designated the people to be despised: the religious believers called Jews.
Physical and sexual abuse took place up to 2015 at Regensburger Domspatzen choir school, referred to by some pupils as hell.
Cardinal Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic and the 3rd-ranking official in the Vatican, has been charged with multiple sexual offences.
When religion is the ruling force in a society, it produces horror. The stronger the supernatural beliefs, the worse the inhumanity.
The worst incident at demonizing in history? There are so many, but arguably the most vile was the “Blood Libel” of the Jews.
In 1208, Pope Innocent III declared a major crusade to destroy the Albigenses. Some 20,000 knights and peasants answered the call.
More than 4,000 children, mostly boys, were allegedly sexually abused by Catholic priests in Australia over decades, an investigation says.