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Vatican launches book about the most common stereotypes against the Church

2013-06-07

Despite the stereotypes, people still ask how valid are these accusations and are they true?

Lucetta Scaraffia is part of the editorial team at the Vatican's Osservatore Romano. For the book, she gathered seven female experts who analyze these common stereotypes, as seen through different time periods of the Church.  

LUCETTA SCARAFFIA
Editor of "La Grande Meretrice”
"As serious and rigorous historians we were angry over the widespread fallacies that are said about the history of the Church. But even though non-Catholic historians have been rejecting them for a long time, they are still popular among cultured people. So, we wanted to demolish these ideas. Even though Catholics will always debate these points, it is important that they be discussed with truth and facts, and that the argument is cleared of all these mistakes.”   

So to look deeply into some of these notions, the experts say one simply needs to look at history. History alone they say, overshadows the rumors.

LUCETTA SCARAFFIA
Editor of "La Grande Meretrice”
"People either don't know or don't want to know the truth. These ideas are centuries old. For example, the Inquisition is viewed as the most cruel and fierce tribunal in history, even though there have been much worse examples. I am not saying it was something good, but it certainly wasn't as cruel as other courts at the time. A book by Anna Foa, a Jewish historian, retraces the history of the Inquisition describing the tribunals as they really were.”

The book also examines ten of the most common 'labels' associated with the Church. Various topics are addressed, including the notion that  pedophilia is connected to priestly celibacy.

LUCETTA SCARAFFIA
Editor of  "La Grande Meretrice”
"We chose themes that we thought were the most widespread and urgent.”

As part of their investigation, the seven leading experts who contributed to this book, took about a year doing in depth research. Above everything else, the goal is to show that history alone dispels some of the most common stereotypes against the Church.


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