5th September 2020

“The [Catholic] church would not itself kill people, so it used the Orwellian procedure of Relaxation to turn victims over to the secular authorities. States had draconian laws against heresy and related offences, so it was under their authority that death sentences were meted out. This slight of hand was calculated to keep the hands of the church clean, but the inquisitors knew the secular fate of those they judged.”

Gregory Paul