Gaston Vogel: The Christian Gulag

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Response to the anonymous scribe who commented on my text “The inadequacies of democracy” »



The commentary of the anonymous scribe (why does he hide his identity so cowardly? The baby Jesus will end up resenting him), so nostalgic for this dark era when the Inquisition, declared enemy of the Renaissance, was raging, that it seems to curse, full of contempt for Greco-Roman Antiquity, the very foundation of our civilization, was once again brilliantly intelligent.

As soon as we touch the skin of this pure and hard, anonymous Catho over the market, he takes up the pen and surprises us with the most unexpected absurdities.

Thus, he made the Renaissance responsible for the Gulags of the 20th century.

This bleating allows me to follow suit to remind him of the feedbacks of the Goulag catho which darkened the tender sky of the late Middle Ages and which was exemplary for the Goulags of the 20th century.

Reading what follows, our anonymous scribe will not fail to wonder about the curious similarities that exist between the Gulag catho and the Soviet, Nazi and Fascist gulags that raged in the 20th century.

It is as if the dictators of the past century only had to draw on the rich torturing experiences of the papal executioners to learn how to best crush the resistant individual.


  • The Inquisition is the most hideous judicial machine that man has imagined and operated to silence those who dared to think differently from the herd.


It was a ruthless tribunal that would crack down on the well-known Christian charity against heretics, apostates, relapses – that is, those who had strayed from orthodoxy.

Greco-Roman antiquity knew no such horrible institution.

Neither is Islam.


  • The papal decree “Ad abolendam” is considered to be the foundation charter for this horror.


We are at the very beginning of the 13th century.

The main craftsman was Innocent III, which Bertrand Russell described as « shrewd politician ».


  • The manual of the Inquisitors composed around 1358 by Eymerich, great inquisitor in the kingdom of Aragon, will delight all the totalitarian minds of the 20th century.


  • The Inquisition worked on principle


  1. Disclosure which was a duty for all.

    The child had to denounce his parents – the parents the child.

This is reminiscent of Pavlik Morozov, a young thirteen-year-old pioneer who distinguished himself at the time of Stalin, by denouncing his father to the police for participating in a plot plotted by kulaks.



  1. The accused was to take the oath to tell the truth – a monstrosity.


  1. He will not learn his charge – another monstrosity.

The commissions of inquiry set up under Stalin were largely inspired by these unspeakable mistakes.


  1. To force the “truth”, the Inquisitor used tricks.

He was playing with the wretch he had before him like a cat with the mouse he had just caught.

First it’s the velvet paw and if the good false words were useless, it was the iron fist and the torture that was going to knock it down (see below).

  1. The accused was never confronted with the witnesses who were going to testify against him.

This is what Frieden intended to introduce into the CIC when he was Minister of Justice.

I gave him the epithet « Torquemada » at the time.

He ended up giving up.


  1. The assistance of a lawyer was strictly denied unless the lawyer was an accomplice in the charge.


  1. To break the resistance of the accused, the Inquisition used torture.

Note and emphasize that it was up to Innocent IV to authorize the use of torture by its bubble « Ad extirpanda » dated 15.05.1252.

It was widely used during the trials against the Templars (1307-1314).

The torture involved the easel, the stamping and the flaming torch.

The fire test was very sweet.

We light a burning fire, we extend the patient’s feet towards the fire, we rub them with bacon and fat.

You imagine the rest.

Love obliges!

Saint Thomas Aquinas, a man of great purity, writes when speaking of the rebels in the Church: « If they remain obstinate and if we can despair of their conversion, the Church will provide for the status of others by separating them of her by excommunication and abandons them to the secular judge so that he exterminates them from the world by death (Summa theologiae). »


  1. If the accused survived the ordeal, the judgment would fall on him with brutality that would stop at no end.

Here are some penalties:

– ignis crematio: pyre.

– destruction of houses: where the family of the accused lived or who had served as a refuge for the heretic.

And so on – very Nazi – very Stalinist – very Mao – isn’t that my dear catho!


  1. This horror was not going to disappear until the beginning of the XIXth century.

On 07.28.1826, the Inquisition strangled its ultimate victim: the deist Ripoll in the city of Valencia.

The Inquisition thus persecuted and liquidated the best thinking heads of the Middle Ages and the hearts of the most generous in Europe.

The Inquisition was an institution essentially, if not exclusively, directed against the freedoms of which we are so proud today and which the anonymous scribe seems to regret.

The list of martyrs of the Inquisition is immense.

Here are just a few:


  • Giordano Bruno, burned alive on 17.02.1600 at the Campo dei Fiori in Rome.

To date, he has not been rehabilitated.


  • Master Eckhart who has gone through several procedures.

Natural death probably saved him from the stake.


  • Galileo Galilei who was going to know several procedures.

He will await his rehabilitation until October 31, 1992.


  • Michel Servet burnt alive on 27.10.1553


  • The Chevalier de la Barre, only 19 years old and sentenced on 04.06.1766.

Convinced of having sung the impious, and even of having passed a procession of Capuchins without having taken off his hat, the judges of Abbeville, people comparable to the Roman senators, ordered not only that his tongue be torn off, that they cut off his hand and burned his body slowly; but they still applied it to torture to find out precisely how many songs he had sung and how many processions he had seen passing, hat on his head.


  • Jean Hus, burned alive on 07.07.1415


  • Etienne Dolet, executed on 03.08.1546, day of his birthday.


And after all that, reread the commentary of the anonymous scribe, while remembering Einstein’s wise thought.


« It is clear that the mediocrity of Antiquity reappears in all its splendor after the Renaissance. This one endeavored to make disappear gradually the rich Christian anthropology to impose on Europe an increasingly individualistic conception of the human person, without true relation neither to the others, nor to the common good, nor to God . Harmful consequence of this evolution which the obscurantists attribute to what they call the “Enlightenment”, for lack of never having had contact with the true Light which is Christ: the valorization of the pre-Christian era to the detriment of the high medieval civilization brought us all kinds of dictatorships with their guillotines, prisons, camps and gulags from which only the Christian currents were able to free us by withdrawing the human person from this “shady aura” where he is locked up whenever he is reduced to the status of a pre-medieval individual. This truth about the fate of the human person that well knew the great medieval thought, the Renaissance and the currents which were inspired by what it had of the most mediocre lost it of their sight blinded by stupid anti rantings Christians, permanent danger for the evolution of humanity. »




September 30, 2019.




Gaston VOGEL








  • The Inquisition of Goa – Chardeigne 1997


  • Crimes and punishments in Inquisitorial Spain – Escamilla – Berg int. 1992


  • The manual of the Inquisitors – Eymeric


  • History of the Inquisition in the Middle Ages 3 Vol. – Henry Charles Lea – 2013


  • The pyre of Montsegur – Oldenburg Zoe – Gallimard 1959



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