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The spirit of inquisition is alive and well.

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Saturday, 28 January 2012 at 1:42pm GMT

Regarding the Spanish Inquisition and those pesky "judaizers":
For quite a while, as the Christian Spaniards wrested political and territorial control from the Muslim Spaniards, Jews were harassed, questioned, forced to wear special clothing, forced to listen to priests who party-crashed services at will in Jewish synagogues, restricted to what employment they could work, etc. So, many Jews gave up and converted.
Then the REAL fun began. The new Christians were considered suspect. The Inquisitors doubted whether the conversions were really sincere, or were motiviated by outside wordly concerns. Gee, I wonder what gave them that idea? The Conversos ("Marranos" is considered an insult: The word is derived from the word for "pig") were even treated worse than the Jews were. They were always under suspicion, never trusted. The Jesuits so mistrusted the sincerity of Conversos that they made a rule, I hope since abolished, that one could not be a Jesuit if one had a single grandparent who who Jewish.
Anti-Semitism thus went from being religious-based to status-based, and Jews began to be seen as somehow physically defective.

Posted by peterpi - Peter Gross at Saturday, 28 January 2012 at 6:22pm GMT

We're starting the search for a new priest at our church here in Seattle; Giles Fraser would be more than welcome to apply!

Posted by Nat at Sunday, 29 January 2012 at 1:29am GMT

I want to reverse around the order of two paragraphs of that Independent article:


So, does all this mark the start of a life change? Has joining the jobless shaken his faith...

This is just one of the writing projects he is undertaking. Tomorrow he starts working shifts on the leader desk at The Guardian, which he plans to do for the remainder of his notice period. He also has a documentary planned with the BBC and will continue to do his regular slot on BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day.


Doesn't look like he's on Jobseeker's Allowance then.

Posted by Pluralist at Sunday, 29 January 2012 at 5:32am GMT

'Now he is planning to take a less ambitious job in an inner-London parish.'
That's the journalist's opinion of urban ministry, I hope, not Giles'. Otherwise he's in for a nasty shock...

Posted by Nicholas Elder at Monday, 30 January 2012 at 5:26pm GMT

Peter - mmh. Doesn't sound like they were following Jesus, you know - pick up your cross and follow me - sound more like the guy that Paul complained about - mutilating the flesh.

Posted by David Wilson at Monday, 30 January 2012 at 6:14pm GMT

No, not my words Nicholas.

Posted by Giles Fraser at Wednesday, 1 February 2012 at 5:29pm GMT
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