To most of the people of the Middle Ages, a faithful Inquisitor seemed to be a servant of God, the champion of order against anarchy, of reason against ignorance, of lawful human passion and clean marriage against oriental hypocrisy and slimy deceit, of legitimate public authority against the dark subversive ways of secret societies unwilling to face the light of day, of God against the devil, Christ against Antichrist…Perhaps no other instrument could have kept western culture from dissolving into the chaos of anarchy, in that turbulent decadent Fourteenth Century.

William Thomas Walsh, Characters of the Inquisition (1940)

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