Trans-substantial Catholics

Watch this. What are the priests doing? Catholic Litmus Test If you are Catholic, then I hope for the sake of your soul you said he is welcoming Christ bodily into the world. If you didn’t you aren’t looking too […]

Poor Hanno

According to the pop-psychologist-pseudo-science writer Malcolm Gladwell in his magnum lite-opus, the Tipping Point we as a species need risk takers. Individuals who are willing to put it all on the line in pursuit of a goal will, if they […]

Intelligence and Happiness?

A while ago, the Inquisition pondered the nature of intelligence, and whether a certain outlook or attendant mental abilities are guides to or from happiness. This has been obliquely in the news of late…

Buried by the Sea

Its odd. Most graveyards in Connemara appear to be near water, if not actually right on the coast. Why? West Galway, or Connemara, has a lot of unused space. Admittedly, much of the land Connemara is industrially and agriculturally useless, […]

Cycling Two Abreast

Cycling two abreast in Ireland is legal, a protected practice, and it is safer.

Indoors / Outdoors (Defuse)

A talk given by The Inquisition at Defuse, on Wednesday 7th November 2012, as part of Designweek in Dublin, Ireland

Nürnburg’s Extra Bombs

Nürnburg got ripped to shreds by Bomber Harris’ boys. By how much appears to be open to debate.

Law & Morality

The preface to HLA Hart’s publication of his 1961 lecture series on the meeting of law and morality is as prevalent today as it ever was.

Foy – The Bodiless Head

A bodiless head is revered as being Saint Foy, who died a cruel death.

Coffee Haters

There are people out there who pretend to like coffee. Coffee Haters – you have been warned.

False Flags 2

False flag, covert ops by Americans against Americans? Sounds crazy, and so it was deemed.

Plastic 55 Years Ago

55 years ago Roland Barthes considered the importance of plastic and what it meant, as a substance and a symbol.

Cesare Borgia’s Party

The Pope, his son and fifty prostitutes – Cesare Borgia’s party.

Marriage – A Potted History

Marriage is thought by many to be a fixed rite, one which is immovable and inflexible. The truth is that it has not always seemed so…

Blinking Morse

The world was shocked when a victim of torture started blinking morse. The story of a US aviator captured in Vietnam.


Synecdoche is a powerful, expressive linguistic device

The Inquisition by Ronan McDonnell - Contents Page
The Inquisition by Ronan McDonnell - Semper Quarens - Always Looking

What is The Inquisition?

Semper Quarens - Always Searching

Why the The Inquisition?

The Inquisitions were clerics charged to find out all knowledge they could relating to the religious beliefs of the people in the sphere of Catholic control. Regardless of the figures, which are inflated by those of an anti-catholic bent and played down by Catholics, not one person should ever be killed, maimed tortured or coerced in their religious beliefs. Religion should be a n optional set of rules, not an attempt to control.

The control of people’s beliefs into a defined orthodoxy and away from the heretical or apostate was the stated aim of the various Inquisitions and remain so to this day, although the office of Inquisition has been renamed to the much more cuddly Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This impetus arose when Catholic beliefs were defined in various congregations and councils which decided the nature of God, Jesus’ relationship to God, which texts were to form the Canon, clerical marriage, the split from other Orthodoxies, transubstantiation, Papal Infallibility and other gems of wisdom.

Of course, many of these theological coups de graces were realised long after the death of the one man who could have been a bit more proscriptive in his approach to posterity. Why did Jesus not make these things clear and have a scribe make contemporaneous records? No matter, he left it up to the vociferous zealots who would put their personal stamps on the creed long afterward.

That is where The Inquisition comes in. It concerns the pursuit of knowledge and possible re-interpretation of same, after the fact. What you will find on these pages will not be bang up to date news, it may contain some conjecture, it may go contrary to popular opinion and received wisdom. It will, however, all be scrupulously referenced and its compilation is pure torture, believe me…

Incidentally, it is all maintained by Ronan McDonnell, a freelance graphic designer from Dublin.

Comments are closed.

Rummage Through Inquisition's Archives

The Inquisition by Ronan McDonnell - Semper Quarens

Thank you for reading - The Inquisition hopes you learnt something new.