An instance of probably the most glaring example of extremism in enforcing Christian concepts is found in a newspaper of less than 200 years ago:
Witness the horrible crucifixion of females so minutely detailed by Baron De Grimm, who was an eyewitness of them during his residence at Paris, and which were suppressed not by the interference of the clergy, but by order of the Lieutenant of Police. Let anyone consult the Edinburgh Review of September 1814, p. 302, et seq., and he will find detailed instances of the most horrible fanaticism, which occurred in the streets of Paris.
(Delineation of Roman Catholicism, Rev. Charles Elliott, D.D., London, 1844, p. 27)
'These shocking and degrading transactions, countenanced by several of the Roman clergy, were continued for upwards of twenty years in the capital of his Most Christian Majesty' (The Variations of Popery, Samuel Edgar, 1837, p. 17; Held in the Harvard Depository).
Crucifixion of women was a regular event in the history of Christianity and records exist of instances in earlier times. Emperor Tiberius (d. 37) crucified a woman called Ide, and this later example appears in The Criminal History of Christianity, published by Free-Thinking Press in Connecticut, USA:
On 27th September 1275, a 32 year-old French lady named Dorèt was crucified at a church near Mende in Southwest France for alleged prostitution. Her death was ordered and conducted by zealous Italian bishop, Balucci (d. 1301, aged 62), who was assisted by four priests. After suffering for three hours and fifteen minutes on a cross fixed to the church fence, Dorèt was finally killed with a sword stab to the right side of her chest and then burned. Balucci was responsible for the crucifixion of eight young ladies in similar style who were 'providing survival income' by prostitution for their children. He subsequently received a promotion in Rome and spent the last twenty years of his Christian life in an administrative role in the hierarchy of the Church.
(The Criminal History of Christianity, Dr. James W. L. Saunders, Free-Thinking Press, Connecticut, USA, 1969, pp. 79-80)
Additional instances of Church murders are found in 19th Century newspapers held in the British Library Newspaper Division at Colindale in London, and were rampant in countries where the Bible stood foremost in the list of heretical books and the authority of the Roman Church was predominant.
(Extract from Tony Bushby's 'The Christ Scandal', Stanford House Publishing, 2008, pp. 185-187; www.tonybushby.com)
This is one of eight engravings produced by Hieronymus Wierix (1553-1619) showing the crucifixion and torture of young women. Along with eight similar depictions of children being crucified, they appeared in the frontispiece of a Bible published in 1608. It is extracted from Mrs. Lucy Ogilvie’s Collection of old Bibles and is Copyright to Tony Bushby 2008-2011