Sometimes during interrogations of “witches”, the Roman Catholic Church did not oversee the tortures, exempting the rule of shedding no blood. In this instance, people accused of being witches could be skinned alive, disemboweled, drawn and quartered, or any other variation of many torturous forms of punishment. Most commonly, death and torture was done by burning at the stake. At the death of the “witch” the Roman Catholic Church would order the death of their “familiar”, a pet a “witch” kept, they could be a frog, owl, rat, or most commonly a cat which could be part of the devil's brood.
From the 1100's to the 1300's cats were slaughtered all across Europe during the high point of the Black Plague. Where fleas carried the bubonic plague, it would be carried by rats from the Black Sea and Asia, over to Italy and Western Europe through the ports, upon entering Europe, the rats had no enemies. The biggest spread of Black Death occurred from 1340-1355, because the rats had spread out of control. Ironically the plague began to dwindle as 2/3 of the human population in Europe were dying, this allowed the cats enough time to repopulate Europe and keep the rats in check.
Strangely, during the Bubonic Plague, the people and the Roman Catholic Church all saw the pestilence as an act of an uncaring God, rather than something that came from nature. As priests fled from their churches, the Roman Catholic Church began to lose credibility as society started to have the wool removed from their eyes. (Flamehorse) (Horror of the Church)
Scientifically, the first evidence of the Roman Catholic Church interfering with what can be considered modern day science dates back to 1633, with the astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei. He had written and researched irrefutable proof of the heliocentric model of planetary motion vs. the popular Nicolaus Copernicus' geocentric model of planetary motion.
Photo is of the Lunario Nuevo representing the idea of geocentric planetary motion (TheCuratorPrints).
The Roman Catholic Church directly became involved in the issue because to them, the Earth was the center of the universe and the sun circled the Earth instead of the other way around. Even though already scientists had known the opposite for centuries beforehand.
The Roman Catholic Church forced Galileo to stop teaching his “heretic” ideas and he would spend the rest of his life under house arrest, still recording his illegal findings. It took more than 300 years for the Roman Catholic Church to eventually agree with Galileo and his heliocentric model of planetary motion, before they eventually cleared his name of heresy. (Galileo is convicted.)
Though Christianity did not bring about the end of the Roman Empire, it stopped acknowledging the feats and inventions of its predecessors the original polytheistic Romans who created the aqueducts that ran to Rome. The aqueducts were an engineering feat that brought fresh water into cities or out to the country to irrigate the...