Inquisition - Kidnapping of Children

In 1998, the Catholic Church opened the archive of the Holy Office of the Inquisition for a limited review. A documentary, based on those materials and other sources, includes a section on the church-sanctioned kidnapping of a Jewish child, Edgardo Mortara.

The actions of Edgardo’s father, as he tried to convince the Pope to return his son, helped to finally end the Inquisition (although Edgardo himself remained lost to his family).  That part of the Inquisition story is episode 4 of the PBS series, Secret Files of the Inquisition.

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Video clip online via PBS.  Copyright, PBS, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.


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