I watched a very interesting show on the "last days" of the Inquisition tonight. The inquisition lasted until 1908... That is correct. Not 1508, not 16 or even 17o8. 1908. Up until then the Church was prosecuting jailing and torturing "heretics." They only stopped because Italian nationalism took their police power away int 1870, but the kept on doing their thing for another 38 years.
The really neat thing is that they did not get rid of the Inquisition... they just changed its name. It is now called the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith. Who was in charge of that office at the time of Pope John Paul II's death? You got it, our Holy wacky buddy Josef Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.
So, the Collage of Cardinals passed the leadership on to the absolute most fundamental guy around. Great job guys.