One of the early Grand Inquisitors of the Spanish Inquisition
. Ironically, he was also one of the more liberal figures of the late 15th century; he prepared a translation of the Bible into Spanish that had multiple columns showing the original language, Latin, and Spanish next to each other. This work, the "Complutensian Polyglot," is a landmark of Biblical study.
Later on, Cardinal Ximenez was the name of the lead character in the Monty Python's Flying Circus
sketch that included the Inquisition. As a Catholic
and a student of theology
, I thought that there was an important warning somewhere in the intersection
between the funny Cardinal and the not-at-all-funny one.
Although it galls to say it in print, I probably can't call myself a Catholic anymore; I joined the Disciples of Christ. Oh well.