The Vatican has released research showing the Spanish Inquisition wasn't so bad, but they're sorry about it anyway:
Torture, burnings at the stake and other punishments for Catholics condemned as witches or heretics by church tribunals during the Inquisition were not as widespread as commonly believed, the Vatican said Tuesday....
"The recourse to torture and the death sentence weren't so frequent as it long has been believed," said Agostino Borromeo, a professor at Rome's Sapienza University.
According to Borromeo the numbers are really quite low:
Borromeo, who oversaw the volume, said that although there were about 125,000 trials of suspected heretics in Spain, researchers found that about 1 percent of the defendants were executed.
Hmmm, let's see that's only about 1,250 folks. Good deal. No mention of how many tortured.
Oh, and they are sorry about it.