The Spanish Inquisition’s Last Victim

The last case of an execution by the Spanish Inquisition was a schoolmaster, Cayetano Ripoll, July 26, 1826. His trial lasted nearly two years. He was accused of being a deist, and substituting in his school the words “Praise be to God” for “Ave Maria purissima.” He died calmly on the gibbet after repeating the words, “I die reconciled to God and to man.” (Schaff)