In this video, writer and avowed atheist Christopher Hitchens engages in an October 2009 debate over whether or not "the Catholic Church is a force for good in the world." Hitchens says that "any argument trying to identify the merits of
the Catholic Church must begin with a long list of sincere apologies for its
Hitchens says the Church has admitted crimes that include: the Crusades; the Spanish
inquisition; the persecution of Jews, injustice towards woman, and the forced conversion of peoples to
Catholicism, especially in South America. Part I is followed by Part II.