I'm not really here to discuss opinions, I am looking for the material evidence. The idea of 'control' is largely a post-modern, liberal critique of institutions, so you can't really retro-fit that to cover history, although its appeal to contemporary western liberalism is almost irresistable. Really it's a more discreet version of Orwell's 'Ministry of Truth', recasting history according to a given political stance. The Crusades? An attempt to win back Christian lands lost to the Moslem invader. No plan for world domination as far as I can see, just the recovery of the Holy Land? Regarding the inquisition, I offer this from Writers associated with this project share the view of Edward Peters, a prominent historian in the field, who states: "The Inquisition was an image assembled from a body of legends and myths which, between the sixteenth and the twentieth centuries, established the perceived character of inquisitorial tribunals and influenced all ensuing efforts to recover their historical reality." (Michael P Iarocci, "Properties of Modernity", (2006), Vanderbilt University Press. p. 218) Google them. A number of sites debunk the popular notions about the inquisition. Oh, and you forgot Galileo, another bete noire that critics like to trot out like a royal flush, one in fact that's long been busted.