I am afraid that you are either not up to date with you Medieval history or simply misinformed. Beginning in the 1980’s secular scholarship has drastically changed its tone concerning the Middle Ages.
It is important to note that since the late 15th century the Middle Ages has gotten an undeserved negative bias. I could go deep into the many ways this is so, but I will leave it with this example. Consider the term “Middle Ages.” What does that mean? Well it’s between the Classical Roman era and the Riennasance. This suggests that it’s just a filler age, during which nothing important happened. The very term “Medieval” conjures up all sorts of negative ideas. Authoritative institutions, torture, brutality…etc.
Modern scholarship is finally, after 500 years, looking at the Middle Ages while actively considering its POSITIVE attributes. A prime example of this is that the birth of our modern democracy comes from the ancient Greeks, however, our democracies are quite different that Athenian Democracy. In fact, our democracy is far more similar to the Parliament system of England and the Estates General of France, both of which are MEDIEVAL institutions. We commonly believe that the medieval peasant was a downtrodden laborer, which had NO freedom. In actuality, the average medieval peasant worked something like 1,500 hours a year, while the modern American worker averages something like 2,000 hours a year. We have 8, state recognized holidays a year, they had over 80. They worked for a week per month on their lord’s land to pay for their rent and taxes, the average American works 2.5 weeks per month just to make enough to pay their rent and taxes.
I believe no aspect of the medieval world is more misunderstood than the Medieval Catholic Church. In fact, until the 18th century, there really wasn’t any secular education available to ANYONE, so before the Protestant Reformation, the only source of education was the Catholic Church. If any child was born with a disability, or was unwanted for another reason, the only people who would care for the child was the Catholic Church until the 16th century. The only public entertainment was on religious holidays, and patroned by the Catholic Church.
I really could go on, but I’m sure you see my point. I wont pretend that the Church was an always kind and gentle institution. But modern scholarship suggests that it did far more in building and preserving western society than in destroying it.
Dont trust high school history and popular culture on this matter, it simply isn't accurate.