The inquisition moved decisively to assimilate sorcery to heresy. The manuals for inquisitors that began to appear about 1230 often included questions on witchcraft as well as on conventional heresy. In 1233 Pope Gregory IX accused the Waldensian heretics really evangelical moralists of attending assemblies where the Devil incarnate presided over orgies. Pope Alexander IV (1254 61) refused the request of the inquisition to give it jurisdiction over all sorcery, but he turned over to it all cases of sorcery that clearly involved heresy’. The inquisitors rapidly learned to use this loophole and to introduce charges of heresy into sorcery trials. The identification of sorcery with witchcraft had become a bureaucratic and legal convenience. Furthermore, conviction rates rose rapidly, because inquisitorial procedures were constructed in such a way as to make guilt easy to prove and innocence difficult to defend. The inquisitors were taught what to look for, and through examination, threats, and torture usually were able to find witchcraft wherever it existed, and wherever it did not. Each conviction crystallized the image of the witch more concretely in popular consciousness and established yet another precedent for generation for future inquisitors. The stage was now fully furnished for the opening of the great witch craze.
In particular, the activities of the heretical sect known as the Albigenses, roused the Roman Church to vigorous action. The result was the beginning of a war of extermination. Innocent III conceived a scheme, or accepted the rough and ready idea of it from some other party, for dealing with all those who had the temerity to rebel against the Church. The result was the founding, in the first half of the 13th century of the Holy Inquisition, with Dominique as the first Inquisitor General.
The first Inquisition was established at Toulouse in 1233. Five years later another court was opened at Aragon. Then in Spain, in Portugal, in France, courts were established and proceeded merrily in the war, deliberate and concerted, against heresy in all its forms. 
The court of Inquisition was founded in the year 1204, or not long after that time. To Dominic de Guzman, the honor of first suggesting the erection of this extraordinary court is commonly ascribed. He was born in the year 1170, descended from an illustrious Spanish family. He was educated for the priesthood, and grew up the most firey and the most bloody of mortals. Before his time, every bishop was a sort of inquisitor in his own diocese; but Dominic contrived to incorporate a body of men, independent of every human being, except the pope, for the purpose of ensnaring and destroying Christians. Having succeeded in his diabolical designs, and formed a race like himself, (first called preaching) and then Dominican friars, he died in his bed, was canonized as a saint, worshipped as a divinity, and proposed as a model of piety and virtue to succeeding generations.
Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. III
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Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. III is divided into 2 parts. The First part of this volume goes over The Catholic Church’s history during the Dark Ages & Medieval Times. These are a some of the things that are discussed: The Castrati (Castrated Boy Choir), Holy Blood & Organs, Jesus’s Holy Prepuce (Foreskin), The Penance & Anathema, The Fish Bishop, Saints that Levitate, The Incorruptible Saints, The Nun Manias, All Religious Holidays explained, The Heretics: The Luciferians, The Spanish Inquisition. The Second half of this book is a focus on the art of the times. These are the subjects reviewed: Monsters & Gargoyles, Castles & Knight Armory, More on Medicine & Magic, More on Werewolves, Demons & Hell, Over 100 Different Black Madonnas & Moorish Saints, The Catacomb Bone Churches, The Bejewelled Saints, Aliens, Astrology & Alchemy………………….
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