Inquisition: Around 1232 CE, the Church started a new
program. It was a court system called The Inquisition. This court was
staffed with church officials who were supposed to seek out and punish
people suspected of not obeying the church.
Heresy is any act or action against the church or
church beliefs. A heretic is someone who commits an act of heresy. The
church officials assigned to the court of Inquisition were assigned the
job of tracking down heretics.
Once tracked down, if a heretic confessed, they
were punished. Punishment was quite severe. Punishment ranged from loss
of property, to imprisonment, to death. If a heretic did not confess,
they were tortured until they did confess. There was no escape.
According to the Church, these punishments were necessary to save the
souls of heretics.
It was an awful time. The court of Inquisition was
open to great abuse.
Power of the Church: Examples of the power of the church
includes the flow of wealth, the use of sacraments to control people and
their lives, the use of Church councils, the propaganda value of the
religious beggars (friars), and finally, the horrible cruelty of the
Inquisition and the fear it generated.
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