The Supreme Sacred Congregation Of The Roman And Universal Inquisition

1849 Words Nov 19th, 2016 8 Pages
The Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition, established in fifteen-forty-two by Pope Paul III (the pontifical incumbent who was also responsible for the authorization of the Jesuit Order), was the primary institution to maintain and implement Papal bulls, in addition to their function of administering legalistic ramifications upon deviants of Catholic orthodoxy within the Papal States, and ostensibly exhibiting proper procedure to Catholic states in the process of formulating the Counter-Reformation. The Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition, colloquially referred to as the “Roman Inquisition” , existed as an instrument to actualize the objectives associated with the Counter-Reformation, as the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions possessed an objective of ensuring doctrinal adherence amongst their converso populations and subsequently preventing the proliferation of Protestant ideologies within their states. Prevalent amongst popular and modernistic conceptualizations of the Early Modern inquisitions are depictions of depravity manifest and rampant persecution of the most diminutive transgression, but historical documentation and records presented by inquisitors within the Italian peninsula demonstrate the lack of foundation these averments possess, presumably being perpetuated due to the anti-Catholic propaganda frequently espoused by Protestant scholars; in actuality, the dominant objective of the Inquisitions was…

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