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Pope Sixtus IV Issues Papal Bull Launching Spanish Inquisition in Castile

Pope Sixtus IV

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Pope Sixtus IV issues the papal bull Exigit Sinceras Devotionis Affectus to establish the authority of the Spanish Inquisition in Castile. Ferdinand of Aragon is the primary force behind it and has put the pope under significant pressure to ensure that the Inquisition is established and used against various heretics.

The Tribunal del Santo Oficio de la Inquisición (Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition) proper won't be launched by Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile until 1480, and their primary interest is enforcing Christian orthodoxy among Muslim and Jewish converts to Christianity.

For these Christian monarchs, too much religious diversity threatens to weaken political and social bonds, something they are unwilling to risk. They view enforced religious orthodoxy as an important ingredient for political loyalty.

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