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25 March 1199
Inquisition Established by Pope Innocent III

Inquisition Established by Pope Innocent III

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0 November 1229
Church Council Establishes the Inquisition in Toulouse to Eliminate Last of Cathars

Church Council Establishes the Inquisition in Toulouse to Eliminate Last of Cathars

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20 April 1231
Pope Gregory's IX Permits Burning of Heretics at Stake

Pope Gregory's IX Permits Burning of Heretics at Stake

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26 May 1232
Pope Gregory IX Begins Medieval Inquisition in Aragon

Pope Gregory IX Begins Medieval Inquisition in Aragon

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20 April 1233
Inquisition Starts Campaign Against Cathars

Inquisition Starts Campaign Against Cathars

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29 May 1239
Robert le Bougre Burns Cathar Heretics at Montwimer

Robert le Bougre Burns Cathar Heretics at Montwimer

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20 June 1239
Jews Ordered by Pope Gregory IX to Hand Over All Copies of Talmud for Inspection

Jews Ordered by Pope Gregory IX to Hand Over All Copies of Talmud for Inspection

15 May 1252
Torturing People for Confessions Authorized by Pope Innocent IV

Torturing People for Confessions Authorized by Pope Innocent IV

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30 November 1259
Use of Torture to Get Confessions is Confirmed by Pope Alexander IV

Use of Torture to Get Confessions is Confirmed by Pope Alexander IV

27 April 1260
Pope Alexander IV: Inquisitors Can Absolve Each Other of Torture Chamber Conduct

Pope Alexander IV: Inquisitors Can Absolve Each Other of Torture Chamber Conduct

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2 August 1262
Pope Urban IV Renews Policy of Inquisitors Absolving Each Other of Irregularities

Pope Urban IV Renews Policy of Inquisitors Absolving Each Other of Irregularities

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3 November 1265
Use of Torture to Obtain Confessions is Confirmed by Pope Clement IV

Use of Torture to Obtain Confessions is Confirmed by Pope Clement IV

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4 January 1399

Death of Nicolas Eymeric

22 February 1455
Birth of German Scholar Johannes Reuchlin

Birth of German Scholar Johannes Reuchlin

1 November 1478
Pope Sixtus IV Issues Papal Bull Launching Spanish Inquisition in Castile

Pope Sixtus IV Issues Papal Bull Launching Spanish Inquisition in Castile

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3 April 1481
Pope Sixtus IV Orders Christian Princes to Turn Over Fugitive Heretics

Pope Sixtus IV Orders Christian Princes to Turn Over Fugitive Heretics

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17 October 1483
Pope Sixtus IV Issues Papal Bull Launching the Spanish Inquisition

Pope Sixtus IV Issues Papal Bull Launching the Spanish Inquisition

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9 December 1484
Pope Innocent VII Appoints Two Inquisitors for Northern Germany

Pope Innocent VII Appoints Two Inquisitors for Northern Germany

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11 February 1486
Dominican Friar Tomas de Torquemada Becomes Grand Inquisitor of Spanish Inquisition

Dominican Friar Tomas de Torquemada Becomes Grand Inquisitor of Spanish Inquisition

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19 May 1487
Heinrich Kramer & Johann Sprenger's Book 'Malleus Maleficarum' Gets Approval

Heinrich Kramer & Johann Sprenger's Book 'Malleus Maleficarum' Gets Approval

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13 May 1497
Pope Alexander VI Excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola

Pope Alexander VI Excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola

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23 May 1498
Dominican Friar Girolamo Savonarola Executed by Being Burned Alive

Dominican Friar Girolamo Savonarola Executed by Being Burned Alive

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16 September 1498
Death of Tomas de Torquemada, First Grand Inquisitor of Spanish Inquisition

Death of Tomas de Torquemada, First Grand Inquisitor of Spanish Inquisition

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17 December 1526
Pope Clement VII Issues Bull Establishing Inquisition in Portugal

Pope Clement VII Issues Bull Establishing Inquisition in Portugal

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23 May 1536
Pope Paul III Starts Portuguese Inquisition

Pope Paul III Starts Portuguese Inquisition

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21 July 1542
Apostolic Constitution Issued by Pope Paul III, Reestablishing the Inquisition

Apostolic Constitution Issued by Pope Paul III, Reestablishing the Inquisition

9 September 1553
Future Pope Paul IV Has Copies of Talmud Burned Publicly in Rome

Future Pope Paul IV Has Copies of Talmud Burned Publicly in Rome

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21 May 1559
Convicted on Heresy Charges, First Lutherans Burned at Stake

Convicted on Heresy Charges, First Lutherans Burned at Stake

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5 April 1566
200 Dutch Nobleman Present Petition to Netherlands Regent to End Inquisition

200 Dutch Nobleman Present Petition to Netherlands Regent to End Inquisition

1 July 1581
Pope Gregory XIII Authorizes Inquisition to Handle all Cases Involving Jews

Pope Gregory XIII Authorizes Inquisition to Handle all Cases Involving Jews

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8 February 1600
Vatican Convicts Scholar Giordano Bruno of Heresy

Vatican Convicts Scholar Giordano Bruno of Heresy

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26 February 1616
Spanish Inquisition Orders Galileo Galilei to Stop

Spanish Inquisition Orders Galileo Galilei to Stop

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13 February 1633
Galileo to Stand Trial Before Inquisition for Heresy

Galileo to Stand Trial Before Inquisition for Heresy

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21 June 1633
Galileo Galilei Forced to Denounce His Copernican Ideas

Galileo Galilei Forced to Denounce His Copernican Ideas

11 April 1649
Largest Auto De Fe of New World Occurs in Mexico

Largest Auto De Fe of New World Occurs in Mexico

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26 April 1654
Jews Expelled From Brazil After Portuguese Take Brazil From the Dutch

Jews Expelled From Brazil After Portuguese Take Brazil From the Dutch

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5 August 1769
Pope Clement XIV Declares Jews No Longer Under Jurisdiction of Inquisition

Pope Clement XIV Declares Jews No Longer Under Jurisdiction of Inquisition

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18 June 1782
Anna Göldi is Last Person Executed for Witchcraft in Europe

Anna Göldi is Last Person Executed for Witchcraft in Europe

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9 March 1820
Spanish Inquisition is Abolished, But Doesn't Really End Until 1834

Spanish Inquisition is Abolished, But Doesn't Really End Until 1834

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15 July 1826

Cayetan Ripoll Hung for Teaching Deist Ideas

15 July 1834

Queen Mother Maria Christina Orders and End to the Spanish Inquisition

31 July 1900
Inquisition Decides Vatican Can't Declare Jews Innocent of Blood Rituals

Inquisition Decides Vatican Can't Declare Jews Innocent of Blood Rituals

2 April 1928
Vatican Holy Office Says Catholic Church Always Prays for Jews

Vatican Holy Office Says Catholic Church Always Prays for Jews

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7 February 1934
Pope Pius XI and Inquisition Put Rosenberg's Book on Index of Forbidden Books

Pope Pius XI and Inquisition Put Rosenberg's Book on Index of Forbidden Books

7 December 1965
Pope Paul VI Reorganizes Holy Office (Inquisition) and Renames it the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith

Pope Paul VI Reorganizes Holy Office (Inquisition) and Renames it the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith

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28 January 1977
Inquisition Rules Out Possibility of Female Priests

Inquisition Rules Out Possibility of Female Priests

19 December 1979
Theologian Hans Küng Stripped of License to Teach at Catholic Institutions by Vatican

Theologian Hans Küng Stripped of License to Teach at Catholic Institutions by Vatican

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25 November 1981
Future Pope Benedict XVI Appointed as Head of the Inquisition - the Congregation for Doctrine of Faith

Future Pope Benedict XVI Appointed as Head of the Inquisition - the Congregation for Doctrine of Faith

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13 July 1999
Sister Gramick & Rev. Nugent Ordered to Stop Ministry to Gays & Lesbians

Sister Gramick & Rev. Nugent Ordered to Stop Ministry to Gays & Lesbians

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10 July 2002
Vatican Warns Romulo Braschi & Seven Others of Excommunication

Vatican Warns Romulo Braschi & Seven Others of Excommunication

 
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