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Heritics the 3rd Canon of that Council it is enacted that bishops should inquire atple embraced the challenges to the Church isthat many of their countrymen were being slaughtered in the name of God forexpressing their concerns with the policies of the Church and its theocracy Thepopulace saw the Church excommunicating imprisoning and even executing theircountrymen who questioned or challenged its policies and practices This holy displayof punishment couldnt have strengthened the Churchs grip on society The people who the Church sought to destroy would simply be labeled asA reason it sought to destroy heresy may very well be because it did notwant anything to jeopardize the status it had acquired While Innocent III imposed newregulations in regard to finding heretics Innocent IV r 1243 54 made this task muchmore interesting Innocent IV added the ingredient of torture to be administered by thesecular authorities at first and later by inquisitors and their assistants in order topromote the work of faith more truly To make these trials or Inquisitions fair asuspected heretic was judged guilty unless he could prove his innocence 3 Theevidence of wives children servants and anyone else regardless if they wereconvicted criminals had been excommunicated or found guilty of heresy themselvescould be used against a suspect A History of Heresy by David Christie Murrayactively pursue those who had any knowledgeof heretics The Churchs policy of doing away with those who questioned it andpunishing those who did not obey it could not have helped win support among thepopulace On top of this was the execution of popular local personalities whoprovided religious services for the community Local townspeople most likely neversaw the pope or any cardinals within their lifetime They had no contact with Churchadministration other than their local religious leader mostly their priests The priest inthese communities were looked upon with great respect and admiration Take thecase of George Wishart Wishart was a Scottish preacher during the first
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