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Witchcraft - The word in itself is incredibly powerful and seems toevoke a certain kind of eeriness and a tainted legacy that has lastedfor centuries In past centuries such as the the 15th and 16th SpanishInquisition people who were accused of being witches were thought of tobe the worst kinds of people there are There were several kinds ofwitches and several ways in which they operated Whatever the reasonthe Catholic Church saw witches or those poor women and few men whowere actually accused of being witches as sinful Women played anexceedingly important role during the end of the Renaissance and theInquisition Witches have long been feared and hated in Puritanical and EvangelicalChristian circles Even currently pagans and Wiccans remain a HYPERLINKhttpatheismaboutcomodchristianityviolenceawitcheshtm oPowered by Text-Enhance target of Christian persecution - especially in America which seems to grasp onto puritanical values andtraditions that implore that not only sex be other peoples businessbut shameful and manipulated in the hands of the powerful It seems thatthey long ago took on an identity which reached far beyond their ownexistence and became a symbol for Christians - but a symbol of whatGender Sex PowerThe Catholic Churchs suppression of gender roles greatly affected theway women were thought of and received Partly to stop this kind ofunforgiveable and magical sin and other forms the Inquisition ofthe Catholic Church was implemented It is important to know what thefactors leading up to the Inquisition included to fully understand itsimplementation and directly correlated to womens persecution by and ofthe Catholic Church Once the history is reviewed it is easy to see howthe so called Faith of the Church and the reason behind its thinkingwere hand-in-hand at the time and also the way in which they seeminglyconflict today Not only was the way of Holy Inquisition prominent it was the officialmeans of force for Pope Sixtus the 5th and the latin-European governmentfor almost three centuries The Catholic Church also implemented
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