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Pope Innocent VIII. and Witchcraft

Nature volume 101, page 164 (02 May 1918) | Download Citation

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THE Pope's Bull is printed as preface to all editions of the “Malleus maleficarum.” It was taken as authoritative by Catholic inquisitors, and, presumably, by most of the faithful. This is what ordinary English people would understand by “the sanction of the Church”; those who in future denied “the reality of the alleged phenomena of witchcraft” would contradict an affirmation of its supreme Pontiff.

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