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Malleus Maleficarum

Malleus Maleficarum

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Published by: Sabastian DeCavalier on Oct 31, 2009
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Under Dominican pressure, in 1326, then Pope John XXII responded by making witchcraft anofficial heresy. Over one hundred years later two well educated Dominican monks by the names of Heinrich Kramer and James Springler wrote a horrendous three part manual called “MalleusMaleficarum (The Hammer of Witches or just Witches Hammer)”. The manual was based on the passage “thou shalt not suffer a witch to live”(Exodus 22:18). This “book” was on how to identify andlegally coerce confessions of suspected practitioners, who for the record we're almost alwaysconsidered guilty before they were ever even arrested. In this manual, torture is noted as an acceptablemeans to gain a confession.The first part describes how supposedly the Devil who has permission from God, tempts peoplewith either succubus and incubus, and would turn them into animals. The second part, outlines howhow people are “bewitched” by the spells witches cast. This would include the following but notlimited to pacts with the Devil, the sacrifice of children, and sexual relations with Satan himself. Thesestories were loosely based on the very real inquisitions carried pout by both Kramer and Springler. Thethird and final part provided methods in which to gather the evidence and testimony needed as wasoutlined in the interrogation and torture techniques. Judges were allowed to lie, promising mercy if only the accused would confess. When in the end the death of the accused would be considered an actfor the good of the public by those same judges. More so the manual often contradicted itself. In onesuch example it states that many good people were susceptible to the influence of Demonic beings, andwould later say that only the wicked are vulnerable. Although the Catholic Church officially banned“The Witches Hammer” in 1490, it was repeatedly republished well into the late 1660's.During that time Inquisitors and witch hunters would use it as a how to guide. And for theexception of the Bible it was the second most sold book/manual for two hundred years after the publication in 1486. It must be noted that from the time it banned the Malleus Maleficarum till itswhittled down nothingness, the church turned a blind eye to the continued use of it by inquisitors actingin the churches name. Which led many to feel that the ban was more of a fear driven populous votethan an actual measure towards witchcraft.Below are the parts and chapters and questions to each that were used to determine innocence or guilt. Part 1Question I
Whether the Belief that there are such Beings as Witches is so Essential a Part of the Catholic Faiththat Obstinacy to maintain the Opposite Opinion manifestly savors of Heresy.
 Question II
 If it be in Accordance with the Catholic Faith to maintain that in Order to bring about some Effect of Magic, the Devil must intimately co-operate with the Witch, or whether one without the other, that is to say, the Devil without the Witch, or conversely, could produce such an Effect.
 Question III
Whether Children can be Generated by Incubus and Succubus.
 Question IV
 By which Devils are the Operations of Incubus and Succubus Practiced?
 Question V
What is the Source of the Increase of Works of Witchcraft? Whence comes it that the Practice of Witchcraft hath so notably increased?
 Question VI
Concerning Witches who copulate with Devils. Why is it that Women are chiefly addicted to Evil 
 Question VII
Whether Witches can Sway the Minds of Men to Love or Hatred.
 Question VIII
Whether Witches can Hesitate the Powers of Generation or Obstruct the Venereal Act.
 Question IX
Whether Witches may work some Prestidigitation Illusion so that the Male Organ appears to beentirely removed and separate from the Body.
 Question X
Whether Witches can by some Glamour Change Men into Beasts.
 Question XI
That Witches who are Midwives in Various Ways Kill the Child Conceived in the Womb, and Procurean Abortion; or if they do not this Offer New-born Children to Devils.
 Question XII
Whether the Permission of Almighty God is an Accompaniment of Witchcraft.
 Question XIII
 Herein is set forth the Question, concerning the Two Divine Permissions which God justly allows,namely, that the Devil, the Author or all Evil, should Sin, and that our First Parents should Fall, fromwhich Origins the Works of Witches are justly suffered to take place.
 Question XIV
The Enormity of Witches is Considered, and it is shown that the Whole Matter should be rightly Set  Forth and Declared.
 Question XV
 It is Shown that, on Account of the Sins of Witches, the Innocent are often Bewitched, yea, Sometimeseven for their Own Sins.
 Question XVI
The Foregoing Truths are Set out in Particular, this by a Comparison of the Works of Witches withOther Baleful Superstitions.
 Question XVII
 A Comparison of their Crimes under Fourteen Heads, with the Sins of the Devils of all and every Kind.
 Question XVIII
 Here follows the Method of Preaching against and Controverting Five Arguments of Laymen and Lewd  Folk, which seem to be Variously Approved, that God does not Allow so Great Power to the Devil and Witches as is involved in the Performance of such Mighty Works of Witchcraft.
Part 2
Of those against whom the Power of Witches avail not at all.
Of the several Methods by which Devils through Witches Entice and Allure the Innocent to the Increase
of that Horrid Craft and Company.
Of the Way whereby a Formal Pact with Evil is made.
 How they are Transported from Place to Place.
 Here follows the Way whereby Witches copulate with those Devils known as Incubus.
Witches commonly perform their Spells through the Sacraments of the Church. And how they Impair the Powers of Generation, and how they may Cause other Ills to happen to God's Creatures of all kinds. But herein we except the Question of the Influence of the Stars.
 How Witches Impede and Prevent the Power of Procreation.
 How, as it were, they Deprive Man of his Virile Member.
Of the Manner whereby they Change Men into the Shapes of Beasts.
 How Devils may enter the Human Body and the Head without doing any Hurt, when they cause suchMetamorphosis by Means of Prestidigitation.
Of the Method by which Devils through the Operations of Witches sometimes actually possess men.
Of the Method by which they can Inflict Every Sort of Infirmity, generally Ills of the Graver Kind.
Of the Way how in Particular they Afflict Men with Other Like Infirmities.
 How Witch Midwives commit most Horrid Crimes when they either Kill Children or Offer them to Devils in most Accursed Wise.
 Here followeth how witches injure cattle in various ways.
 How they Raise and Stir up Hailstorms and Tempests, and Cause Lightning to Blast both Men and  Beasts.
Of Three Ways in which Men and Women may be Discovered to be Addicted to Witchcraft: Divided intoThree Heads: and First of the Witchcraft of Archers.
 Introduction, wherein is Set Forth the Difficulty of this Question.
The Remedies prescribed by the Holy Church against Incubus and Succubus Devils.

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