A plea to renew punishment for sodomy under the stern auspices of the Inquisition. The text reads in Spanish: "Most Holy Father and most Righteous Lord, I am instructing my ambassador ... that he act on my behalf and request and bring up to date the ruling which Your Holiness issued years ago in response to my request, so that the Inquisitors of heretic depravity may try those found guilty of the nefarious crime. This request is made because of the insufficient guide lines which exist in our Kingdoms of Aragon, Valencia, and Catalonia for bringing just punishment upon them. I, therefore, beg Your Holiness to give faith and credence to the above-mentioned ambassador and request that you issue and expedite the afore-mentioned brief as fully detailed as necessary.
"With great support for Justice and the suppression of vice, our God will be well served by this document. I shall receive it with sincere thanks to Your Holiness. May God, our Lord, watch over your most holy Person, and increase the days of Your happy reign over the Universal Church."
Until 1509 sodomy was regularly punished by the Inquisition. This punishment then ceased in Castille, although sodomy remained a criminal offense, but in Aragon prosecutions resumed and Clement granted the Aragonese Inquisition a brief in February 1524 giving them jurisdiction over sodomy regardless of the practice of heresy. According to Henry Kamen (Inquisition and Society in Spain, 1985) "marginal sexuality . . . accounted for a twentieth of all cases prosecuted [by the Aragonese Inquisition]." At the Aragonese Cortes on 5 August 1533, the Estates made several complaints against the Inquisition, including the charge "that they had extended their jurisdiction illegitimately by prosecuting cases of sodomy, usury, and bigamy, questions which had nothing to do with heresy" (Kamen, p. 58). These complaints were, however, rejected.
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