Chapter 1 The Jesuits, the Inquisition and the Spiritual Frontier of 1559 in Spain

In: The Complexity of Hispanic Religious Life in the 16th–18th Centuries
Author: Doris Moreno

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Abstract

The text studies the role played by the Jesuits in the politic and religious fracture that opened in early modern Spain, with the discovery of Protestant groups in the mid-sixteenth century. The Society of Jesus puts itself at the disposal of the Inquisition, acclaiming the participation of the Jesuits in detecting heterodoxy and, therefore, playing a direct role in the offensive based on re-Catholicisation and missionary work between the individuals prosecuted by the Holy Office in this episode. The Society, between coercion and persuasion, acted as the union border between the Catholic Reformation and the Counter-Reformation.