In 1631, at the epicenter of the worst excesses of the European
witch-hunts, Friedrich Spee, a Jesuit priest, published the
Cautio Criminalis, a book speaking out against the trials that
were sending thousands of innocent people to gruesome deaths.
Spee, who had himself ministered to women accused of witchcraft
in Germany, had witnessed firsthand the twisted logic and brutal
torture used by judges and inquisitors. Combined, these harsh... more...