Synod of Verona condemns Cathars, and Waldensians as heretics 1184

walwyn Sun, 07/31/2011 - 19:40
Sunday, November 4, 1184

On the 4th of November 1184, Pope Lucius III, issues a papal bull (ad abolendam), at the Synod of Verona condemning the Cathars, and Waldensians as heretics.1 The bull also exhorts bishops to and lords to deal harshly with adherents, and to turn the unrepentant over to the secular authorities. It also stipulates various punishments that could be imposed. The bull is considered the forerunner to the establishment of the Inquisition.2