This Day in Jewish History Pope Announces Push to Scale Back Monarchs’ Power in Spanish Inquisition

Ferdinand and Isabella rebuff intervention, threaten to reform the church.

On January 29, 1482, Pope Sixtus IV issued a brief to the monarchs of Spain expressing his disappointment with the way the Inquisition was being administered in Castile, and suggesting that he intended to restore to his own hands powers he had earlier granted to Ferdinand and Isabella.