Pope Paul IV
Infobox pope|English name=Paul IV|Latin name=Paul PP. IV
birth_name=Giovanni Pietro Carafa
May 23, 1555|term_end= August 18, 1559
predecessor=Marcellus II|successor=Pius IV
Capriglia Irpina, Italy
dead=dead|death_date=death date and age|1559|8|18|1476|6|28|deathplace=
Pope Paul IV (
June 28, 1476– August 18, 1559), né Giovanni Pietro Carafa, was Popefrom May 23, 1555until his death.
Giovanni Pietro Carafa was born in
Capriglia Irpina, near Avellino, into a prominent noble family of Naples. His father Giovanni Antonio Carafa died in West Flandersin 1516 and his mother Vittoria Camponeschi was the daughter of Pietro Lalle Camponeschi, 5th Conte di Montorio, a Neapolitannobleman, and wife Dona Maria de Noronha, a Portuguese noblewoman of the House of Pereira "Senhores dos Lagares de El-Rei" and "Senhores de Paiva, Baltar e Cabeceiras de Basto". His title in the Prophecy of St. Malachyis "Of the Faith of Peter." He was mentored by Cardinal Oliviero Carafa, his relative, who resigned the see of Chieti(Latin "Theate") in his favor. Under the direction of Pope Leo X, he was ambassador to Englandand then papal nuncioin Spain, where he conceived a violent detestation of Spanish rule that affected the policies of his later papacy.
However, in 1524,
Pope Clement VIIallowed Carafa to resign his benefices and join the asceticorder of Saint Cajetan, popularly called the Theatines, after Cardinal Carafa, bishop of "Theate." Following the sack of Rome in 1527, the order moved to Venice. But Carafa was recalled to Romeby the reform-minded Pope Paul III(1534–49), to sit on a committee of reform of the papal court, an appointment that forecast an end to a humanist papacy, and a revival of scholasticism, for Carafa was a thorough disciple of Thomas Aquinas. In December 1536 he was made a cardinal and then Archbishopof Naples. He reorganized the Inquisitionin Italy.
He was a surprise choice as pope to succeed
Pope Marcellus II(1555); his rigid, severe and unbending character combined with his age and patriotism meant he would have declined the honor. He accepted apparently because Emperor Charles Vwas opposed to his accession. As pope his nationalism was a driving force; he used the office to preserve some liberties in the face of four-fold foreign occupation. The Habsburgs disliked Paul IV and he allied with France, possibly against the true interests of the Papacy. He also alienated Protestants in England and rejected the claim of Elizabeth I of Englandto the Crown. The strengthening of the Inquisition continued and Paul IV's rectitude meant that few could consider themselves safe by virtue of position in his drive to reform the Church; even cardinals he disliked could be imprisoned.
Paul IV believed in
extra ecclesiam nulla salus. In 1555 he issued a canon (papal law), " Cum nimis absurdum," by which the Roman Ghettowas created. Jews were then forced to live in seclusion in a specified area of the rione Sant'Angelo, locked in at night, and he decreed that Jews should wear a distinctive sign, yellow hats for men and veils or shawls for women. The following Popes would have enforced the creation of other ghettos in most Italian towns. Under conservative pressure from Pope Pius IX(1846–78), the Roman ghetto was the last ghetto to be abolished in Western Europe.
Paul IV was violently opposed to the liberal Giovanni Cardinal Morone whom he strongly suspected of being a hidden Protestant, so much that he had him imprisoned. In order to prevent Morone from succeeding him and imposing what he believed to be his Protestant beliefs on the Church, Pope Paul IV codified the Catholic Law excluding heretics and non-Catholics from receiving or legitimately becoming Pope, in the bull "
Cum ex apostolatus officio".
Paul IV introduced the
Index Librorum Prohibitorumor "Index of Prohibited Books" to Venice, then an independent and prosperous trading state, in order to crack down on the growing threat of Protestanism and the newly introduced printing press. Under his authority, all books written by Protestants were banned, together with Italian and German translations of the Latin Bible.
As was usual with Renaissance popes, Paul IV sought to advance the fortunes of his family as well as that of the papacy. As
Cardinal-nephew, Carlo Carafabecame his uncle's chief adviser and the prime mover in their plans to ally with the French to expel the Spanish from Italy. Carlo's older brother Giovanni was made commander of the papal forces and Duke of Palianoafter the pro-Spanish Colonna were deprived of that town in 1556. Another nephew, Antonio, was given command of the Papal guard and made Marquis of Montebello. Their conduct became notorious in Rome. However at the conclusion of the disastrous war with Philip II of Spainand after many scandals, in 1559 the Pope publicly disgraced his nephews and banished them from Rome.
He was buried in
St. Peter's Basilicabut was later transferred to Santa Maria sopra Minerva.
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