- a congregation founded in 1542 to succeed the suppressed Inquisition and entrusted with matters pertaining to faith and morals, as the judgment of heresy, the application of canonical punishment, and the examination of books and prohibition of those held dangerous to faith and morals.
Origin of Holy Office
First recorded in 1720–30
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- RC Church a congregation established in 1542 as the final court of appeal in heresy trials; it now deals with matters of doctrine