MALLEUS MALEFICARUM (O MARTELO DA BRUXA) (com aproximadamente 30% de prólogos e prefácios, de facínoras ou não)

Kramer & Sprenger, 1486 (Summers,1928, 1948, [Wicca Society, 2001].


euhemerism: “The philosophy attributed to and named for Euhemerus, a Greek mythographer, holds that many mythological tales can be attributed to historical persons and events, the accounts of which have become altered and exaggerated over time.”

pitonisa: vidente, cartomante

zigurate: templo piramidal com terraplanagem (vários terraços configurando andares)

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Estimates of the death toll during the Inquisition worldwide range from 600,000 to as high as 9,000,000 (over its 250 year long course) (…) Thus has it been said that The Malleus Maleficarum is one of the most blood-soaked works in human history, in that its very existence reinforced and validated Catholic beliefs which led to the prosecution, torture, and murder of tens of thousands of innocent people.”

At the height of its popularity, The Malleus Maleficarum was surpassed in public notoriety only by The Bible. Its effects were even felt in the New World, where the last gasp of the Inquisition was felt in the English settlements in America (most notably in Salem, Massachusetts during the Salem Witch Trials).”

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IN the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen. Know all men by these presents, whosoever shall read, see or hear the tenor of this official and public document, that in the year of our Lord, 1487, upon a Saturday, being the 19th day of the month of May, at the 5th hour after noon, or thereabouts, in the third year of the Pontificate of our most Holy Father and Lord, the lord Innocent, by divine providence Pope, the 8th of that name, in the very and actual presence of me Arnold Kolich, public notary, and in the presence of the witnesses whose names are hereunder written and who were convened and especially summoned for this purpose, the Venerable and Very Reverend Father Henry Kramer, Professor of Sacred Theology, of the Order of Preachers, Inquisitor of heretical depravity, directly delegated thereto by the Holy See together with the Venerable and Very Reverend Father James Sprenger, Professor of Sacred Theology and Prior of the Dominican Convent at Cologne, being especially appointed as colleague of the said Father Henry Kramer, hath on behalf both of himself and his said colleague made known unto us and declared that the Supreme Pontiff now happily reigning, lord Innocent, Pope, as hath been set out above [tá bom, que estilo grogue até para um nOTÁRIO!], hath committed and granted by a bull duly signed and sealed unto the aforesaid Inquisitors (…) granted (…) the power of making search and inquiry into all heresies, and most especially into the heresy of witches, an abomination that thrives and waxes strong in these our unhappy days, and he has bidden them diligently to perform this duty throughout the five Archdioceses of the five Metropolitan Churches, that is to say, Mainz, Cologne, Trèves, Salzburg and Bremen, granting them every faculty of judging and proceeding against such even with the power of putting malefactors to death (…) upon the tenor of the Apostolic bull, which they hold and possess and have exhibited unto us, a document which is whole, entire, untouched, and in no way lacerated or impaired, in fine whose integrity is above any suspicion. And the tenor of the said bull commences thus: <Innocent, Bishop, Servant of the servants of God, for an eternal remembrance. Desiring with the most heartfelt anxiety, even as Our Apostleship requires, that the Catholic Faith should be especially in this Our day increase and flourish everywhere, . . .> and it concludes thus: <Given at Rome, at S. Peter’s, on the 9 December of the Year of the Incarnation of Our Lord one thousand, four hundred and eighty-four, in the first Year of Our Pontificate.>” Ou seja: dois cretinos psicopatas levaram menos de 3 anos e ½ para escreverem esse verdadeiro TRATADO DE LESA-HUMANIDADE!

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There is left no doubt in the reader’s mind that Rev. Summers not only believed in the existence of witches as the Medieval Church perceived them, but felt that the Inquisition, and the Malleus, were both justified and necessary. In both of his introductions (especially the original 1928 introduction), he seems more intent on using the occasion to convince us that the murder of thousands of innocent people, for the crime of witchcraft, during the Inquisition was somehow noble, and that the authors of the Malleus, Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger, were visionaries of their time. One often finds the text of the introductions reading as if it had been written 500 years previously when the Malleus was originally published and the Inquisition was in full swing.”

There were 14 editions between 1487 and 1520, and at least 16 editions between 1574 and 1669. There are modern translations as well: Der Hexenhammer, J.W.R. Schmidt, 1906, and this one.”

This famous document should interest the historian, the student of witchcraft and the occult, and the psychologist who is interested in the medieval mind as it was confronted with various forces which could only be explained as witchcraft.”

Those readers whose familiarity with The Bible comes from the King James Version may be surprised by the references to these <obscure> books of The Bible, such as Paralipomenon, Apocalypse, Judith, and Tobias. These books were originally a part of The Bible, but were cut from the King James version as it was developed. They exist today primarily as a part of the Douay Rheims Version of The Bible, which is widely used by Catholics.”

DATAÇÃO POR CARBONO-14! “Many participants in this project have questioned my determination to transcribe the text of the Malleus Maleficarum by hand, as opposed to scanning the pages and using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to generate the text. While it is certain that the latter would prove more expedient and see the online edition posted much sooner, transcribing the text, while more labor intensive, ensures a more accurate translation to HTML format.” “In an age in which the Malleus Maleficarum could again achieve a relevance in the hands of radical Christian leaders, the accuracy of this online translation is, I believe, all-important.” Lovelace, 1998

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It has indeed lately come to Our ears, not without afflicting Us with bitter sorrow, that in some parts of Northern Germany, as well as in the provinces, townships, territories, districts, and dioceses of Mainz, Cologne, Trèves, Salzburg, and Bremen, many persons of both sexes, unmindful of their own salvation and straying from the Catholic Faith, have abandoned themselves to devils, incubi and succubi, and by their incantations, spells, conjurations, and other accursed charms and crafts, enormities and horrid offences, have slain infants yet in the mother’s womb, as also the offspring of cattle, have blasted the produce of the earth, the grapes of the vine, the fruits of the trees, nay, men and women, beasts of burthen, herd-beasts, as well as animals of other kinds, vineyards, orchards, meadows, pasture-land, corn, wheat, and all other cereals; these wretches furthermore afflict and torment men and women, beasts of burthen, herd-beasts, as well as animals of other kinds, with terrible and piteous pains and sore diseases, both internal and external; they hinder men from performing the sexual act and women from conceiving, whence husbands cannot know their wives nor wives receive their husbands; over and above this, they blasphemously renounce that Faith which is theirs by the Sacrament of Baptism, and at the instigation of the Enemy of Mankind they do not shrink from committing and perpetrating the foulest abominations and filthiest excesses to the deadly peril of their own souls, whereby they outrage the Divine Majesty and are a cause of scandal and danger to very many. And although (…) Henry Kramer and James Sprenger (…) have been by Letters Apostolic delegated as Inquisitors of these heretical pravities, and still are Inquisitors, the first in the aforesaid parts of Northern Germany, wherein are included those aforesaid townships, districts, dioceses, and other specified localities, and the second in certain territories which lie along the borders of the Rhine, nevertheless not a few clerics and lay-folk of those countries, seeking too curiously to know more than concerns them, since in the aforesaid delegatory letters there is no express and specific mention by name of these provinces, townships, dioceses, and districts, and further since the 2 delegates themselves and the abominations they are to encounter are not designated in detailed and particular fashion, these persons are not ashamed to contend with the most unblushing effrontery that these enormities are not practised in these provinces, and consequently the aforesaid Inquisitors have no legal right to exercise their powers of inquisition in the provinces, townships, dioceses, districts, and territories, which have been rehearsed, and that the Inquisitors may not proceed to punish, imprison, and penalize criminals convicted of the heinous offences and many wickednesses which have been set forth. Accordingly in the aforesaid provinces, townships, dioceses, and districts, the abominations and enormities in question remain unpunished not without open danger to the souls of many and peril of eternal damnation.”

We decree and enjoin that the aforesaid Inquisitors be empowered to proceed to the just correction, imprisonment, and punishment of any persons, without let or hindrance, in every way as if the provinces, townships, dioceses, districts, territories, yea, even the persons and their crimes in this kind were named and particularly designated in Our letters.”

We grant permission to the aforesaid Inquisitors, to one separately or to both, as also to Our dear son John Gremper, priest of the diocese of Constance, Master of Arts, their notary, or to any other public notary, who shall be by them, or by one of them, temporarily delegated to those provinces, townships, dioceses, districts, and aforesaid territories, to proceed, according to the regulations of the Inquisition, against any persons of whatsoever rank and high estate, correcting, fining, imprisoning, punishing, as their crimes merit, those whom they have found guilty, the penalty being adapted to the offence.”

DISSIMULANDIBUS: “excommunication, suspension, interdict, and yet more terrible penalties, censures, and punishment, as may seem good to him, and that without any right of appeal, and if he will he may by Our authority aggravate and renew these penalties as often as he list, calling in, if so please him, the help of the secular arm.

Non obstantibus . . . Let no man therefore . . . But if any dare to do so, which God forbid, let him know that upon him will fall the wrath of Almighty God, and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.”

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Witchcraft was inextricably mixed with politics. Matthew Paris tells us how in 1232 the Chief Justice Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent, (Shakespeare’s <gentle Hubert> in King John), was accused by Peter do (sic) Roches, Bishop of Winchester, of having won the favour of Henry III through <charms and incantations>. In 1324 there was a terrific scandal at Coventry when it was discovered that a number of the richest and most influential burghers of the town had long been consulting with Master John, a professional necromancer, and paying him large sums to bring about by his arts the death of Edward II and several nobles of the court. Alice Perrers, the mistress of Edward III, was not only reputed to have infatuated the old king by occult spells, but her physician (believed to be a mighty sorcerer) was arrested on a charge of confecting love philtres and talismans. Henry V, in the autumn of 1419, prosecuted his stepmother, Joan of Navarre, for attempting to kill him by witchcraft, <in the most horrible manner that one could devise.> The conqueror of Agincourt was exceedingly worried about the whole wretched business, as also was the Archbishop of Canterbury, who ordered public prayers for the king’s safety. In the reign of his son, Henry VI, in 1441, one of the highest and noblest ladies in the realm, Eleanor Cobham, Duchess of Gloucester, was arraigned for conspiring with <a clerk>, Roger Bolingbroke, <a most notorious evoker of demons>, and <the most famous scholar in the whole world in astrology and magic>, to procure the death of the young monarch by sorcery, so that the Duke of Gloucester, Henry’s uncle and guardian, might succeed to the crown.¹ In this plot were further involved Canon Thomas Southwell, and a <relapsed witch>, that is to say, one who had previously (11 years before) been incarcerated upon grave suspicion of black magic, Margery Jourdemayne. Bolingbroke, whose confession implicated the Duchess, was hanged; Canon Southwell died in prison; the witch in Smithfield was <burn’d to Ashes>, since her offence was high treason. The Duchess was sentenced to a most degrading public penance, and imprisoned for life in Peel Castle, Isle of Man. Richard III, upon seizing the throne in 1483, declared that the marriage of his brother, Edward IV, with the Lady Elizabeth Grey, had been brought about by <sorcery and witchcraft>, and further that <Edward’s wife, that monstrous witch, has plotted with Jane Shore to waste and wither his body.> Poor Jane Shore did most exemplary penance, walking the flinty streets of London barefoot in her kirtle. In the same year when Richard wanted to get rid of the Duke of Buckingham, his former ally, one of the chief accusations he launched was that the Duke consulted with a Cambridge <necromancer> to compass and devise his death.

One of the most serious and frightening events in the life of James VII of Scotland (afterwards James I of England) was the great conspiracy of 1590, organized by the Earl of Bothwell. James with good reason feared and hated Bothwell, who, events amply proved, was Grand Master of more than 100 witches, all adepts in poisoning, and all eager to do away with the King. In other words, Francis Stewart, Earl of Bothwell, was the centre and head of a vast political plot. A widespread popular panic was the result of the discovery of this murderous conspiracy. In France as early as 583, when the infant son and heir of King Chilperic, died of dysentery, as the doctors diagnosed it, it came to light that Mumolus, one of the leading officials of the court, had been secretly administering to the child medicines, which he obtained from <certain witches of Paris>. These potions were pronounced by the physicians to be strong poisons. In 1308, Guichard, Bishop of Troyes, was accused of having slain by sorcery the Queen of Philip IV of France (1285-1314), Jeanne of Navarre, who died three years before [1305]. The trial dragged on from 1308 to 1313, and many witnesses attested on oath that the prelate had continually visited certain notorious witches, who supplied him philtres and draughts. In 1315, during the brief reign (1314-1316) of Louis X, the eldest son of Philip IV, was hanged Enguerrand de Marigny, chamberlain, privy councillor, and chief favourite of Philip, whom, it was alleged, he had bewitched to gain the royal favour. The fact, however, which sealed his doom was his consultation with one Jacobus de Lor, a warlock [bruxo], who was to furnish a nostrum warranted to put a very short term to the life of King Louis. Jacobus strangled himself in prison.

In 1317 Hugues Géraud, Bishop of Cahors, was executed by Pope John XXII, who reigned 1316-1334, residing at Avignon. Langlois says that the Bishop had attempted the Pontiff’s life by poison procured from witches.

Perhaps the most resounding of all scandals of this kind in France was the La Voison case, 1679-1682, when it was discovered that Madame de Montespan had for years been trafficking with a gang of poisoners and sorcerers, who plotted the death of the Queen and the Dauphan, so that Louis XIV might be free to wed Athénais de Montespan, whose children should inherit the throne. The Duchesse de Fontanges, a beautiful young country girl, who had for a while attracted the wayward fancy of Louis, they poisoned out of hand. Money was poured out like water, and it has been said that <the entire floodtide of poison, witchcraft and diabolism was unloosed> to attain the ends of that <marvellous beauty> (so Mme. de Sévigné calls her), the haughty and reckless Marquise de Montespan. In her thwarted fury she well nigh resolved to sacrifice Louis himself to her overweening ambition and her boundless pride. The highest names in France – the Princesse de Tingry, the Duchesse de Vitry, the Duchesse de Lusignan, the Duchesse de Bouillon, the Comtesse de Soissons, the Duc de Luxembourg, the Marguis de Cessac – scores of the older aristocracy, were involved, whilst literally hundreds of venal apothecaries, druggists, pseudo-alchemists, astrologers, quacks, warlocks, magicians, charlatans, who revolved round the ominous and terrible figure of Catherine La Voisin, professional seeress, fortune-teller, herbalist, beauty-specialist, were caught in the meshes [teias] of law. No less than 11 volumes of François Ravaison’s huge work, Archives de la Bastille, are occupied with this evil crew and their doings, their sorceries and their poisonings. [Livro-pédia que não podemos deixar de perder!]

During the reign of Urban VIII, Maffeo Barberini, 1623-1644, there was a resounding scandal at Rome when it was discovered that <after many invocations of demons> Giacinto Contini, nephew of the Cardinal d’Ascoli, had been plotting with various accomplices to put an end to the Pope’s life, and thus make way for the succession of his uncle to the Chair of Peter. Tommaso Orsolini of Recanate, moreover, after consulting with certain scryers and planetarians, readers of the stars, was endeavouring to bribe the apothecary Carcurasio of Naples to furnish him with a quick poison, which might be mingled with the tonics and electuaries prescribed for the ailing Pontiff, (Ranke, History of the Popes, ed. 1901, Vol. III, pp. 375-6).”

¹ Se essas coisas fossem mesmo dotadas do mais remoto interesse, Shakespeare usaria muito de magia negra para apimentar suas peças, o que, vê-se, passa longe de ser o caso.

Jean Bodin, the famous jurisconsult (1530-90) whom Montaigne acclaims to be the highest literary genius of his time, and who, as a leading member of the Parlement de Paris, presided over important trials, gives it as his opinion that there existed, not only in France, a complete organization of witches, immensely wealthy, of almost infinite potentialities, most cleverly captained, with centres and cells in every district, utilizing an espionage in ever land, with high-placed adherents at court, with humble servitors in the cottage.”

Not the least dreaded and dreadful weapon in their armament was the ancient and secret knowledge of poisons (veneficia), of herbs healing and hurtful, a tradition and a lore which had been handed down from remotest antiquity.”

Little wonder, then, that later social historians, such as Charles MacKay and Lecky, both absolutely impartial and unprejudiced writers, sceptical even, devote many pages, the result of long and laborious research, to witchcraft. (…) The profoundest thinkers, the acutest and most liberal minds of their day, such men as Cardan; Trithemius; the encylcopædic Delrio; Bishop Binsfeld; the learned physician, Caspar Peucer; Sir Edward Coke, <father of the English law>; Francis Bacon; Malebranche; Bayle; Glanvil; Thomas Browne; Cotton Mather; all these, and scores besides, were convinced of the dark reality of witchcraft, of the witch organization.”

The latest reprint of the original text of the Malleus is to be found in the noble 4-volume collection of Treatises on Witchcraft, <sumptibus Claudii Bourgeat>, 4to., Lyons, 1669.”

It was implicitly accepted not only by Catholic but by Protestant legislature. In fine, it is not too much to say that the Malleus Maleficarum is among the most important, wisest, and weightiest books of the world.

It has been asked whether Kramer or Sprenger was principally responsible for the Malleus, but in the case of so close a collaboration any such inquiry seems singularly superfluous and nugatory. With regard to instances of jointed authorship, unless there be some definite declaration on the part of one of the authors as to his particular share in a work, or unless there be some unusual and special circumstances bearing on the point, such perquisitions and analysis almost inevitably resolve themselves into a cloud of guess-work and bootless hazardry and vague perhaps. It becomes a game of literary blind-man’s-bluff.

Heinrich Kramer was born at Schlettstadt, a town of Lower Alsace, situated some 26 miles south-west of Strasburg. At an early age he entered the Order of S. Dominic, and so remarkable was his genius that whilst still a young man he was appointed to the position of Prior of the Dominican House at his native town. He was a Preacher-General and a Master of Sacred Theology. P.G. and S.T.M., two distinctions in the Dominican Order. At some date before 1474 he was appointed an Inquisitor for the Tyrol, Salzburg, Bohemia, and Moravia. His eloquence in the pulpit and tireless activity received due recognition at Rome, and for many years he was Spiritual Director of the great Dominican church at Salzburg, and the right-hand of the Archbishop of Salzburg, a munificent prelate who praises him highly in a letter which is still extant.” “In 1495, the Master General of the Order, Fr. Joaquín de Torres, O.P., summoned Kramer to Venice in order that he might give public lectures, disputations which attracted crowded audiences, and which were honoured by the presence and patronage of the Patriarch of Venice. He also strenuously defended the Papal supremacy, confuting the De Monarchia of the Paduan jurisconsult, Antonio degli Roselli. At Venice he resided at the priory of Santi Giovanni e Paolo (S. Zanipolo). During the summer of 1497, he had returned to Germany, and was living at the convent of Rohr, near Regensburg. On 31 January, 1500, Alexander VI appointed him as Nuncio and Inquisitor of Bohemia and Moravia, in which provinces he was deputed and empowered to proceed against the Waldenses and Picards, as well as against the adherents of the witch-society.” “His chief works, in addition to the Malleus, are: Several Discourses and Various Sermons upon the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, Nuremberg, 1496; A Tract Confuting the Errors of Master Antonio degli Roselli, Venice, 1499; and The Shield of Defence of the Holy Roman Church Against the Picards and Waldenses, an incunabulum, without date, but almost certainly 1499-1500. Many learned authors quote and refer to these treatises in terms of highest praise.”

James Sprenger was born in Basel, 1436-8 [que parto longo]. He was admitted a novice in the Dominican house of this town in 1452. His extraordinary genius attracted immediate attention, and his rise to a responsible position was very rapid. According to Pierre Hélyot, the Franciscan (1680-1716), Histoire des Ordres Religieux, III (1715), ch. XXVI, in 1389 Conrad of Prussia abolished certain relaxations and abuses which had crept into the Teutonic Province of the Order of S. Dominic, and restored the Primitive and Strict Obedience. He was closely followed by Sprenger, whose zealous reform was so warmly approved that in 1468 the General Chapter ordered him to lecture on the sentences of Peter Lombard at the University of Cologne, to which he was thus officially attached. A few years later he proceeded Master of Theology, and was elected Prior and Regent of Studies of the Cologne Convent, one of the most famous and frequented Houses of the Order. On 30 June, 1480, he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the University. His lecture-room was thronged, and in the following year, at the Chapter held in Roma, the Master General of the Order, Fra Salvo Cusetta, appointed him Inquisitor Extraordinary for the Provinces of Mainz, Trèves, and Cologne. His activities were enormous, and demanded constant journeyings through the very extensive district to which he had been assigned. In 1488 he was elected Provincial of the whole German Province, an office of the first importance [ah, o século!]. It is said that his piety and his learning impressed all who came in contact with him. In 1495 he was residing at Cologne, and here he received a letter from Alexander VI praising his enthusiasm and his energy.” “Among Sprenger’s other writings, excepting the Malleus, are The Paradoxes of John of Westphalia Refuted, Mainz, 1479, a closely argued treatise; and The Institution and Approbation of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary, which was first erected at Cologne on 8 September in the year 1475. Sprenger may well be called the Apostle of the Rosary. None more fervent than he in spreading this Dominican elevation.”

Certain it is that the Malleus Maleficarum is the most solid, the most important work in the whole vast library of witchcraft. One turns to it again and again with edification and interest: From the point of psychology, from the point of jurisprudence, from the point of history, it is supreme. It has hardly too much to say that later writers, great as they are, have done little more than draw from the seemingly inexhaustible wells of wisdom which the two Dominicans, Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger, have given us” “What is most surprising is the modernity of the book. There is hardly a problem, a complex, a difficulty, which they have not foreseen, and discussed, and resolved.”

The Malleus Maleficarum is one of the world’s few books written sub specie aeternitatis.

Montague Summers.

7 October, 1946.”

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Sometimes, no doubt, primitive communities were obliged to tolerate the witch and her works owing to fear; in other words, witchcraft was a kind of blackmail; but directly Cities were able to coordinate, and it became possible for Society to protect itself, precautions were taken and safeguards were instituted against this curse, this bane whose object seemed to blight all that was fair, all that was just and good, and that was well-appointed and honourable, in a word, whose aim proved to be set up on high the red standard of revolution; to overwhelm religion, existing order, and the comeliness of life in an abyss of anarchy, nihilism, and despair. In his great treatise De Civitate Dei S. Augustine set forth the theory, or rather the living fact, of the two Cities, the City of God, and the opposing stronghold of all that is not for God, that is to say, of all that is against Him. [humanity itself]”

and nations who had never heard the Divine command put into practice the obligation of the Mosaic maxim: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. (Vulgate: Maleficos non patieris vivere. Douay: Wizards thou shalt not suffer to live. Exodus, 22:18.)” // “A feiticeira não deixarás viver.” Êxodo 22:18

It is true that both in the Greek and in the earlier Roman cults, worships often directly derived from secret and sombre sources, ancient gods, or rather demons, had their awful superstitions and their horrid rites, powers whom men dreaded but out of very terror placated; fanes [templos] men loathed but within whose shadowed portals they bent and bowed the knee perforce in trembling fear. Such deities were the Thracian Bendis [a nova Ártemis; ver referências aos jogos e festivais incluindo corridas de cavalos noturnas n’A República], whose manifestation was heralded by the howling of her fierce black hounds, and Hecate the terrible <Queen of the realm of ghosts>, as Euripides calls her, and the vampire Mormo [espécie de bicho-papão da Antiguidade: mas pelo menos era uma mulher! Posteriormente, Lamia] and the dark Summanus who at midnight hurled loud thunderbolts and launched the deadly levin [relâmpago] through the starless sky [Curiosa espécie de anti-Zeus, o Deus do Trovão Diruno. Milton e Camões equiparam-no a Hades.]. Pliny tells us that the worship of this mysterious deity lasted long, and dogs with their puppies were sacrificed to him with atrocious cruelty, but S. Augustine says that in his day <one could scarce find one within a while, that had heard, nay more, that had read so much as the name of Summanus> (De Civitate Dei, 4:23). (…) Towards the end of the 5th century, the Carthaginian Martianus Capella boldly declares that Summanus is none other than the lord of Hell, and he was writing, it may be remembered, only a few years before the birth of S. Benedict(*); some think that he was still alive when the Father of All Monks was born.”

(*) “The Medal of S. Benedict has been found to be extremely potent against all evil spells.”

many strange legends attached to the island of Lemnos, which is situated in the Aegaean Sea, nearly midway between Mt. Athos and the Hellespoint. It is one of the largest of the group, having an area of some 147 square miles. Lemnos was sacred to Hephaestus, who is said to have fallen here when hurled by Zeus from Olympus.” “It should further be noted that the old Italian deity Volcanus, with whom he was to be identified, is the god of destructive fire – fire considered in its rage and terror, as contrasted with fire which is a comfort to the human race, the kindly blaze on the hearth, domestic fire, presided over by the gracious lady Vesta. It is impossible not to think of the fall of Lucifer when one considers the legend of Hephaestus. Our Lord replied, when the disciples reported: Domine, etiam daemonia subiiciuntur nobis in nomine tuo (Lord, the devils also are subject to us in Thy Name), Videbam Satanam sicut fulgur de coelo cadentem (I saw Satan like lightning falling from Heaven); and Isaias says: Quomodo cecidisti de coelo, Lucifer, qui mane oriebaris? Corruisti in terram qui vulnerabas gentes? (How art thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, who didst rise in the morning? How art thou fallen to the earth, that didst wound the nations?). Milton also has the following poetic allusion:

Nor was his name unheard or unador’d

In Ancient Greece; and in Ausonian land

Men called him Mulciber; and how he fell

From Heav’n, they fabl’d, thrown by angry Jove

Sheer o’er the Chrystal Battlements: from Morn

To Noon he fell, from Noon to dewy Eve,

A Summers day; and with the setting Sun

Dropt from the Zenith like a falling Star,

On Lemnos th’Ægæan Ile: thus they relate,

Erring; for he with his rebellious rout

Fell long before; nor aught avail’d him now

To have built in Heav’n high Towers; nor did he scape

By all his Engines, but was headlong sent

With his industrious crew to build in hell.”

Paraíso Perdido, 1:738-51

Levar poeta a sério é pedir pra se queimar na fogueira de São João!

Hephaestus, especially in later days, is represented with one leg shortened to denote his lameness; and throughout the Middle Ages it was popularly believed that his cloven hoof was the one feature which the devil was unable to disguise. In this connexion with Loki, the Vulcan of Northern Europe, will be readily remembered.”

É Hefesto o Lúcifer pagão ou não seria apenas Lúcifer o Hefesto cristão, que não saberá nunca dar a volta por cima? Mas na verdade ele tinha amores, era excelente ferreiro, e foi afinal perdoado e regressou ao Olimpo, pleno de honras!

There were also dark histories of murder and blood connected with Lemnos. When the Argonauts landed here they found it inhabited only by Amazons, who, having murdered all their husbands, had chosen as their queen Hypsipyle, daughter of Thoas, whom she secretly preserved alive. When this was discovered the unfortunate woman was compelled to leave the island, and being subsequently captured by pirates she was sold to Lycurgus, king of the sacred groves that surrounded the temple of Zeus Nemeus in a remote Argive valley. Hypsipyle here became the nurse of the mysterious child Archemorus, the Forerunner of Death, who was bitten by a magic serpent and vanished, portending the doom of the Seven who went against Thebes.”

It is curious to remark that a certain red clay (terra Lemnia) found on the island was, as Pliny tells us, employed as a remedy for wounds, and especially the bite of a snake.”

In Rome black magic was punished as a capital offence by the Law of the Twelve Tables, which are to be assigned to the 5th century B.C., and, as Livy records, from time to time Draconian statutes were directed against those who attempted to blight crops and vineyards or to spread rinderpest amongst flocks and cattle. Nonetheless it is evident from many Latin authors and from the historians that Rome swarmed with occultists and diviners, many of whom in spite of the Lex Cornelia almost openly traded in poisons, and not infrequently in assassination to boot. Sometimes, as in the Middle Ages, a circumstance of which the Malleus Maleficarum most particularly complains, the sorcerers were protected by men of wealth and high estate. This was especially the case in the terrible days of Marius and of Catiline, and during the extreme decadence of the latest Caesars. Yet, paradoxical as it may appear, such emperors as Augustus, Tiberius, and Septimius Severus, whilst banishing from their realms all seers and necromancers, and putting them to death, in private entertained astrologers and wizards among their retinue, consulting their art upon each important occasion, and often even in the everyday and ordinary affairs of life.”

stern and constant official opposition to witchcraft, and the prohibition under severest penalties, the sentence of death itself, of any practice or pursuit of these dangerous and irreligious arts, was demonstrably not a product of Christianity, but had long and necessarily been employed in the heathen world and among pagan peoples and among polytheistic societies. Moreover, there are even yet savage communities who visit witchcraft with death.”

If the disease is universal, the medicine must be sharp.”

a song or a country dance mayhap, innocent enough on the surface, and even pleasing, so often were but the cloak and the mask for something devilish and obscene, that the Church deemed it necessary to forbid and proscribe the whole superstition even when it manifested itself in modest fashion and seemed guileless, innoxious, and of no account.”

I knok this rage upone this stane

To raise the wind in the divellis name,

It sall not lye till I please againe.”

Cântico de bruxas escocesas

A pagan diviner or haruspex could only follow his vocation under very definite restrictions. He was not allowed to be an intimate visitor at the house of any citizen, for friendship with men of this kind must be avoided. The haruspex who frequents the houses of others shall die at the stake, such is the tenor of the code. It is hardly an exaggeration to say that almost every year saw a more rigid application of the laws; although even as today, when fortune-telling and peering into the future are forbidden by the Statute Book, diviners and mediums abound, so then in spite of every prohibition astrologers, clairvoyants, and psalmists had an enormous clientèle of rich and poor alike.

The early legal codes of most European nations contain laws directed against witchcraft. Thus, for example, the oldest document of Frankish legislation, the Salic Law (Lex salica), which was reduced to a written form and promulgated under Clovis, who died 27 November, 511, mulcts (sic) those who practise magic with various fines, especially when it could be proven that the accused launched a deadly curse, or had tied the Witch’s Knot. This latter charm was usually a long cord tightly tied up in elaborate loops, among whose reticulations it was customary to insert the feathers of a black hen, a raven, or some other bird which had, or was presumed to have, no speck of white. This is one of the oldest instruments of witchcraft and is known in all countries and among all nations. It was put to various uses. The wizards of Finland sold wind in the three knots of a rope. If the first knot were undone a gentle breeze sprang up; if the second, it blew a mackerel gale; if the third, a hurricane. But the Witch’s Ladder, as it was often known, could be used with far more baleful effects. The knots were tied with certain horrid maledictions, and then the cord was hidden away in some secret place, and unless it were found and the strands released the person at whom the curse was directed would pine and die. This charm continually occurs during the trials. Thus in the celebrated Island-Magee case, March 1711, when a coven of witches was discovered, it was remarked that an apron belonging to Mary Dunbar, a visitor at the house of the afflicted persons, had been abstracted. Miss Dunbar was suddenly seized with fits and convulsions, and sickened almost to death. After most diligent search the missing garment was found carefully hidden away and covered over, and a curious string which had nine knots in it had been so tied up with the folds of the linen that it was beyond anything difficult to separate them and loosen the ligatures. In 1886 in the old belfry of a village church in England there were accidentally discovered, pushed away in a dark corner, several yards of incle braided with elaborate care and having a number of black feathers thrust through the strands. It is said that for a long while considerable wonder was caused as to what it might be, but when it was exhibited and became known, one of the local grandmothers recognized it was a Witch’s Ladder, and, what is extremely significant, when it was engraved in the Folk Lore Journal an old Italian woman to whom the picture was shown immediately identified it as la ghirlanda delle streghe.”

In 578, when a son of Queen Fredegonde died, a number of witches who were accused of having contrived the destruction of the Prince were executed. (…) what else was there left for the Church to do?” Yea, what else?

HISTERIA COLETIVA: “In 814, Louis le Pieux upon his accession to the throne began to take very active measures against all sorcerers and necromancers, and it was owing to his influence and authority that the Council of Paris in 829 appealed to the secular courts to carry out any such sentences as the Bishops might pronounce. The consequence was that from this time forward the penalty of witchcraft was death, and there is evidence that if the constituted authority, either ecclesiastical or civil, seemed to slacken in their efforts the populace took the law into their own hands with far more fearful results.”

MEDIDAS PROFILÁTICAS:It is quite plain that such a man as Frederick II, whose whole philosophy was entirely Oriental; who was always accompanied by a retinue of Arabian ministers, courtiers, and officers; who was perhaps not without reason suspected of being a complete agnostic, recked little whether heresy and witchcraft might be offences against the Church or not, but he was sufficiently shrewd to see that they gravely threatened the well-being of the State, imperilling the maintenance of civilization and the foundations of society.”

QUANTA BONDADE ECLESIÁSTICA, DEIXAR A PENA DE MORTE PARA O ESTADO! “It may be well here very briefly to consider the somewhat complicated history of the establishment of the Inquisition, which was, it must be remembered, the result of the tendencies and growth of many years, by no means a judicial curia with cut-and-dried laws and a complete procedure suddenly called into being by one stroke of a Papal pen. In the first place, S.[atan] Dominic was in no sense the founder of the Inquisition. Certainly during the crusade in Languedoc he was present, reviving religion and reconciling the lapsed, but he was doing no more than S. Paul or any of the Apostles would have done. The work of S. Dominic was preaching and the organization of his new Order, which received Papal confirmation from Honorius III, and was approved in the Bull Religiosam vitam, 22 December, 1216. S. Dominic died 6 August, 1221, and even if we take the word in a very broad sense, the first Dominican Inquisitor seems to have been Alberic, who in November, 1232, was travelling through Lombardy with the official title of Inquisitor hereticae pravitatis. The whole question of the episcopal Inquisitors, who were really the local bishop, his arch-deacons, and his diocesan court, and their exact relationship with the travelling Inquisitors, who were mainly drawn from the two Orders of friars, the Franciscan and the Dominican, is extremely nice and complicated; whilst the gradual effacement of the episcopal courts with regard to certain matters and the consequent prominence of the Holy Office were circumstances and conditions which realized themselves slowly enough in all countries, and almost imperceptibly in some districts, as necessity required, without any sudden break or sweeping changes. In fact we find that the Franciscan or Dominican Inquisitor simply sat as an assessor in the episcopal court so that he could be consulted upon certain technicalities and deliver sentence conjointly with the Bishop if these matters were involved. Thus at the trial of Gilles de Rais in October, 1440, at Nantes, the Bishop of Nantes presided over the court with the bishops of Le Mans, Saint-Brieuc, and Saint-Lo as his coadjutors, whilst Pierre de l’Hospital, Chencellor of Brittany, watched the case on behalf of the civil authorities, and Frère Jean Blouin was present as the delegate of the Holy Inquisition for the city and district of Nantes. Owing to the multiplicity of the crimes, which were proven and clearly confessed in accordance with legal requirements, it was necessary to pronounce two sentences. The first sentence was passed by the Bishop of Nantes conjointly with the Inquisitor. By them Gilles de Rais was declared guilty of Satanism, sorcery, and apostasy, and there and then handed over to the civil arm to receive the punishment due to such offences. The second sentence, pronounced by the Bishop alone, declared the prisoner convicted of sodomy, sacrilege, and violation of ecclesiastical rights. The ban of excommunication was lifted since the accused had made a clean breast of his crimes and desired to be reconciled, but he was handed over to the secular court, who sentenced him to death, on multiplied charges of murder as well as on account of the aforesaid offences.”

Today the word heresy seems to be as obsolete and as redolent of a Wardour-street vocabulary as if one were to talk of a game of cards at Crimp or Incertain, and to any save a dusty mediaevalist it would appear to be an antiquarian term.” MORTE AOS COMUNAS! “The heretics were just as resolute and just as practical, that is to say, just as determined to bring about the domination of their absolutism as is any revolutionary of today. The aim and objects of their leaders, Tanchelin, Everwacher, the Jew Manasses, Peter Waldo, Pierre Autier, Peter of Bruys, Arnold of Brescia, and the rest, were exactly those of Lenin, Trotsky, Zinoviev, and their fellows.”

Their objects may be summed up as the abolition of monarchy, the abolition of private property and of inheritance, the abolition of marriage, the abolition of order, the total abolition of all religion. It was against this that the Inquisition had to fight, and who can be surprised if, when faced with so vast a conspiracy, the methods employed by the Holy Office may not seem – if the terrible conditions are conveniently forgotten – a little drastic, a little severe? There can be no doubt that had this most excellent tribunal continued to enjoy its full prerogative and the full exercise of its salutary powers, the world at large would be in a far happier and far more orderly position today. Historians may point out diversities and dissimilarities between the teaching of the Waldenses, the Albigenses, the Henricans, the Poor Men of Lyons, the Cathari, the Vaudois, the Bogomiles, and the Manichees, but they were in reality branches and variants of the same dark fraternity, just as the Third International, the Anarchists, the Nihilists, and the Bolsheviks are in every sense, save the mere label, entirely identical.”

There is an apparent absence of motive in this seemingly aimless campaign of destruction to extermination carried on by the Bolsheviks in Russia, which has led many people to inquire what the objective can possibly be. So unbridled are the passions, so general the demolition, so terrible the havoc, that hard-headed individuals argue that so complete a chaos and such revolting outrages could only be affected by persons who were enthusiasts in their own cause and who had some very definite aims thus positively to pursue. The energizing forces of this fanaticism, this fervent zeal, do not seem to be anymore apparent than the end, hence more than one person has hesitated to accept accounts so alarming of massacres and carnage, or wholesale imprisonments, tortures, and persecutions, and has begun to suspect that the situation may be grossly exaggerated in the overcharged reports of enemies and the highly-coloured gossip of scare-mongers.” EUREKA!

Nearly a century and a half ago Anacharsis Clootz(*), <the personal enemy of Jesus Christ> as he openly declared himself, was vociferating God is Evil, To me then Lucifer, Satan! whoever you may be, the demon that the faith of my fathers opposed to God and the Church. This is the credo of the witch.”

(*) Bases constitutionnelles de la République du genre humain, Paris, 1793

Revolucionário francês de tendências cosmopolitas (globais) à frente de seu tempo.

Naturally, although the Masters were often individuals of high rank and deep learning, that rank and file of the society, that is to say, those who for the most part fell into the hands of justice, were recruited from the least educated classes, the ignorant and the poor [já vi isso em algum lugar…]. As one might suppose, many of the branches or covens in remoter districts knew nothing and perhaps could have understood nothing of the enormous system. Nevertheless, as small cogs in a very small wheel, it might be, they were carrying on the work and actively helping to spread the infection. It is an extremely significant fact that the last regularly official trial and execution for witchcraft in Western Europe was that of Anna Göldi, who was hanged at Glaris in Switzerland, 17 June, 1782(*). Seven years before, in 1775, the villian Adam Weishaupt, who has been truly described by Louis Blanc as <the profoundest conspirator that has ever existed,> formed his <terrible and formidable sect>, the Illuminati. The code of this mysterious movement lays down: <it is also necessary to gain the common people (das gemeine Volk) to our Order. The great means to that end is influence in the schools.>“So in the prosecutions at Würzburg we find that there were condemned boys of 10 and 11, two choir boys aged 12, <a boy of 12-years-old in one of the lower forms of the school>, <the two young sons of the Prince’s cook, the eldest 14, the younger 12>, several pages and seminarists, as well as a number of young girls, amongst whom <a child of 9 or 10 and her little sister> were involved.”

(*) Nota corretiva (do próprio reverendo na segunda edição?): “The last trial and judicial execution in Europe itself was probably that of two aged beldames, Satanists, who were burned at the stake in Poland, 1793, the year of the Second Partition, during the reign of Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski.” Mas parece que a correção do reverendo estava errada, prevalecendo a primeira versão, conforme wiki e outras fontes…

In England in the year 1324 no less than 27 defendants were tried at the King’s Bench for plotting against and endeavouring to kill Edward II, together with many prominent courtiers and officials, by the practice of magical arts. A number of wealthy citizens of Coventry had hired a famous <nigromauncer>, John of Nottingham, to slay not only the king, but also the royal favourite, Hugh le Despenser, and his father; the Prior of Coventry; the monastic steward; the manciple; and a number of other important personages. A secluded old manor-house, some 2 or 3 miles out of Coventry, was put at the disposal of Master John, and there he and his servant, Robert Marshall, promptly commenced business. They went to work in the bad old-fashioned way of modelling wax dolls or mommets of those whom they wished to destroy. Long pins were thrust through the figures, and they were slowly melted before a fire.(*) The first unfortunate upon whom this experiment was tried, Richard de Sowe, a prominent courtier and close friend of the king, was suddenly taken with agonizing pains, and when Marshall visited the house, as if casually, in order that he might report the results of this sympathetic sorcery to the wizard, he found their hapless victim in a high delirium. When this state of things was promptly conveyed to him, Master John struck a pin through the heart of the image, and in the morning the news reached them that de Sowe had breathed his last. Marshall, who was by now in an extremity of terror, betook himself to a justice and laid bare all that was happening and had happened, with the immediate result that Master John and the gang of conspirators were arrested. It must be remembered that in 1324 the final rebellion against king Edward II had openly broken forth on all sides. A truce of 13 years had been arranged with Scotland, and though the English might refuse Bruce his royal title he was henceforward the warrior king of an independent country. It is true that in May, 1322, the York Parliament had not only reversed the exile of the Despensers, declaring the pardons which had been granted their opponents null and void, as well as voting for the repeal of the Ordinances of 1311, and the Despensers were working for, and fully alive to the necessity of, good and stable government, but nonetheless the situation was something more than perilous; the Exchequer was well-nigh drained; there was rioting and bloodshed in almost every large town; and worst of all, in 1323 the younger Roger Mortimer had escaped from the Tower and got away safely to the Continent. There were French troubles to boot; Charles IV, who in 1322 had succeeded to the throne, would accept no excuse from Edward for any postponement of homage, and in this very year, 1324, declaring the English possessions forfeited, he proceeded to occupy the territory with an army, when it soon became part of the French dominion. There can be not doubt that the citizens of Coventry were political intriguers, and since they were at the moment unable openly to rebel against their sovran lord, taking advantage of the fact that he was harassed and pressed at so critical a juncture, they proceeded against him by the dark and tortuous ways of black magic.

(*) “This is certainly one of the oldest and most universal of spells. To effect the death of a man, or to injure him by making an image in his likeness, and mutilating or destroying this image, is a practice found throughout the whole wide world from its earliest years. It is common both in Babylon and in the Egypt of the Pharoahs, when magicians kneaded puppets of clay or pitch moistened with honey. If it were possible to mingle therewith a drop of a man’s blood, the parings of his nails, a few hairs from his body, a thread or two from his garments, it gave the warlock the greater power over him. In ancient Greece and Rome precisely the same ideas prevailed, and allusions may be found in Theocritus (Idyll II), Virgil (Eclogue VIII, 75-82), Ovid (Heroides, VI, 91, sqq.; Amores, III, vii, 29, sqq.), and many more. (See R. Wunsch, Eine antike Rachepuppe, Philologus, lxi, 1902, pp. 26-31.) We find this charm among the Ojebway Indians, the Cora Indians of Mexico, the Malays, the Chinese and Japanese, the aborigines throughout Australia, the Hindoos, both in ancient India and at the present day, the Burmese, many Arab tribes of Northern Africa, in Turkey, in Italy and the remoter villages of France, in Ireland and Scotland, nor is it (in one shape and form or another) yet unknown in the country districts of England.”

An astrologer, attached to the Duke’s house-hold, when taken and charged with <werchyrye of sorcery against the King,> confessed that he had often cast the horoscope of the Duchess to find out if her husband would ever wear the English crown, the way to which they had attempted to smooth by making a wax image of Henry VI and melting it before a magic fire to bring about the king’s decease. A whole crowd of witches, male and female, were involved in the case, and among these was Margery Jourdemain, a known a notorious invoker of demons and an old trafficker in evil charms.”

In the days of Edward IV it was commonly gossiped that the Duchess of Bedford was a witch, who by her spells had fascinated the king with the beauty of her daughter Elizabeth, whom he made his bride, in spite of the fact that he had plighted his troth to Eleanor Butler, the heiress of the Earl of Shrewsbury. So open did the scandal become that the Duchess of Bedford lodged an official complaint with the Privy Council, and an inquiry was ordered, but, as might have been suspected, this completely cleared the lady.”

O Edward, Edward! fly and leave this place,

Wherein, poor silly King, thou are enchanted.

This is her dam of Bedford’s work, her mother,

That hath bewitch’d thee, Edward, my poor child.


Her ascendancy over the king was attributed to the enchantments and experiments of a Dominican friar, learned in many a cantrip and cabala, whom she entertained in her house, and who had fashioned 2 pictures of Edward and Alice which, when suffumigated with the incense of mysterious herbs and gums, mandrakes, sweet calamus, caryophylleae, storax, benzoin, and other plants plucked beneath the full moon what time Venus was in ascendant, caused the old king to dote upon this lovely concubine. With great difficulty by a subtle ruse the friar was arrested, and he thought himself lucky to escape with relegation to a remote house under the strictest observance of his Order, whence, however, he was soon to be recalled with honour and reward, since the Good Parliament shortly came to an end, and Alice Perrers, who now stood higher in favour than ever, was not slow to heap lavish gifts upon her supporters, and to visit her enemies with condign punishment.”

There was nobody more thoroughly scared of witchcraft than Henry VIII’s daughter, Elizabeth, and as John Jewel was preaching his famous sermon before her in February, 1560, he described at length how <this kind of people (I mean witches and sorcerers) within these few last years are marvellously increased within this Your Grace’s realm;> he then related how owing to dark spells he had known many <pine away even to death.> <I pray God,> he unctuously cried, <they may never practise further than upon the subjects!> This was certainly enough to ensure that drastic laws should be passed particularly to protect the Queen, who was probably both thrilled and complimented to think that her life was in danger. It is exceedingly doubtful, whether there was any conspiracy at all which would have attempted Elizabeth’s personal safety.”

That it was a huge and far-reaching political conspiracy is patent form the fact that the lives of Louis XIV, the Queen, the Dauphin, Louise de la Vallière, and the Duchesse de Fontanges had been attempted secretly again and again, whilst as for Colbert, scores of his enemies were constantly entreating for some swift sure poison, constantly participating in unhallowed rites which might lay low the all-powerful Introduction of Minister.”

As early as 600 S. Gregory I had spoken in severest terms, enjoining the punishment of sorcerers and those who trafficked in black magic. It will be noted that he speaks of them as more often belonging to that class termed servi, that is to say, the very people from whom for the most part Nihilists and Bolsheviks have sprung in modern days.” Não consigo encontrar referências para os serui – segundo a grafia moderna poderiam ser os servi, os sérvios? Dostoievsky é o epítome da literatura niilista pré-Revolução Russa. Mas e daí? Ele queimou alguém na fogueira? Na verdade até onde eu sei era um beato (viciado em jogo, mas um beato). Nenhuma pista, só um palpite.

On 13, December, 1258, Pope Alexander IV (Rinaldo Conti) issued a Bull to the Franciscan Inquisitors bidding them refrain from judging any cases of witchcraft unless there was some very strong reason to suppose that heretical practice could also be amply proved. On 10 January, 1260, the same Pontiff addressed a similar Bull to the Dominicans.

DEFENDENDO O INDEFENSÁVEL: “Sixtus IV was an eminent theologian, he is the author of an admirable treatise on the Immaculate Conception, and it is significant that he took strong measures to curb [restrain] the judicial severities of Tomás de Torquemada [que bonzinho], whom he had appointed Grand Inquisitor of Castile, 11 February, 1482. During his reign he published three Bulls directly attacking sorcery, which he clearly identified with heresy, an opinion of the deepest weight when pronounced by one who had so penetrating a knowledge of the political currents of the day [ó!]. There can be no doubt that he saw the society of witches to be nothing else than a vast international of anti-social revolutionaries. (sic!!!)

It has been necessarily thus briefly to review this important series of Papal documents to show that the famous Bull Summis desiderantes affectibus, 9 December, 1484, which Innocent VIII addressed to the authors of the Malleus Maleficarum, is no isolated and extraordinary document, but merely one in the long and important record of Papal utterances, although at the same time it is of the greatest importance and supremely authoritative. It has, however, been very frequently asserted, not only by prejudiced and unscrupulous chroniclers, but also by scholars of standing and repute, that this Bull of Innocent VIII, if not, as many appear to suppose, is actually the prime cause and origin of the crusade against witches, at any rate gave the prosecution and energizing power and an authority which hitherto they had not, and which save for this Bull they could not ever have, commanded and possessed.” “a Bull is an instrument of especial weight and importance, and it differs both in form and detail from constitutions, encyclicals, briefs, decrees, privileges, and rescripts. It should be remarked, however, that the term Bull has conveniently been used to denote all these, especially if they are Papal letters of any early date. By the 15th century clearer distinctions were insisted upon and maintained.”

Alexander VI published two Bulls upon the same theme, and in a Bull of Julius II there is a solemn description of that abomination the Black Mass, which is perhaps the central feature of the worship of Satanists, and which is unhappily yet celebrated today in London, in Paris, in Berlin, and in many another great city.” Leo X, the great Pope of Humanism, issued a Bull on the subject; but even more important is the Bull Dudum uti nobis exponi fecisti, 20 July, 1523, which speaks of the horrible abuse of the Sacrament in sorceries and the charms confuted by witches.”

There is a Constitution of Gregory XV, Omnipotentis Dei, 20 March, 1623; and a Constitution of Urban VIII, Inscrutabilis iudiciorum Dei altitudo, 1st April [hehe], 1631, which – if we except the recent condemnation of Spiritism in the19th century – may be said to be the last Apostolic document directed against these foul and devilish practices.

The noble and momentous sentences are built-up word by word, beat by beat, ever growing more and more authoritative, more and more judicial, until they culminate in the minatory and imprecatory clauses which are so impressive, so definite, that no loophole is left for escape, no turn for evasion. <Nulli ergo omnino hominum liceat hanc paganim nostrae declarationis extentionis concessionis et mandati infringere vel ei ausu temeraris contrarie Si qui autem attentate praesumpserit indignationem omnipotentis Dei ac beatorum Petri et Pauli Apostolorum eius se noverit incursurum.> If any man shall presume to go against the tenor let him know that therein he will bring down upon himself the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.

infallibility is claimed on the ground, not indeed of the terms of the Vatican definition, but of the constant practice of the Holy See, the consentient teaching of the theologians, as well as the clearest deductions of the principles of faith.” “Without exception non-Catholic historians have either in no measured language denounced or else with sorrow deplored the Bull of Innocent VIII as a most pernicious and unhappy document, a perpetual and irrevocable manifesto of the unchanged and unchangeable mind of the Papacy. From this point of view they are entirely justified, and their attitude is undeniably logical and right. The Summis desiderantes affectibus is either a dogmatic exposition by Christ’s Vicar upon earth or it is altogether abominable.” Choose for the second!

It is all the more amazing to find that the writer of the article upon Witchcraft in the Catholic Encyclopaedia quotes Hansen with complete approval and gleefully adds with regard to the Bull of Innocent VIII, <neither does the form suggest that the Pope wishes to bind anyone to believe more about the reality of witchcraft than is involved in the utterances of Holy Scripture,> a statement which is essentially Protestant in its nature, and, as is acknowledged by every historian of whatsoever colour or creed, entirely untrue. By its appearance in a standard work of reference, which is on the shelves of every library, this article upon Witchcraft acquires a certain title to consideration which upon its merits it might otherwise lack. It is signed Herbert Thurston, and turning to the list of <Contributors to the Fifteenth Volume> we duly see <Thurston, Herbert, S.J., London.> Since a Jesuit Father emphasizes in a well-known (and presumably authoritative) Catholic work an opinion so derogatory to the Holy See and so definitely opposed to all historians, one is entitled to express curiosity concerning other writings which may not have come from his pen. I find that for a considerable number of years Fr. Thurston has been contributing to The Month a series of articles upon mystical phenomena and upon various aspects of mysticism, such as the Incorruption of the bodies of Saints and Beati, the Stigmata, the Prophecies of holy persons, the miracles of Crucifixes that bleed or pictures of the Madonna which move, famous Sanctuaries, the inner life of and wonderful events connected with persons still living who have acquired a reputation for sanctity. This busy writer directly or incidentally has dealt with that famous ecstatica Anne Catherine Emmerich; the Crucifix of Limpias; Our Lady of Campocavallo; S. Januarus; the Ven. Maria d’Agreda; Gemma Galgani; Padre Pio Pietralcina; that gentle soul Teresa Higginson, the beauty of whose life has attracted thousands, but whom Fr. Thurston considers hysterical and masochistic and whose devotions to him savour of the <snowball> prayer; Pope Alexander VI; the origin of the Rosary; the Carmelite scapular; and very many themes beside. Here was have (sic) a mass of material, and even a casual glance through these pages will suffice to show the ugly prejudice which informs the whole. The intimate discussions on miracles, spiritual graces and physical phenomena, which above all require faith, reverence, sympathy, tact and understanding, are conducted with a roughness and a rudeness infinitely regrettable. What is worse, in every case Catholic tradition and loyal Catholic feeling are thrust to one side; the note of scepticism, of modernism, and even of rationalism is arrogantly dominant. Tender miracles of healing wrought at some old sanctuary, records of some hidden life of holiness secretly lived amongst us in the cloister or the home, these things seem to provoke Fr. Thurston to such a pitch of annoyance that he cannot refrain from venting his utmost spleen. The obsession is certainly morbid. It is reasonable to suppose that a lengthy series of papers all concentrating upon certain aspects of mysticism would have collected in one volume, and it is extremely significant that in the autumn of 1923 a leading house announced among Forthcoming Books: The Physical Phenomena of Mysticism. By the Rev. Herbert Thurston, S.J. Although in active preparation, this has never seen the light. I have heard upon good authority that the ecclesiastical superiors took exception to such a publication. I may, of course, be wrong, and there can be no question that there is room for a different point of view, but I cannot divest my mind of the idea that the exaggerated rationalization of mystical phenomena conspicuous in the series of articles I have just considered may be by no means unwelcome to the Father of Lies [é coisa do demo usar a cabeça]. It really plays into his hands: first, because it makes the Church ridiculous by creating the impression that her mystics, particularly friars and nuns, are for the most part sickly hysterical subjects, deceivers and deceived, who would be fit inmates of Bedlam; that many of her most reverend shrines, Limpias, Campocavallo, and the sanctuaries of Naples, are frauds and conscious imposture; and, secondly, because it condemns and brings into ridicule that note of holiness which theologians declare is one of the distinctive marks of the true Church.” Finalmente alguém sensato na parada!

INFALIBILIDADE DOS DEMÔNIOS EM PELE DE CORDEIRO: “and Fr. Thurston for 15 nauseating pages insists upon <the evil example of his private life>. This is unnecessary; it is untrue; it shows contempt of Christ’s Vicar on earth.”

For a full account of the Papal Bulls, see my Geography of Witchcraft, 1927” Deve ser um livro interessantíssimo. Um catálogo das páginas mais execráveis já escritos por homens de autoridade na era dos domínios de Deus-Filho sobre a superfície da redonda terra.

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Verbete W I K I sobre Thurston:

Thurston wrote more than 150 articles for the Catholic Encyclopedia (1907-1914), and published nearly 800 articles in magazines and scholarly journals, as well a dozen books. He also re-edited Alban Butler’s Lives of the Saints (1926-1938). Many of Thurston’s articles show a skeptical attitude towards popular legends about the lives of the saints and about holy relics. On the other hand, his treatment of spiritualism and the paranormal was regarded as <too sympathetic> by some within the Catholic community.” “Thurston attributed the phenomena of stigmata to the effects of suggestion.” Livro que parece o mais interessante como inicial: The Physical Phenomena of Mysticism (1952). Vemos, portanto, que o livro foi “enrolado”, mas saiu, após a segunda e nefastérrima edição do Malleus do reverendinho SummersWinters!

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It should be borne in mind too that frequent disturbances, conspiracies of anarchists, and nascent Bolshevism showed that the district was rotted to the core, and the severities of Kramer and Sprenger were by no means so unwarranted as is generally supposed.” “Unfortunately full biographies of these two remarkable men, James Sprenger and Henry Kramer, have not been transmitted to us, but as many details have been succinctly collected in the Scriptores Ordinis Praedicatorum of Quétif and Echard, Paris, 1719, I have thought it convenient to transcribe the following accounts from that monumental work.”

PAPAS PROCRIADORES (MAS SANTOS): (*) Burchard was only aware of two children of Innocent VIII. But Egidio of Viterbo wrote: <Primus pontificum filios filiasque palam ostentavit, primus eorum apertas fecit nuptias.>

(*) “One writer, professing himself a Christian, declares that it is at least doubtful whether Our Lord instituted The Holy Sacrifice of the Altar. This, of course, is tantamount to a denial of Christ.”

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The British Museum has five editions of the 15th century: 4to., 1490? (IA 8634); folio, 1490 (IB 8615); 4to., 1494 (IA 7468); folio, 1494 (IB 5064); 4to., 1496 (IA 7503).” “Malleus Maleficarum, 8vo., Paris, an edition to which the British Museum catalogue assigns the date of <1510?>.”

Malleus Maleficarum . . . per F. Raffaelum Maffeum Venetum et D. Jacobi a Judeca instituti Servorum summo studio illustratis et a multis erroribus vindicatus . . . Venetiis Ad Candentis Salamandrae insigne. 1576, 8vo. (This is a disappointing reprint, and it is difficult to see in what consisted the editorial care of the Servite Raffaelo Maffei [Rafael Má-fé!], who may or may not have been some relation of the famous humanist of the same name (d. 25 January, 1522)(*), and who was of the monastery of San Giacomo della Guidecca. He might have produced a critical edition of the greatest value, but as it is there are no glosses, there is no excursus, and the text is poor. For example, in a very difficult passage, Principalis Quaestio II, Pars II, where the earliest texts read <die dominico sotularia ivuenum fungia . . . perungunt,> Venice, 1576, has <die dominica sotularia ivuenum fungia . . . perungent.>)” (*) Não é Raffaello Sanzio, que morreu em 1520.

Malleus Maleficarum, 4 vols., <sumptibus Claudii Bourgeat,> 4to., Lyons, 1669. This would appear to be the latest edition of the Malleus Maleficarum

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The derivation of Femina from fe minus is notorious, and hardly less awkward is the statement that Diabolus comes <a Dia, quod est duo, et bolus, quod est morsellus; quia duo occidit, scilicet corpus et animam.>

O show de horrores continua…

Possibly what will seem even more amazing to modern readers is the misogynic trend of various passages, and these not of the briefest nor least pointed. However, exaggerated as these may be, I am not altogether certain that they will not prove a wholesome and needful antidote in this feministic age, when the sexes seem confounded, and it appear to be the chief object of many females to ape the man, an indecorum by which they not only divest themselves of such charm as they might boast, but lay themselves open to the sternest reprobation in the name of sanity and common-sense. For the Apostle S. Peter says: Let wives be subject to their husbands: that if any believe not the word, they may be won without the word, by the conver[sa]tion of the wives, considering your chaste conversation with fear. Whose adorning let it not be the outward plaiting of the hair, or the wearing of god, or the putting on of apparel; but the hidden man of the heart is the incorruptibility of a quiet and meek spirit, which is rich in the sight of God. For after the manner heretofore the holy women also, who trusted God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands: as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters you are, doing well, and not fearing any disturbance.”

(*) “The extremer Picards seem to have been an off-shoot of the Behgards and to have professed the Adamite heresy. They called their churches Paradise whilst engaged in common worship stripped themselves quite nude. Shameful disorders followed. A number of these fanatics took possession of an island in the river Nezarka and lived in open communism. In 1421 Ziska, the Hussite leader, practically exterminated the sect. There have, however, been sporadic outbreaks of these Neo-Adamites. Picards was also a name given to the <Bohemian Brethren>, who may be said to have been organized in 1457 by Gregory, the nephew of Rokyzana.”

Montague Summers.

In Festo Expectationis B.M.V.


Já vai tarde, martelador de coisas erradas!

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It was published in 1487, but two years previously the authors had secured a bull from Pope Innocent VIII, authorizing them to continue the witch hunt in the Alps which they had already instituted against the opposition from clergy and secular authorities. They reprinted the bull of December 5, 1484 to make it appear that the whole book enjoyed papal sanction.

Anybody with a grudge or suspicion, very young children included, could accuse anyone of witchcraft and be listened to with attention; anyone who wanted someone else’s property or wife could accuse; any loner, any old person living alone, anyone with a misformity, physical or mental problem was likely to be accused. Open hunting season was declared on women, especially herb gatherers, midwives, widows and spinsters. Women who had no man to supervise them were of course highly suspicious. It has been estimated by Dr. Marija Gimbutas, professor of archaeology at the University of California, that as many as 9 million people, overwhelmingly women, were burned or hanged during the witch-craze. For nearly 250 years the Witches’ Hammer was the guidebook for the witch hunters, but again some of the inquisitioners had misgivings about this devilish book. In a letter dated November 27, 1538 Salazar advised the inquisitioners not to believe everything they read in Malleus Maleficarum, even if the authors write about it as something they themselves have seen and investigated (Henningson, p.347).”

Edo Nyland – The Witch Burnings: Holocaust Without Equal

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every alteration that takes place in a human body – for example, a state of health or a state of sickness – can be brought down to a question of natural causes, as Aristotle has shown in his 7th book of Physics. And the greatest of these is the influence of the stars. But the devils cannot interfere with the stars. This is the opinion of Dionysius in his epistle to S. Polycarp. For this alone God can do. Therefore it is evident the demons cannot actually effect any permanent transformation in human bodies; that is to say, no real metamorphosis. And so we must refer the appearance of any such change to some dark and occult cause.”

For devils have no power at all save by a certain subtle art. But an art cannot permanently produce a true form. (And a certain author says: Writers on Alchemy know that there is no hope of any real transmutation.) Therefore the devils for their part, making use of the utmost of their craft, cannot bring about any permanent cure – or permanent disease.”

But the power of the devil is stronger than any human power” (Job 40) Ou a tradução para Português perde muito do sentido original ou o autor se equivoca muito ao interpretar os versos de Jó XL como sobre o demônio, quando só falam de Deus onipotente, do homem impotente e, no máximo, do animal beemote, que é um crente, age com sabedoria, não se desespera, porque conhece a própria fraqueza melhor do que o homem.

For the imagination of some men is so vivid that they think they see actual figures and appearances which are but the reflection of their thoughts, and then these are believed to be the apparitions of evil spirits or even the spectres of witches.”



an infidel and worse than a heathen”

tempstation du mal, ô Être!

Deuteronômio 18: Este, pois, será o direito dos sacerdotes, a receber do povo, dos que oferecerem sacrifício, seja boi ou gado miúdo; que darão ao sacerdote a espádua e as queixadas e o bucho.”

Ça ser dote ou não ser, eis a questão

Entre ti não se achará quem faça passar pelo fogo a seu filho ou a sua filha, nem adivinhador, nem prognosticador, nem agoureiro, nem feiticeiro;

Nem encantador, nem quem consulte a um espírito adivinhador, nem mágico, nem quem consulte os mortos;

Pois todo aquele que faz tal coisa é abominação ao Senhor; e por estas abominações o Senhor teu Deus os lança fora de diante de ti.


estas nações, que hás de possuir, ouvem os prognosticadores e os adivinhadores; porém a ti [descendente sacerdotal] o Senhor teu Deus não permitiu tal coisa. [Daí estaria implícito que a adivinhação e o ato de aconselhar [?] estão permitidos para todas as tribos não-sacerdotais; são simplesmente naturais dentre o povaréu. Não deveriam ser os e as possuidoras de tantos e atípicos talentos vítimas de apedrejamento, apenas deixad@s em sua ‘cegueira espiritual inerente’, para serem julgad@s na Esfera competente Quando de competência!]

Porém o profeta que tiver a presunção de falar alguma palavra em meu nome, que eu não lhe tenha mandado falar [um Genocídio teria de advir], ou o que falar em nome de outros deuses, esse profeta morrerá.” Não disse de quê.

Quando o profeta falar em nome do Senhor, e essa palavra não se cumprir, nem suceder assim; esta é palavra que o Senhor não falou; com soberba a falou aquele profeta; não tenhas temor dele.” Jesus tem ainda uns 30 mil anos de crédito, relaxai…

Levíticos 19: “The soul which goeth to wizards and soothsayers to commit fornication with them, I will set my face against that soul, and destroy it out of the midst of my people.”

Levíticos 20: “A man, or woman, in whom there is a pythonical or divining spirit dying, let them die: they shall stone them.”

IV Kings I // 2 Reis 1: “His brother and successor, Joram, threw down the statue of Baal, erected by Achab”

(…) Ide, e perguntai a Baal-Zebube, deus de Ecrom, se sararei desta doença.

Mas o anjo do Senhor disse a Elias, o tisbita: Levanta-te, sobe para te encontrares com os mensageiros do rei de Samaria, e dize-lhes: Porventura não há Deus em Israel, para irdes consultar a Baal-Zebube, deus de Ecrom?

E por isso assim diz o Senhor: Da cama, a que subiste, não descerás, mas sem falta morrerás. Então Elias partiu.


Então o rei (…) disse-lhe: Homem de Deus, o rei diz: Desce.

Mas Elias respondeu, e disse ao capitão de cinqüenta: Se eu, pois, sou homem de Deus, desça fogo do céu, e te consuma a ti e aos teus cinqüenta. Então fogo desceu do céu, e consumiu a ele e aos seus cinqüenta.


E tornou a enviar um terceiro capitão de cinqüenta, com os seus cinqüenta; então subiu o capitão de cinqüenta e, chegando, pôs-se de joelhos diante de Elias, e suplicou-lhe, dizendo: Homem de Deus, seja, peço-te, preciosa aos teus olhos a minha vida, e a vida destes cinqüenta teus servos.

Eis que fogo desceu do céu, e consumiu aqueles dois primeiros capitães de cinqüenta, com os seus cinqüenta; porém, agora seja preciosa aos teus olhos a minha vida.

Então o anjo do Senhor disse a Elias: Desce com este, não temas. E levantou-se, e desceu com ele ao rei.


Assim, pois, morreu, conforme a palavra do Senhor, que Elias falara (…)”

I Paralipomenon 10 (Bíblia Vulgata, English translation – equivalente a 1 Crônicas 10): “Saul is slain for his sins: he is buried by the men of Jabes. Now the Philistines fought against Israel, and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down wounded in mount Gelboe. And the Philistines drew near pursuing after Saul, and his sons, and they killed Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchisua the sons of Saul. And the battle grew hard against Saul and the archers reached him, and wounded him with arrows. And Saul said to his armour-bearer: Draw thy sword, and kill me: lest these uncircumcised come, and mock me. But his armour-bearer would not, for he was struck with fear: so Saul took his sword, and fell upon it. [réprobo dos réprobos!] And when his armour-bearer saw it, to wit, that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died. So Saul died, and his 3 sons, and all his house fell together. And when the men of Israel, that dwelt in the plains, saw this, they fled: and Saul and his sons being dead, they forsook their cities, and were scattered up and down: and the Philistines came, and dwelt in them. And the next day the Philistines taking away the spoils of them that were slain, found Saul and his sons lying on mount Gelboe. And when they had stripped him, and cut off his head, and taken away his armour, they sent it into their land, to be carried about, and shown in the temples of the idols and to the people. And his armour they dedicated in the temple of their god, and his head they fastened up in the temple of Dagon. And when the men of Jabes Galaad had heard this, to wit, all that the Philistines had done to Saul, All the valiant men of them arose, and took the bodies of Saul and of his sons, and brought them to Jabes, and buried their bones under the oak that was in Jabes, and they fasted 7 days. So Saul died for his iniquities, because he transgressed the commandment of the Lord, which he had commanded, and kept it not: and moreover consulted also a witch, And trusted not in the Lord: therefore he slew him, and transferred his kingdom to David the son of Isai.”

I will not mention those very many other places where S. Thomas in great detail discusses operations of this kind. As, for example, in his Summa contra Gentiles, Book 3, c. 1 and 2, in part one, question 114, argument 4. And in the Second of the Second, questions 92 and 94. We may further consult the Commentators and the Exegetes who have written upon the wise men and the magicians of Pharaoh, Exodus 7. We may also consult what S. Augustine says in The City of God, Book 18, c. 17. See further his second book On Christian Doctrine. Very many other doctors advance the same opinion, and it would be the height of folly for any man to contradict all these, and he could not be held to be clear of the guilt of heresy. For any man who gravely errs in an exposition of Holy Scripture is rightly considered to be a heretic.”

For they say, and S. Thomas agrees with them, that if witchcraft takes effect in the event of a marriage before there has been carnal copulation, then if it is lasting it annuls and destroys the contract of marriage, and it is quite plain that such a condition cannot in any way be said to be illusory and the effect of imagination.”

DSM-0 (IMPOTENCIAS FEITICIRIVS): “they lay down whether it is to be treated as a lasting or temporary infirmity if it continued for more than the space of 3 years”

Any person, whatsoever his rank or position, upon such an accusation may be put to torture, and he who is found guilty, even if he confesses his crime, let him be racked, let him suffer all other tortures prescribed by law in order that he may be punished in proportion to his offences.

Note: In days of old such criminals suffered a double penalty and were often thrown to wild beast to be devoured by them. Nowadays they are burnt at the stake, and probably this is because the majority of them are women.”

A tênue linha entre a Mãe Diná, David Copperfield e o Capeta.

Here it must be noticed that there are fourteen distinct species which come under the genus superstition, but these for the sake of brevity it is hardly necessary to detail, since they have been most clearly set out by S. Isidore in his Etymologiae, (*) Book 8, and by S. Thomas in his Second of the Second, question 92.” “The category in which women of this sort are to be ranked is called the category of Pythons, persons in or by whom the devil either speaks or performs some astonishing operation, and this is often the first category in order.”

(*) “Throughout the greater part of the Middle Ages it was the text-book most in use in educational institutions. Arevalo, who is regarded as the most authoritative editor of S. Isidore (7 vols., Rome, 1797-1803), tells us that it was printed no less than ten times between 1470 and 1529.”

it is necessary that there should be made a contract with the devil, by which contract the witch truly and actually binds herself to be the servant of the devil and devotes herself to the devil, and this is not done in any dream or under any illusion

CAVALGAR, ASSUNTO FEMININO POR EXCELÊNCIA: “although these women imagine they are riding (as they think and say) with Diana or with Herodias, in truth they are riding with the devil, who calls himself by some such heathen name and throws a glamour before their eyes. (…) the act of riding abroad may be merely illusory, since the devil has extraordinary power over the minds of those who have given themselves up to him, so that what they do in pure imagination, they believe they have actually and really done in the body.” “Whether witches by their magic arts are actually and bodily transported from place to place, or whether this merely happens in imagination, as is the case with regard to those women who are called Pythons, will be dealt with later in this work, and we shall also discuss how they are conveyed.”

The Evil Damnation

Devi[l-]da[-]mente orden[h]ado

that God very often allows devils to act as His ministers and His servants, but throughout all it is God alone who can afflict and it is He alone who can heal, for <I kill and I make alive> (Deuteronomy 32:39).”

(*) “<Lex Cornelia.> De Sicariis et Ueneficis. Passed circa 81 B.C. This law dealt with incendiarism as well as open assassination and poisoning, and laid down penalties for accessories to the fact.”

Yet perhaps this may seem to be altogether too severe a judgement mainly because of the penalties which follow upon excommunication: for the Canon prescribes that a cleric is to be degraded [?] and that a layman is to be handed over to the power of the secular courts, who are admonished to punish him as his offence deserves. Moreover, we must take into consideration the very great numbers of persons who, owing to their ignorance, will surely be found guilty of this error. And since the error is very common the rigor of strict justice may be tempered with mercy. And it is indeed our intention to try to make excuses for those who are guilty of this heresy rather than to accuse them of being infected with the malice of heresy. It is preferable then that if a man should be even gravely suspected of holding this false opinion he should not be immediately condemned for the grave crime of heresy. (See the gloss of Bernard upon the word Condemned.)”

since an idea merely kept to oneself is not heresy unless it be afterwards put forward, obstinately and openly maintained, it should certainly be said that persons such as we have just mentioned are not to be openly condemned for the crime of heresy. But let no man think he may escape by pleading ignorance. For those who have gone astray through ignorance of this kind may be found to have sinned very gravely. For although there are many degrees of ignorance, nevertheless those who have the cure of souls [padres?] cannot plead invincible ignorance, as the philosophers call it, which by the writers on Canon law and by the Theologians is called Ignorance of the Fact.” “For sometimes persons do not know, they do not wish to know, and they have no intention of knowing. For such persons there is no excuse, but they are to be altogether condemned.”

If it be asked whether the movement of material objects from place to place by the devil may be paralleled by the movement of the spheres, the answer is No. Because material objects are not thus moved by any natural inherent power of their own, but they are only moved by a certain obedience to the power of the devil, who by the virtue of his own nature has a certain dominion over bodies and material things; he has this certain power, I affirm, yet he is not able to add to created material objects any form or shape, be it substantial or accidental, without some admixture of or compounding with another created natural object.”

The planets and stars have no power to coerce and compel devils to perform any actions against their will, although seemingly demons are readier to appear when summoned by magicians under the influence of certain stars. It appears that they do this for two reasons. First, because they know that the power of that planet will aid the effect which the magicians desire. Secondly, They do this in order to deceive men, thus making them suppose that the stars have some divine power or actual divinity, and we know that in days of old this veneration of the stars led to the vilest idolatry.”

alchemists make something similar to gold, that is to say, in so far as the external accidents are concerned, but nevertheless they do not make true gold, because the substance of gold is not formed by the heat of fire which alchemists employ, but by the heat of the sun, acting and reacting upon a certain spot where mineral power is concentrated and amassed, and therefore such gold is of the same likeness as, but is not of the same species as, natural gold.”

Raimundo de Sabunde, espanhol, traduzido até por Montaigne (Theologia Naturalis).

we learn from the Holy Scriptures of the disasters which fell upon Job, how fire fell from heaven and striking the sheep and the servants consumed them, and how a violent wind threw down the four corners of a house so that it fell upon his children and slew them all. The devil by himself without the co-operation of any witches, but merely by God’s permission alone, was able to bring about all these disasters. Therefore he can certainly do many things which are often ascribed to the work of witches.”

uma sálvia podre, arremessada numa corrente d’água, pode causar terríveis tempestades e borrascas.”

Um dos argumentos muito repetidos: Citamos Aristóteles, que diz, no terceiro livro de sua Ética: O Mal é um ato voluntário, o que se prova pelo fato de que ninguém executa uma ação injusta, e um homem que comete um estupro o faz em busca do seu próprio prazer, não é que prejudique apenas por prejudicar ou queira cometer o mal pelo próprio mal. Mas não é assim que entende a Lei. O diabo está apenas usando a bruxa como seu instrumento; logo, neste caso a bruxa é apenas um títere; a bruxa não deveria ser punida pelo seu ato.” [!!!]

Gálatas 3: “O senseless Galatians, who hath bewitched you that you should not obey the truth?”

And the gloss upon this passage refers to those who have singularly fiery and baleful eyes [inflamados, perniciosos], who by a mere look can harm others, especially young children.” ???

Alguns podem seduzir e hipnotizar pelo mero olhar” Avicena

O ímã assustava os crentes até no mínimo Santo Agostinho. O “poder” feminino da maquiagem é colocado em pé de igualdade com aquele poder de atração magnética!

Moisés atacou o Egito com dez pragas por intermédio do ministério dos bons Anjos; já os magos do Faraó foram capazes tão-só de realizar três desses milagres pela ajuda de Satanás. E a peste que caiu sobre as pessoas por 3 dias devido ao pecado de Davi, que enumerou as pessoas, e os 72 mil homens que foram massacrados numa noite, do exército de Senacheribe, foram milagres produzidos por Anjos de Deus, i.e., Anjos bons tementes a Deus e sabedores de Sua Vontade.”

No tempo de Jó não havia feiticeiros nem bruxas. A Providência quis que o exemplo de Jó servisse para alertar sobre os poderes ocultos do Anjo caído manifestáveis mesmo contra os justos (…) lembre-se: nada ocorre senão a vontade de Deus.”

Vincent of Beauvais(*) in his Speculum historiale, quoting many learned authorities, says that he who first practised the arts of magic and of astrology was Zoroaster, who is said to have been Cham the son of Noe. And according to S. Augustine in his book Of the City of God, Cham laughed aloud when he was born, and thus showed that he was a servant of the devil, and he, although he was a great and mighty king, was conquered by Ninus the son of Belus,¹ who built Ninive, whose reign was the beginning of the kingdom of Assyria in the time of Abraham.”

(*) “Little is known of the personal history of this celebrated encyclopaedist. The years of his birth and death are uncertain, but the dates most frequently assigned are 1190 and 1264 respectively. It is thought that he joined the Dominicans in Paris shortly after 1218, and that he passed practically his whole life in his monastery in Beauvais, where he occupied himself incessantly upon his enormous work, the general title of which is Speculum Maius, containing 80 books, divided into 9.885 chapters. The third part, Speculum Historiale, in 31 books and 3,793 chapters, bring the History of the World down to A.D. 1250.”

¹ Grego antigo Bēlos; a reencarnação antropomórfica de Marduk; e ainda suposto neto de Hércules! Belus é algumas vezes associado à Assíria, outras à Babilônia e ainda outras ao Egito como um “pai civilizacional” e mestre militar ou semideus da guerra. Na última versão (a egípcia), teria se casado com a filha do deus-rio Nilo. De 12 autores clássicos que citaram Belus, 4 atribuem sua paternidade a Poseidon. Não estão tampouco descartadas relações do nome Belus com Ba’al do Velho Testamento (conseqüentemente, Ba’al e Marduque possuem verossimilhanças e correlações).

From this time men began to worship images as though they were gods; but this was after the earliest years of history, for in the very first ages there was no idolatry, since in the earliest times men still preserved some remembrance of the creation of the world, as S. Thomas says, Book 2, question 95, article 4. Or it may have originated with Nembroth [Nimrod], who compelled men to worship fire; and thus in the second age of the world there began Idolatry, which is the first of all superstitions, as Divination is the second, and the Observing of Times and Seasons the third.

The practices of witches are included in the second kind of superstition, since they expressly invoke the devil. And there are 3 kinds of this superstition: — Necromancy, Astrology, or rather Astromancy, the superstitious observation of stars, and Oneiromancy.Freud bruxão

The prophet Isaiah (6:6) says: The earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord. And so in this twilight and evening of the world, when sin is flourishing on every side and in every place, when charity is growing cold, the evil of witches and their inequities superabound.”

And since Zoroaster was wholly given up to the magic arts, it was the devil alone who inspired him to study and observe the stars.”

For the eyes direct their glance upon a certain object without taking notice of other things, and although the vision be perfectly clear, yet at the sight of some impurity, such, for example, a woman during her monthly periods, the eyes will as it were contract a certain impurity. This is what Aristotle says in his work On Sleep and Waking, and thus if anybody’s spirit be inflamed with malice or rage, as is often the case with old women, then their disturbed spirit looks through their eyes, for their countenances are most evil and harmful, and often terrify young children of tender years, who are extremely impressionable.” “Os olhos dirigem sua mirada a certos objetos sem se concentrar sobre ou perceber outros, e ainda que o sentido da visão resulte perfeitamente claro, quando abstraído por alguma impureza, como, por exemplo, uma mulher em seu período menstrual, os olhos serão contaminados pela mesma impureza. Isto é o que Aristóteles diz em sua obra Sobre o Sono e a Vigília [livro contido na obra maior, Da Alma]; destarte, se a alma de alguém estiver dominada pela malícia ou fúria, o que é amiúde o caso das mulheres velhas, sua alma perturbada transparece através dos olhos; basta observar o quanto seus semblantes parecem maus e daninhos, e como assustam com tanta facilidade as crianças pequenas nos anos da inocência, que são extremamente impressionáveis.”

A lenda do “olhar letal” do basilisco: quiçá a fonte do Mito da Medusa.

EVIL NEVER DIES: “Réalité de la Magie et des Apparitions, Paris, 1819 (pp. xii-xiii), has: <Le monde, purgé par le déluge, fut repeuplé par les trois fils de Noé. Sem et Japhet imitèrent la vertu de leur père, et furent justes comme lui. Cham, au contraire, donna entrée au démon dans son coeur, remit au jour l’art exécrable de la magie, en composa les règles, et en instruisit son fils Misraim.>


Caldeu, astrólogo e mago eram três sinônimos perfeitos.”

And now with reference to the second point, namely, that blood will flow from a corpse in the presence of a murderer.” Superstição lida hoje em Tom Sawyer!

Now there are two circumstances which are certainly very common at the present day, that is to say, the connexion of witches with familiars, Incubi and Succubi, and the horrible sacrifices of small children. (…) Now these demons work owing to their influence upon man’s mind and upon his free will, and they choose to copulate under the influence of certain stars rather than under the influence of others, for it would seem that at certain times their semen can more easily generate and beget children.”

At first it may truly seem that it is not in accordance with the Catholic Faith to maintain that children can be begotten by devils, that is to say, by Incubi and Succubi: for God Himself, before sin came into the world, instituted human procreation, since He created woman from the rib of man to be a help-meet unto man: And to them He said: Increase, and multiply, Genesis 2:24. Likewise after sin had come into the world, it was said to Noé: Increase, and multiply, Genesis 9:1. In the time of the new law also, Christ confirmed this union: Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, Made them male and female? S. Matthew 19:4. Therefore, men cannot be begotten in any other way than this.

But it may be argued that devils take their part in this generation not as the essential cause, but as a secondary and artificial cause, since they busy themselves by interfering with the process of normal copulation and conception, by obtaining human semen, and themselves transferring it.”

to collect human semen from one person and to transfer it to another implies certain local actions. But devils cannot locally move bodies from place to place. And this is the argument they put forward. The soul is purely a spiritual essence, so is the devil: but the soul cannot move a body from place to place except it be that body in which it lives and to which it gives life: whence if any member of the body perishes it becomes dead and immovable. Therefore devils cannot move a body from place to place, except it be a body to which they give life. It has been shown, however, and is acknowledged that devils do not bestow life on anybody, therefore they cannot move human semen locally”

the power that moves and the movement are one and the same thing according to Aristotle in his Physics. It follows, therefore, that devils who move heavenly bodies must be in heaven, which is wholly untrue, both in our opinion, and in the opinion of the Platonists.”

as Walafrid Strabo says in his commentary upon Exodus 7:2: And Pharaoh called the wise men and the magicians: Devils go about the earth collecting every sort of seed, and can by working upon them broadcast various species. And again in Genesis 6 the gloss makes 2 comments on the words: And the sons of God saw the daughters of men. First, that by the sons of God are meant the sons of Seth, and by the daughters of men, the daughters of Cain. Second, that Giants were created not by some incredible act of men, but by certain devils, which are shameless towards women. For the Bible says, Giants were upon the earth.”

For through the wantonness of the flesh they have much power over men; and in men the source of wantonness lies in the privy parts, since it is from them that the semen falls, just as in women it falls from the navel.”

men may at times be begotten by means of Incubi and Succubi”

We leave open the question whether it was possible for Venus to give birth to Aeneas through coition with Anchises. For a similar question arises in the Scriptures, where it is asked whether evil angels lay with the daughters of men, and thereby the earth was then filled with giants, that is to say, preternaturally big and strong men.” Santo Agostinho

Satyrs are wild shaggy creatures of the woods, which are a certain kind of devils called Incubi.”

As to that of S. Paul in I Corinthians 11, A woman ought to have a covering on her head, because of the angels, many Catholics believe that because of the angels refers to Incubi. Of the same opinion is the Venerable Bede in his History of the English; also William of Paris in his book De Universo, the last part of the 6th treatise. Moreover, S. Thomas speaks of this (I. 25 and II. 8, and elsewhere; also on Isaiah 12 and 14). Therefore he says that it is rash to deny such things. For that which appears true to many cannot be altogether false, according to Aristotle (at the end of the De somno et vigilia, and in the 2nd Ethics). I say nothing of the many authentic histories, both Catholic and heathen, which openly affirm the existence of Incubi.”

I Corinthians 11: Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved. For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head. A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.”

materially life springs from the semen, and an Incubus devil can, with God’s permission, accomplish this by coition. And the semen does not so much spring from him, as it is another man’s semen received by him for this purpose (see S. Thomas, I. 51, art. 3). For the devil is Succubus to a man, and becomes Incubus to a woman. In just the same way they absorb the seeds of other things for the generating of various thing, as S. Augustine says, de Trinitate 3.”

INNER-BREEDING HERMAPHRODITE MUTUAL CONCEPTION: “one devil, allotted to a woman, should receive semen from another devil, allotted to a man [esperma feminino, vale dizer], that in this way each of them should be commissioned by the prince of devils to work some witchcraft; since, to each one is allotted his own angel, even from among the evil ones; or because of the filthiness of the deed, which one devil would abhor to commit.”

the soul occupies by far the lowest grade in the order of spiritual beings, and therefore it follows that there must be some proportionate relation between it and the body which it is able to move by contact. But it is not so with devils, whose power altogether exceeds corporeal power. (…) And just as the higher heavenly bodies are moved by the higher spiritual substances, as are the good Angels, so are the lower bodies moved by the lower spiritual substances, as are the devils. And if this limitation of the devils’ power is due to the essence of nature, it is held by some that the devils are not of the order of those higher angels, but are part of this terrestrial order created by God; and this was the opinion of the Philosophers. And if it is due to condemnation for sin, as is held by the Theologians, then they were thrust from the regions of heaven into this lower atmosphere for a punishment, and therefore are not able to move either it or the earth. (…) Also there is the argument that objects that the motion of the whole and of the part is the same thing, just as Aristotle in his 4th Physics instances the case of the whole earth and a clod of soil; and that therefore if the devils could move a part of the earth, they could also move the whole earth. But this is not valid, as is clear to anyone who examines the distinction.”

through such action complete contraception and generation by women can take place, inasmuch as they can deposit human semen in the suitable place of a woman’s womb where there is already a corresponding substance. (…) wherefore the child is the son not of the devil, but of some man.”

FREEZER ANTIGO: “devils are able to store the semen safely, so that its vital heat is not lost; or even that it cannot evaporate so easily on account of the great speed at which they move by reason of the superiority of the move over the thing moved.”

I Corinthians 15: “As long as the world endures Angels are set over Angels, men over men, and devils over devils. Also in Job 40 it speaks of the scales of Leviathan, which signify the members of the devil, how one cleaves to another. Therefore there is among them diversity both of order and of action.” “It is Catholic to maintain that there is a certain order of interior and exterior actions, and a degree of preference among devils. Whence it follows that certain abominations are committed by the lowest orders, from which the higher orders are precluded on account of the nobility of their natures.”

Dionysus also lays it down in his 10th chapter On the Celestial Hierarchy that in the same order there are 3 separate degrees; and we must agree with this, since they are both immaterial and incorporeal. See also S. Thomas (2:2).”

For though one and the same name, that of devil, is generally used in Scripture because of their various qualities, yet the Scriptures teach that One is set over these filthy actions, just as certain other vices are subject to Another. For it is the practice of Scripture and of speech to name every unclean spirit Diabolus, from Dia, that is Two, and Bolus, that is Morsel [pedaço]; for he kills two things, the body and the soul. And this is in accordance with etymology, although in Greek Diabolus means shut in Prison, which also is apt, since he is not permitted to do as much harm as he wishes. Or Diabolus may mean Downflowing, since he flowed down, that is, fell down, both specifically and locally. He is also named Demon, that is, Cunning over Blood, since he thirsts for and procures sin with a threefold knowledge, being powerful in the subtlety of his nature, in his age-long experience, and in the revelation of the good spirits. He is called also Belial, which means Without Yoke or Master; for he can fight against him to whom he should be subject. He is called also Beelzebub, which means Lord of Flies, that is, of the souls of sinners who have left the true faith of Christ. Also Satan, that is, the Adversary; see I Peter 2: For your adversary the devil goeth about, etc. Also Behemoth, that is, Beast, because he makes men bestial.

But the very devil of Fornication, and the chief of that abomination, is called Asmodeus, which means the Creature of Judgement: for because of this kind of sin a terrible judgement was executed upon Sodom and the 4 other cities. Similarly the devil of Pride is called Leviathan, which means Their Addition; because when Lucifer tempted our first parents he promised them, out of his pride, the addition of Divinity. Concerning him the Lord said through Isaiah: I shall visit it upon Leviathan, that old and tortuous serpent. And the devil of Avarice and Riches is called Mammon, whom also Christ mentions in the Gospel (Matthew 6): Ye cannot serve God, etc.

Segundo este panfleto, Lúcifer e os “diabos mais altos” jamais cometeriam um ato tão impuro quanto a fornicação! Demônios pudicos…

certain men who are called Lunatics are molested by devils more at one time than at another; and the devils would not so behave, but would rather molest them at all times, unless they themselves were deeply affected by certain phases of the Moon.”

the choleric are wrathful, the sanguine are kindly, the melancholy are envious, and the phlegmatic are slothful.”

S. Augustine (de Civitate Dei, V), where he resolves a certain question of 2 brothers who fell ill and were cured simultaneously, approves the reasoning of Hippocrates rather than that of an Astronomer. For Hippocrates answered that it is owing to the similarity of their humours; and the Astronomer answered that it was owing the identity of their horoscopes. For the Physician’s answer was better, since he adduced the more powerful and immediate cause.”

Saturn has a melancholy and bad influence and Jupiter a very good influence”

(*) “Although in Cicero and in Seneca mathematicus means a mathematician, in later Latin it always signifies an astrologer, a diviner, a wizard. The Mathematici were condemned by the Roman law as exponents of black magic. Their art is indeed forbidden in severest terms by Diocletian (A.D. 284-305): <Artem geometriae discere atque exervere oublice interest, ars autem mathematica damnabilis interdicta est omnino.>

Also, as William of Paris says in his De Universo, it is proved by experience that if a harlot tries to plant an olive it does not become fruitful, whereas if it is planted by a chaste woman it is fruitful.”

And here it is to be noted that a belief in Fate is in one way quite Catholic, but in another way entirely heretical.” “Fate may be considered to be a sort of second disposition, or an ordination of second causes for the production of foreseen Divine effects. And in this way Fate is truly something.”

as Aristotle says, the brain is the most humid of all the parts of the body, therefore it chiefly is subject to the operation of the Moon, which itself has power to incite humours. Moreover, the animal forces are perfected in the brain, and therefore the devils disturb a man’s fancy according to certain phases of the Moon, when the brain is ripe for such influences. And these are reasons why the devils are present as counsellors in certain constellations. They may lead men into the error of thinking that there is some divinity in the stars.”

And as for that concerning I Kings 16: that Saul, who was vexed by a devil, was alleviated when David played his harp before him, and that the devil departed, etc. It must be known that it is quite true that by the playing of the harp, and the natural virtue of that harmony, the affliction of Saul was to some extent relieved, inasmuch as that music did somewhat calm his sense through hearing; through which calming he was made less prone to that vexation.”

parteiras, que ultrapassam todas as outras em maldade.”

there are three things in nature, the Tongue, an Ecclesiastic, and a Woman, which know no moderation in goodness or vice; and when they exceed the bounds of their condition they reach the greatest heights and the lowest depths of goodness and vice.”

Avoid as you would the plague a trading priest, who has risen from poverty to riches, from a low to a high estate.”

Ecclesiasticus 25: “There is no head above the head of a serpent: and there is no wrath above the wrath of a woman. I had rather dwell with a lion and a dragon than to keep house with a wicked woman.”

O que mais é uma mulher senão um inimigo da amizade, uma punição inescapável, um mal necessário, uma tentação natural, uma calamidade desejável, um perigo doméstico, um prejuízo deleitável, um mal da natureza disfarçado de beleza?” João Crisóstomo

Cicero in his second book of The Rhetorics says: The many lusts of men lead them into one sin, but the lust of women leads them into all sins; for the root of all woman’s vices is avarice. And Seneca says in his Medea: A woman either loves or hates; there is no third grade. And the tears of woman are a deception, for they may spring from true grief, or they may be a snare. When a woman thinks alone, she thinks evil.”

Intelectualmente, as mulheres são como crianças.” Terêncio

Nenhuma mulher compreendia filosofia exceto Temeste.” Lactâncio, Instituições Divinas

Provérbios 11: “Como uma jóia de ouro no focinho dum porco, assim é uma mulher bonita que não tem modos.”

And when the philosopher Socrates was asked if one should marry a wife, he answered: If you do not, you are lonely, your family dies out, and a stranger inherits; if you do, you suffer perpetual anxiety, querelous complaints, reproaches concerning the marriage portion, the heavy displeasure of your relations, the garrulousness of a mother-in-law, cuckoldom, and no certain arrival of an heir. [fonte?] This he said as one who knew. For S. Jerome in his Contra Iovinianum says: This Socrates had 2 wives, whom he endured with much patience, but could not be rid of their contumelies and clamorous vituperations. So one day when they were complaining against him, he went out of the house to escape their plaguing, and sat down before the house; and the women then threw filthy water over him. But the philosopher was not disturbed by this, saying, <I knew the rain would come after the thunder.>

If we inquire, we find that nearly all the kingdoms of the world have been overthrown by women. Troy, which was a prosperous kingdom, was, for the rape of one woman, Helen, destroyed, and many thousands of Greeks slain. The kingdom of the Jews suffered much misfortune and destruction through the accursed Jezebel, and her daughter Athaliah, queen of Judah, who caused her son’s sons to be killed, that on their death she might reign herself; yet each of them was slain. The kingdom of the Romans endured much evil through Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, that worst of women. And so with others. Therefore it is no wonder if the world now suffers through the malice of women.”

There is no man in the world who studies so hard to please the good God as even an ordinary woman studies by her vanities to please men.”

All witchcraft comes from carnal lust, which is in women insatiable.”

We know of an old woman who, according to the common account of the brothers in that monastery even up to this day, in this manner not only bewitched 3 successive Abbots, but even killed them, and in the same way drove the 4th out of his mind. For she herself publicly confessed it, and does not fear to say: I did so and I do so, and they are not able to keep from loving me because they have eaten so much of my dung – measuring off a certain length on her arm. I confess, moreover, that since we had no case to prosecute her or bring her to trial, she survives to this day.”

APARENTEMENTE, A REFUTAÇÃO DO ‘FENÔMENO’ DA POSSESSÃO: “And a third kind of mutation can be added, which is when a good or bad angel enters into the body, in the same way that we say that God alone is able to enter into the soul, that is, the essence of life. But when we speak of an angel, especially a bad angel, entering the body, as in the case of an obsession, he does not enter beyond the limits of the essence of the body; for in this way only God the Creator can enter, Who gave it to be as it were the intrinsic operation of life. But the devil is said to enter the body when he effects something about the body: for when he works, there he is, as S. John Damascene says. And then he works within the bounds of corporeal matter, but not within the very essence of the body.”

the devil can directly prevent the erection of that member which is adapted to fructification, just as he can prevent local motion.”

And again, it was a greater thing to turn Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt than it is to take away the male organ; and that (Genesis 19) was a real and actual, not an apparent, metamorphosis (for it is said that that pillar is still to be seen), And this was done by a bad Angel; just as the good Angels struck the men of Sodom with blindness, so that they could not find the door of the house. And so it was with the other punishments of the men of Gomorrah. The gloss, indeed, affirms that Lot’s wife was herself tainted with that vice, and therefore she was punished.”

PRECISO PROVAR QUE A ODISSÉIA NÃO FOI REAL, ORA QUAL É O MEU PROBLEMA? “it is read in the books of the Gentiles that a certain sorceress named Circe changed the companions of Ulysses into beasts; but that this was due to some glamour or illusion, rather than an actual accomplishment, by altering the fancies of men”

(*) “Crohns in his Die Summa theologica des Antonin von Florenz und die Schützung des Weibes im Hexenhammer, Helsingfors, 1903, has set out to show that the very pronounced misogyny which is apparent in the Malleus Maleficarum can be traced to the Summa of S. Antoninus.”

(*) “During the 16th century in France lycanthropy was very prevalent, and cannibalism were rife in many county districts.”

penitent witches have often told to us and to others, saying: No one does more harm to the Catholic Faith than midwives. For when they do not kill children, then, as if for some other purpose, they take them out of the room and, raising them up in the air, offer them to devils.”

Evil will be for all time, even to the perfecting of the universe.” Dionysius

as through the persecution of the tyrants came the patience of the martyrs, and through the works of witches come the purgation or proving of the faith of the just”

God in His justice permits the prevalence of evil, both that of sin and that of pain, and especially now that the world is cooling and declining to its end”

SALADA MISTA TEO-GENTÍLICA: “See Apocalypse 12. The dragon falling from heaven drew with him the third part of the stars. And he lives in the form of Leviathan, and is king over all the children of pride. And, according to Aristotle (Metaph., V), he is called king of princes, inasmuch as he moves those who are subject to him according to his will and command.”

Do alto de uma montanha (Escolástica, pressentimento de Dia do Juízo iminente) é fácil dizer que “a ordem do cosmo” exige descer até o último andar do porão na escada metafísica da perfeição gradual de cada coisa a seu tempo…

Democritus and the other natural philosophers were in error when they ascribed whatever happened to the inferior creation to the mere chance of matter.”

the sins of witches are more grievous than those of the bad angels and our first parents. Wherefore, just as the innocent are punished for the sins of their fathers, so are many blameless people damned and bewitched for the sins of witches.”

Adam sinned only in doing that which was wrong in one of two ways; for it was forbidden, but was not wrong in itself: but witches and other sinners sin in doing that which is wrong in both ways, wrong in itself, and forbidden, such as murders and many other forbidden things.”

in fornication a young man sins, but an old man is mad.”

For they are called witches (maleficae) on account of the enormity of their crimes”

For the sin of infidelity consists in opposing the Faith; and this may come about in 2 ways, by opposing a faith which has not yet been received, or by opposing it after it has been received. Of the first sort is the infidelity of the Pagans or Gentiles. In the second way, the Christian Faith may be denied in 2 ways: either by denying the prophecies concerning it, or by denying the actual manifestation of its truth. And the first of these is the infidelity of the Jews, and the second the infidelity of Heretics.”

II Pedro 2: “the infidelity of the heretics, who while professing the faith of the Gospel fight against it by corrupting it, is a greater sin than that of the Jews and Pagans.”

they received the prophecy of the Christian Faith in the Old Law, which they corrupt through badly interpreting it, which is not the case with the Pagans.”

a Saracen fasts, to observe the law of Mohammed as to fasting, and a Jew observes his Feast days; but in such things he is guilty of mortal sin.”

For, besides the punishment of excommunication inflicted upon them, Heretics, together with their patrons, protectors and defenders, and with their children to the 2nd generation on the father’s side, and to the first degree on the mother’s side, are admitted to no benefit or office of the Church. And if a Heretic have Catholic children, for the heinousness of his crime they are deprived of their paternal inheritance. And if a man be convicted, and refuse to be converted and abjure his heresy, he must at once be burned, if he is a layman. For if they who counterfeit money are summarily put to death, how much more must they who counterfeit the Faith? But if he is a cleric, after solemn degradation he is handed over to the secular Court to be put to death. But if they return to the Faith, they are to be imprisoned for life.”

For, bodily speaking, sons are a property of the father, and slaves and animals are the property of their masters; and so the sons are sometimes punished for their parents. Thus the son born to David from adultery quickly died; and the animals of the Amalekites were bidden to be killed. Yet the reason for these things remains a mystery.”

SOBRE DEUS INFLIGIR SOFRIMENTO SEM CULPA DO “CRENTE”: “For he says that for 5 causes God scourges man in this life, or inflicts punishment. First, that God may be glorified; and this is when some punishment or affliction is miraculously removed, as in the case of the man born blind (S. John 9), or of the raising of Lazarus (S. John 11).” Ou quando ele me deu 10 graus de miopia, para se gloriar na seqüência com meus infinitos livros.

And the species of the first form of Divination, that is, an open invocation of devils, are the following: Sorcery, Oneiromancy, Necromancy, Oracles, Geomancy, Hydromancy, Aeromancy, Pyromancy, and Soothsaying (see S. Thomas, Second of the Second, quest. 95, 26, and 5). The species of the 2nd kind are Horoscopy, Haruspicy, Augury, Observation of Omens, Cheiromancy and Spatulamancy.

But let no one think that such practices are lawful because the Scripture records that the soul of the just Prophet, summoned from Hades to predict the event of Saul’s coming war, appeared through the means of a woman who was a witch. For, as S. Augustine says to Simplicianus: It is not absurd to believe that it was permitted by some dispensation, or by the potency of any magic art, but by some hidden dispensation unknown to the Pythoness or to Saul, that the spirit of that just man should appear before the sight of the king, to deliver the Divine sentence against him.

Oneiromancy may be practised in two ways. The first is when a person uses dreams so that he may dip into the occult with the help of the revelation of devils invoked by him, with whom he has entered into an open pact. The second is when a man uses dreams for knowing the future, in so far as there is such virtue in dreams proceeding from Divine revelation, from a natural and intrinsic or extrinsic cause”

when we study at the time of the dawn we are given an understanding of certain occult matters in the Scriptures.”

MUITA FÉ NO ARI.: “doctors are very often helped by dreams in their diagnosis (as Aristotle says in the same book).”

when they desire to see what their fellow-witches are doing, it is their practice to lie down on their left side in the name of their own and of all devils; and these things are revealed to their vision in images.”

The other species of divination, which are performed with a tacit, but not an open, invocation of devils, are Horoscopy, or Astrology, so called from the consideration of the stars at birth; Haruspicy, which observes the days and hours; Augury, which observes the behaviour and cries of birds; Omens, which observe the words of men; and Cheiromancy, which observes the lines of the hand, or of the paws of animals.”

although the sin of Satan is unpardonable, this is not on account of the greatness of his crime, having regard to the nature of the Angels, with particular attention to the opinion of those who say that the Angels were created only in a state of nature, and never in a state of grace. And since the good of grace exceeds the good of nature, therefore the sins of those who fall from a state of grace, as do the witches by denying the faith which they received in baptism, exceed the sins of the Angels.”

A certain well-born citizen of Spires had a wife who was of such an obstinate disposition that, though he tried to please her in every way, yet she refused in nearly every way to comply with his wishes, and was always plaguing him with abusive taunts. It happened that, on going into his house one day, and his wife railing against him as usual with opprobrious words, he wished to go out of the house to escape from quarrelling. But she quickly ran before him and locked the door by which he wished to go out; and loudly swore that, unless he beat her, there was no honesty or faithfulness in him. At these heavy words he stretched out his hand, not intending to hurt her, and struck her lightly with his open palm on the buttock; whereupon he suddenly fell to the ground and lost all his senses, and lay in bed for many weeks afflicted with a most grievous illness. Now it is obvious that this was not a natural illness, but was caused by some witchcraft of the woman. And very many similar cases have happened, and been made known to many.”

it is to be said that witches are not generally rich for this reason: that the devils like to show their contempt for the Creator by buying witches for the lowest possible price. And also, lest they should be conspicuous by their riches.”

And because we are now dealing with matters relating to morals and behaviour, and there is no need for a variety of arguments and disquisitions, since those matters which now follow under their headings are sufficiently discussed in the foregoing Questions; therefore we pray God that the reader will not look for proofs in every case, since it is enough to adduce examples that have been personally seen or heard, or are accepted at the word of credible witnesses.

There are 3 classes of men blessed by God, whom that detestable race cannot injure with their witchcraft. And the first are those who administer public justice against them, or prosecute them in any public official capacity. The second are those who, according to the traditional and holy rites of the Church, make lawful use of the power and virtue which the Church by her exorcisms furnishes in the aspersion of Holy Water, the taking of consecrated salt, the carrying of blessed candles on the Day of the Purification of Our Lady, of palm leaves upon Palm Sunday, and men who thus fortify themselves are acting so that the powers of devils are diminished; and of these we shall speak later. The third class are those who, in various and infinite ways, are blessed by the Holy Angels.”

FAÇA O SINAL DA CRUZ, OTÁRIO! “When I had invoked the devil that I might commit such a deed with his help, he answered me that he was unable to do any of those things, because the man had good faith and diligently defended himself with the sign of the cross; and that therefore he could not harm him in his body, but the most he could do was to destroy an 11th part of the fruit of his lands.”

Therefore we may similarly say that, even if the administrators of public justice were not protected by Divine power, yet the devils often of their own accord withdraw their support and guardianship from witches, either because they fear their conversion, or because they desire and hasten their damnation.”

But since self-praise is sordid and mean, it is better to pass them over in silence than to incur the stigma of boastfulness and conceit. But we must except those which have become so well-known that they cannot be concealed.”

Not even the forbidden books of Necromancy contain such knowledge; for witchcraft is not taught in books, nor is it practised by the learned, but by the altogether uneducated; having only one foundation, without the acknowledgement or practice of which it is impossible for anyone to work witchcraft as a witch.”

But these are only the children who have not been re-born by baptism at the font, for they cannot devour those who have been baptized, nor any without God’s permission.”

The first method is when witches meet together in the conclave on a set day, and the devil appears to them in the assumed body of a man, and urges them to keep faith with him, promising them worldly prosperity and length of life; and they recommend a novice to his acceptance. And the devil asks whether she will abjure the Faith, and forsake the holy Christian religion and the worship of the Anomalous Woman (for so they call the Most Blessed Virgin MARY), and never venerate the Sacraments; and if he finds the novice or disciple willing, then the devil stretches out his hand, and so does the novice, and she swears with upraised hand to keep that covenant. And when this is done, the devil at once adds that this is not enough; and when the disciple asks what more must be done, the devil demands the following oath of homage to himself: that she give herself to him, body and soul, for ever, and do her utmost to bring others of both sexes into his power. He adds, finally, that she is to make certain unguents from the bones and limbs of children, especially those who have been baptized; by all which means she will be able to fulfil all her wishes with his help.”

Another, named Walpurgis, was notorious for her power of preserving silence, and used to teach other women how to achieve a like quality of silence by cooking their 1st-born sons in an oven.”

O SUPER-HOMEM ESTUDA DEMONOLOGIA: “For just as a physician sees signs in a sick man which a layman would not notice, so the devil sees what no man can naturally see.”

As bruxas evitavam fazer bruxarias aos sábados, o dia da Santa Virgem. Hohoho, quão poderosas!

And though we are 2 who write this book, one of us has very often seen and known such men. For there is a man who was once a scholar, and is now believed to be a priest in the diocese of Freising, who used to say that at one time he had been bodily carried through the air by a devil, and taken to the most remote parts.”

This is clear in the case of certain men who walk in their sleep on the roofs of houses and over the highest buildings, and no one can oppose their progress either on high or below. And if they are called by their own names by the other by-standers, they immediately fall crashing to the ground.” HAHAHA

For it is manifest that some of them, which the common people call Fauns, and we call Trolls, which abound in Norway, are such buffoons and jokers that they haunt certain places and roads and, without being able to do any hurt to those who pass by, are content with mocking and deluding them, and try to weary them rather than hurt them. And some of them only visit men with harmless nightmares.”

Did not the devil take up Our Saviour, and carry Him up to a high place, as the Gospel testifies?”

Indeed the natural power or virtue which is in Lucifer is so great that there is none greater among the good Angels in Heaven. For just as he excelled all the Angels in his nature, and not his nature, but only his grace, was diminished by his Fall, so that nature still remains in him, although it is darkened and bound.”

Two objections which someone may bring forward are not valid. First, that man’s soul could resist him, and that the text seems to speak of one devil in particular, since it speaks in the singular, namely Lucifer. And because it was he who tempted Christ in the wilderness, and seduced the first man, he is now bound in chains. And the other Angels are not so powerful, since he excels them all. Therefore the other spirits cannot transport wicked men through the air from place to place.

These arguments have no force. For, to consider the Angels first, even the least Angel is incomparably superior to all human power, as can be proved in many ways. First, a spiritual is stronger than a corporeal power, and so is the power of an Angel, or even of the soul, greater than that of the body. Secondly, as to the soul; every bodily shape owes its individuality to matter, and, in the case of human beings, to the fact that a soul informs it”

(GOLDEN) WITCHING (S)HOU(E)R: “Here is an instance of a visible transportation in the day-time. In the town of Waldshut on the Rhine, in the diocese of Constance, there was a certain witch who was so detested by the townsfolk that she was not invited to the celebration of a wedding which, however, nearly all the other townsfolk were present. Being indignant because of this, and wishing to be revenged, she summoned a devil and, telling him the cause of her vexation, asked him to raise a hailstorm and drive all the wedding guests from their dancing; and the devil agreed, and raising her up, carried her through the air to a hill near the town, in the sight of some shepherds. And since, as she afterwards confessed, she had no water to pour into the trench, she made a small trench and filled it with her urine instead of water, and stirred it with her finger, after their custom, with the devil standing by.”

Know, moreover, that the air is in every way a most changeable and fluid matter: and a sign of this is the fact that when any have tried to cut or pierce with a sword the body assumed by a devil, they have not been able to; for the divided parts of the air at once join together again. From this it follows that air is in itself a very competent matter, but because it cannot take shape unless some other terrestrial matter is joined with it, therefore it is necessary that the air which forms the devil’s assumed body should be in some way inspissated [condensado], and approach the property of the earth, while still retaining its true property as air. And devils and disembodied spirits can effect this condensation by means of gross vapours raised from the earth, and by collecting them together into shapes in which they abide, not as defilers of them, but only as their motive power which give to that body the formal appearance of life, in very much the same way as the soul informs the body to which it is joined.”

From this there may arise an incidental question as to what should be thought when a good or bad Angel performs some of the functions of life by means of true natural bodies, and not in aerial bodies; as in the case of Balaam’s ass, through which the Angel spoke, and when the devils take possession of bodies. It is to be said that those bodies are not called assumed, but occupied. See S. Thomas, 2:8, Whether Angels assume bodies.”

To return to the point. Devils have no lungs or tongue, though they can show the latter, as well as teeth and lips, artificially made according to the condition of their body; therefore they cannot truly and properly speak. But since they have understanding, and when they wish to express their meaning, then, by some disturbance of the air included in their assumed body, not of air breathed in and out as in the case of men, they produce, not voices, but sounds which have some likeness to voices, and send them articulately through the outside air to the ears of the hearer. And that the likeness of a voice can be made without respiration of air is clear from the case of other animals which do not breathe, but are said to make a sound, as do also certain other instruments, as Aristotle says in the De Anima. For certain fishes, when they are caught, suddenly utter a cry outside the water, and die.” “If anyone wishes to inquire further into the matter of devils speaking in possessed bodies, he may refer to S. Thomas in the Second Book of Sentences, dist. 8, art. 5. For in that case they use the bodily organs of the possessed body; since they occupy those bodies in respect of the limits of their corporeal quantity, but not in respect of the limits of their essence, either of the body or of the soul.”

HAHAHA: “Therefore it must be said that in no way does an Angel, either good or bad, see with the eyes of its assumed body, nor does it use any bodily property as it does in speaking, when it uses the air and the vibration of the air to produce sound which becomes reproduced in the ears of the hearer. Wherefore their eyes are painted eyes.” “For if the secret wishes of a man are read in his face, and physicians can tell the thoughts of the heart from the heart-beats and the state of the pulse, all the more can such things be known by devils.”

JESUS CRISTO NÃO CAGAVA: “In Christ the process of eating was in all respects complete, since He had the nutritive and metabolistic powers; not, be it said, for the purpose of converting food into His own body, for those powers were, like His body, glorified; so that the food was suddenly dissolved in His body, as when one throws water on to fire.”

in times long past the Incubus devils used to infest women against their wills, as is often shown by Nider in his Formicarius, and by Thomas of Brabant in his books On the Universal Good, or On/About Bees.”

And it is no objection that those of whom the text speaks were not witches but only giants and famous and powerful men; for, as was said before, witchcraft was not perpetuated in the time of the law of Nature, because of the recent memory of the Creation of the world, which left no room for Idolatry. But when the wickedness of man began to increase, the devil found more opportunity to disseminate this kind of perfidy.”

a witch is either old and sterile, or she is not. And if she is, then he naturally associates with the witch without the injection of semen, since it would be of no use, and the devil avoids superfluity in his operations as far as he can. But if she is not sterile, he approaches her in the way of carnal delectation which is procured for the witch. And should be disposed to pregnancy, then if he can conveniently possess the semen extracted from some man, he does not delay to approach her with it for the sake of infecting her progeny.” “But this also cannot altogether be denied, that even in the case of a married witch who has been impregnated by her husband, the devil can, by the commixture of another semen, infect that which has been conceived.”

they have greater opportunity to observe many people, especially young girls, who on Feast Days are more intent on idleness and curiosity, and are therefore more easily seduced by old witches.”

But with regard to any bystanders, the witches themselves have often been seen lying on their backs in the fields or the woods, naked up to the very navel, and it has been apparent from the disposition of those limbs and members which pertain to the venereal act and orgasm, as also from the agitation of their legs and thighs, that, all invisibly to the bystanders, they have been copulating with Incubus devils; yet sometimes, howbeit this is rare, at the end of the act a very black vapour, of about the stature of a man, rises up into the air from the witch. And the reason is that that Schemer knows that he can in this way seduce or pervert the minds of girls or other men who are standing by.”

Husbands have actually seen Incubus devils swiving [fodendo] their wives, although they have thought that they were not devils but men. And when they have taken up a weapon and tried to run them through, the devil has suddenly disappeared, making himself invisible. And then their wives have thrown their arms around them, although they have sometimes been hurt, and railed at their husbands, mocking them, and asking them if they had eyes, or whether they were possessed of devils.”

CARTEIRADA NAS ESTRELAS: “those changes which were miraculously caused in the Old or New Testament were done by God through the good Angels; as, for example, when the sun stood still for Joshua, or when it went backward for Hezekiah, or when it was supernaturally darkened at the Passion of Christ. But in all other matters, with God’s permission, they can work their spells, either the devils themselves, or devils through the agency of witches; and, in fact, it is evident that they do so.”

(*) <Carnival.> These Pagan practices are sternly reprobated in the Liber Poenitentiali of S. Theodore, 7th Archbishop of Canterbury. In Book 37 is written: <If anyone at the Kalends of January goeth about as a stag or a bull-calf, that is, making himself into a wild animal, and dressing in the skins of a herd animal, and putting on the heads of beast; those who in such wise transform themselves into the appearance of a wild animal, let them do penance for 3 years, because this is devilish.> The Council of Auxèrre in 578 (or 585) forbade anyone <to masquerade as a bull-calf or a stag on the 1st of January or to distribute devilish charms.>

In the town of Ratisbon a certain young man who had an intrigue with a girl, wishing to leave her, lost his member; that is to say, some glamour was cast over it so that he could see or touch nothing but his smooth body. In his worry over this he went to a tavern to drink wine; and after he had sat there for a while he got into conversation with another woman who was there, and told her the cause of his sadness, explaining everything, and demonstrating in his body that it was so. The woman was astute, and asked whether he suspected anyone; and when he named such a one, unfolding the whole matter, she said: <If persuasion is not enough, you must use some violence, to induce her to restore to you your health.> So in the evening the young man watched the way by which the witch was in the habit of going, and finding her, prayed her to restore to him the health of his body. And when she maintained that she was innocent and knew nothing about it, he fell upon her, and winding a towel tightly about her neck, choked her, saying: <Unless you give me back my health, you shall die at my hands.> Then she, being unable to cry out, and growing black, said: <Let me go, and I will heal you.> The young man then relaxed the pressure of the towel, and the witch touched him with her hand between the thighs, saying: <Now you have what you desire.> And the young man, as he afterwards said, plainly felt, before he had verified it by looking or touching, that his member had been restored to him by the mere touch of the witch.”

As when a man who is awake sees things otherwise than as they are; such as seeing someone devour a horse with its rider, or thinking he sees a man transformed into a beast, or thinking that he is himself a beast and must associate with beasts. For then the exterior senses are deluded and are employed by the interior senses. For by the power of devils, with God’s permission, mental images long retained in the treasury of such images, which is the memory, are drawn out, not from the intellectual understanding in which such images are stored, but from the memory,¹ which is the repository of mental images, and is situated at the back of the head, and are presented to the imaginative faculty. And so strongly are they impressed on that faculty that a man has an inevitable impulse to imagine a horse or a beast, when the devil draws from the memory an image of a horse or a beast; and so he is compelled to think that he sees with his external eyes such a beast when there is actually no such beast to see; but it seems to be so by reason of the impulsive force of the devil working by means of those images.”

¹ Trecho absolutamente silogístico.

Meu problema é que fui possuído por algo maligno que começa com “D”, Diagnóstico. E essa coisa de que falei me diz que eu estou (com) outra coisa que começa com “B”. Eu (e)s(t)ou (com) uma Besta!

Me disseram que minha visão foi transtornada

Pela rigorosa fé no mais puro nada!

CRIAÇÃO DE MINHOCAS: “And what, then, is to be thought of those witches who in this way sometimes collect male organs in great numbers, as many as 20 or 30 members together, and put them in a bird’s nest, or shut them up in a box, where they move themselves like living members, and eat oats and corn, as has been seen by many and is a matter of common report?”

But in the second sense there is a distinction to be drawn between creatures; for some are perfect creatures, like a man, and an ass, etc. And other are imperfect, such as serpents, frogs, mice, etc., for they can also be generated from putrefaction.”

TRACTATUS DE ÓTICA MEDIEVAL: “For in a glamour there may be an exterior object which is seen, but it seems other than it is. But imaginary vision does not necessarily require an exterior object, but can be caused without that and only by those inner mental images impressed on the imagination.”

It is to be said that the soul is thought to reside in the centre of the heart, in which it communicates with all the members by an out-pouring of life. An example can be taken from a spider, which feels in the middle of its web when any part of the web is touched.”

A CONVENIÊNCIA DO DIABO NÃO PODER FAZER DE MULHERES INOCENTES BRUXAS (POIS QUALQUER PIA E LINDA MOÇA ACUSADA DE BRUXARIA É AUTOMATICAMENTE CULPADA E BOA CARNE DE CHURRASCO): “although the devil can blacken men’s reputations in respect of other vices, yet it does not seem possible for him to do so in respect of this vice [the pact] which cannot be perpetrated without his cooperation.” “it has never yet been known that an innocent person has been punished on suspicion of witchcraft, and there is no doubt that God will never permit such a thing to happen.”

For we have often found that certain people have been visited with epilepsy or the falling sickness by means of eggs which have been buried with dead bodies, especially the dead bodies of witches, together with other ceremonies of which we cannot speak, particularly when these eggs have been given to a person either in food or drink.”

DISFIGURING DIVINE JUSTICE: “And there are witches who can bewitch their judges by a mere look or glance from their eyes, and publicly boast that they cannot be punished; and when malefactors have been imprisoned for their crimes, and exposed to the severest torture to make them tell the truth, these witches can endow them with such an obstinacy of preserving silence that they are unable to lay bare their crimes.”

For the devil knows that, because of the pain of loss, or original sin, such children [mortas antes do batismo] are debarred from entering the Kingdom of Heaven. And by this means the Last Judgement is delayed, when the devils will be condemned to eternal torture; since the number of the elect is more slowly completed, on the fulfilment of which the world will be consumed. And also, as has already been shown, witches are taught by the devil to confect from the limbs of such children an unguent which is very useful for their spells.”

REALMENTE UM ROMANCE DIGNO DE CERVANTES:A certain man relates that he noticed that his wife, when her time came to give birth, against the usual custom of women in childbirth, did not allow any woman to approach the bed except her own daughter, who acted as midwife. Wishing to know the reason for this, he hid himself in the house and saw the whole order of the sacrilege and dedication to the devil, as it has been described. He saw also, as it seemed to him, that without any human support, but by the power of the devil, the child was climbing up the chain by which the cooking-pots were suspended. In great consternation both at the terrible words of the invocation of the devils, and at the other iniquitous ceremonies, he strongly insisted that the child should be baptized immediately. While it was being carried to the next village, where there was a church, and when they had to cross a bridge over a certain river, he drew his sword and ran at his daughter, who was carrying the child, saying in the hearing of 2 others who were with them: <You shall not carry the child over the bridge; for either it must cross the bridge by itself, or you shall be drowned in the river.> The daughter was terrified and, together with the other women in the company, asked him if he were in his right mind (for he had hidden what had happened from all the others except the 2 men who were with him). Then he answered: <You vile drab, by your magic arts you made the child climb the chain in the kitchen; now make it cross the bridge with no one carrying it, or I shall drown you in the river.> And so, being compelled, she put the child down on the bridge, and invoked the devil by her art; and suddenly the child was seen on the other side of the bridge. And when the child had been baptized, and he had returned home, since he now had witnesses to convict his daughter of witchcraft (for he could not prove the former crime of the oblation to the devil, inasmuch as he had been the only witness of the sacrilegious ritual), he accused bot her daughter and wife before the judge after their period of purgation; and they were both burned, and the crime of midwives of making that sacrilegious offering was discovered.”

For the devil hates above all the Blessed Virgin, because she bruised his head.” Quando a Virgem Boxista Maria golpeou o crânio do Belzebu?

The second result to the children of this sacrilege is as follows. When a man offers himself as a sacrifice to God, he recognizes God as his Beginning and his End; and this sacrifice is more worthy than all the external sacrifices which he makes, having its beginning in his creation and its end in his glorification, as it is said: A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit, etc. In the same way, when a witch offers a child to the devils, she commends it body and soul to him as its beginning and its end in eternal damnation; wherefore not without some miracle can the child be set free from the payment of so great a debt.” The dead lion which is the daily miracle.

Finally, we know from experience that the daughters of witches are always suspected of similar practises, as imitators of their mothers’ crimes; and that indeed the whole of a witch’s progeny is infected. And the reason for this and for all that has been said before is, that according to their pact with the devil, they always have to leave behind them and carefully instruct a survivor, so that they may fulfill their vow to do all they can to increase the number of witches. For how else could it happen, as it has very often been found, that tender girls of 8 or 10 years have raised up tempests and hailstorms, unless they had been dedicated to the devil under such a pact by their mothers? For the children could not do such things of themselves by abjuring the Faith, which is how all adult witches have to begin, since they have no knowledge of any single article of the Faith.”

I have sometimes seen men coming in and out to my mother; and when I asked her who they were, she told that they were our masters to whom she had given me, and that they were powerful and rich patrons. The father was terrified, and asked her if she could raise a hailstorm then. And the girl said: Yes, if I had a little water. Then he led the girl by the hand to a stream, and said: Do it, but only on our land. Then the girl put her hand in the water and stirred it in the name of her master, as her mother had taught her; and behold! the rain fell only on that land. Seeing this, the father said: Make it hail now, but only on one of our fields. And when the girl had done this, the father was convinced by the evidence, and accused his wife before the judge. And the wife was taken and convicted and burned; but the daughter was reconciled and solemnly dedicated to God, since which hour she could no more work these spells and charms.”

But when this is publicly preached to the people they get no bad information by it; for however much anyone may invoke the devil, and think that by this alone he can do this thing, he deceives himself, because he is without the foundation of that perfidy, not having rendered homage to the devil or abjured the Faith. I have set this down because some have thought that several of the matter of which I have written ought not to be preached to the people, on account of the danger of giving them evil knowledge; whereas it is impossible for anyone to learn from a preacher how to perform any of the things that have been mentioned. But they have been written rather to bring so great a crime into detestation, and should be preached from the pulpit, so that judges may be more eager to punish the horrible crime of the abnegation of the Faith.”

it is very true that many cattle are said to have been bewitched in some districts, especially in the Alps; and it is known that this form of witchcraft is unhappily most widespread.”

For in devils there are 3 things to be considered – their nature, their duty and their sin; and by nature they belong to the empyrean of heaven, through sin to the lower hell, but by reason of the duty assigned to them, as we have said, as ministers of punishment to the wicked and trial to the good, their place is in the clouds of the air. For they do not dwell here with us on the earth lest they should plague us too much; but in the air and around the fiery sphere they can so bring together the active and passive agents that, when God permits, they can bring down fire and lightning from heaven.”

In the same work we hear of a certain leader or heresiarch of witches named Staufer, who lived in Berne and the adjacent country, and used publicly to boast that, whenever he liked, he could change himself into a mouse in the sight of his rivals and slip through the hands of his deadly enemies; and that he had often escaped from the hands of his mortal foes in this manner. But when the Divine justice wished to put an end to his wickedness, some of his enemies lay in wait for him cautiously and saw him sitting in a basket near a window, and suddenly pierced him through with swords and spears, so that he miserably died for his crimes.”

ATÉ UM ESPIRRO DO PROSCRITO PODIA CONDENÁ-LO: “For when they use words of which they do not themselves know the meaning, or characters and signs which are not the sign of the Cross, such practices are altogether to be repudiated, and good men should beware of the cruel arts of these warlocks.”

Also it appears that it is very rarely that men are delivered from a bewitchment by calling on God’s help or the prayers of the Saints. Therefore it follows that they can only be delivered by the help of devils; and it is unlawful to seek such help.”

it is submitted that the exorcisms of the Church are not always effective in the repression of devils in the matter of bodily afflictions, since such are cured only at the discretion of God; but they are effective always against those molestations of devils against which they are chiefly instituted, as, for example, against men who are possessed, or in the matter of exorcising children.”

No Angel is more powerful than our mind, when we hold fast to God. For if power is a virtue in this world, then the mind that keeps close to God is more sublime than the whole world. Therefore such minds can undo the works of the devil.” Augustine, o Sofista

There are 7 metals belonging to the 7 planets; and since Saturn is the Lord of lead, when lead is poured out over anyone who has been bewitched, it is his property to discover the witchcraft by his power.”

In this way we have answered the arguments that no spell of witchcraft must be removed. For the first 2 remedies are altogether unlawful. The 3rd remedy is tolerated by the law, but needs very careful examination on the part of the ecclesiastical judge. And what the civil law tolerates is shown in the chapter on witches, where it is said that those who have skill to prevent men’s labours from being vitiated by tempests and hailstorms are worthy, not of punishment, but of reward. S. Antoninus also, in his Summa, points out this discrepancy between the Canon Law and civil law. Therefore it seems that the civil law concedes the legality of such practices for the preservation of crops and cattle, and that in any event certain men who use such arts are not only to be tolerated but even rewarded.”

With regard to the bewitchment of human beings by means of Incubus and Succubus devils, it is to be noted that this can happen in 3 ways. First, when women voluntarily prostitute themselves to Incubus devils. Secondly, when men have connection with Succubus devils; yet it does not appear that men thus devilishly fornicate with the same full degree of culpability

As for instances where young maidens are molested by Incubus devils in this way, it would take too long to mention even those that have been known to happen in our own time, for there are very many well-attested stories of such bewitchments. But the great difficulty of finding a remedy for such afflictions can be illustrated from a story told by Thomas of Brabant in his Book on Bees.”

William of Paris notes also that Incubus seem chiefly to molest women and girls with beautiful hair; either because they devote themselves too much to the care and adornment of their hair, or because they are boastfully vain about it, or because God in His goodness permits this so that women may be afraid to entice men by the very means by which the devils wish them to entice men.”

At times also women think they have been made pregnant by an Incubus, and their bellies grow to an enormous size; but when the time of parturition comes, their swelling is relieved by no more than the expulsion of a great quantity of wind. For by taking ants’ eggs in drink, or the seeds of spurge or of the black pine, an incredible amount of wind and flatulence is generated in the human stomach. And it is very easy for the devil to cause these and even greater disorders in the stomach. This has been set down in order that too easy credence should not be given to women, but only to those whom experience has shown to be trustworthy, and to those who, by sleeping in their beds or near them, know for a fact that such things as we have spoken of are true.”

the devil can inflame a man towards one woman and render him impotent towards another; and this he can secretly cause by the application of certain herbs or other matters of which he well knows the virtue for this purpose.” “he can prevent the flow of the semen to the members in which is the motive power, by as it were closing the seminal duct so that it does not descend to the genital vessels, or does not ascend again from them, or cannot come forth, or is spent vainly.”

He who loves his wife to excess is an adulterer [!]. And they who love in this way are more liable to be bewitched after the manner we have said.”

it is assumed to be temporary if, within the space of 3 years, by using every possible expedient of the Sacraments of the Church and other remedies, a cure can be caused. But if, after that time, they cannot be cured by any remedy, then it is assumed to be permanent.”

But some may find it difficult to understand how this function can be obstructed in respect of one woman but not of another. S. Bonaventura answers that this may be because some witch has persuaded the devil to effect this only with respect to one woman, or because God will not allow the obstruction to apply save to some particular woman. The judgement of God in this matter is a mystery, as in the case of the wife of Tobias. But how the devil procures this disability is plainly shown by what has already been said. And S. Bonaventura says that he obstructs the procreant function, not intrinsically by harming the organ, but extrinsically by impeding its use; and it is an artificial, not a natural impediment; and so he can cause it to apply to one woman and not to another. Or else he takes away all desire for one or another woman; and this he does by his own power, or else by means of some herb or stone or some occult creature. And in this he is in substantial agreement with Peter of Palude.” Philocaption, or inordinate love of one person for another, can be caused in 3 ways. Sometimes it is due merely to a lack of control over the eyes; sometimes to the temptation of devils; sometimes to the spells of necromancers and witches, with the help of devils.” The second cause arises from the temptation of devils. In this way Amnon loved his beautiful sister Tamar, and was so vexed that he fell sick for love of her (II Samuel 13). For he could not have been so totally corrupt in his mind as to fall into so great a crime of incest unless he had been grievously tempted by the devil.”

when a man often puts away his beautiful wife to cleave to the most hideous of women, and when he cannot rest in the night, but is so demented that he must go by devious ways to his mistress; and when it is found that those of noblest birth, Governors, and other rich men, are the most miserably involved in this sin (for this age is dominated by women, and was foretold by S. Hildegard, as Vincent of Beauvais records in the Mirror of History, although he said it would not endure for as long as it already has); and when the world is now full of adultery, especially among the most highly born; when all this is considered, I say, of what use is it to speak of remedies to those who desire no remedy?” Indeed, sir: why bother?

Avicenna mentions 7 remedies which may be used when a man is made physically ill by this sort of love; but they are hardly relevant to our inquiry except in so far as they may be of service to the sickness of the soul. For he says, in Book III, that the root of the sickness may be discovered by feeling the pulse and uttering the name of the object of the patient’s love; and then, if the law permits, he may be cured by yielding to nature [?]. Or certain medicines may be applied, concerning which he gives instructions. Or the sick man may be turned from his love by lawful remedies which will cause him to direct his love to a more worthy object. Or he may avoid her presence, and so distract his mind from her. Or, if he is open to correction, he may be admonished and expostulated with, to the effect that such love is the greatest misery. Or he may be directed to someone who, as far as he may with God’s truth, will vilify the body and disposition of his love, and so blacken her character that she may appear to him altogether base and deformed. Or, finally, he is to be set to arduous duties which may distract his thoughts.”

(*) “No formal canonization of S. Hildegard has taken place, but many miracles were wrought at her intercession, and her name is in the Roman Martyrology. The feast is celebrated on 17 September in the dioceses of Speyer, Mainz, Trier and Limburg, and by the Solesmes monks on 18 September with a proper Office. The Relics of the Saint are at Eibingen, of which town she is patron. The convent of S. Hildegard there was formally constituted on 17 September, 1904.”

When a sick man wishes to confess, and if on the arrival of the priest he is rendered dumb by his infirmity, or falls into a frenzy, those who have heard him speak must give their testimony. And if he is thought to be at the point of death, let him be reconciled with God by the laying on of hands and the placing of the Sacrament in his mouth. S. Thomas also says that the same procedure may be used with baptized people who are bodily tormented by unclean spirits, and with other mentally distracted persons. And he adds, in Book IV, dist. 9, that the Communion must not be denied to demoniacs unless it is certain that they are being tortured by the devil for some crime. To this Peter of Palude adds: In this case they are to be considered as persons to be excommunicated and delivered up to Satan.”

such was the case of the Corinthian fornicator (I Corinthians 5) who was excommunicated by S. Paul and the Church, and delivered unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit might be saved in the day of our Lord JESUS Christ (…) For so great was the power and the grace of S. Paul, says the gloss, that by the mere words of his mouth he could deliver to Satan those who fell away from the faith.”

For in the primitive Church, when men had to be drawn into the faith by signs, just as the Holy Spirit was made manifest by a visible sign, so also a bodily affliction by the devil was the visible sign of a man who was excommunicated. And it is not unfitting that a man whose case is not quite desperate should be delivered to Satan; for he is not given to the devil as one to be damned, but to be corrected, since it is in the power of the Church, when she pleases, to deliver him again from the hands of the devil. So says S. Thomas.”

This man was casting a devil out of a man possessed in the monastery, and the devil asked him to give him some place to which he could go. This pleased the Brother, and he jokingly said, <Go to my privy [vaso sanitário].> So the devil went out; and when in the night the Brother wished to go and purge his belly, the devil attacked him so savagely in the privy that he with difficulty escaped with his life.” HAHAHA

But a man possessed by a devil can indirectly be relieved by the power of music, as was Saul by David’s harp, or of a herb, or of any other bodily matter in which there lies some natural virtue. Therefore such remedies may be used, as can be argued both from authority and by reason.” although it is good that in the liberation of a bewitched person recourse should be had to an exorcist having authority to exorcise such bewitchments, yet at times other devout persons may, either with or without any exorcism, cast out this sort of diseases.”

ETIMOLOGIA DO TERMO ENERGÚMENO: “But if anyone asks what is the difference between the aspersion of Holy Water and exorcism, since both are ordained against the plagues of the devil, the answer is supplied by S. Thomas, who says: The devil attacks us from without and from within. Therefore Holy Water is ordained against his attacks from without; but exorcism against those from within. For this reason those for whom exorcism is necessary are called Energoumenoi, from En, meaning In, and Ergon, meaning Work, since they labour within themselves. But in exorcising a bewitched person both methods are to be used, because he is tormented both within and without.”

A FÊMEA É DUAS VEZES MAIS DIABÓLICA QUE O DIABO (MORE EVIL THAN THE DEVIL): “the labour required in the case of the bewitched is twofold, whereas it is only single in the case of the possessed.”

The miracle of the removal of a mountain was actually performed by S. Gregory Thaumaturgus, Bishop of Neocaesarea (d. circa 270-275), as the Venerable Bede tells us in his Commentary upon S. Mark XI: <Hoc quoque fieri potuisset, ut mons ablatus de terra mitteretur in mare, si necessitas id fieri poscisset. Quomodo legimus factum precibus beati patris Gregorii Neocaesareae Ponti Antistitis, viri mentis et virtutibus eximii, ut mons in terra tantum loco cederet, quantum incolae civitatis opus habebant. Cum enim volens aedificare ecclesiam in loco apto, vident eum angustiorem esse quam res exigebat, eo quod ex una parte rupe maris, ex alia monte proximo coarctaretur; venit nocte ad locum, et genibus flexis admonuit Dominum promissionis suae, ut montem longius juxta fidem petentis ageret. Et mane facto reversus invenit montem tantum spatii reliquisse structoribus ecclesiae, quantum opus habuerant.>

Also, because when witches wish to deprive a cow of milk they are in the habit of begging a little of the milk or butter which comes from that cow, so that they may afterwards by their art bewitch the cow; therefore women should take care, when they are asked by persons suspected of this crime, not to give away the least thing to them.”

In addition to the setting up of the sign of the Cross which we have mentioned, the following procedure is practised against hailstorms and tempests. Three of the hailstones are thrown into the fire with an invocation of the Most Holy Trinity, and the Lord’s Prayer and the Angelic Salutation are repeated twice or 3 times, together with the Gospel of S. John, In the beginning was the Word. And the sign of the Cross is made in every direction towards each quarter of the world. Finally, The Word was made Flesh is repeated 3 times, and 3 times By the words of this Gospel may this tempest be dispersed. And suddenly, if the tempest is due to witchcraft, it will cease. This is most true and need not be regarded with any suspicion. For if the hailstones were thrown into the fire without the invocation of the Divine Name, then it would be considered superstitious.” And for this reason it is a general practice of the Church to ring bells as a protection against storms, both that the devils may flee from them as being consecrated to God and refrain from their wickedness” And although, according to this rule, the ceremonies and legal procedures of the Old Testament are not now observed, since they are to be understood figuratively, whereas the truth is made known in the New Testament, yet the carrying out of the Sacrament or of Relics to still a storm does not seem to militate against this rule.”

Another terrible thing which God permits to happen to men is when their own children are taken away from women, and strange children are put in their place by devils. And these children, which are commonly called changelings, or in the German tongue Wechselkinder, are of 3 kinds. For some are always ailing and crying, and yet the milk of four women is not enough to satisfy them. Some are generated by the operation of Incubus devils, of whom, however, they are not the sons, but of that man from whom the devil has received the semen as a Succubus, or whose semen he has collected from some nocturnal pollution in sleep. For these children are sometimes, by Divine permission, substituted for the real children. And there is a third kind, when the devils at times appear in the form of young children and attach themselves to the nurses. But all 3 kinds have this in common, that though they are very heavy, they are always ailing and do not grow, and cannot receive enough milk to satisfy them, and are often reported to have vanished away.”

Again in Deuteronomy 22: God says that men shall not put on the garments of women, or conversely; because they did this in honour of the goddess Venus, and others in honour of Mars or Priapus.

(*) “So in Ireland the fairies are called <good people>, and traditionally seem to be of a benevolent and capricious and even mischievous disposition. In some parts of Highland Scotland fairies are called daoine sithe or men of peace, and it is believed that every year the devil carries off a 10th part of them. It will be readily remembered that to the Greeks the Fairies were the gracious goddesses.”

ACENDE A BANANA DE DINAMITE E SAI CORRENDO: “Certainly those whose high privilege it is to judge concerning matters of the faith ought not to be distracted by other business; and Inquisitors deputed by the Apostolic See to inquire into the pest of heresy should manifestly not have to concern themselves with diviners and soothsayers, unless these are also heretics, nor should it be their business to punish such, but they may leave them to be punished by their own judges. Nor does there seem any difficulty in the fact that the heresy of witches is not mentioned in that Canon.”

Again, Solomon showed reverence to the gods of his wives out of complaisance, and was not on that account guilty of apostasy from the Faith; for in his heart he was faithful and kept the true Faith. So also when witches give homage to devils by reason of the pact they have entered into, but keep the Faith in their hearts, they are not on that account to be reckoned as heretics.” But should be burnt!

a heretic is different from an apostate, and it is heretics who are subject to the Court of the Inquisition” “Let the Bishops and their representatives strive by every means to rid their parishes entirely of the pernicious art of soothsaying and magic derived from Zoroaster; and if they find any man or woman addicted to this crime, let him be shamefully cast out of their parishes in disgrace.”

But if, just as these arguments seem to show it to be reasonable in the case of Inquisitors, the Diocesans also wish to be relieved of this responsibility, and to leave the punishment of witches to the secular Courts, such a claim could be made good by the following arguments. For the Canon says, c. ut inquisitionis: We strictly forbid the temporal lords and rulers and their officers in any way to try to judge this crime, since it is purely an ecclesiastical matter: and it speaks of the crime of heresy. It follows therefore that, when the crime is not purely ecclesiastical, as is the case with witches because of the temporal injuries which they commit, it must be punished by the Civil and not by the Ecclesiastical Court. Besides, in the last Canon Law concerning Jews it says: His goods are to be confiscated, and he is to be condemned to death, because with perverse doctrine he opposed the Faith of Christ. But if it is said that this law refers to Jews who have been converted, and have afterwards returned to the worship of the Jews, this is not a valid objection. Rather is the argument strengthened by it; because the civil Judge has to punish such Jews as apostates from the Faith; and therefore witches who abjure the Faith ought to be treated in the same way; for abjuration of the Faith, either wholly or in part, is the essential principle of witches.” A canalhice do clero de que Montesquieu tão bem falou: aplicar o N.T. na esfera civil para se apropriar dos próprios bens e terras judias.

Besides, if the trial and punishment of such witches were not entirely a matter for the civil Judge, what would be the purpose of the laws which provide as follows?” “But in contradiction of all these arguments, the truth of the matter is that such witches may be tried and punished conjointly by the Civil and the Ecclesiastical Courts.” And again, although a secular prince may impose the capital sentence, yet this does not exclude the judgement of the Church, whose part it is to try and judge the case. Indeed this is perfectly clear from the Canon Law in the chapters de summa trin. and fid. cath., and again in the Law concerning heresy, c. ad abolendam and c. urgentis and c. excommunicamus, 1 and 2. For the same penalties are provided by both the Civil and the Canon Laws, as is shown by the Canon Laws concerning the Manichaean and Arian heresies. Therefore the punishment of witches belongs to both Courts together, and not to one separately.”

MAS NÓS, OS OPERADORES DO CADAFALSO, TEMOS NOSSA PRÓPRIA CÔRTE: “If it is an ecclesiastical crime needing ecclesiastical punishment and fine, it shall be tried by a Bishop who stands in favour with God, and not even the most illustrious Judges of the Province shall have a hand in it. And we do not wish the civil Judges to have any knowledge of such proceedings; for such matters must be examined ecclesiastically and the souls of the offenders must be corrected by ecclesiastical penalties, according to the sacred and divine rules which our laws worthily follow.”

Our main object here is to show how, with God’s pleasure, we Inquisitors of Upper Germany may be relieved of the duty of trying witches, and leave them to be punished by their own provincial Judges; and this because of the arduousness of the work: [!!!] provided always that such a course shall in no way endanger the preservation of the faith and the salvation of souls. And therefore we engaged upon this work, that we might leave to the Judges themselves the methods of trying, judging and sentencing in such cases.

Therefore in order to show that the Bishops can in many cases proceed against witches without the Inquisitors; although they cannot so proceed without the temporal and civil Judges in cases involving capital punishment [o melhor dos mundos para o Inquisidor]; it is expedient that we set down the opinions of certain other Inquisitors in parts of Spain, and (saving always the reverence due to them), since we all belong to one and the same Order of Preachers, to refute them, so that each detail may be more clearly understood.” ‘Com todo o respeito, mas discordo de vossas eminências espanholas latinas e frouxas’, parecem dizer os inquisidores saxões a cada linha…

so many more burdens are placed upon us Inquisitors which we cannot safely bear in the sight of the terrible Judge who will demand from us a strict account of the duties imposed upon us.” “the presbyter Udalricus went to a secret place with a certain infamous person, that is, a diviner, says the gloss, not with the intention of invoking the devil, which would have been heresy, but that, by inspecting the astrolabe, he might find out some hidden thing. And this, they say, is pure divination or sortilege.”

(*) “As Clement V died before the collection had been generally published, John XXII promulgated it anew, 25 October, 1317, and sent it to the University of Bologna as the authoritative Corpus of decretals to be used in the courts and schools.”

BEM QUE ALEMÃES SÃO REPUTADOS POR GOSTAR DE ENCHER LINGÜIÇA: “This being the case, it follows that however serious and grave may be the sin which a person commits, if it does not necessarily imply heresy, then he must not be judged as a heretic, although he is to be punished. Consequently an Inquisitor need not interfere in the case of a man who is to be punished as a malefactor, but not as a heretic, but may leave him to be tried by the Judges of his own Province.”

For a person rightly to be adjudged a heretic he must fulfill five conditions. First, there must be an error in his reasoning. Secondly, that error must be in matters concerning the faith, either being contrary to the teaching of the Church as to the true faith, or against sound morality and therefore not leading to the attainment of eternal life [fé da igreja e fé verdadeira explicitamente diferenciadas?]. Thirdly, the error must lie in one who has professed the Catholic faith, for otherwise he would be a Jew or a Pagan, not a heretic. [Benza Pan!] Fourthly, the error must be of such a nature that he who holds it must confess some of the truth of Christ as touching either His Godhead or His Manhood; for if a man wholly denies the faith, he is an apostate. Fifthly, he must pertinaciously and obstinately hold to and follow that error.”

REPENT! “if a man commits fornication or adultery, although he is disobeying the command Thou shalt not commit adultery, yet he is not a heretic unless he holds the opinion that it is lawful to commit adultery.”

EU NÃO SABIA QUE PODIA HAVER DISCUSSÕES MAIS ESTÉREIS DO QUE “FOI PÊNALTI OU NÃO FOI”, MAS EI-LAS: “a simonist is not in the narrow and exact sense of the word a heretic; but broadly speaking and by comparison he is so, according to S. Thomas, when he buys or sells holy things in the belief that the gift of grace can be had for money. But if, as is often the case, he does not act in this belief, he is not a heretic. Yet he truly would be if he did believe that the gift of grace could be had for money.”

For according to Aristotle every wicked man is either ignorant or in error. Therefore, since they who do such things have evil in their wills, they must have an error in their understandings.”

A Theologian will say that it is in the first instance a matter for the Apostolic See to judge whether a heresy actually exists or is only to be presumed in law. And this may be because whenever an effect can proceed from a two-fold cause, no precise judgement can be formed of the actual nature of the cause merely on the basis of the effect. Therefore, since such effects as the worship of the devil or asking his help in the working of witchcraft, by baptizing an image, or offering to him a living child, or killing an infant, and other matters of this sort, can proceed from 2 separate causes, namely, a belief that it is right to worship the devil and sacrifice to him, and that images can receive sacraments; or because a man has formed some pact with the devil, so that he may obtain the more easily from the devil that which he desires in those matters which are not beyond the capacity of the devil; it follows that no one ought hastily to form a definite judgement merely on the basis of the effect as to what is its cause, that is, whether a man does such things out of a wrong opinion concerning the faith. So when there is no doubt about the effect, still it is necessary to inquire farther into the cause; and if it be found that a man has acted out of a perverse and erroneous opinion concerning the faith, then he is to be judged a heretic and will be subject to trial by the Inquisitors together with the Ordinary. But if he has not acted for these reasons, he is to be considered a sorcerer, and a very vile sinner.”

(*) “Extravagantes. This word designates some Papal decretals not contained in certain canonical collections which possess a special authority, that is, they are not found in (but <wander outside>, <extra vagari>) the Decree of Gratian, or the 3 great official collections of the Corpus Iuri (the Decretals of Gregory IX; the 6th Book of the Decretals; and the Clementines). The term is now applied to the collections known as the Extravagantes Joannis XXII and the Extravagantes Communes. When John XXII (1316-34) published the Decretals already known as Clementines, there also existed various pontifical documents, obligatory upon the whole Church indeed, but not included in the Corpus Juris, and these were called Extravagantes. In 1325, Zenselinus de Cassanis added glosses to 20 constitutions of John XXII, and named this collection Viginti Extravagantes papae Joannis XXII. Chappuis also classified these under 14 titles containing all 20 chapters.”

And a Bishop can proceed without an Inquisitor, or an Inquisitor without a Bishop; or, if either of their offices be vacant, their deputies may act independently of each other, provided that it is impossible for them to meet together for joint action within 8 days of the time when the inquiry is due to commence; but if there be no valid reason for their not meeting together, the action shall be null and void in law.”

we treat of 20 methods of delivering sentence, 13 of which are common to all kinds of heresy, and the remainder particular to the heresy of witches.”

The first method is when someone accuses a person before a judge of the crime of heresy, or of protecting heretics, offering to prove it, and to submit himself to the penalty of talion if he fails to prove it. The second method is when someone denounces a person, but does not offer to prove it and is not willing to embroil himself in the matter” “The third method involves an inquisition, that is, when there is no accuser or informer, but a general report that there are witches in some town or place; and then the Judge must proceed, not at the instance of any party, but simply by the virtue of his office. Here it is to be noted that a judge should not readily admit the first method of procedure. For one thing, it is not actuated by motives of faith, nor is it very applicable to the case of witches, since they commit their deeds in secret. Then, again, it is full of danger to the accuser, because of the penalty of talion which he will incur if he fails to prove his case.” “Note also that in the case of the 2nd method the following caution should be observed. For it has been said that the 2nd method of procedure and of instituting a process on behalf of the faith is by means of an information, where the informer does not offer to prove his statement and is not ready to be embroiled in the case, but only speaks because of a sentence of excommunication, or out of zeal for the faith and for the good of the State. Therefore the secular Judge must specify in his general citation or warning aforesaid that none should think that he will become liable to a penalty even if he fails to prove his words; since he comes forward not as an accuser but as an informer.” Invejável engenharia do clima de denuncismo impune – laboratório avant-la-lettre do fascismo!

A figura do “laico-religioso” (com conhecimento de Direito): “if a Notary is not to be procured, then let there be two suitable men in the place of the Notary. For this is dealt with in the c. ut officium, § verum, lib. 6, where it is said: But because it is expedient to proceed with great caution in the trial of a grave crime, that no error may be committed in imposing upon the guilty a deservedly severe punishment; we desire and command that, in the examination of the witnesses necessary in such a charge, you shall have 2 religious and discreet persons, either clerics or laymen.

O PRO-FORMA DA INQUISIÇÃO (Manual de Redação da Caça às Bruxas)

In the Name of the Lord. Amen.

In the year of Our Lord —, on the — day of the — month, in the presence of me the Notary and of the witnesses subscribed, N. of the town of — in the Diocese of —, as above, appeared in the person at — before the honourable Judge, and offered him a schedule to the following effect.”

And if he says that he has seen anything, as, for example, that the accused was present at such a time of tempest, or that he had touched an animal, or had entered a stable, the Judge shall ask when he saw him, and where, and how often, and in what manner, and who were present. If he says that he did not see it, but heard of it, he shall ask him from whom he heard it, where, when, and how often, and in whose presence, making separate articles of each of the several points above mentioned. And the Notary or scribe shall set down a record of them immediately after the aforesaid denunciation”

The third method of beginning a process is the commonest and most usual one, because it is secret, and no accuser or informer has to appear. But when there is a general report of witchcraft in some town or parish, because of this report the Judge may proceed without a general citation or admonition as above, since the noise of that report comes often to his ears; and then again he can begin a process in the presence of the persons, as we have said before.”

Since we have said that in the 2nd method the evidence of the witnesses is to be written down, it is necessary to know how many witnesses there should be, and of what condition. The question is whether a Judge may lawfully convict any person of the heresy of witchcraft on the evidence of 2 legitimate witnesses whose evidence is entirely concordant, or whether more than 2 are necessary. And we say that the evidence of witnesses is not entirely concordant when it is only partially so; that is, when 2 witnesses differ in their accounts, but agree in the substance or effect: as when one says <She bewitched my cow>, and the other says, <She bewitched my child>, but they agree as to the fact of witchcraft.” “although 2 witnesses seem to be enough to satisfy the rigour of law (for the rule is that that which is sworn to by 2 or 3 is taken for the truth); yet in a charge of this kind 2 witnesses do not seem sufficient to ensure an equitable judgement, on account of the heinousness of the crime in question. For the proof of an accusation ought to be clearer than daylight; and especially ought this to be so in the case of the grave charge of heresy.” “the prisoner is not permitted to know who are his accusers. But the Judge himself must by virtue of his office, inquire into any personal enmity felt by the witnesses towards the prisoner; and such witnesses cannot be allowed, as will be shown later. And when the witnesses give confused evidence on account of something lying on their conscience, the Judge is empowered to put them through a 2nd interrogatory.” “if the prisoner is the subject of an evil report, a period should be set for his purgation; and if he is under strong suspicion on account of the evidence of 2 witnesses, the Judge should make him abjure the heresy, or question him, or defer his sentence. For it does not seem just to condemn a man of good name on so great a charge on the evidence of only 2 witnesses, though the case is otherwise with a person of bad reputation. This matter is fully dealt with in the Canon Law of heretics, where it is set down that the Bishop shall cause 3or+ men of good standing to give evidence on oath to speak the truth as to whether they have any knowledge of the existence of heretics in such a parish.” “But when, in spite of certain discrepancies, the witnesses agree in the main facts, then the matter shall rest with the Judge’s discretion

But it may be asked whether the Judge can compel witnesses to sweat an oath to tell the truth in a case concerning the Faith or witches, or if he can examine them many times. We answer that he can do so, especially an ecclesiastical Judge, and that in ecclesiastical cases witnesses can be compelled to speak the truth, and this on oath, since otherwise their evidence would not be valid. For the Canon Law says: The Archbishop or Bishop may make a circuit of the parish in which it is rumoured that there are heretics, and compel 3or+ men of good repute, or even, if it seems good to him, the whole neighbourhood, to give evidence. And if any through damnable obstinacy stubbornly refuse to take the oath, they shall on that account be considered as heretics.”

Note that persons under a sentence of excommunication, associates and accomplices in the crime, notorious evildoers and criminals, or servants giving evidence against their masters, are admitted as witnesses in a case concerning the Faith. And just as a heretic may give evidence against a heretic, so may a witch against a witch; but this only in default of other proofs, and such evidence can only be admitted for the prosecution and not for the defence: this is true also of the evidence of the prisoner’s wife, sons and kindred; for the evidence of such has more weight in proving a charge than in disproving it.” Wit(chn)ess.

The case of evidence given by perjurers, when it is presumed that they are speaking out of zeal for the faith, is dealed with in the Canon c. accusatus, § licet, where it says that the evidence of perjurers, after they have repented, is admissible; and it goes on to say: If it manifestly appears that they do not speak in a spirit of levity, or from motives of enmity, or by reason of a bribe, but purely out of zeal for the orthodox faith, wishing to correct what they have said, or to reveal something about which they had kept silence, in defence of the faith, their testimony shall be as valid as that of anyone else “So great is the plague of heresy that, in an action involving this crime, even servants are admitted as witnesses against their masters, and any criminal evildoer may give evidence against any person soever.” “But if it is asked whether the Judge can admit the mortal enemies of the prisoner to give evidence against him in such a case, we answer that he cannot; for the same chapter of the Canon says: You must not understand that in this kind of charge a mortal personal enemy may be admitted to give evidence.” “And a mortal enmity is constituted by the following circumstances: when there is a death feud or vendetta between the parties, or when there has been an attempted homicide, or some serious wound or injury which manifestly shows that there is mortal hatred on the part of the witness against the prisoner. And in such a case it is presumed that, just as the witness has tried to inflict temporal death on the prisoner by wounding him, so he will also be willing to effect his object by accusing him of heresy; and just as he wished to take away his life, so he would be willing to take away his good name.” “But there are other serious degrees of enmity (for women are easily provoked to hatred), which need not totally disqualify a witness, although they render his evidence very doubtful, so that full credence cannot be placed in his words unless they are substantiated by independent proofs, and other witnesses supply an indubitable proof of them. For the Judge must ask the prisoner whether he thinks that he has any enemy who would dare to accuse him of that crime out of hatred, so that he might compass his death; and if he says that he has, he shall ask who that person is; and then the Judge shall take note whether the person named as being likely to give evidence from motives of malice has actually done so. And if it is found that this is the case, and the Judge has learned from trustworthy men the cause of that enmity, and if the evidence in question is not substantiated by other proofs and the words of other witnesses, then he may safely reject such evidence. But if the prisoner says that he hopes he has no such enemy, but admits that he has had quarrels with women; or if he says that he has an enemy, but names someone who, perhaps, has not given evidence, in that case, even if other witnesses say that such a person has given evidence from motives of enmity, the Judge must not reject his evidence, but admit it together with the other proofs. § There are many who are not sufficiently careful and circumspect, and consider that the depositions of such quarrelsome women should be altogether rejected, saying that no faith can be placed in them, since they are nearly always actuated by motives of hatred. Such men are ignorant of the subtlety and precautions of magistrates, and speak and judge like men who are colour-blind.”

PROCESSO DE CONDENAÇÃO SUMÁRIA: It often happens that we institute a criminal process, and order it to be conducted in a simple straightforward manner without the legal quibbles and contentions which are introduced in other cases. (…) The Judge to whom we commit such a case need not require any writ, or demand that the action should be contested; he may conduct the case on holidays for the sake of the convenience of the public, he should shorten the conduct of the case as much as he can by disallowing all dilatory exceptions, appeals and obstructions, the impertinent contentions of pleaders and advocates, and the quarrels of witnesses, and by restraining the superfluous number of witnesses; but not in such a way as to neglect the necessary proofs” the Judge ought to advise the accuser to set aside his formal accusation and to speak rather as an informer, because of the grave danger that is incurred by an accuser. And so he can proceed in the 2nd manner, which is commonly used, and likewise in the 3rd manner, in which the process is begun not at the instance of any party.”

…Asked further how he could distinguish the accused’s motive, he answered that he knew it because he had spoken with a laugh. § This is a matter which must be inquired into very diligently; for very often people use words quoting someone else, or merely in temper, or as a test of the opinions of other people; although sometimes they are used assertively with definite intention.” “Here it must always be noted that in such an examination at least 5 persons must be present, namely, the presiding Judge, the witness of informer, the respondent or accused, who appears afterwards, and the 3rd is the Notary or scribe: where there is no Notary the scribe shall co-opt another honest man, and these 2, as has been said, shall perform the duties of the Notary; and this is provided for by Apostolic authority” For this is a common custom of witches, to stir up enmity against themselves by some word or action, as, for example, to ask someone to lend them something or else they will damage his garden, or something of that sort, in order to make an occasion for deeds of witchcraft; and they manifest themselves either in word or in action, since they are compelled to do so at the instance of the devils, so that in this way the sins of Judges are aggravated while the witch remains unpunished.”

Asked why she touched a child, and afterwards it fell sick, she answered. Also she was asked what she did in the fields at the time of a tempest, and so with many other matters. Again, why, having 1 or 2 cows, she had more milk than her neighbours who had 4 or 6. Let her be asked why she persists in a state of adultery or concubinage; for although this is beside the point, yet such questions engender more suspicion than would the case with a chaste and honest woman who stood accused.”

It is asked 1st what is to be done when, as often happens, the accused denies everything. We answer that the Judge has 3 points to consider, namely, her bad reputation, the evidence of the fact [nada mais genérico], and the words of the witnesses; and he must see whether all these agree together. And if, as very often is the case, they do not altogether agree together, since witches are variously accused of different deeds committed in some village or town; but the evidences of the fact are visible to the eye, as that a child has been harmed by sorcery, or, more often, a beast has been bewitched or deprived of its milk [o ser humano babaca vê o que quer ver; aliás, o ser humano em geral!]; and if a number of witnesses have come forward whose evidence, even if it show certain discrepancies (as that one should say she had bewitched his child, another his beast, and a 3rd should merely witness to her reputation, and so with the others), but nevertheless agree in the substance of the fact, that is, as to the witchcraft [substância etérea!], and that she is suspected of being a witch; although those witnesses are not enough to warrant a conviction without the fact of the general report, or even with that fact, yet, taken in conjunction with the visible and tangible evidence of the fact, the Judge may decide that the accused is to be reputed, not as strongly or gravely under suspicion, but as manifestly taken in the heresy of witchcraft; provided, that is, that the witnesses are of a suitable condition and have not given evidence out of enmity, and that a sufficient number of them, say 6 or 8 or 10, have agreed together under oath. And then, according to the Canon Law, he must subject her to punishment, whether she has confessed her crime or not.

It is true that S. Bernard speaks of an evident fact, and we here speak of the evidence of the fact; but this is because the devil does not work openly, but secretly.” O diabo é igualzinho deus.

If [s]he confesses and is impenitent, he is to be handed over to the secular courts to suffer the extreme penalty, according to the chapter ad abolendam, or he is to be imprisoned for life, according to the chapter excommunicamus. But if he does not confess, and stoutly maintains his denial, he is to be delivered as an impenitent to the power of the Civil Court to be punished in a fitting manner, as Henry of Segusio shows in his Summa, where he treats of the manner of proceeding against heretics.” “he should consign the accused to prison for a time, or for several years, in case perhaps, being depressed after a year of the squalor of prison, she may confess her crimes.”

This gives rise to the question whether the method employed by some to capture a witch is lawful, namely, that she should be lifted from the ground by the officers, and carried out in a basket or on a plank of wood so that she cannot again touch the ground. This can be answered by the opinion of the Canonists and of certain Theologians, that this is lawful in 3 respects. First, because it is clear from the opinion of such Doctors as Duns Scotus, Henry of Segusio and Godfrey of Fontaines, that it is lawful to oppose vanity with vanity. Also we know from experience and the confessions of witches that when they are taken in this manner they more often lose the power of keeping silence under examination: indeed many who have been about to be burned have asked that they might be allowed at least to touch the ground with one foot; and when it had been asked why they made such a request, they’d answered that if they had touched the ground they would have liberated themselves, striking many other people dead with lightning.”

But if it is only a slight matter of which she is accused, and she is not of bad reputation, and there is no evidence of her work upon children or animals, then she may be sent back to her house. But because she has certainly associated with witches and knows their secrets, she must give sureties; and if she cannot do so, she must be bound by oaths and penalties not to go out of her house unless she is summoned. But her servants and domestics, of whom we spoke above, must be kept in custody, yet not punished.”

(*) House should be searched.” Thus in the famous witch trial of Dame Alive Kyteler and her coven before the Bishop of Ossory in 1324, John le Poer, the husband of Dame Alice, deposed that in her closet were discovered mysterious vials and elixirs, strange necromantic instruments and ghastly relics of mortality which she used in her horrid craft. Holinshed in his Chronicle of Ireland (London, 1587, p. 93), sub anno 1323, has: <In rifling the closet of the ladie, they found a wafer of sacramental bread, having the divels name stamped thereon in steed of JESUS Christ, and a pipe of ointment, wherewith she greased a staffe, upon whish she ambled and gallopped through thicke and thin when and in what manner she wished.>

If the accused says that she is innocent and falsely accused and wishes to see and hear her accusers, it is a sign that she is asking to defend herself. But it is an open question whether the Judge is bound to make the deponents known to her and bring them to confront her face to face. (…) Although different Popes have had different opinions on this matter, none of them has ever said that in such a case the Judge is bound to make known to the accused the names of the informers or accusers. But, finally, Bonifice VIII(*) decreed as follows: If in a case of heresy it appear to the Bishop or Inquisitor that grave danger would be incurred by the witnesses of informers on account of the powers of the persons against whom they lay their depositions, should their names be published, he shall not publish them.” “any such Judge, even if he be secular, has the authority of the Pope, and not only of the Emperor.”

(*) “the collection of Bonifice VIII is known as Liber Sixtus

BELA APLICAÇÃO DE PONTA-CABEÇA DA “BOA-NOVA” E DO PARAÍSO AOS POBRES! “it is more dangerous to make known the names of the witnesses to an accused person who is poor, because such a person has many evil accomplices, such as outlaws and homicides, associated with him, who venture nothing but their own persons, which is not the case with anyone who is nobly born or rich, and abounding in temporal possessions.

let the Judge take notice that he must keep the names of the witnesses secret, under pain of excommunication. It is in the power of the Bishop thus to punish him if he does otherwise. Therefore he should very implicitly [!???] warn the Judge not to reveal the name from the very beginning of the process.”

IF, therefore, the accused asked to be defended, how can this be admitted when the names of the witnesses are kept altogether secret? It is to be said that 3 considerations are to be observed in admitting any defence. First, that an Advocate shall be allotted to the accused. Second, that the names of the witnesses shall not be made known to the Advocate even under an oath of secrecy, but that he shall be informed of everything contained in the depositions. Third, the accused shall as far as possible be given the benefit of every doubt, provided that this involves no scandal to the faith nor is in any way detrimental to justice (…) and the Advocate can act also in the name of procurator.

As to the first of these points: it should be noted that an Advocate is not to be appointed at the desire of the accused, as if he may choose which Advocate he will have; but the Judge must take great care to appoint neither a litigious nor an evil-minded man, nor yet one who is easily bribed (as many are), but rather an honourable man to whom no sort of suspicion attaches.” “Henry of Segusio holds an opposite view concerning the return of the fee in a case in which the Advocate has worked very hard. Consequently if an Advocate has wittingly undertaken to defend a prisoner whom he knows to be guilty, he shall be liable for the costs and expenses”

First, his behaviour must be modest and free from prolixity or pretentious oratory.” Acaba-se de abolir qualquer advogado no mundo de defender uma “bruxa”!

if he unduly defends a person already suspect of heresy, he makes himself as it were a patron of that heresy, and lays himself under not only a light but a strong suspicion”

though these means may savour of cunning and even guile, yet the Judge may employ them for the good of the faith and the State; for even S. Paul says: But being crafty, I caught you by guile. And these means are especially to be employed in the case of a prisoner who has not been publicly defamed, and is not suspected because of the evidence of any fact; and the Judge may also employ them against prisoners who have alleged enmity on the part of the deponents, and wish to know all the names of the witnesses.”

Common justice demands that a witch should not be condemned to death unless she is convicted by her own confession. But here we are considering the case of one who is judged to be taken in manifest heresy for direct or indirect evidence of the fact, or the legitimate production of witnesses; and in this case she is to be exposed to questions and torture to extort a confession of her crimes.

and behold! he was suddenly bewitched so that his mouth was stretched sideways as far as his ears in a horrible deformity, and he could not draw it back, but remained so deformed for a long time.” :O :T

indirect evidence of the fact is different from direct evidence; yet though it is not so conclusive, it is still taken from the words and deeds of witches, and it is judged from witchcraft which is not so immediate in its effect, but follows after some lapse of time from the utterance of the threatening words. May we conclude that this is the case with such witches who have been accused and have not made good their defence (or have failed to defend themselves because this privilege was not granted them; and it was not granted because they did not ask for it). But what we are to consider now is what action the Judge should take, and how he should proceed to question the accused with a view to extorting the truth from her so that sentence of death may finally be passed upon her.” he must not be too quick for this reason: unless God, through a holy Angel, compels the devil to withhold his help from the witch, she will be so insensible to the pains of torture that she will sooner be torn limb from limb than confess any of the truth. But the torture is not to be neglected for this reason, for they are not all equally endowed with this power, and also the devil sometimes of his own will permits them to confess their crimes without being compelled by a holy Angel.” For there are some who obtain from the devil a respite of 6 or 8 or 10 years before they have to offer him their homage, that is, devote themselves to him body and soul; whereas others, when they first profess their abjuration of the faith, at the same time offer their homage. And the reason why the devil allows that stipulated interval of time is that, during that time, he may find out whether the witch has denied the faith with her lips only but not in her heart, and would therefore offer him her homage in the same way.”

we may say that it is as difficult, or more difficult, to compel a witch to tell the truth as it is to exorcise a person possessed of the devil. Therefore the Judge ought not to be too willing or ready to proceed to such examination, unless the death penalty is involved.” very often meditation, and the misery of imprisonment, and the repeated advice of honest men, dispose the accused to discover the truth.” let the accused be stripped; or if she is a woman, let her first be led to the penal cells and there stripped by honest women of good reputation. And the reason for this is that they should search for any instrument of witchcraft sewn into her clothes; for they often make such instruments, at the instruction of devils. And when such instruments have been disposed of, the Judge shall use his own persuasions and those of other honest men zealous for the faith to induce her to confess the truth voluntarily; and if she will not, let him order the officers to bind her with cords, and apply her to some engine of torture; and then let them obey at once but not joyfully, rather appearing to be disturbed by their duty. Then let her be released again at someone’s earnest request, and taken on one side, and let her again be persuaded; and in persuading her, let her be told that she can escape the death penalty.” she may be promised her life on the following conditions: that she be sentenced to imprisonment for life on bread and water, provided that she supply evidence which will lead to the conviction of other witches. And she is not to be told, when she is promised her life, that she is to be imprisoned in this way; but should be led to suppose that some other penance, such as exile, will be imposed on her as punishment. And without doubt notorious witches, especially such as use witches’ medicines and cure the bewitched by superstitious means, should be kept in this way, both that they may help the bewitched, and that they may betray other witches. But such a betrayal by them must not be considered of itself sufficient ground for a conviction, since the devil is a liar, unless it is also substantiated by the evidence of the fact, and by witnesses.

Others think that, after she has been consigned to prison in this way, the promise to spare her life should be kept for a time, but that after a certain period she should be burned.”

But if neither threats nor such promises will induce her to confess the truth, then the officers must proceed with the sentence, and she must be examined, not in any new or exquisite manner, but in the usual way, lightly or heavily according as the nature of her crimes demands. And while she is being questioned about each several point, let her be often and frequently exposed to torture, beginning with the more gentle of them; for the Judge should not be too hasty to proceed to the graver kind. And while this is being done, let the Notary write all down, how she is tortured and what questions are asked and how she answers.

And note that, if she confesses under torture, she should then be taken to another place and questioned anew, so that she does not confess only under the stress of torture.

The next step of the Judge should be that, if after being fittingly tortured she refuses to confess the truth, he should have other engines of torture brought before her, and tell her that she will have to endure these if she does not confess. If then she is not induced by terror to confess, the torture must be continued on the 2nd or 3rd day, but not repeated at that present time unless there should be some fresh indication of its probable success.”

The Judge should also take care that during that interval there should always be guards with her, so that she is never left alone, for fear lest the devil will cause her to kill herself. But the devil himself knows better than anyone whether he will desert her of his own will, or be compelled to do so by God.”

THE Judge should act as follows in the continuation of the torture. First he should bear in mind that, just as the same medicine is not applicable to all the members, but there are various and distinct salves for each several member, so not all heretics or those accused of heresy are to be subjected to the same method of questioning, examination and torture as to the charges laid against them; but various and different means are to be employed according to their various natures and persons. Now a surgeon cuts off rotten limbs; and mangy sheep are isolated from the healthy; but a prudent Judge will not consider it safe to bind himself down to one invariable rule in his method of dealing with a prisoner who is endowed with a witch’s power of taciturnity, and whose silence he is unable to overcome. For if the sons of darkness were to become accustomed to one general rule they would provide means of evading it as a well-known snare set for their destruction.”

For we are taught both by the words of worthy men of old and by our own experience that this is a most certain sign, and it has been found that even if she be urged and exhorted by solemn conjurations to shed tears, if she be a witch she will not be able to weep: although she will assume a tearful aspect and smear her cheeks and eyes with spittle to make it appear that she is weeping; wherefore she must be closely watched by the attendants.” Não que uma sincera torrente de lágrimas garanta algo além de uma vida encarcerada ou a cremação numa fogueira…

I conjure you by the bitter tears shed on the Cross by our Saviour the Lord JESUS Christ for the salvation of the world, and by the burning tears poured in the evening hour over His wounds by the most glorious Virgin MARY, His Mother, and by all the tears which have been shed here in this world by the Saints and Elect of God, from whose eyes He has now wiped away all tears, that if you be innocent you do now shed tears, but if you be guilty that you shall by no means do so. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.”

for S. Bernard tells us that the tears of the humble can penetrate to heaven and conquer the unconquerable. Therefore there can be no doubt that they are displeasing to the devil, and that he uses all his endeavour to restrain them, to prevent a witch from finally attaining to penitence.

But it may be objected that it might suit with the devil’s cunning, with God’s permission, to allow even a witch to weep; since tearful grieving, weaving and deceiving are said to be proper to women. We may answer that in this case, since the judgements of God are a mystery, if there is no other way of convicting the accused, by legitimate witnesses or the evidence of the fact, and if she is not under a strong or grave suspicion, she is to be discharged”

they must not allow themselves to be touched physically by the witch, especially in any contact of their bare arms or hands; but they must always carry about them some salt consecrated on Palm Sunday and some Blessed Herbs.”

And we know from experience that some witches, when detained in prison, have importunately begged their gaolers to grant them this one thing, that they should be allowed to look at the Judge before he looks at them; and by so getting the first sight of the Judge they have been able so to alter the minds of the Judge or his assessors that they have lost all their anger against them and have not presumed to molest them in any way, but have allowed them to go free.”

And no one need think that it is superstitious to lead her in backwards”

RAPE AS TORTURE: “The 3rd precaution to be observed in this 10th action is that the hair should be shaved from every part of her body. The reason for this is the same as that for stripping her of her clothes, which we have already mentioned; for in order to preserve their power of silence they are in the habit of hiding some superstitious object in their clothes or in their hair, or even in the most secret parts of the their bodies which must not be named.

But it may be objected that the devil might, without the use of such charms, so harden the heart of a witch that she is unable to confess her crimes; just as it is often found in the case of other criminals, no matter how great the tortures to which they are exposed, or how much they are convicted by the evidence of the facts and of witnesses. We answer that it is true that the devil can affect such taciturnity without the use of such charms; but he prefers to use them for the perdition of souls and the greater offence to the Divine Majesty of God.

This can be made clear from the example of a certain witch in the town of Hagenau,. She used to obtain this gift of silence in the following manner: she killed a newly-born first-born male child who had not been baptized, and having roasted it in an oven together with other matters which it is not expedient to mention, ground it to powder and ashes; and if any witch or criminal carried about him some of this substance he would in no way be able to confess his crimes.”

MANUAL DO GUERRILHEIRO DAS CRUZADAS: “this power of taciturnity can proceed from 3 causes. First, from a natural hardness of heart; for some are soft-hearted, or even feeble-minded, so that at the slightest torture they admit everything, even some things which are not true; whereas others are so hard that however much they are tortured the truth is not to be had from them; and this is especially the case with those who have been tortured before, even if their arms are suddenly stretched or twisted.”

But what is to be said of a case that happened in the Diocese of Ratisbon? Certain heretics were convicted by their own confession not only as impenitent but as open advocates of that perfidy; and when they were condemned to death it happened that they remained unharmed in the fire. At length their sentence was altered to death by drowning, but this was no more effective. All were astonished, and some even began to say that their heresy must be true; and the Bishop, in great anxiety for his flock, ordered a 3 days fast. When this had been devoutly fulfilled, it came to the knowledge of someone that those heretics had a magic charm sewed between the skin and the flesh under one arm; and when this was found and removed, they were delivered to the flames and immediately burned. Some say that a certain necromancer learned this secret during a consultation with the devil, and betrayed it; but however it became known, it is probably that the devil, who is always scheming for the subversion of faith, was in some way compelled by Divine power to reveal the matter.”

Now in the parts of Germany such shaving, especially of the secret parts, is not generally considered delicate, and therefore we Inquisitors do not use it; but we cause the hair of their head to be cut off, and placing a morsel of Blessed Wax in a cup of Holy Water and invoking the most Holy Trinity, we give it them to drink 3 times on a fasting stomach, and by the grace of God we have by this means caused many to break their silence. But in other countries the Inquisitors order the witch to be shaved all over her body. And the Inquisitor of Como has informed us that last year, that is, in 1485, he ordered 41 witches to be burned, after they had been shaved all over. And this was in the district and county of Burbia, commonly called Wormserbad, in the territory of the Archduke of Austria, towards Milan.”

(*) “Our Lady of Tears, Santa Maria delle Lagrime, is the Patroness of Spoleto. A picture of Our Lady, painted upon the wall of the house belonging to Diotallevio d’Antonio, which stood on the road from Spoleto to Trevi, was seen to shed tears in great abundance. Many graces and favours were obtained before the miraculous picture. A small chapel was erected on the spot in August 1485, and Mass was daily offered therein. On 27 March 1487, the large basilica was begun, which on its completion, 8 March 1489, was entrusted to the Olivetans.”

(*) “Helen Guthrie, in 1661 dug up the body of an unbaptized infant, which was buried in the churchyard near the southeast door of the church and took several pieces thereof, as the feet, hands, part of the head, and a part of the buttocks, and made a pie thereof, that she might eat of it and by this means might never make a confession of witchcraft.” Talento para ser comunista…

Finally, if he sees that she will not admit her crimes, he shall ask her whether, to prove her innocence, she is ready to undergo the ordeal by red-hot iron. And they all desire this, knowing that the devil will prevent them from being hurt; therefore a true witch is exposed in this manner. The Judge shall ask her how she can be so rash as to run so great a risk, and all shall be written down; but it will be shown later that they are never to be allowed to undergo this ordeal by red-hot iron. Medinho?

Let the Judge also note that when witches are questioned on a Friday, while the people are gathered together at Holy Mass to await our Saviour, they very often confess.”

As a 5th precaution, when all the above have failed, let her, if possible, be led to some castle; and after she has been kept there under custody for some days, let the castellan pretend that he is going on a long journey. And then let some of his household, or even some honest women, visit her and promise that they will set her entirely at liberty if she will teach them how to conduct certain practices. And let the Judge take note that by this means they have very often confessed and been convicted.”

For trial by combat is allowable in a criminal case for the protection of life, and in a civil case for the protection of property; then wherefore not the trial by red-hot iron or boiling water? (…) Again, a judge, who is responsible for the safety of the community, may lawfully allow a smaller evil that a greater may be avoided; as he allows the existence of harlots in towns in order to avoid a general confusion of lust. For S. Augustine On Free Will says: Take away the harlots, and you will create a general chaos and confusion of lust. So, when a person has been loaded with insults and injuries by any community, he can clear himself of any criminal or civil charge by means of a trial by ordeal.”

PAVOR DA SANTIFICAÇÃO MILAGROSA E INAUDITA DA BRUXA: “the Canon says in that chapter not that they who use such practices tempt God, but that they appear to tempt Him, so that it may be understood that, even if a man engage in such a trial with none but good intentions, yet since it has the appearance of evil, it is to be avoided.” That which is not sanctioned in the writings of the Sainted Fathers is to be presumed superstitious.” And it is not wonderful witches are able to undergo this trial by ordeal unscathed with the help of devils; for we learn from naturalists that if the hands be anointed with the juice of a certain herb they are protected from burning. Now the devil has an exact knowledge of the virtues of such herbs: although he can cause the hand of the accused to be protected from the red-hot iron by invisibly interposing some other substance, yet he can procure the same effect by the use of natural objects.”

An incident illustrative of our argument occurred hardly 3 years ago in the Diocese of Constance. For in the territory of the Counts of Fuerstenberg and the Black Forest there was a notorious witch who had been the subject of much public complaint. (…) she was released from her chains and lives to the present time, not without grave scandal to the Faith in those parts.

(*) “When scandalous reports were circulated concerning her honour, although her husband could not for a moment suspect her purity, she insisted upon an appeal to the trial by ordeal, and having walked unhurt over the red-hot plough-shares, publicly testified her innocence. The story is immensely popular in German poetry and German art. A print by Hans Burgkmair shows her stepping over the shares, one of which she holds in her hand. Upon her shrine in the Cathedral at Bamburg a bas-relief by Hans Thielmann of Warzburg depicts the same incident. Having already retired to a Benedictine cloister, upon the death of her husband S. Cunegond she took the veil.” Como eu disse, trata-se de um milagre de santa!

S. Augustine says that we must not pronounce sentence against any person unless he has been proved guilty, or has confessed. Now there are 3 kinds of sentence – interlocutory, definitive, and preceptive. These are explained as follows by S. Raymond. An interlocutory sentence is one which is given not on the main issue of the case, but on some other side issues which emerge during the hearing of a case; such as a decision whether or not a witness is to be disallowed, or whether some digression is to be admitted, and such matters as that. Or it may perhaps be called interlocutory because it is delivered simply by word of mouth without the formality of putting it into writing. A definitive sentence is one which pronounces a final decision as to the main issue of the case. A preceptive sentence is one which is pronounced by a lower authority on the instruction of a higher.

Now it is laid down by law that a definitive sentence which has been arrived at without a due observance of the proper legal procedure in trying a case is null and void in law; and the legal conduct of a case consists in 2 things. One concerns the basis of the judgement; for there must be a due provision for the hearing of arguments both for the prosecution and the defence, and a sentence arrived at without such a hearing cannot stand. The other is not concerned with the basis of the judgement, but provides that the sentence must not be conditional; for example, a claim for possession should not be decided conditionally upon some subsequent claim of property; but where there is no question of such an objection the sentence shall stand.”

the Judge need not require a writ, or demand that the case should be contested. But he must allow opportunity for the necessary proofs, and issue his citation, and exact the protestation of the oath concerning calumny, etc. Therefore there has lately been a new law made as to the method of procedure in such cases.”

the sentence should be pronounced by the Judge and no one else, otherwise it is not valid. Also the Judge must be sitting in a public and honourable place; and he must pronounce it in the day-time and not in the darkness; and there are other conditions to be observed; for example, the sentence must not be promulgated upon a Holy Day, nor yet merely delivered in writing.”

Note again that, although in criminal actions the execution of the sentence is not to be delayed, this rule does not hold good in 4 cases, with 2 of which we are here concerned. First, when the prisoner is a pregnant woman; and then the sentence shall be delayed until she has given birth. Secondly, when the prisoner has confessed her crime, but has afterwards denied it again”

And the Canonists note that suspicion is of 3 kinds. The first of which the Canon says, You shall not judge anyone because he is suspect in your own opinion. The second is Probably; and this, but not the first, leads to a purgation. The third is Grave, and leads to a conviction; and S. Jerome understands this kind of suspicion when he says that a wife may be divorced either for fornication or for a reasonably suspected fornication.” “Applying this to our discussion of the heresy of witches and to the modern laws, we say that in law there are 3 degrees of suspicion in the matter of heresy: the first slight, the second great, and the third very great.”

As an example of simple heresy, if people are found to be meeting together secretly for the purpose of worship, or differing in their manner of life and behaviour from the usual habits of the faithful; or if they meet together in sheds and barns, or at the more Holy Seasons in the remoter fields or woods, by day or by night, or are in any way found to separate themselves and not to attend Mass at the usual times or in the usual manner, or form secret friendships with suspected witches: such people incur at least a light suspicion of heresy, because it is proved that heretics often act in this manner. And of this light suspicion the Canon says: They who are by a slight argument discovered to have deviated from the teaching and path of the Catholic religion are not to be classed as heretics, nor is a sentence to be pronounced against them.

And here are especially to be noted those men or women who cherish some inordinate love or excessive hatred, even if they do not use to work any harm against men or animals in other ways. For those who behave in this way in any heresy are strongly to be suspected.”

Those who have been found to rest under a probable suspicion should prove their innocence by a fitting purgation; if not, they are to be stricken with the sword of anathema as a worthy satisfaction in the sight of all men. And if they continue obstinate in their excommunication for the period of a year, they are utterly condemned as heretics.”

ERRAR É HUMANO, PERSISTIR É PECAR! “He who has been involved in one kind or sect of heresy, or has erred in one article of the faith or sacrament of the Church, and has afterwards specifically and generally abjured his heresy: if thereafter he follows another kind or sect of heresy, or errs in another article or sacrament of the Church, it is our will that he be judged a backslider.”

Let care be taken not to put anywhere in the sentence that the accused is innocent or immune, but that it was not legally proved against him; for if after a little time he should again be brought to trial, and it should be legally proved, he can, notwithstanding the previous sentence of absolution, then be condemned.”

that you may be in good odour among the company of the faithful we impose upon you as by law a canonical purgation, assigning to you such a day of such a month at such hour of the day, upon which you shall appear in person before us with so many persons of equal station with you to purge you of your defamation. Which sponsors must be men of the Catholic faith and of good life who have known your habits and manner of living not only recently but in time past. And we signify that, if you should fail in this purgation, we shall hold you convicted, according to the canonical sanctions.”

We N., by the mercy of God Bishop of such a town, or Judge in the territory subject to the rule of such a Prince, having regard to the merits of the process conducted by us against you N., of such a place in such a Diocese, and after careful examination, find that you are not consistent in your answers, and that there are sufficient indications besides that you ought to be exposed to the question and torture. Therefore, that the truth may be known from your own mouth and that from henceforth you may not offend the ears of your Judges with your equivocations, we declare, pronounce, and give sentence that on this present day at such an hour you are to be subjected to an interrogatory under torture. This sentence was given, etc.”

Neither are they to be branded with the sign of the Cross, for such is the sign of a penitent heretic; and they are not convicted heretics, but only suspected, therefore they are not to be marked in this way. But they can be ordered either to stand on certain solemn days within the doors of a church, or near the altar, while Holy Mass is being celebrated, bearing in their hands a lighted candle of a certain weight; or else to go on some pilgrimage, or something of the kind, according to the nature and requirements of the case.”

Therefore inasmuch as you are bound by the chain of excommunication from the Holy Church, and are justly cut off from the number of the Lord’s flock, and are deprived of the benefits of the Church, the Church can do no more for you, having done all that was possible. We, the said Bishop and Judges on behalf of the Faith, sitting in tribunal as Judges judging, and having before us the Holy Gospels that our judgement may proceed as from the countenance of god and our eyes see with equity, and having before our eyes only God and the truth of the Holy Faith and the extirpation of the plague of heresy, on this day and at this hour and place assigned to you for the hearing of your final sentence, we give it as our judgement and sentence that you are indeed an impenitent heretic, and as truly such to be delivered and abandoned to the secular Court: wherefore by this sentence we cast you away as an impenitent heretic from our ecclesiastical Court, and deliver or abandon you to the power of the secular Court: praying the said Court to moderate or temper its sentence of death against you.” Ah, com certeza…

but you have been given up to your sin and led away and seduced by an evil spirit, and have chosen to be tortured with fearful and eternal torment in hell, and that your temporal body should here be consumed in the flames, rather than to give ear to better counsels and renounce your damnable and pestilent errors, and to return to the merciful bosom of our Holy Mother Church.”

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Agostinho – De Natura Daemonis, 411 d.C.

Beothius – De Consolatione Philosophiae

Caesarius – Dialogue magnus visionum atque miraculorum, Libri XII.

Collin de Plancy – Dictionnaire Infernal, sixième édition, 1863.

Mirabeau – Erotika Biblion (pseudo-Rome), 1783.

Sinistrari – Demoniality, 1927.

Stefano Infessura – Diarium urbis Rome

CAPES, 50 ANOS: Depoimentos ao Cpdoc/FGV (2002)

Org. Marieta de Moraes Ferreira & Regina da Luz Moreira

Em 1951, foi criada a Campanha Nacional de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (Capes), com o objetivo de <assegurar a existência de pessoal especializado em quantidade e qualidade suficientes para atender às necessidades dos empreendimentos públicos e privados que visam ao desenvolvimento do país>. Para secretário-geral foi indicado o professor Anísio Teixeira, que a dirigiu até 1963.”

O projeto Capes, 50 anos teve como objetivo recuperar a história da fundação da Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (Capes), de seus primórdios até a atualidade, através da coleta de depoimentos de atores que desempenharam papel destacado na trajetória da instituição. Dessa tarefa, e da preparação deste livro, foi incumbido o Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de História Contemporânea do Brasil (Cpdoc) da Fundação Getúlio Vargas, detentor de reconhecida experiência nesse campo de trabalho.

A importância da Capes e sua capacidade de aglutinar figuras destacadas, seja como funcionários, seja como dirigentes ou como colaboradores, nos possibilitaria arrolar um enorme número de possíveis depoentes. No entanto, a exigüidade do tempo, e os próprios limites impostos pelo formato de um livro, nos levaram, com o auxílio da direção atual, a definir uma lista restrita de entrevistados que nos permitiriam obter uma visão ampla e diversificada da instituição. Foram registrados, no total, 18 depoimentos em 40 horas de gravação

PASSANDO O PANO EM BIOGRAFIAS SUSPEITAS: “Na entrevista, ele [o depoente] está diante de um entrevistador ativo, que argumenta, reage, confirma, contesta [e que é manipulado a gosto]. Para que isso seja possível, o entrevistador precisa conhecer os personagens, os cenários e os roteiros. A reconstituição das trajetórias de personagens ligados à Capes abre assim novas perspectivas para o aprofundamento dos estudos sobre a pós-graduação no Brasil.” Será ainda possível?




Quando Anísio Teixeira aportou em Brasília, tudo era mato, terra seca – e ignorância.

I. ERA ANÍSIO (1951-64)

A Capes foi criada em 11 de julho de 1951, pelo Decreto n. 29.741 [constituído de 12 artigos, cujos <melhores momentos> transcrevo a seguir], inicialmente como uma comissão destinada a promover o aperfeiçoamento do pessoal de nível superior.”

Art. 1º Fica instituída, sob a Presidência do Ministro da Educação e Saúde, uma Comissão composta de representantes do Ministério da Educação e Saúde, Departamento Administrativo do Serviço Público, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Banco do Brasil, Comissão Nacional de Assistência Técnica, Comissão Mista Brasil, Estados Unidos, Conselho Nacional de Pesquisas, Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística, Confederação Nacional da Indústria, Confederação Nacional do Comércio, para o fim de promover uma Campanha Nacional de aperfeiçoamento de pessoal de nível superior.”

Art. 2º (…) oferecer os (sic) indivíduos mais capazes, sem recursos próprios, acesso a tôdas as oportunidades de aperfeiçoamentos.

(…) Promover em coordenação com os órgãos existentes o aproveitamento das oportunidades de aperfeiçoamento oferecidas pelos programas de assistência técnica da Organização da Nações Unidas, de seus organismos especializados e resultantes de acordos bilaterais firmados pelo Govêrno brasileiro [curiosamente ainda engatinha-se na área ~70 anos depois]

Art. 7º A Comissão proporá ao Presidente da República, até 31 de dezembro de 1951, a forma definitiva que deve ser dada à entidade incumbida da execução sistemática e regular dos objetivos da Campanha.”

Art. 9º Os dirigentes dos órgãos da administração pública, das autarquias e sociedade de economia mista deverão facilitar o afastamento dos seus servidores selecionados para o programa de aperfeiçoamento instituído neste Decreto.

Art. 10. O Banco do Brasil facilitará cambiais para as bolsas concedidas, e, na medida das possibilidades, a transferência dos salários e vencimentos dos beneficiários do programa de aperfeiçoamento.

Art. 11.Os membros da Comissão não perceberão remuneração especial pelos seus trabalhos, mas serão considerados como tendo prestado relevantes serviços do (sic) país.”

Rio de Janeiro, 11 de julho de 1951, 130º da Independência e 63º da República.


E. Simões Filho

Horácio Lafer

Francisco Negrão de Lima

Danton Coelho

Este texto não substitui o original publicado no Diário Oficial da União – Seção 1 de 13/07/1951”

Um breve interlúdio antes de continuarmos, avançando 40 anos no tempo (para depois voltarmos a recuar): Fica claro pelo Decreto 99.678/90 que a Capes foi momentaneamente “rebaixada” a mero órgão interno de assessoria a assuntos voltados à pós-graduação (na realidade seu Presidente seria o que hoje é um Diretor, código 101.5). Havia 2 coordenadores-gerais no organograma publicado no Anexo II, bem como 6 assessores, 1 coordenador, 8 chefes de divisão e 14 chefes de unidade (DAS mínimo, hoje extinto). O INEP estava hierarquicamente acima da Capes de acordo com este documento legal.

Aproveitando o excurso, antes de terminar, trecho do Decreto 50.737: “a administração das bôlsas de estudo oferecidas pelo Govêrno Brasileiro a latino-americanos e afro-asiáticos para cursos de graduação e pós-graduação no Brasil (…) JÂNIO QUADROS”

Foram várias as instituições e agências públicas criadas nesses primeiros meses de 1951, entre elas o Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico (atual BNDES) e o Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa (CNPq), com os quais a Capes, ao longo destes 50 anos, interagiu na formulação e implementação de uma nova política de desenvolvimento científico e tecnológico. Foi também o momento de criação da primeira faculdade de administração pública da América Latina, a EBAP, órgão da Fundação Getúlio Vargas destinado à formação de uma nova geração de formuladores e de gestores públicos.” “Em seu depoimento, Almir de Castro [o <segundo homem>, 1º depois de A.T.] assinala que a Capes era ligada ao Ministério da Educação, mas também à Presidência da República.¹ O que ressalta é a grande autonomia e autoridade de que era dotada sua direção.”

¹ Precedente perigoso para quem nela hoje trabalha… Precedente e presidente são palavras tão parecidas que Weintraub talvez escreva uma pensando na outra…

A concessão de bolsas de estudos, no entanto, apenas progressivamente foi se desenvolvendo, até se afirmar como atividade de maior peso dentro da agência, em detrimento das atividades de fomento. O que talvez explique esse crescimento gradativo seja o fato de que o setor responsável pelas bolsas se viu também obrigado a realizar pesquisas sobre a atuação de outras instituições congêneres, sobre seu processo de concessão, etc. As atividades de fomento favoreceram a criação de centros nacionais, núcleos regionais de ensino e pesquisa, ou ainda unidades de cunho institucional, que foram perdendo importância ao longo do período, em detrimento das bolsas de estudo.”


I HAD A DREAM…: “A Capes teve sua trajetória diretamente afetada pelo movimento político-militar de 1964, que inaugurou na agência um período de descontinuidade administrativa e turbulência institucional. Naquele momento, chegou-se mesmo a cogitar sua extinção.”

Já no final do mês de maio, a Capes era transformada, de comissão em coordenação, e junto com a nova designação, assumia uma nova condição institucional: o Decreto n. 53.932 [1964](*), integrou-a à estrutura do Ministério da Educação e Cultura, vinculando-a à política da educação superior do país através da Diretoria do Ensino Superior, a DESu. Assim, embora mantivesse a mesma sigla, a Capes passava a ser diretamente subordinada ao ministro da Educação, que teria autoridade inclusive para regulamentar as atividades e aprovar os regimentos internos da agência.”


Art. 1º A Campanha Nacional de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), de que tratam os Decretos nºs 29.741, de 11 de julho de 1951, 50.737, de 7 de junho de 1961, e 51.146, de 5 de agôsto de 1961, órgão da Presidência da República; a Comissão Supervisora do Plano dos Institutos (COSUPl), de que tratam os Decretos nºs 49.355 de 28 de novembro de 1960, 51.405, de 6 de fevereiro de 1962, e 52.456, de 16 de setembro de 1963, órgão do Ministério da Educação e Cultura; e o Programa de Expansão do Ensino Tecnológico (PROTEC), de que trata o Decreto nº 53.325, de 18 de dezembro de 1963, órgão do Ministério da Educação e Cultura, ficam reunidos na Coordenação do Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), subordinada diretamente ao Ministro da Educação e Cultura e que poderá regulamentar atividades e aprovará regimento internos (sic).

colaborar em programas de formação e adestramento de pessoal…”

Art. 4º Os auxílios concedidos pela CAPES visando à complementação de recursos dos Centros de Treinamento para o cumprimento de programas específicos de formação de pessoal ou desenvolvimento de novos centros terão sempre caráter temporário, estabelecendo-se, em cada caso, convênio com as instituições contempladas de sorte que através (sic) recursos regulares previstos nos orçamentos das mesmas (sic) seja assegurada a continuidade de seu funcionamento.”

Art. 5º A CAPES será orientada por um Conselho Deliberativo integrado por 9 membros designados pelo Presidente da República, pelo prazo de 3 anos e mediante indicação do Ministro da Educação e Cultura.

§ 1º Dois dos nove membros do Conselho são considerados membros natos: o Diretor da Diretoria do Ensino Superior do Ministério da Educação e Cultura e o Presidente do Conselho Nacional de Pesquisas.

§ 2º A Presidência do Conselho caberá ao Ministro da Educação e Cultura, sendo seu substituto eventual o Diretor da Diretoria de Ensino Superior.”

O Diretor Executivo e os Secretários serão de livre escolha do Ministro da Educação e Cultura.”

Brasília, 26 de maio de 1964; 143º da Independência e 76º da República.


Flávio Lacerda”

Decreto n. 54.356 (setembro de 64):

Dispõe sobre o Regime de Organização e Funcionamento da <Coordenação do Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior>.”

Art. 2º A ação da CAPES se exercerá, principalmente, pelas seguintes formas:

I – Concessão de bôlsas a graduados para estudos no país e no estrangeiro;

II – Administração de bôlsas oferecidas pelo govêrno Brasileiro a cidadãos estrangeiros para estudos no país;

III – Supervisão dos estabelecimentos mantidos pelo Govêrno em Centros educacionais estrangeiros (Casa do Brasil);

IV – Estímulo à formação de Centros Nacionais de Treinamento Avançado;

V – Incentivo à implantação do regime de tempo integral para o pessoal docente de nível superior;(*)

VI – Prestação de assistência técnica e financeira às Universidades, Escolas Superiores Isoladas e Institutos Científicos e Culturais;

VII – Promoção de encontros de professôres e pesquisadores visando a elevar os padrões de ensino superior em todo o país.”

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(*) Incrível como décadas depois essa importante conquista ainda é assunto em ementas recentes de tribunais e em trabalhos jurídico-acadêmicos:

TRT-10 – RECURSO ORDINÁRIO RO 1164200701710006 DF 01164-2007-017-10-00-6 (TRT-10)

Data de publicação: 29/05/2009

Ementa: PROFESSOR UNIVERSITÁRIO E PESQUISADOR. CONTRATAÇÃO EM REGIME DE DEDICAÇÃO INTEGRAL. HORAS EXTRAS PELO TRABALHO EXTRA-CLASSE. INDEVIDAS. ELASTECIMENTO DE HORÁRIO. ÔNUS DA PROVA. 1. As normas específicas de tutela referentes à jornada dos professores (CLT [em extinção!], Título III, Seção XII) estão expressamente direcionadas apenas às horas de trabalho em sala de aula, cujo tratamento legal mais benéfico se justifica em razão do desgaste sofrido pelo profissional sob tais condições. Em se tratando de professor universitário contratado em regime de dedicação integral, nos termos do art. 52 da Lei nº 9394 /96, uma vez obedecida a jornada especial do professor quanto ao trabalho em sala de aula, mostra-se indevida, à míngua de norma mais favorável, a percepção de horas extras pelo trabalho desenvolvido extra-classe. 2. Em razão da natureza extraordinária do fato alegado, é do empregado o ônus de comprovar o trabalho extraordinário (arts. 818 da CLT e 333, I, do CPC). Tal encargo probatório não se altera em se tratando de professor universitário que desenvolve atividades de pesquisa científica nas instalações da faculdade reclamada, onde lhe é franqueada ampla permanência além do horário contratado, para fins de estudos e pesquisa. Nesse caso, incumbe ao autor demonstrar que sua permanência no ambiente de trabalho ocorreu sob o comando e no interesse exclusivo da instituição de ensino.

O art. 9º do Decreto 3.860/2001, que dispõe sobre a organização do ensino superior e a avaliação de cursos e instituições, nada menciona sobre a duração da hora no aludido regime de tempo integral, estando assim redigido: <Para os fins do inciso III do art. 52 da Lei nº 9.394 de 1996, entende-se por regime de trabalho docente em tempo integral aquele que obriga a prestação de quarenta horas semanais de trabalho na mesma instituição, nele reservado o tempo de pelo menos vinte horas semanais destinado a estudos, pesquisa, trabalhos de extensão, planejamento e avaliação>. Lado outro [hm], a remuneração dos professores é, na forma do disposto no art. 320 da CLT, fixada pelo número de aulas semanais. Havendo cláusula coletiva estabelecendo que <considera-se como aula o módulo docente destinado ao trabalho letivo ministrado pelo professor, integrante da atividade do magistério, com duração máxima de 50 (cinqüenta) minutos, ministrado para turma ou classe regular de alunos>, conclui-se que o regime de 40 horas (de 60 minutos) em tempo integral equivale a 48 horas-aula semanais de 50 minutos cada, realidade que abarca tanto as atividades em sala de aula como aquelas outras compatíveis com a condição de professor e exigidas quando do labor em tempo integral.

Há duas grandes <heranças conceituais> subjacentes à questão da regulamentação do regime docente de tempo integral. Primeiro, existe o conceito de isonomia, originado no setor público, que tende a uniformizar o tratamento da questão, partindo da premissa de que todas as universidades devem ser tratadas da mesma forma. Segundo, há conceito de hora-aula, nascido no âmbito privado, que tende a confundir o trabalho docente como uma contabilização das horas despendidas em sala de aula, gerando uma tendência de se <aulificar> o ensino. Ambos os conceitos, em conjunção com o disposto no inciso III do art. 52, fazem com que haja a tendência de se quantificar a questão, quando esta deveria ser antes qualificada.” “o intelecto não se prende obrigatoriamente a espaços físicos, nem se submete facilmente a injunções temporais.” [O dia que esse tipo de mérito for reconhecido eu amputo meus 4 mindinhos. Não farão falta!] “Há uma tradição normativa da educação superior, com deliberação do antigo CFE (Parecer nº 792/73, relator pelo Conselheiro Valnir Chagas), de que uma hora-aula de cinqüenta minutos na prática significa um dispêndio de até sessenta minutos da carga horária dos cursos, já que há outras atividades pedagógicas associadas (como intervalos para apreensão de conteúdo). Nas palavras do Relator da questão, o esquema 50 + 10 <se enraíza no racionalismo pedagógico>, havendo <toda uma orientação de flexibilidade que doravante há de presidir à organização das ‘atividades’ escolares>. O conceito de hora-aula esteve tão enraizado na tradição educacional que fez com que muitas cargas horárias de cursos superiores fossem mensuradas em horas-aula, o que criou algumas distorções, por conta das diferenças entre os turnos diurno e noturno.” “É não apenas desejável, como necessário, a existência de um critério mínimo que caracterize uma universidade, em distinção a outros tipos de IES. Porém, fica a dúvida: o corte, a referência, será <por cima>, por um modelo de universidade de elite com pesquisa de ponta, ensino pós-graduado, ou <por baixo>, por uma instituição voltada à formação profissional, com pesquisa aplicada e pós-graduação profissionalizante? Ora, havendo fontes de financiamento abundantes, pode-se pensar facilmente <por cima>. Se não, há que se ponderar sobre a sustentabilidade das instituições, sob o risco de implosão do Sistema, e de retorno a um ensino elitizado, sustentado pelos contribuintes, os quais majoritariamente a ele não tinham acesso.” “O requisito legal (LDB), que na prática quantifica o problema, tem gerado mal-entendidos e problemas diversos. As universidades não têm um mesmo padrão organizacional, até por suas diferenças institucionais e ambientais.” André Magalhães Nogueira – Universidade e Regime de Trabalho (documento 56), OBSERVATÓRIO UNIVERSITÁRIO, 08/2006.

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§1º Os membros do Conselho Deliberativo perceberão por sessão a que comparecerem uma gratificação de presença fixada pelo Ministro da Educação e Cultura, até ao máximo de 48 sessões anuais.”

Parágrafo único. A distribuição e a lotação dos servidores da CAEPS (sic) caberão ao Diretor Executivo.”

§1º O Diretor-Executivo e os Chefes de Divisões perceberão a gratificação que fôr arbitrada pelo Conselho Deliberativo e aprovada pelo Ministro da Educação e Cultura.”


O interregno entre a gestão de SUZANA GONÇALVES (1964-1966) e a de CELSO BARROSO LEITE (1969-1974) pode ser caracterizado como um período de grande instabilidade institucional, em que 6 diretores-executivos — 2 deles interinos — estiveram à frente da Capes.”


1974, quando a transferência para Brasília exigiu a contratação e o treinamento de novos funcionários. Isso possibilitou não apenas um novo dinamismo administrativo, mas também a criação de um esprit de corps, através do qual se estabeleceu uma forte identidade institucional. Esse dinamismo institucional foi basicamente explicitado no Decreto-Lei n.° 74.299, de julho de 1974

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Art. 1º. A Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), órgão autônomo do Ministério da Educação e Cultura, criada pelo Decreto nº 53.932, de 26 de maio de 1964, e reformulada pelo Decreto nº 66.662, de 5 de junho de 1970, tem as seguintes finalidades:”

Art. 12. Para assegurar a autonomia financeira da CAPES nos termos do artigo 172 do Decreto-lei nº 200, de 25 de fevereiro de 1967, fica mantido o Fundo Especial instituído pelo artigo 9º do Decreto nº 66.662, de 5 de junho de 1970, com a denominação de Fundo de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (FAPES).”

Brasília, 18 de julho de 1974; 153º da Independência e 86º da República.


Ernesto Gás Hélio, será que falava grosso?!?

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A gestão de Darcy Closs passou a recorrer de forma cada vez mais sistemática e progressiva, ainda que informal, à colaboração de consultores vindos da área acadêmica, quer para a análise das solicitações de bolsas de estudo, para entrevistas com candidatos, avaliação de cursos, recomendações de cotas de bolsas, quer para a elaboração, implantação e avaliação de projetos de interesse da política definida pela agência. Essas consultorias permitiram à Capes fazer frente à multiplicação de suas atividades e programas — que no período chegaram a patamares até então inéditos —, e seus pareceres, estudos e avaliações, embora não tivessem poder deliberativo, foram gradualmente ganhando importância dentro da agência, uma vez que subsidiavam as decisões do CTA. A partir de 1977, essas consultorias assumiram a forma de comissões, e mais tarde foram institucionalizadas, com seus presidentes passando a integrar um conselho técnico-científico, com direito inclusive [ó!] a participação no conselho superior da agência.”

ANOS MOURA CASTRO: “Nesse sentido, foi estabelecido todo um processo de transferência, para as universidades e programas, da responsabilidade de selecionar, acompanhar, pagar e avaliar o desempenho dos alunos bolsistas, cabendo à agência apenas a função de promover uma melhor e mais ampla avaliação dos programas e dos alunos.” “esse foi também o momento em que a Capes readquiriu maior destaque no sistema de pós-graduação, chegando mesmo a se impor sobre as demais agências. A pedra de toque para que isso ocorresse foi seu reconhecimento formal como órgão responsável pela formulação do Plano Nacional de Pós-Graduação, o que se deu em fins de 1981, com a extinção do Conselho Nacional de Pós-Graduação. A partir de então ela assumiu as competências que até então (sic) eram do conselho. Esse novo papel fez também com que a Capes fosse reconhecida dentro do MEC como a agência executiva do Sistema Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia, o que na prática a tornou responsável pela elaboração, acompanhamento e coordenação de todas as atividades relacionadas com a pós-graduação dentro do ministério.” “agora era dada à Capes a responsabilidade de assessorar a Secretaria de Educação Superior, a SESu — que havia substituído o DAU — na tarefa de formular a política nacional de pós-graduação.”

O momento final desse período é representado pela gestão de EDSON MACHADO DE SOUSA (1982-1990), que, juntamente com a de ABÍLIO BAETA NEVES, é uma das mais longas da história da Capes, em que pese a numerosa sucessão de titulares que a pasta da Educação teve então.” (nada mudou)


A posse de FERNANDO COLLOR DE MELO na presidência da República, em março de 1990, e a profunda reestruturação da administração pública federal que se seguiu, trouxeram consigo a extinção da Capes, medida que traumatizou não apenas seus funcionários, mas a toda a comunidade acadêmica. E foi exatamente a mobilização desses segmentos que garantiu, em pouco menos de um mês, o reestabelecimento da agência.” Collor só deveria ser citado em caixa alta em processos penais.

A lei que determinou a transformação da Capes em fundação foi aprovada no início de janeiro de 1992, sob o n. 8.405, durante a gestão de JOSÉ GOLDEMBERG na pasta da Educação.” Pasta surrada essa, por que não compram logo uma mochila?

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a Capes assumiu a incumbência de validar os diplomas expedidos pelo sistema nacional de pós-graduação, e que possibilitou a definição de uma política para o setor de bolsas no exterior, através do incentivo aos acordos de cooperação.” Era Netherrealmeyer

OS ANTI-CABALISTAS IRÃO ODIAR ESTA ESCALA: “foram introduzidas novidades como a escala numérica de 1 a 7, de modo a permitir uma maior diferenciação entre os programas — alteração consolidada já na rodada realizada em 2001 —, e a medição da qualidade dos programas segundo sua inserção internacional.”


Considerávamos que a medicina e a biologia já eram tradicionalmente atendidas por fundações como a Rockefeller e outras. A classe médica já era mais ou menos autônoma e não precisava de um órgão para fornecer bolsas e mandar pessoas ao exterior; era muito comum naquele tempo encontrar médicos <com prática em hospitais de Viena, Paris, etc>. Curiosamente, isto até constituiu um problema para nós da Capes em certa época, uma vez que o presidente Juscelino era médico, o ministro da Educação, Clóvis Salgado, era médico e eu próprio, diretor de programas da Capes, também era. De toda maneira, porém, cortamos a medicina deste contexto. A área já era considerada atendida; por isso, atendíamos principalmente ao que, na época, se achava que contribuía para o desenvolvimento.” Almir de Castro

Tempos que não voltam mais: “ÁREA DE TECNOLOGIA, CIÊNCIA APLICADA? – Não exclusivamente. Está claro que não considerávamos o desenvolvimento uma coisa estanque, que se atendia apenas com tecnologia e ciência. Sabíamos que há um contexto de interação de todas as coisas e, por isso mesmo, atendíamos também áreas como ciências sociais, que era um setor abandonado; a Capes foi a primeira agência a se preocupar com as ciências sociais.”

VAMOS FORMAR EMPRESÁRIOS VISIONÁRIOS: “a simples existência de agrônomos não vai ajudar diretamente o desenvolvimento da agricultura. Outro exemplo: se começássemos a formar engenheiros especializados em automóveis antes da implantação da indústria automobilística, estaríamos gastando dinheiro para formar profissionais que teriam que emigrar para a Europa e para os Estados Unidos, porque aqui não se iria criar uma indústria automobilística apenas pelo fato de existirem engenheiros especializados em motor de automóvel.”


QUATRO VEZES CRISTÃO: “Anísio foi educado por padres na Bahia, por isso tinha uma fé inabalável; ia dedicar-se à vida religiosa. Só comia aquilo de que não gostava, para se acostumar à punição e à privação; era um homem de passar a noite ajoelhado, de se contrariar em tudo por fé. Tinha uma fé inquebrantável e era estudioso, ao mesmo tempo, de filosofia, cristianismo, religiões em geral. Mais tarde, quando começaram a acusá-lo de comunista, ele reagiu” “Enfim, não sei se foi uma manobra inocente ou não, mas seu pai exigiu que, antes de fazer os votos, ele passasse um ano na Europa, e Anísio aceitou; fez da viagem uma peregrinação. Obteve licença das mais altas autoridades da Igreja para visitar lugares santos, penetrar em recintos proibidos aos leigos, fez uma via crucis de fé, refez o roteiro de santos. E nesta história toda, acabou perdendo a fé. Por que meandros e mecanismos, ele nunca esclareceu, mas perdeu totalmente a fé.” Comeu umas putas húngaras!

A partir dai, voltou-se muito para os aspectos teóricos e pragmáticos da educação. Era um imenso admirador de John Dewey

Nós do staff é que achávamos — e eu ainda acredito nisso — que não tem a menor importância haver cem escolas de economia no Brasil, embora se pudesse, sem prejuízo, fechar a metade. Mas se houver cem escolas de engenharia e só 20 forem muito boas, ainda assim está tudo ok. Com a vastidão do Brasil, com a diversificação de trabalho que existe, há tarefas para engenheiro que só sabe fazer fossa e pavimentação e tarefas para o engenheiro criador, que vai fazer uma pesquisa, um trabalho tecnicamente sofisticado, que realmente vai introduzir uma coisa nova, ser um

grande professor [isso sim é o fundo da fossa] e tudo o mais. Há tarefas para todos.” “Evidentemente, uma pessoa só vai cursar uma universidade ruim se não puder ir para uma melhor ou porque, naquele local, não há um corpo de professores capaz de oferecer um ensino melhor. Não é por má fé que se faz uma escola ruim, mas mesmo essas pessoas têm uma missão a cumprir.” Limpar banheiros com diploma na gaveta.

Fizemos também coisas que talvez fossem da seara do CNPq ou do IBGE, como o primeiro cadastro de instituições de pesquisa do Brasil.” “nunca pudemos oferecer mais de 20 bolsas integrais para o exterior, não havia recursos. As bolsas eram integrais e, no auxílio, incluíam-se passagens para pessoas que tinham bolsas não-integrais de países ou instituições. Por exemplo, nesse tempo o ITA tinha um programa de treinamento de pessoal recém-formado, à frente do qual estava um professor inteiramente abnegado, que só vivia para isso. Por suas próprias relações, movimentava empresas, universidades, centros industriais dos Estados Unidos e da Europa; escrevia para essas instituições, solicitando bolsas e estágios. No fim do ano, tinha umas 30 ou 40 oportunidades de treinamento no exterior para oferecer a rapazes do ITA formados naquele ano ou no ano anterior, e a uma grande parte deles a Capes fornecia passagens.”

Por exemplo, a França tinha um número muito grande a oferecer, cento e tantas bolsas por ano; a Usaid, naquele tempo chamada de Ponto 4(*), também tinha um número grande, assim como a Alemanha e o Canadá, além dos órgãos que mantinham programas de bolsas; todos se ligaram um pouco à Capes.”

(*) “Nota dos autores – Programa criado no governo Truman (1945-53) para promover a cooperação técnica entre os Estados Unidos e a América Latina; no Brasil, procurou abranger principalmente as áreas de administração pública, economia, administração orçamentária e financeira, agricultura, recursos minerais, energia nuclear, saúde, educação e transporte. Na área de educação, dedicou-se à formação de professores que viessem por sua vez a formar profissionais para a indústria e promoveu a vinda de técnicos e professores americanos, além de conceder a brasileiros bolsas de estudos nos Estados Unidos, entre outros aspectos. Foi considerado por políticos, educadores e intelectuais um instrumento de controle político e ideológico dos Estados Unidos sobre o Brasil.” Não sem razão.

O QUE HOJE PARECE SER TAREFA PARA GÊNIOS DA COMPUTAÇÃO DESCOBRIR: “Assim, num tempo em que havia certa limitação de candidatos, tínhamos a informação completa sobre o que se passava em matéria de candidaturas, qualificação de candidatos, o que nos permitia saber quem estava se candidatando a duas bolsas.

A CAPES SOFRIA PRESSÃO POLÍTICA PARA CONCEDER BOLSAS? Naturalmente, recebíamos pedidos políticos e pessoais, mas fazíamos uma seleção muito ad hoc, muito informal. Recebíamos, por exemplo, uma carta de recomendação e telefonávamos para o signatário: <Você está recomendando mesmo ou é uma caria apenas para constar?> Tínhamos resultados bastante satisfatórios.” Haha!

O sistema de seleção realmente funcionava, completamente isento de ingerências, de influência política ou de qualquer fator não-acadêmico.” EM LETRAS GARRAFAIS NO LIVRO.

NUNCA HOUVE O FIO-CONDUTOR IMAGINÁRIO: “COMO ERAM AS RELAÇÕES COM O CNPq? Não eram institucionais, mas derivadas, como acontece muito no Brasil, de laços de amizade entre mim e os dirigentes do CNPq, como o prof. Antônio Moreira Couceiro e o prof. Manuel da Frota Moreira, diretor científico do CNPq, ou com o prof. Heitor Grillo, ou com diretores, presidentes, conselheiros. Os contatos eram mais troca de informações, para orientação da politica dos dois órgãos.”

NO BRASIL CADA IDÉIA TEM SEU PADRINHO. MESMO QUE SEJA A MESMA IDÉIA. AÍ TEMOS 2 PADRINHOS DA MESMA CRIANÇA, E NÃO É UM CASAL! “Havendo tão pouco em matéria de bolsa, em matéria de auxílio universitário, informal, não tinha importância que mais de um órgão fizesse a mesma coisa. Porque, por mais que fizessem os dois órgãos num mesmo campo, não conseguiriam fazer nem 10% do necessário. A mim, pessoalmente, essa duplicação nunca preocupou muito. Lembro que, muitos anos depois, Celso Barroso Leite passou a dirigir a Capes. Ele trabalhara conosco durante vários anos, e quando dirigiu a instituição, preocupou-se muito com a duplicação de atribuições. Em conversa, eu lhe disse para não se preocupar tanto com isso, porque todos os órgãos brasileiros que se dedicavam àquelas tarefas não dispunham dos recursos necessários para atender às extensas necessidades nacionais.”

a segunda coisa mais importante depois da seleção era ele ter garantido o aproveitamento de sua bolsa; isso, entretanto, era uma coisa que já nos escapava um pouco. Não tínhamos dúvida de que a seleção era muito bem-feita, porque se fazia com o aval e a participação das melhores pessoas. Em sua grande maioria, os bolsistas já estavam dentro do núcleo de uma escola ou centro de pesquisas. Todos estavam aptos a logo começar a absorver a experiência dos centros de treinamento, porque muito raramente mandávamos uma pessoa que não tivesse domínio da língua do país para onde ia. Mas em casos especiais, não deixamos de mandar um bolsista sem esta qualificação, e não nos saímos mal. Mandamos, mais de uma vez, pessoas ainda meio claudicantes, mas que chegavam e reforçavam seu inglês ou seu francês e se saíam muito bem, porque eram de alto calibre e apenas incidentalmente deficientes em idioma estrangeiro.” Traduzindo: tergiverso, meu caro Watson: nunca houve acompanhamento de egressos!

Em primeiro lugar, devo dizer que sequer fui consultada se queria ou não ser diretora da Capes. Mas vou contar como as coisas se passaram. Sou mineira de Santa Luzia, e minha mãe pertence à família Viana, muito numerosa; entre seus membros estão o historiador Hélio Viana e sua irmã Argentina Viana. Esta, que faleceu cedo, casou-se com Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco, que em 1964 tornou-se presidente da República.” Suzana Gonçalves Viana

A BEATA QUE VIROU PRESIDENTE DA CAPES: “Durante todo o tempo tive que lidar com um personagem meio misterioso, uma espécie de <olheiro> do SNI [a Abin do Mal] — eles estavam em todos os ministérios. No governo Castelo Branco o <olheiro> era também professor, uma pessoa que me dava a impressão de ser muito equilibrada e nunca permitiu absurdos e intromissões indesejáveis.” “Anteriormente eu trabalhara na PUC, lecionando no Instituto Feminino, nos cursos de preparação cívica da mulher; era uma iniciativa vinculada também à Ação Católica. Comecei no final dos anos 40, depois do Estado Novo. As mulheres já tinham direito de voto e, talvez em decorrência disso, resolveram abrir cursos de preparação para um exercício cívico mais consciente [agora precisamos para todo homem branco]. A partir dali, fui ministrar cursos análogos no Colégio Jacobina e depois no Santa Úrsula. A partir destes exemplos, outras instituições também passaram a oferecer cursos semelhantes. Posteriormente, fui convidada pelo então reitor da PUC, o padre Artur Alonso, para assessorá-lo no Setor de Intercâmbio da Universidade, o que me aproximou dos órgãos de comunicação do Rio.”

Como inúmeros outros organismos governamentais, a Capes era uma campanha mantida com recursos transferidos da Casa Militar da Presidência da República. O dr. Anísio Teixeira certamente sabia que, embora esdrúxulo, o caminho era o mais seguro, pois a dotação era muito pequenina, e o tempo todo ele lutou tremendamente para aumentá-la. Nisso, sobreveio a Revolução de 64 e — não tenho documentos sobre isso, sei apenas de oitiva — no primeiro momento houve um movimento para extinguir a Capes. Mas professores da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, sobretudo Paulo de Góes e Amadeu Cury, puseram-se em campo para convencer o governo de que isso, positivamente, não devia ser feito.” Provavelmente os militares eram peritos em magia negra para sumir com tantas provas de atrocidades, fossem ideológicas ou materiais! “Aliás, o ministro Suplicy tinha qualidades muito positivas, como pude notar durante sua passagem pelo Ministério — eu não o conhecia, sendo ele paranaense.” Hm. Até agora não falou mal de ninguém.

o Protec era uma anomalia. Foram abertos cursos de engenharia onde houvesse espaço, sem anuência prévia do Conselho Federal de Educação, sem dotação orçamentária nem vínculo com universidades públicas; eram escolas isoladas. Como todos os orçamentos foram contingenciados, era preciso tomar providências para que os estudantes não perdessem o ano nessas escolas, que não tinham competência jurídica para diplomar; portanto seus cursos não tinham validade.”

Lembro que, de uma feita, chegou ao meu conhecimento que uma importante universidade estava investindo dotações da Capes no mercado financeiro, fraudando, portanto, cláusula do convênio por ela assinado e que determinava a pronta aplicação dos recursos. Considerava-se, certamente, acima de controles. Aí mandei os dois Nelsons, um por ser agressivo e o outro por ser bem tranqüilo, para ter com o reitor dessa universidade e conhecer suas explicações a respeito. Rapidamente, a universidade resgatou o dinheiro do mercado financeiro e passou a aplicá-lo conforme as determinações da Capes. Era isso, ou o convênio seria denunciado.”

O governo Costa e Silva realmente endureceu, mas o seguinte foi pior, o do Médici. Apesar de seu ar tranqüilo, seu governo foi o pior de todos, inclusive com sacrifício de vidas. Quando voltei à Capes, como assessora de Programas, o agente do SNI não era mais aquele professor do período inicial, mas um militar. Para mostrar eficiência, fez um questionário: tínhamos que preencher o nome do bolsista, sua proveniência, seus compromissos com a Capes. Depois, para serem respondidas pelo bolsista, vinham umas perguntinhas, entre as quais uma totalmente risível: <Gosta de música? Quais são os seus autores preferidos?> Obviamente, se fosse um comunista de verdade, só responderia Mozart e Beethoven, porque era escolado, mas se não fosse e escrevesse Geraldo Vandré, estaria perdido. Como baixou o nível, que coisa incrível!”

Depois da saída de Celso Barroso Leite, imagino que deva ter havido uma certa crise, porque ninguém pode gerenciar a Capes sem continuidade, numa rotatividade permanente. Com a transferência para Brasília e a gestão de Darcy Closs, as coisas se normalizam. Sei que o Cláudio de Moura Castro ficou 3 anos, e o Edson Machado de Sousa 7, um bom tempo.” “Brasília é a capital. A Capes não pode ficar no Rio a vida inteira.”

lembro que o prof. Anísio Teixeira foi logo afastado e classificado como comunista.” Celso Barroso

Tomei a iniciativa de fazer uma visita ao general Artur Façanha, presidente do CNPq, para mostrar-lhe a conveniência de trabalharmos em conjunto. Como enveredamos por uma conversa sobre futebol, eu disse: <General, sem saber o que o outro está fazendo, correndo para trás e para diante, a gente fica parecendo o ataque do Flamengo, que às vezes quase faz gol contra, porque está completamente biruta.> O general, que até então estava muito formal, também era torcedor do Flamengo e gostou da informalidade; assim, passamos a conversar sobre a conveniência de o CNPq cuidar de uma coisa e nós, na Capes, de outra.”

FEIJOADA: “Pode-se ser excelente pesquisador e péssimo professor; aliás, com freqüência encontramos exemplos. Muitos não querem perder tempo com alunos e por isso preferem fazer pesquisa. Sustentei muito essa tese. Nada aconteceu, formalmente, mas algumas pessoas também foram reconhecendo, e como se tratava da vocação natural dos órgãos, essa idéia vingou: a Capes intensificou sua atuação no aperfeiçoamento do corpo docente, e o CNPq voltou-se mais para a pesquisa.” Aleluia, irmãos!

Houve uma época em que se cuidou muito de biologia, depois passamos um pouco para economia; nessa área, a instituição mais beneficiada foi a Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, até pela proximidade e maior possibilidade de contato. Já na minha gestão, o Conselho Deliberativo pretendeu dar certa preferência a universidades do Nordeste. Eu era contra e expus meu pensamento ao Conselho: <Não sei se os candidatos de lá já estão qualificados, por exemplo, para receber uma bolsa no estrangeiro.> Sempre considerei que era melhor um nordestino ir para São Paulo do que para o exterior. Claro, pode haver um gênio lá, mas em média o Nordeste estava ainda um pouco longe da pós-graduação; valia mais fazer uma especialização em São Paulo ou no Rio do que ir para o exterior.”

Nós mudamos da sede antiga, na avenida Marechal Câmara, no Castelo, para o prédio do MEC, para economizar aluguel. Algumas repartições do Ministério já tinham mudado para Brasília, e havia muitas salas vazias. Ficamos mais bem-instalados em termos de espaço, mas não de privacidade, porque o prédio do MEC é muito barulhento, com aquelas divisórias de madeira.”

A Capes era uma agência relativamente pequena. Em 1974, ela mantinha 70 bolsistas no exterior e mil no país; no final de 1978, as concessões somavam 1.200 bolsistas no exterior e 13 mil no Brasil.” Darcy Closs

Criou-se, também, um novo tabu: as bolsas para o exterior contemplariam apenas o doutorado; entretanto, em áreas com expressiva necessidade de capacitação, a Capes ofereceria, excepcionalmente, bolsas de mestrado no estrangeiro. Por exemplo, levando em conta proposta da área, foi enviada uma circular a todos os bolsistas casados que estavam no exterior: <Se sua esposa conseguir uma vaga no mestrado de biblioteconomia na sua universidade, a Capes garantirá o pagamento das taxas e oferecerá uma bolsa suplementar.> Resultado: boa parcela da elite da biblioteconomia brasileira iniciou sua pós-graduação através dessa sistemática; obviamente tiveram a oportunidade de retornar posteriormente ao exterior, já com bolsa própria, para completar os créditos e obter o doutorado.”

as universidades do Nordeste eram fracas porque seus professores não conseguiam ser aceitos na pós-graduação das universidades do Centro-Sul, e professores mal-formados não conseguiam melhorar nem a qualidade do ensino de graduação nem implantar núcleos de pesquisa em suas universidades.” Nossa, como o bolsonarismo era forte naquela época!

sem a Finep a pós-graduação não teria deslanchado, particularmente na fase inicial de implantação da Capes em Brasília. (…) Como conseqüência, a Capes cresceu e ultrapassou em pouco tempo o número de bolsas do CNPq, consolidando-se como agência de pós-graduação, enquanto o CNPq voltou a sua origem de financiador de núcleos, grupos, linhas de pesquisa e projetos dos pesquisadores no país.”

Desde que a Capes se consolidou como agência de pós-graduação, sua classificação dos cursos em A, B, C, D e E — sistema recentemente <apropriado> pelo Provão¹ do MEC — passou a ter grande impacto junto às universidades. A própria Finep via nessa classificação da Capes uma forma de convalidar os auxílios que estava dando aos cursos.”

¹ “Conhecido como <Provão>, o Exame Nacional de Cursos [atual ENADE] foi criado pela Lei n° 9.131 de 1995, e constitui um dos instrumentos de avaliação do MEC visando à melhoria da graduação brasileira. As provas são realizadas anualmente entre maio e junho, e sua abrangência está restrita às diretrizes e currículos em vigor. Condição obrigatória para a obtenção do registro do diploma de nível superior, deve ser prestado pelos alunos que estão concluindo os cursos escolhidos no ano anterior pelo MEC.”

A seguir, a melhor entrevista dentre todas:

Desde menino, tinha interesse pelas atividades manuais: mecânica, ferraria, carpintaria, depois por eletricidade e eletrônica; por isso, pensei inicialmente em estudar engenharia. Mas comecei a ler sobre ciências sociais e achei bastante interessante; depois, percebi que tinha horror de matemática, era muito indisciplinado. Além disso, se estudasse engenharia, passaria um ano como engenheiro e o resto da vida como administrador da empresa da família.(*) Então resolvi estudar administração, mas achei muito pobre, intelectualmente; economia era muito mais rica, o desafio intelectual muito maior.

(*) A Usina Siderúrgica Queirós Júnior, fundada no interior de Minas em 1888 com o nome de Usina Esperança, pertencia à família paterna de Ana Amélia Queirós Carneiro de Mendonça, avó materna do entrevistado.

A faculdade de administração era uma antiga escola de comércio, um curso desses de perito contador, a coisa mais humilde possível. Com a criação da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, virou faculdade de economia e administração da noite para o dia, à frente da qual ficou um professor de economia política, um advogado chamado Ivon Leite Magalhães Pinto, que teve uma única idéia brilhante na vida — mas não é necessário mais do que uma idéia para modificar o mundo, não é mesmo? Na hora de construir o prédio da faculdade, ele fez sala para professor, sala para aluno, uma biblioteca, que equipou com todos os clássicos de economia, assinaturas de todas as grandes revistas internacionais de economia, administração, sociologia e ciência política, e botou os professores menos ruins em tempo integral, coisa absolutamente inédita na época. E passou a fazer um concurso para selecionar uns 7 alunos por ano, aos quais concedeu uma bolsa equivalente a um salário mínimo. Deixou esse pessoal trancadinho lá dentro, com porteiro na porta, de 7 da manhã às 7 da noite; isso criou uma química fantástica. Éramos todos autodidatas, porque os professores também não sabiam quase nada; a partir do segundo ano, já sabíamos mais do que a metade deles.” Cláudio de Moura Castro



(…) recebi um telefonema do Guilherme de Ia Peña, já escolhido para a Secretaria de Ensino Superior do MEC, perguntando se eu queria ser diretor da Capes. Eduardo Portela havia sido indicado para ser ministro da Educação do governo Figueiredo, que se iniciava em março de 1979. Apesar de ter sido um dos ministros mais bem-intencionados que já tivemos, o Portela foi um dos com menos capacidade para identificar quadros e montar uma equipe; foi de uma extraordinária infelicidade, nesse particular. A SESu é um lugar muito difícil, espinhoso, cheio de armadilhas, e ele convidou o Guilherme de Ia Peña, um tocador de obra; excelente funcionário da Finep, muito inteligente, competente, mas de personalidade volátil. Convidou ainda o João Guilherme de Aragão, um velho nordestino do Dasp, para ser secretário-geral; foi uma catástrofe. O Guilherme não me conhecia muito bem, só tínhamos estado juntos uma vez; acho que me convidou por referências que teve a meu respeito.


Zero. Tinha visto o Guilherme uma vez, e o Portela, nem isso. Depois fiquei sabendo que meu nome foi o segundo; o primeiro a ser escolhido foi o antropólogo Roberto Cardoso de Oliveira, da UnB, que impôs como condição para assumir a direção da Capes a eliminação do veto ideológico na concessão de bolsa. O Portela disse que não tinha a mais remota possibilidade de fazer isso, e saíram buscando outro nome; acharam o meu, não sei como [hahaha!]. Acredito que Dionísio Dias Carneiro, que tinha sido indicado para a Finep naquele momento, possa ter influenciado. Sei que recebi o convite e aceitei.

Meu raciocínio foi o seguinte: Falo mal dos dirigentes do MEC, dizendo que deviam fazer isso e aquilo; minha artilharia está assestada contra a administração da educação brasileira, não faço outra coisa senão criticá-la. Agora, quero ver como é estar do outro lado. E já que me convidaram para a melhor posição do MEC — ser diretor da Capes é infinitamente melhor do que ser ministro da Educação —, vou aceitar, vou virar vidraça.

Eu tinha uma carreira acadêmica consolidada, não tinha a mais remota intenção de permanecer no serviço público, tinha minha posição na Fundação Getúlio Vargas e na PUC, era uma época em que o mercado era extremamente generoso; se perdesse o emprego, eu poderia ir, virtualmente, para qualquer lugar no Brasil, então aceitei. Minha meta era fazer tudo o que tivesse que fazer, com uma enorme curiosidade intelectual de verificar quanto tempo levaria para me botarem para fora. Fiquei dois anos e meio; descobri que a burocracia é incompetente até para expelir as pessoas.


Como não?! O <baixo clero> do MEC conspirou contra mim desde o início, pela minha irreverência e meu desamor pelas liturgias da burocracia.


Descobri que era uma instituição brilhante, com uma equipe extremamente leal, do contínuo ao diretor-adjunto, todos totalmente dedicados e com particular abertura para a inovação. Eu não podia querer mais. Tudo modestinho, magrinho, pouca gente, uns 200 funcionários, sem grandes estrelas, não era um CNPq, sempre cheio de grandes cientistas; prima dona na casa, só eu. Levei aos poucos uma nova geração de gente intelectualmente sólida e descobri que dava para fazer coisas do arco-da-velha [prodigiosas].¹ Eu tinha um diretor-adjunto extraordinário, o Hélio Barros, que conhece a Capes muito mais que eu, porque pegou 3 gestões. Fazíamos uma boa dobradinha: ele olhava os dinheiros e a administração, e eu ficava inventando moda.

¹ Só fui ler essa expressão de novo em Monteiro Lobato!

O primeiro dia na Capes foi muito ilustrativo: cheguei no MEC sem gravata e fui logo barrado no elevador privativo do ministro; além disso, meu primeiro ato administrativo foi mandar desentupir a latrina do meu gabinete. E em meu primeiro contato com a burocracia, fui levado para ver o processamento do sistema de bolsas, como passava de uma mesa para outra, de uma mesa para outra, uma coisa chatíssima. Como não queria fazer desfeita, fiquei prestando atenção e fazendo perguntas. Em dado momento, não resisti: <Por que é necessário este papel aqui, se já existe este outro?> Resposta: <É, realmente, não há necessidade.> E eu: <Então, vamos acabar com ele.> O Hélio Barros disse em seguida: <Fulano, acabe com o papel.> E eliminou-se aquele papel. Era uma burocracia realmente fantástica!


Não. Logo que cheguei, disse que não poria ninguém na rua, que estava todo mundo garantido — o Guilherme de la Peña tinha feito um estrago na SESu, botando todos os velhos na rua. Quanto a mim, pedi a todos os funcionários qualificados que me escrevessem meia página, uma página, o que fosse, sobre o que achavam da Capes; com isso, fiquei sabendo quem era quem, deu para fazer uma apreciação sobre a qualidade do pessoal, além de conhecer muito mais sobre a agência. O resultado foi um processo normal de atrito: as pessoas que não se sentiram confortáveis com o novo clima foram progressivamente saindo, e foram entrando novos, ou seja, a minha equipe, essencialmente alguns conhecidos e ex-alunos meus que tinham feito mestrado: Fernando Spagnolo, que ainda está lá, Guy Capdeville, hoje reitor da Universidade Católica de Brasília, Lúcia Guaranis, que hoje está na Finep, Ricardo Martins, e mais um grupinho.”

A Capes tinha um time de vôlei; pois Spagnolo e eu fizemos questão de jogar vôlei com os contínuos [antigo estagiário].”

Houve até um incidente interessante. A Capes recebia um volume monumental de cartas, e o protocolo estava levando dois dias para processar tudo aquilo; algumas cartas eram urgentes, eram bolsistas pedindo socorro no exterior, essas coisas. Mandei um funcionário fazer uma investigação, mas ele não descobriu nada de errado. Decidi ir ao protocolo e comecei perguntando como se fazia a triagem; ficamos, dois ou três contínuos e eu, fazendo a triagem das cartas durante toda uma manhã. Realmente, não havia nada de errado, mas depois que estive lá o protocolo passou a funcionar; os contínuos se sentiram valorizados por terem o diretor da Capes trabalhando junto com eles.” Uma pena que o tempo é impiedoso e faz questão de dizimar essas memórias para os “novos contínuos”, que não continuam nada!…


Exceto quanto à dedicação do staff, à competência, ao amor à instituição, há uma ruptura cognitiva entre a Capes de Anísio Teixeira e a de Darcy Closs: a memória se perdeu; só quando a Capes completou 30 anos é que fizemos uma grande comemoração e voltamos a ver o que Anísio falava sobre ela. Criei, nessa ocasião, o Prêmio Anísio Teixeira, para recuperar a importância de sua figura para a trajetória e o sucesso da Capes. Eu próprio cheguei à direção sem saber absolutamente nada sobre ele, a não ser que era um baiano de grande envergadura, que tinha feito coisas importantes, membro do movimento da Escola Nova, etc., mas seu papel dentro da Capes tinha sido completamente apagado; não encontrei qualquer mensagem que pudesse ser atribuída ao Anísio, não houve a herança de uma mensagem substantiva. Havia a herança de uma organização com amor-próprio, com auto-estima, sem nenhuma mancha de corrupção e com uma meritocracia muito forte.” Poxa… Dá até lágrimas nos olhos ter nascido em 1988…


Isso mesmo. Pelo que pude entender, a Capes teve um levíssimo período fisiológico, por ação dos consultores que acompanhavam seus próprios projetinhos, mas nunca chegou a ser uma coisa ostensiva; as bolsas sempre foram concedidas à base do mérito. Não sei se já era uma idéia do Anísio, mas sei que perdurou. Mesmo após 1964, manteve-se a tradição: todo político respeitou a Capes; até seus maus dirigentes eram pessoas com bons currículos.”

SIM, O TEMPO PASSA: “Eu entendia que pós-graduação não pode ter o mais remoto resquício de preocupação com eqüidade, justiça social ou assistencialismo; entendia que pós-graduação era a mais pura meritocracia, alguma coisa para formar uma elite de pesquisadores.”

continuamos com a mesma liberdade do tempo do Darcy na montagem dos comitês assessores e aperfeiçoamos um sistema iniciado por ele: a rotatividade de consultores. A cada ano, metade era substituída; a outra metade transmitia a experiência.” Sem Jorges e pés-de-barro!

Inicialmente, passamos a divulgar as notas A; quando não havia A, publicávamos as notas B. Era uma política deliberada, mas sem movimentos bruscos, que pudessem frustrar o sistema. Pois bem, pouco depois de minha saída, alguém entregou à jornalista Rosângela Bittar o livro das avaliações, e ela publicou uma matéria de página inteira em O Estado de S. Paulo com os cursos que tiveram conceito E, entrevistando todos os responsáveis. Foi um protesto generalizado. (…) Na hora em que esse pessoal dos cursos E se juntou para desmoralizar a avaliação da Capes, do alto de seu Olimpo químico, o Senise reagiu: <Absolutamente! A avaliação é perfeitamente respeitável, não tem nada do que os senhores estão falando. Se receberam conceito E, é porque merecem.> Enfim, o protesto acabou reforçando a avaliação; ficou uma coisa irreversível. E não houve mais protestos. O interessante é que antes de a Capes iniciar a publicação das notas, alguns pró-reitores, como o Gehrard Jacob, da UFRS, já as divulgavam internamente. Mas uma universidade não tem <internamente>; divulgou, está na rua. Em seguida, o pró-reitor da UFMG passou a fazer o mesmo, e algumas pós-graduações que tinham conceito A, afixavam na porta seu conceito, pois era uma qualificação para elas.”

O PT ABRIU FERIDAS QUE JAMAIS CICATRIZARAM NA CASA-GRANDE: “uma extraordinária arquitetura meritocrática para a pós-graduação, coisa que só país desenvolvido tem. As universidades têm um metabolismo basal, o orçamento da SESu, que é a <casa da mãe Joana>, mas a pós-graduação é guiada por 3 ou 4 pilares de meritocracia extraordinariamente sólidos, e mecanicamente interligados.”

Minha luta era contra os mestrados vagabundos. Minha posição era: <Quem não tem qualidade não deve manter mestrado.> Descredenciar não fazia parte da agenda, mas eu achava que não deveríamos apoiar mestrados criados por atacado. E eu fazia a distinção entre mestrado orgânico e mestrado-trapiche.¹ O mestrado orgânico tem a característica de crescimento de um organismo a partir de uma boa semente, que é uma liderança intelectual forte; minha tese era que todos os bons mestrados ou doutorados que estavam aparecendo eram orgânicos, no sentido de que havia uma organicidade interna e que tudo girava em torno de um guru, uma figura forte. Já o mestrado-trapiche era aquele em que alguém embarcava 20 PhDs num navio, desembarcava no trapiche e chamava aquilo de mestrado; em geral, era o reitor que fazia a contração de um monte de gente desarticulada, sem liderança, e isso não levava a coisa nenhuma, não produzia pesquisa, nada.”

¹ Armazém litorâneo, hangar, antigo moinho de cana. Leia um Jorge Amado!

Havia os embates financeiros, ou seja, a luta pelo orçamento. Quando assumiu o MEC, Eduardo Portela entrou com uma idéia meridianamente certa: a prioridade é o primeiro grau; ninguém pode tirar dele esse mérito. Mas as burocracias têm um grau muito grande de endogenia com suas clientelas. A burocracia do primeiro grau é aquela das senhoras professoras de grupo escolar, e suas lideranças eram da mesma estirpe. Na universidade, eram os empresários públicos do ensino, os reitores, todos alertas ali, como o Linaldo; e na pós-graduação eram os acadêmicos mais sabidos que estavam na administração da pós-graduação, pessoas finíssimas, primeiro time.”

toda a prioridade para o primeiro grau acabou indo por água abaixo, porque não havia gente para materializá-la, não havia clima no país. A configuração de poder não era a mesma de hoje, o primeiro e o segundo graus eram uma catástrofe, os projetos de educação rural do Banco Mundial eram outra catástrofe, ninguém queria saber daquilo; assim, esses recursos acabavam em nossas mãos, pela competência e agressividade da equipe. A mesma coisa aconteceu quando Rubem Ludwig assumiu o MEC: perdemos um pouco de poder, mas logo recuperamos e fomos em frente.”

Curiosamente, as equipes do regime militar eram constituídas à base do mérito mesmo; a escolha era tecnocrática, havia uma preocupação com a competência. O próprio Portela cometeu erros horrendos, mas sempre tentando acertar. O militar é meritocrático por natureza. Então, o governo militar nunca nos incomodou; dentro do MEC, o militarismo nunca foi um tema, e ainda menos com o Ludwig. Ele foi um dos ministros mais gentis, mais afáveis, mais fáceis de tratar, mais educados que passaram pelo MEC. General premiado, muito bem cotado no Exército, era o trouble shooter da Força; quando o negócio estava ruim, mandavam o Ludwig.”

o Guilherme de Ia Peña, que tinha fortes ligações militares, me disse: <Esse negócio de veto ideológico a gente resolve com a maior facilidade. Tenho um conhecido no SNI, o coronel Nini, que é uma maravilha e resolve isso num instante.> Era, nada mais nada menos, que o então coronel Newton Cruz.(*)”

(*) “Newton de Araújo Cruz (1924-), militar, foi chefe da agência central do SNI (1981-83) e comandante militar do Planalto e da 11ª RM (1983-84). Neste último cargo por duas vezes determinou medidas de emergência para Brasília, primeiro sob pretexto de garantir segurança ao Congresso durante a votação da nova lei salarial (1983) e depois quando da votação da emenda Dante de Oliveira (1984).¹ Identificado com a linha-dura do Exército, pediu passagem para a reforma quando foi excluído da lista de promoções a general-de-divisão. A partir de então dedicou-se à política candidatando-se a cargos eletivos no Rio de Janeiro.”

¹ Nome formal das Diretas Já!.


Primeiro, valorizar aquilo que é a essência da produção da área. Ou seja, escrever uma tese de doutorado sobre um compositor ou sobre as madeiras utilizadas na fabricação de uma viola de gambá não é da essência de um curso de música; a essência de um curso de música é dar um concerto e ter uma boa crítica, ou compor uma peça que ganhe um prêmio. (…) Em segundo lugar, extinguir o mestrado acadêmico, esse iguana – achamos que o iguana deveria ter sido extinto, porque é igual ao dinossauro, mas não foi, continua aí até hoje. O nosso sistema é uma cópia do sistema americano, mas lá não existe mestrado acadêmico. O que aconteceu? O Brasil criou a pós-graduação mais longa do mundo: no mínimo, três anos de mestrado e cinco anos de doutorado. Terceiro, acelerar o processo de criação do mestrado profissional e acabar com sua descaracterização, pela exigência de um programa de pesquisa. A Capes levou muito tempo para aprovar o mestrado profissional; custou a compreendê-lo dentro de sua lógica, que é a de formar profissionais e não pesquisadores. O que interessa é a excelência dos profissionais formados e não a excelência da pesquisa. A pesquisa é para o doutorado. Se alguém quiser fazer pós-graduação em engenharia, deveria existir um mestrado profissional onde se formam profissionais e um doutorado onde se faz pesquisa.”

A pós-graduação não pode ser maior do que o estoque de alunos com perfil adequado para cursá-la. A idéia de criar um aprendiz de doutor, que é o mestrado, foi boa no seu tempo, mas caducou. Acho até que pode haver um período probatório de mestrado acadêmico, como era sua concepção original, mas no momento em que conseguimos criar um bom doutorado, devemos extinguir o mestrado. Além do mais, no Brasil a pós-graduação está muito cara. Quem paga isso? O custo-aluno no Brasil é igual ao da França, é a média da Europa. (…) O comitê não é proprietário da Capes ou da ciência brasileira, mas um grupo que assessora o Ministério da Educação na administração da coisa pública. O povo está sendo lesado quando decisões são tomadas por partes interessadas e não por pessoas que, pelo menos em tese, estão representando os interesses desse povo. Houve uma usurpação de poder por parte dos comitês assessores, comitês de consultores ou o que quer que seja; virou a <casa da mãe Joana>. Na teoria da ciência política e da democracia, não há uma única justificativa para se delegar à parte interessada a gestão de uma coisa pública, é como entregar as galinhas para a raposa tomar conta.”


Semi-subordinada. Era sempre uma relação ambígua, mais na teoria que na prática; havia espaço para escapar.”

A Capes é muito mais maleável que a SESu ou o CNPq que, este sim, azedou de vez. Os funcionários criaram um ambiente muito ruim no CNPq. Mas a Capes não, essa é fácil de consertar. Acho que ela precisa de mais estrelas.¹ Possui bons funcionários do cotidiano, o pessoal que toca a máquina. Mas faltam mais estrelas, mais grandes cabeças.” “as pessoas se sentiam mais valorizadas, porque tinham mais autonomia. Eu gosto de liderar, não gosto de mandar.”

¹ Careful what you wish… You might just get it!


Formei-me em matemática no Paraná: em 1960 fiz o bacharelado e no ano seguinte consegui a licenciatura. Queria fazer mestrado em lógica matemática com um dos mais brilhantes pesquisadores na área, o prof. Leônidas Hegenberg, que estava no ITA. Fui a São José dos Campos e tive uma entrevista com ele, que se interessou, mas a Capes recusou meu pedido de bolsa, apesar de toda a boa vontade do dr. Almir de Castro, diretor-executivo à época.” Edson Machado de Sousa

Davi me convidou a ir para a UnB, e foi aí que nasceu meu contato com a área de educação, especialmente a educação superior, com uma mescla de economia.”

Não sei se houve algum problema entre ele e o Cláudio, mas o fato é que o Gladstone me convidou para dirigir a Capes, o ministro confirmou o convite, e eu aceitei; fiquei na direção entre 82 e 89, 7 anos, até agora o mais longo mandato. Provavelmente serei superado pelo Abílio.”

Ubirajara Alves era diretor de Programas da Capes e, fazendo uso dos resultados dos processos de avaliação, criou um sistema de indicadores que possibilitariam determinar o volume e o tipo de apoio a ser dado aos programas em função do seu desempenho no processo da avaliação. E isso de uma forma automática, sem precisar perguntar aos Comitês. Isso foi aprovado pelo Conselho, e acabamos implantando uma sistemática de apoio que era praticamente decidida no âmbito burocrático da agência, não dependia de apreciação pelos comitês científicos.”

Como no orçamento da universidade pública não havia uma rubrica específica de apoio à pós-graduação, os programas viviam à mercê da disponibilidade de recursos da Reitoria, em geral exíguos e irregulares. Então, era preciso que os programas de pós-graduação passassem a contar com um reforço de recursos para atender a suas necessidades. Isto tudo acabou gerando uma situação em que as Reitorias não tinham mais ingerência nos programas de pós-graduação.”

Foi um período em que eu, pessoalmente, viajei à Austrália, a Israel, à Holanda, à Bélgica, enfim, a vários países com os quais não tínhamos tradição de cooperação, para tentar abrir canais. Não fomos muito bem-sucedidos, não, exceto, talvez, em alguma coisa com a Austrália, pela facilidade da língua, mas com Israel, Holanda, Bélgica, não foi possível ampliar muito.”

É preciso lembrar que o governo Sarney criou o Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia, e todo o MEC passou a agir com cautela, para não provocar qualquer conflito entre suas políticas e as do novo Ministério. A própria Capes teve que ir devagar, porque agora o CNPq estava bastante fortalecido; era uma relação que tinha que ser muito bem costurada. A verdade é que os bons tempos não voltaram mais, porque o FNDCT estava muito esvaziado, a Finep nunca mais voltou a ter o papel de antes em relação à Capes.”


(…) Quando se estruturou o PADCT, conseguimos incluir esse programa, que foi um grande sucesso; lembro que foi uma briga enorme para convencer os negociadores brasileiros a incluir um programa para melhoria de ensino de ciências no nível médio no PADCT. (…) Quando abordávamos a necessidade de melhorar o ensino de ciências como um investimento para alimentar a criação de novos pesquisadores, para atrair o jovem para a ciência e para o trabalho científico, a comunidade científica torcia o nariz. Não foi fácil, mas conseguimos. Porém, hoje em dia o PADCT foi minguando, minguando, quase desapareceu.”

O fato é que houve um arrefecimento, por parte da Capes, dessa proposta de integrar melhor pós-graduação e graduação. Essa foi minha grande frustração, porque ainda hoje considero que o grande desafio do ensino superior no país é a qualificação de docentes. E, apesar de todo o esforço que se faz na Capes, a pós-graduação brasileira ainda é essencialmente uma atividade de formação de pesquisadores, embora eu reconheça que não se faz pós-graduação sem pesquisa. Mas no desenvolvimento dos programas, a orientação esquece essa perspectiva da melhoria de qualidade do desempenho do docente.

E existe a própria pós-graduação profissionalizante, que tenta aprimorar pessoas que não querem ir para a vida acadêmica, não querem ser pesquisadores. Na medida em que a Capes começar a regulamentar o mestrado profissionalizante, acabará dando um carimbo acadêmico a esse mestrado. Então, por que não incorporar o MBA ao sistema de pós-graduação? Esse conflito não é bom para o sistema.”

A continuidade administrativa é outro elemento importante para explicar o sucesso da Capes. Nunca ouvi nenhum dirigente da Capes dizer: <Rompi com tudo o que havia antes.> Mesmo pessoas com pontos de vista diferentes, que atuaram em épocas diferentes, sempre inovaram, mas guardaram uma continuidade em relação aos momentos anteriores. Vejam o Cláudio de Moura Castro, por exemplo. É uma pessoa extremamente criativa, gosta de enfrentar novos desafios, não é alguém que se acomode. Pois quando passou pela direção da Capes, exercitou bem esse lado de sua personalidade, mas sem destruir nada, sem passar a borracha no que fôra feito antes. Eu tenho uns pegas feios com o Cláudio mas, apesar de várias divergências conceituais, temos um relacionamento excelente.”

Atualmente, não gosto do caminho que a Capes está tomando, acho que ela está partindo para uma formalização extremamente rígida do sistema; os controles se intensificaram, as exigências aumentaram enormemente. Tenho minhas dúvidas se isso é bom para o sistema. A lei não diz que, para abrir um curso de pós-graduação, é preciso ter autorização, mas criou-se uma sistemática dentro da Capes, de tal sorte que ninguém se arrisca a criar um curso de pós-graduação sem seu beneplácito. Antes criava-se um curso e, só depois de dois ou três anos, quando eram defendidas as primeiras dissertações ou teses, é que o programa se dirigia à Capes, pedindo para entrar no sistema de avaliação e ser reconhecido. Hoje ninguém mais faz isso.”

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Previa, e quando assumi, com um mês e meio de governo, ela já havia sido extinta — eu tinha sido convidada para dirigir um órgão que não existia mais. Como se tratava do governo Collor, consultei algumas pessoas da comunidade científica, porque não queria entrar em conflito com meus pares. E todo mundo considerou que eu devia aceitar o cargo, porque a situação ficaria muito difícil sem a Capes. Mas todos diziam igualmente: <Se as coisas ficarem politicamente difíceis, você sai.> Resolvi enfrentar o desafio — e tive muito apoio do Goldemberg, que estava na então Secretaria de Ciência e Tecnologia.

Mesmo com a Capes extinta, Chiarelli me deu posse, mas na mesma noite foi internado na UTI com um sério problema de saúde. Resultado: não assinou o ato, e eu comecei a trabalhar num órgão que não existia mais, numa posição para a qual não tinha sido nomeada. Foi bastante complicado, pois eu precisava assinar papéis, mas não estava nomeada. Um dos membros do Conselho da Capes, o dr. Osvaldo Ramos, era médico do Hospital São Paulo, onde estava internado o ministro, e levou-lhe o ato de minha nomeação, que foi assinado na UTI.

A primeira luta visava, evidentemente, recriar a Capes. Os próprios funcionários, com total apoio da comunidade científica, já tinham começado a fazer uma enorme mobilização, na qual me incorporei. E conseguimos ressuscitar o órgão, com o apoio integral do próprio ministro.” Eunice Ribeiro Durham

2020: Será que dois raios caem na mesma Coordenação?

QUEM LÊ PENSA QUE ESTAMOS NO SÉCULO XXI: “Tínhamos uma reunião por semana, eu contava o que estava fazendo, e o ministro aprovava. Aprovou até mesmo minha iniciativa de acabar definitivamente com as bolsas administrativas, aquelas de origem mais política, distribuídas por fora do sistema, sem passar pelo Comitê — fiquei chocada quando soube que existiam. Conversei com alguns deputados e senadores, explicando que o procedimento era politicamente contraproducente, pois não há bolsas para todos, e cada parlamentar satisfeito geraria outros dez irritados. Consegui convencê-los sem maiores dificuldades.”

Essa luta durou toda a minha gestão, ou seja, um ano e meio. Em primeiro lugar, foi preciso recriar a Capes tal como era antes, mas como ela tinha sido extinta, foi necessário negociar com a Secretaria de Administração, uma discussão muito dura. Boa parte dos funcionários tinha sido colocada à disposição ou simplesmente demitida, e os cargos tinham sido extintos. Só para recompor a estrutura anterior foi um trabalho hercúleo, para o qual tive grande ajuda de Angela Santana, uma das minhas diretoras, que conhecia bem Brasília, os políticos, os administradores, etc. Conseguimos um quadro mínimo e começamos imediatamente um novo trabalho para

transformar a Capes em fundação, o que lhe daria maior liberdade de ação.”

Mais fritado que pastel na rodoviária…

Ao mesmo tempo que lutava para transformar a Capes em fundação, fiz um esforço muito grande para informatizá-la. Ainda me lembro de distribuir bolsas com umas folhas de papel almaço coladas, com aquelas enormes listas de programas, número de bolsas nos últimos 3 anos, quantas bolsas o CNPq dava, para saber quantas dava a Capes; tudo era feito à mão pela Angela Santana. No Ministério havia um daqueles grandes computadores centrais, extremamente ineficiente, que armazenava os dados da Capes; obter qualquer informação daquele computador era absolutamente impossível.

A Capes fôra organizada de uma forma, teoricamente, muito satisfatória. Havia 3 sistemas: o Programa de Demanda Social, que privilegiava os programas consolidados; o Programa de Bolsas no Exterior, e o Programa Institucional de Capacitação Docente, o PICD, que oferecia bolsas a professores de universidades que não possuíam pós-graduação, para eles estudarem nos centros de pós-graduação. Com o Programa de Demanda Social havia uma questão séria: foram se acumulando distorções históricas, e era preciso rever os critérios de distribuição de bolsas entre os diferentes programas, avaliar a eficiência e a eficácia das bolsas, o que introduziu o critério de tempo de titulação.”

Um dos problemas do Brasil é que as pessoas só olham para o próprio umbigo. Minha vantagem, por ser antropóloga e ter começado a trabalhar com o Nupes, é que pude ter, desde o início, uma visão comparativa e cosmopolita. No mundo inteiro o mestrado estava em cheque; a França tinha acabado de eliminá-lo, mantendo o DEA — Diplome d’Études Approfondis e o doutorado. Nos Estados Unidos, o mestrado só é importante para administração e formação de professores: é um mestrado profissional. Em suma, esta foi uma linha de batalha, de discussão nas reuniões e com os programas, e sofreu grande oposição; mas começou a frutificar, porque a luta continuou depois que deixei a Capes. Mas reconheço que até hoje existe resistência, porque a universidade é extremamente conservadora e corporativa; ninguém quer mudar nada.”

Quando entrei para a SESu, embora conhecesse bastante bem o ensino superior, não tinha idéia do problema dos hospitais, jamais tinha lidado com eles. Só então descobri que tínhamos 44 hospitais; tomei um susto! Minha primeira reação foi: <Transferimos todos para o Ministério da Saúde.> Depois vi que, na situação brasileira, a manutenção de hospitais universitários é essencial para o sistema de saúde. Iniciei imediatamente a montagem de um sistema de avaliação para a distribuição de verbas; comecei a levantar os custos dos hospitais, sempre na relação custo/paciente. A diferença entre um hospital e outro era absolutamente brutal. Não havia nenhuma eficiência dentro do sistema, nenhuma racionalidade no uso de recursos; a situação dos hospitais era um verdadeiro horror.” “Quando o hospital tinha verba, a universidade a utilizava, contratando pessoas com as verbas do hospital para trabalhar na universidade; e quando o hospital não tinha verba, contratava pessoal para si como se fosse assistente das faculdades. Resultado: era impossível saber com certeza quanto custava o hospital.”

Foi na minha gestão à frente da Secretaria que formulamos o projeto básico do Fundef, o Fundo de Manutenção e Desenvolvimento do Ensino Fundamental e de Valorização do Magistério.”

Fazer uma mudança no currículo de um curso é complicadíssimo, de tal forma que os anos passam, e os cursos são totalmente inadequados para os alunos. Cada professor é dono de sua disciplina, ensina o que quer, não tem nenhuma obrigação de pensar o que é necessário. E a demanda dos alunos vai em direção totalmente contrária. O aluno tem uma vantagem e uma desvantagem: normalmente, é capaz de ver os defeitos, mas é incapaz de propor uma solução razoável. Já os professores não querem mudar, de modo que o sistema entra numa inércia terrível.”

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É digna de nota esta continuidade das ações na Capes; nenhum dirigente entrou lá para mudar tudo. Todos mantiveram a maioria dos programas, sempre aperfeiçoando, melhorando, mas ninguém fez terra arrasada da gestão anterior.” A.S.

Acontece que a Capes era um órgão autônomo da administração direta, e a reforma promovida pelo governo Collor extinguiu essa figura jurídica da administração pública federal. Com isso, a agência ficou no limbo: existia, mas não tinha personalidade jurídica definida, não era nem autarquia, nem órgão de administração direta; mas tinha CGC, mantinha conta em banco e recebia recursos do Tesouro Nacional. Uma maluquice! Aí decidimos transformar a Capes em fundação.”

Absolutamente “patriarcal”, típico do brasileiro (crer-se esperto, tentar levar vantagem a todo custo): “E informamos ao Planejamento: <Esse é o custo da bolsa.> O que fazia tradicionalmente o Planejamento? Pegava o número de bolsas de mestrado e multiplicava por 12 mensalidades; esse era o custo das bolsas de mestrado no ano. Aí nós dissemos: <Tem mais o auxílio-ida, o auxílio-volta, o auxílio para confecção de tese, auxílio para cobrir as despesas de laboratório, etc.> Inventávamos umas despesas nas bolsas do país. E mais: <Portanto, não são 12 mensalidades, são 15. O custo anual da bolsa, na realidade, é o valor mensal vezes 15 parcelas.> Como eles não cortam orçamento de bolsas, aumentamos seu custo anual unitário. Com esse mecanismo, conseguimos repassar recursos e restabelecer o fomento, com base no número de bolsistas da Capes que tinha o curso.”


SAUDADE DAQUILO QUE EU NÃO VIVI: “Sou até hoje apaixonada pela Capes, e não apenas porque trabalhei lá durante 18 anos, desde 1977, como assessora regional do PICD, até 1995. A Capes funciona como todo órgão público deveria funcionar. Como é um órgão pequeno, da decisão à ação tudo é muito rápido. Ali todo mundo se conhece, partilha um espaço físico pequeno. Oficialmente, a Capes tem uma estrutura piramidal, mas funciona efetivamente em rede, o que dá a ela enorme agilidade em termos de funcionamento; ou seja, tudo é implementado com muita rapidez. A comunidade científica percebe essa eficiência — as coisas são negociadas, discutidas e imediatamente implementadas — e se sente participante da Capes. Ou seja, trata-se de um segmento da sociedade que participa da elaboração e da implementação da política pública que gera conseqüências em seu dia-a-dia. Sob essa ótica, a Capes é um espaço efetivamente democrático do governo federal, e acredito que historicamente se constitua no primeiro caso de orçamento participativo da administração pública. A Capes traz o cliente para dentro.

17 ANOS E A INVERSÃO DA REALIDADE: “Aliás, na Capes todo mundo conhecia os bolsistas pelo nome, inclusive os do exterior — no CNPq era tudo número. Nossos bolsistas ficavam encantados com isso, porque não eram tratados como números; isto faz muita diferença. Quando se está no exterior, jovem, tendo sua primeira experiência, a insegurança é muito grande. Por isso, é fundamental que na outra ponta esteja um funcionário que o conheça, saiba de seus problemas, ajude no que puder. A vida do bolsista está praticamente nas mãos daquela pessoa.”

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Alberto Coimbra, então diretor da Coppe, realizou a façanha de contratar, em plena ditadura, 3 professores russos — meu orientador de mestrado era russo.” Sandoval Carneiro Jr.

Angela achava que eu tinha o perfil adequado e disse que eles precisavam que eu coordenasse o processo de transição de autarquia para fundação” Passei na droga de um concurso para uma fundação e até hoje mal sei diferenciar uma fundação de uma autarquia!

No início do governo Collor, os apartamentos funcionais tinham sido postos à venda, por isso, tudo o que o governo oferecia eram 30 diárias de hotel — lembro que nosso salário equivalia a uns 700 dólares. Por sorte, uma prima de minha mãe, já com os filhos casados, morava em Brasília num apartamento grande, e me convidou para ficar com ela. Quando aceitei assumir a Capes, coloquei uma condição: eu não queria cortar os vínculos com a universidade, porque até estava orientando alguns alunos, estava envolvido com o curso de doutorado, que estava começando. Assim, combinei de ficar no Rio às segundas-feiras, para conversar com meus alunos, e passar de terça a sexta-feira em Brasília.”

No setor de bolsas no exterior, por exemplo, a responsável não falava inglês, ou falava muito mal.” Mas não diga! Na CAPES?! Inacreditável!

a informatização da Capes durou muitos anos, só terminou inteiramente no ano passado [2000!], apesar de ser prioritária. Naquela época, a Internet já estava começando a atuar, e era preciso treinar os funcionários para seu uso.” É hora de outra “informatização”, ou minha carroça vai criar vida própria e sair voando ou planando asadelta pela Esplanada…

O pessoal do CNPq é muito atencioso, mas poucos tinham a postura que encontrei, mais tarde, na Capes, em muitos funcionários: uma atitude de dedicação total à agência.” Mas antes não fossem – muitos problemas psiquiátricos com filhos de ex-funcionários e atuais funcionários teriam sido cortados pela raiz…

a Capes decidiu, por exemplo, que os bolsistas de pós-doutorado e especialmente do doutorado-sanduíche poderiam viajar sem a família, e com isso cortou as verbas para passagens e outros benefícios aos quais pelo menos a esposa tinha direito. Essas coisas vão mudando ao longo do tempo, dependendo das idiossincrasias dos dirigentes.”

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Sou mineira de Pouso Alegre e formei-me em ciências sociais na Faculdade de Filosofia e Letras de Juiz de Fora, então instituição privada, que depois se tornou a Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora. Estava passando férias de Natal na minha cidade e, dançando num baile com o antropólogo Roque Laraia. Soube que o Museu Nacional, aqui no Rio, estava oferecendo uma bolsa para um curso de especialização em antropologia social organizado por Roberto Cardoso de Oliveira. Meu sonho, na época, era vir para o Rio para cursar a Escola de Belas-Artes, o que minha família não apoiava. Então, vi nesse curso uma oportunidade. Eram 25 candidatos para 3 vagas; candidatei-me e passei. Vim para o Rio em 1960 para fazer o curso em tempo integral; entrava no Museu no máximo às 9h e saía às 17h, com uma carga brutal de leitura. Foi um curso excepcional. Éramos 3 alunos com 5 professores, fora os estrangeiros que passavam de vez em quando: Roberto Cardoso de Oliveira, Luís de Castro Faria, Roberto Da Matta, Roque Laraia e Alcida Rita Ramos.” Maria Andréa Loyola, mais uma das presidentas do meu órgão que é também minha colega de “raiz de formação”! (Antropólogos dominariam o mundo, se tivessem qualquer interesse nessa vã empreitada!)

SÓ ACREDITO PORQUE ESTOU LENDO, JÁ DIZIA JOÃO GUILHERME – “SÉCULO 2.064” E UMAS PORRAS DESSAS AINDA ACONTECIAM!!!: “Na época, houve um processo contra mim, que ficou famoso, saiu até nos jornais do Rio. O próprio catedrático da cadeira de sociologia, que havia me convidado para trabalhar com ele, resolveu abrir um processo contra mim, usando trechos descontextualizados do livro de Kingsley Davis, A sociedade humana. Começou a me acusar das coisas mais malucas: o principal era pregar que o homem se origina do macaco! Dizia também que eu era contra o tabu do incesto, a favor do infanticídio como forma de controle da natalidade, do amor livre, do tecnicismo e do comunismo. Enfim, esse processo acabou se transformando num inquérito administrativo conduzido pela Reitoria, onde fui interrogada. O negócio durou um tempão, saiu nos jornais, e acabei uma pessoa malvista na cidade. Na época, eu já lecionava na UFMG, na Faculdade de Sociologia e Política, substituindo o Rubinger, que havia sido preso e depois exilado na Bolívia ou no México, não me lembro bem.”

Saiu o AI-5 e, finalmente, fui aposentada junto com o pessoal da UFMG — eu estava licenciada da Universidade de Juiz de Fora para fazer o mestrado — na mesma época em que Fernando Gabeira, meu amigo e vizinho aqui no Rio, era tido como líder do grupo que seqüestrou o embaixador americano. Eu fui a única professora aposentada de Juiz de Fora e minha foto saiu em todos os jornais da cidade, junto com a do Gabeira. Minha fama de bicho-papão cresceu enormemente.”

SENTIMENTO QUE NÃO POSSO COMPREENDER, DEVIDO AO ANO EM QUE NASCI: Foi uma época dificílima, porque a experiência de exílio é muito ruim; mas foi muito rica intelectualmente. Freqüentei o seminário de Alain Touraine, Raymond Aron [provavelmente o mais burro da turma], Lévi-Strauss, Foucault, Althusser, Poulantzas e vários outros.”

TÁ ZOANDO! “Na PUC tive chance de trabalhar com Carmen Junqueira, Otávio lanni, Florestan Fernandes, Vilmar Faria e Bolivar Lamounier. O Cebrap era um centro dinâmico e efervescente em termos de discussão e troca de idéias; trabalhei e convivi com pessoas como Fernando Henrique e Ruth Cardoso, Francisco Weffort, Elza Berquó, José Serra, José Artur Gianotti, Vilmar, Bolivar, Paul Singer, Francisco de Oliveira, Aracy e Leôncio Martins Rodrigues, para citar apenas os mais conhecidos. Lá fiquei durante 6 anos, quando a UERJ decidiu abrir o programa de mestrado em medicina social. Fui convidada para fazer uma pesquisa sobre medicina popular, com um grande financiamento da Finep. Como a situação financeira do Cebrap era irregular e a PUC, naquela época, nunca pagava em dia, resolvi assumir essa pesquisa como um reforço de caixa. Fiz a pesquisa em Nova Iguaçu e depois voltei à França, em 1980, para trabalhar com Pierre Bourdieu.”

Quando cheguei, ele disse simplesmente: <Quero que você assuma a Capes. É um pedido, e não quero ouvir um ‘não’.> Fiquei assustadíssima, porque o meu contato com a Capes era um contato de usuária, da época em que coordenava o mestrado do IMS. Só.” “o salário era baixíssimo, e o Collor tinha acabado com os apartamentos funcionais.”

Quando entrei, o orçamento da Capes era só bolsa, e com atraso. Conseguimos primeiramente manter as bolsas atreladas aos salários dos docentes, o que implicou um aumento no seu valor. Em seguida, que o Itamar determinasse que bolsa era igual a salário, não podia atrasar; isso foi decisivo. Como resultado, os recursos chegavam em tempo hábil; o resto era seguir o fluxograma. E o José Roberto foi realmente uma peça fundamental; muito bom, cabeça muito criativa; devo muito à sua habilidade. Para o exterior, passamos a remeter o dinheiro com antecedência; os bolsistas recebiam três meses de uma vez, e assim já sabiam que teriam tranqüilidade pelos três meses seguintes. Outra pressão muito forte vinda do exterior resultava da decisão tomada pela Eunice de reduzir o tempo de bolsa na França; havia cartas, pedidos, uma reclamação generalizada. Concordei que, de fato, não tinha sentido passar quatro anos fora. Em função disso, comecei a atacar o setor externo da Capes, pois era tudo muito caro — cada aluno no exterior custava quase 25 mil dólares por ano. Procurei, então, racionalizar: em vez de aumentar o tempo de duração da bolsa, atacar os problemas que retardavam os doutorados no exterior, e acho que desenhei uma verdadeira politica para o setor, à qual Abílio Baeta Neves deu continuidade e cujo ponto principal era trabalhar, cada vez mais, através de acordos de cooperação, do tipo Capes-Cofecub.” Parecia uma ótima idéia, a princípio…

O Acordo Capes-Cofecub começou em 1974 como um programa criado para apoiar o Nordeste; era um projeto de pesquisa conjunta. Havia uma missão inicial: levava-se o nordestino para a França, com o objetivo de identificar um parceiro para a cooperação; aí vinha o professor francês e selecionava alunos para fazer mestrado e doutorado — na época, muitos nordestinos se formaram na França. Mais tarde, o Rio Grande do Sul descobriu o Capes-Cofecub; aí começou a haver uma enorme quantidade de bolsas francesas para o estado. Em seguida, o Sudeste, outras universidades incorporaram o programa e, como resultado, o Nordeste voltou à míngua, e o Capes-Cofecub começou a servir para todas as universidades, basicamente aquelas da Região Sudeste.

Com a ampliação do Capes-Cufecub, fomos cortando as bolsas de mestrado, porque com a melhoria de nosso sistema de pós-graduação não havia mais sentido formar mestres no exterior; ficaram as bolsas de doutorado, doutorado-sanduíche e as missões de pesquisadores dos dois países. As bolsas de doutorado foram mantidas em 3 anos, e para isso tivemos que convencer as universidades francesas a deixar de exigir dos brasileiros o DEA (Diplome d’Études Aproffondies), curso de introdução ao doutorado, de um ano, obrigatório na França.” “de fato, o nosso mestrado — alguns eram verdadeiros doutorados — é infinitamente mais abrangente e aprofundado do que o DEA deles. Concordaram em dispensar nossos estudantes daquele curso. Mas como as universidades francesas são autônomas, essa dispensa foi individualizada, ou seja, por adesão de cada uma. Criamos, então, junto com os franceses, a rede Santos Dumont, formada pelas universidades que aderiram à proposta de dispensar novos bolsistas do DEA. A mesma rede formamos depois com a Inglaterra, chamada Margareth Mee.”

Entretanto, um defeito do programa é que ele sempre foi muito desequilibrado, uma coisa de brasileiros indo para a França como alunos, e franceses vindo para o Brasil como professores [DV!]. Agora está mudando um pouco; no meu projeto, por exemplo, tenho alunos franceses. Mas há também um problema de critérios, regras, pelo lado francês. O governo brasileiro financia os bolsistas que vão para a França, o que é muito importante; a instituição francesa apenas os acolhe — e não há contrapartida, não há no sistema francês uma agência que cumpra para lá esse papel que a Capes e o CNPq cumprem para o Brasil: financiar bolsistas. Essa foi uma reclamação sempre presente na negociação. Existe uma bolsa do Ministério da Educação da França, bolsa Lavoisier, mas é muito pequena.

O problema maior é a extrema competitividade do sistema francês. Os alunos sabem que, se saírem de lá, quando voltarem seu lugar já estará preenchido. Eles têm interesse em ir para os Estados Unidos, mas não em vir para cá, porque o Brasil não dá prestígio, não dá currículo, não contribui de maneira significativa para a carreira do pesquisador francês. Os próprios pesquisadores, quando vêm, é por um período muito curto; os grandes nomes ficam apenas uma, duas semanas. Essa é a realidade.” Bolsa Tristes Trópicos

Quando cheguei, quase caí para trás. Comparada a outros prédios de Brasília, todos suntuosos, a Capes era praticamente uma favela. Tinha 5 computadores, sendo que 3 não funcionavam. E aqueles processos todos empilhados, bolsas contadas à mão! Eu pedia dados, não havia; informação, nenhuma. A história da Capes era zero. Existe um famoso porão no MEC, cheio de documentos, mas na prática indisponíveis, devido à dificuldade de acesso; na própria Capes não havia nada, até porque também não havia espaço. Foi para preservar a memória da agência que resolvi retomar as publicações, há muito interrompidas, lançando o Infocapes e outras publicações do tipo: Cursos de mestrado e doutorado, Cursos de pós-graduação lato sensu, A avaliação e seus resultados, etc. E o Abílio continuou e ampliou o elenco de publicações da Capes, melhorando inclusive a apresentação, que está melhor e muito bonita. No processo de reformulação da agência, mexi inclusive em sua estrutura.”

Outro problema de organização era o quadro de pessoal. Os funcionários da Capes não faziam parte da carreira de ciência e tecnologia. Essa era outra situação esdrúxula, que procurei encaminhar. Também não foi fácil, mas acabou saindo. Realmente, era estranho: por que o pessoal do CNPq faz parte da carreira de ciência e tecnologia e o da Capes não? Isso implicava um aumento salarial significativo para os funcionários da Capes, que eles reivindicavam com razão. Tinha ainda a assistência médica dos funcionários, a assistência previdenciária; éramos uma grande família, totalmente desinstitucionalizada.”

Isso foi a coisa que me deu mais trabalho: ficar no telefone conversando com a direção de outros órgãos para conseguir funcionário. Mas conseguimos algumas melhorias com a implantação de um plano de racionalização administrativa e de capacitação de recursos humanos e com a simplificação de procedimentos, sobretudo com a informatização.”

o critério de publicação internacional em revistas reconhecidas, quando generalizado, é problemático. O modelo adotado tem, a meu ver, nefasta inspiração nas ciências exatas.”

Há um professor na biologia da UERJ que, quando discutimos a possibilidade de criar uma revista de pesquisa, considerou que a publicação deveria ser escrita em inglês, caso contrário não seria lida; em parte ele tem razão, mas não vamos exagerar. Aliás, a revista da Academia Brasileira de Ciências é toda em inglês. Escrevi uma cartinha para eles, dizendo que isso é um absurdo; pode ser bilíngüe, ter resumo em inglês, mas publicar toda a revista da Academia Brasileira de Ciências exclusivamente em inglês?! Acho um exagero, uma rendição cultural.”

O que me preocupa mais é essa postura dominante, toda ela centrada numa visão tecnológica da ciência. O desenvolvimento das humanidades, das artes e das ciências sociais é um patrimônio da humanidade, e nenhuma sociedade pode pretender desenvolver-se de fato se não tiver uma boa filosofia, uma sociologia, uma antropologia, uma história bem feitas.”

BRASILEIROS, MAIS REALISTAS QUE O REI: “Meu problema com as universidades privadas não é o fato de serem privadas, é o fato de visarem apenas ao lucro. Ou seja, por trás delas há o enriquecimento de um grupo, que não vai reinvestir, ou o fará limitadamente, na própria universidade. Quando se fala que as universidades americanas são privadas, esquece-se de dizer que na maior parte delas, ao menos nas mais importantes, todos os recursos são reinvestidos na própria universidade. E é por isso que elas têm as bibliotecas que têm, que produzem o que produzem. Aquilo não é de uma pessoa, nem de um grupo, mas de uma comunidade; não são instituições que visam ao lucro, no sentido capitalista do termo, como é o caso — não de todas, como as confessionais — da maior parte das universidades privadas brasileiras.

como o professor não quer mais lecionar no curso de graduação, a universidade vai se deteriorando cada vez mais. Lembro-me de que um dos critérios que introduzi no sistema de avaliação para dar conceito A a um curso de mestrado ou doutorado era a relação com a graduação, não apenas em termos da participação do professor nas aulas, mas também quanto ao desenvolvimento pelo programa de alguma atividade que contribuísse para elevar a qualidade desse nível de ensino.”

FOR GENTLEMEN TO SEE: “Iniciei também um sistema de acompanhamento dos bolsistas no exterior, que não sei se teve continuidade foi incluída, entre as obrigações constantes do termo de compromisso assinado pelo aluno, a de manter atualizado seu endereço durante 5 anos, para podermos fazer esse acompanhamento. Isso é fundamental. Estou tentando implantar isso na UERJ — o que não consegui fazer na Capes, estou tentando agora.”

¹ Não!

o próprio mercado já incorporou essa idéia de mestre e doutor. No Brasil, isto virou sinônimo de uma formação mais aprimorada e mais avançada. Minha proposta era termos dois tipos de formação, a partir da graduação: a acadêmica e a profissional. Na primeira vertente, teríamos o mestrado e o doutorado clássicos; na segunda, passaríamos da graduação para um curso no mesmo nível do mestrado acadêmico, mas de caráter profissionalizante. Caso a pessoa quisesse voltar para a carreira acadêmica, cursaria algumas disciplinas complementares e poderia se inscrever no doutorado; senão, já estaria preparada para o mercado.” “Tem especialização boa e ruim. E é por isso que o mercado começa a exigir mestrado, porque não confia nesses cursos de especialização; no dia em que o mercado puder confiar na especialização, o mestrado perde o sentido para ele.” “Não tem o menor sentido procurar mestres. Como não faz sentido o investimento da agência, da universidade e do aluno, em tempo e esforço, para ter um diploma cujo valor, na prática, é muito relativo para ele.”

Hoje em dia, já não há necessidade de mandar gente se formar no exterior; mas continuo considerando importante a convivência do aluno com outros sistemas de ensino e com outras culturas, é uma forma de enriquecimento muito grande; o doutorado-sanduíche atende perfeitamente bem a isso.”

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LEAP OF FAITH: “Depois de estudar em colégios públicos, transferi-me para o Colégio Anchieta, de padres jesuítas, velho sonho de meus pais. Muito provavelmente por forte influência da escola, decidi cursar ciências sociais, opção complicada no final da década de 1960. Graduei-me na Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul e depois ingressei na primeira turma do mestrado em ciência política e sociologia. Cumpri todos os créditos mas não escrevi a tese, porque em 1975 segui para a Alemanha, para fazer o doutorado na Universidade de Münster. Como já trabalhava na UFRGS, para lá retornei depois de defender a tese.” Abílio

Politicamente, sempre participei muito do MDB gaúcho, e em 1985 envolvi-me na campanha de Pedro Simon ao governo do estado, defendendo a criação da Secretaria de Ciência e Tecnologia e a revitalização da Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado, a Fapergs, que estava definhando. Assim, quando Simon venceu a eleição, foi natural que eu fosse trabalhar na recém-criada Secretaria de Ciência & Tecnologia — e considero que tivemos algum sucesso nesse campo.”

Só agora as pessoas começam a se dar conta do papel assumido pela Capes após a extinção do Conselho Federal de Educação. No final de 94, pela primeira vez, seu sistema de avaliação alcançou uma força que não possuía. Concedeu-se a esse sistema o poder de validar os diplomas do sistema federal de pós-graduação.”

todo mundo precisava saber se um curso que recebe nota 5 na área de sociologia equivale realmente, em termos de excelência, a outro que recebe a mesma nota na área de física, por exemplo. A única equivalência possível teria que ser obtida pela qualidade do produto, e esta precisa conter relação com algum parâmetro mais internacional.


(…) Não adianta simplesmente insistir no fato de que as ciências humanas e sociais são diferentes das exatas. Diferentes em quê? É preciso guardar as especificidades, mas não se pode ficar no papel de primo pobre ou exótico. Depois da avaliação de 98, decidimos trazer equipes internacionais para avaliar os cursos que obtiveram notas 6 e 7. A reação das ciências humanas foi impressionante, quase anedótica: gente importante da área criticou pesadamente: <Como vão avaliar de fora a produção das ciências sociais brasileiras, da sociologia, da ciência política? Por que vão trazer pessoas que só falam inglês para nos avaliar? Nossa língua é o português, portanto só aceitamos ser avaliados em português> — essa crítica veio de gente muito importante do Rio de Janeiro, embora revele uma perspectiva extremamente paroquial.” Neoliberalismo rasteiro.

MARX E O PREÇO DO GRÃO (misturando alhos com bugalhos): “Ciências agrárias são a área em que o Brasil mais contribui, proporcionalmente, para a produção de conhecimento mundial. Como, então, afirmar que não existe internacionalização da ciência agrária?!”

MAIS, MAIS, MAIS E MAIS ARTIGOS, UHUL, RUMO À LUA, RUMO À MARTE! “Se hoje estamos exigindo uma produção per capita, em circulação nacional e internacional, de 2 ou 3 artigos por ano, na próxima avaliação é provável que este número suba para 4; o patamar será mais alto. Esta mudança é fundamental.”

Na distribuição anual de bolsas, os melhores são beneficiados, mas de uma forma muito pequena, porque a Capes não pode deixar de dar bolsas para um curso novo, caso contrário matará a própria expansão da pós-graduação.”

Há muitos programas excelentes de pós-graduação que, historicamente, recebiam quase exclusivamente bolsas do CNPq — alguns programas na área de física, ciências sociais, antropologia, ciências biológicas, áreas que se qualificaram rapidamente e viveram muito mais do apoio do CNPq do que da Capes. Eles recebiam as bolsas e as taxas de bancada. Dando um exemplo bem concreto: na área de física da UFRGS, em Porto Alegre, um programa nota 7 em duas avaliações só tem uma ou duas bolsas de doutorado da Capes, porque vivia do apoio do CNPq. Quando o CNPq deixou de dar taxa de bancada, o programa sofreu um baque brutal de recursos.” DV

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Em 1951, Paulo de Góes criou uma pós-graduação lato sensu no Instituto de Microbiologia — um dos primeiros ensaios de pós-graduação no país. Ainda não dava título de doutor nem de mestre. Iniciou-se um curso de especialização com duração de um ano, para formar especialistas em microbiologia. Quando foi criado o curso de especialização, nós nos mudamos para um prédio atrás da Reitoria, na Praia Vermelha, o antigo refeitório dos doentes mentais, tudo muito improvisado, mas funcional; recebíamos, às vezes, 80 alunos por ano para fazer o curso.” Amadeu Cury, ex-reitor da UnB

Não se pode desmerecer a capacidade de julgar de uma pessoa só porque seu próprio departamento poderá ser beneficiado. O que deve ser julgado é o mérito.”

O período de 1966 a 1969 foi, a meu ver, o mais sombrio da Capes, que identificamos com a Idade Média, em razão do manto negro que cobriu a instituição.”

Biologia e medicina tinham muita influência, muita presença. Sempre tiveram. Havia engenheiros, químicos mas, curiosamente, não havia matemáticos, pelo menos na minha época. Os mais próximos da matemática talvez fossem Kurt Politzer, professor de tecnologia industrial na Escola de Química da UFRJ, e José Válter Bautista Vidal, geoquímico. Posteriormente vieram os matemáticos: Lindolpho de Carvalho Dias e Jacob Pallis.”

Quando assumi, verifiquei que o <interior> da Universidade de Brasília não era nada do que se dizia. Dez anos após sua criação e funcionamento, a Universidade só tinha 3 ou 4 cursos aprovados pelo Conselho Federal de Educação! Portanto, depois de 10 anos ainda não havia concedido diplomas para a quase totalidade dos cursos. Pouca gente conhece esta verdade histórica. Nem mesmo base física havia, somente umas poucas construções como o prédio da Faculdade de Educação, onde estava instalada a Reitoria, o auditório Dois Candangos, 3 grandes galpões em frente e um reduzido trecho da parte sul do Instituto Central de Ciências, mais conhecido como <Minhocão>.”

Pois bem, decidimos que a primeira coisa a fazer era pôr ordem no caos. Toda universidade faz um contrato com seus alunos: Se você for aprovado no vestibular e fizer o curso, ao final receberá um diploma. Mas a UnB não dava! Vivíamos assediados por várias empresas que desejavam contratar recém-formados, mas não podiam, porque eles não tinham diploma. Paramos tudo o que estávamos fazendo e passamos um longo período, cerca de um ano, organizando curso por curso: freqüência, disciplinas obrigatórias, complementares, optativas, currículos, créditos, períodos, tudo!”

Havia um curso de cinema! Tinha quatro alunos mas não tinha programa, nem currículo, nada! Consegui com o reitor da UFF, onde havia um curso regular de cinema, que aceitasse os nossos 4 alunos pois não iríamos manter um curso sem qualquer estrutura, apenas para 4 alunos.”

Quando o Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada, o Impa, foi fundado, em 1952, ocupava duas salas pequenas dentro do CBPF, de modo que havia uma certa confusão entre CBPF e Impa. Mantínhamos distância da Faculdade de Filosofia, controlada por pessoas complicadas, não muito competentes, mas que dominavam o processo acadêmico — a exceção era Maria Laura Mousinho, que tinha fortes vínculos com o Impa e o CBPF.” Lindolpho Dias, matemático

O CNPq, por sua vez, tinha tido um início muito promissor, de grande ebulição, quando foi presidido por seu criador, o almirante Álvaro Alberto; muitas coisas foram feitas até 1955, quando ele deixou a presidência, e o CNPq perdeu prestígio.”

Muita gente entende que Capes e CNPq são a mesma coisa e deveriam até se fundir num único órgão. Mas eu vejo uma diferença fundamental entre eles: a Capes, como indica o próprio nome, é um órgão do Ministério da Educação cuja finalidade básica é o aperfeiçoamento de profissionais de nível superior, não necessariamente através de pesquisa. Por isso, é perfeitamente natural que ela ofereça uma bolsa a um médico que não pretenda fazer pesquisa, mas apenas aprimorar-se no exterior ou no Brasil. Ou ainda para um advogado passar um período fora, para eventualmente até fazer um doutorado, mas sem se obrigar, a priori, a ser um pesquisador. Já o CNPq, cujo nome original era Conselho Nacional de Pesquisas e depois mudou para Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, tem como alvo específico a pesquisa científica e a tecnológica e, mais recentemente, o desenvolvimento tecnológico; suas bolsas devem ter por objetivo aprimorar um pesquisador. É claro que isso é subjetivo, e muita gente que recebeu bolsa não se transformou em pesquisador.”

Engraçado como em 2001 não havia essa TARA ABSOLUTA pela pesquisa que toma conta do mundo acadêmico hoje. O que a CAPES devia fomentar, então? Certamente a docência era vista com mais respeito (não que faça tanto sentido, de qualquer forma, desvincular ensino e pesquisa), mas nos exemplos dados pelo entrevistado fica claro que essa não era nem nunca foi a prioridade dos bolsistas: médicos queriam preencher currículo para chegar a postos de trabalho no topo, advogados, idem. E o mais embaraçoso é que os aprovados em concurso da CAPES são Analistas em CIÊNCIA & TECNOLOGIA. A rigor, não têm mais nada a ver com o MEC.

Em 1950, quando fiz vestibular, o número de alunos no ensino superior no Brasil era de 60 mil. Aqui no Rio, eram 300 vagas para engenharia: 200 na UFRJ e 100 na PUC; em São Paulo só existia a Escola Politécnica. E não havia uma tradição de pesquisa.”

em 51 houve esse fato importantíssimo da fundação do CNPq e da Capes; tanto o Ministério da Educação quanto a Presidência da República, na época, consideraram importante a criação dos dois órgãos. Claro que houve forte motivação com a explosão da bomba atômica e coisas desse tipo.”


Suzana Gonçalves tinha prestígio, porque era prima da falecida esposa do presidente Castelo Branco, d. Argentina, e irmã de Elisinha, então casada com Válter Moreira Sales. Apesar de muito culta, tenho a impressão de que ela não tem pós-graduação formal. (…) Suzana estudava muito e era muito ativa no Conselho; era uma administradora, e muito boa. Depois que Muniz de Aragão saiu da Diretoria do Ensino Superior, entrou aquele maluco, um amazonense chamado Epílogo de Campos, um horror. Completo maluco! Aliás, o próprio nome indica; era uma família Campos, do Amazonas, com um filho chamado Prólogo, este Epílogo e até uma moça chamada Errata!”

O que ocorre é que as antigas autarquias tinham ficado muito burocratizadas, e as fundações representaram uma libertação. Cada fundação tinha seu plano salarial, podia contratar pela CLT e sem concurso, tinha autonomia de gestão de pessoal, as licitações eram simplificadas. Mas a lei do Regime Jurídico Único, de dezembro de 90, acabou com tudo isso. Hoje, a administração da Capes como fundação, assim como o CNPq, tem as mesmas restrições de uma autarquia. Não se pode demitir nem contratar com autonomia. [Benzadeus!] Sabe quem tem poder para demitir um motorista que roubou? O presidente da República! [Faz arminha!]

Comparando com a Argentina, a situação fica ainda mais estranha, porque lá o autoritarismo efetivamente acabou com a ciência e tecnologia, enquanto o nosso regime militar trabalhou com a ciência e tecnologia, porque era desenvolvimentista. Existia uma perspectiva de hegemonia no Atlântico Sul, principalmente durante o governo Geisel, entre 1974 e 1979. Mas a verdade é que em 1985 nós não percebíamos a imensa inflexão econômica que o país estava vivendo e talvez tenhamos insistido num modelo que estava esgotado, não como perspectiva mas como formato — inclusive, uma série de características desse modelo está voltando agora, no final da década de 1990. Na política de hoje há muita coisa para se aprender com o modelo peluciano.” Reinaldo Guimarães

TRAGÉDIA MILITAR, NÃO? FINANCIARAM BONS REDUTOS MARXISTAS! “É admirável que, durante aqueles anos de chumbo, Pelúcio tenha organizado na Finep um grupo de pesquisa em política industrial, em economia da tecnologia, onde estavam Maria da Conceição Tavares, Carlos Lessa, Simon Schwartzman, Marcelo Abreu, José Tavares. Além disso, graças ao Pelúcio fundou-se o Instituto de Economia da UFRJ, o Instituto de Economia da Unicamp, o Cpdoc; foi o momento de explosão desses centros todos. Esse foi o maior legado do José Pelúcio Ferreira. Embora fosse um economista, seu maior legado foi a institucionalização da pesquisa no Brasil”


Existe uma disputa burocrática permanente, um eterno ruído de fundo. E não tem jeito, como tudo em Brasília. Isso é uma coisa com a qual se convive, a não ser quando aumenta muito o volume do ruído de fundo. No início da Nova República [1988?], por exemplo, o espírito de equipe era muito grande, porque existia uma mobilização da sociedade inclusive no campo científico e tecnológico, que fazia com que se cimentassem essas relações em cima e o ruído ficasse mais embaixo. Eu comparecia religiosamente a todas as Reuniões do Conselho Deliberativo do CNPq, por exemplo, coisa que depois deixou de ocorrer; atualmente o CNPq não manda ninguém para o Conselho Superior da Capes, fica um banco vazio ou, quando manda, é um técnico de terceiro escalão [tipo um eu].”

E O TEMPO PASSA…: “Lembro muito bem. A Capes foi extinta junto com coisas como a Fundação da Pesca de Carapicu, para fazer uma caricatura da situação. Eunice Durham assumiu como diretora-geral de uma entidade fantasma. A comunidade científica se movimentou, e a Capes foi recriada no Congresso. O impacto aqui fora foi muito grande, houve uma gritaria danada. Extinguir a Capes era uma tolice.


Hoje, tenho uma visão bem crítica sobre essa assertiva de que a Capes é enxuta, seus funcionários são dedicados, etc. Considero que a Capes tem menos funcionários do que precisa e que essa histórica contenção de funcionários acabou por desenvolver certos vícios internos, de grupos dominantes, muito prejudicial à agência. Ali há grupos pesados, e se a diretoria não tomar cuidado, fica submetida a eles, porque emperram tudo. Como é pouca gente, formam-se feudos dos técnicos: a área da fulana, a área do sicrano. Feudos burocráticos.” Hohoho, você não é o Batman mas matou A CHARADA; só faltou dar nome aos boicacos…

Com a Reforma que o transformou em fundação em 1973, o CNPq atraiu pessoal altamente qualificado, porque pagava excelentes salários, e incorporou-se à parte mais moderna da burocracia. Como pagava bem, outros órgãos, que por razões jurídicas não podiam contratar, faziam suas contratações através do CNPq. A partir do momento em que o setor público deixou de ser financeiramente atraente e o CNPq perdeu importância — em 85, com a criação do Ministério de Ciência e Tecnologia, o CNPq deixou de ser o cabeça do sistema —, houve grande evasão. Quando voltei ao CNPq no final do governo Collor para fazer o diretório dos grupos de pesquisa, levei um choque! A decadência era visível até em termos físicos. O edifício do CNPq era uma ruína! Num período relativamente curto, 5 anos, a decadência foi vertiginosa. Isso a Capes não viveu com essa intensidade, protegeu-se, não sei por que razões.”

Em 1986 tinha sido criado um órgão chamado Fórum de Pró-Reitores de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa — Fopropp, uma sigla horrorosa!” HAHAHAHA

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(*) Simon Schwartzman iniciou a carreira de professor e pesquisador na UFMG, da qual foi afastado pelo regime militar em 1964, só tendo reingressado em 2000, quando se aposentou, de acordo com a Lei da Anistia.”

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Como se sabe, no Brasil as primeiras escolas superiores só foram criadas no início do século XIX com a vinda da família real portuguesa para a colônia, e tinham o único propósito de fornecer quadros profissionais para desempenhar diferentes ocupações na rte; no final do Império, o país contava com apenas 6 escolas superiores. Em 1900, eram 24 as escolas de ensino superior, e três décadas depois o sistema já contava com uma centena de instituições, sendo que várias delas foram criadas pelo setor privado, principalmente pela iniciativa confessional católica. O fundamental a ressaltar é que até o início da década de 30 o sistema era constituído por um conjunto de escolas isoladas, de cunho profissionalizante, divorciadas da investigação científica, atividade essa que era realizada nos institutos de pesquisa, que em geral possuíam tênues laços com o sistema de ensino superior existente. Até esse momento, não fôra criada no Brasil nenhuma universidade institucionalizada.” Carlos Benedito Martins

[a] Universidade de São Paulo em 1934 e a Universidade do Distrito Federal em 1935 — esta, de curta vida — representaram as primeiras tentativas de superação de um padrão de organização do ensino superior, baseado na escola isolada e profissionalizante, e de construção de um novo modelo baseado em instituições mais orgânicas, que integrassem ensino e pesquisa.”

No final dos anos 50, inúmeros estudantes e docentes estavam de volta ao Brasil e nos anos subseqüentes assumiriam a liderança intelectual e científica nas universidades, participando ativamente da implantação dos primeiros cursos de mestrado e de doutorado no país.”

Deve-se destacar ainda que a Universidade de Brasília, que iniciou suas atividades em 1962, incluiu também em suas atividades a existência regular e permanente de cursos de pós-graduação.”

Esses cursos passaram a coexistir com o modelo europeu de pós-graduação, particularmente o francês, presente nos doutorados da USP, que outorgava apenas o título de doutor, através de uma relação acadêmica tutorial entre o orientador e o doutorando que, de modo geral, desenvolvia seu trabalho de forma isolada e artesanal. O título de doutor tendia a conferir mais vantagens simbólicas do que benefícios econômicos e profissionais ao seu detentor e possuía reduzido valor no campo acadêmico, em função da ausência de uma carreira acadêmica institucionalizada no país, com exceção da própria USP, cujo doutorado se incorporou à carreira docente.”

Com o golpe militar de 1964, a política educacional dos anos subseqüentes buscou desmobilizar o movimento pela reforma universitária, desmantelando o movimento estudantil e controlando coercitivamente as atividades de docentes. Ao lado de um conjunto de medidas repressivas, os responsáveis pela política educacional buscaram vincular a educação ao desenvolvimento econômico, que passava a ser comandado por uma lógica de crescente internacionalização, processo esse iniciado em décadas anteriores. Para isso, o governo implantou um sistema de fomento, procurando adequá-lo ao financiamento do desenvolvimento da ciência e tecnologia; o BNDE passou a fornecer auxílio através do Fundo de Desenvolvimento Técnico-Científico, o Funtec, criado em 1964, e posteriormente a Finep passaram a administrar o Fundo Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, o FNDCT, criado em 1969.”

o resultado da avaliação de 1994 atribuiu a 41% dos cursos de mestrado e a 53% dos de doutorado o conceito <A>, que então era a maior escala existente no interior do processo de avaliação.” Que beleza…

O sistema de avaliação que vinha sendo adotado passou a emitir claros sinais de esgotamento, ao não discriminar mais a qualidade acadêmica dentro dos programas. Na avaliação de 1996, 79% dos cursos de mestrado e 90% dos de doutorado obtiveram conceito <A> ou <B>. Após várias discussões realizadas no Conselho Técnico-Científico e no Conselho Superior da Capes, introduziram-se modificações para apreciação dos cursos; além disso, decidiu-se que a avaliação passaria a ser trienal, com o acompanhamento anual do desempenho dos programas.”




Ainsi le tems dans lequel les étoiles fixes font leur révolution est nommé la grande année. Cette année est de 25.920 de nos années vulgaires; car on a remarqué que la section commune de l’écliptique & de l’équateur, n’est pas fixe & immobile dans le ciel étoilé; mais que les étoiles s’en éloignent en s’avançant peu-à-peu au-delà de cette section, d’environ 50 secondes par an. On a donc imaginé que toute la sphere des étoiles fixes faisoit une révolution périodique autour des poles de l’écliptique, & parcouroit 50 secondes en un an; ce qui fait 25.920 ans pour la révolution entiere. On a appellé grande année ce long espace de tems, qui surpasse quatre à cinq fois celui que l’on compte vulgairement depuis le commencement du monde.”

Ce sont les Égyptiens, si on en croit Hérodote, qui ont les premiers fixé l’année, & qui l’ont fait de 360 jours, qu’ils séparerent en douze mois (…) Nous lisons même dans Diodore de Sicile, Liv. I, dans la vie de Numa par Plutarque, & dans Pline, Liv. VII, ch. 48 que l’année Égyptienne étoit dans les premiers tems fort différente de celle que nous appellons aujourd’hui de ce nom.”

Kepler, par exemple, faisoit l’année de 365 jours 5 heures 48 min 57 sec 39 tierces. Riccioli de 365 jours 5 heures 48 min. Tycho de 365 jours 5 heures 48 min. M. Euler a publié dans le premier tome des Mémoires François de l’Académie de Berlin, p. 37, une table par laquelle on voit combien les Astronomes sont peu d’accord sur la grandeur de l’année solaire.”

L’année civile commune est celle qu’on a fixée à 365 jours; elle est composée de 7 mois de 31 jours; savoir, Janvier, Mars, Mai, Juillet, Août, Octobre, Décembre; de 4 de 30 jours, Avril, Juin, Septembre & Novembre, & d’un de 28 jours, qui est Février. Il y a apparence que cette distribution bisarre a été faite pour conserver, autant qu’il étoit possible, l’égalité entre les mois, & en même tems pour qu’ils fussent tous à peu près de la grandeur des mois lunaires, dont les uns sont de 30 jours & les autres de 29. Une autre raison qui a pû y engager, c’est que le soleil met plus de tems à aller de l’équinoxe du printems à l’équinoxe d’automne, que de celui d’automne à celui du printems; desorte que du premier Mars au premier Septembre, il y a quatre jours de plus que du premier Septembre au premier Mars: mais quelque motif qu’on ait eu pour faire cette distribution, on peut en général supposer l’année commune de 5 mois de 31 jours, & de 7 mois de 30 jours [=365].”

L’addition de ce jour intercalaire, tous les quatre ans, a été faite par Jules César, qui, voulant que les saisons pussent toûjours revenir dans le même tems de l”année, joignit à la quatrieme année les six heures négligées dans chacune des années précédentes. Il plaça le jour entier formé par ces quatre fractions après le 24e de Février, qui étoit le 6e des Calendes de Mars. § Or comme ce jour ainsi répété étoit appellé en conséquence bis sexto calendas, l’année où ce jour étoit ajoûté, fût aussi appellée bis sextus, d’où est venu bissextile. § Le jour intercalaire n’est plus aujourd’hui regardé comme la répétition du 24 Février, mais il est ajoûté à la fin de ce mois, & en est le 29.

Or il y a deux especes de mois lunaires; savoir, le mois périodique, qui est de 27 jours 7 heures 43 min 5 sec, c’est à peu près le tems que la lune employe à faire sa révolution autour de la terre: 2°. le mois synodique, qui est le tems que cette planète employe à retourner vers le soleil à chaque conjonction; ce tems qui est l’intervalle de deux nouvelles lunes est de 29 jours 12 heures 44 minutes 33 sec.”

L’ancienne année romaine étoit l’année lunaire. Dans sa premiere institution par Romulus, elle étoit seulement composée de 10 mois. Le premier, celui de Mars, contenoit 31 jours; le second, celui d’Avril, 30. 3°. Mai 31; 4°. Juin 30; 5°. Quintilis ou Juillet 31; 6°. Sextilis ou Août 30; 7°. Septembre 30; 8°. Octobre 31; 9°. Novembre 30; 10°. Decembre 30; le tout faisant 304 jours.”

Numa Pompilius corrigea cette forme irrégulière de l’année, & fit 2 mois de ces jours surnuméraires. Le premier fut le mois de Janvier; le second celui de Février. L’année fut ainsi composée par Numa de 12 mois, 1°. Janvier 29 jours, 2°. Février 28, 3°. Mars 31, 4°. Avril 29, 5°. Mai 31, 6°. Juin 29, 7°. Juillet 31, 8°. Août 29, 9°. Septembre 29, 10°. Octobre 31, 11°. Novembre 29, 12°. Decembre 29; le tout faisant 355 jours. Ainsi cette année surpassoit l’année civile lunaire d’un jour, & l’année astronomique lunaire de 15 heures 11 minutes 24 secondes: mais elle étoit plus courte que l’année solaire de 11 jours, ensorte que son commencement étoit encore vague, par rapport à la situation du soleil.”

au lieu d’ajoûter 23 jours à chaque 8e année [1 ano a mais a cada ~130 anos!], on n’en ajoûta que 15; & on chargea les grands Pontifes de veiller au soin du calendrier. Mais les grands Pontifes ne s’acquittant point de ce devoir, laissèrent tout retomber dans la plus grande confusion. Telle fut l’année romaine jusqu’au tems de la réformation de Jules César.” Nisso ainda somos Césares…“elle surpassoit par conséquent la vraie année solaire d’environ 11 minutes, ce qui en 131 ans produisoit un jour d’erreur. L’année romaine étoit encore dans cet état d’imperfection, lorsque le Pape Grégoire XIII y fit une réformation, dont nous parlerons un peu plus bas.

Jules Cesar à qui l’on est redevable de la forme de l’année Julienne, avoit fait venir d’Égypte Sosigènes fameux Mathématicien, tant pour fixer la longueur de l’année, que pour en rétablir le commencement, qui avoit été entierement dérangé de 67 jours, par la négligence des Pontifes. § Afin donc de le remettre au solstice d’hyver, Sosigènes fut obligé de prolonger la premiere année jusqu’à 15 mois ou 445 jours [!]; & cette année s’appella en conséquence l’année de confusion, annus confusionis. § L’année établie par Jules Cesar a été suivie par toutes les nations chrétiennes jusqu’au milieu du XVIe siècle, & continue même encore de l’être par l’Angleterre. Les Astronomes & les Chronologistes de cette nation comptent de la même maniere que le peuple, & cela sans aucun danger, parce qu’une erreur qui est connue n’en est plus une.

L’année Grégorienne (…), les dernieres années de 3 siècles consécutifs doivent être communes; & la derniere du 4e siècle seulement est comptée pour bissextile.”

Or quoique cette erreur de 11 minutes qui setrouve dans l’année Julienne soit fort petite, cependant elle étoit devenue si considérable en s’accumulant depuis le tems de Jules Cesar, qu’elle avoit monté à 70 jours, ce qui avoit considérablement dérangé l’équinoxe. Car du tems du Concile de Nicée, lorsqu’il fut question de fixer les termes du tems auquel on doit célébrer la Pâque, l’équinoxe du Printems se trouvoit au 21 de Mars. Mais cet équinoxe ayant continuellement anticipé, on s’est apperçû l’an 1582 lorsqu’on proposa de réformer le calendrier de Jules Cesar, que le soleil entroit déjà dans l’équateur dès le 11 Mars; c’est-à-dire, 10 jours plûtôt que du tems du Concile de Nicée. Pour remédier à cet inconvénient, qui pouvoit aller encore plus loin, le Pape Grégoire XIII fit venir les plus habiles Astronomes de son tems, & concerta avec eux la correction qu’il falloit faire, afin que l’équinoxe tombât au même jour que dans le tems du Concile de Nicée; & comme il s’étoit glissé une erreur de 10 jours depuis ce tems-là, on retrancha ces 10 jours de l’année 1582, dans laquelle on fit cette correction; & au lieu du 5 d’Octobre de cette année, on compta tout de suite le 15.” Com menos tempo ainda, irmão! – PICUINHAS CALENDARIALES: “La France, l’Espagne, les pays Catholiques d’Allemagne, & l’Italie, en un mot, tous les pays qui sont sous l’obéissance du Pape, reçûrent cette réforme dès son origine: mais les Protestans la rejetterent d’abord.” “En l’an 1700, l’erreur des 10 jours avoit augmenté encore & étoit devenue de 11; c’est ce qui détermina les protestans d’Allemagne à accepter la réformation Grégorienne, aussi-bien que les Danois & les Hollandois. Mais les peuples de la Grande-Bretagne & la plûpart de ceux du Nord de l’Europe, ont conservé jusqu’ici [sabe-se lá que ano do séc XVIII!] l’ancienne forme du calendrier Julien.” Quer dizer que tem alguns idiotas perdidos em outra data?! Ou a globalização parametrizou tudo?

Au reste il ne faut pas croire que l’année Grégorienne soit parfaite; car dans 4 siècles l’année Julienne avance de 3 jours, 1h & 22 minutes. Or comme dans le calendrier Grégorien on ne compte que les 3 jours, & qu’on néglige la fraction d’1h & 22 minutes, cette erreur au bout de 72 siècles produira un jour de mécompte.” [!!!]

L’année Égyptienne appellée aussi l’année de Nabonassar, est l’année solaire de 365 jours divisée en 12 mois de 30 jours, auxquels sont ajoûtés 5 jours intercalaires à la fin: les noms de ces mois sont ceux-ci. 1°. Thot, 2°. Paophi, 3°. Athyr, 4°. Chojac, 5°. Tybi, 6°. Mecheir, 7°. Phatmenoth, 8°. Pharmuthi, 9°. Pachon, 10°. Pauni, 11°. Epiphi, 12°. Mesori; & de plus H’MERAI E’PAGOMEIAI, ou les 5 jours intercalaires.” “Cette briéveté des premieres années Égyptiennes, est ce qui fait, suivant les mêmes Auteurs, que les Égyptiens supposoient le monde si ancien, & que dans l’Histoire de leurs Rois, on en trouve qui ont vécu jusqu’à 1000 & 1200 ans. Quant à Hérodote, il garde un profond silence sur ce point; il dit seulement que les années Égyptiennes étoient de 12 mois, ainsi que nous l’avons déja remarqué. D’ailleurs l’Écriture nous apprend que dès le tems du déluge l’année étoit composée de 12 mois. Par conséquent Cham, & son fils Misraim, fondateur de la Monarchie Égyptienne, ont dû avoir gardé cet usage, & il n’est pas probable que leurs descendans y ayent dérogé.”

S. Augustin, de Civit. Dei, 50:15:14, fait voir que les années des patriarches rapportées dans l’Écriture sont les mêmes que les nôtres; & qu’il n’est pas vrai, comme beaucoup de gens se le sont imaginés, que 10 de ces années n’en valoient qu’une d’à présent.” Trouxa.

Les grecs: “L’ordre de leurs mois étoit celui-ci, 1°. *E’XAOMAIWN de 29 jours; 2°. *METAGEI=TNIWN, 30 jours; 3°. *BOHDROMIWN 29; 4°. *MAIMAXHRWN 30; 5°. *PUANEYIWN 29; 6°. *POSEIDEWN 30; 7°. *GAMHLIWN 29; 8°. *ANEHRIWN 30; 9°. *E’LAFHOLIWN 29; 10°. *MENUXIWN 30; 11°. *QARGHLIWN, 29; 12°. *SXIRRWFORIWN, 30.”

The pagans pay the price with guns. But roses they do not pray. Nor prey.

Sabat ou Schebeth: também o “mês de novembro” dos hebreus antigos. No calendário judeu moderno, Schebeth se transformou em “maio”, i.e., o 5º dos 12. Sempre com 30 dias, nos dois casos.

Golius, dans ses notes sur Alfergan, pp. 27&suiv. est entré dans un grand détail sur la forme ancienne & nouvelle de l’année Persienne, laquelle a été suivie de la plûpart des auteurs Orientaux. Il nous apprend particulierement, que sous le Sultan Gelaluddaulé Melicxa, vers le milieu du XIe siècle, on entreprit de corriger la grandeur de l’année & d’établir une nouvelle époque; il fut donc reglé que de 4 ans en 4 ans, on ajoûteroit un jour à l’année commune, laquelle seroit par conséquent de 366 jours. Mais parce qu’on avoit reconnu que l’année solaire n’étoit pas exactement de 365 jours 6 heures, il fut ordonné qu’alternativement (après 7 ou 8 intercalations) on intercaleroit la 5e, & non pas la 4e année; d’où il paroît que ces peuples connoissoient déja fort exactement la grandeur de l’année, puisque selon cette forme, l’année Persienne seroit de 365 jours 5 heures 49 minutes 31 secondes, ce qui differe à peine de l’année Grégorienne, que les Européens ou Occidentaux se sont avisés de rechercher plus de 500 ans après les Asiatiques ou Orientaux. Or depuis la mort de Jezdagirde, le dernier des Rois de Perse, lequel fut tué par les Sarrasins, l’année Persienne [o ano que passa com você dormindo no escuro!] étoit de 365 jours, sans qu’on se souciât d’y admettre aucune intercalation; & il paroît que plus anciennement, après 120 années écoulées, le premier jour de l’an, qui avoit rétrogradé très-sensiblement, étoit remis au même lieu qu’auparavant, en ajoûtant un mois de plus à l’année, qui devenoit pour lors de 13 mois.”

será que o jabuti gosta da jabuticaba?

L’année Sabbatique, chez les anciens Juifs, se disoit de chaque 7e année. Durant cette année, les Juifs laissoient toûjours reposer leurs terres.”

Le jour de l’an, ou le jour auquel l’année commence, a toûjours été très-différent chez les différentes Nations. § Chez les Romains, le premier & le dernier jour de l’an étoient consacrés à Janus; & c’est par cette raison qu’on le représentoit avec deux visages.”

L’année civile ou légale, en Angleterre, commence le jour de l’Annonciation, c’est-à-dire le 25 Mars; quoique l’année chronologique commence le jour de la Circoncision, c’est-à- dire le premier jour de Janvier, ainsi que l’année des autres Nations de l’Europe. Guillaume le Conquérant ayant été couronné le premier de Janvier, donna occasion aux Anglois de commencer à compter l’année de ce jour – là pour l’histoire” “Dans la partie de l’année qui est entre ces 2 termes, on met ordinairement les deux dates à-la-fois, les deux derniers chiffres étant écrits l’un sur l’autre à la maniere des fractions; par exemple, 1724/5 est la date pour tout le tems entre le premier Janvier 1725 & le 25 Mars de la même année.Bizarro é pouco.

Les Chinois, & la plûpart des Indiens commencent leur année avec la 1e lune de Mars. Les Brachmanes avec la nouvelle lune d’Avril, auquel jour ils célebrent une fête appellée Samwat saradi pauduga, c’est-à-dire, la fête du nouvel an.” Eu sabia!

Preciso descobrir qual é o período de descanso do meu calendário.

Les Grecs commencent l’année le premier Septembre, & datent du commencement du monde.” Que moral!

ces années [da criação do mundo!], suivant Scaliger, sont au nombre de 5.676.”


Tradução de trechos de “PLATÓN. Obras Completas (trad. espanhola do grego por Patricio de Azcárate, 1875), Ed. Epicureum (digital)”.

Além da tradução ao Português, providenciei notas de rodapé, numeradas, onde achei que devia tentar esclarecer alguns pontos polêmicos ou obscuros demais quando se tratar de leitor não-familiarizado com a obra platônica. Quando a nota for de Azcárate, haverá um (*) antecedendo as aspas.

“Quanto às mulheres, declaramos que seria preciso pôr suas naturezas em harmonia com a dos homens, da qual não diferem, e dar a todas as mesmas ocupações que a eles se dá, inclusive as da guerra, e não só num caso ou noutro, mas em todas as circunstâncias da vida.”

“CRÍTIAS – Escuta, Sócrates, uma história bastante singular, mas inteiramente verdadeira, que no passado contava aquele que era o mais sábio dentre os Sete Sábios, Sólon em pessoa.”

(*) “Para informações biográficas de Sólon, Dropides e dos dois Crítias, cfr. as notas do diálogo Cármides. [a ser publicado no Seclusão]

“CRÍTIAS – (…) disse Elanciano Crítias [Crítias o velho]: <Aminandro, se Sólon, em lugar de compor versos por passatempo, se consagrara a sério à poesia, como muitos de seu tempo; se levara a cabo a obra que começara a escrever no Egito; se não tivera precisão de dedicar-se a combater as facções e os males de toda classe, que não cessavam de aparecer em torno seu; em minha opinião, nem Hesíodo nem Homero nem ninguém teriam tido chance de superá-lo enquanto poeta.> A conversa continuou:

– [Animandro] Que obra era essa que Sólon começara a compor no Egito?

– [Crítias velho] Tratava-se da história do acontecimento mais grandioso e de maior renome que se sucedera nesta cidade, cuja recordação, dado o transcurso do tempo e a morte de seus atores originais, não nos foi comunicado a nós.

– [Animandro] Ora, quero ouvir bem do começo tudo que Sólon relataria, do que se tratava esse grande evento, e quem o contou com aparência verídica pela primeira vez.

– [Crítias velho] Há no delta do Nilo, em cujo extremo este rio divide suas águas, um território chamado Saiticos, distrito cuja principal cidade é Saís, pátria do rei Amósis [ou Amásis]. Os habitantes honravam uma divindade como a fundadora desta cidade, chamada por eles de Neith, ninguém menos que nossa Atena, se havemos de crer em tal relato.(*)

(*) “Sobre a identidade de Neith de Saís com Atena ou Minerva, ver Heródoto, II, 28, 59, 170 e 176; Pausânias, II, 36; Cícero, Da natureza [ou genealogia] dos deuses, III, 23; e Plutarco, Sobre Ísis e Osíris, 9, 32 e 62.”

(*) “Níobe, filha de Foroneu,¹,² que deu a luz a um filho de Zeus, Argos, em honra do qual seria fundada a cidade homônima.³ [Fonte: Pseudo-Apolodoro]”

¹ Reza o mito que Níobe teria sido a(o) primeira(o) felizarda(o) mortal escolhida(o) por um deus olímpico para procriar.

² Foroneu é, por sua vez, neto de Oceano (titã) com Tétis.

³ Como se a mitografia já não fosse confusa o bastante, noutras fontes Argos (o rei) é ainda o quarto monarca da dinastia que fundou e governou Argos ou Argus (a cidade)!

“CRÍTIAS VELHO – [Sacerdote egípcio] <Sólon, Sólon! vós gregos sereis sempre umas crianças… na Grécia não há anciãos!>

– [Sólon] Que queres com isso dizer?

– [Sacerdote] Sois crianças na alma. Não possuís tradições remotas nem conhecimentos veneráveis por sua antiguidade. Eis o motivo. Mil vezes e de mil maneiras os homens se extinguiram, e ainda se extinguirão, o mais das vezes perecendo pelo fogo e pela água, mas outras tantas também por uma infinidade doutras causas.

“SACERDOTE – (…) no espaço que rodeia a terra e no céu realizam-se grandes revoluções. Os objetos que cobrem o globo desaparecem a cada grande intervalo de tempo num vasto incêndio. (…) O Nilo, nosso constante salvador, ao transbordar, salvara-nos de tal calamidade. E quando os deuses, purificando a terra por meio das águas, a submergem totalmente, os pastores no alto das montanhas e seus rebanhos se vêem salvos; mas os habitantes de vossas cidades litorâneas são arrastados ao mar pela corrente dos rios. Acontece que, no Egito, as águas nunca se precipitam do alto rumo às campinas; pelo contrário, manam das próprias entranhas da terra. É por isso que, diz-se, entre nós conservaram-se as mais antigas tradições, porque nós moramos num sítio privilegiado, em que um determinado número de homens sempre sobreviveu aos cíclicos desastres naturais. Decorre daí que, segundo nossa sabedoria muito mais longeva que a vossa, nada há que seja belo, grande e notável em qualquer matéria neste mundo que não tenha sido registrado por escrito por nossa civilização. No que se refere a vós gregos e tantos outros povos, apenas aprendestes a utilizar o alfabeto escrito e as coisas necessárias para o Estado, terríveis chuvas prorromperam sobre vós como raios, deixando remanescer somente alguns iletrados e gente estranha às Musas; desta feita, começais sempre de novo, sois verdadeiras crianças ignorantes dos sucessos antigos tanto deste país, o Egito, quanto do vosso próprio. Decerto essas genealogias, que acabas de expor, Sólon, parecem-se muito com contos de fadas; além de mencionares um só dilúvio, coisa inverossímil, posto que precedido por muitos outros, ignoras que a melhor e mais perfeita raça de homens existira em teu país, e que de um só germe desta raça que escapara à aniquilação total descende tua cidade. (…) uma mesma deusa protegera, instruíra e engrandecera a tua cidade e a nossa; a tua mil anos antes, formando-a de uma semente tomada da terra e de Hefesto. Nota que, segundo nossos livros sagrados, passaram-se 8 mil anos desde a fundação de nossa cidade. Vou dar-te, portanto, uma noção das instituições que tinham teus concidadãos de 9 mil anos atrás, sem olvidar de relatar-te os mais gloriosos de seus feitos.”

“Amiga da guerra e do conhecimento, a deusa devia escolher, para fundar um Estado, o país mais capaz de produzir homens que se parecessem com ela.”

“Nossos livros contam como Atenas destruiu um poderoso exército, que, partindo do Oceano Atlântico, invadira insolentemente a Europa e a Ásia. Naquela época era possível atravessar este oceano. Havia em suas águas uma ilha, situada em frente ao estreito, que em vossa língua chamais de <as colunas de Hércules>.¹ Esta ilha era maior que a Líbia e a Ásia juntas; os navegadores cruzavam dali às demais pequenas ilhas, e destas ao continente banhado pelo oceano digno de seu nome.²”

¹ O limite ocidental da Europa.

² “Atlântico” de Átlas, o Titã que suporta o globo celeste nas costas.

“este vasto poder, reunindo todas as suas forças, tentara um dia subjugar de uma só vez o teu e o nosso país, bem como todos os povos situados deste lado oriental do estreito.”

“Nos tempos que se sucederam a estes, grandes tremores de terra provocaram inundações; e em um só dia, digo, em uma só e fatal noite, a terra tragou todos os vossos guerreiros, e a ilha de Atlântida desapareceu entre as águas. Como resultado, não é possível, desde então, explorar este oceano, muito em decorrência do grande lodo deixado por esta imensa ilha no momento em que soçobrava até os confins das profundezas, que hoje serve de obstáculo insuperável para os navios.”

“esta imagem eterna, conquanto divisível, que chamamos de tempo. (…) o futuro e o passado são formas que em nossa ignorância aplicamos indevidamente ao Ser eterno. Dele nós dizemos: foi, é, será; quando só se pode dizer, verdadeiramente: ele é.”

a unidade perfeita do tempo, o ano perfeito, realiza-se quando as 8 revoluções de velocidades diferentes voltaram a seu ponto de partida”¹

¹ Segundo M. Martin, refere-se Platão ao “mínimo múltiplo comum” dos anos da Lua, de Mercúrio e dos outros planetas conhecidos então em seu percurso de translação ao redor do Sol, o que resultaria no ano perfeito ou grande ano para o observador terrestre, quando finalmente acontece de estarem todos os corpos celestes alinhados e tudo se reinicia do zero na grande corrida circular periódica e eterna da existência.

“…que o que fizer bom uso do tempo que lhe fôra dado para viver voltará ao astro que lhe é próprio, ali permanecerá e ali atravessará uma vida feliz; que o que delinqüir será transformado em mulher num segundo nascimento, e se ainda assim não cessar de ser mau encarnará outra vez no formato de seus vícios, como aquele animal a cujos costumes mais se tiver assemelhado na vida anterior; e, por fim, nem suas metamorfoses nem seus tormentos concluirão enquanto não se fizer digno de recobrar sua primeira e excelente condição, o que alcançará deixando-se governar pela revolução do mesmo e do semelhante e domando mediante a razão esta massa irracional, refrega tumultuosa das partes de fogo, água, ar e terra que vão se acrescentando ao longo do tempo a sua natureza.

Promulgadas estas leis, e com o objetivo de não responder, para o sucessivo, pela maldade destas almas,¹ Deus as semeou, estas na Terra, aquelas na Lua, e outras nos demais órgãos do tempo [planetas].”

¹ Este motivo reaparece no Fédon, quando Zeus resolve delegar o poder de julgar os mortos, no Submundo, a seus filhos. Aparentemente, a divindade se cansa de cuidar diretamente do problema de “avaliar o comportamento das almas pecadoras” em seus erros sem conta…

“O Ser, feito presa das águas por todos os lados, caminhava adiante, para trás, para a direita, para a esquerda, para cima, para baixo. A onda, que avançando e retrocedendo dava ao corpo seu alimento, estava já bastante agitada.”

“Os deuses encerraram os dois círculos divinos da alma num corpo esférico, que construíram à imagem da forma redonda do universo, que é aquilo que nós chamamos de cabeça, a parte mais divina de nosso corpo e a que manda em todas as demais.”

A observação do dia e da noite, as revoluções dos meses e dos anos, nos ensinaram o número, o tempo e o desejo de conhecer a natureza e o mundo. (…) Quanto aos demais benefícios, infinitamente menores, para quê celebrá-los? Só quem não é filósofo ou o cego de espírito que não sente aqueles primeiros benefícios poderiam se queixar, mas se queixariam em vão.”

“A harmonia, cujos movimentos são semelhantes aos de nossa alma, o tino dos que com inteligência cultivam o comércio das Musas — harmonia esta reduzida agora a servir, quão trágico!, a prazeres frívolos.”

MOIRA VENCIDA: “Superior à necessidade, a inteligência convencera a primeira de que devia dirigir a maior parte das coisas criadas ao bem; e, por haver-se deixado persuadir pelos conselhos da sabedoria, a necessidade deu azo a que se formara, no começo de tudo, o universo.”

“quanto ao fogo, p.ex., deixemos de dizer: isto é fogo; e da água não digamos: aquilo é água; mas sim: parece água. Procedamos da mesma forma com todas as coisas variáveis, às quais atribuímos erroneamente estabilidade sempre que, diante de seu aparecimento, as designamos por <isto> e <aquilo>.”

“Existe um número infinito de mundos ou somente um número limitado? Quem refletir atentamente compreenderá que não se pode sustentar a existência de um número infinito sem que isto denuncie o desconhecimento de coisas que pessoa alguma pode ignorar. Mas não há mais do que um mundo, ou é preciso admitir que haja cinco? É esta uma questão dificílima. A nós nos parece que a preferência por um mundo único é a mais correta; mas outros, encarando a questão sob outro ponto de vista, poderiam muito bem se opor.”

L’ENCYCLOPÉDIE – AM – compilado (1)

* AMANUS, s. m. (Myth.) Dieu des anciens Perses. C’étoit, à ce qu’on croit, ou le soleil ou le feu perpétuel qui en étoit une image. Tous les jours les Mages alloient dans son temple chanter leurs hymnes pendant une heure devant le feu sacré, tenant de la vervaine en main [planta medicinal], & la tête couronnée de tiares dont les bandelettes [bandagens] leur tomboient sur les joues.”

Não há fogo sagrado que não seja apagado por um temporal.

AMAUTAS, s. m. (Hist. mod.) Philosophes du Pérou sous le regne des Incas. On croit que ce fut l’Inca Roca qui fonda le premier des écoles à Cusco, afin que les Amautas y enseignassent les Sciences aux Princes & aux Gentils-hommes; car il croyoit que la science ne devoit être que pour la Noblesse. Le devoir des Amautas étoit d’apprendre à leurs disciples les cérémonies & les préceptes de leur religion; la raison, le fondement & l’explication des lois; la politique & l’Art Militaire; l’Histoire & la Chronologie; la Poësie même, la Philosophie, la Musique & l’Astrologie. Les Amautas composoient des comédies & des tragédies qu’ils représentoient devant leurs Rois & les Seigneurs de la Cour aux fêtes solemnelles. Les sujets de leurs tragédies étoient des actions militaires, les triomphes de leurs Rois ou d’autres hommes illustres. Dans les comédies ils parloient de l’agriculture, des affaires domestiques, & des divers évenemens de la vie humaine. On n’y remarquoit rien d’obscene ni de rampant; tout au contraire y étoit grave, sententieux, conforme aux bonnes moeurs & à la vertu. Les acteurs étoient des personnes qualifiées; & quand la piece étoit joüée, ils venoient reprendre leur place dans l’assemblée, chacun selon sa dignité. Ceux qui avoient le mieux réussi dans leur rôle recevoient pour prix des joyaux ou d’autres présens considérables. La poësie des Amautas étoit composée de grands & de petits vers où ils observoient la mesure des syllabes. On dit néanmoins qu’au tems de la conquête des Espagnols ils n’avoient pas encore l’usage de l’écriture, & qu’ils se servoient de signes ou d’instrumens sensibles pour exprimer ce qu’ils entendoient dans les Sciences qu’ils enseignoient. Garcilasso de la Vega, Hist. des Incas, liv. II. & IV.

AMAZONE, s. f. (Hist. anc.) femme courageuse & hardie, capable de grands exploits.

Amazone, dans un sens plus particulier, est le nom d’une nation ancienne de femmes guerrieres, qui, dit-on, fonderent un Empire dans l’Asie mineure, près du Thermodon, le long des côtes de la mer Noire.

Il n’y avoit point d’hommes parmi elles; pour la propagation de leur espece, elles alloient chercher des étrangers; elles tuoient tous les enfans mâles qui leur naissoient, & retranchoient aux filles la mammelle droite pour les rendre plus propres à tirer de l’arc. C’est de cette circonstance qu’elles furent appellées Amazones, mot composé d’<A> privatif, & de MAO, mammelle, comme qui diroit sans mammelle, ou privées d’une mammelle.

Não havia homens entre elas; para a propagação da espécie elas procuravam estrangeiros; elas matavam todas as crianças macho que lhes nasciam, e decepavam nas mulheres a mama direita para torná-las mais aptas no exercício do tiro de arco. Provém dessa circunstância o chamarem-nas Amazonas, palavra composta do ‘A’ privativo, e de MAO, mama, como que dizendo sem mamas, ou privadas de uma das mamas.

Les Auteurs ne sont pas tous d’accord qu’il y ait eu réellement une nation d’Amazones. Strabon, Paléphate, & plusieurs autres le nient formellement: mais Hérodote, Pausanias, Diodore de Sicile, Trogue Pompée, Justin, Pline, Pomponius Mela, Plutarque, & plusieurs autres, l’assurent positivement. Hippocrate dit qu’il y avoit une loi chez elles, qui condamnoit les filles à demeurer vierges, jusqu’à ce qu’elles eussent tué trois des ennemis de l’État. Il ajoûte que la raison pour laquelle elles amputoient la mammelle droite à leurs filles, c’étoit afin que le bras de ce côté-là profitât davantage, & devînt plus fort.

Quelques Auteurs disent qu’elles ne tuoient pas leurs enfans mâles; qu’elles ne faisoient que leur tordre les jambes, pour empêcher qu’ils ne prétendissent un jour se rendre les maîtres.

M. Petit Medecin de Paris, a publié en 1681, une dissertation latine, pour prouver qu’il y a eu réellement une nation d’Amazones; cette dissertation contient quantité de remarques curieuses & intéressantes sur leur maniere de s’habiller, leurs armes, & les villes qu’elles ont fondées. Dans les médailles le buste des Amazones est ordinairement armé d’une petite hache d’armes appellée bipennis, ou securis, qu’elles portoient sur l’épaule, avec un petit bouclier en croissant que les Latins appelloient pelta, à leur bras gauche: c’est ce qui a fait dire à Ovide, de Ponto.

Non tibi amazonia est pro me sumenda securis, Aut excisa levi pelta gerenda manu.

Des Géographes & voyageurs modernes prétendent qu’il y a encore dans quelques endroits des Amazones. Le P. Jean de Los Sanctos, Capucin Portugais, dans sa description de l’Éthiopie, dit qu’il y a en Afrique une République d’Amazones; & AEnéas Sylvius rapporte qu’on a vû subsister en Boheme pendant 9 ans, une République d’Amazones fondée par le courage d’une fille nommée Valasca [Popazuda].”

AMAZONES. riviere des Amazones; elle traverse toute l’Amérique méridionale d’occident en orient, & passe pour le plus grand fleuve du monde. On croît communément que le premier Européen qui l’a reconnu fut François d’Orellana, Espagnol; ce qui a fait nommer cette riviere par quelques-uns Orellana: mais avant lui, elle étoit connue sous le nom de Maranon (qu’on prononce Maragnon) nom qu’elle avoit reçû, à ce qu’on croit, d’un autre Capitaine Espagnol ainsi appellé. Orellana dans sa relation dit avoir vû en descendant cette riviere, quelques femmes armées dont un cacique Indien lui avoit dit de se défier: c’est ce qui l’a fait appeller riviere des Amazones.

La carte très-défectueuse du cours de la riviere des Amazones dressée par Sanson sur la relation purement historique d’un voyage de cette riviere que fit Texeira, accompagné du P. d’Acunha Jésuite, a été copiée par un grand nombre de Géographes, & on n’en a pas eû de meilleure jusqu’en 1717 qu’on en publia une du P. Fritz Jésuite, dans les lettres édifiantes & curieuses.

Enfin M. de la Condamine, de l’Académie Royale des Sciences, a parcouru toute cette riviere en 1743; & ce voyage long, pénible, & dangereux, nous a valu une nouvelle carte de cette riviere plus exacte que toutes celles qui avoient précédé. Le célebre Académicien que nous venons de nommer a publié une relation de ce voyage très-curieuse & très-bien écrite, qui a été aussi insérée dans le volume de l’Académie Royale des Sciences pour 1745. Nous y renvoyons nos Lecteurs, que nous exhortons fort à la lire. M. de la Condamine dit qu’il n’a point vû dans tout ce voyage d’Amazones, ni rien qui leur ressemble; il paroît même porté à croire qu’elles ne subsistent plus aujourd’hui; mais en rassemblant les témoignages, il croit assez probable qu’il y a eu en Amérique des Amazones, c’est-à-dire une société de femmes qui vivoient sans avoir de commerce [bom eufemismo!] habituel avec les hommes.”

AMAZONIUS, nom donné au mois de Décembre par les flateurs de l’Empereur Commode, en l’honneur d’une courtisanne qu’il aimoit éperdument, & qu’il avoit fait peindre en Amazone: ce Prince par la même raison prit aussi le surnom d’Amazonius.” Êta amor mais brega!

AMBA. Manga!

AMBAGES, s. m. (Belles-Lettres.) mot purement Latin adopté dans plusieurs langues, pour signifier un amas confus de paroles obscures & entortillées dont on a peine à démêler le sens; ou un long verbiage [verborragia], qui, loin d’éclaircir les choses dont il s’agit, ne sert qu’à les embrouiller. V. Circonlocution.

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* AMBAIBA [foto], arbre qui croît au Brésil; il est très-élevé; son écorce ressemble à celle du figuier; elle couvre une peau mince, épaisse, verte & gluante; son bois est blanc, comme celui du bouleau, mais plus doux & plus facile à rompre; son tronc est de grosseur ordinaire, mais creux depuis la racine jusqu’au sommet; sa feuille est portée sur un pédicule épais, long de deux ou trois piés, d’un rouge foncé en dehors, & spongieux au-dedans; elle est large, ronde, découpée en neuf ou dix lanieres, & chaque laniere a sa côte, d’où partent des nervures en grand-nombre; elle est verte en dessus, cendrés en dessous, & bordée d’une ligne grisârre; le haut du creux donne une espece de moelle que les Negres mettent sur leurs blessures; les fleurs sortent de la partie supérieure du tronc, & pendent à un pédicule fort court, au nombre de 4 ou 5; leur forme est cylindrique; elles ont 7 à 9 pouces de long, sur un pouce d’épaisseur; leur cavité est pleine de duvet; il y a aussi des amandes [amêndoas] qui sont bonnes à manger, quand les fleurs sont tombées; les habitans du Brésil font du feu avec sa racine seche sans caillou ni acier [sem aço nem pedra]; ils pratiquent un petit trou; ils sichent dans ce trou un morceau de bois dur & pointu qu’ils agitent avec beaucoup de vitesse; le bois percé est sous leurs piés, & le bois pointu est perpendiculaire entre leurs jambes: l’agitation suffit pour allumer l’écorce.

On attribue à sa racine, à son écorce, à sa moelle, à sa feuille, au suc de ses rejettons, une si grande quantité de propriétés, que les hommes ne devroient point mourir dans un pays où il y auroit une douzaine de plantes de cette espece, si on en savoit faire usage. Mais je ne doute point que ceux qui habitent ces contrées éloignées ne portent le même jugement de nos plantes & de nous, quand ils lisent les vertus merveilleuses que nous leur attribuons [muito bem-percebido].

AMBASSADE. (…) L’histoire nous parle aussi d’ambassadrices; Mme la Maréchale de Guebriant a été, comme dit Wicquefort, la premiere femme, & peut-être la seule, qui ait été envoyée par aucune Cour de l’Europe en qualité d’ambassadrice. Matth. liv. IV. Vie d’Henri IV. dit que le Roi de Perse envoya une Dame de sa Cour en ambassade vers le Grand Seigneur pendant les troubles de l’Empire.”

AMBASSADEUR. (…) Ils croient donc que chez les Barbares qui inonderent l’Europe, ambascia signifioit le discours d’un homme qui s’humilie ou s’abaisse devant un autre, & qu’il vient de la même racine qu’abaisser, c’est-à-dire de an ou am & de bas.


Les ambassadeurs ordinaires sont d’institution moderne; ils étoient inconnus il y a 200 ans: avant ce tems-là tous les ambassadeurs étoient extraordinaires, & se retiroient sitôt qu’ils avoient achevé l’affaire qu’ils avoient à négocier. (…) A la vérité il n’y a nulle différence essentielle entre ambassadeur ordinaire & ambassadeur extraordinaire [ambos são perfeitamente inúteis]”


Le nom d’ambassadeur, dit Ciceron, est sacré & inviolable: non modo inter sociorum jura, sed etiam inter hostium tela incolume versatur. In Verr. Orat. VI. Nous lisons que David fit la guerre aux Ammonites pour venger l’injure faite à ses ambassadeurs, liv. II. Rois, 10. Alexandre fit passer au fil de l’épée les habitans de Tyr, pour avoir insulté ses ambassadeurs. La jeunesse de Rome ayant outragé les ambassadeurs de Vallonne [?], sut [fut?] livrée entre leurs mains pour les en punir à discrétion.


Dans toutes les autres Cours de l’Europe l’ambassadeur de France a le pas sur celui d’Espagne, comme cette Couronne le reconnut publiquement au mois de Mai 1662, dans l’audience que le Roi Louis XIV donna à l’ambassadeur d’Espagne, qui, en présence de 27 autres tant ambassadeurs que, envoyés des Princes, protesta que le Roi son maître ne disputeroit jamais le pas à la France. Ce fut en réparation de l’insulte faite à Londres l’année précédente par le Baron de Batteville, ambassadeur d’Espagne, au Comte d’Estrades, ambassadeur de France: on frappa à cette occasion une médaille.”

AMBIDEXTRE. “Hippocrate dans ses Aphorismes prétend qu’il n’y a point de femme ambidextre: plusieurs Modernes cependant soûtiennent le contraire, & citent des exemples en faveur de leur sentiment: mais s’il y a des femmes ambidextres, il faut avoüer du moins qu’il y en a beaucoup moins que d’hommes.”

AMBLYOPIE, s. f. est une offuscation ou un obscurcissement de la vûe, qui empêche de distinguer clairement l’objet, à quelque distance qu’il soit placé. Cette incommodité vient d’une obstruction imparfaite des nerfs optiques, d’une suffusion légere, du défaut ou de l’épaisseur des esprits, &c. Quelques-uns comptent 4 espèces d’amblyopies; savoir, la myopie, la presbytie, la nyctalopie, & l’amaurosis. Voyez chacune à son article. Blanchard. (N)

AMBRE-GRIS. “autrefois l’ambre étoit à la mode en France: combien ne voit-on pas encore de coupes, de vases & d’autres ouvrages faits de cette matiere avec un travail infini? mais les métaux précieux, les pierres fines & les pierreries l’ont emporté sur l’ambre-jaune dès qu’ils ont été assez communs pour fournir à notre luxe.”

AMBROSIA, nom que les Grecs donnoient à une fête que l’on célebroit à Rome le 24 Novembre en l’honneur de Bacchus. Romulus l’avoit instituée, & les Romains l’appelloient brumalia.”

AMBROSIE, s. f. dans la Théologie des payens, étoit le mets dont ils supposoient que leurs dieux se nourrissoient. Voyez Dieu & Autel. Ce mot est composé d’A’ privatif & de BROTO\, mortel; ou parce que l’ambrosie rendoit immortels ceux qui en mangeoient, ou parce qu’elle étoit mangée par des immortels.”