Kp 33 pope innocent viii: summis desiderantes affectibus (1484) *innocent viii became pope in august 1484. *basically this document was an official document stating that the pope has political power over all regions, and all heretical acts must be recognized and punished. Innocent viii was moved by complaints of kramer & sprenger that local ecclesiastical authorities in germany refused to aid them in their pursuit of heretical witchcraft. Purpose was to remove judicial obstacles preventing kramer & sprenger from carrying out their witch hunt. Traditionally considered the beginning of the witch persecutions. Drawbacks: likeness to other papal documents, particular emphasis upon preaching, lack of dogmatic pronouncement on the subject of witchcraft. Catholic faith grow and flourish as much as possible. All heretical pravity be put far from the territories of the faithful. attempting to prevent the taint of heretical pravity and of other like evils from spreading their infection to the ruin of others who are innocent.