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Q. 1. What can you tell me about the "Free Spirit" heresy?

A. 1. The "Free Spirit" heretics were small groups that lived during the 14th and 15th centuries, mostly in the low countries such as Germany, France, northern Italy and Bohemia which is now known as the Czech Republic.

This particular group mixed mystical beliefs with Christianity. The who joined the "Free Spirit" cult, they believed that it was possible to reach perfection on earth through a life of austerity and spiritualism. They also believed that they could talk direct to God and did not need the Catholic church for intercession.

The "Free Spirit" belief was condemned in 1308 by Pope Clement V who summoned a general council, which met at Vienne from October 1311 A.D. to May 1312 A.D. It was condemned again at the Council of Basel in 1431 A.D.

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