But it did not stop the heinous acts he's committing.
C. 2 (a temporary act) took away " clergy," in certain heinous crimes, from all persons not in " holy " orders.
This last enormous privilege, which became one of the main and most efficient instruments of the subjection of Europe to clerical tyranny, extended to matters both civil and criminal; though, as Bingham shows, it did not (always and everywhere) prevail in cases of heinous crime (Origines Eccles.
Great efforts were made to obtain mercy for the accused, but the crime was considered too heinous, and the pope (Clement VIII.) refused to grant a pardon; on the i ith of September 1599, Beatrice and Lucrezia were beheaded, and Giacomo, after having been tortured with redhot pincers, was killed with a mace, drawn and quartered.
Yet even in the enlightened 18th century popular fanaticism made of sacrilege the most heinous offence.