Talk:Peter of Verona
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This article had some blatantly anti-catholic bias, particularly regarding the treatment of Catharism, Dualism, Heresy, Heretics and the authority of the church. An example is the use of the phrase "...Peter ... fought [what the church deemed to be] heretics..." Heretics by definition those who knowingly and willingly promote heresy, which is a teaching that actively rejects and seeks to replace the authoritative teaching of the Church. This context in particular leaves no room for interpretation, as at the time of St Peter Martyr's life the definition of heresy and heretics was utterly undisputed. Thus, any attempts to rehabilitate heretics by undermining the definition can only be motivated by a political or theological agenda.
Nuremberg Chronicle biography for Peter of Verona
Folio CCXIII 213 of Nuremberg Chronicle
FOLIO CCXIII recto Peter, a new martyr, a native of Verona, of the Preaching Order, and a sturdy defender of the true faith, resembled a rose sprung from thorns; for his parents were heretics attached to the Manichean fallacy. While still a youth he left the world and his parents, entered the Preaching Order, and there led a commendable life for 30 years as a zealous devotee and exceptional and earnest defender of the faith. And when, in the Year of the Lord 1252 on the day before the Kalends of May, pursuant to papal command, he was about to leave the city of Como (where he was a prior of the brothers of the Preaching Order) to search out heretics in Milan, and with his fellow-wayfarers was on his way from Lake Como to Milan, he was seized by Arian heretics near the city of Barlassina[Barlassina is Barzano, a municipality in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 19 miles (30 km) northeast of Milan and about 9 miles (14 km) southwest of Lecco.], stabbed in the side with a knife, and martyred. During his lifetime this defender of the faith warded off all pernicious, heretical fallacies; and after his death, by way of merited reward and through his illustrious miracles, he uprooted these heresies to such an extent that many persons entered the fold of the church. Because of his piety and manifold miracles Pope Innocent enrolled him in the number of the martyred saints.
Peter Martyr, next to Dominic, is the glory of the Dominican Order. He was born in Verona in 1205. His parents belonged to the heretical sect of the Cathars, prevalent at the time in the North of Italy. Peter, however, was sent to a Catholic school where he learned the creed according to the Catholic form. Dominic, finding him an apt disciple, prevailed on him to take the Dominican habit at fifteen. He became an influential preacher, remarkable for the intolerant zeal and unrelenting cruelty with which he pursued heretics. For these services, he was appointed inquisitor-general by Pope Honorius III. At length, two Venetian noblemen whom he had delivered up to the secular authorities, and who had suffered imprisonment and confiscation of property, hired assassins to waylay him on his return from Como to Milan. One of them struck him down by the blow of an ax; and they pursued and stabbed his companion. They finally dispatched Peter with a sword. He was canonized by Innocent IV in 1253.
The Chronicle also has an illustration.