|Juan José Aranda
Letter from Juan José Aranda, a priest, to José Pardo, a surgeon.
The author gives José Pardo instructions to discreetly take Manuela Palomino to Paredes (Cuenca), so that nobody can know her whereabouts. He also asks him to ensure that his cousin sends him, to the prison, the keys of his house. Moreover, he commits himself to ensure that the addressee will receive the quantity of chickpeas and gunpowder he has promised him.
The defendant of this process was Juan José Aranda, the priest of Mazarulleque (Cuenca). In 1757, he was accused of heretical propositions and heretical actions by the Inquisition of Cuenca, because he claimed that the constant molestation to which he subjected Isabel Villar Abarca, his maid, was not a sin. Juan José Aranda had also maintained illicit relationships with other maids, as Ana María Gayán and Manuela Palomino. Actually, it had been the pregnancy of Manuela Palomino that had triggered the whole process, because the priest was suspected to be responsible for that. The inquisitors then ordered the imprisonment of Juan José Aranda and the seizure of his properties. All the letters he had in his house were confiscated and joined to the proceedings as a proof. Eventually, the defendant was forced to abjure de levi, and he was sentenced to two years of confinement in a convent and to three years of banishment, at a minimum distance of eight leagues from Chinchilla (Albacete), Mazarulleque (Cuenca), and Madrid.
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