Candidate for the priesthood still had to show purity of blood going back four generations.
Limpieza de sangre entry requirements for the Spanish Army and Navy were abolished in 1865, In November the same year, a decree allowed children for whom ancestry could not be verified, to enter religious establishments of higher education.
If the investigation had to be carried out of Cordoba, a person, not necessarily a member of the council, would be appointed to examine the witnesses appointed by the candidate. rules were set out and enforced by priests and bishops, monks and abbots.
His hand was chopped off and nailed to the church door*. When the priest gave communion he would throw the blessed host to them as though they were dogs.
Some kinder priests used a long wooden spoon, still avoiding the touch of the outcasts.
In Majorca for example, xuetas, people descended from conversos and who would have failed the blood purity tests were still considered second class.
No xueta priest was allowed to say Mass in a cathedral until the 1960s. They lived ordinary lives as far as they were allowed to and spoke the local language of where they lived.
Believing that they had replaced the Jews as God's chosen people, Christians deduced that they were free to persecute and extirpate non-Christian peoples, and even that they were under a moral obligation to do so.
When the Jews and Moors were expelled from Spain towards the end of the fifteenth century, racial legislation was passed to "purify" the blood of the upper classes.
In medieval times Cagots are recorded by different names such as Gahets, and Gafets in Gascony; Agotes, Agotac, and Gafos in the Basque country; Capots in Anjou and Languedoc; and Cacons, Cahets, Caqueux, and Caquins in Brittany. Surviving Cagots are ashamed of their untouchable past.
These Cagots were a race of pariahs, 'pestiferous people', repressed for a thousand years as untouchables. The French are ashamed of what they and their Church did.
‘Cagot ear’ is a medical term used today for ears without earlobes.