All eyes were now bent on the Lateran Council which was to decide the fate of the land.
The Lateran Council in 1215 defined heresy and formulated complete regulations for its suppression.
In the fourth Lateran Council of 1215 Innocent found his opportunity to rekindle the flickering fires.
It was in vain that the Lateran Council had prohibited the formation of new and unauthorized Orders.
It was by the fourth Lateran Council that the necessity of auricular confession was first formally established.
The prohibition of unauthorized religious orders by the Lateran Council was found impossible of enforcement.
He submitted the matter for final decision to a court of inquiry, formed of members of the Lateran Council, then in session.
In 1139 a Lateran Council actually forbade their use against Christians.
This was first enforced by the fourth Lateran Council of 1215.
Very little is known of them, except that the last named attended the Lateran Council in 1179 and 1180.