That's actually OLD news (about 400 years old, in fact) -- putting it in the archives is new, but the document has been available to researchers for
Secondly, before drawing conclusions, you need to know about torture and the practices of that time.
Torture replaced modern investigation. When a court official or religious official investigated a murder or other crime (including religious crime
like blasphemy), he rounded up all the people in the neighborhood and questioned them. Members of the household could be whipped or punished while
they were being questioned (even if they were innocent themselves) and serfs or peasants or servants were usually tortured as they were questioned.
And yes, this included children.
So the inquisitor went in "knowing that there was a crime" like "devil worship" and had his squad round up people and take them to a place of
torture and start asking questions like "did you ever see the Master with a devil near him?" If you say "no", the torture starts. If you say
"yes," they ask questions till you're done. You are given a penance to do and sent away.
If you are one of the accused, they torture you until you tell them how many devils you danced with, what their names were, how many people and
animals you had sex with, who the devil made you kill, how many people you tormented with bad luck, how many times you spat or stomped on the cross,
etc. If you (as some did) maintained your innocence to the end, they draw you and leave you alive and then burn you alive and do not absolve you of
your sins, so you go straight to hell.
Slaves and servants were deemed to be so morally corrupt that you couldn't trust their word unless you tortured them first.
If you confess and pray for mercy, they give you absolution and very kindly strangle you to death before they carry out the rest of the punishment
(drawing and quartering and burning).
Wikipedia gives a quick overview:
So, yes, that was the list of things they got a confession to after torturing many hundreds of people. Note that de Molay and some of the knights
went through the torture and burning alive and did not admit to any of the charges.
(a list of some of the medieval torture devices... not for the faint of heart: www.medievality.com...
So the Vatican has simply released the original documents. You can find references to it everywhere -- its contents have been known for a very long