The Guía espiritual (The Spiritual Guide) was denounced by Cardinal D’Estrées, Ambassador to Rome of the King of France Louis XIV and former personal friend of Miguel de Molinos. After the denunciation Molinos was imprisoned along with some of his disciples on July 18, 1685, prosecuted “for immorality and heterodoxy” and sentenced in 1687 to life imprisonment, always dressed in a penitential habit, he had to recite the Creed and a third of the Rosario, and confess four times a year.
Molinos abjured his doctrine in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva on September 13, 1687.
The Guía espiritual was translated into Latin, French, Dutch, Italian, German and English; in fifteen years there were twenty editions in different languages. Quietism had repercussions especially in Italy, where cardinals like Casanata, Carpegna, Azzolini and D’Estrées himself became friends with Molinos, and others like Coloredi, Cíceri and Petrucci, bishop of Jesi, assumed their ideas; even Pope Innocent XI himself thought of naming him a cardinal. In France, Father François Lacombe, Madame Jeanne Guyon and Fénelon, who supported his doctrines on divine love, spread quietism.
(Description has been translated into English, Book edition is in Spanish)