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MarginaliaSacramēt of body and bloudeof the Lordehaue aunswered one whit thervnto, I knowing so much at þe first, as I now do, til you had brought forth some þt would haue accused me to haue trespassed in the same. Whiche I am certen you can not do, bringing any that is honest & credible. ¶ As concerning thother vi. sacramēts I make you the same answer that I haue done vnto þe sacrament of the altare and none other. That is, I wil say nothing vntill some men appeare to accuse me in þe same, onles I knowe a more reasonable cause than I haue yet hard, why I so ought to doo. But as touching the form & fashion, I shal answer willingly so farforth as my rudenes will serue, MarginaliaAunswere to the. 7. article.I hold well þt such as be duely elect ministers in þe church ought to baptise, except necessity requireth otherwise, & that the form vsed in the church is in mine opinion not vncōmendable. MarginaliaBaptisme to be in vulgare tongueNeuertheles it should edefy muche more if it were vttred in the vulgare language, & cause þe people in þe baptisme of children more effectuously to thāke God of his institution & high benefite therby represented. In like condition do I also deme of ministration in al thother, þt it shuld be expediēt to haue thē ministred openly in þe vulgare lāguage for the edifyislg of the people. MarginaliaAunswere to the 8. article.As cōcerning the forme vsed in matrimony I like it right wel, & thinke it cōmendable, sauing in al countries lightly Iudas hath set in his fote ouer far, & taketh in hand to sell his master accōpanied wt Simon Magus, saying, what will you geue me if I deliuer vnto you Christ 

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Matthew 26: 15. On Simon Magus, see Acts 8: 9-24.

. This is the saying of al them that require without any lawful autority in some place a xii. pence, in some vi. pence, in some more, in some lesse, but in euery place lightly some mony when a couple shuld be married, & this they cal þe churches righte. Moreouer that they wil not suffer marriage to be solemnised at al times of þe yere, MarginaliaMatrimony fre for al times.I think it stādeth not wt christes rule, but rather is again þe same, and þt they wil not suffer þe banes vpon al holy dais to be proclaimed, onles a dispēsation for mony be purchased therfore. Al this God forbiddeth. Finally like as no mony ought to be geuē for this: no more shuld any be taken for any other. But the contrary is sene, which is great pity, ye euen at the receit of the sacrament of the altar, priestes euery where vseth to claim somwhat, and in some part of the west coūtry no lesse then ii. pence of euery polle.

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MarginaliaAnswer to the ix. article.As touching priesthode, in þe primitiue churche when vertue bare (as auncient doctors do deame & scripture in mine opinion recordeth þe same) moost rome. There were no more offycers in the church of God, then bishops & deacons þt is to saye, ministers as witnesseth, beside scripture, ful apertly Ierome in his cōmentaries vpon the Epistles of Paule, wheras he saith, þt those whō we cal priestes wer al one & none other but bishops: & the bishops none o-ther but priestes, MarginaliaThe order and state of priests.men aūcient both in age and learning, so neare as could be chosen. Nother were they institute & chosen as they be now a daies wt smal regard of a bishop or his offycer only, opposing thē if they can cōstrue a collect MarginaliaElection of ministers in the old time not without the assent of the people.but they were chosen not only of þe bishop, but also wt the consent of þe people, among whome they shuld haue their liuing as sheweth s. Cyprian. And þe people as he saith, ought to haue power to chuse priests, þt be mē of good lernīg of good & honest reporte. But a lacke for pity such electiōs are now banished & new fashiōs brought in. Which if we shuld cōfer with the forme of the election shewed of Christe by hys apostle Paul, we shuld finde no smal diuersity but al turned vp set downe. To cōclude I say, þt thorder or state of priests & deacons was ordained by God, MarginaliaSubdeacōs exorcistes benet and collect.but subdeacons & coniurers otherwise called exorcistes & accolitæ þt we cal Benet & Collet wer institute by inuention of men. And this you may finde in þe law dist. 21. MarginaliaDist. 21 & other places wher is wrytten Subdiaconatus tempore apostolorum non fuit sacer.

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MarginaliaAunswere to the. x. article.As touching eare cōfession, I say, þt the vsed or cōmon fashion was neuer ordained by christes law that is wrytten in þe bible. MarginaliaConfession auriculer.Nother cā you proue it by any autoritye of the same that we ought to confesse al our offēses particulerly, with þe circumstance of al & of euery such to any man. Againe for the maintenance of thys which I haue said, you shall know þt Chrysostom standeth stifly wt me, in his commētaries vpon the Epistle ad Hebræ. In an homily also þt he maketh vpon Miserere. And moreouer in a sermon þt he maketh de penitentia, beside many other treatises, wherin he continueth euer one, testifying in sēblable wise. In like māner doth one of your principall doctors wrytinge vpon your canon law: named MarginaliaPanormitanus Abbas.Panormitanus testifie, that it is made by the law of man, and not of God in cap. Omnis vtriusq; sexus In þe boke also called historia tripartita you shal find how it was first institute) as I remēber, & after vndone again, MarginaliaAn huge crime committed by a minister thorow confession.because of an houge vilany committed with a woman by a minister of þe church thorow cōfession. Also it is mentioned in thend of þe first dist. de penitentia, MarginaliaDist 1. depenitentia.howe the Greke churche whome I thincke you doo not note to be heretickes, will not yet hetherto alowe it. There also are manye reasons brought forth, bothe to proue that confession made to a priest should be necessary: and also that cōfession made vnto God should suffyce, conclusion is made in this wise: Quibus antoritatib9 &c. I coulde brynge forth other that be yet liuinge men of surmountinge and excellent litterature whiche exactely by many and mightye, bothe authorities and reasons doo shewe and confyrme thys my sayinge to bee iuste, but I keepe silence and will not name them, least I should bring them in hatred.

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