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Actes and Monuments Of the Churche.
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Nother doo I thinke that priestes whiche will truelye, followeth the rule of God, wrytten in the Bible, ought to be so charged or encōbred with saying of them, that they should there by be hindred frō study of that, which to know belongeth principally both to their owne soules saluation, and also to the discharge of their duty, that god most highly of priests doth require I meane the study of his Euangely, where by they them selues should be spirituallye nourished, and there after feede Christes flocke, the congregation of his people. Accordinge to the saying of our sauior in Ihon, I quod he, am þe dore, whosoeuer shal come in by me, shal both come in, and go out, and finde good foder or feding: That is to say, whosoeuer shall enter to be a pastor and minister in priestes Church or congregation, by christ shal both enter into cōtēplation of Gods glory, declared aboundātly in scripture, and after go forth and shewe that same abrode to other for their wealth and edifiynge. To this accordeth that is wrytten in Luke, wheras oure sauior speaketh to all hys church, signified in the parson of Peter, Peter quod he, I haued praied that thy faith shuld not faile, & thou conuerted go then aboute to confirm thy brethren. So þt he would haue Peter stablished first in faith of his sure doctrin, and then to go forth as he did to teache other to be grounded in like wise. And thus oughte all priestes to be called Presbitery, which will be ministers in the church, for so biddeth s. Peter in his first Pistle in þe last chapter, saying thus I beseche the priestes quod he that are among you I my self being a priest and a wytnes bearer of Christes afflictions, & also a partaker of the glory which shalbe reuelate, se þt you wyth al diligence do fede the slock of Christ, taking cure of the same, not as enforced there to, but willingly not desiring filthy luker, but with a louinge minde, neither as men occupying dominion ouer the Children or enheritoures of God, but so that you be paternes or ensample geuers to the flocke. Se howe he requireth of priestes, that they should spende all their dilygence to fede Christes flock, and to shew good ensample of liuing, making no mention of lōg mattens saying, which then were not mentioned of. According to this is wrytten in your decrees after this form: MarginaliaIgnorance mother of errore.Ignoraunce, saith the law (marke it wel I beseche you al), is the mother of al errors, which ought to be eschued in especiall of priestes, that among the people of God, haue taken vpon them the office of preaching, priestes are commaunded to reade holy scriptures, as saith Paule the Apostle to Timothe geue hede to reading, exhortation, and teaching, and continue alwaies in these. Let priestes therfore know holy scripture, and the canons, and let all their labor be in preaching and teaching, aud let them edify all men bothein knowledge of faith, and in disciplin of good workes. These be the wordes of a lawe in the decrees disti. xxxviii. MarginaliaDist. 38. where you see howe the law lamenteth ignoraunce in al parsons. For it is the originall of all errors, God sende vs therfore the knowledge of his true Gospell. it biddeth theifore that ignoraunce shoulde be vtterlye eschued. And principallye of Priestes whose laboure and diligence he woulde haue bestowed all in reading of scripture and preachinge the same, bringing in for the same purpose the saying of the Apostle, whiche willeth in like manner.

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Moreouer, it requireth that priestes shoulde know the Canon law. Finally that they shuld geue all their study to edify other in faith and vertuous liuing. Wherof I doo gather bothe by the sayinge of the Prophet that willeth vs to be studious in the law of God day & night, by the saying of the Apostle, which wold haue Timothe to be occupied euer in readinge and teaching, and by the report of your own law, which saith likewise that a priest ought to bestow al his labor in reading and preching. So that a priest set thus truelye to studye, that he may stablish him selfe in the faithe of Christes doctrine, intending after to healpe other wyth true preaching of the same, or doing other like dedes of charitye assigned in the lawe of God, shal not offend deadly, if so spending his time he omitteth to say Mattens, which is an ordynaunce of men. MarginaliaNecligence of bishopes in makinge priests.Neuertheles concerninge the houge multitude of such as be now made prestes by negligente admission of Bishops, and their owne presumption, that laboureth to be made priestes, or they be anye clarkes, and or euer they knowe what is the verye offyce of a priest, doo not feare to take vpon them, if they maye attaine therto, to be a curate, they recke not of how many so they maye get a good lūpe of monye, neuer minding after that the studye of scripture, after they are come to Dominus vobiscum, for such I doo thinke long mattens to be neadeful for to restrain them from other enormities that they should els runne in. Of which you maye be weary to see thexperience daily therof arising, ye and if such woulde be content to admit it, I wold euery one Mattēs were as long to them as fiue, except thei could bestow their time better.

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MarginaliaAunswere to the. 26. article.In the xxvi. where you doo aske whether I beleue that the heades or rulers by necessitye of saluation are bounde to geue vnto the people holye scripture in their mother language? MarginaliaScripture in þe vulgar togne.I say that I thinke they are bound to cause the people may truely knowe holye scripture, and I do not know, how that may be done so wel, as by geuing it to them truely translate, in the mother tonge, that they may haue it by them at all times to passe the time godly, when so euer they haue leisure therto, like as they haue

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