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K. Henr. 8. Bishop Longlandes sermon before the king agaynst the Pope.

the third property of a good Bishop, MarginaliaThe third office of a Bishop is to minister and not to sacryfice or offer. to offer sacrifice for his people. Euery Bishop, euery Bishoppe for his Diocesanes and for the whole vniuersall Church. In these three we ought as much as we may to folow Christ.

Thus this Christ was and is Pontifex fidelis, a faythfull Byshop. Faythfull, faythfull, in his word, true in his promise, deceyuing no man, but profiting all. in al that he did or spake, he sought nothing his own glory, but the glory of God: teaching therby all Byshops of the world in all that go about, to doe it to the laude, prayse and glory of God. And herein we ought also to followe hym.

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MarginaliaMagnus.Magnus Pontifex. He is the great Bishop, the high Byshoppe the supreme Byshop, the vniuersall Bishop ouer all the world. No great bishop but he. MarginaliaNo great Byshop but only Christ. None high, none supreme nor vniuersall Byshop, but he.

And herein the byshop of Rome outragiously vsurpeth vpon God, as he doth vpon the world, to take the honor and names (onely to God appropriate) to himselfe, MarginaliaThe Pope blasphemeth God.and doth greuously blaspheme and offend God therein. MarginaliaWhat is blasphemie.Greater blasphemy can not be, then to ascribe to God, that that no wayes belongeth vnto him, or to take frō God, that that is vnto him appropriate. It is meete therefore he do betimes and in season, leaue his vniust encrochmentes both agaynst his Lord God, and also agaynst the world, least he do prouoke God to poure out all his vialles of wrath vpon him: the Væes, I meane, the maledictions and vengeaunce that Iohn speaketh of in the Apocalips. MarginaliaApoc. 9. I woulde aduise hym to cease the iniuries which he hath & dayly doth agaynst the Christ our great high vniuersall Byshop, least thou excommunicate and strike him, least thou shew thy wrath and iudgement agaynst him and vtterly extinct his pride and ambitious pretensed authority. For thou wilt be knowne, thou wilt be knowne to be God. And thou art and wilt be our great vniuersall and supreme Byshop, what so euer the bishop of Rome shall attempt to the contrary: and thou wilt punishe his worldly arrogancy, and strike when thou seest thy time. And though it be long ere thou strike, yet let him beware, for strike thou wilt if thou be vtterly prouoked: MarginaliaThe stroke of God is slow but sore.And when thou doest strike, thy stroke is great, thy stroke is dreadfull and sore. It vanquisheth the body, it slayeth the soule, it damneth both. Beware therfore thou Bishop of Rome, and be cōtent with thine owne dioces, with thine owne charge, as other Byshops are with theyrs: MarginaliaThe Popes power stretcheth no farther then his owne dioces.For further then thine owne dioces, thy iurisdiction doth not stretch.

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A maruellous blindness in thee therefore, to take vpon thee to aunswere for all the world, and art not able to aunswere our great Bishop Christ, for thy selfe at the dreadfull day of iudgemēt, when he shall aske but these few questions of thee Quomodo intrasti? Quomodo rexisti? Quomodo vixisti? Quomodo pauisti? Quæ & qualia exempla dedisti? Quid ad meam gloriam fecisti? & huiusmodi. MarginaliaQuestions to be asked of the Pope in the last iudgemente.How diddest thou enter into the Bishopricke? by me or by the world? vnlawfully, or lawfully? by Symony,or freely? by labour, by paction, or called God? Howe diddest thou rule thy cure thy dioces? Diddest thou pray for thy people? Diddest thou preach me to thy diocesans? diddest thou geue them ghostly and bodely soode? diddest thou minister spirituall and ghostly salues MarginaliaNay rather Ghostly doctrine, you should say. (the Sacramentes I meane) to heale the sores of theyr soules? How didst thou liue? Didst thou cast away the care, the glory & pōpe of the world? Didst thou folow me in humility, in charity in cōpassion, in pouerty, in cleanes, & in chast liuing?

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MarginaliaThe Pope maketh all thinges a money matter.How diddest thou gouerne thy diocesans? Diddest not thou make of all things that thou diddest meddle with a money matter in selling that which was not in thee to sel nor geue, which thou calledst thy pardons, thy commissions, thy breeues, thy delegacies reseruations, exemptions, appellations, bulles, and dispēsations? Diddest not thou vnder these pretenses and like other doings, deceiue the world? What answere shalt thou make to this at that day, to our and thy great Byshop Christ, when he shall visite thee and all thy dioces, me and all my dioces, yea when he shall visite all the world? What aunswere shalt thou then make? I think verely thou shalt then haue enough to do, yea and more thē thou canst winde thy selfe out of, to make aunswere for thy selfe, for thine owne dioces, and for thine owne diocesans, though thou vsurpe not vpon other mens as thou doest. The Apostle writeth of Christ humbly, & calleth him, Magnum pontificem, the great bishop. And he of Rome is not with this word contented, but wil haue a higher word for him selfe, in the superlatiue degree, MarginaliaPontif. Maximus. Maximum: pontificem Magnum. The great Bishop. Oh, where is the humblenesse and meekenesse that should be in him? Alas, he that taketh on him to teach all the world, how can he for shame suffer such blasphemous words to passe in his name, to his great shame and rebuke: to the great daunger of his soule: and to the perilous ensample vnto other? MarginaliaThe Popes pride will haue a fall.Oh, fie vpon pride. It is a common prouerb pride will haue a fall.

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Our bishop Christ was Humilis, MarginaliaHumilis. meeke, lowly, & humble in hart. He rode not vpon any palfray nor couragious horse, but vp on an Asse and that but once. He neuer was borne pompously abroad in a chayre, vppō mens shoulders. He neuer profered hys foote to any body to kisse. MarginaliaIohn. 13.We read that he washed the feete of his Disciples and wyped thē. We read that Mary Magdalene pro-fered to haue kissed his feete, but he did prohibite her, saying: Noli me tangere: Touch me not. He would not suffer the woman thē to touch him. He neuer had garde to defend him. He neuer followed the pōpe of the world. He disdained not to go vpon the groūd with his bare feet. What shall I say? MarginaliaMath. 20.He gaue ensamples enough to the Bishop of Rome, to me and all Bishops, to be meeke and humble: MarginaliaThe humility of Christ. he to know himselfe, and we our selues, as if he and we diligently looke in scripture, we shall finde. And herein, in meeknes we are bound to folow him.

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MarginaliaCompatiens.Compatiens infirmitatibus This Byshop Christ, had compassion of our infirmities of our fraylties. It is impossible for a man to know the afflictions of the miserable person, that neuer suffered him selfe affliction, that neuer had experience of paynes, that neuer felt what payne ment. But this byshop Christ had experiēce of our nature: how weake, how feeble the nature of man is: howe weake of himselfe to doe any good worke without the helpe of God: how feeble to resiste temptations. Hee suffered and felte the infirmities and paynes of this naturall body. MarginaliaChrist full of compassion.He hath therefore compassion vpon man, when he doth see him fall. He sorroweth his ruine, teaching Bishops in especial afore all other, to haue cōpassion and pity vpon the sinner, to helpe him spiritually, to cōfort him ghostly, to helpe him to arise from sinne, to allure him to penance, to draw him to vertue, to make him know God, to feare his iustice, to loue his lawes, and thus to seeke all the wayes he and we can: MarginaliaHeb. 5.to saue the sinners soule for whom he shall make aunswere to God for his owne diocesans: soule for soule, bloud for bloud, payne for payne, hell for hell, damnation for damnation. For which soule, our great Bishop Christ (as the Apostle doth witnesse MarginaliaLuke. 23.) did offer giftes and sacrifice himselfe, hauing compassion of thē that by ignorance and by errour, did sin & offend God. Euen when he was his greatest agony vpon the crosse, he cryed to his father: forgeue them father, forgeue thē, they know not what they do, they are ignoraunt people, they know not what is what, nor what danger they runne into by this entreating me. They know not theyr offences: forgeue them Father, forgeue them. In this compassion we ought also to follow our great Byshoppe Christ.

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MarginaliaPontifex appellatus.It followeth in the former letter: Est Pontifex appellatus à Deo. He is a Byshop, and so named of God. He is the very Byshop. He offered vppe the very sacrifice, the sacrifice of his owne most blessed body and bloud, whereby the sinne of the world was put away. MarginaliaIohn. 10. Euery Byshop of the world is not named a Byshop by God. MarginaliaAll bishops be not called of God. For some commeth into that office, not by the holy ghost, not elect of God (as Iohn sayeth MarginaliaIohn. 10.) not entring in ouile ouium per ostiium, sed ascendens aliundè. Some there are that entreth into the folde of the sheep of GOD, not by the dore. Some there be that entreth in, hauing charge and cure of soule, not by God: but by worldly meanes, by worldly labour, by importune sutes and intercession of frendes, or by theyr owne vnlawfull labour, by simony, and such other wayes. Such are not named Byshops by God. Such entreth not by the dore, not by him that sayth: Ego sum ostium. Ego sum via, veritas, & vita. I am the dore, I am the way, I am the life, I am trueth, I am pastor bonus, the very true and good Byshop that entred by God. And all that entreth otherwise then by God, Christ calleth them fures & latrones, theues spoylers, raueners, deuourers, and deceiuers of the sheepe. Theyr liuing shall declare the same. For such as so wilfully do enter, do study theyr owne profites and commodities. Such receiueth the fruites and do nothing for them. Such suffereth theyr sheepe to perish for lacke of bodily and ghostly foode and susteynaunce for lacke of preaching, for lacke of geuing good counsell, for lacke of good liuing, for lacke of good ensample. And suche, for the most part, liueth naughtily, carnally, fleshly, viciously, popously, worldly, & not bishoply nor priestly. For they came not in by God, nor by grace. Christ sayth: Qui intrat per me, saluabitur, & ingredietur, & egredietur, & pascua inuenet. MarginaliaIohn. 14.He that entreth by me, shalbe saued. Et ingredietur, & egredietur. And he shall go in, and he shall go out. What is that to say: he shall goe in, and he shall goe out? I thinke he meaneth by going in, that he shall haue grace to enter studiously into the holy Scripture, daily and nightly to meditate, to study, and to profite in the lawes of God. Et egredietur. And he shall explayne and truely interpretate and publish it vnto the people Et palcua inueniet. And he shall finde there plenty of spirituall food for himselfe & for his people, to edify their soules, to instruct and call thē to the knowledge of God to seed thē plētifully, that they shall not lack necessaryes to their soules. Let vs therfore so liue, that we may be called Pōtifices appellati a Deo.

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This our great Byshop Christ is also: MarginaliaHebr. 7.Pontifex, sanctus, innocens, impollutus, segregatus a peccatoribus, excessior cœlis, sedens a dextris Dei, emundans conscientias nostras à peccatis, intrans sancta sanctorum per proprium sanguinem He is Sanctus MarginaliaSanctus. A holy Bishop, and willeth vs to be holy in our conuersation, applyeng our selues vnto godlynesse to the seruice of God, to lyue like byshops, like priestes, pure, cleane, chaste, deuout, studious, faythfully labouring in his word, praying, doing sacrifice, and euer to be godly and vertuously occupyed.

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He is Innocēces, MarginaliaInnocens an innocēt, He neuer sinned, he neuer offēded in word, thought, nor deed, Innocens, noying no creature profiting

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