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for to geue aulmes not to geue, that they ought not to obey hym. And Iohn Hus added moreouer, to the intent that you may vnderstande me the bettter, I call that a pretended excommunication, the whiche is vniust disordered and geuen forth contrary to the order of the lawe and Gods commaundementes, for the whiche the mete Mynister appoynted ther vnto, ought not to seace from preachyng, neyther yet to feare dampnation.

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Then they obiected vnto hym that he had sayde that suche kynde of excommunications were rather blessinges: Verely saide Hus, euen so doo I nowe saye agayne, that euery excommunication, by the whiche a man is vniustly excommunicate, It is vnto him a blessing afore God, accordyng to the saying of the Prophet. I wyll curse where as you blesse, and contrary wyse, they shall curse, but thou O Lorde shalt blesse. Then the Cardinall of Florence whiche had alwayes a Notary ready at his hande to wryte suche thynges as he commaunded hym, sayde. The lawe is, that euery excommunication, be it neuer so vniuste, ought to be feared. It is true sayd Iohn Hus, for I doo remember eight causes, for the which excommunication ought to be feared. Then sayde the Cardinal, is there no more but eight it may be, sayd Iohn Hus that there be more.

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Marginalia24.The. xxiiii. article. Euery man whiche is admitted vnto the Ministery of the Churche, receyueth also by the speciall commaundement, the office of a Preacher. And ought to execute and fulfyll that commaundement, notwithstāding any excommunication pretended to the contrary. The answere, my wordes are these, forsomuche as it doth appeare by that whiche is aforesayde, that whosoeuer commeth or is admitted vnto the Ministrie, receyueth also by especiall commaundement the office of preaching that he ought to fulfyll that commaundement any excommunication to the contrary pretendid notwithstanding. Also no Christian ought to doubte but that a man sufficiently instructed in learnyng, is more bound to councell and instruct the ignoraunt, to teache those whiche are in doubt, to chastise those whiche are vnrulye, and to remitte and forgeue those that doo hym iniury, then for to doo any other workes of mercye, forsomuche then as he that is rych & hath sufficiēt, is bounden vnder the payne of dampnation to Minister and geue corporall and bodelye aulmes, as is appeareth in the xxv. chapter of Mathew. Howe muche more is he bounde to doo spirituall aulmes.

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Marginalia25.The xxv. article. The ecclesiasticall censures are Antechristian, suche as the Clergie hath inuented for their owne preferrement, and for the bondage and seruitude of the common people. Whereby if the Laytie be not o-bedient vnto the Clergie at their wyll and pleasure. It doth multiplye the couetousnes, defendeth their malice, and prepareth a waye for Antichriste, whereby it is an euydent signe and token, that suche censures procede from Antichriste, the whiche censures, in their processes they doo call Fulmination or Lightenynges, wherby the Clergie doth chiefely proceade against suche as doo manifest and open the wickednes of Antichriste, the whiche the Clergie doth vsurpe and take vnto them selues. These thynges are conteined in the laste chapiter of his treatise of the churche, I aunswere and I denye that it is in that fourme. But the matter thereof is largely handled in the xxiii. chapiter. And in the examination of the audience, they haue gathered certaine clauses moste contrary thereunto, the whiche whā the Cardinall of Cambray had read them againe, he renewed his olde songe, saying, truly these are muche more greuous and offenciue then the articles whiche are gathered.

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Marginalia26.The xxvi. article. There ought no interditement to be appoynted vnto the people, forsomuche as Christe the hyghe Byshop, neither for Iohn Baptiste, neyther for anye iniurie that was doone vnto hym, dyd make any interditement, my wordes are these, when as I complained þt for one Ministers sake an interditement was geuen out, and therby, all good men ceased from the laude and prayse of God. And Christe the hyghe byshop, notwithstandyng that the Prophet was taken and kept in pryson, then whom there was not a greater amongest the chyldren of men, did not geue out any curse or interditmēt, no not when as Herode beheaded hym, neyther when he hym selfe was spoyled, beaten, and blasphemed of the Souldiers, Scribes, and Pharesies, he did not then curse them, but prayed for them, and taught his Disciples to doo the same as it appeareth in the fyft Chapiter of S. Mathew. And Christes firste Vicare followyng the same doctrine and learninge, saythe in his first Epistle of saint Peter and the seconde Chapiter, for this purpose are ye called. For as Christe hath suffered for you, leauyng vs an example that we should followe his footesteppes, who when he was cursed and euill spoken of, dyd not curse againe. And saynt Paule followyng the same order and waye in the xii. Chapiter to the Romaynes, sayeth, blesse them that persecute you, there were besydes these many other places of Scripture recited in that booke but they beyng omytted, these were onlye rehearsed whiche dyd helpe or preuayle to sturre vp or moue the Iudges myndes.

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And these are the Articles whiche were alleged out of Iohn Hus his booke intittled of the churche.

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