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Actes and Monumentes.

Marginalia1.First how this councel calleth the mariage of priestes lawfull, contrary to a certain late English wryter of our country, entiteling his boke, against the unlawful marriage of priestes. Marginalia2.2. In that, this councel so foloweth the canons of the Apostels, and constitucions of holy men, we haue to understande, what the censure both of the Apostles, and determinacion of other holye men were therein. Marginalia3.3. If the iniunction of this councell, agreinge thus with the Apostels and holy men, stode with truth, the contrary canon of the Romaines must nedes be condempned of errour. Marginalia4.4. By this councell appeareth, that so long time, almost 700. yeares after Christ, this prohibition of priestes mariage was not yet entred into þe orient church, but stoutly was holden out. Marginalia5.5. By the Romaine canon here mentioned (which began with Gregorius 600. yeres after Christ, a litle before this councell) it can not be denied, but the churche of Rome began thā to discouer, not only from the veritie, but al so from the vnitie of all other churches, folowing the Apostolike doctrine. MarginaliaGregorius reuoked his owne act, cōcerning maryage of prestes.Al be it the sayd Romaine canon, at þt time, stode not long, but was shortly disanulled, by the said Gregorius again by the occasion of infantes heades, found in his fish ponde, wherof (Christ willing) more shalbe spoken of here after. MarginaliaThe craftie packinge of the Romaines in suppressing and counterfayting the Canons of coūsels.Sixtly here is to be noted, and remembred the crafty false packing, & fraud of the Romaines: which in the Laten booke of councels, in diuers new impressyons, haue sup- suppressed this cannon, because by like, it maketh little wyth their purpose: playinge muche like with this, as Pope Zosimus, Bonifacius and Celestinus, played with the syxt counsel of Carthage, which for their supremacy, woulde haue forged a false canon of Nice, had not the councell sent to Constantinople, for the true examplare there of, and so proued them open liers to their faces. So like wise this canon, aboue mentioned, althoughe it be omitted in some bookes, yet being found in the auncient, and true wrytten copies, being aledged of Nilus, a Greke byshop of Thessalonica, CC. yeres to fore: and more ouer beinge found, and aledged MarginaliaDisti. the Popes owne boke of decrees distinc. 31. must nedes conuince them of manifest thefte, and false hode. MarginaliaHildebrandus & Calixtus fyrste extortors of prestes lawfull mariage.Thus it maye stand suffyciently proued, that the depriuation of priestes lawfull maryage, al this space, was not entred into þe church neyther Greke nor Laten, at least toke no full possession, before Pope Hildebrandus time. Anno domini. 1080. and especially Pope Calixtus time. Anno domini. 1120. whiche were the first open extortors of priestes marriage. MarginaliaLaten seruice.The like also may be said, of Laten seruice, and of diuersity of apparell, which were not yet receiued in the churche, many hundred yeares after Christe. Marginalia Eneas SyluiusEneas Syluius firste cardinall, than Pope, called Pius Secundus wryteth: that there was in Rome a great controuersy, aboute theyere of our Lord 900: MarginaliaThe churche of Sclauonia.whether it was to be permitted in the church of Sclauonia, to haue their seruice in the vulgare tounge, which they haue euer vsed to this day. At what time they beyng in councell there of, a voyce was haroe from heauen, saying these wordes: Omnis spiritus laudet dominum: et omnis lingua confiteatur ei, that is, let euery spirit praise the Lord, and euery tonge confesse to him. &c. Where vppon they being fullye answeared and resolued, breake vp their consultacion.

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MarginaliaFor ecclesiasticall apparell.And likewise for diuersity of aparel, although I haue not now to stand perticularly vppon euery kinde and form, whan, how, and by whom it was inuented: yet because I se that a false opinion of antiquitie deceiueth many, in general to speake of the whole, I wil recite MarginaliaThe clergy of Rauenna to Carolus Caluus.the wordes wrytten to Carolus Caluus, the frensh kyng, by the whole cleargy of Rauenna, aboute the computation of our Lord 876: which woordes shall suffyce as a testimony, both what we ought to do now, and to know what than was don, and used in the church. The woordes in their Epystle, to the king be these. Discernendi a plebe vel cæteris sumus doctrina, non veste: Conuersatione non habitu:mentis puritate, non vultu: docendi enim sunt populi potius quam ludendi. nec imponendum est eorum oculis, sed mentibus precepta sunt infundenda? MarginaliaDoctryne and life maketh difference not apparel.That is: we oughte to differ from the people and others, by doctryne: not by apparell, in conuersation, not in vesture, in purenesse of minde, not in garment. For the people of Christ must be taught rather than deceiued, neither must we seke, to blinde theyr eies, but to informe their mindes wyth holsome preceptes. &c.

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MarginaliaThe iudgement of Ierom, concerning ecclesiasticall apparell.Here vnto may be added also the wordes of Hierom, ad marcellam, where he describing the forme of religious men. In veste, saith he, nulla discretio, nulla admiratio, vtcumque placuerit in eedere, nec detrectationis est, nec laudis &c. 

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Foxe text Latin

In veste, saith he, nulla discretio, nulla admiratio, vtcumque placuerit incedere, nec detrectationis est, nec laudis &c.

Foxe text translation

In garmentes there is no difference, nor any commendation: euery manne as he listeth to goe, that maketh neither to his praise, nor dyspraise. &c.

Actual text of St. Jerome, EPISTOLA XLVI PAULAE ET EUSTOCHII AD MARCELLAM. De Sanctis locis. Pat. Lat. Vol. 22. [Col.0483]

In veste nulla discretio, nulla admiratio. Utcumque placuerit incedere, nec detractionis est, nec laudis.


Accurate citation and translation.

That is: In garmentes there is no difference, nor any commendation: euery manne as he listeth to goe, that maketh neither to his praise, nor dyspraise. &c.

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Thus I haue described briefly to the (good reader) the oryginall state of the church, and the times, almoste from Christe a thousande yeres, although not so copiously, as the matter would require, yet suffyciently, by the way, for thee, to vnderstande, what difference there was, betwixt those times, and the other time, that followed.

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In summe, to geue thee one generall rule for all, this thou shalt obserue, the higher thou goest upwarde to the Apostles time, the purer thou shalt finde the churche: the lower thou doest descend, euer the more drosse and dregges thou shalt perceyue in the bottome, and especiallye within these laste 500. yeares, accordinge to the trew sayinge of Tertullian: MarginaliaTertul ad praxeam.quod pri-

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