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436 [436]

Actes and Monuments of the Church.

what the saide Eneas called Pius, the Pope wryteth touching the peace of the church vnto Gaspar Schlick, the Emperours chauncelor, in his liiii. Epistle.

Al men doo abhorre and detest schisme. The way to remedy that euil, Charles the frenche king hath shewed vs both safe and brief, which is, that princes or their orators should conuēt and assemble together in some common place, Where they may conclude vppon matters amonges them selues. To bring this to passe, it were neadfull wrytinges to be sent againe to al kinges and princes, to send their orators to Strawsborowe or to Constance, with theyr full authority, there to intreate of matters appertaining to the peace of the church. Neither would it require so great expenses, as we see the yere before 300. gilderns to be suffycient. Constantine themperor bestowed much more in the congregation of the councell of Niece, and this waye coulde not be stopped, neither could the Pope or the councell withstande it, or draw backe, as though this mighte not easilye be doone of them. For whye? the seculer princes may conuent and assemble to gether,will they, nill they. And yet notwithstandyng vnity may there be concluded. For he wer an vndoubted Pope, whome all princes did obey. And I see none of the cleargye so constante to death, which wil suffer martirdome, either for one part or a nother. All we lightly holde that faith which our princes hold. Whiche if they would worship Idols, we would also doo the same, and not only deny the Pope, but God also, if the seculer power straine vs there vnto, for charity is waxed cold, and all faith is gon. Howsoeuer it be? we doo all desyre and delite in peace, the which peace whether it come by a counsell, or by assemblye of princes (call it what you wil) I care not, for we stand not vpon the terme, but vpon the matter. Call bread and if you will a stone, so you geue me to asswage my honger. Whether you cal it a councell or a conuenticle, or an assemblye or a congregation, or a synagoge, that is no matter, so that schisme maye be excluded and peace established. Thus muche oute of the Epistle of Pius. To this let vs annexe also a nother letter, which he wrote to the rector and vniuersity of Colen.

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MarginaliaEx .ENeas Syluii rectori et vniuersitati studij Coloniensis, S. D. homini christiano que ver Christianus vult dici nullam rem magis corde esse conuenit, quam vt fidei sibi per maiores a christo traditæ, puritatem seruare et ab omnibus immaculatam studeat, et Quippe, si quando aduersus Euangelicas traditiones aliquid astruitur, surgēdum populariter est, ad commune restringendum incendium, afferre aquam omnes tenemur, nec timēdum est, vt inimicat inuisi fiaimus, verum dicentes, resistendum est quibus cun in faciem, siue paulus, siue Petrus sit, qui ad veritatem non ambulat Euangelii, quam rem fecisse per hos dies, vniuersi vestram gaudeo in hoc sacru Basiliensi concilio. Gaudemus omnes allatus nam ad nos est sius quidem vester, quo imperitiam vel verius dicam temeritatem illorum arguetis, qui et sub generalem, concilio Rom. pontificem et supremi Iudicii tribunall in Ecclesia esse diffitentur viacibus rationibus et scripturorum veritate premitis et retunditis, vt nec tanquam lubrici euoluere, nec in aliquo cauellare aut sibilare quæant.

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¶ The same in Englishe.

TO a christian man which wil be a true christian in dede, nothing oughte to be more desyred, then that the syncerity and purenesse of faithe, geuen to vs of Christe by our forefathers, be kept of al men immaculate, and if at any time, any thing be wrought or attempted against the true doctrine of the Gospell, the people oughte wyth one consent to prouide lawful remeadye. And euery man to bring with him some water to quenche the generall fire. Neyther muste we feare how we be hated or enuied, so we bringe the truth, we must resist euery man to his face whether he be Paule or Peter, if he walk not directly to the truth of the gospel, which thing I am glad, and so are we all, to here that your vniuersity hath doone in this councell of Basell. For a certain treatise of yours is brought hether vnto vs, wherin you reprehēd the rude-nes or rather the rashnes of such which do deny the bishop of Rome, and the consystorye of his iudgement to be subiect vnto the generall councel. And that the supreame tribunall seat of iudgement standeth in the church, and in no one bishop, such men as deny this, you so confound them with liuely reasons and truthe of þe scriptures, that neither they are able to slide away like slipperye Eeles, neither to cauell or bring any obiection against you. Hæc ille.

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But as oure common prouerbe sayeth, honors chāgeth māners, so it hapneth wt this Pius who after he cam once to be Pope, was muche aultered from that he was before. For where as before he preferred general councels before the Pope, nowe beinge Pope, he did decree that no man shoulde appeale from the high bishop of Rome, to any generall coūcell.

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And likewise for priestes mariage, wheras before he thought it best to haue their wyues

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