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whyche teacheth to knowe him and to doo his pleasure at all times for that do we craue euery day in our Pater noster saing giue vs Lord our heuenly breade.

MarginaliaAunswere to the 28. article.In the. xxviii. wher you do aske whether I beleue that consecrations hallowinges and blessinges vsed in the church are to be praised. I say that I know not of all, and therfor I will not dispraise them, nother can I therfor ouer much speak with them all, seinge I know them not, suche as are the hallowinge of belles, the hallowinge of Pilgrimes when they should go to Rome, the hallowinge of bedes and such like. Marginaliahalowinges and blessings some alowed som not. But those which I am auised of and doo remember, be in mine opinion good such as is this, when the priest hathe consecrated holybread, he saieth, Lorde blesse this creature of bred, as you did blesse the fiue loues in desert, that all parsons tasting their of may receaue helth both of body and soule in the name of the father, the Sonne and the holy ghost amē. which I wold euery man might say in english when he should go to meate, I like it so well. Also this is a right good on, that is said ouer him that shall read the gospell, the Lord be in your hart & in your mind & mouth to pronoūce and shew forth his blessed euangely, which is also spoken ouer a precher taking benediction when he shall goo into a pulpit. All such good thinges I like very well and think them commendable. wishing therfor that al peple might know, what thei mened, that they with reioyse of hearte myght praye ioyfully wyth vs and delight in all goodnes, which should be if they wer vttered in english. According to the mind of Saint Paul i. Co. 9. wher he wisheth rather to speak fiue words in the church hartely with vnderstādīg wherby other might haue instruction, then ten thousand wordes in a tongue vnknowen, ye to say truth, truth it is in deede þt I shal say: a good thynge the further and the more largely or apertly it is knowen the further the vertue therof spredeth, and roteth in mens hartes and remembrance. God sent therfore the blinde to se and the ignorant to haue knowledge of all good thinges. Thus I conclude that cōsecratiōs hallowings & blessings vsed in the church so farre fourth as I remember and knowe be commendable, of other I can giue no sentence wishing euen as I trust men shal once se it com to passe, that al good things may be sounge and spoken in our vulgare tongue. MarginaliaAnswere to the. 29. article. In the xxix. where you do aske whether I beleue that the Pope maye make lawes and Statutes to bynde all Chrysten men to the obseruance of the same vnder the paine of dedly sinne MarginaliaLawes and obseruances of the pope whether they bynde to deadly sinne. so that such lawes and statuts be not contrary to the law of God? I say that if it be true that is written in the decrees that is to wit, Lawes be neuer confirmed vntill they be approued by common manners ofthem that shall vse them, Then cannot the Popes lawes bind all christen men, for the Grekes & the Bohemes will as you do know full well neuer admitte them, but doo refuse then vtterly so that I doo not find that his lawes may binde al christen men, finaly I cannot see that he hath authority to make lawes binding menne to the obseruance of them vnder payn of dedly sin more then hath the kinge or the Emperour, and to say soth I say as I haue said afore, MarginaliaMore ver- in the church when there was fewar lawes. I think verely that the church was more ful of vertue before þe decrees or decretals wer made, which is not very longe ago but in the time of constantine if it be true that is reported in the decrees distinct. 15. capi. Canones generalium, then it hath ben sith. god repare it, and restore it againe to the auncient purity and perfection.

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MarginaliaAnswere to the. 30. article.In the xxx. where you do aske whether I beleue that the Pope and other prelates & theyr deputies in sprituall thinges, haue power to excommunicate priestes and laye people that are inobedient and sturdy, from entringe into the Churche, and to suspende or let them from ministration of the Sacramentes of the same? MarginaliaThe power of the pope and prelats to excommnnicate. I thincke that the Pope and other Prelates haue power to excommunicate both priestes & lay men, such as be rebellious against thordynaunce of God, and disobedient to his law, for such are sondred from God afore the prelates do geue sentence by reason of their sinnes and contumacy. According as it is said in Ieremy by almightye God. Your sinnes quod he, doo make deuision betwixt you & me, and the prelates by right iudgement should pronounce of sinners, as they doo fynde them, and that is to pronounce such to be excommunicate of God, and vnworthy to minister any Sacramentes, or to be conuersaunt with christen folcke that wil not amend. For thus biddeth Paul. i. Co. vi. If any amonges you called a brother shall be an whoremonger, or a couetous person or a worshipper of Images or Idols, or a rayler, or a dronkard, or an extortioner, se that with such you eat no meate, but put them oute of þe church, and not to suffer them to come wythin it, I am not certain that Prelates hath any such power, and though they had, I dout whether charity should permit thē to shew it forth and execute it without singuler discretiō. For in churches ought the word of God to be declared and preached, thorow the which the sturdy comming thither and hearing it might sone be smitten with compunction and repentaunce, and there vppon come to amendemente. Marginaliadistinc I. de consecra. Thys confirmeth well a law made in concilio chartaginensi which is this. A bishop ought to prohibite no parson to come into the churche, and to heare the word of God, whether he be Gentile or Iewe, or hereticke vntill the messe time of them that are called chathecumini de consj.

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