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The doctrine of the Church of Rome examined. of the Church.

kepe through coacted vowes, from Mariage, hauyng no respect whether they haue the gift or no. MarginaliaThe Popes doctrine against Priestes mariage, and their children.Ministers and Priestes, such as are found to haue wiues, not onely they remoue out of place, but also pronounce sentence of death vppon them, and accounte their children for bastardes and illegitimate. MarginaliaThe thyrd part of the yeare exēpted from mariage.Agayne, as good as the iij. part of the yeare they exempt and suspēde from libertie of marying. MarginaliaMariage within the fift, or sixt degree, by the popes law.Degrees of copulation forbydden they extende farther then euer did the law of God, euē to the fift or sixt degree. Which degree notwithstādyng they release agayne when they lyst for money. MarginaliaGossyppes inhibited to mary by the popes law.Ouer and besides all this they haue added a newfound prohibition of spirituall kyndred, that is, that such as haue bene gossyps, or Godfathers and Godmothers together in Christenyng an other mans child, must not by their law mary together. MarginaliaWhat inconueniēces come by restraynyng of mariage.Briefly and finally in this their doctrine & cases of Matrimony they gayne & rake to them selues much money from the people, they augment horrible sodomitry, they nourish wicked adultery and much fornication. They fill the world with offensions, and bastardes, and gyue great occasiō of murderyng infantes.

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¶ Of Magistrates and Ciuill gouernement.

MarginaliaThe corrupt doctrine of the popes Church concernyng eiuill rulers and Magistrates.YE heard before what rules & lessons S. Paul gaue to the old Romanes concernyng Magistrates, to whose authoritie he would all humane creatures to be subiected, and how they are the Ministers of God, hauyng the sword gyuen vnto thē, wherewith they ought to represse false doctrine and idolatrie, and mainteyne that which is true and right. Rom. 13. MarginaliaRom. 13.Now let vs suruey a litle the Popes procedynges, and marke how far he transgresseth in this, as he doth in all other poyntes almost from true Christianitie.

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1. First, the Pope with all his Clergie exempt them selues from all obedience ciuill.

2. They arrogate to thē selues authoritie to ordeyne and constitute, without all leaue or knowledge of the ordinary Magistrate.

3. Yea, they take vpon them, to depose, and set vp rulers and Magistrates, whom they lyst.

¶ Of Purgatory.

MarginaliaThe phantasies and Autiques of the popes Church concernyng Purgatory.THe paradoxes or rather the phantasies of the latter Church of Rome concernyng Purgatory, is monstruous, neither old nor Apostolicall.

1. First, (say they) there is a Purgatory, where soules do burne in fire after this lyfe.

2. The payne of Purgatory differeth nothyng from the paynes of hell, but onely that it hath an end, the paynes of hell hath none.

3. The paineful suffering of this fire freateth & scoureth away the sinnes before committed in the body.

4. The time of these paynes indureth in some longer, in some lesser, accordyng as theyr sinnes deserue. MarginaliaEx Thom. Moro. & aliji.

5. After which tyme of theyr paynes beyng expired, then the mercy of God doth translate them to heauenly blesse, which the body of Christ hath bought for thē.

6. The paynes of Purgatory be so great, that if all the beggars of the world were sene on the one side, and but one soule of Purgatory on the other side, þe whole world would pitie more that one, then all the other.

7. The whole tyme of punishment in this Purgatory must continue so long, till the fire haue cleane freated and scoured away the rusty spottes of euery sinnefull soule there burnyng, vnles there come some release.

8. Helpes and releases that may shorten the tyme of their purgation, be the Popes pardons & indulgences, sacrifice of the altar, diriges and trentals, prayer, fastyng, meritorious deedes out of the treasure house of the Church, almose, and charitable deedes of the liuyng in satisfiyng Gods Iustice for them. &c.

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9. Lacke of beliefe of Purgatory, bryngeth to hell.

Many other false errours & great deformities, heresies, absurdities, vanities & follies, besides their blasphemous raylynges and contumelies, may be noted in the sayd latter Church of Rome, MarginaliaManifest defection of the Popes Church from þe old fayth of Romewherein they haue made manifest defection from the old fayth of Rome, as in depriuyng the Church of one kinde of the Sacrament, in takyng from the people the knowledge and readyng of Gods word, in praying and speakyng to the people and administryng Sacramentes in a toung vnknowen, in mistakyng the authoritie of the keyes, in their vnwritten verities, in makyng the authoritie of Scripture insufficient, in vntrue iudgement of the Church and their wrong notes of the same, in the supremacie of the sea of Rome, in their wrong opinion of Antichrist, &c.

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But because these with all other partes of doctrine are more copiously and at large comprehēded in other bookes both in Latin and English set forth in these our dayes, I shall not nede further herein to trauayle, especially seing the contrariety betwen the popes Church and the Church of Christ, betwene the doctrine of the one and doctrine of the other is so euident, that he is blynd that seeth it not, and hath no handes almost, that feeleth it not.

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MarginaliaContrariety betwene the Religion of Christ & of the pope briefly noted.For (briefly in one note to comprehend, which may suffice for all) where as MarginaliaChristes doctrine is wholy spirituall.the doctrine of Christ is altogether spirituall, consistyng wholy in spirite and veritie, MarginaliaNo outward thing required in Christes doctrine to make a Christen man but onely Baptisme and the Lordes Supper.and requireth no outward thyng to make a true Christen man, but onely Baptisme (which is the outward professiō of fayth) & receauyng of the Lordes Supper: let vs now examine the whole Religion of this later Church of Rome, MarginaliaAll doctrine of the Pope standeth onely in outward thynges.and we shall finde it wholy from toppe to toe, to consiste in nothing els but altogether in outward and ceremonial exercises: as outward confession, absolution at the Priestes hand, outward sacrifice of the Masse, buying of pardons, purchassing of obites, externe worshyppyng of Images and reliques, pilgrimage to this place or that: buildyng of Churches, foūdyng of Monasteries, outward workes of the law, outward gestures, garmētes, colours, choise of meats, difference of tymes and places, peculiar rites and obseruauncies, set prayers and number of prayers prescribed, fastyng of vigiles, keepyng of holy dayes, commyng to Church, hearyng of seruice, externe succession of Byshops and of Peters sea, externe forme and notes of the Church &c. so that by this Religiō to make a true Christian & a good Catholicke, there is no workyng of þe holy ghost almost required: As by example to make this matter more demōstrable, let vs here define a Christē mā after þe popes making, wherby we may see þe better what is to be iudged of þe scope of his doctrine.

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¶ A Christen man after the Popes making defined.

MarginaliaA Christē mā defined after the popes doctrine.After the Popes Catholicke Religion, a true Christen man is thus defined: first to bee baptised in the Latine tounge (where the Godfathers professe they can not tell what): then confirmed by the Byshop: the mother of the child to bee purified. After hee bee growen in yeares, then to come to the Church, MarginaliaCorporal exercise serueth a small profite.
1. Timot. 4.
to keepe hys fastyng dayes, to fast the Lent, to come vnder benedicite, that is, to be confessed to the Priest, to do hys penaunce, at Easter to take his rightes, to heare Masse and diuine seruice, to set vp candels before images, to creepe the Crosse, to take holy bread and holy water, to go on procession, to cary hys palmes & candle, and to take ashes, to fast the Imber dayes, Rogatiō dayes & vigiles, to kepe the holy dayes, to pay his tythes and offerynges dayes, to go on pilgrimage, to buy pardons, to worshyp his maker ouer the Priestes head, to receaue þe Pope for hys supreme head & to obey his lawes, to receaue S. Nicholas Clerkes, to haue his beades, & to gyue to the high altar, to take orders, if he will be Priest, to say hys Mattens, to sing his Masse, to lyft vp fayre, to keepe hys vowe, and not to mary. When he is sicke to be aneeld and take the rights of holy Church, to be buryed in a Friers coule, to finde a soule Priest &c.

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All which poyntes beyng obserued, who can deny but this man is a deuout and a perfect Christian Catholicke, and sure to bee saued, as a true faythfull child of the holy mother Church.

Now looke vpon this definition, and tell me (good reader) what fayth or spirite, or what workyng of the holy ghost in all this doctrine is to be required. The grace of our Lord Iesus giue the true light of his Gospell to shyne in our hearts. Amen.

σὺν τῷ Χριστῷ. 

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John Wade, University of Sheffield

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