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Roger De Hoveden The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.
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habitant, or ruler, wishing all to be like themselves, as Saint Paul says, ' I would that all were such as I am.'44 And then they would appear to preach up the merits of virginity, as being the state of Christ and of the Virgin Mary, although it was He who said : ' Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.'4 5 Indeed, they seem thereby to detract from the character of- marriage, and to condemn it, while our Lord Jesus Christ graced a marriage with his own presence, and that of his mother Mary and of his disciples, and honored it with the miracle of turning water into wine. Besides, it is said in the Gospel, '"What'God hath joined together, let not man put asunder 1 6 and, ' Let it not be lawful for a man to put away his wife, except for fornication.'47 Also, Saint Paul says : ' He who giveth bis virgin in marriage, doeth well.'4 3 And, again, ' The woman is bound by law to her husband so long as he liveth.'49 'The wife hath not power of her own body, but her husband ;' 5 0 and similarly with regard to the husband. Likewise, he says : ' Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to prayer ; and come together again that Satan tempt you not.'51 And, ' I will that the younger women marry, bear children, keep house.'5 2 And further, ' I say it not, but the Lord ; a woman shall be saved in childbearing.'63 If it were a sin to beget children, why should the Lord say, why should the Apostle say, that it is good ? And why should he tell them to come together again, and use the expression, ' I will that' ? Does God will, does the Apostle will, that a sin should be committed ? "We are of the belief, then, that a man and woman may be saved, even if they are carnally united. " On the sixth head we do convict and adjudge them to be heretics, and cut off from the unity of the Church, on the authority of the New Testament. For we say that the Lord delivered unto Saint Peter the ministry and the power of binding and loosing, saying, 'Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven ;' 4 4 and, ' I send unto you prophets, and wise men and scribes.'55 But, as the Lord says, ' Not all men can receive this saying.'58 And further, we say, " Acts xxvi. 29. " Gen. i. '28. 4 6 Matt. six. 6. 4 7 Matt. xix. 9. «" 1 Cor. vii. 37. " Kom. vii. 2. » 1 Cor. vii. 4. 5 1 1 Cor. vii. 5. " 1 Tim. v. 14. » Partly from 1 Tim. ii. 15. *' St. Matt. xvi. 19. M St. Matt, xxiii. 34. " St. Matt. xix. 11.


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