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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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nounced by the Lord, the bread and wine were really ehanged in substance into the body and blood of Christ. They also asserted that infants or adults baptized with our baptism are saved, and that without the said baptism no one can be saved, together denying that they used any other kind of baptism or imposition of hands, as had been imputed · to them. In addition to this, they declared their belief, that a man and woman united in marriage, in ease no other sin prevented it, would be saved, even though they should carnally satisfy the conjugal debt, being excused by virtue of their marriage, and that by reason thereof they are not damned. They affirmed also, that archbishops, bishops, priests, monks, canons, hermits, recluses, Templars, and Hospitallers, would be saved. They also said, that it was becoming and proper that those who entered churches founded in honor of God and of the Saints, should approach them with the greatest devoutness, and, showing to their priests and other ministers honor and respect, should as a matter of duty pay them their first fruits and^tithes, and make answer dutifully and faithfully on all parochial matters. They also laudably asserted, among other things, that alms ought to be given both to churches and to the poor, and indeed to every one who sought them. Although they were said to have previously denied all these points, still they asserted that they did, according to a sound understanding, understand the same; on which the before-named cardinal and bishops ordered that they should swear that they believed in their hearts as they had confessed with their lips. But they, like men of distorted minds and crooked intentions, were at length unwilling to abandon their heresy, where any semblance of authority seemed to aid their crass and drowsy intellects, using as an excuse the words which the Lord is mentioned in the Gospel as having used ; " Swear not at all, but let your words be yea, yea, nay, nay,"13 and asserting that they ought not to swear ; whereas the Lord Himself is often read of as having sworn, as it is written ; " The Lord hath sworn and will not repent;"1 4 and again, the Lord says, " I have sworn by' myself."1 5 The Apostle also says, " A H oath for confirmation is the end of all strife."1 6 But they, like idiots, not understanding the Scriptures, fell into the snare s 16 1 3 Matt. v. 34. 1 4 Psalm ex. 4. Heb. vii. 10. l Isai. xlv. 23. Heb. vi. 16.


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