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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.
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462 MATTHEW OE WESTMTJrSTEB. A.D. 1274. ite judgment ; and all churches are subject to it, and their prelates give it obedience and respect. And the aforesaid Roman church has all fulness of power in such a manner, that it has conferred on other churches, and especially on the patriarchal churches, different powers, as far as is not inconsistent with its own prerogative. These things have been done, some in general councils, and some in other councils ; and always saving the undermentioned truth of the faith, as is fully read and faithfully .expounded, we do recognize, accept, and with heart and mouth profess the true, holy, catholic, and orthodox faith, because the holy Roman church holds, preaches, and teaches it, intending inviolably to observe the same confession ; and has promised to persevere in it to all times, and never at any time to depart from it in any respect, or to deviate from or differ from it. "Moreover, we, coming to spontaneous obedience to the aforesaid church, as is fully set forth in the above statement, we do confess, and recognize, and accept, and of our own accord receive the primacy of that holy Roman church ; professing, and determining, and binding ourselves, and promising to keep all that we have said above, as has been already stated. And we entreat your great holiness that our Greek church may repeat the holy creed from this day forward, as it formerly used to do before this schism, in order that we may remain in these observances which we used to adopt before that schism ; which observances are neither contrary to the catholic faith before mentioned, nor to the divine precepts, nor to the doctrine of the Old and New Testament, nor to the holy council of those universal fathers, who have been approved by those saints who are celebrated by the spiritual powers of the holy Roman church. This, therefore, will not be grievous to your great holiness, nor strange ; and it is at present not difficult to us, on account of the infinite number of our people. And we have entrusted to these present ambassadors from our imperial majesty, to make confession of all these matters, as mentioned in these present letters of our imperial majesty ; and to appear in the place of our imperial majesty before your great holiness. And by the grace of God we have signed these present letters of our recognition, acceptance, and confession, with our own hands, and with our imperial subscription : and we have caused the seal of our empire to be affixed below."


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