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By Matthew Spinka

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Who ought to be appointed curate over the people according to God's law and reason? There is no doubt but that a curate, intellectually and emotionally75 instructed for the exercising of the curate's office, ought to be set over a given 74 Matt. 23:3. 75 In intellectu et qffectw. Wyclif is wont both to differentiate a n d to join intellectus a n d qffectus [ed. ]. 56 ADVOCATES OF REFORM flock. And while there is no contention about burdensome temporal things, the chief occasion for contention is checked.

Hence such electors often originate such crimes in this world. . Therefore, what wisdom or basis in Christ or reason is there to elect a person whom the electors either suspect or doubt as worthy? Indeed, [judging] from what commonly happens, they ought to flee from him as unworthy. . A certain devoted people, mindful of the salvation of the soul, choose a skilled and suitable priest, who will not be burdensome to them on account of baseless novelties. 79 10 We need now to scrutinize the means by which the one elected to such a prelacy ought to stand within the limits of reason.

3 7 8 , points o u t t h e close similarity of these t w o sen* tences t o t h e General Prologue to the Old Testament of J o h n P u r v e y , c. X V . 63 Cf. G . V . Lechler, John Wycliffe and His English Precursors, t r . d,) 3 197. 64 n Cor. 2:17. 52 ADVOCATES OF REFORM are adulterers of the Word of God who in prostitutes' robes and colored veils observe the Word of God for the people. But those who hold their conscience sincere exclude all pomp of the devil or self-honor; inasmuch as the subject matter of their speaking is God, so do they speak in his presence, since all our thoughts are in their bare state known before him.

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