Sunday, September 20, 2015

20 September 2015 A.D. Jewel’s “Apology”—the “Brothel” in Rome, pp.71

20 September 2015 A.D. Jewel’s “Apology”—the “Brothel” in Rome, pp.71
Jewel, John. “The Apology of the Church of England.” Project Gutenberg. 5 Aug 2006. Accessed 1 Aug 2015.
But what need we rehearse concubines and bawds? as for that is now an ordinary and a gainful sin at Rome.  For harlots sit there now-a-days, not as they did in times past, without the city walls, and with their faces hid and covered, but they dwell in palaces and fair houses: they stray about in court and market, and that with bare and open face: as who say, they may not only lawfully do it, but ought also to be praised for so doing.  What should we say any more of this?  Their vicious and abominable life is now thoroughly known to the whole world.  Bernard writeth roundly and truly of the Bishop of Rome’s house, yea, and of the Bishop of Rome himself.  “Thy palace,” saith he, “taketh in good men, but it maketh none; naughty persons thrive there, and the good appayre and decay.”  And whosoever he were which wrote the Tripartite work, annexed to the Council Lateranense, saith thus: “So excessive at this day is the riot, as well in the prelates and bishops as in the clerks and priests, that it is horrible to be told.”

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