The Cardinals' Advice

An address by the Cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church to Pope Pius III in 1503, which is preserved in the National Library of Paris, Folio 1068, Vol. II, pp 650-651.

"Of all the advice we can offer your Holiness, we must open your eyes well and use all possible force in the matter, namely, to permit the reading of the Gospels as little as possible in all the countries under your jurisdiction. Let the very little part of the Gospel suffice which is usually read in Mass, and let no one be permitted to read more! So long as people will be content with the small account your interest will prosper, but as soon the people want to read more, your interest will fail.

"The Bible is the book, which more than any other has raised against us the tumults and tempests by which we have almost perished. In fact if one compares the teachings of the Bible with what takes place in our churches, he will soon find discord, and will realize that our teachings are often different from the Bible, and oftener still, contrary to it."


[NOTE: This quote is highly suspect. There is at least one report of someone searching for the original text and not being able to locate it based on the source information given. Further, Pope Pius III was pope only from September 22 to October 18, 1503, a total of about four weeks.]

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