Feuding Fathers: How John Jewel Read Erasmus’s Jerome on the Origenist Controversy

  • Madeline McMahonEmail author

In 1561, word came to England of ‘a slanderouse report’ in Catholic Europe about ‘our clergy and their varietie’. The English were impugned on two counts: their ‘varietie’, or inability to agree with one another, and their absence from a general council. The English had just rejected an invitation to send delegates to the reconvened Council of Trent. With Nicholas Bacon and William Cecil, the brand-new Elizabethan episcopate decided not to receive the papal nuncio and his summons.1Protestants, like many Catholics, had long advocated for a general church council to settle religious differences. Church history showed that it was an ancient and proven way of deciding on doctrine and producing unity. While the final sessions at Trent were by no means the first attempt at such a reconciliation, to Catholic eyes the English absence from the council appeared contumelious and contrarian (not to mention heretical). These ‘slanderouse’ charges had to be rebutted. John Jewel, bishop of...


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  1. 1.Princeton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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