To Prove all Things
Even granted that some of your books contain nothing harmful, a point that we do not concede; but cut out your pernicious and poisonous dogmas, cut out the blasphemous passages, cut out the heresies and what savours of heresy, cut out the passages hurtful to the Catholic faith; then no danger will arise from what is right and proper. His sacred and imperial Majesty is prepared to deal very leniently with these matters; and if you alter your views will prevail upon the supreme pontiff not to destroy and blot out the good with the bad. If, however, you obstinately persist in your notorious errors and heresies as up to the present, most certainly all memory of you will be wiped out, and everything, whether right or wrong, together with their author, will be condemned.1
KeywordsAutonomous Individual Notorious Error Creative Vision Moral Doctrine Catholic Faith
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