Unformatted text preview: motives of church representatives. The two main practices he criticized were the selling of indulgences by the clergy and the denying of the sacrament to people at the clergy’s discretion. Commenting about the denying of the sacraments he wrote, “It is a sin to prohibit both kinds [of the sacraments] to those who wish it by their free choice”. (On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church, p.45) When discussing works as a clergy enforced means to salvation he wrote, “If it [the testament of Christ] is indeed a promise, as has been said, no works, no manliness, no merits, provide access to it, but only faith”. (47)...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 4B taught by Professor Sonnino during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.
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