By Matthew Spinka
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W Y G L I F : THE PASTORAL OFFICE 35 the possession of a superfluous amount of temporal goods. But the third renunciation is more strictly concerned with the priest, namely, the relinquishment of treasure or of temporal goods beyond what is necessary for the fulfillment of his holy office. Thus it is irrelevant for the priest to have secular lordship or temporal goods on a permanent basis for the carrying out of his office. Let us see how the apostles have renounced these temporal goods according to Christ's example, and let us do likewise.
Moreover, there are other infinite difficulties, as from which things tithes ought to be given, if from an orchard or other growing things of the earth, if of fishes and wild beasts, if of the pay of those laboring, even through filthy lucre, as for example the harlot's pay or usury, or other illicit income. Such are the many fabulous difficulties concerning human traditions, about which it would seem the cleric is basely occupied. Therefore let the curate have necessary food and clothing for his office, and let him lay aside these frivolous and harmful traditions.
Thus it is irrelevant for the priest to have secular lordship or temporal goods on a permanent basis for the carrying out of his office. Let us see how the apostles have renounced these temporal goods according to Christ's example, and let us do likewise. Yet it is conceded that . . secular lords . . repeatedly draw back in this renunciation of temporal goods while they abuse them for the sake of carnal lust or worldly excellence or slothful retention of them with respect to the office for which they were divinely granted; for God has granted secular lordship that man might powerfully defend the law of Christ and compel the lesser ones to enter into the Lord's sect.
Advocates of Reform: From Wyclif to Erasmus by Matthew Spinka