ar as outward assent and conformity are concerned, which he would practice himself and enforce upon others as the first postulate of order, the prerequisite for all happiness in this life.
In regard to the Visible Church he was a reformer, but no revolutionist; it is sheer ignorance to speak of him as if there were anything new or exceptional in his denunciation of the corruptions of the clergy.
They were the commonplaces of the age, nor were they confined to laymen.
See the poems of Walter Mapes (who was Archdeacon of Oxford); the Bible Guiot, and the Bible au seignor de Berze, Barbazan and Meon, il To the absolute authority of the Church Dante admitted some exceptions.
He denies that the supreme Pontiff has the unlimited power of binding and loosing claimed for him. Otherwise he might absolve me impenitent, which God himself could not do.
De Monarchia, Lib. III. § 8.
By malison of theirs is not so lost Eternal Love that it cannot return. Purgatorio, III. 133, 134. Nor d