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The third was John Parenti, a native of Rome or that region.a He had a son in the Order, who behaved badly, and he punished him severely,b desiring to spare himself in nothing.

The fourth was the already mentioned Brother Elias, whom the brothers elected a second time with strong pressure.c He held office for a long time, and it seemed that he would remain in it for his whole life if the Order had not vigorously risen up against him, removing him from office with the assistance of Pope Gregory IX.d

The fifth was Brother Albert of Pisa, a good and holy man, who lived for only six months in office and then returned to the Lord.

The sixth was Brother Haymo, an Englishman, a doctor of sacred theology, who was the first minister general to go about visiting the provinces, even though he was an old man. He showed great concern for the proper celebration of the Divine Office. He also began to limit the authority and the power of the lay brothers, who up to this time had even held the office of superior.e

3 The seventh was Brother Crescentius of Iesi, a city in the Marches of Ancona, who entered the Order when he was already an older man. He was learned in both canon law and the art of medicine. Not long afterwards he was made provincial minister of the Marches of Ancona. He encountered there a superstitious sect who were not walking according to the truth of the Gospel and the institutions of our Order, believing themselves to be more spiritual than the other brothers and wishing to live according to their own will, attributing all this to the Holy Spirit. While he was provincial minister, Brother Crescentius came down on them with a heavy hand. Meanwhile Brother Haymo had died, and when the general chapter was held, he was elected general minister. But once in office he soon proved himself ineffective. For this reason he held office for only three years, that is until the next general chapter, at which he didn't even want to participate. What is more, he was bold enough not to come to the [ecumenical] council, after the Pope had summoned him to it.f In both of these cases he sent as his vicar and substitute Brother




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 828