Papal Documents - The Prophet - 790 

consequence, by destroying its authority completely (as far as it can), makes the Catholic faith doubtful and uncertain by removing its basis.

2 Again, to make a pertinacious assertion that our aforesaid Redeemer and his apostles in no way had the right of using those things which Holy Scripture testifies they had, or that they had no right of selling, giving, or exchanging thema (although Holy Scripture does testify that they did do this concerning the aforesaid things or it expressly supposes that they could have done so), since this assertion plainly defines the use and actions of Christ and the apostles in the case of the aforesaid things as unjust (which undoubtedly concerning the use, words, and actions of our Lord the Redeemer, the Son of God, is impious, contrary to the Holy Scripture, and inimical to the catholic faith): we declare, in accordance with the counsel of our brothers, that this same pertinacious assertion shall henceforth rightly be deemed erroneous and heretical.

It is forbidden, therefore, for anyone to tamper with this decree which we have confirmed, or rashly dare to oppose it. If anyone presume to attempt this, let him know that he shall incur the anger of almighty God and of his blessed apostles Peter and Paul.

Given at Avignon, the twelfth of November, in the year of our Lord 1323, and in the eighth year of our pontificate.




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 790