The Acts and Monuments of John Foxe/Volume 3/An Epistle of Æneas Sylvius to the Rector of the University of Cologne, in defence of the Council of Basil
An Epistle ofto the Rector of the University of Cologne, in defence of the Council of Basil.
*But, as our common proverb sayeth, "Honours change manners," so it happened with this Sylvius, who, after he came once to be pope, was much altered from what he was before. For whereas before, he preferred general councils before the pope, now, being pope, he did decree that no man should appeal from the high bishop of Rome, to any general council.
And likewise for priests' marriages; whereas before he thought it best for them to have their wives, likewise he altered his mind otherwise: insomuch that in his book treating of Germany, and there speaking of the noble city of Augsburg, by occasion he inveigheth against a certain epistle of Huldericke, a bishop of the said city, written against the constitution of the single life of priests. Whereby it appeareth how the mind of this Sylvius, then pope Pius, was altered from what it was before.*
- See Edition 1563, p. 381.—Ed.
- For this epistle of Huldericke, see Vol. ii. p. 11.—Ed.