To: Esther Ruth
The Council of Constance declared Wycliffe (on 4 May 1415) a stiff-necked heretic and under the ban of the Church. It was decreed that his books be burned and his remains be exhumed. The latter did not happen till twelve years afterward, when at the command of Pope Martin V they were dug up, burned, and the ashes cast into the river Swift that flows through Lutterworth.
Objectively-speaking (and I'm a Catholic), what the Council and the Pope ordered was wrong. The guy was a heretic, but to desecrate the remains of a dead person is outrageous.
posted on 03/16/2006 6:45:46 AM PST
(Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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