A dear friend at work left this on my desk - I guess to show me the error of my ways. A quick Google showed numerous sites with the exact, and I mean the exact same quotes (usually a sign of a hoax). I’ll show the passage:
“Of all the advice that we can offer your holiness we must open your eyes well and use all possible force in the matter, namely to permit the reading of the gospel as little as possible in all the countries under your jurisdiction. Let the very little part of the gospel suffice which is usually read in mass, and let no one be permitted to read more. So long as people will be content with the small amount, your interest will prosper; but as soon as the people want to read more, your interest will fail. The scripture is a book, which more than any other, has raised against us the tumults and tempests by which we have almost perished. In fact, if one compares the teaching of the scripture with what takes place in our churches, he will soon find discord, and will realize that our teachings are often different from the scripture, and oftener still, contrary to it.”
This is an excerpt from an address given by the Cardinals to Pope Pius III in 1503 AD. and is perserved in the National Library of Paris, Folio No. 1068, Vol 2, pp. 650-651
1962Missal brought up the following point:
[quote=1962Missal]Of the approximately 116 webpages that Google lists containing the above quote, all are either virulent anti-Catholic sites or (suprise) cut and pastes to message boards.
All except for the following interesting page:
Thanks for the info, Missal, but does anyone have any other information on this hoax. I’d like a something a little bit more sound than this web page, so I can demonstrate to my fellow co-worker that some of the “information” he’s acquired about the Catholic Church has been made up by someone who just hates what they think the Catholic Church is.
Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.