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James Wedderburn,‘On the Church of England
and the problem of Catholicity’, c.1632
Some things to be considered of any one, who living in the communion of
the Church of England, where he was borne and bred, and discerning the
gross errors and superstitions that be in the modern Roman church, is not¬
withstanding strongly moved to leave the one and betake himself to the
other, as the only Catholique, without which there can be no salvation.1
Long before Luther, many of all sorts and degrees of Christians living under the
obedience of Rome did often call for reformation, not only in maners, but also
in doctrine and divine worship. This being refused or too long delayed, sundry
princes and commonwealthes did reforme the churches with, in their territo¬
ries, and refused to yeeld their accustomed obedience to the pope. Wherein
whether they made a schisme or not, adhuc subjudice Us est,2 especially they hav¬
ing been then, and being still, readie to reunite themselves to the Church of
Rome, and to yeeld the pope, though not a blind, absolute, yet a canonicall
obedience (such as the GaUicane church to this day only acknowledgeth) upon
the removall of those scandalls which many thousands who attempted not the
like Reformation did and doe detest and wish to be remooved.
Wedderburns extensive quotations from Augustine are taken from the 1616 edition of his works:
Augustine, Opera, 10 vols. in 5 (Cologne, 1616). On this basis I have corrected Wedderburns citations,
extended them where abbreviated, and clarified the locations, where necessary and where possible. I
have sought published translations for his citations, and have resorted to my own translations only
where necessary, aided by the Latin/French edition published by Desclees de Brouwer. I have reduced
some of the citations from Augustine in view of their repetitive nature.
Initial references to letters or chapters or books, etc., are those given by Wedderburn.The num¬
bering of letters has changed since the 1616 edition, and I have entered the modern reference into the
text. Numbers in square brackets, e.g. [vi, 47], refer to the 1616 edition. Many of the translations I have
located come fiom the edition ofAugustine’s Works, ed. M. Dods, 15 vols. (Edinburgh, 1871-6), re¬
ferred to simply as Works. Its individual volume numbers refer to the following tides, which are rather
more prominent: vols. i and ii: City of God; vol. iii: Writings in connection with the Donatist Controversy; vol.
v: Writings in connection with the Manichaean Heresy; vol. vi: Letters, i; vol. ix: On Christian Doctrine, The
Enchiridion, etc.; vols. x and xi: Lectures orTractates on the Gospel according to St.John; vol. xiii: Letters, ii.
2 ‘the controversy is as yet undecided.’

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