Henry VIII, the Reign
Letters & Papers: 1540 Volume 15
411. Barnes, Jerome, and Garret.Burnet,
Recantation by Robert Barnes, D.D., of the heresies for which he was convented before Henry VIII., and on which the King entered into disputation with him. Promises henceforth to maintain the necessity of true penance and good works, &c. In six paragraphs, each of which is signed by Barnes. The whole paper is also signed at the end by Will. Jerome and Thos. Gararde.
2. Jerome's confession.
“Be it known to all men that I, William Hierome, on myd[lent] Sunday last past, have preached erroneously, perniciously [and … at] Paules Crosse to the utter perverting of th[e]…. Which damnable doctrine I utterly detest and ref[use, desiring] heartily with earnest purpose to preach the contrary to the [utmost] of my power,” and renounce these articles following:--
First, where I taught that no magistrate can make those things different which St. Paul calls indifferent, that is, bind his subjects by law under pain of deadly sin, I now say that whatever law the ruler makes “touching the restraint in this thing indifferent,” we, his subjects, are bound to keep it.
(2.) Where I taught that “without works of penance, after I be once freely justified, I may be saved by Christ's passion alonely”; I now deny this and say that Christ's passion avails nothing men who do not repent. 3. Where I called the burgesses of Parliament “butter[flies, fools and] knaves with other words of reproof to the great defa[mation] of their name and office”; for this I submit to the King's mercy. I am ready to make open recantation of the two foresaid pestilent doctrines; as I have now learned of the King's Council and learned clergy “that I have not tofore learned.”
Mutilated, pp. 2.