chapter  82
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ByG. THE LOLLARDS AND WITCHCRAFT
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The Pope In his earlier career Wyclif had accepted the orthodox view that there should be one head of the Church Militant, who was to be obeyed as the Vicar of Christ. Before 1378 he had censured the character and actions of Pope Gregory XI but only as an individual; but the Schism of 1378 and the subsequent strife of the two rivals for the papacy convinced him that the Gospel does not provide any authority for the institution of the papacy, that Peter was not above the other apostles nor the pope above other bishops.