Latin text: Iohannis Wyclif De Civili Dominio , vol. 2., ed. J. Loserth (London: WS, 1900), pp. 5–7.
At the beginning of this chapter, Wyclif explains that he is responding here to a Benedictine monk in Oxford who attacked his claim that temporal lords may remove property from churchmen who abuse it in some way. This principle played a defining role in Wyclif’s late politicalthought. Throughout the chapter, he addresses the monk as ‘my brother’.
[In defending his position on sacerdotal exemption from taxation,] my