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Gregory VII (Pope)

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That it has pleased God to make Holy Scripture obscure in certain places lest, if it were perfectly clear to all, it might be vulgarized and subjected to disrespect or be so misunderstood by people of limited intelligence as to lead them into error.
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In response to the request made in 1079 by Vratislaus, duke of Bohemia, seeking permission to use Slavonic in local church services.
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Awake! magazine December 2011, page 7; They Tried to Keep God’s Word From the Masses.

 
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