National Geographic : 1894 Jan 31
234 W. E. Curtis-Pre-Columbian, Vatican Documents. and to procure their instruction in the faith, you desire that there be appointed some professed members of an approved religious body who shall preach and make known the word of God in these islands and direct and guide the natives in the way of the Lord's commandments. Accordingly in God's name we most heartily approve your pious desire and in the pleni tude of our apostolic authority grant you by these presents full and unrestricted power to assign for this work 120 minorites of the order of Preachers and 10 professed Jeronymites, whom you, beloved son, or your representatives in those islands shall ascer tain to be qualified for the undertaking and willing to assume it. We grant, moreover, to those professed religions liberty to repair thither even without having asked or obtained the permission of their superiors; to preach there the word of God, and for this purpose to reside there, living, however, in a manner becoming the religious and wearing the habit of their order. It is also our wish that these religions have free and lawful possession, use and enjoyment of each and every one of the privileges, immu nities, exemptions, prerogatives, favors and indults which other members of the same orders dwelling in their own houses and monasteries possess, use and enjoy by law, custom or any other title, and this we concede notwithstanding constitutions and pro visions of the apostolic see, statutes of the aforesaid orders con firmed by oath, apostolic letters to these orders and to their superiors, prelates and members, no matter of what tenor they may be, what form they may have, and what clauses or decrees they may be furnished with, even if granted freely and spon taneously, with certain knowledge and in the form of a brief, and though conceded repeated times, approved and renewed; all of which and all other provisions to the contrary we espe cially and expressly annul in this case, though otherwise they are to remain in full force. Given at Rome, etc, the 19th of October, 1532, 9th year Blosius.
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