Beatrice de Planissoles is a 13th century noblewoman whose affair
with the village priest puts her under suspicion with the Inquisitor.
Listen to the words of Beatrice
"Later, towards Easter, he came to visit me several times, and asked
me to give myself to him. I said to him one day when he was
soliciting me in my own home that I would rather give myself to 4
men than to one priest, because I had heard that a woman who had
been known carnally by a priest could not see the face of God.
To which he responded that I was stupid and ignorant, because
the sin was the same for a woman to be known by her husband or by
any other man, equally whether the man was her husband or a priest.
It was an even greater sin with a husband, he said because the
spouse believed she did not sin with a husband, but she had a
conscience with other men. The sin was therefore greater in
the first case.
I asked him how he could talk thus, being a priest, because one
said in church that marriage had been instituted by God and that
it was the first sacrament, instituted by God between Adam and Eve,
so that there would be no sin when spouses knew one another.
He replied "If it was God who instituted marriage between Adam
and Eve and if he created them, why did he not guard them from sin?"
I understood then that he was saying that God did not create
Adam and Eve and had not instituted marriage between them. He
added that the Church taught many falsehoods. The ecclesiastics
said this, because they were not inspired by respect or fear.
Indeed, in part the Gospel and the Pater, and all the other texts
of Scripture were "affitilhas", a word that one uses in the vulgar
tongue to designate words that one adds to what one has heard.
I replied to him that because of this the ecclesiastics plunged
the people into error."
This translation is the work of Dr. Nancy Stork of San Jose State
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