On this date, May 22, 1377, Pope Gregory XI issued five “bulls” condemning the work of John Wycliffe. He feared that Wycliffe was dangerous to his cause and wanted to shut Wycliffe down.

Wycliffe believed that the Bible should be translated into the common language. He completed his translation directly from the Vulgate into English by the year 1382. This translation is now known as Wycliffe’s Bible.

Work of John Wycliffe is condemned

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