Passing Bull 354 – Vows

Gibbon slammed many aspects of religion, and saved some of his best barbs for footnotes, like this:

I have somewhere heard or read the frank admission of a Benedictine abbot: ‘My vow of poverty has given me a hundred thousand crowns a year; my vow of obedience has raised me to the rank of sovereign prince.’  I forget the consequences of his vow of chastity.

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