by Dante Alighieri
Paradiso Politics Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Canto.Line). We used Allen Mandelbaum's translation.
One of the major political sins of the clerics is their yielding to bribery and selling of indulgences (or absolution) for money.
[Adam to Dante] …"My son,
the cause of my long exile did not lie
within the act of tasting of the tree,
but solely in my trespass of the boundary." (Par. XXVI, 115-117)
For God's law, as for all laws, one's crime does not lie necessarily in doing some deed (in Adam's case tasting the fruit), but in knowingly and willfully crossing the boundary agreed upon by both parties as law. Such a step is a violation of the contract God has made with man.
[Beatrice to Dante]: "That you not be amazed at what I saw,
consider this: on earth no king holds sway;
therefore, the family of humans strays." (Par. XXVII, 139-141)