|Boccaccio, Decameron First day, Second Story|
Gianotto and Abraham
"I don't like them a bit, and may God condemn them all; and I tell you this because as far as I could tell, I saw in Rome no holiness, no devotion, no good works or exemplary life or anything else good among the clergy. What I saw was lust, avarice, gluttony, fraud, envy, pride, and even worse . . . I consider Rome the brithplace of the devil rather than the seat of divine power. In my opinion, the pope is attempting to reduce the Christian church to nothing and drive it from the face of the earth."