“For truly the foundation with which the church is grounded in Christ is the faith which Peter confessed.”
One feature of clerical power that Hus scrutinised closely was the sacrament of confession. He rejected Rome's understanding of Matthew 16:17-19: “whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Hus suggests that this was not the power to forgive sin. He insists that only God can forgive sinners.
“Christ alone is the head of the church”…and where the “word of the pope comes up against the word of Christ” we must “submit to the scriptures.”
In De Ecclesia Hus quotes the Bible 419 times. His view of scriptural authority was not very different from the teaching of the Church of the day. However, where he dissented was that, in case of conflict between faith and practice, scripture was the supreme authority, not Church authorities. This called into question Church magisterium and papal infallibility.
“Who even doubts that to hear confession and consult unto salvation and to preach the Word of God are works of mercy? Similarly to present the sacrament of the eucharist to the devout people and to baptize are works of mercy. What therefore, is the reason for withdrawing these things from the people of God without any demerit on their part?