In Defense of Anglicanism (3)

It is true we have departed from [Roman Catholicism], and for so doing we both give thanks to Almighty God, and greatly rejoice on our own behalf. But yet for all this, from the primitive church, from the apostles, and from Christ, we have not departed. Let them compare our churches and theirs together, and they shall see that themselves have most shamefully gone from the apostles, and we most justly have gone from them [Roman Catholicism].

—John Jewel, An Apology of the Church of England 1562

Again, do not focus on the anti-Roman rhetoric. If you do, you miss Jewel’s point. He is not against the church per se but only those practices that he considers to have no basis in the primitive church, in the apostolic teaching, or in the teachings of Christ.