stew

Maroseika

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Hi.
From Fuller's "The holy state" (1642):

Yet in time [lady Paula] overcame her sorrow, herein being assisted by the counsel and comfort of S. Hierome, whose constant frequenting of her, commented upon by his enemies malice (which will pry narrowly and talk broadly) gave occasion to the report, that he accompanied with her for dishonest intents. Surely if the accusations of slanderous tongues be proofs, the primitive times had no Churches but stews.

Paula lived in the IV century and sorrowed after her husband's death.
What does mean "stew"? Does the authour liken primitive churces to the boiling pots, i.e. if accusations were true, Paula would have been, figuratively, torn to pieces by the flock?
 
  • Maroseika

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    I saw this sense, but did not see how it could fit the context.
    So the sense is that it was quite possible that accusations be proofs, because primitive churches were brothels?
     
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