Here it gets bizarre. The author is in a fix. Following the Bible he believes
in polygamy. But he is stuck in a religious system which was founded on ignoring the Bible and has
legislated against polygamy. On November 11 1563 the Roman Catholic Council of trent said 'If anyone
says that it is lawful for Christians to have several wives at the same time, and that it is not
forbidden by any divine law, let him be anathema.'
All this appears to be fairly straightforward anti-polygamy stuff, but
our intrepid author tries to say that:-
a) they weren't really considering ordinary polygamy
b) They didn't think about missions and the pastoral question
c) They were only out to get the Reformers (some of whom said polygamy
was not sinful) with specific reference to Europe where it was against the custom. (They thought
they would win a greater market share of believers!)
d) 'anathema' and 'divine law' were used so much by the Council of Trent
that they didn't really mean anything by them.
Sadly it is a particularly unconvincing sight. Polygamy is fully compatible
with Christianity and fully incompatible with Roman Catholicism, which has proved to be one of
its (and the Church's) most bitter and committed enemies. Work it out for yourselves.