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FROM THE RECENT ACTS OF THE EMPEROR NAPOLEON.
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To shew the high prerogative of which, France, Spain, and Portugal, more especiallythe Church of Rome holds itselt intitled, i countries the most devoied to the interesis of we have only to appeal to their own writers the sovereign Ponrifts--can abundantly prove for anthentic proots. Cardinal Bellarmine, the frequency and the extent of pious frauds. when treating of the Roman Poutiffs, tells: The legends of the Ronusu saints are filled us that they must peculiarly well under with miracles reported to have been wrought stand the authority of their own See. Let for the establishment of corrupt doctrives, and ns therefore hear them speak from their apos idolatrous worship. tulic chair.
“ It is observable that the Man of Sin is “ He who reigneth on bigh, to whom all said to perform his miracles in the sight of power is given in heaven and in earth, hath men, in order to deceive them, and in the sight committed the one buly Catholie and Apos of the beast, in order to serve bin : but not in tolic Church, out of which there is no salva- j the sight of God to serve his cause, or promote tion, to be governed with plenitude of power his religion. Now miracles, visions, and reve. by one only on earth; nanely, by Peter, the lations, are the mighty boasts of the churcii prince of the Apostles, and by the successor of of Rome; the contrivance of an artful cunning Peter, the Roman Pontiff'. This one he hath clergy, to impose mpon an ignorant credulous consiiluted a prince over all nuions, and alllaity. Even tire is pretended to come down kinydoms; to pluck up, waste, destroy, plant, from hearin, as in the case of St. Anthony's and build."
fire, and other instances cited by Brightman, These are the words of Pope Pius V. in and other writers on the Revelation; and in his Boll against Queen Elizabeth; towards solemn excommunications, which are called the conclusion of which, Supported," he the thunders of the church, and are persays, “ by the authority of him who bath seen
formed with the ceremony of casting down fit to place hiin, however unequal to so great burning torch's froin on high, symbols and a charge in this supreme throne of justice, emblems of fire froin hearen. Miracles are he declares, in the pientitude of his Apos- thought so necessary and essential, that they tolical authority, the said Elizabeth laid under
are reckoned among the notes of the Catholic a sentence of Anathemı, deprived of all rights Church; and they are alleged principally in and title to her kingdoun, her sn!jects ab support of purgatory, prayers for the dead, solved from all oatiss of a legiance to her, and the worship of saints, images, and relics, and those who obey her involved in the like sen the like (as they are called) Catholic doctrines. tence of Anathema."
But if these miracles were all real, we learn The See of Rome, as it was rising to this from hence what opinion we ought to frame plentinde of power, endeavoured to support of them; and what then shall we say, if they itself by every appeal to the peculiar favour are all fictions and counterfeits? They are in. of beaven. Many of the Popes confirmed their ideed so far from being any proof of the true authority by the pretended evidence of ghosts church, that they are rather a proof of a false and of persons athrmed to be risen from the
oue; they are, we sce, the distinguishing dend. Such is the exact conduct of him who mark of Antichrist." was preslictes to come after she w rking of To corroborate these observations, let 11$ Satan, with all power, and signs, and lying won turn to the description of the church in the ders, and rcith all deceirableness of unrighitous enth century. “ Both Greeks and Latins ness, who deceiveth them that dwell on earth by placed the essence and life of religion in the means of those miracles which he had power to do. worship of images and departed saints, in The Papal See has laid claim to the power of searching after with zeal, and preserving with working miracles, as to one of the marks of a devout care and veneration, the sacred relics the true church, and persuaded the credulous of holy men and women ; and in accumulating and the superstitious of the dark ages, to riches upon the priests and monks, whose allow its pretensions. The history of Italy, opulence increased with the progress of super
siition. Scarcely did any Christian dare to remitting the penalties imposed upou trauss approach the throne of God, without render gressors, and assumed almost euiirely this ing tirst the saints and images propitious by a profitable traffic to themselves.
To consoleinn round of expiatory rites and lustra sequence of this new measure, the Court of tions. The fears of purgatory, of that lire Rome became the general magazine of ivwhich was to destroy the remaining im. duigeuces: and the Pontitis, when either purities of departed souls, were now carried the wants of the Church, the emptiness to the greatest height, and exceeded by far of their coffers, or the demon of avarice the terrifying apprehensions of internal tor. prompted them to look out for new subs ments; tip they hoped to avoid the latter sidies, published not only an universal, but easily, by dying enriched with the prayers also a complete, or what they call a plenary of the clergy, or covered with the merits and rcinission of all temporal pains and penalties, mediations of the saints ; while from the pains which the Church had annexed to certain of purgatory they knew there was no exemp transgressions. They went still farther, and tion. The clergy therefore, tinding these super not only remitted the penalties which the civil $titious terrors adınirably adapted to increase and ecclesiastical laws bad enacted against their authority and promote their interest, transgressors, but anduciously usurped the auused every method to augment them, and by thority which belongs to (iod alone, and impiously the most pathetic discourses, accompanied petended to abolish even the punishments which with monstrous fables, and fictitious miracles, are reserves in a future state for the workers on they laboured to establish the doctrine of iniquity; a step this, which the Bishops with purgatory, and also to make it appear that all their avarice and presumption had netier shey had a miglity interest in that formidable once ventured to take.” Ile opened his moutie region."
in blasphemy against Go:l. « God alone hath Tbe sovereign Pontiff exercised the au
given power to forgive sins,” is the declara. tlıority he had obtaiued in making and pub- tion of our Lord. Jishing edicts and constitutions for the esta " When a new Pope is inaugurated, lie is blishment of idolatry. Divine honours were clothed with the pontifical robes, and crowned, conferred upou reputed -saints, who were and placed upon the altar of the church of St. solemoly canonized according to the regular Peter at Rome, and the Cardinals come and forms of consecration. As they were sup kiss liis feet, which ceremony is called adoraposed to be possessed of divine power, the tion. They first elect, and then they worship most fervent prayers were offered up to him; as in the medals of Martin V. where two them--the name of God, and of them that are represented crowning tlic Pope, and two dicell in heaven, was blasphement, and the Sukneeling before him, with this inscription, preme Being was deprived of the glory and Quorm creant, adorant-whom they create they worship due to him alone, and the name adore." Can any one be a spectator of this of the genuine saints and angels was abused impions ceremony, and not be struck by the by setting them up as mediators and inter appearance of the Man of Sin who exalteh hime cessors for mankiud. The divine laws were sell, and as God sitteth in the temple of God, changed. In the Popishi wass-books, and in showing himself that he is God? the tables written in the churches, the second “ Among the Catholics, Cardival Orsi says, commandment, so directly pointed against all there is no one who dares deny, or can deny, idolatry, was omitted; and, in order to make that Jesus Christ has instituted a monarchy, up the complete number of the Decalogue, or form of nonarchical government in his the tenth commandment is divided into two. church, and that the supreme head of this It has been the practice of the Church of monarchy is the Roman Pontifl.” This is de Rome for many ages, to dispense for money clared with great solemnity from the portico of with the duc obscrvance of the precepts of the St. Peter's Church, in the presence of a numer. Gospel, and to sell indulgences, pardons, and ous assembly at the coronation of a Pope; absolutions, even for crines of the most when a Cardinal Deacon having taken the atrocious nature. Of the progress of this mitre from his head, another places on it infamous traffic, we may judge by the account the triple crown, and says, « Receive this given of it in the twelfth century.
Tiara adorned with three crowns; and know « When the Roman Pontiit's cast an eye that thou art Father of Princes and Kings, upon the immense treasures that the infe. Governor of the Globe of the Earth, Vicegerent rior rulers of the Church were accumulat of our Saviour Jesus Christ." ing by the sale of indulgeuces, they thought With such pretensions to more than mortal proper to limit the power of the Bishops in honours, agrees the language of Gregory 11.
addressed in his Epistle to the Emperor Leo. Now the spirit sperketh expressly, that in in the eigth century, which will show how the latter times some shall depart from the faith, soon the sovereigo Pontifi' began to exalt bim- forbidding to marry, anil commanding to abstain self, even when affecting a style of bumility-- || from meats, which God hath created to be rece ved “ Are you ignorant that the Popes are the with thanksgiving of them which believe and knew bund of uniou, the mediators of peace between the the truth. the East and West? The eyes of the nations Had the great A postle of the Gentiles are fixed on our bumility; and they rerere as a beheld in the ages that succeeded bis owo), God upon earth the Apostle St. Peter, whose the sects of Encratites and Apostolici, who obimage you threaten to destroy. The remote served the most rigid abstinence, and conand interior kingdoms of the West present demued marriage as au unholy state-Had their homage to Christ and his Vicegerent.” || he seen the numerous monks, who, forniSimilar were the presumptuous, or rathering the different classes of Cænobites and blasphemous appellations either claimed or Anuchorets, devoted themselves to a recluse approved by bis successors. Innocent III. | life, and gradually overflowing like a torrent, asserted the Popes held on earth the place not first the Greek, and afterwards the Latin of mere men, but of the true God Martin V. Church-And if he had lived to sce all Europe in the instructions which he gave to the covered with religious houses, and those anibassadors whom be sent to Constantinople, || houses peopled with nuns and friars of all styled bimself the Most l'oby and the Most | denominations, who, in common with the Blessed, who has the celestial empire, who is Popish laiiy, preserved during Lent, and at Lord upou Earth, Successor of St. Peter, the other times, the injunctions of the sovereign Christ of the Lorrl, the Master of the Cni- | Pontiff, to abstain from fesh— The great verse, the Father of Kings, and the light of Apostle might have drawn a more full pic. the world.” An Archbishop thus addressed | ure ; but he could not have given a more Leo X. “ All power is given unto you, and striking sketch, by a few masterly strokes, he who said all excepted nothing." This | than he has done. Pope suffered himself to be styled Divine We learn from Mosheim, that the great Majesty. Paul V. allowed himself to be work ascribed to the monastic orders, the supcalled Vice-God, and received the prophetic | port of the Papal authority, was more espeJanguage of Jeremiah and Daniel as applicable || cially performed by two mendicant classes to bimself. Thus the authority with which of monks.-" The power of the Dominicaus for many centuries the Popes claimed the and Franciscans surpassed greatly that of the disposal of the dominion of the earth, the other two orders, and rendered thein singularly obedience which they required to their decrees, || conspicuous in the eyes of the world. During and the exalted and impious titles which they | three centuries these two fraternities go. assumed or authorized, demonstrate the full verned, with an almost universal and absolute establishment of the predicted universal em sway both state and church, filled the most pire. Modern like ancient Rome kept the eminent posts ecclesiastical and civil, taught world in subjection to its laws : it deroured, in the universities and churches, with an aubrake in pieces, and stumped the residue with its | thority, before which all opposition was silent, feet.
and maintained the pretended Majesty of the But where, it may be asked, are any traces Roman Pontiffs, against Kings, Princes, to be found in the propbecies, of those pe Bishops, and Heretics, with incredible ardour culiar institutions and practices which have || and equal success.' And since the reformadistinguished the Church of Rome so very lition, the Papal pretensions to universal suremarkabıly from all others—the celibacy of premacy have been supported with equal zeal, ber clergy, the instilution of her fasts, and and even carried into another hemispliere, by spirit of persecution, that has so often drawn that order who have assumed the very name of the sword against the more pure professors of Jesus. the Gospel.
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