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ation, honoring their reliqucs; which Belermine calls Sacrapignora patronorum nostrum (a). It is in short, a grievous ufur paion and iniquity, a sore disgrace to reason and :hristianity; and by decreeing and dispensng, by an usurped authority, and pretended nfallibility, hath sacrilegiously dared to subtitute the most impious and senseless ecclefiastial traditions in the room of the perfect and vrspicucus holy scriptures.
Nor is this the worst of that dreadful and ong apostacy. It hath not only most basely :orrupted the pure religion of Jesus in the locking articles I have mentioned, and inroduced infinite superstitions in the place of he most reasonable service. It hath not ony brought in a creed that strikes at the di'ine unity, and changed one half of the )lainest rite in the world, the institution of he Lord's supper, into a doctrine full of all nanner of absurdity and contradiction: It lath not only reduced the worship of the :burch to plane idolatry, by a marianolatry^ i demono/atry, and the worship os bread, by mages, and the relicks of dead men (b), and
(a) Bellarm. de Relig-Sanft. cap. ii.
(b) The lapse of the church into the worship of dead nen's bodys, and rotten bones, and hair and nails, and old hoes and clouts,is tobefurecue of the grea'cst and most: eplorable victorys that the kingdom of darkness could ain upon Christianity. The papal rites of worshipping hesc things are, precejjions, genuflexions, bowing the body,
Ft 4 . "thuand bound these dangerous errors and corruptions on the faith and practice of her
thurifications, defoliations, burning of lights, and pilgrimages; and in so doing, the catholics far transcend the antient Romans adoration of their Ancilia, the supposed pledges of empire ; or the idolatry of the Jews to that sacred relique, the brazen serpent; yet those doating devotionijls of Christendom, learned and unlearned, are so full of a divine and wonder-working virtue residing in those inanimate things, that they fall down before them in the most degenerat manner, and not only from the intire carcases of those super's and fupera, but from the chine-bone of one supernal, the finger of another.. the toe of a third, the slcull of a fourth, the blood of a fifth, and ten thousand other trumperies, expect a cure, or salutary grace. Gratiam aliquant et salutem, fays Baronius (a). Their bodies and their bones (fays aPontistcian,) are replenijjhed with spiritual grace, and a beneficial miracle- working power, and by touching them with faith, we may attraSl the sanHification and vivificative virtu* which restdeth in them: (in fanctis divinitas infita membris) (b). Dreadful stuff! And yet a thousand great Men of the Romish church have labored in desence of it, and for our worshipping the Veronica, the holy thorn, the wood and the nails of the cross, etc. etc. Even the admired Paschal, that wonder of a man, has desended the bolj thorn, and tells us, that it cured his sister of a blind eye. The bigot! He was as thorow a papist in the mysteries, the host, the saints, the relicks, as any jesuit he writ against. It was not popery he opposed in his fine Provincial letters; but the wicked maxims of the politic society of Jesus. Paschal dyed August 19, 1662, in his thirtythird year. He had the wax candles and the host .in
(a) De Relig. Sanct.
(b) Petavius, torn. iv. p. 2. cap. 11. —And chapters after chapters upon the fame senseless subject.
members by Anathema: but in direct opposition to the extensively-merciful and benevolent constitution of the gospel, the church of Rome pursues with a merciless cruelty, all who refuse a full and intire assent to the schismatical principles and horrible corruptions of the Romish communion. With an absurdity and iniquity that is amazing, she persecutes honest men, good neighbours, peaceable subjects, who carefully avoid whatever would injure and provoke, and take all opportunities to serve and oblige those about them: and sends them to dungeons, galleys, and the wheel; tortures them with all the torments of her inquisition, and reduces their familys to beggary, merely because they will not go to her altars, and bow their knees before her idols j and this, notwithstanding it is self-evident, that repeating a creed, or wearing a name, or performing a ceremony, cannot
his chamber the night he was dying, and he was anointed as plentifully as any of the people, in that miserable priestly imposition, called the sacrament of extreme unction. Note—the Veronica is the impression cf our Lord's face on a handkerchief, which one Veronica wiped his face with as he carryed his cross. The handkerchief, as good tradition, that blessed historian, tells the story, was in three folds, and so received three figures of Jesus Christ. One Veronica is at Rome; another in Spain i a third in Jerusalem. The thing was never heared of till the eleventh century, and yet they pray as formally to the Veronica, as if they were speaking to Christ himself.
be be true religion; but it is that inward convic~iion of mind and reasonable service, which violence and persecution can never produce. For these reasons, Jewks, we must be eternal enemys to popery.and bent on her destruction to the utmost of our abilitys. The thing we must abhor, as we honor God, and the religion of Jesus. But we must love the catholics, as they call themselves, because they are men, our neighbours and relations.
As to the honorable Dorcas, who founded the abbey I have mentioned, there is no farther account of her than that she was the daughter of one Richard Fitz-Peter, Earl of Essex, who lived in the reign of king John: But the pope who confirmed the foundation, and bestowed many privileges on the house, is better known to us. He is that sovereign pontiff to whom John made the infamous concession of his crown, and by whose legate, Pandulphe, he was treated as a beaten slave.
This pope was the famous cardinal Lcthcire, who took the name of Innocent the third, and dyed the 16th of July, 1216, three months and two days before the death of John; and three years and two months after he had, by virtue of his apostolical power, made 'John swallow the bitter cup of abjection.
His holyness, if we will credit Maimbourg, (Hist, de Croiss. 1. 8.) was elected by the ma
nisesr. inspiration of the Holy Ghost; and m the other hand, one who had the honor of .anonization, I mean St. Lutgard, tell us, hat this head of the church appeared to sim, the said saint, immediately after his he said head's death, and his appearance vas in a flame of fire from purgatory j :hat head told him, he should have been Jamned everlastingly, if it had not been for the intercession of the mother of God, and lotwithslanding his deliverance from eternal pain, that he was to be in the greatest torments till the day of judgment j that three things he had committed in his pontificat were the- cause of these inflictions, and he related the three particulars to the faint; who related to them to Thomas de Cantinpre', who relates this story; but in regard to the pope, par respect pour lui, he would not let the world know what the three particulars were. You will find this in the life of Lutgardis, ap. Surium, lib. ii. cap. 16. Junii. And if we cannot believe it, tho a faint is the teller, yet it (hews his holiness was a very bad man, in the opinion of the writers of his own church : And of him Fleury fays in his Ecclesiastical History, Liv. 17. Innocent lll.avoit fait desgrandes jantes.
This pope having excommunicated some princes who appeared against his tyrannical proceedings, preached a sermon upon the occasion, and chose this text Glafae,