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The Popes themselves have indulged a smile at the credulity of the vulgar*; but a false and obsolete title still sanctifies their reign, and by the same fortune which has attended the Decretals and the Sibylline oracles, the edifice has subsisted after the foundations have been undermined.

* Baronius n'en dit guères contre; encore en a-t-il trop dit, et l'on vouloit sans moi (Cardinal du Perron), qui l'empêchai, censurer cette partie de son histoire. J'en devisai un jour avec le Pape, et il ne me répondit autre chose que “ Che volete? i canonici la tengono:" il le disoit en riant. (Perroniana, p. 77.)

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