The Sketch of the Romish Controversy

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British society, 1850
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Strana 72 - The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men, in the which the pure Word of God is preached, and the Sacraments be duly ministered according to Christ's ordinance, in all those things that of necessity are requisite to the same. As the Church of Jerusalem, Alexandria, and Antioch, have erred ; so also the Church of Rome hath erred, not only in their living and manner of Ceremonies, but also in matters of Faith.
Strana 73 - The bishops assumed, in many places, a princely authority, particularly those who had the greatest number of churches under their inspection, and who presided over the most opulent assemblies. They appropriated to their evangelical function the splendid ensigns of temporal majesty. A throne, surrounded with ministers, exalted above his equals the servant of the meek and humble Jesus ; and sumptuous garments dazzled the eyes and the minds of the multitude into an ignorant veneration for their arrogated...
Strana 78 - ... a variety of causes. A ridiculous precipitation in receiving new opinions, a preposterous desire of imitating the pagan rites, and of blending them with the Christian worship, and that idle propensity which the generality of mankind have toward a gaudy and ostentatious religion ; all contributed to establish the reign of superstition upon the ruins of Christianity.
Strana 73 - This change in the form of ecclesiastical government was soon followed by a train of vices which dishonoured the character and authority of those to whom the administration of the church was committed. For though several yet continued to exhibit to the world illustrious examples of primitive piety and Christian virtue, yet many were sunk in luxury and voluptuousness, puffed up with vanity, arrogance, and ambition, possessed with a spirit of contention and discord, and addicted to many other vices...
Strana 77 - Hence arose that extravagant veneration for departed saints, and those absurd notions of a certain fire destined to purify separate souls, that now prevailed, and of which the public marks were every where to be seen. Hence, also, the celibacy of priests, the worship of images and relics, which, in...
Strana 196 - O vanitas vanitatum, sed non vanior, quam insanior ! Fulget ecclesia in parietibus, et in pauperibus eget.
Strana 420 - The Book of the Roman Catholic Church; in a series of Letters addressed to Robert Southey, esq. on his "Book of the Church.
Strana 208 - Huiusmodi namque copulationem, quam contra ecclesiasticam regulam constat esse contractam, matrimonium non esse censemus.
Strana 70 - straight gate : for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, which leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in thereat ; 14. Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Strana 34 - Et, si satisfacere contempserit infra annum, significetur hoc summo pontifici, ut extunc ipse vasallos ab ejus fidelitate denunciet absolutos et terram exponat catholicis occupandam, qui eam exterminatis haereticis sine ulla contradictione possideant et in fidei puritate conservent; salvo...

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