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OF

THE PERSECUTING PRINCIPLEs

OF THE

CHURCH OF ROME,

ANI) THE

CORRUPTIONS OF THE NICENE CHURCH
IN THE FOURTH CENTURY,

ANID OF

THE CHURCH OF ROME,

FROM THE FOURTH CENTURY UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF
T. SIXTEENTH CENTURY.

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L O N D O N :
PUBLISHED BY THE BRITISHI SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING THE
RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLES OF THE REFORMATION,
8, E X ET E R H ALL, ST R A N D.

1850.

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PREFATORY REMARKS.

THE design of this work is, to relieve, in some measure, the Parochial Clergy, whose time is occupied in their pastoral duties, from the irksome labour of toiling through the ponderous folios of the Romish Councils and Decretals, the IBullarium Magnum, Baronius, &e. &c., when their parishes are invaded by the missionary priests, or the monks, or the Sisters of Charity and the other emissaries of the Church of Rome. It has no pretensions to literary talent ; but the extracts may be relied upon, and safely quoted as genuine. Should the work answer the end for which it has been compiled, the author will be- amply compensated for his trouble.

G. FINCH.

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^ Heretics are to be forced to salvation . . Augustine ~ Heretics profitably suffer what the Catholics profitably inflict Augustine * The Church rightly persecutes heretics - Augustine The Church may seek the aid of kings . Augustine The Church justly persecutes the wicked . Augustine From the exâmple 6f Christ the bad are to be forced to good Augustine Moseschastisedthepeoplenotfromeruelty butlove. Augustine - Earthly powers ought to war againstTthe enemiesTof the Church - - - Gregorius I. The vengeance, which improves, is not to be restrained Augustine A mam ought to love his neighbour as himself Augustine The guilty are to be punished, but not capitally Augustine What the priests cannot effectby teaching, power must exact Isidore The kingly and priestly power must defend those things which belong to â religious confession - . Leo I. Earthly princes ought not to spare the wicked . Cyprian — Let earthly powers coerce schismatics and heretics Pelagius, Papa -They are not homicides, who from zeal for Mother Church are armed against the excommunicated . Urban II. The peace of the Church consoles her for those who are lost Augustine

The Church ought to force the bad to good, as Christ forced
Paul Augustine

Let Rusticus be compelled to tirn to the Lord by a fine
\ Gregorius I.

He who dies for the defence of the Christians will obtain
heavem Leo IV.

To punish crime for Göd, is not cruelty buí piety Jerome The wicked are to be cut off - - Jerome

THE DECRETALs of PoPE GREGoRY IX.

- Herétics are to be handed over to the secular power, &c. Pope Lucius III.

VOL. I.

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