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THE CHURCH OF ROME,
FROM THE FOURTH CENTURY UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF

THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY.

By

G. Finch see the

VOL. I.

LONDON:
PUBLISHED BY THE BRITISH SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING THE

RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLES OF THE REFORMATION,
8, EXETER HALL, STRAND.

1850.

BX1765

F5
V.

2.7823

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 Bullarium Magnum, Baronius, &c. &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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INDEX

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CORPUS JURIS CANONICI, GREGORII XIII. ETC. Heretics are to be forced to salvation

Augustine 1 Heretics profitably suffer what the Catholics profitably inflict

Augustine 2 I The Church rightly persecutes heretics Augustine 3 The Church may seek the aid of kings

Augustine The Church justly persecutes the wicked Augustine 4 From the example of Christ the bad are to be forced to good

Augustine 4 Moses chastised the people not from cruelty but love. Augustine

5 Earthly powers ought to war against the enemies of the Church

Gregorius I. 5 The vengeance, which improves, is not to be restrained

Augustine 6 A man ought to love his neighbour as himself Augustine 7 The guilty are to be punished, but not capitally Augustine

7 What the priests cannot effect by teaching, power must exact

Isidore 8 The kingly and priestly power must defend those things which belong to a religious confession

Leo I. 8 Earthly princes ought not to spare the wicked Cyprian 8 Let earthly powers coerce schismatics and heretics

Pelagius, Papa 9 They are not homicides, who from zeal for Mother Church

are armed against the excommunicated Urban II. 9 The peace of the Church consoles her for those who are lost

Augustine 10 The Church ought to force the bad to good, as Christ forced Paul

Augustine 10 Let Rusticus be compelled to turn to the Lord by a fine

Gregorius I. 11 He who dies for the defence of the Christians will obtain heaven

Leo IV. 11 To punish crime for God, is not cruelty but piety Jerome 11 The wicked are to be cut off

Jerome 12 THE DECRETALS OF POPE GREGORY IX. Herétics are to be handed over to the secular power, &c.

Pope Lucius III. 12 VOL. I.

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