Imagini ale paginilor

addressed his legate there established in the following terms :— The Roman pontiff, ESTABLISHED by God over kings and their kingdoms, sovereign chief of the Hierarchy in the church militant, and holding the first rank above all mortals, sitteth in tranquillity in the throne of judgment, and scattereth away all evil with his eyes. ... You have yet to learn that St. Stephen, the first Christian King of Hungary, offered and gave that kingdom to the Roman Church, not willing to receive the crown on his own authority, but rather to receive it from the Vicar of Jesus Christ ; since he knew that no man taketh this honour to himself, but he that is called of God.'

How wonderfully was that text fulfilled in Boniface, And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies.Nor was this all. He openly declared himself to be “King of Kings, Monarch of the World, and sole Lord and Governor both in spirituals and temporals.' He applied to himself that text in Jeremiah, “God hath set me over the nations, and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, &c.His cardinals had gone so far as to maintain that no man in his senses could doubt that the Pope, as chief of the spiritual hierarchy, can dispense with the sin of every man living,

Our opinion, is, that 'no man in his senses can doubt that this is horrid u blasphemy.However,

, the Cardinals disavowed on the part of Boniface any assertion that the king of France held his temporalities of the Pope. It appears that this offended Boniface, who rebuked them for their want of courage and attachment, enforced on them the indisputable subjection of things temporal to things spiritual, and persisted in commanding their attendance at Rome.' (Hist. of Church, p. 437.)

The famous bull, Unam Sanctam, soon followed, speakinggreat things and blasphemies.” Take for instance one short sentence, 'We declare, define, and pronounce, that it is absolutely essential to the salvation of every human being, that he be subject to the Roman Pontiff'

The bull of Pius V. against our Queen Elizabeth began as follows:—He that reigneth on high, to whom is given all power both in heaven and on earth, hath committed the one holy catholic and apostolic church, out of which there is no salvation, to one alone on earth, namely to Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and to the Roman Pontiff, successor of Peter, to be governed with a plenitude of power : this one he hath constituted Prince over all nations and over all kingdoms, that he might pluck up, &c.' The Pope then deprives the Queen of her pretended right to the kingdom, and of all dominion, dignity and privilege whatever, and absolves all the nobles, subjects and people of the kingdom and whoever else have sworn allegiance to her, from their oath and from all duty whatever, in regard of dominion, fidelity and obedience. This bull was published in 1569. But the Pope had “ a mouth speaking greater things than he was able to perform. The Queen of England was a match for the Bishop of Rome. Her subjects were too loyal to be seduced into rebellion.

The Popish Party, therefore, applied to the pontiff' to have the bull so understood, that it should always bind her and the heretics, but in no respect bind Catholics, as matters then stood, but at some future time, when the bull could be put into execution.'

What profound iniquity is here! The Pope gave permission to have his bull so understood, by faculties bearing date April 14, 1580. They were taken about one of their complyces, immediately after Campion's death,' and are confirmed by the confession of Hart, who 'adds that the Pope dispensed with them to obey and serve her, without peril of excommunication : which dispensation is to endure but till it please the Pope otherwise to determine.'

Thus as Mr. Mendham has well observed, the true vicar of him, who was a murderer from the beginning,knew no compassion for the lives of his subjects, when the supposed interest of his kingdom required the sacrifice; and yet was induced with the flexible policy of the serpent to spare them, when that interest changed its aspect.' (Literary Policy of the Church of Rome. Preface to the Second Edition, page xv.)

The bull of Sixtus the Fifth against Henry king of Navarre and the prince of Condé, whom he was pleased to denominate “ Sons of wrath,commenced in the following lofty strain :- The authority given to St. Peter and his successors by the immense power of the eternal King exceeds all the power of earthly kings and princes. It passes uncontrollable sentence over

all. And if it find any of them resisting God's ordinance, it takes more severe vengeance of them, casting them down from their thrones, though never so powerful, and tumbling them down to the lowest parts of the earth, as the ministers of aspiring Lucifer. The Pope then' deprives them and their posterity of their dominions and kingdoms for ever : he absolves their subjects from their oaths of allegiance, and forbids any obedience to be paid to them.'

What a wonderful comment have we in these bulls of the Popes on the truth of Scripture! There has been indeed given to the Beast“ a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies.The blasphemies of the Papacy will be noticed more particularly in a following chapter.





In prophetical language a day stands for a year. I have appointed thee each day for a year," said God to the prophet Ezekiel. And we know that the seventy weeks of Daniel were seventy weeks of years, or four hundred and ninety years. The same Daniel, who foretold the first coming of Christ with such wonderful accuracy, has fixed the period for his Millennial appearing. The saints are to be given into the hands of the Pope “ for a time, times, and the dividing of a time,” i. e. for three prophetical years and a half. (Chap. vii. 25.) But then “ the judgment shall sit and they shall take awaythe Pope's dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end." (See also chap. xii. 7.) The prophecies of St. John agree with those of Daniel. . For "

For“ power was given unto the Beast to continue forty and two months.'

« ÎnapoiContinuați »