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Chap. I. OF THE ARK of Noah, he who is out of the Queit.3. Church may also escape Do you think, that be Stands, that he lives, who departs from the Church? It is a Fault, which cannot be was'd off even by a Man's Blood Such a Perfon may Die for his Religion, but HE CANNOT BE CROWN'D.

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2d. In the fourth Century, Lactantius says (9): It is therefore the Catholick Church only, which retains the true Worship. This Church is the Fountain of Truth, it is the House of Faith, it is the Temple of God. If any one either comes not into this Church, or departs from it, bis eternal SALVATION IS DESPERATE. No one must bere flatter bimfelf Obftinately; For his Soul and Salvation is at Stake.

In the fame Century S. Chryfoftom: (10) We know, that Salvation belongs to the CHURCH ALONE; and that no one can partake of Christ, nor BE SAV'D, out of the Catholick Church, and the Catholick Faith.

3d. In the fifth Century S. Auguftin told the Donatifts (who were the greatest Part of the Inhabitants of Africa, according (11) to Possidius, and had above four hundred Bishops in

their

(9) Sola igitur Catholica Ecclefia eft, quæ verum cultum retinet. Hic eft fons veritatis; hoc eft Domicilium fi. dei, bor templum Dei: que fi quis non intraverit, vel a qua fi quis exiverit, a fpe vite ac Salutis æternæ alienus eft. Neminem fibi oportet pertinaci concertatione blandiri, Agitur enim de vita & Salute. Lib. iv. divinarum Inftit. Cap. xxx

(1ο) μια δε προσήκειν ἐκκλησίᾳ τὴν σωτηρίαν ταύτην ἐπτε Φάκελα, και μηδένα της καθολικῆς ἔξωθεν εκκλησίας κα τάξεως, μετέχειν xesk δυνάμενον, μηδέ στίζεσθαι; Hom I in Patch.

F (11) In vità S. Auguflin, Cap. vii.

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their Communion) [12] in the Catholick Church Chap. 1. there are both good and bad, but there (amongst Quest.3. the Donatifts) ALL ARE BAD.

Again [13] We fay, you are all highly guilty, not of other Men's Crimes, but of that of Schifm, from which deteftable Sacrilege NO ONE OF YOU can fay he is innocent, as long as he does not communicate with the Unity of all Nations.

The Catholick Council of Zerta, an. 412, in a Synodical Letter, written by S. Auguftin, tells the Donatifts: [14] Therefore WHOEVER IS SEPARATED from this Catholick Church, how innocently and well foever he thinks he lives, yet for this Crime only, that he is Separated from the Unity of Chrift, he will not have Life, but the Anger of God REMAINS UPON HIM.

So writing to a [15] Convert, S. Augustin fays: In the Catholick Church there are both good

[12] Mali & boni funt in Ecclefia Catholica; ibi autem Soli mali Sunt, Tr. vi. in Joan. §. 12. [13]Vos omnes nocentes & Sceleratos esse Dicimus, non alios aliorum Criminibus Sed crimine Schifmatis, a quo immanif Simo Sacrilegio nemo veftrum fe poteft dicere immunem, quam diu non communicat unitati omnium gentium, L. ii. con. lit. Petil. C. xcvi. § 221. [14] Quifquis ab hac Catholica Ecclefia fuerit feparatus, quantumlibet laudabiliter fe vivere exiftimet, hoc folo fcelere, quod a Chrifti unitate disjun&us eft, non habebit vitam, fed ira Dei ma. net fuper eum, inter Epiftolas S. Aug. 141. olim 1520 [15] In Catholica Ecclefia boni funt & mali. Ab ea vero Separati, quamdiu contra illam Sentiunt,boni effe non poffunt. Quia & fi aliquos eorum bonos videtur oftendere quafi laudabilis converfatio, malos eos facit ipfa Divifio, dicente Domino, Qui mecum non eft, adverfum me eft ; & qui mecum non colligit, Spargit, Ep. ccviii. (olim ccix) §. 6, ad Feliciam Virginem.

Chap. 1.good, and bad. But thofe, who are Separated Queft.3.from it, as long as they remain in their Opinion against it, CANNOT BE GOOD. For tho' the ConverJation of fome of them appears commendable; yet their Separation from the Church MAKES THEM BAD, according to that of our Saviour: He, who is not with me, is against me; and he, who gathers not with me, Scatters, St. Luke

xi. v. 23.

And Speaking of Catholick Bishops, whom the Donatifts accus'd, as they did Pope Marcellinus, Marcellus, Silvefter, and Melchiades: [16] 'Tis a great and glorious Comfort, says he, for any one of us, to be falfely accus'd, as the Church it felf is, by the Enemies of the Church. But the Defence of the Church does not confift in the Defence of thofe Men, whom they unjustly accufe. For let Marcellinus, Marcellus, Silvefter, Melchiades &c. be what you pleafe, it does not in the leaft prejudice the Catholick Church, which is Spread over the World. We are neither to be crown'd for their Innocence, nor condemn'd for their Sins. If they were good; they were cleanfed, on the Catholick Floor like Corn: If they were bad;

[16] Non fane parva eft parumq; gloriofa confolatio cujufcumq; noftrum, fi ab inimicis Ecclefiæ cum ipfa Eccle fia criminamur. Ejus tamen defenfio non in eorum hominum defenfione confiftit, quos ifti nominatim falfis eriminationibus appetunt. Prorfus qualefcunq; fuerint Marcellinus, Marcellus, Silvester, Melchiades, ·nibil præjudicat Ecclefiæ Catholice toto terrarum orbe diffufae. Nullo modo eorum innocentia coronamur : nullo mode eorum iniquitate Damnamur. Si honi fuerunt, in aree Catholicæ tritura tanquam grana mundati funt. Si mali fuerunt, in area Catholice tritura tanquam stipule comminuti funt. Intra istam aream boni & mali effe poffunt: extra eam, boni effe non poffunt. L. de unico Bapt. con. Petil. C. xvi. §. 30.

bad; they were crush'd like Straw, on the Catho- Chap. 1. lick Floor. Within that Floor, there may be good Quest.3. and bad: OUT OF IT, NONE CAN BE GOOD.

From hence S. Auguftin concludes, that [17] a Chriftian ought to fear nothing fo much, as to be Separated from the Body of Christ, that is, from the Church of Chrift. For if he be Separated from the Body of Chrift, HE IS NOT A MEMBER OF CHRIST. See other [18] Places in the Margin, and what was quoted under the first Question, Num. III.

4. In the fixth Century S. Fulgentius fays: [19] within the Church is both the righteous Man, and the Sinner: out of the Church NO ONE IS

RIGHTEOUS.

Whoever, fays [20] he, is out of the Catholick Church, which has receiv'd the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, he goes not to Heaven BUT TO HELL.

[21] As

[17] Nihil fic debet formidare Chriftianus, quam separari a Corpore Chrifti. Si enim feparatur a corpore Christi, non eft membrum ejus, Tr. xxvii. in Jo. §. 6. [18] Salus, inquit S. Cyprianus, extra Ecclefiam non eft. Quis negat? Et ideo quæcumq; ipfius Ecclefiæ babentur extra Ecclefiam, non valent ad Salutem, S. Aug. L. iv. de Bap. C. xvii. §. 24. Quicunq; talibus moribus law. dabiles funt, facit eos fola Separatio ifta damnabiles, Ep. cviii (olim cclv) §. 20. Et Lib. de Unit. Eccl. C. xix §. 49, Ad ipfam Salutem ac vitam æternam nemo pervenit, nifi qui habet Caput Chriftum. Habere autem Caput Chriftum nemo poterit, nifi qui in ejus Corpore fuerit, quod eft Ecclefia. [19] Intra Ecclefiam quidem funt iniquus, & Juftus; extra Ecclefiam vero nullus eft juftus, L. i. de remifs. pecc.C. xviii. [20] Ab hac, Catholica, Ecclefia, que claves, regui cælorum accepit, quifquis foris eft, non cali viam graditur, fed inferni, C. xix.

Chap. 1. [21] As in Jericho no one, who was not in the
Queft.3. Houfe of Rahab could Save his Life; fo OUT OF
THE CATHOLICK CHURCH NO ONE SHALL OB-

TAIN Pardon of his Sins: -
OUT OF THIS
CHURCH neither does the Name of a Chriftian
avail any one, nor does Baptifm fave one, nor is
a clean Sacrifice offer'd to God, nor is there For-
giveness of Sins, nor is the Happiness of eternal
Life to be found.

Again: Hold moft firmly, fays [22] he, and without any Doubt, that no one, who is Baptiz'd out of the Catholick Church, can partake of eternal Life, if before the End of this Life he BE NOT RESTOR'D to the Catholick Church, and incorporated in it.

So that his Conclufion is: [23] Let them run therefore, whilst they have Time, to their LAWFUL MOTHER, who as fhe carefully keeps and feeds thofe Children, which were born of her own Womb; So fhe is fo far from rejecting thofe, who

[21] Sicut in Jericho quifquis extra illam domum fuit, nullum potuit adipifci vita Subfidium; fic extra Ecclefiam Catholicam nullus accipiet indulgentiam peccatorum Extra bane Ecclefiam nec Chriftianum nomen aliquem juvat, nec Baptifmus Salvat, nec mundum Deo Sacrificium offertur, nec peccatorum remiffio accipitur, nec æternæ vitæ felicitas invenitur, C. xxii. [22] Firmiffime tene, & nullatenus dubites, omnem extra Ecclefiam Catholicam Baptizatum, participem fieri non poffe vitæ æternæ, fi, ante finem vita bujus, Catholicæ non fuerit redditus atq; incorporasus Ecclefie, L. de Fide ad Petrum. C. xxxvii. [23] Ergo currant, dum tempus est, ad legitimam Matrem, quæ ficut ex utero fuo natos Filios continet diligenter & nutrit; fic ex Ancilla natos non folum redeuntes non refpuit, quin etiam mifericordiæ vifceribus errantes inquirit, & pro affeltu inceffanter invitat, L. 1. de remifs. pecc. C. xxiii. "Vide Lib. de Fide ad Pe. C. xxxviii, xxxix.

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