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“We have * no Orders about this Matter from the Fa- * Zach. Pont. thers, but we advise you, who enquire of us, that it Epift. 142. ad
Bonif. Mog “ be not eaten before it be dried over Smoke, or boild
upon the Fire.
Where the Pope's Canon-Law, and School-Divinity obtain'd, Gratian and Peter Lombard were more studied than St. Peter and St. Paul.
But the Distinctions and Refinings of these Learned Men, being neither understood nor affected by the Common People, a Politick Care has been taken to feed the People, from time to time, with Pious Tales, as they have been usually called. Of these, some were mixed with the Holy History, as Relations contained more antiently in the Scholaftical Story of Comeftor, more lately in the adulterated Gospels of Hierom Xavier the Jesuit. Some were made Leffons in Churches; as the Stories of the Nativity and Assumption of the Virgin, in the Roman Breviary. Some were written for the Closet: as, many Lives of Saints, in which their pretended Miracles, Extasies, and Inspirations, were principally noted, for the amusement of the People. These were very pleasing Entertainments to their Fancies, and diverted their Minds from enquiring after the Rule of Faith.
That was further undervalued by the bringing in of the Apocryphal Books as part of that Christian Rule.
But in these Methods the Men of Art in the Roman Church, thought not themselves secure enough without prohibiting the Peoples use of the Bible; which D'Ache. pra&ice (I think) began in France, in a Synod at Tom. 2... Tholouse, in the 13th Century.
By these and other evil Crafts it came to pass, that before the. Reformation the Holy Bible was among
the thorow Subjects of the Pope, a Book little read, and less consider'd.
Of this, two Instances may begiven; the first Abroad, the second at Home.
Abroad, Cajetan was chosen out by the Papacy, as
one by whom the Cause of it might be best defended *Sleidan.Com. against Luther. * And whilst Luther cited the Holy 1. 1. p.4.A.518. Scriptures,Cajet an cited the Decree of Pope Clement and
Thomas Aquinas. And this was the happy Occasion of Cajetan's studying the Scriptures, and writing Comments upon them, in which (so great is the Power of Truth) many things fell from him which favour the Proteftant Cause; as his disallowing the Apocryphal Canon, their Corporal Presence in the Eucharist, as spoken of in the 6th of St. John; their Service in an
Unknown Tongue, as less edifying, and less agreeable + Cajet. Com, to the Sense of St. Paul f : Their Sacrament of Exin.Cor.14.14. treme Undion, concerning which he says, that it neip.136. Nam fi orem ther appears by the Words, nor by the Effect, that Lingua : ha&c-St. James speaks of it, but rather of that Unction mus Paulus de, which our Lord appointed in the Gospel to be used upqui loquitur on Sick Persons by his Disciples !!. linguâ, non 2: dišicat Ecclesiam nisi interpreretur ; -Mens ejus, i... intellectus, non medicatur fensum, &c. & propterea mens, &c. fine fru&u, &c. Hec eft fententia Paxli.
# Caj. Com. in Ep. S. Jac. c.g. v. 15. p. 370.--Nec ex verbis, nec ex effc&u verbe hæc loquuntur de Sacramentali Unaione Extrema Un&tionis, fed magis de undione quam inltirnic Dom. Jel. in Evangelio, à discipulis exercendam in ægrotis.
And here'san Instance of their Proofs from the Scriptures : They have but one Text for their Extreme Un&tion; and the very Man, who was chofen to confute Luther, after serious application to the study of the Scriptures, declares, that it makes nothing to the purpofe.
At Home for some Years after the rising of Luther, a Bible was not to be had by a Lay-Man, but at the peril of the Owner.
Hence the following Opinions were formally condemned as ERRORS and HERESIES in the Book called the SUM OF THE SCRIPTURE *.
* Spel. Concil.
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God-fathers and God-mothers be bounde to help them, 1530. G.War. [whose Sureties they are] that they be put to schoole, kam, Archiep. that they may underttande the Gospels, and the Epistles of St. Pawle 15. p. I.
We be all equalīy bounde to know the Gospels and Epistles of Pawle 15. p. 1.
The Gospell is writte for all Dersons and Edates, Duke, Prince, Pope, Emperor:
Notwithstanding this,the Truth of God went forth with Power, and dispelld the thick Darkness which was in the Land, and further English Translations were made, and the Bible was read publickly in a known Tongue, and the People used it to their great profit: And it appears by the Answers which ordinary People made in Queen Mary's Time, to those who examined them about the Sacrament of the Altar, and other Points ; how mightily the Word of God grew among us, and prevailed.
The knowledg of the People in Doctrines of Holy Scripture prevailing, and the Papists perceiving that they would not be contented with any thing short of the Word of God, revealed to them in the Scriptures ; began to appeal to the Bible for their New Doctrines, and to fight against Protestants with Weapons taken out of their own Magazine.
This course they take, tho, by taking it, they shew how inconsistent they are with themselves, who speak such great Things of Unity. The Method, how rational foever in it felf, is in them improper, upon feveral Accounts, amongst which I shall here take notice of two.
First, The eminent Roman Doctors have often declar'd, that several of the Articles of Popery are not contained in the Scripture, but must be taken from Church-Authority; and particularly that of the Indocation of Saints, upon which so very much of the Ro. man Worship depends, and to the practice of which they aferibe so much success in Battels, in Storms, in Journeys; in every thing they undertake or wish for,
Cardinal Perron (in his Answer to K. James) do's ingenuously acknowledg, “That for the Invocation of “ Saints, there is neither Precept, nor formal Example “in Holy Scripture.
Bellarmine himself has own'd*, “That when the p. 894. cum Saints was not begun. San&.c.9.1.3: “Scriptures were written, the practice of vowing to SS. San&tæ, Salmerou f insinuates plainly enough, that therefore non cæperat the Invocation of Saints was not enjoined in the New San&is. Testament, because--" occasion would thereby have † Alph. Salm. “ been given the Gentiles to have thought that many Disp. 8.
Gods were put upon them in the place of the multi. “tude of those Gods whom they had forsaken. So near (even in a Jesuit's Opinion) is their Saint-worship, to
the Demon Worship of the Pagans. . ll Coton Table Father Cotton being ask'd, by du Moulin the Elder, des Responses Whether there was any Example or Command in Moulin. 3. de. Scripture to pray to Saints ? returns this Answer ||, mande. p. 59." That they had one Example founded on the Com
in i Tim. 2.