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admiration and the exuberance of his joy scrupled not to compare this holy deed with the Incarnation and the Resurrection!!! With Pius V. who was created Pope in the year 1566, the Inquisition mounted the Papal throne. His elevation to the popedom was followed by a hot persecution in Rome and the States of the Church. It raged with great violence in Bologna, where persons of all ranks were promiscuously subjected to the same imprisonment and tortures and death. Three persons (says a writer of that time) have lately been burnt alive in that city, and two brothers of the noble family of Ercolani seized on suspicion of heresy, and sent bound to Rome.' At the same time many of the German students in the university were imprisoned, or obliged to fly. The following description of the state of matters in the year 1568 is from the pen of one who was residing at that time on the borders of Italy.— At Rome some are every day burnt, hanged, or beheaded: all the prisons and places of confinement are filled, and they are obliged to build new ones. That large city cannot furnish gaols for the numbers of pious persons who are continually apprehended. A distinguished person, named Carmesecchi, formerly ambassador to the duke of Tuscany, has been committed to the flames.' (Hist. of Reformation in Italy, p. 313.) Pope Pius V. died recommending the Inquisition to the assembled cardinals, as the surest bulwark of the Catholic Church.

The account of Rome in the year 1568 affords an awful comment on the words of Scripture:-" And

in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth." (Rev. xviii. 24.) In Rome Pagan was found the blood of the martyrs of Jesus; and the same has been found in Rome Papal. And if the city of Rome has been defiled with blood, how much more the Church of Rome! that church, which was seen by St. John, "drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus." How awfully have the words of prophecy been fulfilled in the persecutions of the Papacy!" And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them." Not only has the Papacy put heretics to death, but the burning them alive has been matter for infinite and unspeakable joy. Let us hear Mr. Mendham upon this point.


'With surprise and horror I have met with a confirmation of this fiendish practice, as it may be called, in the History of the Crusades against the Albigenses, &c. translated from SISMONDE DE SISMONDI'S General History of the French, where p. 77, the Pilgrims are reported to have collected their prisoners, heretics, and burned them alive with the utmost joy ;' again, p. 78, 'the pilgrims seizing nearly sixty heretics, burned them with infinite joy;' and p. 106, seven heretics,' says the Monk of Citeaux, were seized by our pilgrims, and burned with unspeakable joy.' All this written with approbation and exultation by the agents themselves!' (Indexes of the Church of Rome, p. 301, note.)

Voltaire in his History of Louis XIV. adduces the

persecution in France upon the Revocation of the edict of Nantes as one instance among many, wherein Christianity has entailed misery upon mankind; and exclaims with an air of triumph, Behold the fruits of the Christian Religion! He ought to have said, Behold the fruits of POPERY! The fruits of Christianity should have been sought, where they would have been found-not amongst the persecuting Papists-but amongst the persecuted Protestants: amongst whom they would have been found in rich abundance; even “love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." (Gal. v. 22, 23.) Whatever Infidels may think, Popery is not to be confounded with Christianity. They are as different as the Scarlet Lady of Babylon, and the Bride, the Lamb's Wife; as the BEAST, who is Antichrist, and CHRIST himself.

If we would look at the persecutions of the Papacy in the proper light, we should find that they tend to establish the truth of Christianity by exhibiting the fulfilment of Prophecy. It is written, "I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them." (Dan. vii. 21.) It is written, "He shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws; and they shall be given into his hand, until a time, and times, and the dividing of a time." (Dan. vii. 25.) It is written, "He shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people." (Dan. viii. 24.) It is written, "And power was given unto him to continue (practise) forty and

two months." (Rev. xiii. 5.) It is written, "And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them." (Rev. xiii. 7.) It is written, " And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus; and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration." (Rev. xvii. 6.) It is written, "And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth." the earth." (Rev. xviii. 24.) These predictions have received their accomplishment in the persecutions of the Papacy.





THERE is an axiom of Euclid, the truth of which no one disputes, but a Roman Catholic. The axiom is this The whole is greater than its part. If the Romish Church had but attended to this axiom she would have been content with calling herself part of Christ's Church, instead of claiming to be the whole; she has however arrogated to herself the title of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Bellarmine lays it down as one mark of the true Church, that she should call herself Catholic. Accordingly, every member of the Church of Rome calls his Church the Catholic Church, his faith the Catholic faith, and himself a Catholic.

In the present day, Romanists are offended with the term Roman Catholic, and glory in the appellation of Catholic. Be it so. The Beast in the Revelation is a Catholic Beast, being possessed of Catholic or Universal power: for " power was given him over

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