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25. Molina, Vol. 3. Disput. 16. page 1768. “ Priests may kill the laity, to preserve their goods."
26. Francis Xavier Fegeli, Quest. Prac. Pars. 4. Cap. 1. Quest. 7. Num. 8. page 285. “ It is not mortal sin for parents to wish the death of their children_nor to desire the death of any one who troubles the church, because considerable good is the direct and immediate object.”
27. Dicastillo, Lib. 2. Tract. 1. Disput. 10. Dub. 1. Num, 15. page 290. “ If a man becomes a nuisance to society, the son may lawfully kill his father.”
28. Escobar, Theolog. Moral. Vol. 4. Lib. 31. Sec. 2. Precept 4. Prob. 5. page 239. “ Children are obliged to denounce their parents or relations who are guilty of heresy, although they know that they will be burnt. They may refuse them all nourishment, and permit them to die with hunger-or may kill them as enemies, who violate the rights of humanity.”
29. Gobatus, Op. Moral. Vol. 2. Pars. 2. Tract. 5. Cap. 9. Sec. 8. page 328. “A son who inherits great wealth by the death of his father may rejoice that when he was intoxicated he murdered his father."— Persons may innocently desire to be drunk, if from their inebriation any great good will arise.” [According to this doctrine, any man may innocently intoxicate himself, expressly to murder his father for his wealth !]
30. Casnedi, Cris. Theolog. Vol. 5. Disput. 13. Sec. 3. Num. 169. page 438. “I may rejoice in the death of my father, on account of the riches which I obtain by it.” Num. 170, “We should become familiar with this doctrine, for it is useful to all who desire property, which can be obtained only by the death of another, especially secular offices and ecclesiastical dignițies.”
31. Busembaum et Lacroix, Theolog. Moral. Vol. 1. page 295. “ In all the above cases, where a man has a right to kill any person, another may do it for him if affection moves the murderer." Page 163. “ To avoid a great spiritual or temporal evil, a person may commit suicide.”
55. PERSECUTIONS IN CHINA AND JAPAN. Ar the commencement of the sixteenth century, three Italian missionaries, namely, Roger the Neapolitan, Pasis of Bologna, and Matthew Ricci of Mazerata, entered China with a view of establishing Christianity there. In order to succeed in this iinportant commission, they had previously made the Chinese language their constant study.
The zeal displayed by these missionaries in the dis
charge of their duty was very great; but Roger and Pasis in a few years returning to Europe, the whole labour devolved upon Ricci. The perseverance of Ricci was proportioned to the ardous task he had undertaken. Though disposed to indulge his converts as far as possible, he disliked many of their ceremonies, which seemed idolatrous. At length, after eighteen years' la-, bour and reflection, he thought it most advisable to tolerate all those customs which were obtained by the laws of the empire, but strictly enjoined his converts to omit the rest; and thus, by not. resisting too much the external ceremonies of the country, he succeeded in bringing over many to the truth. In 1630, however, . this tranquillity was disturbed by the arrival of some new missionaries; who, being unacquainted with the Chinese customs, manners, and language, and with the principles of Ricci's toleration, were astonished when they saw Christian converts fall prostrate before Confucius and the tables of their ancestors, and loudly censured the proceedings as idolatrous.
This occasioned a warm controversy; and, not coming to any agreement, the new missionaries wrote an account of the affair to the pope, and the society for the propagation of the Christian faith. The society soon pronounced that the ceremonies were idolatrous and intolerable, which sentence was confirmed by the pope. In this they were exeusable, the matter having been misrepresented to them; for the enemies of Ricci had declared the halls in which the ceremonies were performed to be temples, and the ceremonies themselves the sacrifices to idols.
The sentence was sent over to China, where it was received with great contempt, and matters remained in the same state for some time. At length a true repres sentation was sent over, explaining that the Chinese customs and ceremonies alluded to were entirely free from idolatry, but merely political, and tending only to the peace and welfare of the empire. The pope, finding that he had not weighed the affair with due consis deration, sought to extricate himself from the difficulty
in which he had been so precipitately entangled, and therefore referred the representation to the inquisition, which reversed the sentence immediately.
The Christian church, notwithstanding these divisions, flourished in China till the death of the first Tartar emperor, whose successor Càng-hi, was a minor. During his minority, the regents and nobles conspired to crush the Christian religion. The execution of this design was accordingly begun with expedition, and carried on with severity, so that every Christian teacherin China, as well as those who professed the faith, was surprised at the suddenness of the event. John Adam Schall, a German ecclesiastic, and one of the principals of the mission, was thrown into a dungeon, and narrowly escaped with his life, being then in the seventy-fourth year of his age.
In 1665, the ensuing year, the ministers of state published the following decree :-1st. That the Christian doctrines were false. 2d. That they were dangerous to the interests of the empire. 3d. That they should not be preached under pain of death. The result of this was a most furious persecution, in which some were put to death, many ruined, and all in some measure oppressed. Previous to this, the Christians had suffered partially ; but the decree being general, the persecution now spread its ravages over the whole empire, wherever its objects were scattered.
Four years after, the young emperor was declared of age; and one of the first acts of his reign was to stop this persecution.
The first introduction of Christianity into the empire of Japan took place in 1552, when some Portuguese missionaries commenced their endeavours to make converts to the light of the gospel, and met with such success as amply compensated their labours. They continued to augment the number of their converts till 1616, when, being accused of having formed a plan to subvert the government and dethrone the emperor, great jealousies arose, and subsisted till 1622, when the court commenced a dreadful persecution against both
foreign and native Christians. Such was the rage of this persecution, that during the first four years 20,570 Christians were massacred. Death was the consequence of a public avowal of their faith, and their churches were shut up by order of government. Many, on a discovery of their religion, by spies and informers, suffered martyrdom with great heroism. The persecution continued many years, when the remnant of the innumerable Christians with which Japan abounded, to the number of 37,000 souls, retired to the town and castle of Siniabara, in the island of Xinio, where they determined to make a stand, to continue in their faith, and to defend themselves to the very last extremity. To this place the Japanese army followed them, and laid siege to the place. The Christians defended themselves with great bravery, and held out against the besiegers three months, but were at length compelled to surrender, when men, women, and children, were indiscriminately murdered; and Christianity from that time ceased in Japan.
This event took place on the 12th of April, 1638, since which time no Christians but the Dutch have been allowed to land in the empire, and even they are obliged to conduct themselves with the greatest precaution, to submit to the most rigorous treatment, and to carry on their commerce with the utmost circumspection.
56. ATTEMPT OF THE MAHOMETANS TO SUBDUE
EUROPE. CONSTANTINOPLE, after having been for many ages an imperial Christian city, was invested, in 1453, by the Turks, under Mahomet II.,* whose army consisted of 300,000 men, and, after a siege of six weeks, it fell into the hands of the infidels ; and the Turks have, to this day, retained possession of it. t They no sooner found
* He was the ninth of the Ottoman race, and subdued all Greece.
+ About fifteen years before this fatal event took place, the city
themselves masters of it, than they began to exercise on the inhabitants the most unremitting barbarities, destroying them by every method of ingenious cruelty. Some they roasted alive on spits, others they starved, some they flayed alive, and left them in that horrid manner to perish ; many were sawn asunder, and others torn to pieces by horses. Three days and nights was the city given to spoil, in which time the soldiers were licensed to commit every enormity. The body of the emperor being found among the slain, Mahomet commanded his head to be stuck on a spear, and carried round the town for the mockery of the soldiers.
About the year 1521, Solyman II. took Belgrade from the Christians. Two years after, he, with a fleet of 450 ships, and an army of 300,000 nien, attacked Rhodes, then defended by the knights of Jerusalem. These heroes resisted the infidels till all their fortifications were levelled with the ground, their provisions exhausted, and their ammunition spent; when, finding no succours from the Christian princes, they surrendered, the siege having lasted about six months, in which the Turks suffered prodigiously, no less than 30,000 of them having died of the bloody flux. After this, Solyman retook Buda from the Christians, and treated those who were found there with great cruelty.
Mad with conquest, Solyman now proceeded westward to Vienna, glutting himself with slaughter on his march, and vainly hoping in a short time to lay all
had yielded the liberties of its church to the pope of Rome. A manifest want of patriotism was evidenced in the inhabitants, who, instead of bringing forth their treasures to the public service and defence of the place, buried them in vast heaps ; insomuch, that when Mahomet, suspecting the case, commanded the earth to be dug up, and found immense hoards, he exclaimed, “ How was it that this place lacked ammunition and fortification, amidst such abundance of riches ?" The Turks found a crucifix in the great church of St. Sophia, on the head of which they wrote, “ This is the God of the Christians," and then carried it with a trumpet around the city, and exposed it to the contempt of the soldiers, wbo were commanded lo spit upon it. 'Thus did the superstition of Rome afford a triumph to the enemics of the cross.