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matten*. At Vendome they show (at least they pretended to do so in the last century) a tear of Christ caught from his cheek during his passion. The nails of the eross--the thorns of the crown the very manger wherein our Saviour was laid in (if they have not, in shame, destroyed the cheat)-his shirt, shoest, &c. &c. &c. are at this day shown at Rome; and whilst the fraudulent exposure of the wood of the cross in one heap would be enough to build a ship, it cannot be deniedthat there has been shown to the Romish devotees as much of the blood of our Lord, and milk of the Virgin Mary, as

! would have floated it at anchor !-Such are a few of the frauds practised by Popery, the whole of which would fill thousands of volumes. We know not how to express some of them but in her own terms, impious as they are ;--and we, therefore, beg to assure our readers, that we have selected these two or three specimens of Popish religion (!) from the mass of them before us as the least offensive, as relating to Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Those who may think this incredible (as Christians, who have not seen the Popish books to which we allude, very naturally must do) are referred to the accounts' given in the Annals of the Jacobins I (as the Dominicans were called in France), &c. These speak of a conversation between the Virgin Mary and Dominic, to whom she is stated to be married (Dominic lived in the 13th century), and made to solicit him in the grossest terms. Alanus says she was mar-'1 ried to himself; and Ceserius relates that she offered herself in marriage to a soldier, &c. &c. We repeat, that the lan-') guage in which these legends are told is most blasphemous, disgustingly fulsome, and vulgar. Besides Relics of every description which are averred to have belonged to Christ, the Apostles, &c. &c. &c., the catacombs were ransacked, to fur- ! nish a supply of bones, which were to work wonders among

Suarez, in 3 Part. Qu. 54. Act. 4. Disp. 47. Sec. 1. + We do not remember to have read that our Saviour wore any; he is certainly always represented barefooted. See also Exceptiones Legales. s?

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the credulous. But; perhaps, the Relie Veronica should be particularized. The Legends tell us, our Saviour gave the of napkin with which he wiped his face, on his way to be cruci-ri', fied, to a holy woman, and which retained its impression ever to after. This napkin, like the cross, has since multiplied: the original one at Rome was and we suppose still is-shown'. publicly on particular occasions; when those blessed by its sight fall down and worship with a wild fanaticism. It was in the ninth-century that the relic mania first attained to its perfect vigour, when even Avarice was contented to bestow his wealth upon the impostor who furnished him with a toe, tooth, or any other trumpery, said to have belonged to some Saint. « The bodies of the Saints,” says Mosheim,“ were sought by fasting and prayer, instituted by the priest, in order ; to obtain a divine answer, and an infallible direction, and this pretended direction never failed to accomplish their desires; the holy carcass was always found, and that always in consequence, as they impiously gave out, of the suggestion and inspiration of GOD HIMSELF!”-People travelled to the East in search of the bones of the primitive Christians; “the Greeks found a rich prey in the stupid credulity of the Latin Relic-hunters, and made a profitable commerce of this new devotion. The latter paid considerable sums for legs and arms, sculls and jaw-bones (several of which were Pagan, and some not human), and other things that were supposed to have belonged to the primitive worthies of the Christian Church; and thus the Latin Churches came to the possession of those celebrated relics of St. Mark, St. James, St. Bartholomew, Cyprian, Pantaleon, and others, which they show at this day with so much ostentation. But there were many who, unable to procure for themselves these spiritual treasures by voyages and prayers, had recourse to violence and theft; for all sorts of means, and all sorts of attempts in a cause of this nature were considered, when "successful, as pious and acceptable to the SUPREME BEING!”

We now return to Pope Pius, who tells his « faithful” that

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practice of the first ages, and by the best monuments of antiquity

these « bestof Papal “ monuments are their Legends; 1 10110 s

and these very Legends were, be it remembered, the Gospels 10 11 of Popery for eight hundred years. But where is the British Roman Catholic so totally debased as to avow his faith in these fables of impiety? Yet three hundred years ago he would, in. England, have been condemned as a heretic, who expressed era

a doubt of their authenticity, as he would be now in Spain, &c. That the Pope is mistaken in the practice of the first ages of Christianity we trust is already proved.

allusion to St. Augustine is not the Pope's happiest hit ;Prol

does he wish it to be understood that Augustine' either lived !

in the first age” of Christianity, that he was a Relic-hunter, or that he affected the power of working miracles? Augustine, we know, was Archbishop of Canterbury in the beginning of the seventh, and not the first age, of the Christian world

he never pretended to raise one dead man, either by the charms and spells of relics, or by any other means; and, what is more surprising still, there are but very few miracles recorded of his performance in the Legends, or by our Venerable Bede, whose historical, and not his miraculous, matter is the memorial of his fame.

We now arrive at the Pope's authority for the miracles of his “ Church”-and this authority is contained in the above extract from the Bible, which informs us that a dead

man, when cast into the sepulchre of Elisha, rose on his 30 feet on touching the Prophet's bones and that handker

chiefs and aprons from the body of St. Paul cured the sick.

Is it, then, because the Omnipotent King of the Universe * wrought a miracle by the bones of his Prophet, and empowered 25. his Saint to perform others by the means of kerchiefs and 23. aprons, is it on this account that “poor worms of the earth,”

whilst " speaking lies in hypocrisy," should bave the power of changing every dead carcass—that they, for their own worldly purposes, may choose to consecrate, with every rag

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which they may think proper to submit to their own vain ceremonies into a means of grace, and effect similar ends to : the miracles of God, and of those whom he had directly gifted with his authority ?-The inculcation of a belief in

their miracles, by Popish priests *, is their certain means of establishing a power over the minds of the vulgar; and the

latter of every profession are ever too ready to attribute even bordinary occurrences to superhuman, rather than to natural causes. Because miracles were wrought by the rod of Moses, the Romish schoolmaster miraculously makes a good boy from bad one by the power of his own—every priest's 'rod (if consecrated) becomes a means of grace, and an extract from Holy Writ, showing the power of the rod of Moses, would be deemed quite sufficient to prove its infallibility! Papists should know, and knowing, they should believe, that it is not the examples of the Almighty God, but his own institutions which are bequeathed to us as means of grace. Because He, to our confined sense, miraculously called forth 3 worlds into the ambient air, called Nature into being, and was pleased t

to endue some of his most favourable creatures with peculiar powers-are the vain, the ambitious, and the merc: cenary, to form themselves into a body, and to aver that to

them is delegated the power of working miracles-a power

which Scripture 4 and Reason deny? --Clothes, linen, or any ad

other thing proceeding from the Apostles, who were filled

cil * The late Dr. Milner, the most redoubtable of the modern champions of Popery,

(Miracles and all!) has boldly entered into the very marrow of his subject with much 79 more phrenetic zeal than the Pope himself--and who, we should suppose, will be

the chief of the next batch of Papal Saints. Of course he sends all to perdition but * Papists (wittily sheering at Bishops Watson and Hoadley, as he says, for being " inwe dignant” at his stinting the Omnipotent in the exercise of his mercy”)—but on

the subject of miracles, Munchausen was not more at home than Milner. It is true, botthe latter, as well as the former, disbelieves some things he has heard of; but he

speaks of such multitudes of marvellously-wrought miracles of his brother Saints as brit requires the very soul of Popery to credit. We give the following sample in his care se

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Protestant writers for the manner in which they discuss the stupendous 197/miracle that took place at Saragossa in 1640, to one Michael Pellicer, whose leg having

been amputated, he, by his prayers, obtained a new natural leg?End of Con. 1I W note, p. 117.

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as itiis, 4d because nothing is impossible to God,"1*to cou? plei H19 sacred name with such glaring yet undeniable d.cons temptibles yet wicked, impostures. 3391 Bis brud 94511 of =xWejwill first speak of that notable of Papal Saints, Franeis, sincey as his :“ gospels are still worn, so even among the learned i of Romanists of the present day, bis miracles are Gospel ***manifest as they are numerous, and quite as useful as they are true. One day Francis took it into his head to have a vision, in which a cross appeared to him, and to which be offered adoration. But, behold! when he awoke, he had the same wounds in his body as those imprinted on the sacred person of our Saviour. Yea, his-side, hands, and feet, showed the same marks; and that every one of his friends might behold them, we are gravely assured he bore the im pression on his person for two whole years !-(It is really painful to couple the sacred name of Jesus with these con temptible Legends ; but it must be seen they cannot otherwise be repeated.). This is the Francis d'Assise, who was employed by his Pope to assist in the extirpation of heretics i. e, all mankind who did not acknowledge the supremacy of the Infallible Innocent the Third !)_“A pious and wellpleaning man,” says Mosheim, “ though grossly ignorant and weakened in his intellects._Many of the murderers of the Albigenses were also “ pious” men; but their gross ignorance rendered them the fittest tools for the Popish purposes of blood. From the annalists of Francis, we learn that be preached to Birds, which put up their bills in wonder (as well they might), and clapped their wings with joy. He made a covenant with a wolf also, that the latter should not devour any more human beings, and to which agreement tha latter, punctually kept. His rencounters with the Devil are {"** Mr. Charles Butler appears perfectly satisfied of the veracity of the annalists of

yrito dos m T12913 this favourite Saint." He says of the Fable here treated of, in his Book of the Roman Catholic Church, that it would be a difficult task to refute any of the learned Francise eans upon the subject. Not having his work readily at hand, wen herequbte Mr. B.'s observation from memory

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