The Edinburgh Annual Register Volume 5, PT. 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1814 edition. Excerpt: ... possible to separate spiritual from temporal power? I am not disposed to discuss in the abstract, how far it may be possible to separate them; but of this I am certain, that it is impossible to separate spiritual and temporal power in any country, in which the larger part of the population are Roman catholics. This 1 state as founded upon the system of that church itself, and I never heard, and I should be glad to hear, something like an answer to this argument. It has been stated, that the spiritual power alone of the pope, according to the Roman catholic notion of it, is supreme. But then, is it not evident, that this power applies to the most sacred of institutions, upon which, in fact, depends the whole form of civil society; that it applies to the institution of marriage, which is the foundation of society, whether it be of the Christian, Mahometan, or any other religion whatever; and forms the basis of all the charities of life, and is an institution upon which depend nine out of ten of all the questions affecting property. And yet every one knows that the law of the Roman catholic religion upon this subject, is different from the protestant. The Roman catholic thinks that it is a question not fit for the decision of temporal courts, while the protestant thinks it is. The former does not apply to the ordinary tribunals of the country for jurisdiction in this question, conceiving that the spiritual court alone has controul in matters of this nature, and that in the dernier resort, appeal lies only to the court of Rome itself. "Now with respect to the charges exhibited against the Roman catholics, in a moral point of view, I cannot believe them. I do not believe they hold the doctrine of not keeping faith with heretics; and I. verily...
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