Popery Unmask'd; The Substance of Dr. Middleton's Letter from Rome, with an Abstract of the Doctor's Reply to the Objections of the Writer of the Catholic Christian Instructed

Popery Unmask'd; The Substance of Dr. Middleton's Letter from Rome, with an Abstract of the Doctor's Reply to the Objections of the Writer of the Catholic Christian Instructed

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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. 1744 edition. Excerpt: ... tutuseris . But we may observe the great moderation of Pagan, above that of Popish Rome, in regard to this custom; for I do not remember that there was ever more than one Asylum in the times of the Republic whereas there are now some hundreds in the fame city; and when that single one (which was opened rather sot Durant. de Ritib. 1. 1. 0 25. Vid. Nic. Lyr. in Dan. c. 14. Ov. Fast. 3. for die increase of its inhabitants, than the protection of criminals) was found in the end to give too great encouragement to mischief and licentiousness; they inclosed it round in such a manner, as to hinder all access to it i.-whereas the present Popish Sanctuaries stand perpetually open, not to receive strangers, but to shelter villains; so that it may literally.be faid of these, what our Saviour faid of the Jewish Temple, that they have turned the house os Prayer into a den of Thieves.. In the early ages of Christianity there were many limitations put upon the use of this privilege by Emperors and Councils; and the greater crimes of murder, adultery, rapes, theft, &c. were especially excepted from the benefit of it s: but now they scruple not to receive to sanctuary, persons guilty of. the most detestable crimes; and it is owing without doubt to this policy of holy Church, that murders are so common with them in Italy on flight provocations; whilst there is a Church always at hand, and always open, to secure offenders from legal punishment; several of whom have been shewn to me in different places, walking about at their ease, and in full security! within the bounds of their sanctuary. In their very Priesthood they have contrived, one would think, to keep up as Sovereign near a resemblance, as they could, to that Pontif. of Pagan Rome: and the...show more

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  • 9781236499554