Excerpt from Romanism as It Rules in Ireland, Vol. 2 of 2: Being a Full and Authentic Report of the Meetings Held in Various Parts of England and Scotland
Before I was led into this not altogether irrelevant digression, I was stating, that not only had Popery betrayed her own character, but that, in her transition, she had furnished occasion to some, who are not among her professing votaries, to show how false they were, or how unstable. You can all remember a time when it was accounted calumny to utter against the Church of Rome charges which have now been fastened upon her by the unequivocal and unanswerable testi mony of her own avowals. In that day two classes of men stood out conspicuously from the Protestantism of the country; one class consisted of those who were vouchers, as it were, to the legislature and govern ment for the moderation and good faith of Popery - another, of those who bore testimony against her unscriptural doctrines, and cried out aloud to warn her adherents of the curses and the judgments which had been denounced against her. Of this class many have been found faithful. They are now what they were in time past, very zealous for the Lord of Hosts, and the more earnest in their opposition to a false religion in proportion as it has become more powerful and more odious. But it must he confessed, that there are some whom its crimes seem to have appeased. When it was apparently feeble; when its cruelties were little heard of, and its purposes concealed, and its perfidy compara tively unproven they were forward and energetic in denouncing the theological errors of the Church of Rome, and almost called aloud for her extirpation. But when she became changed, a change came also over them; and when she put off her disguises, and cast away the crutches of her feigned decrepitude; when she arose from her bowed and tot tering posture, and stood erect, openly showing names of blasphemy on her brow, speaking proud things, and pointing threateningly to her adherents and her victim, then some who had taken up a taunting tes timony against her in the day of her humiliation, drew close under her shadow in the hour of her pride, as if, even, for her burning throne, they would some time honour her.
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