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many Papists, in the same time, may hireling and prostitute writers among the not have changed theirs.
clergy, friars, canonifts, and expectants In some respects the change is less to of preferment in the church. But to far Papists than to them. The divine right thus much is one thing, and to say that of monarchical government on the Pa- these points are received universally as triarchal plan, as it is called, and conse- doctrines of the church, is another. We quently the indefeasible, hereditary right ought to be just even to enemies. of the abdicated family to the crown of lo regard to the last of the above maet these realms, is no principle of Popery. xims, That faith is not to be kept with The attachment of Papifts was a personal heretics, though it was never afferted, attachment, or at molt a consequence of in so many words, by any council, it is their attachment to the cause for which unquestionable, that the council of Con that family suffered. But in regard to ftance came so near giving it their fance forms of government, or particular go- tion, in the decree they pronounced for vernors, their religion leaves them at the ease of the Emperor's conscience full liberty. A Papist may be a repu- whom they had seduced to act a moh blican, or a friend to monarchy, absolute perfidious part, as well as in the whole or limited. In there matters he is no of their infamous proceedings with re way confined by his religion. And that gard to Huss, that though it can he should change in an attachment not not be called an established principled founded in principle, is nothing extraor their religion, it has received that coun dinary. He may be convinced, that tenance from the spiritual powers among prescription takes place in government, them, which furnishes but too good and, for the peace of society, ought to handle for the clamours and jealousies a take place, as well as in other matters; Proteftants. And I will acknowledge is that, without admitting this principle, palling, that as I could put no cont there would be few or no legal rulers dence, where religion is concerned, in now existing in the world, as most love- the faith of a man who would vindicate Teignties may be traced backwards to a procedure so subverfive of tbat security manifest ufurpation. Whatever judge- in engagements which is the most efic ment therefore he may form of the Re- tial bond of society, so I can never con volution, there is no inconfiftency in his rider that man as dangerous, who, a being a loyal subject to the present royal this age and country, has the egregious family. And in regard to such as fhall folly to attempt the vindication. But it take the oath prescribed by the act of general, when recourse is had to expe parliament for England, or the like oath rience, I am satisfied, there is no ground proposed for Papifts here, I shall only to consider it as a maxim so prevalent in tay, that it would be extremely uncha. that party as io destroy all faith in their jitable to suppose them all perjured. promises. If its prevalence were so great,
But it is said, “The difpenfing power what hindered them, in England from of the Pope, his infallibility, the prin- taking the path of supremacy, or the ciple, That no faith is to be kept with formula in Scotland? There would have heretics, all serve to invalidate their secured them against many inconvenien. promises and oaths, efpecially when gi- cies to which their religion exposed the teo to those whom they regard as here. And if there be some instances of theię tics,” That the Popes have claimed swearing falsely, from the temptation of such a dispensing power in loosing the intereft, can we say that perjury is abso« obligation of the most iolerin vows and lutely unexampled amongst ouriclves! It contracts, and that many people hare is well known, that in England Papitis been blind enongh to credit tiis most ar- had it in their power to relieve themTogant and impicus claim, it would be felves, by means of certain oaths, before to give the lie to all history, even the the passing of the late act. But those most authen'ic, to dery. Such also is oaths were difierent from that now «nthe power tilev have claimed and exer- acted. Now, a man who thinks he may cifed of depofing kings and emperors, take oaths, and be under no cbligation, and of looking their fun edis from their or who thinks he has it in his power to alegiance. Such also are their preten: obtain a difpenfation from that obliga. fions to infallibility, their corrupt max. tion, has no reason to make any diftincsims fuhverfive of faith given to heretics; tion between one oath and another. The in all whichihey have Leen supported by disperling power ferves equally for all.