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of the Council at Jerusalem
78 The Degree of the Council of Chalcedon 82 The Emperor Justinian's Decree
86 Another, from Linus or Clement
88 A Third Objection, from the Author of Moiens für's, doc.
89 A Fourth Objection, from the Pope's being called, Colleagwe, Brother, &c.
90 A Fifthobjection, from the Pope's not having the Right of convening General Councils
91 A Sixth objection, from the Popes not presiding in the First General Councils
93 The Seventh and Eighth Obje&tions
104 Whether the Imperial Greatness of Romé gave it its Supremacy
105 Of S. Gregóry
106 A Pallage ont of S. Jerom's Epist. 57. 107
SECTION Vill. of their counterfeit Miracles
108 Of Praying to Images
10g of Private Judgment
112 Of John Baptist's two Heads
115 A jhameful flirt at the Holy Scripture 117 An Objection to the Canon of Scripture refuted 118 The CONCLUSION
ELL met, Sir. Since you have undertaken to en counter my good friend, the Author of the Cafe Reo
ftated; who is fince dead, and so not in a Condition to speak for himself, I. hope you will not be offended, that I, as a dutiful Son of the same Church with him, take upon me to appear in his stead, to maintain those Truths he has asserted in its Defence.
Member of the Church of England. By no meanis, Sir : only I must beg to be excus'd, that my Circumstances will not allow me to engage in so large an Undertaking, as it would be to consider the several Attacks you have made upon some of
our most eminent Writers against your Church and Religion. This is a Work I must leave for such as have more leisure for Controverly than I have ; and whose Condition may enable them better to get Books of this nature printed than I can. Which makes it necessary for me to apply my self more particularly to what concerns the Cafe truly Stated ; in Relation to which you chiefly insist upon the Question of the Supremacy.
R. C. I do so.
M.C. E. For this Reason I shall take leave prefently to treat with you about it. But I am first to return you Thanks in the Vindicator's Name, for the undeserv'd Compliment you bestow'd upon him, in the entrance of your Preface to the first part of the True Church of Cbrift shew'd, &c. and to assure you that if it be Ipoken ironically, he fhall not be at all concern'd at it, but if in tended as an obliging Encomium of him, he is too sensible of his own Defects to value himself apon it; how much soever he may be engag'd to you for it. But I am not willing to decain you in the Porch; and therefore having thus discharg'd my Truft in this Respect, if you please, we will proceed to your Objections, to consider the weight and force of them.
R. C. With all my Heart, as soon as you please.
M. C. É. The Point then we are chiefly to insist upon is, as I said, the Supremacy,
R. C. And what have you to say against it?
M. C. E. My Business I take it, is racher to hear what you have to say for it ; and of what use all you can say will be for upholding fo great, indeed so insupportable a Weight, as will lye up. on it. Be pleas'd therefore to begin.
R. C. That I shall do most ceadily.
R. C. OU cannot but have obsery'd, that
I begin with telling you, (a). tho the Church und State may comprehend the very same Per Sons, they have yet só different a Relation both to the End, the Principle, and the Rules of Government, that be who is the Head in either of tbem, may be á Subject in the other.
M. C. E. Very well, Sir : And I hope you do not expect I will contest this with you: Nor do I see any thing in our 37th Article that requires it of me; neither can I apprehend why you mention d it, but only to have a Flirt at King Henry the Villch, who you may remember, cho he quarreld with the Pope and disownd his Supremacy, liv'd however and died in the Profellion of the Romifh Religion. And so whatever Objections you have against him terminare in one amongst your selves.
R. C. He not only disown'd the Supremacy of St. Peter, but was guilcy also of most vile and abominable Sacriledge, in Jeizing the Lands and Revenues of a great number of Religious Houses, p. 2.
C. E. I have already told you, it was one who profess’d himself of your Church, that did this. It was also in your Church, and by the Popes themselves, (b) that the Tithes were taken away from the Churchimen, (c) to whom alone, (F. Simon acknowledges) they belong according to borbe Natural and Evangelical Law, and tbe Monks endowed therewith, which was no better (a) than sacrilegious Robbery of the Parishes from which they were taken: and not only so, but private Men would also have Churches, of which they received the Profits, in Imitation of the Canons and Monks, and bad the Cure supplied" by Vicars. The fame F. Simon teil us moreover (b) that Philip the Ild, King of Spain enjoy'd a good part of the Tithes of the churcbes within bis Territories. And it is natural to suppose that the Pope's Bulls for empowering Cardinal Wolsey, to demolish the Monaftry of St. Frideswide in Oxford, together with other Religious Houses, and Re&ories Impropriate, tho' ni order to the building his two Colledges, might easily be made by King Henry an Encouragement to himself to do the like in other instances, though not with the fame Design, but only to Satisfy his own Coverousnefs, and gratify his Dependents. Efpecially if it be true as Bishop Burnet 'relares, (c) That these Houses thus suppressid by the Law belonged to the King, and the Cardinal could not have them till made over by him. So that I cannot but think that for your own fakes you should be more sparing in your Clamours of this Nature, since in reality they reflect lo shamefullý upon your felves.
(a) Part 3. p. 1 Rever
. ucs, p. 44.
(6) F. Simon's Hift. of Eccle. (c) Ibid. B 2
R. C. But was' it not an intolerable Usurpa. tion, that your Henry the villth, took upon him to be Head of the Church ? Ibid.
C. E. I have told you, this was à King of your own Religion, though none of the most obedient of them. And you know our later Princes have not claim'd that Title. And besides, your own fore mention'd F. Simon informs us, chat (d) the Kings of Spain, and their Viceroys in
(a) P. 68, c. Vol: 1. 1. 1. p. 22.
(6) p. 233
(c) Hist. of Reform. (d) PittEcclef Reven. p. 116.,