Page images
PDF
EPUB

THE

PROTESTANT RETROSPECT.

[ocr errors]

THE intention of the following pages, is to bring into one view a comparison of the Popish Claims with the REFORMATION, with the PROTESTANTISM of the Seventh Century, with the ORIGIN AND INDEPENDENCE of the ancient British Church, and with “ A Roman Catholic's REASONS * why he cannot conform to the Protestant Religion.” Such a retrospect of former periods of our Church, compared with these modern Reasons, will shew that the Popery of the present day is the Popery of the Sixteenth Century; and that the submission of any of the subjects of this country to a foreign spiritual jurisdiction is not only inconsistent with our present Constitution, and with the Protestant spirit of the Seventh Century, but with the origin and indepen

* The title of a Tract by the Roman Catholic Bishop, Challoner.

PRC

TE inter g

into C ish Clai the PR

ury, with

lon.”

ce of tl " A R he cannc

Su is of our in Reasons

present oth Centur of the sul

spiritual stent with h the Prote l, but with

title of a Tract

THE

PROTESTANT RETROSPECT.

THE intention of the following pages, is to ring into one view a comparison of the kopish Claims with the REFORMATION, th the ProTESTANTISM of the Seventh mtu ry, with the origIN AND INDEPENntury C E of the ancient British Church, and

66. A Roman Catholic's REASONS he cannot conform to the Protestant -ion.” Such a retrospect of former As of our Church, compared with these n Reasons, will shew that the Popery = present day is the Popery of the ath Century; and that the submission of the subjects of this country to a

spiritual jurisdiction is not only rent with our present Constitution, thre Protestant spirit of the Seventh but with the origin and indepen

iaceails e of a Tract by the Roman Cat

[graphic]

in

dence of the ancient British Church. It will remind us of the sacrifices and sufferings of our Reformers, and the labours of the Legislature, to establish the REFORMATION; and therefore will demonstrate the magvitude of the danger we should incur in dispensing with the excluding statutes which restrain Papists from the exercise of political power.

The evils of Popery, from which we were liberated by the REPORMATION, appear to be wholly overlooked by the advocates of the Popish Claims. It has been well observed, that " if the REFORMATION was worth establishing, it is worth maintaining It is worth maintaining, as a protection against the evils of former periods, and a security for the blessings, which we now enjoy; blessings, of which, we are persuaded, no other constitution is capable, but that which unites, in the highest rational degree, the rights of civil and religious liberty.

The present Protestant Constitution in Church and State established in the Sixteenth Century, was confirmed and perfected in the Seventeenth. The noble fabrick of the British Constitution is the result of those

* Bishop of Durham's Sermons and Charges, p. 437.

.

« EelmineJätka »