Pius the ninth, a biography

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Houlston & Sons, 1878 - Church history - 120 pages
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Page 42 - Corruption infects all the public offices. Old women above, liars and cheats below — that is the Papal Administration. The States of the pope are, I suppose, the worst governed in the civilized world ; and the imbecility of the police, the venality of the public servants, the desolation of the country, and the wretchedness of the people, force themselves on the observation of the most heedless traveler. It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the population seems to consist chiefly of foreigners,...
Page 54 - Thou canst not, cardinal, devise a name So slight, unworthy, and ridiculous, To charge me to an answer, as the pope. Tell him this tale ; and from the mouth of England Add thus much more ; — that no Italian priest Shall tithe or toll in our dominions...
Page 33 - I must have liberty Withal, as large a charter as the wind, To blow on whom I please...
Page 51 - ... keep the word of promise to the ear, and break it to the hope" — we have presumed to court the assistance of the friends of the drama to strengthen our infant institution.
Page 58 - God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.
Page 80 - But that I love the gentle Desdemona, I would not my unhoused free condition Put into circumscription and confine For the sea's worth.
Page 42 - ... from all dignity and power, and puts himself into the same position as a Catholic in England before the Emancipation Bill. The Church is therefore filled with men who are led into it merely by ambition, and who, though they might have been useful and respectable as laymen, are hypocritical and immoral as churchmen ; while on the other hand the State suffers greatly, for you may guess what sort of Secretaries at War, and Chancellors of the Exchequer, are likely to be found among bishops and canons.
Page 95 - Bellarmine, and some other Divines, chiefly Italians, have believed the Pope infallible, when proposing ex cathedra an article of faith. But in England or Ireland I do not believe that any Catholic maintains the infallibility of the Pope.
Page 42 - ... is a pleasant city for an English traveller. He is not harassed or restrained. He lives as he likes, and reads what he likes, and suffers little from the vices of the administration ; but I can conceive nothing more insupportable than the situation of a layman who should be a subject of the Pope. In this government there is no avenue to distinction for any but priests.
Page 58 - ... hell trembles, and against which the gates of hell cannot prevail, he pronounced from his chair, as Doctor and Head of the universal Church, the great sentence in the following words : " To the honour of the Holy and undivided Trinity, for the exaltation of the Catholic Faith, and for the increase of the Christian religion, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own...

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