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his ambition ·bad obfcurely before begun. For

elfe,

I.

His old power had died, when he was

no Member of the Empire, and fo from under

the ancient Government and Laws: And

all

mufl:

have been built on a new uncertain Foundation.

:2.

And when all the old Eafiern Empire was

gone, his Power and Primacy would have been

confined to a nart'ow compafs. VVherefore he

ferved his prefent interefi;

J.

By fetcing 'up . the

French

Empire, and

2.

·By pretending to a.right

of

Univerfal Soveraignty over the VV

orld

as the

Succeffor of St.

Peter.

:For a General bath no firength without his Ar-

\

'my, who mufi have their Part in the Fight, the

Victory, and the Prey: Popes always ruled but

in

and by thefe Councils : Thefe therefore muft,

as

Church Parliaments have their Power in the

, llniverf2lSoveraigncy, -and the Pope as Univerfal

_Monarch rnufl: Rule not abfolutely; but in and

by thefe Law-makers and their Laws.

How this

Land

was brought to Popery by de–

grees, and how much the mofi Religious Men

did towards

it,

I

mufi not tell Hifiorically left

I

be

too long. He that readeth but

Beda,

and

Malmesbury,

and

HuntingtoJJ,

and

Hoveden,

and

Matthew Paris,

may fee how the

Roman

Grandeur

drew on the change, and how good people took

the advancement of the Bifi1ops

in

Wealth and

, Power, .and the ·Number and Endowments of

Monafierie's to be the chief firengch of the Chri–

:fiian Church, while Princes

\V

ere hardly refirain–

ed

from Rapacity, Sacriledge, and from

the

Crimes that

co~nmonly

breed in ·worldly Power,

.Wealth and Plea.fure. The wickednefs of fome

1

Princes made the Power of

the

Prelates

feem

ne-

·

·

~'

.ceffary