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.for

one,

and fbme ·for another, that

the

Chrifiian

World could no longer bear the mifchievous ef–

feCt,

France

having one Pope, and

Italy

and

Ger–

:many

another, expofe the Nations to blood,

·and

the

Chrifiian Religion to decay and [corn:

Till

neceffity forced the Emperor of

Germany

and

other Princes,

firfi

.bY

the Council of

Conftance,

and after by that

at

Bajil,

to

overtop, depofe·and

.corrett

the Popes.

·

§.

VII.

But when the Councils were ended,

though a Decennial Council was decreed, and all

means ufed

to

prevent relapfe, the chief Executive

Pml\rer in the intervals being in the Monarch

(the

Pope')

and

it

being the Pope, ·and not the Coun–

cils tha.t gave Preferments, all the Councils De–

crees againll: Abfolutenefs, and for Decennial

Councils proved but empty words. The worldly

Bi(hops clave

to

the Pope.

Eugenius

condemned

, and Depofed as

an

Heretick, Simoniack,

&c.

con–

tinued in defpight .of his depofers, and their fuc–

cefiion is fro

in

him to this day. The Greeks by

ne~effity

were forced

a:

while

to

countenance

a

debauched Council

at·Flo,rence,

to undo

what

the

.rither Councils had done, (who are

th~re

pro–

nounced Rebellious Church-Parliaments, who

would

have

changed the Univerfal Monarchy ;)

But

being cheated, they went home, and had fo

fad entertainment by the Greek Church, as

made

· them

repent~

and

wia1

they

had

hearkened

to

their

M arctu Ephefus..

'

§

VIII. Things returning to the old channel of

Tyr~n·ny

and Corruption, and their Clergy not re–

forming, Reformers got a double advantage, r.

By

.rbe fenfe of the need of Reformation, which the

-two Church-Parliaments,

Conftance

and

Bafil

(after .

Pifa)