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Reply

to

Sell. ,r6:

r.

It

Cems

you are

confident

of an

uninterrupted

Succeflion

of

authoritative

Or-

dination, though you

teem

to

think

none. authoritative but Epifcopal. But fo

were

not the Proteftant

Bithops,

who

took

the Reformed Churches

to

have true

Miniffers,

and to

be true Churches,

when yet Epifcopal Ordination

is

interrupted

with

them. Such are

all

thofe with-whofe Words, you fay,

I

fill

my Book,

to

whom

I

may add Men

(which

is

ffrange) that were thought nearer your own way.

As Bifhop

Brombaff

in

his late

Anfwer to

illiliteriva,

who yet

would

have the

Pope

to

be

the

Principium Unirariu

to the Church, and the Anfwer

to

Fonranus's

Letter,

fait

to

be

Dr.

Stewards, betides

Dr.

Fern

;

yea,

if

you were one

of

chore

that

would yield

that

Presbyters may ordain,

yet

I

am

Bill.

unperfuaded

that you are

able

to prove an uninterrupted

Succeffron

of AuthoritativeOrdination,; and

if

you

are

able

I

lhould heartily thank you

if

you

would

perform

it ;

and feeing

it

is

fo

Neceffary, it

is

not

well

that no

Epifcopal Divine will perform

it

If

you are

not

able, methinks

you

fhould

not

judge

it fo neceffary ;

at

leaf(

except

you

know

themthat

are able:

If

you caft it on

us

to

difprove

that

Succeffion,

I refer you

to

our

Anfwer to

Bellarmine'

and others in thofe Papers,

as

to that point.

2.,

As

for

Tertnllsan

and

Inmates,

and others

of

the primitive

Ages,

pleading fuch.Succeflton,

I

anfwer,

r.

It

is

one

thing to maintainan uninterrupted

Succeflion,

then when

and where it

was

certain,

and

another

to

maintain

it

now, whenit

is

not. z.

It

is

one thing then

to

maintain

that

fuch

a

Succeflion was

de

fall°,

and another

to

affirm

that

is

muff be,

or would

be to

the end

of the World,

which

thofe

Fathers

did not.

It

was

the

Scope

of /re

sew and

Tertullian

not

to

make an

uninterrupted

Succefliion

of Banding

abfolute neceflity

ad

effe

Offrcü,

nor to prophecy that

fo

it

should (till

be,

and the Church

fhould

never want it

; but

from

the

prefent

certain-

ty of

fuch

a

Succeiion

de

fall

°,

to prove

that theOrthodox

Churches had

better

Evidence

of the

Soundnefs

of their Faith, than the

Hereticks had.

If

this be

not

their meaning,

I

cannot underfiand them

;

it

was eafy

then to

prove the Succeflion,

and therefore

it

might

be made

a Medium againft

Hereticks,,

toprove that

the

Churches-had better Evidence than they

:

But

now the

Cafe

is

altered,

both

through time and

Sin.

It

might have been

proved by

Tradition without

Scrip-

ture,

what

was

found

Dottrine,

and

whatnot,

before the Sèripture

was

written

:

An

Heretick

might

have been confuted

in

the

Days

of

the

Apoltles

without

their

Writings,

andperhaps in

a

great meafure

Come

time after

:

but

it

follows

not that

theymay

be

fo

to the End of the World: Thofe that heard

it

from the Mouth

of

the

Apoffles,

could

tell

the Church what Doetrinethey taught

;

but how uncertain

a

way

Tradition

wouldhave been

to

acquaint

the

World with God's

Mind

by

that

time

it

had puffed

through the

puddle

of

depraved Ages,

even to

x653.

God

well

knew, and therefore provided

usa

more certain

way. So

is

it

Aft)

in

this Cafe

of

Succeflion,

as

the Fathers pleaded

it

againft

the

Hereticks,

to

prove

the

Soundness

of

the

Tradition of

thofe Churches.

Except.

to

Sea. 07.

Againft

all

which,

a

Quirk

it kerns lay,

that if

fecretly any

of

them

had

had

but

a

fecret

Canonical Irregularity,allthe

following Suceefiìons were

null:

But

the

evident

Truth

is

much otherwife

that

the

Church

never anulled the Acts or

Ordi-

nationsmade

by Bithops,

which the CatholickChurch

then had

accepted and re-

puted Catholick

Bithops; though afterwards they

carne to

know of any

Secret

Ir-

regularities, or canonical Difablings had they

then

been urged or profecuted by

any,

againft thofe Bithops, and

then they

fhould have been

accepted for.Bifhops

by the

Church no

longer.

Reply to

Sell.

r7.

a.

I

haveproved, and more can do, open and not only

fecret

Irregularities in

the Church

of

Rome's

Ordinations, known

a Priore,

and not only after

tise

Ordina-

tions.

The

Multitude

of

Proteftant Writers,

even

Englilh

Bithops have

made

that

evident enough

againft the

Pope, whichyou

call

a

Querk;

general Councils

have

condemned Popes

as

Hereticks and

Infidels, and

yet they

have ordained

more. z.

If

it

were otherwife,

y,et

all

your Anfwer would

only

prove,

that we

muff fame

-

times take

them for

Bilhops

who

were

none (when the Nullity

is

fecret) but

not

that

theyare

Bithops

indeed,

or

have

Authority.

It

isone

thing

to

fay

that

God

will make

their

Ads

as

ufeful

to the honeff Receiver,

as

if

the Ordainer had done

it by

juft

Authority

:

and

another to

fay,

that

fuch an

Ordainer

had

Authority,

becaufe his

Incapacity

was

not

known or judged

;

that

is

becaufe it

was

not then

known

that

he had none. a.

Moreover,

if

the

Catholick Churches Acceptation

and

Reputation (which youmention would

ferve

turn, then r.

It

were well

worth

B

ze

the