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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Date Posted:
2/17/2003


The First Pillar Of Popery - Part 2


Consisting Of Intemperate Railing, With Shameful Slanders And Untruths
Andrew Willet DD., Fellow of Christ College, Cambridge 1562-1621

But what is the cause, think you, that this meek-spirited man should be so disquieted, and make such outcries against liars? Forsooth because Bishop Jewell in one place leaveth out ‘enim,’ in another place ‘hoc,’ in another place the printer set down ‘schemate’ for ‘scismate,’ and such like.

Is not here great cause, think you, to make a man thus to take on, and run out of his wits? But I say here with Jerome, "Qui mendacii alternum eriminaris, desinas ipse mentiri:" He that chargeth others with lying must leave off to lie himself. So should Master Harding have done. Hier. Apol. 2. cont. Ruffin.

Is not this a sweet nosegay, think you, and is it not compounded of choice flowers? The scent is so strong to my smell, that I cannot choose but stop my nose: "Nisi," as Bernard saith, "ominum passim naribus injecto foetore, solus dissimulem pestem, nee audio nasum contra pressimum putorem propria manu manire:" Unless, as he saith, the stink smelling strong in every man’s nose, I only should dissemble the matter, and not dare to fence my nose with mine own hand against the contagious smell, &c. But let us have patience a little, and pass along to see what store of such sweet smelling flowers Mr Harding’s garden will afford us.

P.40. "Thus your vain boast in wickedness wrought y the power of Satan is put to silence," because Bishop Jewell saith, that many kings and princes are fallen away from the see of Rome, and have joined themselves to the Church of God.

P.42. "This is his heathenish heart: what could Porphory, of Julian, or Celsus say more?" because Bishop Jewell had said, that men even by light if nature, though thereby alone they cannot be led to the perfection of faith, yet may somewhat discern what is likely or unlikely in religion, according to St. Paul, Rom. I. 20, "The invisible things of God, his everlasting power and Godhead, are seen by the creation of the world."

P.79. "We take you to be mad: would God you were not worse than mad: were you mad, you should be tied up: else were you suffered to go abroad, for fear folk would fly from you, then should you do little hurt." (Epitaph. Paulae.) So Jerome reporteth of Paula, that virtuous matron, "Quod prae nimio fervore quibusdam videretur insane, et cerebrum ejus contorvendum:" (Defence of the apology, London 1567). That for her great zeal some deemed her to be made, and that her brain had need be settled, &c. but she answered for herself, as we do in the like case, that as we are charged with madness for the love of the truth, so our Saviour Christ of his own kinsfolks was thought to be beside himself, and therefore they went about to shut him up.

P.145. "How say you, Sir Minister Bishop, ought the minister to be lawfully called?"

P.146. "Touching the exercise of your ministry, you do all things without order: unless ye mean such order, as thieves observe among themselves in distribution of their robberies."

P.153. "If he were so foolish to think so, yet you M. Jewell in that behalf should not bear the bauble with him:" speaking of Nilus, a Greek writer, a learned man and a reverend bishop. But here I answer M. Harding, as Jerome doth Vigilantius, "Si omnes tecum fatui sunt, sapiens quis esse poterit:" if all were fools, whom you call fools we should have but a few wise men.

P.162. "You shew yourself to be a man of evil disposition, no man ever said it, but Illyricus or bawdy Bale:" namely, that Pope Zosimus corrupted the Council of Nice, the truth whereof notwithstanding is proved by Bp. Jewell, out of the Africarr Council, Cap. 101, 102, 103. Concil, Carthag. 6.c.4. Concil. Forentin. Sess. 20.

P.164. "You are arrant slanderous liars: how seemeth not this wicked generation to spring of the devil:" because M. Jewell saith, by the testimony of Alphons. De Castro. Sabellic. Plantina, and others, that Pope Liberus was an Arian heretic.

P.189. "This sir defender learned in the school of Satan, and now lieth bound in Satan’s fetters."

p.201. "Their bishops for custody of their chastity after their former old yoke-fellow’s decease, solace themselves with new strumpets."

P.209. "Of what small substance this reason is, the veriest cobblers of all their ministers, if they can read any English beside their communion book, may easily perceive." Bp. Jewell telleth Harding, he might have remembered, that no long since, Julius II., of a wherry-slave was made Pope: but we have no cobblers in the ministry.

P.290. "Maugre the malice of the devil and of all the sacramentaries, the old truth shall prevail:" he meaneth the conversion and transubstantiating (as he calleth it) of the bread and wine in the sacrament, into the very boy and blood of Christ. But this is no truth at all, neither old nor ancient: confessed by Dr. Tunstall, to have come in twelve hundred years after the Gospel: as in that place it is manifestly proved.

P.297. "Now, sir, I report me to every man that hath sense, whether I may not lawfully give you the menti, as for manner’s sake I may use the Italian term, and challenge you in plain terms of a lie for uttering this untruth:" and yet there is no untruth uttered: see the place.

P.313. "It liked your filthy spirit, with vile words, to bring that holy mystery into contempt: wherein you do the devil, author of all heresy, the greatest service that may be devised:" because with Origen he had affirmed that the bread in the sacrament, as touching the material substance thereof, goeth into the belly, and is cast into the privy. Here M. Harding much forgetteth himself, with such vile terms to slander us: for they shew a filthy spirit that use filthy words, and not the blasphemed, but the blasphemer, the reviler, not the reviled, do the devil the greatest service: for as Jerome well saith, "apud Christianos, non qui patitur, sed qui facit contumeliam, miserest:" among Christians, not he that suffereth, but he that offereth reproach, is the vile and miserable man.

P.342. "The thing, which it liketh your Satanical spirit, with blasphemous words to dishonour:" he meaneth that sacrament, which indeed is by them most of all abused and dishonoured.

P.359. "He calleth us cursed Canaanites".

P.387. "Ye falsely, and wickedly lead the people, ye are apostates, ye are heretics, ye are impudent and rebellious children."

P.404. "These defenders in conditions be like such honest women, as commonly we call scolds."

P.409. "Lo, a grievous and an heavy case, that he world calleth you wicked and ungodly men: I wist, they be too blame for it, and so be they that call them thieves, which come to be promoted to Tyburn."

P.446. "Your impudence of lying hath no measure nor end."

P.459. "The fiends of hell were not yet loose, that begat Lutherans, Zuinglians, Calvinists: your Church is no other but the malignant church and synagogue of Satan."

P.465. "Though the defender fear not to be accounted a liar, yet should he be loth to be accounted an unionist man, yea and specially a fool."

P.502. "We reckon not, what Luther saith, what Zuinglius, what Calvin, what Antichrist, what Satan saith."

P.506. "If this defender were compared to a mad dog, some would think it perhaps an unmannerly comparison, let the man be as he is, verily the manner and fashion of both is alike."

P.510. "He calleth us light preachers, wicked vow breakers, lewd lecherous lurdens, detestable blasphemers: such is your devilish rabble, saith he:" this is M. Harding’s eloquence.

P.524. "O thou captain liar: O most worthy, not the reward of a whetstone, but the judgment of a backbiter, of a slanderer, of a cursed speaker, of the accuser of the brethren, of a blasphemer, canst thou persuade thyself to get credit by lying, to seem sober by railing, honest by villany, charitable by slandering?" And all this stir is because we charge them with burning of Scriptures, which their ungodly practices here in England do notoriously shew to be true. And see here, how this unshamefaced man chargeth so reverent, so modest, so worthy a prelate with railing, villany, slandering, whereas all these are to be found more truly in himself, so that we may justly complain with that learned Father: "quid possumus facere si unusquisque se putat juste facere, quod facit, et videtur sibi remorderi potius, quam mordere:" (Hieron, ad Ruffin.) What a world is this, that every man thinketh he doth well that he doth: and that he is backbited, when himself is the backbiter.

P.549. "He sheweth himself a fool, a slanderer, an unlearned man."

P. 576. "Here pricketh forth this hasty defender, as pert as a pearmonger, and fain would talk with the Pope himself."

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