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man merely to avoid a box on the ear. But others affirm that it is allowable, and I most certainly think it probable, when it is the only means of escaping such an affront: otherwise the honour of the innom cent would be perpetually exposed to the malice of the insolent.'-Father Azor, one of the four-andtwenty Elders.

* It is lawful to kill any one who says ' you lie,' if he can be stopped by no other means.'-Father Baldelle, quoted by Escobar.

‘One may kill another regularly, according to Molina, for the value of a crown.'-Escobar. (Molina is one of the four living creatures.)

' A priest not only may, but on certain occasions OUGHT TO KILL a calumniator.'—Caramuel, an illustrious defender of the Jesuits.

LYING.

* All private judgment being removed, the mind should always be kept prepared to obey the true church ; insomuch that, should she define that to be BLACK, which appears to our eyes to be white, we are bound to call it BLACK too.'--Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, in his Spiritual Exercises.

PERJURY.

'A man may swear that he has not done a thing, when in fact he has done it ; meaning in himself that he did not do it on a certain specified day, or before he was born ; or understanding any other circumstances of a similar nature. THIS WILL BE FOUND IN NUMBERLESS INSTANCES EXTREMELY CONVENIENT, AND IS ALWAYS VERY JUST, WHEN IT IS NECESSARY TO YOUR HEALTH, HONOUR OR PROPERTY.' -Father Sanchez. (See EQUIVOCATION.)

PROFANE SWEARING.

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* If a man blaspheme without duly considering what he does, how much soever he may be in the habit of it, he commits no mortal sin.'—Filliutius, one of the four-and-twenty Elders.

* Habitual blasphemy, with a want of attention, does not constitute a mortal sin.'-Escobar.

By my faithby my conscience-by the faith of a Christian-are no oaths.'-Emmanuel Sa.

It is true as I am a Christianas I am a monkas I am a priest-are no oaths.'—Escobar.

'I call God to witness-is no oath.' - Father Sanchez.

It is so before God. God knows that it is so. God sees that it is so. If it be not so, I renounce God. These are no oaths.'-Escobar.

It is as true as God is trueras Christ is in the venerable sacrament-as the Gospel is true—this is nothing at all.'-Busembaum and Tambourin.

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THE WORSHIP DUE TO GOD.

It has been well observed by Father Quesnel that they, who would approach to God, must do it, not with fear like brutes; but with confidence and love, as children. This is considered by the Jesuits, and by Pope Clement XI., their friend and patron, as 'a false and dangerous principle, and savouring of HERESY. Not only is love to God to be excluded, but “to pray to the Almighty with voluntary distraction of mind is a truly religious act.' ---Father Lorthioir.

• As he, who should bow the knee before an idol without an intention of committing idolatry, would be viewed as an idolator; so they who recite the office ought to be considered as praying, though they may do it without attention.'—Father Bauny.

“An evil intention in attending the mass, as, for instance, the intention of gazing with a lascivious eye on the females who may be present, is not contrary to the commandment.'--Filliutius, one of the fourand-twenty Elders.

* An evil intention, as, for instance, that of looking with carnal eyes on the women who may be present, is not inconsistent with the duty of attending the mass.'—Escobar.

any one assist at the mass out of vain glory, or even for the purpose of picking another man's pocket, he may notwithstanding fulfil the duty, though these acts be in themselves criminal.'--Busembaum.

* You may hear half a mass of one priest, and another half of another; indeed you may hear first the end of one mass, and afterwards the beginning of another. You may hear two halves of a mass at the same time of two different priests, when one begins a mass, and the other is at the elevation of the host, because attention may be given to both at

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the same time, and two half masses make one whole one.'-Father Turrianus.

· Mass may be heard in a very short time; as, for example, if you happen upon four masses at once, so arranged, that when one begins, another may be at the Gospel, another at the Consecration, and another at the Communion.'-Escobar.

Such are the maxims of the Jesuits ! For the specimens given above we are indebted to Pascal's * Provincial Letters,' and 'The abominations of the Jesuits exposed,'translated from the French by George Russell. These maxims shew the truth of the following lines, written upon the Jesuits :-

'Si itis cum Jesu-itis non cum Jesu-itis-
Si cum Jesu-itis non cum Jesu-itis.'

Is it not true that the Jesuits have two horns like A LAMB, but speak like a dragon ?” It is a singular fact that Pascal, without any allusion to the Revelation, uses the foilowing language with reference to the Jesuits :- Where are we now? Are these Monks and Priests who talk in this manner ?

Are they Christians ? or are they Turks ? Are they Men? or are they Demons ? Are these the mysteries revealed to his Society by the LAMB? or are they the abominations suggested by the DRAGON to those who are of his party ? '

CHAPTER V.

THE GENERAL OF THE JESUITS EXERCISES ALL THE POWER

OF THE POPE IN HIS PRESENCE AND WITH HIS SANCTION.

AND HE EXERCISETH ALL THE POWER OF THE

FIRST BEAST BEFORE HIM.”--Verse 12.

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As Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, “Thou art this Head of Gold," so we say to the Pope, the King of the mystical Babylon, Thou art the First Beast; and to the General of the Jesuits, THOU art the Second, and thou dost exercise all the power of the First Beast before him.

The thirty-third and thirty-fourth chapter of the History of the Jesuits,' are a splendid comment upon the words before us. From them we learn that the constitution of the society is monarchical, or rather despotic : the whole authority, the entire property, the government, and conduct of the society are vested in the General: all who compose the society are blindly dependent upon the general for their lot, for the disposal of their persons, of their conduct, and their property ; for their conscience, their doctrine,

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