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From the Southern Religious Telegraph.

The following paragraphs are from the notes of the Rhemish and Douay Bible, issued at Dublin in 1826?, the only version of the Bible which the Papists in the United States, Canada and Ireland, are permitted by their priests to read. An edition of it was published but a few years since, in cheap numbers, for circulation among the poor; whom it was difficult to prevent from having the bible in some form:

In their note on Mathew iii, the popish commentators say; "The good must tolerate the evil, when it is strong that is cannot be redressed without danger or disturbance of the whole church; otherwise, where evil men, be they heretics or other malefactors, may be punished and suppressed without hazard of the good, they may and ought, by public authority, either spiritual or temporal, to be chastised or executed."

On Mark iii, 12, they write- "Their prayers and services," (adverting to the Protestants), "though ever so good in themselves, out of their mouths are no better than the howling of wolves."

On John xv, 7, they say, "The prayer of a Protestant cannot be heard in heaven."

On Galatians i, 8, the expositors write- "Catholics should not spare their own parents, if heretics."

To 2 Timothy iii, 9, they append- "All wise men see, or shall see, the deceits of all the heretics; though for troubling such commonwealths, where unluckily they have been received, they cannot be suddenly extirpated." This doctrine, in its practical exhibition, satisfactorily accounts for the commotions, single murders, and massacres, which have characterised benighted, wretched Ireland.

On Hebrews, v, 7, they remark- "The translators of the English Protestant Bible ought to be abhorred, to the depths of hell."

This principle was also taught by Pope Gregory, who, in his bull denouncing the first English translation of the bible, describes Wickliffe, as "vomiting out of the filthy dungeon of his breast, divers false and erroneous conclusions, and most wicked, and damnable heresies;" and Leo X. and XII. affirm, with papal authority, that "the translation of the scriptures into the vulgar tongue, makes the gospel of CHRIST a gospel of the devil!"

Upon Revelations xviii, 6, these commentators observe- "When Rome puts heretics to death, and allows their punishment in other countries, their blood is no more than the blood of thieves, man-killers, or other malefactors; for the shedding of which, by the order of justice, no commonwealth shall answer!"

Thus every Papist is enjoined, by the highest authority, to estimate all Protestants as equally odious and sinful as thieves and murderers, whose guilt can be removed only by their death. Look, reader, at these comments on the word of GOD; study their import; and see if the evils of popery with which this country is threatened, are not greater than Protestants imagine.

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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: The late 1820s and 1830s saw a Protestant religious revival called the Second Great Awakening which had a strong impact on American religion and reform. The people of New England were strongly opposed to the Catholic Church and its teachings. This writer denounces the Roman Catholic bible which contains notes that are anti-Protestant. He feels that Catholics are told to view Protestants as odious and sinful as criminals and that Protestants should be aware of the threats posed by the Catholic teachings. The Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from June 26, 1827 to June 27, 1837. It changed its name to the Gazette & Mercury.


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"Bible of the Papists" article from the Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald
date   Jul 13, 1830
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
width   3.25"
height   10.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.052

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