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INVULNERABLE AND INVINCIBLE;
THE CREEDS OF BOTH COMMUNIONS LAID OPEN:
AN ENDEAVOUR TO SHOW, FROM SCRIPTURE,
WHAT CHRISTIANS DO, AND OUGHT TO PROFESS AND HOLD,
AS WELL AS WHAT THEY NEITHER OUGHT TO,
NOR CAN CONFESS:
IN THE FORM OF
AS WELL AS
TWELVE ADDITIONAL ARTICLES,
APPENDED THERETO BY
POPE PIUS IV.
WHICH CREED IS HELD, SWORN TO, AND PROFESSED, WHOLE
BY EVERY ROMISH SUBJECT WITHIN THESE REALMS,
THE KINGDOM OF IRELAND,
IN THE SHAPE OF A
CHEAP RELIGIOUS TRACT,
THE TWELFTH DUBLIN EDITION
It hath seemed good, my fellow-countrymen, at this very awful crisis, when infidelity, in such various forms, appears to stalk in triumph through this hitherto favoured land, for me, a very humble and plain compatriot, to undertake this little work, in the making of which public, with God's merciful assistance, I hope to attain a manifold object :
First, By presenting a copy to certain Members of the House of Commons, that they may be without excuse before man-man !--nay, but before their God! if they further pretend ignorance of the tenets and views of that anti-Christian sect, commonly called Roman Catholics, which tenets and views, this their creed unfolds at full length, and which are strengthened and confirmed by the most solemn oaths and protestations of all who belong to that communion.
Second, To show to my fellow-countrymen at large what is the NATURE of that POWER which, through the means of its powerful, though apparently most unnatural, auxiliary,
INFIDELITY,” (overt and covert), now thunders with such awful sounds, at the very portals of this our Christian constitution, OUR SANCTUARY, summoning the small garrison of the men of God to surrender.
Third, To endeavour to show to certain religious persons, who really wish well to our Christian Government, and yet, upon a mistaken principle of Christian charity, would admitthis power to a participation in our councils, the entire impossibility of those people who, in the 23d article of this creed, “promise and swear true obedience to the bishop of Rome,” holding undivided allegiance to our King and Constitution—and the more particularly when, in the following article, they expressly declare, that “ all heresies, rejected and accursed by the Church of Rome, they do likewise condemn, reject, and hold ac