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FORLORN CASE OF POPERY!
The Romanist Untecelved:
A Rational, Historical, and Scriptural Refutation
OF THE SUPER-ADDED ARTICLES
CHURCH OF ROME;
POPE JOAN, or JOHN the VIII,
Most seriously recommended to the perusal of Romanisis.
BY THE LATE REV. JOHN CONNELL,
CURATE OF ETTAGH.
“Thus saith the Lord, stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the oll
“For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are doil of
&c. &c. &c.
Printed for the benefit of the Widow and Orphan Chililrena:
of the Author.
REV. THOMAS PERCIVAL MAGEE.
&c. &c. &c.
In might be justly deemed presumption, wore I to prefix to the writings of my father, a name so intimately connected with every Association, which all who feel an interest in the welfare of our Church, must hold dear, without ässigning the motives which have actuated me, and the rea. sons which alone can justify me in taking that liberty; views ing the Work itself as the production of one who, though long yoked in the trammels of error, when freed, was eager to cast in his humble mite amid the treasures which, in modern times, have been contributed for the support of truth, to whom could it, (however small its literary pretensions,) be dedicated with such propriety, as to one so nearly allied to the 6 Author of the ATONEMENT ?" to whom Christianity in general, and the Church of England in particular, stand so much indebted for his noble and uncompromising defence, on every occasion, against falsehood in all its varied forins, wbe. ther as the professed hostility of the Deist, the poisonous sophistry of the Unitarian, or the superstitious errors of the Romanist; considering the situation of the Author's fumily, a Widow and Seven Orphans, whose name could I venture to prefix before that of a Clergyman, whose distinguished character it is practically to exbibit, that "pure Religion and undefiled before God," even the “Visiting the widow and the fatherless in their affliction ?". In short, Rev. Sir, feeling that to you, further apology would be needless, and humbly hoping that something may be found herein worthy of
your approbation, assured, that should this Work but gain the smallest meed of your Patronage, my most anxious expectations will be realized, and the public countenance secured, allow me to subscribe myself,
Your very humble,
And much obliged Servant,
Dublin, August 3, 1826.
FORLORN CASE OF POPERY,
“ Victricem suprema Veritas faxit.”
The sudden, but premeditated change that I have made, through God's mercy, from a fabricated farce, supported by Papal tyranny,* and upheld by implicit obedience to its commands, to the pure, unadulterated and divine religion of the Gospel of Christ, has infuenced some to censure me, and made others de. sirous to know the cause. While by the ignorant and prejudiced I am calumniated, nay, even condemned to perdition ;t the candid and unbiassed are anxious to be acquainted with the true and just motive of my conversion. To inspire the one, if possible, with more charity, and candidly declare the sentiments of my heart to the other ;-I now, openly avow, that prejudice, and a heretofore rooted aversion to the Protes
• See a Sketch of Papal Tyranny and Additionals, in a subsequent part of this work.
+ It is a leading principle of the members of the Church of Rome, implicitly to believe, that Protestants are in a state of final perdition.This is the basis of that tenet, that no faith is to be kept with (what they call) Heretics. This pious doctrine is studiously inculcated from their childhuod. The result is obvious, and often, fatally experienced, who art thou that judgest another man's servant. To his own master he standeth or falleth ; yea, he shall be holden up, for God is able to make him stand?"' Rom. xiv. 4.