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A. D. 1003. 145. John XX. Till, his time the people of Rome always chose their own pope: but this man took that privilege out of their hands, and vefted it in the clergy, in whom it has ever fince continued to be jure divino.
1009. 147. Commonly called IV. He was a Pythagorean, and forbid all his clergy eating beans: He was the first vicegerent of the prince of peace, that confecrated fwords.
Wrote an encomium on the monaflic life, was married, and died, he and his family of the plague.
1024. 149. John XXI.
Platina and others, affirm he never was in holy orders; but fince he ordained bishops, priefs and deacons, we might as well give into the story of Pope Joan, as allow this man to have been a lay-vicegerent.
1033. 150. Schifm fixteenth. Benedict IX. Silvefter III. 151. Gregory VI. Benedict was a forcerer, Silvefter a fodomite, and Gregory an ufurer. Three persons so well gifted, that I am at a stand to determine who had the beft claim. To avoid miftakes, let us join the three together, and we may affirm that amongst them, they made up one well qualify'd pope.
A. D. 1047. 152. Clement II. Did nothing remarkable befides making all the people in Rome perjure themselves, a thing commonly practifed by divines.
1048, 153 Damafus. I
Poisoned his predeceffor, and enjoyed the. chair but three and twenty days after.
1049. 154. Leo IX.
Invented the ufeful doctrine of tranfubftantiation; and to make the abfurdity fwallow'd, gave out that Chrift and he had many perfonal converfations.
1055. 155. Victor II.
Excommunicated many of his clergy for fornication, by whom he was poifoned as a tyrannical vicegerent.
1057. 156. Schifm feventeenth. Stephen X. Benedict X.
Stephen was our right fucceffor, for he fen, tenced a man to death for faying St. Peter did not die at Rome.
1059. 157 Nicholas II.
Excommunicated and perfecuted all those that denied tranfubftantiation, and made Berengarius recant his errors, which were the fame tenets, that the church of England now holds. A. D.
A.D. 1061. 158. Schifm eighteenth, Alexander II. Honorius II.
Alexander, like a true head of the church, deprived all laicks of the right of inveftiture to facred functions.
1073. 159. Schifm nineteenth. Gregory VII.
Gregory (by others called Hildebrand) made his way to that dignity by poisoning five of his predeceffors; excommunicated Henry III. and made him wait bareheaded and barefoot three days, before he would readmit him into the church.
1086. 160. Schifm twentieth. Victor III. Clement III.
Victor excommunicated Henry III. as his predeceffor had done, and was poisoned in a chalice for his pains.
1088. 161. Urbanus II.
Made a decree that no layman should give an ecclefiaftical benefice. From his quarrelfome temper was nicknam'd Turbanus.
1099. 162. Schifm twenty-firft. Pafchal II. Guibert, Alberto d'Atella, Frederick, Maginulphus.
Pafchal was the true pope, and had been a creature of Gregory VII. He made a league with the emperor Henry IV. and confirmed it with the moft folemn oaths; but no fooner
was Henry gone out of Italy, when he revoked all that he had done, and excommunicated him; nay, and made him wait at his door bare-foot, before he would recall the excommunication.
г118. 163. Schifm twenty fecond. Gelafius II. Gregory VIII.
Gelafius was the true fucceffor, to whofe piety the world owes the foundation of the knights templars.
1119. 164. Califtus II.
Decreed that no loufy perfon fhould enter the church, and declared it was adultery for a bishop to forsake his fee; by which we may understand who my lady bishop is.
1124. 165. Schifm twenty-third. Honorius II. Celeftin II.
Honorius, to manifeft his fincere love to the church, put to death Arnulphus, a lowchurch preacher in those times, for inveighing against the pride and ufurped power of the Romish church.
1130. 166. Schifm twenty fourth. Innocent II. Anacletus II. Victor IV.
Innocent doubtlefs was the trueft vicegerent, for he ordained that no layman fhould prefume ever to lay violent hands on a clergy
A. D. 1143. 167. Celeftin III. Commonly called II. Was the first inventor of that chriftian method of curfing by bell, book and candle.
1144. 168. Lucius II.
Brought up the orthodox cuftom of eating pancakes and fritters on a Shrove Tuesday. 1145. 169. Eugenius III. Repaired feven churches.
1153. 170. Anaftafius IV. Converted the Pantheon, where the heathen deities were worshipped, into the Maria Rotunda, where popish faints are prayed to. 1154. 171. Hadrian IV.
From a beggar at St. Albans, came to be pope; and being thus mounted, to try how well he could ride, made the emperor Frederick Barbaroffa hold his stirrup, after which he excommunicated him, because he would not hold the empire as a fief or tributary to the pope. He abfolved all the fubjects of William king of Sicily from their allegiance; and, in a word, was a true friend to the church.
1159. 172. Schifm twenty fifth. Alexander III. - Victor IV. Pafchal III.
Alexander was my man, for he trod upon the emperor Frederick's head, faying, Super affidem et bafilifcum ambulabis; the emperor (as if he had been tutored by the bishop of