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A. D. 530. 57. Schifin feventh. Boniface II. Diofcorus.
Boniface was the right pope, for he recanted his Arian notions in order to qualify himself for the chair. But his antagonist was a Simoniack.
532. 58. John II.
Was a great projector. 534
Was a great friend to Theodatus, who murdered that miracle of the age, Amalafuintha, queen of the Goths.
535. 60. Schifm eighth. Silverius, Vigilius. Silverius was natural fon to Hormifda, but a heretic; we shall therefore esteem Vigilius as our true fucceffor to St. Peter, fince he was only guilty of perjury; a small fault now a days in a churchman.
555. 61. Pelagius 1.
Poifoned Vigilius, and decreed that the fecular arm ought to be called in to fupprefs beretics and fchifmatics.
561. 62. John III.
Established the cuftom of worshipping the bones of faints.
575. 63. Benedict I..
Died of grief.
572. 64. Pelagius II. Difputed with the bishop of Conftantinople against the refurrection of the body.
A. D. 590. 65. Gregory I, Invented purgatory, the invocation of faints, luftrations on the purification of the virgin, flations and pilgrimages; caufed all priests to put away their wives, but foon condemned this infallible decree, when upon draining one fish-pond, he found the heads of fix thousand infants there..
604. 66. Sabinianus
Oppofed all that his infallible predeceffor had done; and was torn in pieces by the people of Rome, for keeping up a vast hoard of corn in a time of famine.
606. 67. Boniface II.
Obtained the title of Univerfal B shop from the ufurper Phocas, upon his approving and confirming his title. He began to use the modeft phrafe of Volumus et fub mus.
606. 68. Boniface IV.
Joined, with Phocas as his predeceffor had done, and thereby obtained great privileges for the church. With these two Bonifaces properly began the papal primacy.
612. 69. Deodatus
Made a law that no woman should marry a man, whofe father had been her godfather, as being too near of kin.
616. 70. Boniface V.
Made the church an afylum for the greatest villanies, by privileging all thieves, murderers,
&c. that should take fanctuary in any church or chapel.
A. D. 622. 71. Honorius I. Was a Monothelite Heretic, and stands con demned as fuch by pope Agatho, by the fixth, feventh and eighth general councils, and as fuch was excommunicated by Leo II.
637. 7.2. Severinus
Was a pious charitable man, but a bad pope; for he not only did nothing to enlarge the power of the church, but even facrile-giously permitted its treasures to be dimi nished..
638. 73. John IV.
Worthy doctor, you will doubtlefs be: pleafed with this pope,, who was famous for his love of black-puddings, notwithstanding, the decrees of the council of Jerusalém, heldi by pope James, at which our first vicegerents pope Peter alfo affifted:
641. 74. Theodorus
Took the bones of St. Primus, and St. Fellucanus out of their graves, fet them in filver, and left them in St. Stephen's chapel to be worshipped by all good catholics. 647. 75. Martinus I...
Olympius being fent to the church to seize: him, was ftruck blind juft in the inftant when he was going to execute his orders. And from this pope's time, the chair has claimed!
the power of (triking people blind, as often as it is for the intereft of the church, that they fhould not fee. This man ordered priests to have their polls shaven.
A. D. 654. 76.
Was fo charitable and fo humble a man, and did fo little to augment the power of the church, that were it not to keep our fucceffion perpetuated, you and I, doctor, would fcarce own him for a vicegerent. This fad man or dered that bishops (hould have prisons to confine diforderly priefts in, whereas we know prifons ought only to be made for the laity.
657. 77. Vitalianus
Was the first that introduced organs into the church, as a mechanical help to internal devotion, left men fhould pray without intenseness of heat.
672. 78. Deodatus II.
Built churches, and introduced the custom of fafting upon fith in Lent.
676. 79. Dono
Paved St. Peter's porch with marble, and wished he could have done it with the fculls of heretics.
679. 80. Agathe
Ordained that all popes decrees should be received as if they were uttered by St. Peter's own mouth.
A. Ď. 682. 81. Leo II. He fet the church fervice to music. 684. 82. Benedict II.
Obtained of the emperor, that popes fhould be chofen by the clergy, without needing his confirmation. He firft affumed the title of Chrift's vicegerent.
685. 83. John V.
Lay'd a-bed all his popedom, and was famous for writing a book concerning the dignity of the Pall.
686. 84. Conon
Poifon'd himfelf, being, as fome affirm, diftracted.
687. 85. Sergius E.
His true name was Bocco di Porco, or SwineSnout; but not liking his name, he introduced the fashion of the popes changing their names, which has continued ever fince. He was a notorious adulterer.
701. 86. John VI.
Repaired three churches.
707. 88. Sifinnius
705. 87. John VII. Refufed to call a fynod to fettle fome points of faith then in difpute. He was a bastard to John VI. and like Nebuchadnezzar, every where erected images, and made the people fall down and worship them.
Died of the gout.