The earth would still move round the sun, though the whole Catholic Church
I cannot tell how to object the least thing against that affectionate concern which you show for the turning of the poor people from their paganism to the Christian religion; but how does this comfort you, while these people are, in your account, out of the pale of the Catholic Church
, without which you believe there is no salvation?
I mean, sir, the same ancient Catholic Church
to which you and I, and Captain Peleg there, and Queequeg here, and all of us, and every mother's son and soul of us belong; the great and everlasting First Congregation of this whole worshipping world; we all belong to that; only some of us cherish some queer crotchets noways touching the grand belief; in that we all join hands.
Many things concurred to make them of this opinion: there was no Christian kingdom or state in the Indies of which all was true which they heard of this land of Prester-John: and there was none in the other parts of the world who was a Christian separated from the Catholic Church
but what was known, except this kingdom of Aethiopia.
And yet, on the faith of an honest man, I never spoke ill of any enchanter, and I am not so well off that I am to be envied; to be sure, I am rather sly, and I have a certain spice of the rogue in me; but all is covered by the great cloak of my simplicity, always natural and never acted; and if I had no other merit save that I believe, as I always do, firmly and truly in God, and all the holy Roman Catholic Church
holds and believes, and that I am a mortal enemy of the Jews, the historians ought to have mercy on me and treat me well in their writings.
There you see the hand of that awful power, the Roman Catholic Church
Every reader must recollect, that after the fall of the Catholic Church
, and the Presbyterian Church Government had been established by law, the rank, and especially the wealth, of the Bishops, Abbots, Priors, and so forth, were no longer vested in ecclesiastics, but in lay impropriators of the church revenues, or, as the Scottish lawyers called them, titulars of the temporalities of the benefice, though having no claim to the spiritual character of their predecessors in office.
It must not be mistaken for an attack upon the Catholic Church
Except the Catholic Church
, there was no single religious institution which was founded upon liberty and equality.
After a generation of half-piratical depredations by the English seadogs against the Spanish treasure fleets and the Spanish settlements in America, King Philip, exasperated beyond all patience and urged on by a bigot's zeal for the Catholic Church
, began deliberately to prepare the Great Armada, which was to crush at one blow the insolence, the independence, and the religion of England.
The pious missionaries employed by the Roman Catholic Church
to convert the Indians, did everything in their power to counteract the profligacy caused and propagated by these men in the heart of the wilderness.
Now they found a sacramental vessel, which had been destined as a gift to some Catholic church