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EST fome fhould think I have represented the Apoftacy (as it is often called) of the Archbishop of Spalato with too much Tenderness, I think it is proper here to fubjoin what our Learned Dr.Cofin, Bishop of Durham, fays of him, in his Hiftory of Popish Tranfubftantiation, Printed at London, in 1676. p. 13. § VII. “To "these also we may juftly add, that Famous Prelate Antonius de Domino Arch
bishop of Spalato, a Man well versed in "the Sacred Writings, and the Records "of Antiquity; who having left Italy "(when he could no longer remain in
it, either with Quiet or Safety) by the "Advice of his intimate Friend Paulus Venetus, took Sanctuary under the Pro"tection of King James of Bleffed MeCC mory, in the Bofom of the Church of England, which he did faithfully follow
" in all Points and Articles of Religion : "But being daily vexed with many Af"fronts and Injuries, and wearyed by "the unjuft Perfecutions of fome fowr " and over-rigid Men, who bitterly de"claimed every where against his Life "and Actions, he at laft refolved to re
turn into Italy with a fafe Conduct. "Before he departed, he was, by Order "from the King, queftioned by fome commiffionated Bifhops, what he thought "of the Religion and Church of England, which for fo many Years he had owned and obeyed, and what he would say of it in the Roman Court: To this Query gave in Writing this memorable Anfwer, I am refolved, even with the "Danger of my Life, to profefs before the "Pope himself, that the Church of England " is a True and Orthodox Church of Chrift. "This he not only promifed, but faith"fully performed; for though, foon after ic his Departure, there came a Book out "of the Low-Countries, fallly bearing his
Name, by whofe Title many were de"ceived even among the English, and "thereby moved to tax him with Apo"ftacy, and of being another Ecebolius; « yet when he came to Rome, (where he was most kindly entertained in the
"Palace of Pope Gregory the Fifteenth, "who formerly had been his Fellow"Student) he could never be perfuaded
by the Jefuites and others, who daily
thronged upon him, either to sub"fcribe the hew-devifed Tenets of the "Council of Trent, or to retract those "Orthodox Books which he had printed " in England and Germany, or to renounce "the Communion of the Church of England, in whole Defence he constantly perfifted to the very laft. But presently after the Deceafe of Pope Gregory, he was imprifoned by the Jefuites and Inquifitors in Castle St. Angelo, where, "by being barbaroufly used, and almoft 'cc ftarved, he foon got a Mortal Sickness, "and died in a few Days, though not "without Sufpicion of being poyfoned. "The Day following, his Corps was, by "the Sentence of the Inquifition, tyed to
an Infamous Stake, and there burnt to "Afhes; for no other Reafon, but that "he refused to make Abjuration of the
Religion of the Church of England, and fubferibe fome of the latély-made "Decrees of Trent, which were pretfed upon him as Canons of the Catholick "Faith. I have taken Occafion to infert "this Narration, perhaps not known to c many,
many, to make it appear, that this "Reverend Prelate, who did great Ser"vice to the Church of GOD, may justly (as I faid before) be reckoned "amongst the Writers of the Church of “England.
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