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ELECTION OF POPES ASD BRIBERY.

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ELECTION OF POPES ASD BRIBERY. In reviewing a work by Mr. T. A. Trollope on "The Papal Conclave," &c., the Examiner says According to theory the election of a Pope is the result of the direct and immediate operation of the Holy Spirit upon the minds of the electors-a postulate necessitated by the very conception of the Papacy as a supernatural institution. Now, nothing is more certain, by the admission of Catholic historians themselves, than that many elec- tions have been made through the influence of bribery in its moBt flagrant form of gross pecuniary corruption, and there has been hardly one where the choice has not been biased by private interest or political expediency. Either the Holy Spirit has been a party to these corrupt trans- actions. or He has not. We decline to draw the inference in the former case in the latter, it must be admitted that the Church of Rome has fre- quently been for centuries together without a legiti- mate head. In fact, the slightest attention to the history and working of the Papal electoral system, is sufficient to convince any unprejudiced observer of its entirely human character. The very consti- tuency by whioh the election is made is a compa- ratively modern invention. There was no College of Cardinals before the middle of the eleventh century, although the title of cardinal was frequently befctowed upon leading ecclesiafetics of other Churches than the Roman. Previous to this date, the election of Pope. however tumultuous and irregular, was raade by the entire body of the Roman clergy, with the assent of the general body of the faithful. I he cardinals simply confiscated the rights of the people and inferior clergy, a proceeding certainly conducive to order and decency, but as impudent a usurpation as any recorded in history,

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