A retentiue, to stay good Christians, in true faith and religion, against the motiues of Richard Bristow Also a discouerie of the daungerous rocke of the popish Church, commended by Nicholas Sander D. of Diuinitie. Done by VVilliam Fulke Doctor of diuinitie, and Maister of Pembroke hall in Cambridge.
Fulke, William, 1538-1589.

The 12. Motiue is the 28. demaunde.

Sea apostolike. The communion of the Bishop of Rome * to be kept of all Christians. The Romain Church is the Ca∣tholike Page  44Church. Saint Augustine of our religion. Such as are condemned by the Sea Apstolike are holden for Heretikes. Pelagians aliue againe in Protestants. Emperours and other peeres of our Religion, as also their first conuersion. S. Theodo∣ret, Chrisostom, and Hierome of our Religion. Antichristes side against the Pope. Protestants doe decay and shall come to nothing.

VVhosoeuer (sayth Bristow) at any time were for their doing or teaching condemned by the definitiue sentence of*the Sea Apostolike, and stubbernly condemned the same, they were Scismatikes or heretikes. And contrariwise, all Catho∣like men haue kept them selues in the vnitie of that sea, and if for any cause they were out of it, labouring to be reconci∣led againe, or if they had beene but suspected, neuer ceasing vntill they had made their purgation. Moreouer he saith, there can none example be alleadged to the contrary, but in∣numerable for it. It is not denyed, but the Church and Sea of Rome, while it continued in true catholike Re∣ligion, was much reuerenced euery where, so farre at least as the Romane empire did extende. But when any Bishop of that sea, went out of the way, either in scisme or herefie, they were not followed but resisted, & con∣demned. For Example, When Victor bishop of Rome like a proude scismatike, did take vpon him to excom∣municate all the Churches of the East, for celebration of Easter, they did not onely contemne his censure, but many Bishops also did sharply rebuke him, as Irenaeus Bishop of Lyons: & other. Euse. li. 5. ca. 25. Whē Liberius bishop of Rome relented vnto the Arrians, he was for∣saken of the true Christians, and accounted an Here∣tike. Hier. in Catal. When Bonifacius, Zosimus and Ce∣lestinus, Bishops of Rome, would chalenge appellations out of Africa, contrary to the decrees out of the coun∣cels of Africa, by counterfaiting a Canon of the Nicene councell, they were resisted by all the Bishops of A∣frica, and the trechery discouered. Caic. Aphric. ad. celest. To these examples adde Pope Honorius, cōdemned in Page  45 the generall councell of Constantinople the sixt, for a Monothelite. Euen the popish councell of Constans, deposed three Popes. But now let vs see Bristowes wise examples. The Pelagians (which he saith, but sheweth not how) are aliue in Protestants, were condemned by the Apostolike Sea as witnesseth Augustine. Episto. 106. And this iudgement of the Catholike Church, the Emperour Honorius confirmed as testifieth Possidoni∣us and Augustine. What then? Ergo Saint Au∣gustine and the Emperours were of our Religion. If the Pelagians had beene condemned by the autho∣ritie of the Byshoppe of Rome, without conuiction out of the holy Scriptures, the Example had beene to some purpose. But when their heresie was bothe by Preaching, writing, disputing and Councell de∣clared to be contrarie to the worde of God, then if the Byshoppe of Rome subscrybed to his condemna∣tion, as one of the true Patriarches of the Church within the Romaine Empire, what doth this aduaunce the singularitie of his Sea? For examples of Catho∣lickes purging them selues, Firste he nameth Chry∣sostome in his Epistle to Innocentius the sixt of Rome, but setteth downe none of his woordes, as in deede there is no such matter in that Epistle, onely he shew∣eth howe iniuriously hee was handled by the barba∣rous Souldiers. His next example is: Theodoretus Byshoppe of Cyrus, who beeing vniustly deposed, appealed to Leo Byshoppe of Rome, which consi∣dering of his case indifferently, consented to his re∣stitution in the councell of Chalcedon. But that The∣odoret would not haue accounted him selfe an Here∣tike or scismatike, although he had beene condemned by Leo, it is plaine by these words.

Vestrā enim expecto sententiam. &c. For I expect your sentence, and if you commaund me to stand vnto that which hath beene iudged against me, I will stande vnto, it neither will I trouble any man heereafter about it, but will expect the iudgement of our God and Sauiour, which can∣not Page  46 be altered.
These wordes declare, that Theodoret although the Bishop of Rome also shoulde be decey∣ued to confirme his depriuation, by his sentence, yet he woulde not thinke him selfe to be an heretike, but quietly waight for the iudgement of God, which could not be deceyued, as the iudgement of man was. Wher∣fore Theodoret was farre from acknowledging those popish principles. That the Pope can not erre, that his iudgement is all one with the iudgement of God. Although the mysterie of iniquitie in the Bishop of Romes prerogatiue, had by that tyme wrought very highe. The submission of Hierome to Pope Damasus, you shall finde aunswered in my confutation of Saun∣ders rocke cap. 15. where you shall see how the Church of Rome was called Catholike, while it was so in deede, and howe Antichristes side was against the Bishop of Rome, namely so longe as the Bishop of Rome was on Christes side. Whether Protestantes in England haue decayed and Papistes increased, as Bristow braggeth, for these 16. yeares, let wise men iudge. Although want of seuere discipline hath caused many to remaine obstinate, and some perhaps that were of no religion, to fall to Popery, yet for the number, it is altogether false, that Bristow so confidently affirmeth.