The fourth Poynt, concerning Limbus Patrum: and for probation there-of whether it was Samuel truelie, who appeared 1 Kings 28, us. Bellar∣mine holdeth, agaynst the most cōmon consent of venerable Antiquitie.
LAst, when the consent of Fa∣thers is particularlie adduced agaynst Bellarmine → , both Greeke and Latine, to infirme his proofe of Limbus Patrum, out of 1 Kings 28; they affirming, that it was Satan that appeared to Saul, and not the Prophet Samuel; thus disdaynfullie doeth hee reject their harmonie,* saying, His non •bstantibus, •enendum est vere Smith elis animain fuisse: that is, Notwithstanding that all those Fathers say so, it is to bee helde, that it was truelie the soule of Samuel who appeared. I omit how ← Bellarmine showeth, that in the matter of Marriage,* their Canus did holde an opinion, both singular & new, agaynst all Antiquitie: wherfore hee concludeth, that Canus opinion must bee altogether false: or else it should folow that in a most weigh∣tie Page 60 poynt the whole Church assu∣redlie had for manie Ages •rred. As also how Gropperus,* another of their number, in the same matter of Matrimonie, dissented from all An∣tiquitie.
Wee see then, howe consonant to their Practise, is their Thrasonick• Bragging, who sayeth, Nos Patrum doctrinam non aliqua ex parte admitti∣mus, alia repudiamus, sed integram am∣plectimur: that is,* (sayeth Durie) We• admit not the doctrine of the Fathers in one poynt, and reject the same in another, but whollie embrace all that they holds. Or as Campian sayth,*Tenemus integra horum volumina: that is, Hee keepe vs close, by their whole W•ytings. Ethos ma∣gistros à De• dat•s in omnibus audiunt Catholici,* sayeth Costerus: that is, The Catholicks hearken vnto them in althings, as to Masters given vnto them from God. Beeing here-in no lesse impudent, than was the Hereticke, Dioscorus, vvho dissenting most clearlie from the Orthodox Fathers, yet hee vt∣tered these wordes most peartlie Page 61 and perverselle,* in the Councell of Chalcedon, saying, I am cast out with the Fathers, I defende the doctrine of the Fathers, I transgresse them not in anie Poynt.