A quiet and sober reckoning vvith M. Thomas Morton somewhat set in choler by his aduersary P.R. concerning certaine imputations of wilfull falsities obiected to the said T.M. in a treatise of P.R. intituled Of mitigation, some part wherof he hath lately attempted to answere in a large preamble to a more ample reioynder promised by him. But heere in the meane space the said imputations are iustified, and confirmed, & with much increase of new vntruthes on his part returned vpon him againe: so as finally the reconing being made, the verdict of the Angell, interpreted by Daniel, is verified of him. There is also adioyned a peece of a reckoning with Syr Edward Cooke, now L. Chief Iustice of the Co[m]mon Pleas, about a nihil dicit, & some other points vttered by him in two late preambles, to his sixt and seauenth partes of Reports.
Parsons, Robert, 1546-1610.
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THE THIRD OBIECTION against Cardinall Bellarmine → or false allegations about Platina. §. XV.

HIS third obiecton against Cardinall Bellarmin beginneth in these wordes:* Againe (saith he) where Bellarmine → citeth the testimony of Plaina for the commendation of Pope Hildbrand:

And in ano∣ther place finding Platina obiected in the question of Confession, answereth for the disabling of the Au∣thor, saying, that Platina had no publike authority to pen the liues of the Popes from publike Recordes. Which is nota∣bly false, Platina himselfe in his Epistle dedicatory vnto the then Pope writing thus:*Thou (ô Prince of Deuines, and chiefe of Bishops,) hast commanded me to write the liues of the Popes. Whose history is therfore greatly commended by Ballus, as being true, and takn out of publike Monuments. I could furnish P. R. with infinite such like delusions, and will also whenso∣euer my Aduersary shall renew his demaūd:* for such a multitude of examples I could bring, that I find it a greater difficulty for me to subtract, then to mul∣tiply.
So he.

*120. And I answere, that the more he multi∣plyeth in this kind the greater store of testimonies and suffrages he produceth of his owne folly, and impertinent dealing: for that Cardinall Bellamine his denying of Platina to be of absolute credit & publick authority in all matters touched by him in his histo∣ry, doth not proue wilfull malice in the Cardinall but rather a true & prudent censure concurring with the iudgment of diuers learned men of our time, especially of Onuprius Panuinus, who writing obser∣uatiōs Page  197 vpon the history of Platina concerning Popes liues,* doth oftentimes note the said story of diuers defects both in the Chronologie of times, and truth of matters set downe by him: and I doubt not, but whosoeuer shall haue read the works of Onuphius & of Balbus heere cited in commendation of Platina, will greatly preferre the iudgmnt of the first, before the later in matters of history. But let vs see, what Cardinall Bellarmine → saith of Plaina, and vpon what ground, and to what effect, and so shall you see al∣so how weake a calumniation M. Morton hath taken in hand in this obiection.

121. The occasion of censuring Platina, was in the confutation of a certaine manifest lie auouched (as the Cardinall saith) by Caluin, who affirmed that there was neuer any certaine Ecclesiasticall law ex∣tant, binding men to Sacramentall Confession, before the Councell of Lateran vnder Pope Innocenius the third, some 300. yeares past, and for proofe of this, Caluin citeth the story of Platina as affirming the same with this preface of his owne to authorize more the writer, Eorum Annales narrant, their An∣nales, or publike histories (of the Catholickes) do declare. And againe:*Ipsis testibus nondm clpsi sunt anni trecenti, themselues being witnesses (to witt the Ca∣tholickes) and their publike histories, there are not 300. yeares yet past since the law of Confssion began. Which manifest vntruth Bellarmine → cōfuting by great store of antiquityes,* commeth at length to Platina who in the life of the Popes Zepheinus & Innocentius, writeth that the decree that was made by Zepherinus for receauing the communion, at least once a yeare about Easter, was extended also to Confession by Pope Innocentius, which only is found written by Platina, saith Bellarmine → , and not by any other Ecclesiasticall historiographer: adding further these wordes: Sed Page  198 neque Platina &c. But neither Platina did write those liues of Popes by publike authority,* nor out o pub∣like records in such sort as they may be called our Annales: and oftentimes is he reprehended by our Historiographers, for that he fell into diuers errours in his history, by following of Martinus Polonus: and yet doth not Platina say,* that which Caluin saith, that there was no law extant about the necessity of Confssion before the time of Zepherinus and Innocentius, but only that the certaine time, when, and how "often a man should confesse and communcate, was then prescribed more in particuler.

122. So as heere you see Platina doth make no∣thing for M. Caluin, and lesse for M. Morton, who dealt fraudulently according to his fashion, and neuer commonly doth otherwise, when reciting in his margent the latin text of Bellarmine → , he cut out the words immediatly following, Vt annales nostri dici possint, Platina did not write the liues of Popes as they may be called our Annales. And albeit Plaina saith in the Preface of his history vnto the Pope Sixtus 4. who liued somwhat aboue 100. yeares past, that he had cōmanded him to wrie the Popes liues, yet this proueth not, that his collection is an Authenticall history of our Church, or so well per∣formed by him, as all things therin contained must be held for exact truth, and we bound to accept of the same, which is all in effect, that Cardinall Bellarmine auoucheth. And who would haue brought in this for an example of wilfull falshood but only M. Morton? Nay who would haue made oftentation therof saying, that he findeth greater difficulty to subtract, then to multiply such examples, but himself, that seemeth not to discrne betweene saying somewhat in words, and nothing in effect? But yet we must passe a little further to see an impertinency or two more.

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