So impartial was this man whose great work is so often represented as a kind of bag in which he secreted the gall of personal prejudice, so truly Catholic is he, that both parties find their arsenal in him. The Romanist proves his soundness in doctrine, the anti-Romanist claims him as the first Protestant; the Mazzinist and
Err not, fellow-servant am I
With thee and with the others to one power.Purgatorio, XIX. 134, 135.
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1 De Monarchia, § ult.
2 De Monarchia, Lib. III. § 10. ‘Poterat tamen Imperator in patrocinium Ecclesiae patrimonium et alia deputare immoto semper superiori dominio cujus unitas divisio non patitur. Poterat et Vicarius Dei recipere, non tanquam possessor, sed tanquam fructuum pro Ecclesia proque Christi pauperibus dispensator.’ He tells us that St. Dominic did not ask for the tithes which belong to the poor of God. (Paradiso, XII. 93, 94.) ‘Let them return whence they came,’ he says (De Monarchia, Lib. II. § 10); ‘they came well, let them return ill, for they were well given and ill held.’
3 Inferno, XIX. 53; Paradiso, XXX. 145-148.
4 Purgatorio, XX. 86-92.
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