Female Convents. Secrets of Nunneries Disclosed

D. Appleton & Company, 1834 - 268 pages
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Page 25 - Why should ye be stricken any more ? ye will revolt more and more : the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
Page xii - Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
Page 95 - ... a sick sister to confess herself. Everlasting scandal about husbands, — of those who had stolen the mistress of such a one ; how others had avenged themselves in the chapter ; and how they would not have forgiven even in death.
Page 262 - A young girl, richly dressed, with a child in her arms, was set upon an ass superbly caparisoned. The ass was led to the altar in solemn procession. High mass was said with great pomp. The ass was. taught to kneel at proper places ; a hymn no less childish than impious was sung in his praise : and when the ceremony was ended, the priest, instead of the usual words with which he dismissed the people, brayed three times like an ass ; and the people, instead of the usual response, We bless the Lord,...
Page 25 - Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers : for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness ? and what communion hath light with darkness?
Page 262 - The ass was led to the altar in solemn procession — high mass was said with great pomp — the ass was taught to kneel at proper places — a hymn no less childish than impious was sung in his praise : and when the ceremony was ended, the priest.
Page 83 - Though often warned by us, they do not break off the dangerous intimacies that are formed ; and hence it has often occurred that men who have contrived to get the keys, have come into the convent during the night, which they have spent in the most dissipated manner. They also suffer the nuns to neglect the sacraments : they never think of introducing the practice of mental prayer, and they preach nothing but the pleasures of this life. The sisters who live according to their maxims are extolled by...
Page 129 - Nothing is more common than to sce absolute and unlimited power degenerating into excess and tyranny ; and such was the case with the authority of the Popes. The extravagances of the despotism of the Court of Rome gave rise to murmurs and dissatisfaction. The power which they enjoyed was never a source of peace and tranquillity. The concordats of Germany and France [see Pradt, Les Qnatre Concordats, 3 voll.
Page 62 - if what I now write to you were known, it would be sufficient to cause me to be poisoned by 2 my companions, who are totally given up to vice.

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