Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Excommunication of Elizabeth I

The "Mary" referred to is Mary I of England, Elizabeth's sister, not her cousin Mary Stuart, the Queen of Scots. From the bull of Pope St. Pius V, “Regnans in Excelsis, via Nobility:
He Who reigns on high, to whom is given all poser in heaven and on earth, has entrusted his holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, outside which there is no salvation, to one person alone on earth namely to Peter the prince of the Apostles, and to Peter’s successor, the Roman Pontiff, to be governed by him with plenitude of power. Him alone he appointed prince over all nations and kingdoms, to root up, pull down, waste, destroy, plant and build, so that he might preserve his faithful people linked together by the bond of mutual charity in the unity of the Spirit, and might present them, saved and blameless, to their Savior.

In the fulfillment of this office, we, called by the goodness of God to the government of the aforesaid Church, spare no labor, striving with all zeal to preserve intact that unity and Catholic religion which its author has allowed to be disturbed with such great tribulations for the proving of his people’s faith and for our correction. But the number of the ungodly has grown so strong in power, that no place is left in the world which they have not tried to corrupt with their abominable doctrines; among others assisting in this work is the servant of vice, Elizabeth, pretended Queen of England, with whom, as in a place of sanctuary, the most nefarious wretches have found refuge. This same woman, having acquiring the Kingdom and outrageously usurped for herself the place of supreme head of the Church in all England and its chief authority and jurisdiction, has again plunged that same kingdom back into a wretchedly unhappy condition, after it had so recently been reclaimed for the Catholic Faith and prosperity. (Read more.)
The Pelican Portrait of Elizabeth I by Nicholas Hilliard

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