Papal Persecutions

Thus far our history of persecution has been confined principally to the

pagan world. We come now to a period, when persecution under the guise

of christianity, committed more enormities than ever disgraced the

annals of paganism. Disregarding the maxims and the spirit of the

gospel, the papal church, arming herself with the power of the sword,

vexed the church of God and wasted it for several centuries, a period

most appropriately termed in history, the "dark ages." The kings of the

earth, gave their power to the "beast," and submitted to be trodden on

by the miserable vermin that often filled the papal chair, as in the

case of Henry, emperor of Germany. The storm of papal persecution first

burst upon the Waldenses in France.