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Il whence you may clearly perceive the great difference there is betwixt him and thofe other Pastors, or to speak more properly, those Wolves, which you have had hitherto among you, as our Lord faith, in Sheeps cloathing. Hitherto your Errors have bad fome excuse, because you could know no more but what your Master's taught you ; whereas from henceforward, you shall have no manner of excuse, neither before God nor Man, if you do not become fuch, as all that love you desire you to be. The Faith and Doctrine that has been preached to you by the Arch-Bishop, is the Faith of all the Christians in the Indies, and of all Clerks and Religions in these Parts, and which all Portugal, Spain, and in a word all * Christendom holds. This is ihe Faith that was taught by the Son of God, the Faith that St. Thomas preached, and was preached also by St. Peter and the rest of the Apostles ; and if any shall teach the contrary, let him be, es St. Paul Jaith, Anathema, and Excommunicated and expelled the Society of the Faithful, as he is from Christ, his Faith and Grace. The Lord give you a perfect knowledge of himself, as it is defired by your Brother in the Lord. Writ at Cochin the 28th of June, 1599.

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