Cloak of Religion

(The following was written by Whitmore Winslow in 1853, at the age of 18, after visiting a Roman Catholic Cathedral in France.)

FranceNormandieCoutancesCathNotreDameFacadeThe whole structure seemed to look down upon you in conscious magnificence, and is intended to inspire you with awe and reverence.

In England, we do not know what Popery really is! We imagine it to be something repulsive, and cannot conceive how people can be deceived by it. But once to witness it as it really is, with its gorgeous pomp, you are admitted to the secret of its power.

No system could possibly have been invented more captivating to the senses, or better adapted to the natural heart.

It allows its devotee free scope to sin, while covering him with a cloak of religion.

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