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“The very

Ah! no; His death a füll atonement clouded by religion, will be sanctified, made

hallowed, and improved by it. His blood the price for every sin has Intellect, unsanctified by religion, paid.

is one characteristic of the lost spirits. And she we mourn this precious truth Intellect, pervaded by the hallowed well knew,

influences of a pure religion, conduces From God's own Word this source of at once to the utility and happiness of

He can then best render to O Rome! apostate Rome! Thy chil his Maker a reasonable service. dren die

The lectures before us invite, and Uncheered, unblest with wisdom from will receive, attention, as all the proon high.

ductions of Dr. M.Caul must do. The sacred volume of Eternal Truth, It is, however, to the last two that That staff of age, that guide of erring our attention has been more youth,

pecially given, because they treat on That precious word thou cruelly dost à subject which has ever occupied hide,

our earnest thoughts. And wrest its pages to support thy The subject of these two lectures pride.

is, the fulfilment of the New Testa-
ment prophecies in the history of the

Roman Church.
NOTICES OF BOOKS.

In Lecture VI. the following imHidden Works of Darkness;

or the Doings of the Jesuits.-By W. Os- portant passages occur.

words marked out by the apostles :BURN, 8vo., pp. 214.

London :

Mother of harlots' is that which published for the Protestant Association by W. H. Dalton, 28, Cock

Rome adopts as her distinctive title

a title necessarily distinctive ; for spur-street, 1846. This is a very interesting work; änd Church, and one Church alone, can

there cannot be many mothers. One as cheapness is the order of the day, we lay claim to maternity. The Church can recommend it also on that account.

of Rome declares she is that one, The chapters into which the work the only Church that ever pretended is divided are

to be the universal mother. O just 1. Foundation of the order of the

and righteous judgment of God priests. II. The Jesuits in France.

upon her presumption! O merci

ful dispensation of an all-wise ProIII. The Puritan Jesuits.

vidence ! O marvellous and judicial IV. The Anglican Jesuits.

blindness of usurping Rome, that V. Seminary priests. VI. and VII. The Laudians.

led her to adopt not only the characThe work will amply repay the at- Holy Spirit as the characteristic of

ter, but the very word specified by the tention of the reader, and we hope more the false and faithless Church, the fully to notice it in our next number.

pretender to catholicity. In her

most solemn, her peculiar profession Lectures on the Prophecies, proving of faith, she calls herself the Mother

the Divine Origin of Christianity of Churches, and their boasted unidelivered in the Chapel of the Hon. formity of faith, and uniformity of Society of Lincoln's Inn, on the worship, proclaims them to be harlots Foundation of the late Bishop War- like herself. She is mother of harlots, burton.—By ALEXANDER MCAUL, and mother of their abominations. D.D., Professor of Divinity in She claims to be, and they acknowKing's College, and Prebendary of ledge her, as the centre of their unity, St. Paul's. London: 1846, pp. 171. and the source of their doctrine.

John W. Parker, West Strand. Thus far, then, the pseudo-catholicity THESE are lectures on a portion of Holy of Rome proves that St. John was a Writ which it appears to us is not suffi- true prophet. All that he has preciently brought forward in these days. dicted concerning her idolatry and her

Science may delight the intellectual, diffusiveness has been fulfilled. We but intellect, whilst it will not be

can compare what we now see with

what the prophet wrote, and the evi- the diplomatic corps was to be present, dence of our senses will prove the and had recommended him to avoid Divine inspiration of the prediction. everything that could give offence, But there is another feature still so but being confined at the time to his dreadful, so revolting, so unlike Chris- bed by indisposition, the Nuncio had tianity, as to cause some hesitation, or not ascertained what the Bishop ineven to raise a doubt of the correct tended to say. The orator, after his ness of the prophetic picture, or, at exordium, which embraced the whole least, of the propriety of the application. universe, exposed the plan of his ad

"St. John goes on to say, I saw the dress. He commenced with France, woman drunken with the blood of the and spoke of the commotions to which saints, and with the blood of the mar- she had been exposed ; deplored the tyrs of Jesus. Is it possible that any scandal caused by the Eglise Francommunity, calling itself Christian, çaise of the Abbé Châtel, and the and professing faith in the meek and errors of the Abbé Lamennais; and merciful Jesus, should be found im- spoke of the support which, after so bruing its hands in the blood even of many trials, the Pope had found in idolaters or persecutors? Is it con- the religious sentiments of the counceivable that any Church, even of try, and in the virtues and piety of heretics, not to speak of that society the King. He then proceeded to which calls itself the Church, the true speak of Prussia, and alluded to the Church, the only spouse and bride of persecution of the Bishop of Cologne, Christ, should have to answer for the and, in the presence of the Minister blood of the saints, and of the martyrs of Prussia, he declared that the late of Jesus. The wildest imagination King had been punished by God; could never have fancied anything he concluded, however, by an eulogium more abhorrent from the spirit of on the present King: Russia came Christianity. The feverish dreams of next. He commenced by calling the the wicked could hardly produce an Emperor the modern Tamerlane ; image more unworthy of the Gospel. stigmatized with great energy the And yet it has been pourtrayed by persecution of the Catholics and the the pencil of inspiration. St. John Poles : and then alluding to the inpresents the picture of an idolatrous terview between the northern despot and pseudo-Catholic Church glutted and the late Pope, called Gregory XIV., with the blood of true and faithful another St. Leo, arresting in his nefaChristians, and history bears witness rious designs the new Attila ; and all that it is no phantom of a diseased ima- this in presence of the Russian Minisgination, but sober and dreadful truth.” ter! Spain, Portugal, and England

were treated with the same consideraINTELLIGENCE.

but what was strange is, that NAPLES.-Funeral Oration not a word was said relative to Austhe late Pope.-The Débats publishes tria; Prussia and Russia had all the the following letter from Naples of the honours of his attack. It is said that 7th of July:—"The honours paid the Ministers of these two Powers here to the memory of the late Pope demanded explanations from the were marked by an incident which is Nuncio, and received an assurance much spoken of. The duty of de- that he had no previous knowledge livering the funeral oration had been of the address. However, it is certain confided to Monsignor Luca, Bishop that this grave attack from a man so of Aversa, a man of great talent. high in the Church has caused a great The Nuncio had sent him word that sensation."

tion;

on

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THE

PROTESTANT MAGAZINE.

SEPTEMBER, 1846.

TRIPLE COMPACT TO ENDOW THE ROMISH PRIESTHOOD.

It is painful to some, and wearisome to others, to be perpetually reverting to the same subject. There is a charm found oftentimes in variety which makes change delightful, for its own sake, even though the new scenery be not so intrinsically beautiful as that left behind.

It seems also as congenial to the human mind to have the range of different topics, as it is to the visual organ, to have grateful vicissitude of light and shade. Our readers may

almost wish to be free from the constant reiteration of the same points, and we would gladly, if we could consistently with our duty at this crisis, gratify them by doing so. We would gladly write on a different topic from that to which we must now draw their attention.

But, as in time of war, the sentinel must be at his post; so, now, while Romanism and its advocates, are stirring every stone and straining every nerve to accomplish the ruin of our Church, and to establish the supremacy of the Papacy over us, it is imperative that we should exert ourselves to give notice of the approaching danger.

Under the auspices of Jesuitism, a new era seems to have commenced in politics. Statesmen appear to have discovered that to endow Popery is to advance, or secure Protestantism; that the best way of governing a free people, is to hood-wink them and keep them in darkness ; to prefer intrigues, plots, and underhand movements to that open and manly policy so conducive to, and consistent with, our national character and glory.

Now we are compelled to bring these points under the notice of our readers, in consequence of the intended endowment of the Romish priesthood in Ireland. That it has been the darling project of many statesmen for the last fifty years is well known, and it is no less well understood that some of the late, and present Administration, are so strongly impressed with the policy, and expediency of such a course, as to allow nothing but the impossibility or improbability of success, stand in the way of their attempting it. Government, not Truth, is their VOL. VIII.- September, 1846.

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object. They too much regard all things, even Truth itself, as subsidiary to the cause of governing. They make Truth, not the end and object of government; but, conjointly with error, instrumental to rule the governed.

“Let us entreat our readers,” says a writer in the “ Churchman's Monthly Review," " to settle it in their minds, and to work it well in the minds of their neighbours, in order to a proper understanding of the question, that three great and incompatible principles are now contending for the mastery among us; and, that it is not probable that the contest will end, until one of the three shall be deliberately preferred and adopted, both by the British Parliament, and the British people.”

The first of these assumes as a first principle, that legislators have a conscience in matters of religion; that it is their duty to know and ascertain the truth, to maintain and

propagate it when found.*

The second repudiates altogether the assumption that the State knows, or can know, what is the truth; and regarding the various systems as mere matters of taste, feeling, or expediency, contends that it is impossible to decide amidst conflicting claims ; and that support should therefore be given to all alike.

The third of these principles is, that which, from similar data, draws a very different conclusion. Asserting that statesmen are not competent judges of what is right or wrong in religion, it contends, that in consequence of such incompetency they ought to leave religious questions wholly untouched, and assumes, moreover, that State interference is hurtful to Christian Churches.

Between these three views, and modes of action, establishing the true religion ; establishing all religions; and establishing none : the people, the electors of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, will probably soon have to choose.

The period, however, approaches rapidly, at which efforts will be made to try the experiment; and there is need for instant, active, strenuous exertions on behalf of Protestants to defeat them. A contemporary, already referred to, states as follows:

“ We have received the most positive assurances from the lips of one whom we know to be in daily communication with, and to enjoy the confidence of, men in the highest departments of the State, that in spite of the assurances of Lord John Russell, the terms of an arrangement are actually settled, and have received the approval of Mr. Daniel O'Connell on the one side, and of Sir Robert Peel on the other, by which the establishment of the Romish priests in Ireland, mainly out of the revenues of the Establishment, but partly by a new charge upon the land, is fully determined on. But the whole matter is meant to be kept

* See “ Fundamental Resolutions of the Protestant Association.” These are the principles which, for the last eleven years, we have been seeking to infuse into the public mind-[Ed. P. M.]

a profound secret until the ensuing general election of 1847 shall have given the Government a House of Commons prepared to support such a plan. Our informant is positive as to the existence of such a compact, and we, on our part, know him to be in a position to be well acquainted with the real views and intentions of the Government.

“ The danger then is no longer a matter of possibility or distant conjecture. It is immediately before us; and, upon re-examining Lord John Russell's late disclaimer,* we really find nothing in it to prevent him coming forward with such a plan whenever the country, by returning a Liberal House of Commons, shall enable him to assert, with a shew of truth, that the public voice is no longer opposed to such an arrangement."

This is in entire accordance with our often made statements.

We say, then, to the electors of each constituency throughout the empire, be prepared for the approaching conflict. The representatives whom you next return will have, humanly speaking, the fate of Protestantism in this country in their hands. They know it, they would keep silence on the point. It is

your duty not to let them do so.†

As to the proposed endowment, it is needless. For centuries the Romish population in Ireland have been able to support their priesthood not only in respectability, but some of them in affluence. They have been able to supply funds for the erection of mass-houses and chapels and splendid cathedrals throughout the extent of Ireland. They have also contributed to the support of missions. These things are not mentioned to reproach them. They confer high credit upon their zeal and self-denial. They are referred to as proof that there exists no necessity for endowment of them by the State.

By what principle shall the Church of Rome in Ireland be endowed, upon which each denomination in the country may not equally claim the right of endowment ?

The State has endeavoured to provide from time to time for what is established as the true religion. It is true other systems have existed, and grown up beneath its fostering care, but to contend that they also ought, because they exist, whether right or wrong, to be endowed, is to contend for the universal endowment of every error, afford a premium for the growth of diversities of worship and opinion, and the invention of new religions.

This plan should be resisted, therefore, on the ground of principle; it should be resisted on the ground of economy also.

The argument used by some in favour of it may be the pre

See our quotations from Speech of Lord John Russell, and notes thereon, in the preceding number for August last.—[Ed. P. M.]

+ We give, at the end of this number, a paper with questions, and a pledge, which many have adopted. We should like to be favoured with the views of our readers on the subject of the pledge.

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