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every corner, and stalked, with re- of a tyrannical conqueror, and the lentless fury, from boundary to boune passions of men, are only instruments dary. Armies, like the devouring lo. in his power, and that they are made custs mentioned in the Apocalypse, | use of, or cast aside at his pleasure. have spread themselves over every na. | These evils, therefore, have been in. tion in Europe, ravaging and destroy- flicted by the Sovereign Ruler of the ing every thing in their way: private | universe. But why have they been inproperty has been plundered; towns Alicted ? It has been on account of the and villages burnt, and the inhabitants sins of men. These were the cause. massacred; the young and strong men Men had forsaken the ways of virtue torn from their homes, the aged cut and justice: they had given themselves down by the sword; the matron ,and up to the most abominable lusts and the virgin, the wife and the daughter excesses. Their sins, like the sins of dragged away, and dishonoured by Sodom and Gomorrah, cried to hea. monsters, reeking with the blood of ven for vengeance; and the phials of their dearest friends. But who shall God's wrath were poured out upon describe the horrors that, for so many them. Oh! the dismal consequences years, have desolated the once flou- of sin, even in this world! It was rishing and happy kingdoms of Eu- owing to the same cause, that the uni. rope? Suffice it to say, that death has verse was overwhelmed by the deluge, seemed to stalk about triumphant, and and that every living creature, except unrestrained, and has seized his vic. one family, and the animals collected tims by thousands; and that misery, in the ark, was destroyed. It was and sorrow, and mourning have fol. owing to the same cause, that the cilowed close behind, and pervaded ties above-mentioned, were burnt with what he had spared. This empire, and | fire from heaven; that the Son of Man, this empire alone has hitherto escaped our Lord and Saviour, was crucified; these evils. Distresses and privations that wars, famines, pestilences, and of various kinds have, indeed, been earthquake's have been employed as experienced here: but these are no ministers of vengeance, and have swept thing, when compared with the horrid | off millions: and to this very same ravages of internal and protracted war. cause, and to no other, is to be attri. fare.
| buted those numberless, those undeBut, to what purpose do I dwell scribable evils, and distresses, which upon the description of these horrors? have ravaged the kingdoms of Europe. There is another subject more proper Wickedness had risen to its highest for your attention, the consideration pitch. The mercies and forbearance of which will be of more service to of God were exhausted: and judgment you..Why is it that the nations of without mercy upon the children of the earth have been thus severely I men, until his wrath be appeased by 'scourged? This is the question for sincere repentance; or, if men do not your consideration. Is it that there repent, until the final dissolution of is no ruling power over us? and that all takes place. it has all been the work of chance? Is This is the important consideration it that the whole is to be attributed to I wish to impress on your minds.the insatiable ambition of one man, or | There is, likewise, another of still to the passions of any set of men ? By greater importance, which it behoves po means. You know that there is you to weigh seriously, and consideran over-ruling Providence; and that ately. It is this. If sin have brought there is no power, no wisdom, no jus down these heavy scourges upon the tice but what proceeds from him. You other uations of Europe, how happens know that all these things depend on it, that this nation has escaped? Is his will, and that it is in his hands that it that our sins are less enormous, or the scourge is held; that the ambitionless numerous than those of other per
tions? Or is it that the scourge is only | days of paganism was wickedness more delayed? I am afraid we cannot flat. prevalent; never was the corruption ter ourselves, that our sins are either of human nature more widely extend. less enormous, or less numerous. If ed, nor more deeply rooted. And we cast our eyes around, what is it if we look to ourselves, what shall we that we see? Wickedness in every behold? Shall we see nothing worthy place, and in every shape. If we look of reproof? Shall we discover nothing to the highest powers, we see vice un- | that deserves chastisement from the disguised, and virtue treated only as hand of God? Ah! would to God an empty sound. Oh! if we had no that we possessed that assurance. But other cause of alarm than this, what even amongst us, who cannot plead reasons should we not have to trem that the strict laws of the gospel were ble!! How often, according to Scrip- unknown to us, there is too much to ture history, have whole nations been be reprehended. We have too much chastised with the severest scourges, of the spirit of the world, and too liton account of the sins of their rulers ! tle of the spirit of piety. We are not. Read the histories of David, Solomon, animated as we ought to be with the &c.-Again, if we look to the higher love of God; nor are our actions in. rapks of life, the nobility and gentry, fluenced, in a due manner, by the love what do we see? Debauchery, and of our neighbour. There are to be excess of almost every description; witnessed amongst us enmities, and religion known only by name, and sel- quarrels, swearing and drunkenness, dom, or never practised. If we look defamation and scandals. There is a to the middle ranks of life, our pros neglect of spiritual duties, and a want pect is the same: debauchery and ex. of repentance: there is little self-decess; self-interest, and self-love; ava. nial, and little mortification. In a rice, and ambition; pride, and vani. word, were we all to look into ourty; treachery, and deceit; injustice, selves, I am afraid there is hardly one, and oppression; hatred, and envy; who would not discover in himself not dishonesty, and a train of other vices; only imperfections, but even failings with little appearance of religion, and sufficient to draw down upon him the no sense of true piety.. If we look to severe judgments of heaven.- Oh! the lower ranks of life, the prospect my beloved brethren, what motives blackens to our view. We see, and there are for alarm in this description ! hear in every place, and on every oc. It is not exaggerated: you know it is casion, drinking, swearing, and blas. not. You daily witness it. Your orpheming; lying, cheating, and steal. dinary complaint is, that no man is to ing; lust in its vilest, and impurest | be trusted; that all seem to have forshapes; scandals, defamations, and saken the ways of justice, and virtue; slanders; animosities, hatreds, and and that a truly honest and pious chabloodshed; vices of every kind, and racter is seldom to be found. abominations of every description. No; my christian friends, the reaAnd these, not only amongst men of son why this nation has hitherto es. mature age, but even amongst chil. caped the ravages, to which other na. dren. "We bear it; we see it hourly tions have been exposed, is not bein the streets: children, who have cause our sins are less enormous, or hardly attained the use of reason, loud. less numerous than theirs. Must we, ly blaspheme the God who made them, then, say, that the scourge is only de. swear, curse, lie, are acquainted with layed? Are there any reasons to hope, obscenity, and discourse unblushingly that it will not be inficted at all?" I on the lewdest subjects. Oh! how fear not. Why should we be particu. plainly does this wickedness of chil. larly favoured? Our sins cry to hea. dren prove the universal depravity of /ven for vengeance, as well as those of the human race! No, not even in the other nations; and what reasonable
such shocking impieties, when we | authorities of our own land exercise find the respectable editors of the pa- | over us. It is not from the Catholic per from which the above article is church it derives any authority; there. taken, and who have contributed their fore the believers in that church are not mite to encourage thc indiscriminate accountable for any excesses which circulation of the Bible without note may be committed by the individuals or comment, in order that every india acting under it.--If it has any other vidual may interpret it as he pleases, motive in view than to secure the calling out for th: SEVEREST PE PEACE AND WELFARE or SOCI. NALTIES OF THE LAW upon | ETY, it EXCEEDS THE LIMITS OF ITS AU. the poor mechanic, who was employed THORITY. Mere error in faith is not a to make the piece of domestic fur- civil crime, it relates to a supernatural niture,” merely for shewing his handy order. It comes not within the verge works to such fools as felt a curiosity of civil jurisdiction: the last resource to view it-If the arm of the law is of the church is only a canonical ceno necessary in this case, why not pounce sure; and this she never denounces upon the ORIGINAL authors of the but against her own rebellious chilo blasphemous scene, and stop its fur- | dren, reared up in her own bosom. ther progress :" Why is the artizan to be marked out as the victim, and not! Tur CATHOLIC CLERGY.-This veo those who were TUE CAUSE of his being nerable body of men, to whom the employed? Why not also mark out world is so signally indebted, not only the printer and publisher of the for its civilization, but also for the " Book of Wonders,” as proper ob- | preservation and cultivation of all the jects for an ex officio The truth is, I sciences beneficial to mankind, it seems there is no civil law which can lay | is to be calumniated alike by the base hold of them, and if they resort to hirelings of the press and those scribes the ecclesiastical authority, they must who pretend to be the advocates of establish a power which would mili- Truth. Amongst the latter I am sortate against their favourite doctrine, ry to rank Mr. Cobbett, who certain. the natural offspring of that “ Evana ly has done much to expose the politigelical Liberty,” established at the cal errors of his brother journalists, Reformation, which allows every in- and who might still have preserved his dividual to coin his own creed as his veracity, had he not wandered from fancy directs him. Thus then every | the path in which he has so long traa absurd and impious doctrine broached velled with credit to himself, to attack by former heresiarchs find encourage his innocent and unoffending neigha ment in this country; and although bours.--This gentleman, in his Regis. we see them opposed to each other | ter of the 20th August instant, underwith the utmost virulence and acrimo took a defence of the greatest part of by, yet when Catholicity is the object | | 'the conduct of the ci-devant Emperor of attack, they will then unite their | Napoleon, in which he might have ing joint forces in order to destroy her.- dulged himself 'till his admiration of This will account for the outcry, which his fallen hero had been satiated, beal has been raised in this country against fore I should have combated any of the Inquisition, and for the many his opinions on that head, had he not falsehoods which have been published | introduced FALSEHOOD and MISconcerning it. With the merits of REPRESENTATION to slander &
this establishment the English or Irish virtuous and meritorious society of disa :, Catholic has nothing to do.--It is en interested individuals. But when he de
tirely a civil establishment formed by scends to calumny and slander, in or
a Government equally as competent | der to swell the character of his pup' to propound regulations for the wel. | pet in the eyes of his readers, it bed
fare of its own subjects, as the ruling comes the duty of every real friend to truth to exert himself in favour of the , tion of Mr. Cohbett, that the French vilified. Speaking of the acts of Buo. | clergy, under the ancient monarchy, naparte, during his reign over the could draw upon the purses of their French people, he says:
flocks whenever they thought proper.
But why did he not name the principle “No step whatever towards introducing any new regulation in the Church, Catholic upon why
upon which they grounded this right, or Protestant, could be taken without the ap- and the means by which they enforced probation of the Government. All improper it? The truth is he can do neither the influence on the part of the Pope was, of course, destroyed, and the right claimed by
one nor the other. Equally wellthe priesthood to levy money, AT PLEASURE,
founded is the statement that " an end upon the people, was thus annihilated; the “ is put to those bloody scenes, of freedom of worship and conscience was re which the whole history of religion stored; and an end put to those bloody scenes,
66 is full, and which are always the of which the whole history of religion is full, and which are always the consequence WIEN “ consequence WHEN PRIESTS ARE NOT PRIESTS ARE NOT RESTRAINED BY SALUTARY 6 RESTRAINED BY SALUTARY LAWS." LAWS."
Here again does Mr. Cobbett expose This paragraph is a complete tissue his total ignorance of Catholic history, .. of ignorance and falsehood. For, in or his utter disregard of truth.By the first place, one of the most tyran- this assertion Mr. C. leads his readers nical acts in the reign of this despot, to suppose that the Catholic clergy and which I am convinced in a great were a set of men who claimed exempmeasure led to his overthrow, was his tion from all human controul, and cruel and unprincipled imprisonment who were under no subjection to the of the venerable and illustrious Pon- laws of the State under which they tiff, because the Holy Father would lived. This however is not the case. not consent to grant that which Mr. | They are compelled by the tenets of Cobbett says was absolutely agreed to, their faith to submit to the decrees of and which he could not do without a the ruling powers in all that does not violation of his conscience, and a militate against the commands of God, breach of his pastoral functions, over to whom we owe supreme subjection. which no earthly power has any con. Consequently in no age or country troul.- As to “improper influence on have there been found better or more "the part of the Pope,” his IIoliness loyal subjects than the Catholic clergy, never attempted to use it; and there. nor more disinterested men. Unenfore it is entirely out of the question.cumbered with families, and free from -In the second place, the right said the cares of this world, their labours by Mr. C. to be claimed by the priests are devoted to the benefit of mankind, hood to levy money at pleasure upon and their incomes to ameliorate the the people, never was in existence, nor sufferings of the destitute. While the ever was attempted to be put in force, founders of the Reformation were en.' and therefore it could not be annihi-deavouring to sow the seeds of “- Evan. lated by any act of Napoleon. It is gelical Liberty” by means of sedition. out of the power of Mr. Cobbett to and rebellion, and creating civil wars produce one act of a general council, in almost every country in Europe, the or a law on the part of any one nation infalel tribes in South America were converted to Catholicity, which claim. civilized by the courageous and pious ed or granted so unlimited a right as exertions of the Jesuits, one of the that in question. What then must we | most exalted orders of the Catholic think of the ignorance or malignity of clergy, and millions of souls were this man who pretends to be such a brought to the knowledge of the true lover of truth, and yet here advances God.--If to convert heathens to the so barefaced a falsehood to exaggerate true faith; if to soften and humanize the good qualities of a favourite hero? | the savage nature of barbarians; if to One would suppose, from this asser- sacrifice their own lives to save the
cause can we assign, why vengeance | grain, that is amongst us, may, pero should not come? --Liberality to the haps, be separated from the chaff; and distressed, and to the persecuted mem- when both are consigned to their probers of Jesus Christ, I acknowledge, per place, then the judgments of God hath abounded. But can we suppose may be inflicted on the empire at large. that this liberality has been sufficient That something of this kind will hapto cover that immense multitude of pen, there is too much reason to apsins, which have been, and are daily, prehend. The spirit of indifference and hourly committed? If this libe | and irreligion has increased amongst rality had been frué christian charity, / us to an alarming degree. Divisions, and accompanied with sincere repente and dissentions have been excited, and ance, every hope might have been en. are growing wider and stronger; and tertained. But it has been, in inost a willingness is perceived in the admiinstances, accompanied with a repeti- nistrators of the laws, to seize the option of sins, and no repentance, and portunity, and to weaken our strength. of course, it has been a barren virtue, This last is sufficiently proved by the entitled to no reward, but a temporal instructions given with respect to the reward. The multitude of sins still Catholics of Canada in the year 1811. continues to cry to heaven for ven But what may be the nature, or the geance; and this vengeance, in all extent of the eyils, to which we may probability, is only delayed for a time, be subjected, or of those which the until that temporal reward is received nation at large may have to undergo,
But, perhaps, it will be asked; | is more than man can foresee. The “ are there not 'many truly virtuous Almighty has it in his power to chas“people in the land? The presence tise many different ways. It may be “ of ten just men would have averted that disturbances may break out in our “ the judgments of God' from Sodom sister island, although it is our conC and Gomorrah; and may we not stant prayer that the mercies of God “ hope that the number of just men in may prevent it: it may be that these “ this nation, is sufficient to save us | disturbances may be quelled by the “ from the impending'storm?”. That overwhelming force of government; the number of just men is considerable and, that, in order to prevent the same we have every reason to hope: but from recurring again, recourse may be that the anger of God will be restrain-had to oppressions, to confiscations, ed on account of their virtues, is more to persecutions, and slaughter.-On than can be looked for, with any kind another side it may be, that the most of confidence. There were just men, numerous body of the dissenters' may perhaps in greater numbers than there rise up against the present church estan are here, in those nations where the blishment;, may overpower it; and judgments of God have fallen with then may burst upon us, for they are greatest violence. The Lord never our most declared enemies.When theless went in amongst them with his the scourge has been inflicted on us, fan in his hand, and gathered the good then perhaps, the nation at large may grain into his barn. He did not spare be chastised either by civil wars, or by the chaff on their account. - It may, pestilence, or famine. The last canand it probably will be the same with | not be foreseen: the first is prognostius. The number of the just will not cated by too many tokens. The minds restrain his arm. Judgment, perhaps, I of men appear to be in a state of fermay begin from the house of God, and ment: the country seems to be ripe for the just may be the first to fall. It something terrible. Peace, the long was so in the beginning of these trou. wished for peace, is come, but it is blesome times, and it may be so again. come empty 'handed, it has brought Calamities may fall upon the Catholic none of its blessings. The people bea church in these islands: the good gin to think that there is no point in