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" the oath of secrecy, which even the passage I have here quoted from 6 every menial servant of the office his own Journal. The writer admits .66 was bound to swear; and notwith that the original laws of the Inquisi"standing the terrible punishments tion, as stated by ALL Spanish au56 which were inflicted, as an example thors, are good regulations, and were 6 to others, upon some individuals he only made acquainted with the fun6 who, in spite of their oaths, did not damental laws, he might, perhaps, be 6 hesitate to make disclosures. Not led to pronounce it a wise and excel

standing all this, there have been lent Institution. But when he dips a 6 numbers of well authenticated cases little into its history, when he exa6 published, from which it appears, mines even superficially its subsequent 6 that even the Holy Office, even acts, why then he is justified in saying 66 where the persons accused of offences that it is, as now constituted, the wicks against their Order were known to be edest, and the most abominable insti« Catholics, considered themselves jus. | tution that ever existed on the earth. 66 tified in departing from their esta- -And from whom does he gain his in

66 blished laws, whether as to receiving formation? The names of the histo1 « information respecting the charge, rians he has not given us, nor the title

66 the mode of conducting the pros of their works; but by his own aca ceedings against the accused, his count he admits that the source of 66 treatment in prison, the restoration their knowledge has been gained 6 of his property, or the manner of his from PERJUŘED wretches; and o punishment. In no one instance, these are to be preferred before ALL « indeed, have they scrupled to disre- the Spanish writers. Now, reader, “gard their own rules and regula this is the usual mode adopted by the « tions, when they found it conve- opponents of the Catholic faith. If a « nient, or calculated to promote the Catholic denies that he believed in a o interest of the Orđer, to depart from doctrine which has been imputed to his « them. How then is it to be ex- | Church, by those who dissent from spected that the clergy in Spain, of her communion, and refers his antago" the present day, will consider them- nist 'to the Catechisms and Books of 6 selves bound by any other motives. Instruction used and sanctioned by or than those which influenced their the Catholic Clergy, for a proof of the s predecessors? Will not their con. sincerity of his denial, these are im. «duct be looked to as an example de- / mediately rejected, and a reference is 6 serving of imitation? and, in answer made to the works of some author who

to any charge that might be brought was interested in .calumniating and « against them of innovation upon the misrepresenting the Catholic religion. “ laws of their Order, will they not | The same is the case with this writer, “plead the innovations of former In- | he finds from the accounts given 6 quisitors, as a precedent in their fa- | of the Inquisition by all Spanish wriovour? Is it very likely that a body ters, (and who are so competent to s6 of men, so formidable in number as treat upon the subject as those who live “ the Spanish clergy, and possessing, upon the spot, and are best acquaints as they do, so unlimited a controuled with its proceedings,) that the in6 over the people, will be disposed so stitution may be a good one. But then “ readily to give up any part of the come the abuses, which are detailed "empire which they have so long ex. | to anonymous historians by perjured “ ercised over the mind?”

individuals; and these are to be conNever, since I have been accustomed sidered as deserving of greater credit, to read Mr. Cobbett's Register, have than men whose reputation stands ui. I seen him select an article from impeached!!!- What absurdity is this the most venal print of the present day in a writer who pretends to so much equalling in virulence and falsehood candour and impartiality.But the

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reader cannot fail to perceive the mo- the establishment, or if the funda. tives which govern the spirit of this mental laws have been subverted to scribe.--His aim is levelled at the de- suit the purposes of some corrupt in. struction of all revealed religion; and dividuals, it is neither candid nor just, to accomplish this his malice is levelled to charge the whole body with the at the sacred order of the Clergy. crimes of a few, as the virulent writer To attack the Clergy of the Esta- in the Register has done. The Con. blished church would lay him under stitution of this country was founded an ex officio information, the effects of and established by Catholics. Magna which Mr. Cobbett has had pretty Charta, by which the rights of the good experience.—But to libel, to tra- poor man as well as the rich, were seduce, to calumniate, the Clergy of the cured, was drawn up and supported Church of Rome; to misrepresent and by the Catholic Clergy and Barons, falsify any human institution intend. headed by a CARDINAL. It is now exed to support and maintain the unity clusively in the hands of Protestants ; of Catholic faith, is not only safe, but but many of them, and Mr. Cobbett meritorious. No danger is accrued in / among the rest, are calling out for a this country by such a mode of pro- Reform of the abuses which have found ceeding, and therefore the shafts of their way into it, and accusing the sethe infidel writers are levelled at this nators, of corruption and intrigue.sacred body-Hence then the ravings Now what would the writer think of of this infatuated man-Hence then a Catholic who should come forward the attempt to make his readers believe and condemn the whole system, be. that to the Clergy, and to the Clergy cause the Protestant legislators have, alone, are the world indebted for the in some instances, thought proper to establishment of the Inquisition; and depart from the fundamental laws, as that they held the abominable doc- in the case of suspending the Habeas trine that faith was not to be kept with Corpus act, the Irish Insurrection act, heretics.-No liberal-minded and can- &c. with which power, from local cirdid man, I am certain, can read this cumstances, it has occasionally been passage in the Register, without a blush judged necessary to invest the arm of of indignation, and contempt for the the State. If Mr. Cobbett looks back wretch who can charge his unoffend into some of his numbers, he will find ing neighbours with being governed by | accusations brought therein against such impious principles, without ad. Ministers for inflicting unnecessary ducing a single fact in proof of his as- punishments, and against the Legislasertions. In contradiction to the lat, ture for passing the acts by which they ter charge, we have the declaration were inflicted; but would that justify of two universities in Spain, besides me in insinuating, that because abuses those in other Catholic countries, have been formerly committed, all mi. which were laid before Parliament in nisters and senators, both present and Mr. Pitt's time, solemnly denying that to come, must consider themselves such doctrine WAS EVER taught by bound by no other motives than those the Catholic church. . With respect to which influenced their predecessors! the tribunal of the Inquisition, it was 'Ridiculous and absurd as the rea. originally established to preserve the soning may appear, yet such is the

laws of the State as well as to assist Re- | mode adopted in Cobbett's Register to lligion, against a sect, holding the most instil a hatred in his readers against 1 abominable and pernicious doctrines, the Catholic Clergy. Some of them, inimical to social order and regular says he, have been very wicked, and Governments, and this, perhaps, may have betrayed the sacred order they account for the rancour displayed by belong to; therefore all must necessathis atheistical and profane writer.- rily be influenced by the same Whatever abuses may have crept into tives! What a profound logician!!! * lnd die b. 3 x nha han a direct

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"RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF THE JE " Lord, hath beaten in pieces thine SUÍTS.Under this head Mr. Cobbett “ enemy; and in thy : multiplied has inserted two long articles in his 66 grandeur, thou hast laid them low Register of the 3d Sept. occupying 66,6 who warred against thee.Thou upwards of seven pages, consisting of 666 breathedst the storm, and a sea vague assertions and false charges, and “66 covered them!'-Whó, that reads exceeding in malignity and ignorance " this fulsome panegyric, can doubt any thing I have ever read before upon 66 the entire submission of the Irish the subject. Pitiable indeed is the “ Catholics to the See of Rome?" In mind of that man who, to blacken the this short quotation Mr. Cobbett ha's character of his innocent fellow-men, published three glaring falsehoods, and has recourse toʻlies and invective ; but displayed the most consummate ignowhen a writer, pretending to be the rance. For, in the first place, the Champion of Truth, avails himself of College of Maynooth has no more these auxiliaries to support his cause, controul over the sentiments of the his conduct becomes execrable," his Irish Catholics than the Inquisition, mötives infamous, and his character is being nothing more than a seminary súnk for ever. In the article alluded for the education of youth; in the se. to, the restoration of this exalted and cond place, the Congratulatory Adillustrious Society, is called an in-dress of the venerable Prelates of Ire

fernal affair," and hopes are ex. land did NOT declare that Pius VII. pressed by the writer that the French had equalled our blessed Saviour.people, who, he says, " are all es. The words of the address are, 66 The

teemed Catholics," had no hand in hope of Christians at last has reit.” He then goes on to censure the vived, and the Catholic Church has Government of this country, for the “ regained its state and integrity, in part it took in restoring his Holiness, “ your well-being, good and glorious and stigmatizes the people of Ireland “ Man of God, Pius the Seventh, as a bigotted and ignorant.”. “ It is “ who, by resignation, 'not less than a well knowni," he observes, that “ by chieftaincy, have brought home

the Roman Catholic College of May 6 Christ to our view.” Is it possible, (nooth speaks the sentiments of all I would ask the reader, for the most

the Irish Catholics; and that, what- | ignorant block head to put such a conWever letters or rescripts they pubstruction on these words, as the wri. 66 lish, are regarded, by these bigot- ter in the Register imputes to the virsted and ignorant people, as of as tuous characters concerned in the 6 great authority as any Bull issued address; and yet he sends the assera 66 by the Pope.- We have all seen the tion forth to the world without giving

* Congratulatory Letter' to Pope the address itself, that his readers « Pius VII," addressed by this body might form their own conclusions. In «to his Holiness, on the 27th of June the third place, the words which this 5 last, about six weeks prior to the malignant man say's are applied to the 6 date of the Bull restoring the Je. Pontiff, are evidently directed to the 6.suits. · In that precious document Deity, to whom is attributed the pow.

the Catholics of Ireland declare, er by which the late happy circum. Sithat Pias 'has equalled Jesus Christ, stances have been achieved, and which 66% by resignation not less than by appears to have given such chagrin to & chieftaincy, and, to this old and the writer in the Register, by the fall Sevidently superannuated Pontiff, they of Napoleon, the persecutor of the 56 apply these words, which have ever Catholic Church and its incorruptible Se been held applicable to the divini. Head. After alluding to the reasons $ tysis Thy Iright hand, O Lord, assigned by his Holiness' for issuing

Chath wrought for itself renown in the Bull, which the Writer considers :mightiness. The right hand; 0 of little weight, he says, “We shall ORTHOD. JOUR. Vol. IL

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• soon see, whether the magnanimous Roman priesthood. This is so-curious “ Alexander, the Liberator of Na. a specimen of logic, that I hope Mr. « tions, will permit the existence, in Cobbett will oblige his readers, by ex. 6 his extensive dominions, (where the plaining how the Greek churches are

Greek Church, in opposition to the supported, whò officiate in them, and 6 Roman, is now established,) of an what the congregations are composed • Order, whose fundamental princi- of, when the inhabitants are ALL Ca. • ples are the subversion of all other tholics, and consequently in opposi. " ecclesiastical establishments, and the tion to the Greek faith. Not content 6 bringing of the whole universe un. with laying this inconsistency before 6 der the unrestricted sway of the Rohis readers, he follows it up by the 66 man Pontiff. We shall soon learn most palpable falsehood ever made 6 whether the Russian clergy, sup- public; for he impudently asserts, that “ posing the Emperor to have agreed it does not appear that the Inquisition, 6 to the measure, are so tame as to or the Society of Jesus, have any par. 6 submit to so manifest an encroach-tizans in the Russian dominions. That 66 ment upon their dignity and rights. the Inquisition has no partizans there, 5 For my part, notwithstanding the I readily believe, and I should be

wide strides which the Romish cler. sorry if it had; the Catholic religion “gy are now making to establish their stands not in need of any such tribu.

former domination, I do not think nal. But to say that the Jesuits had “ they will make any impression upon no partizans in Russia, is as void of “Russia. The Inquisition and the truth, as to say that they have no ene. " Jesuits. may be restored in Italy, mies in this country. The truth is, “ because the people there are already and I challenge Mr. Cobbett to prove “ devoted to the see of Rome. But in the contrary, that in Russia, and iq “ Russia, though the inhabitants are Russia only, the Society was cherished Catholic, they have a priesthood of and preserved in all its purity, after it

their own, who have constantly been had been suppressed by the Head of " hostile to the Roman priesthood; | the Church, who ought to have been “and the same causes which always its protector, and was persecuted and " existed for their being so, now exist I expelled from those Catholic states « in their greatest vigour. Neither that should bave supported it, even for “ does it appear that the Inquisition, their own interest, as time has suffi

or the Society of Jesus, have any ciently proved." Russia, (says Mr. "partizans in the Russian dominions. " Plowden in his Letter to Sir J. C. This article is certainly contrary to 66 Hippesley,) is the chosen spot on Mr. Cobbett's usual mode of reasons which this plante si rare has been ing, and is quite sufficient to shew the 16 effectually preserved, and is at this ignorance of the writer; but yet one 6 hour in as 'thriving a state, and in cannot help blushing at the impudences the same genuine purity and vigour of the man who dares to lay such pal. Has it ever was under any of the ninepable contradictions and falsehoods s teen Popes, who had by special before his readers. In one passage he briefs, bulls, or rescripts, sanctionsays the Greek Church is established "ed; commended, and confirmed the in Russia in opposition to the Roman, u institute.---Russia ever has been in. (that is, the Roman Catholic Church): 56 exorable in her refusal to permit the vet a few lines further he informs his « destructive brief of Gangapelli to readers, that in Russia, yes, this very 66 be received, promulgated, or exe same Russia, in which the Greek “ cuted in any part of her extensive church is established, the inhabitants " empire, White, Russia also conare ALL CATHOLICS, and that they “ tains bear three millions of Roman hare a Priesthood of their own, who 5 Catholics. There the Jesuits have have been constantly hostile to the several considerable establishments. " through many other parts of the em- | the insinuations of the Register against spire they have colleges and resi. the sincerity of the Pope's professions “dences. They have their general, as stated in the Bull.--Mr. Cobbett 46 their provincials, their procurators, has been a great advocate for Reform, 55 and all other ranks and degrees of but I now begin to doubt the integrity 4 the Order, who live in their habit, of his intentions, since he permits "and in community, with as much his Register to be filled with the foul.

publicity and regularity, as they did est calumnies against the most zealous " in the days of their founder at and most courageous enemies of immo

Rome, They live under the imme. rality and corruption. When the ad“diate obedience of their Superiors: vocates for a Reform in the abuses " within dioceses, according to the which have crept into the Constitution 6 Bulls of their institution, their own of this country, urge the necessity of 66 approved institute, and the general | adopting some measures to remedy the 66 usage of the Roman Catholic Church, evil which they contend exists, are with reference to all religious Or they not in general answered by ima

ders. The court of St. Petersburgh l puting improper motives to the indivi. khas unceasingly persevered in coun. duals, and questioning the sincerity of (tenancing, encouraging, and sup- the views proposed? These insinua"porting the Society. . At this mos tions Mr. Cobbett has combated with

ment, the rising' generation of the the happiest effects, and demonstrate “ Russian noblesse receive their edu- tively proved, that the having recourse "cation from the Fathers of the Soci. to such means, was a complete cona sety at the capitaly and in other viction of the badness of the cause,

6 principal towns of the empire. The and unworthy the character of upright “Society sends out its missioners, as and enlightened men. Now, if this is "formerly, to foreign countries of the case on matters of civil polity, " idolaters and infidels, and generally surely it is equally so when the purity

follows up all the pious, edifying, of Religion is the sabject.-Why then, "and useful ends of its institute."?* I would ask, does Mr. Cobbett perWhat does the reader, think now of mit these weapons to be used against this Champion of Truth? What idea the virtuous Ministers of the Church, has he of Mr. C.'s knowledge of eccles | when he reprobates the use of them siastical history. 6 But,!' says he against the independent Senators of “ I shall be told, however, that the the State ? « But,” says the Regis "views and intentions of the Pope, in terz. 66 does the history of this Order

wishing to restore the Jesuits, are 6 shew, that they always conformed ” of the most benevolent kind. I shall to the rules of their institution, and be referred to the Ball itself, as af that no other objects were concealed fording proofs of these philanthropic kunder these regulations? On the

intentions of his Holiness. It is 6 contrary, does not that history pre "very true, that repeated professions, 1156 sent the most memorable examples are there made of the Pope's wish, of the ambition, the intrigue, the that the members. of this Society“ vice, and the cruelty of these men should be enabled to apply them- 66 in almost every corner of the globe? selves more easily, in conformity.“ No sect, no order, in faot, that ever with their institution, to the it-1.6existed, have done more mischief, struction of youth in religion and or occasioned more bloodshed in good morals, to devote themselves the world, than the order of the Je.

to preaching, to confession, and « suits." The order of Jesuits is not " the administration of the other sa. of very old standing, only 274 years

craments.!!-- Before I proceed any have passed since its first establisharther in this quotation, I shall take ment; I therefore think it would have leaye to make a remark on two upon | been the credit of the writer, had

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