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tical conduct of the tyrant, claimed aus, since the union with Ireland, not confirmation of their ancient rights forgetting the nature and formation of and privileges, which had been se our Cabinet? I know it has been as. cured to them by St. Edward's laws. serted that it was not intended on the In this they were seconded by Cardi- part of Government to exercise any nal Langton, and on the 19th day of influence in the appointment of the June, 1213, the king signed the fa- Catholic prelates-all they wanted mous deed of Magna Charta, which was, to be satisfied of their loyalty; granted to every order of the nation, and that this was requisite, on acthe clergy, the nobility, and the peo- count of the great influence which they ple, the most important privileges. had over their flocks. This is a mere The first article of this memorable pretence--a miserable subterfugem Charter stipulated, that THE ELEC. I dishonourable to the Protestant, and TION OF BISHOPS SHOULD BE disgraceful to the Catholic.--The latFREE.-The reader will here see the ter knows it to be impossible for the effects occasioned by the interference | virtuous pastor to be disloyal, and he of the Crown in the appointment of also knows that his pastor's influence the Clergy, and the opinions of the l over him, continues no longer than he Catholic Clergy and Nobility of that continues zealous and virtuous. It is age, respecting its evil consequences. | the zeal, the piety, the integrity, and So convinced were the Barons of its | the meek disinterestedness of the Capernicious tendency, in corrupting the tholic clergy, which attach the peomorals of those who ought to stand ple to them; and can this people, without suspicion in the eyes of the then, without incurring disgrace upon people--so convinced were they that, themselves, consent, for a few tempo. unless this influence was completely ral advantages, to have these venerable abrogated, their endeavours to reco- | men, who are bound, by the duties of ter their ancient privileges would their sacred order, to inculcate a due prove useless, that, before they stipulat-obedience to the laws of the land, stig. ed for their own civil rights, they not matized, by a public document, as only insisted that the election of Bish- suspected subjects? And yet such ops should be free, but that the Church must be the case, if the Veto is should possess all her just privileges | granted upon those terms.--The forand immunities. If such was the case mer is sufficiently informed that the with our ancestors, my fellow-coun. Catholic Clergy have been loyal under trymen, with what face can we agree oppression and persecution; can it to resign our Clergy into the hands of then be honourable in him to inan heterodox Government? How can sinuate, that those who have been we, with such an example before us, proof against suspicion in the time of think of bartering away the rights of persecution, ought to be looked upon those whose freedom of action is es. las proper objects for it, when a mild:
sential to our own safety? If the er system is pursued? An oath. · Barons of Runnymede declared their judged sufficient for the dissentias conviction that the Church should be preacher, why then should it not be free, from their experience of the sufficient for a Catholic clergymai tyrannical conduct and corrupt mea. | And so it would, good reader, were sures pursued by their Norman sove. the Catholic clergy less zealous.-reigns, what ought to be our seti- | is the progress of Popery which ala ments, who have before our eyes the the No-Popery faction, and the evidence of ages since the union of the they want to get our clergy Church with the State, which our mis. | their thumb. This measure once guided countrymen call the Reforma- tained, and they will then be told tion; and the test of experience in the words of the Canadian instructions the conduct of administration towards not to inveigle Protestants to be
Papists; nor to tamper with them in that for promulgating these sentiments matters of religion; nor to inveigh in I have raised their displeasure, and their sermons against the religion of that every means which secret inthe Church of England. Can any fluence can employ are used to injure thing more clearly demonstrate the not only the sale of my Journal, but of dread which haunts this faction, than such other works as I now publish; the bellowings, the ravings, the lies, but vain are the efforts, and unworwhich have been vomited from the thy are the plans, which they adopt press of this country against the ex-) to crush me.-Unconnected with a alted and incorruptible Head of the single individual, independent of any Church, for restoring the order of the man, or party of meri, I have sent forth Jesuits, and the Monastic institutions. my opinions under the banner of In short, the object is to muzzle and Truth.-I have supported the claims corrupt the Clergy ; to make them of my Catholic countrymen upon legal less respected by their flocks; and, and constitutional grounds, and I have therefore, we are told, that, before defended the just rights of the Cathowe can be admitted to enjoy the rights lic Clergy, which have been attempted of freemen, we must submit to have to be invaded, by our pretended friends our Clergy enslaved. But such, I and declared enemies. If, in the trust, will never be the case. Our course of my humble labours, I have Clergy are at present free from all | faller into error, it has been my wish temporal influence, and I trust they to be corrected, and the pages of my ever will remain so. No measures, Journal have ever been open to those I hope, will be resorted to, that will who differ from me in opinion, proentangle them with the State. Our | vided they paid the same regard to religion is one of perfect freedom, and Truth as I have endeavoured to do. it is to be hoped its believers will never | If this conduct entitles me to the seek their civil liberty at the expence of wrath and persecution of these men, I their venerated clergy. Rather let us cannot help it; I am sorry for them, petition the Legislature for equal and and I sincerely compassionate them. unrestricted rights. Let us explicitly Such pitiful attempts to hurt me will declare, in union with our Irish bre- only recoil upon themselves, and thren, “ that we never can or will sink their own characters in a much consent to any Barter of any portion greater degree than they can inof the Doctrine or Discipline of our jure my pocket.-~But I earnestly Holy Religion, for any Political Ad-trust we shall soon see an end to vantages whatever."-By strictly ad. all divisions among our body. hering to this straight forward conduct, | That the system hitherto pursued by we shall be enabled to meet the eva- the English Board is not congenial to sive and subtle measures which have the sentiments of the Catholic body is been pursued not only by our oppo. I think sufficiently demonstratable; nents, but also by those who pretend and I would recommend to the serious to be our friends.- We may, perhaps, perusal of the members of this Board be longer in gaining the battle, but the admirable letter of “ An English when we do gain it, and gain it we Catholic," and the excellent article on shall, it will be with credit to our the Veto by “Hibern-Anglus,” in this selves and benefit to our country. In present number, which cannot fail, I the mean time, is it not better to wear should hope, of bringing conviction to our shackles with honour, than to gain the minds of those who are not go. our privileges with disgrace?-I know verned by interest, or blinded by preju. that these sentiments are not pleasing dice.—Let but the upright and indeto some members of that association pendent members of the Board come which assume to be the organ of the forward with a petition on the broad English Catholic body. I also know and honest principles of our Irish breORTHOD. Jour. Vol. II.
thren, and they will find thousands of l both Anglicans and Dissenters, with signatures to support them; but should bigotry, ignorance, and prejudice, I recourse be had to the same insidious hare brought these charges not with language which distinguished the the intention of irritating, nor yet in former supplications of that body, the hope of producing any change in there is every reason to suppose the the dispositions of those against whom Catholics at large will declare their I brought them. My purpose was to entire dissent from such practices, and admonish the Catholics, both of Ire. their determination to unite themselves land and England, to moderate their with the great mass of their fellow expectations; to assuage the disapCatholics in Ireland in a constitutional pointment which I expect they will and noble struggle for an equal parti. repeatedly sustain: to be an instru. cipation of privileges for all classes of ment, however humble and unworthy, British subjects.
of turning into their legitimate course WM. EUSEBIUS ANDREWS. the efforts of the Catholic Board. London, Nov. 24, 1814.
I wished to make the members of
that Board sensible that whey they To the Editor of the Orthodox Journal. were called on to conciliate and con
cede to the power of the Protestant SIR, You and your correspondents government, they were treated with have lately been accused of pouring insult and mockery; that when they forth torrents of abuse, and you have and other principal Catholics 2850lately complained of the torrents of ciated with Protestant distributors of abuse which have issued from the pe. the Bible, when they attempted to riodical press. First of the first court and fawn upon them by an awk.
As one of your correspondents who ward imitation of their practices, the have taken on myself to censure some device was equally ridiculous and un. persons and some proceedings, it be- | availing ; that when they or some of hoves me to defend myself from my | them offered themselves as co-partners share in this inculpation. I must ob in the agency to controul and debase, şerve, however, that the word abuse at the pleasure of a Protestant govern. signifies, according to its etymology, ment, their own clergy, they were the turning any thing from its proper putting a yoke on the neck of them, use: in this sense, a man- abuses his selves and their brethren far more fork at dinner time if he employs it in | galling and corrosive than all the dism picking his teeth. I am content ne- qualifying statutes; that when they vertheless to take the word in its col. I expelled from among them a man, loquial acceptation : still you apd | whose name is his praise, for defending, your correspondents are not proved to surely on their own behalf, the rights have done wrong in abusing, unless it of the ecclesiastical body, they heaped caa be proved that the abuse is `n- disgrace on themselves. I have not founded, and therefore unjust; exces- abused the Catholic Board: it is they șive, and therefore unreasonable; acri who have turned themselves from their monious, and therefore uncharitable.
ious, allų terelore uncharitable. I proper use.
myself, ļ trust that my express! From Manilla to Lima there is no siops have been measured by the occa. | a body of Catholics more worthy sion, and that my invectives haye been the veneration of the Church than the free from bitterness. When I have present English Catholic gentry.. complained of the intolerant spirit of Even Catholic Ireland must yield the some members of the government of palm of patient endurance to the La this country, whose influence is, as it tholic gentry of England. Let hitherto appears, all-powerful against circumstances be considered. At the the Catholics; when I have reproached l epoch of the Reformation, so called the Protestant people of this country, Ireland was invited to adopt the fall
of those whom she had long considered | ments of respect the body of Catholic as her subjugators and oppressors : gentry, I am not inclined to blame ministers, who understood not a word those amongst them, who have taken of the Irish language, were sent over on themselves to act for us, as guilty to convince the natives of the folly of of an unwarrantable assumption of hearing prayers in an unknown tongue. power: not for acting, but for their Ireland was never deprived of its cler-acts, I blame them. Let them at gy: Ireland, before the Scotch and length remember that they ONCE WERE English colonizations, was a nation | ENGLAND. Let them now present to apart, far removed from the seat of the Legislature a petition worthy of government, and from the scene of re- their own dignity, consonant to the ligionis dissention; its people were not justice of their cause, claiming uncon. deluded by a liturgy formed, as far as ditionally the restoration of their might be, on the ancient model, in birth-right. Instead of being umbiwhich fasting and abstinence are en- tious of such honours and preferments joined, confession and absolution pre as may be doled out to them by a Go. scribed, måny names of saints in black vernment which will always regard letter and red letter still honoured, then with 66 peculiar jealousy," let and even most of the rejected sacra- | them place themselves at the head of ments retained ås hóly rites. But the the Catholic pétitioners of the empire. new religiou was introduced into Eng. Thus will they make a noble amend land, not by persons regarded as in for their former mis-doings; thus will truders, but by men of the same nam they become the center of union, a tion and language: the defection at source of energy, to those, without first was rapid: at the end of the reign whom they will be despised by those of thë řirgin queen, not more than who purchase them; with whom, they one third ò England was Catholic. will be respected even by bigotry and Still at the time of “ Cecil's holiday" injustice. twenty Catholic peers sát in the upper I have said that the Board, by act. House of Parliament, a large propor. ing from and for themselves, have re. tion of the total number of that time. duced the Catholics of England to a Two centuries of vexation and pro state of insignificance: from this state scription have passed over the Catho. we are beginning to retrieve ourlics of England. Cowardice and ma selves: but I can conceive no situation lice increased their sufferings accord. | more worthy of pity than that in which ing to the increased security of the our Catholic nobility and gentry Protestant religion, and as if in deri would have found themselves, had resion of their loyal and dutiful conduct. lief been granted on terms rejected by But that which is most to be lamented the Irish and English body. Authors is still to be told: they have witnessed of a schism, schismatics themselves, the slow and silent falling away, in the they would have been obliged to recur course of these two centuries, of three. for all their consolation to electioneerfourths* of their number. Beatifica- ing broils and petty place-hunting. mus eos qui sustinuerunt, say the di| They have whom they may to consult vine oracles: Beatificamus eos qui sus. | on the happiness of such a life, tinuerunt, re-echoes the universal . I hope better things of the reprechurch. Regarding with such senti. sentatives of those illustrious and an
cient families which, under God, pre* In the reign of Queen Anne the population of England was four millions. A cen
served and cherished the dispersed and tury before, it was probably three millions.
dying embers of the ancient faith. The defection of three-fourths of a million They still love the sacred deposit. It leavés 250,000; supposed by Bishop Milner | is still in their power to act worthy of to be the actual number of English Catholics; · but I would add to that number, not include
the trust which Providence has come in it, converts and strangers.
fided to them; worthy of their forcfathers and of themselves; worthy of the , and sentiment, an indifference more faithful millions of whose cause they | hostile to every establishment than still may be the venerated advocates; quiescent or submissive, or they prounited with whom they still may be ceed from concealed infidelity. Would its powerful protectors.
| it not be prudent to pass an act that On the subject of the abuse of the every one wishing to revile Popery Pope, the Inquisition, and the Jesuits, should take out a license and subscribe which has lately been vomited forth to the thirty-nine articles? Seriously, by the periodical writers, I beg leave I exhort the members of the established to remind you, that for these writers, religion to consider well, whether in or for any writer of their persuasion, the danger which threatens their to revile the Catholic religion, is the church from the increased and increasmost common and the most stupid of ing number, zeal, and activity of the all stupid common places. Protestant dissenters, it would not be for their books of rhetoric have a collection of advantage to conciliate by a restorathese communes loci. The writers of tion to them of their civil rights, whom you speak have the same excuse those who, in the full attainment of for their reviling and foul mouths that all the power which their enemies acFalstaff gives for high-way robbery.cuse them of aiming at, would assur“Why, Hal, 'tis my vocation, Hal: ) edly respect the work of their forefa. 'tis no harm for a man to labour in his thers, the Church and Constitution of vocation,”-Besides, Sir, it is long England-would not destroy and vacation with them : no debates in overturn,” but restore and confirm. Parliament before the date of your Anxious as I am for the continuance last publication: no recess of the of the peace and tranquillity of the Congress of Vienna: the campaign in empire, which I firmly believe the reAmericą nearly closed, and Sir George peal of our disqualifications would Preyost with full leisure to carry on tend to secure, expecting, in common operations, according to his instruc- with every Catholic with whom I have tions,'against Popery and superstition, conversed, harder treatment from the and to gratify those who hate idolatry | Dissenters, if in power, than we now more than they love good faith. In experience, I entreat the members of this dearth what is the public to feed the establishment to take what I say upon ? Let the writers alone. When in good part, and to ponder it in pruthey have any thing to write about dence and charity.-) am, Sir, your that will sell as well, they will let obedient servant, Popery alone and all its enormities.
AN ENGLISH CATHOLIC, Whom do you mean to instruct by noticing these railings? Have you
ON THE VETO. many Protestant readers? If so, I am
LETTER SECOND. glad of it. But the ignorant, infidel, and blasphemous remarks of which to the Editor of the Orthodox Journal, you condescend to give a refutation will really excite nothing but nausea / SIR,—I trust I have succeeded, in in the stomach of Catholics.
conveying conviction to the minds of One word at parting to your read. your readers, that without the effiers, if any, of the established reli- cient assistance derived froin the Cagion. I advise them in charity not to tholic Body of Ireland, the measure be too secure that every word spoken of Union could not have been carried or written against Popery is intended into effect;--this fact is so indisputafavourably to their religion or to ble, that it requires no labour to Christianity of any description : these prove it. It cannot be denied, likerailings proceed either from a detest. wise, that there was an implied comable indifference to all religious belief pact between the English Government,