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gate meetings. Their meetings are “bilities to which the Roman Catho. held openly; so much so, that when a 16 lics of Great Britain are subject, and member lately interrupted a speech, 1“ to adopt such measures for their rebecause a police officer was discovered " peal as Parliament shall in its wis. taking notes, it was observed by Mr. 1 “dom and benignity deem expedient." O'Connell, that every transaction of In this document the Board has gone the Board was intended to be as open further than it did by adopting the amas the day, and if the police-office biguous fifth Resolution, to obtain sigwished to be informed of what was natures to which some of the members going forward, they had only to send | boasted of having JOCKIED THEIR a reporter and he should be accommo- | BISHOPS ;-because in the latter it was dated with a desk and a chair. added, “ consistently with the strict, · In England, the General Board is " est adherence on their part to the appointed by the Private Board, and no " tenets and discipline of the Roman person, it appears, can obtain a seat, “ Catholic Religion;" but in the forwithout paying a fee of five guineas | mer, they signify their readiness to for it! (Is not this something like accept ANY measures, which our bribery and corruption ?) Nay, ac- Legislators, who are obliged to cording to the above account, the in swear that we and the greatest part dividuals at this very meeting took of our magnanimous allies ARE upon themselves to appoint the Repre. IDOLATERS, may, in their wisdom and sentative of the Middle District.-- benignity, be pleased to enact. Their meetings are held privately, and In Ireland, the Board lately came to the questions to be decided are such a resolution of publishing a Religious only as are submitted by the persons Declaration. The Committee appoint, composing the Select Committee. ed to draw it up, with the respect due
The Irish Board has adopted a Pe to their character, submitted it to ectition, and the People have approved it, clesiastical authority. It was, howbreathing the most pure and constitu- lever, disapproved of, for reasons which tional principles; having for its basis the reader will find in the Most Rev. the Freedom of Conscience for all Dr. Troy's Letter, in the epitome to classes of our fellow-subjects. This this number. The Board, in conseBoard also passed unanimously a Re- quence of this, unanimously relinsolution, declaring, that, as Irishmenquished their intention. and Catholics, they never can or will In England, the Board, adopting ponsent to any interference on the part the absurd folly of their Protestant bre, of the Crown, or Servants of the Crown, thren, with the view of gaining their in the appointment of their Bishops ; | favour, established a Bible Sociсty, by and that no settlement can be final or which they not only sanctioned the satisfactory, which has for its basis, calumnies of our enemies, who assert, or at all involves any innovation or al. /ed that we were in a state of scriptural teration, to be made by authority of darkness, when it was notorious that Parliament, in the Doctrine or Disci-| the poor Catholic was better instructed pline of the Catholic Church of Ire in the truth of the gospel than the rich land. This it has followed up, by | Protestant, but they also infringed on laying before those who are to present the spiritual authority of the Church, the Petition, several suggestions for to whom alone Christ gave the comt'ieir guidance in framing another Bill, mission to teach all nations. in order to render it satisfactory to the 1 In short, every measure adopted by Irish people.
the Irish Board (except the disgraceThe English Board, in its Petition, ful resolution against Dr. Dromgoole's concludes with humbly praying, that speech) has for its object the securing the Senate will take into conside of the independence of the Catholic
ration the many penalties and disa. Church; whilst every measure which
the English Board has been propos- | the expense of their religion. How ing tends to trample on her sacred truly honourable is the decision of the rights.
latter! How disgraceful that of the Here, my fellow Catholics, you have former! What a contrast do the con. a true statement of the actions by duct of these English Catholics present which the respective bodies alluded to to those of their ancestors, who, in are governed. In the one you see the securing the temporal rights and pri. truly liberal and manly principles vileges of their country, which had which animated our Catholic ancestors; been invaded by the tyrant John, de. in the other you see a system of servi. clared by the great Charter, that the lity and secret intrigue, dishonourable election of Bishops should BE FREE. in its abettors, and unworthy of the re- This was the first measure proposed ligion and the spirit of our forefathers. | by them; because they well knew Can you then hesitate for a moment to that the best way to secure their libera decide which of the two is entitled to ties was to insure the independence of your support ? Can you hesitate one the Clergy-s-while, on the other hand, moment to enrol yourselves under the they were well aware that the rea. banners of those, and those only, who diest method to enslave the People are anxious to preserve the purity of was to debase Religion, and make its Religion. If your love your glorious Ministers the tools of a faction. That name of CATHOLIC if you love your there are those who wish to see the Country if you love your posterity Catholic Clergy reduced to the latter you will not hesitate to come forward, state I have no doubt; but I trust the and record your decided disapproba. spirit of my countrymen will no longer tion of the unmanly and insulting proo remain dormant. We lately witnessed ceedings of this British Board, which the activity of our dissenting brethren, pretends to manage not only your po- when Lord Sidmouth introduced his litical interests, but also your spiritual Bill to regulate the Toleration Act, in concerns. That the principles which making known their disapprobation of guide some of the individuals compo- the measure, by the numerous petising this Board are inimical to a frections which they laid upon the table and open discussion (the basis of our of the House of Lords against the pro, Constitution) of their intentions, can. Iject. These petitions had the desired not be more clearly demonstrated than effect, and Lord Sidmouth withdrew by their negativing the motion which his Bill. Let us, then, with the like Was made, that every measure which spirit and activity, come forward and was agreed upon by the Secret Com- declare our sentiments, in the same unmittee to be submitted to the General equivocal language as our Irish bre. Board, should be laid two days beforce thren upon the subject of the Veto hand on the Secretary's table for gene Securities. There are some indepene ral inspection. That they are ready dent characters whose names stand in to sacrifice the independence of the Ca- the printed list as Members of the tholic Clergy, and consequently their Board, of the most honourable mind Religion, in order to obtain possession and talented abilities, and who have of temporal privileges, is undubitably utterly disapproved of, and strongly proved by their refusing to make com censured, the conduct of the Board tre mon cause with the Catholics of the wards the illustrious Prelate, Dr. Mil. sister island, wbo, to their immortal | ner, I sincerely hope these highly reshonour, have most religiously, and pectable individuals will come forward most disinterestedly, come forward, and take the lead in rescuing us from in order to avoid any future disap- the degraded and reproachful situation pointment or misunderstanding, and in which we are placed, and enable us declared their determination of not openly to state our faithful attachment accepting any temporal advantages at to that Divine Religion, for an adhe
rence to which we have already suffer- with honour and a good conscience. ed so much, and for which we are ready Let theintolerants keep their ascendan. to suffer more, rather than resign the cy; but let us keep our present pure management of its concerns into the and irreproachable Clergy from their hands of those whose desire must be to corrupt fangs. This venerable body see it overthrown in these realms; an constitutes a gem so brilliant in our object which a persecution of more than Church, that anxious as I am to gain two centuries has not been able to ac- | my civil rights, I would not receive the complish, but which they now hope to highest and most honourable station obtain by intrigue. However, my under the Constitution, at the hazard fellow Catholics, if we do not see this of casting the smallest speck upon its spirit arise in those whose duty it is spotless integrity. Let us then adopt to set the example, there is still one the sentiments of Mr. O'Connell on method left which I trust you will not the cause of Emancipation. Alluding fail to adopt. I well know the diffi- to the secession of some of the members culty, from our straggling situation, of of the Irish Board, Mr. O'C.observed, calling aggregate meetings. What I that he would not sacrifice a particle would advise then is this:--That every of the Catholic cause to bring back any congregation should sign a declaration man however elevated his rank might of their. unalterable determination not be. By the Catholic Cause he meant to consent to any interference on the the attainment of Emancipation, as part of the Crown in the discipline of connected with the preservation of our Church as the price of receiv. EVERY right in the details of the Docing any temporal privileges or benefits trine and Discipline of the Catholic under the Constitution. For this pur Church, and of the honour of the Capose, the Resolution adopted by the tholic Religion by the Catholic Cause Irish Catholic Board, by altering a he meant the attainment of Catholic few words, would answer the purpose. Emancipation unconditionally, unfetThe next thing necessary will be to tered, unmixed with any compromise make the number of signatures known, or stipulation which would lessen the and the different congregations which Liberties, Civil or Religious, of the have come to such declaration. But People. He was averse to the intera in doing this not a moment should be ference of any Lords, Managers, or lost. It must be done before the de- / Trustees, or Appointers of Sheriffs ; bate comes on in Parliament; because he did not care who deserted the Board, the Legislators will then know whe- , while the Catholic Cause was safe.ther the sentiments of those men, who | In these sentiments I most cordially have hitherto pretended to convey the agree. I certainly do not think that sense of the Catholics of England, are they are calculated to obtain our rereally and truly those of the body at lease from bondage in the speediest large; and if the measures which they way; but I am convinced there is no may then, in their wisdom and benig other way of gaining our Liberty with nity, propose for our relief happen honour to ourselves, and benefit to our to be as dissatisfactory as the last, the country. For this reason I hope my blame will not be on our side. No, no, Catholic countrymen will henceforth my friends, let the English Board de- join the standard of our Irish brethren, ceive our Parliamentary advocates if and unite with them in their honest and they think proper, but let us not partake patriotic endeavours. And let us reof their crime. There is an old maxim member, that if “England expects every and a true one, which all Catholics are “man to do his duty,” the first duty taught to follow, viz. that HONESTY of a Christian is to love God above all is the best Policy. Let us follow it things, and his neighbour as himself, then; and if we are to suffer a little
W. EUSEBIUS ANDREWS. longer for so doing, we shall suffer ! London, March 17, 1814.
1 ly consider the following undeniable To the Editor of the Orthodox Journal. principles and facts.
In the first place, no English CathoStr. -Among the interesting com- | lic, or association of English Catholics, munications of your ingenious cor- has a right or claim to control or direspondents I cannot help noticing rect the concerns of the body at large, those signed AN ENGLISH CA by reason of their birth, rank, fortune, THOLIC, in your number for Decem- or even of their talents, natural or ber page 260, and in that for January acquired; nor indeed on any other acpage 9. Though I have not the honour count, except as far as the Catholic of this writer's correspondence, and Pastors have authority in religious hardly of his acquaintance, having matters, and as certain individuals may never seen him but once in my life, happen to be freely chosen and duly and then by accident, yet, as I am authorized to manage the temporal satisfied that I have discovered who he concerns of this body. is, I think it incumbent on me to Secondly, it is notorious that the testify that he is a gentleman who re- noblemen and gentlemen, calling themflects honour and has conferred benefits selves THE BOARD OF BRITISH on the Catholic Religion in this coun CATHOLICS, however respectable try : and hence, that his advice and they are as individuals, never have suggestions are deserving of particular been elected or deputed by the Catho. attention from the professors of it. | lic clergy and laity to represent them The subject of this good and learned or to transact their business of any gentleman's two letters are particularly nature whatsoever. And yet, it is interesting to myself; not on account | equally notorious, that this Board holds of the too. kịnd and partial commen itself out in the face of the legislature dations which he bestows upon me in and the nation as a representation of them, but of the measure that he pro- | the whole English, I beg their parposes for supporting the cause, in don, of the whole British Catholic which, from my situation, I am specially | body; that its members, or rather a concerned, that of a meeting of the very small agitating part of them, has, Midland Catholics to be held at Bira at different times, framed and presented mingham in the present month, in or. addresses, petitions, sketches of bills der to take such steps for the security and resolutions, both of a religious of our common Religion as its present and a civil nature, on the part of the circumstances require. I take this whole body, without its authority, method of informing your respectable consent or even knowledge, and withCorrespondent that his suggestion did out regard to its general wishes or not fall to the ground: Catholics who grievances, religious or civil, being have not only as much right, but who chiefly actuated by their own imme. are also as well qualified to deliberate diate interests, the obtaining of seats and decide on this matter, as any per in Parliament and great offices in the sons accustomed to meet in Stanhope. state and army, as appeared, in parstreet, took it up, and the meeting ticular, at the withdrawing of the late would have been held, had not I ad. Bill, when these were denied them. hered to the resolution, which I have True it is, that, in one of th. last new before signified, of not contributing constitutions of the Board, certain to a formal division of the body, until members were appointed to represent the last extremity. Still as there is the different Catholic districts : but imminent danger of things coming to what a farce is this, and what a mockthis extremity, it is fitting and neces. ery of the Catholics, while these their sary, by way of preventing, if possible, pretended deputies are appointed not this dreadful evil, that both parties by them but by this very self-appointed should clearly understand and serious. Junta! So far, indeed, is this Board from
holding itself dependent on the Ca- with their perpetual scribe and cour. tholics in general, that it will not per- sellor, Mr. Charles Butler, and their mit one of them to be present even at public orator, Mr. George Silvertop. their general meetings, without paying Now these personages, with the exa subscription of five guineas, as Iception of the last named, (a new man, lately witnessed, and it takes extra- of whose religious sentiments there is ordinary precautions to prevent their no occasion to speak) are precisely deliberations being known to the Ca the surviving members of the old Pro. tholic body. How different is the testing Dissenting Committee, whose spirit and conduct of the Irish Ca- names are seen subscribed to those tholic Board, who confident in their infamous Blue Books, &c. which are public spirit and conduct, throw open held in-such deserved execration by all the doors of their meeting to all the true Catholics. If we wished to foro world and even publish the speeches | get these effusions of Mr. Butler's which are made by its members ! Nor irreligion, and all the bad measures is this all: for at a meeting of the connected with them, the subscribers General Board at the beginning of last will not permit us, since, in one of their year, when a member of it, on the part latest meetings, their head Nobleman of several other members, requested to proclaimed his continued adherence to hear what the nature of the Bill was, them! It is past dispute that even in which Mr. Butler was known from other circumstances, nothing short of a the newspapers, to be negociating public retractation of these schismatical with Lord Castlereagh and other states publications and actions could gain men, he was sharply reproved by the the confidence of the Catholic body noble Lord in the chair, for presum- in favour of their author and subing to inquire into the subject of that scribers, or even cause them to be conlawyer's private conversations with a sidered as sound Catholics : but, when Minister of State! Have then the vital | late occurrences are taken into coninterests of 200,000 English Catholics, sideration, it would be the height of and of the Religion itself, which you, folly to suppose that genuine Catholics Mr. Editor, and many others, have left do or can confide their religious interall things else to follow, been left as an ests to the personages here mentioned heir-loom to a handful of men of an- or alluded to. There is no well incient families, or as property which formed Catholic who entertains & they have a right to dispose of for their doubt that the counsellor was a party immediate advantage!
to the drawing up of the schismatical Thirdly, though men of rank, for. and persecuting clauses of the late tune and talents, are confessedly the Bill, or that the Cabinet Members of fittest persons to be appointed repre- the Board were privy and consenting sentatives of a collection of people, to them. But the Catholics who are yet this is to be understood in the sup- not so well informed, have witnessed position of theirenjoying the confidence these men abetting the Bill, when it was of that people. Now it is incontes published, returning thanks to Mr. G. tibly evident that the leading men of Canning and Lord Castlereagh, the the British Board, so called, do not proposers of the schismatical parts of enjoy tha confidence of the English it, and condemning and expelling from Catholic body, in any concerns con- their society, by public advertisement nected with their Religion. By these one of their bishops for delivering his leading men I mean not the members opinion against it, merely as it affected of the Privnte Board in general, who the Catholic Church and her pastors! are as much led or driven as those of These transactions, Sir, have produced the General Board, but the Cabinet their natural effect on the minds of Council of the Board, consisting of the generality of English no less than some three or four Barons or Baronets of Irish Catholics, in encreasing their