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deniable facts, will be the cause of mercy, open your eyes to the errors rescuing you from that system of of your Church, and may his Spirit corruption to which you at present lead you to depart from a system unhappily adhere; but I trust in which is, and ever shall be while a God the mystic spell will be shortly vestige of it remains, the bane of our broken, and that Popery will yet unfortunate country. become a rara avis' in Ireland. I “ Believe me, my dear friends, to know very well the danger and diffi- be your ever sincere friend, culty which attend any person who “DANIEL BROWN O'KEEFE, has the boldness to come out of the “ Lately a Student for Maynooth Romish Church, for life is not safe in
College. the hands of persons whose religion
“ Dublin, 5th January, 1847.” inculcates the lawfulness of killing heretics; and perhaps my addressing
THE FRENCH CHURCH IN ST. you now, might be the cause of
MARTIN'S-LE-GRAND. making me the victim of some ruthless assassin, when I will have the The following case we print, as it has happiness of again meeting you; but been sent to us by a correspondent persecution shall never intimidate me on whose good faith we have every from doing what my conscience tells reliance. me to be right, in embracing the The French Protestant Church of truths of the Bible. I have sacri- London, founded by Royal charter of ficed the friendship of all that is near Edward VI., and, therefore, of consiand dear to me, and injured the derable antiquity, is an established health of beloved parents, but I have Church of the country, and is placed a solace in that saying of our Re- under the protection of the Sovereign, deemer, He that loveth father or and the supervision of the Bishop of mother more than me, is not worthy London. of me; and he that loveth son or The creed of the French Church in daughter more than me, is not worthy St. Martin's-le-Grand is in accordance of me' (Matt. x. 37), that cheers me with the pure Protestant doctrine of in the hour of affliction; and how the Reformation, for which our glooften on my knees do I thank my rious martyrs poured forth their lifeGod for endowing me with courage blood, in the adjacent plain of Smithto fly from a Church which fetters the field. Now, it appears that the understanding of its deluded victims. preaching of these scriptural doctrines • They have chosen their own ways, by the esteemed pastors of the Church, and their soul delighteth in their Messrs. Martin and Daugars, has had abominations. (Isa. Ixvi. 3.) I hope the blessed effect of converting many that verse is not applicable to you, an unenlightened Romanist from the and that you will show yourselves errors of Popery. obedient to the warning of Christ A female convert of this descriphimself, who says, • Come out of her, tion, of whose name we are in posmy people, that ye be not partakers session, publicly recanted the Romish · of her sins, and that ye receive not faith, a few weeks ago, before the of her plagues : for her sins have congregation of the French Church, reached unto heaven, and God hath and is now received as one of its remembered her iniquities. (Rev. members. The neophyte has, howxviii. 4, 5.) Ought not that to stimu- ever, since been taken to task, somelate you to fly from the Mystery of what severely, by a clergyman of the Iniquity, and to return to the ancient Protestant Church of England, viz., creed which was professed by your the Rev. Mr. A., in the Diocese of fathers—the faith which was pro- Winchester, who, in his objurgatory fessed and taught by your loved correspondence with the lady, not St. Patrick ? The Popery now.a- only vilified the French Church in days is quite a novel religion; it is a question, as a heterodox and heretical :win-sister of the Paganism of old, institution, butand this constitutes and if possible worse than it.
the gravamen of the offence-dis“ In conclusion, may God, in his tinctly assured the convert that the Church of Rome was the true Church, visited a convent, told me that she and that she had acted very wrong. spoke to a nun who had been imfully in deserting it! We quarrel mured for thirty years. “I cannot with the opinion of no man; but if describe to you,” she said, “how tired, the Church of England harbours such how worn out I am with my hopeless men as Mr. A. (who is only unus ex confinement. I would consent to die, multis aliis)-ministers retaining her to be allowed to return for one year emoluments, but secretly betraying to the world; and I have an ardent her interests-she must inevitably fall desire to mingle, even for one month, upon her foundations. We under- with society; but, alas! I cannot stand that the conduct of Mr. A. will escape from my imprisonment." be exposed to his diocesan, the Bishop My informant also said, that in the of Winchester,* without delay; but church of the convent she saw some that the literæ scripte of the Rev. gentlemen most devoutly crossing Gentleman contain far more condem- themselves; and on remarking their natory evidence against him than the piety afterwards to a friend, “You are facts already adduced. - Church and mistaken," was the reply; "these State Gazette.
pious gentlemen were engaged in making signs to the nuns who were
peeping at them through a grating THE ROMISH PRIESTHOOD OF
behind the altar." IRELAND.
TAKING THE VEIL.-It is a most To educate this priesthood—what is painful sight to witness a young and it but to perfect an instrument for delicate creature, in the very springthe restraining and corrupting the time of her existence—the interesting education of all the rest of the people? age of fifteen-take the veil; and To endow this priesthood—what else one is inclined to curse the elders would it be but to give them an ad- who assist at the ceremony, for lendditional influence and power, to be ing themselves to such an unnatural used always for their own aggrandize- rite. Crowned with flowers, and arment, and the strengthening of their rayed in a bridal dress, the novice own usurpations ? The donation of advances in procession into the a Protestant Government would not Church-the bells toll—she is laid make them dependant upon that Go down, and covered with a pall, thus vernment; they have sources of wealth dying to the world and all its enjoyin their own superstitions; they draw ments; the hair—the pride of woman their vitality, and strike their root, in -is cut off, the plain habit assumed, a far other soil than the crafty muni and a dull and dreary existence comficence of an opponent. They would mences. use the gift as it best pleased them, PENANCE.—Early in the morning, and defy a Government — anxious ladies may be seen going to the only for peace-to withdraw it. No! churches to do penance perhaps even if the tranquillity of the empire consisting of going on their knees should require the two Churches to round the interior. At certain times, be placed on an equal footing, I still the images of the virgin and saints would not endow the Roman Catholic. are carried through the streets, by -Blackwood's Magazine, Feb. 1847. people barefooted and shrouded in
cloaks, and the whiteness of the skin
of many of these betrays them to be NUNS AND NUNNERIES; of the higher orders. But sometimes FROM “ SKETCHES IN PORTUGAL," BY penance is a complete farce : thus, I CAPTAIN ALEXANDER.
heard of one lady who vowed, on reAn English lady, who has lately
covering from illness, to go from one
church to another barefooted. She * Walworth, by recent arrangements,
did so; but it was in full dress, and is now in the Diocese of London, and
carried in a sedan-chair. we have heard that the Bishop will be applied to on the subject above referred to.--[ED. PROT. MAG.]
SIR R. PEEL UPON THE ROMAN
nothing would prevent really pious
persons from doing all in their power CATHOLIC RELIGION.
to counteract and undermine such THE following passages are extracted influence as was attempted to be from a speech of Sir R. Peel's, de- exercised over the minds of the mullivered March 6, 1827, in a debate titude. ...... He would view the upon the Catholic claims :
effect of the Catholic religion as it “ He would own, fairly and can- existed in the present day in various didly, that he entertained a distrust countries; in some where it luxuriof the Roman Catholic religion. He ated in undisputed growth ; in some objected not to the faith of the where it was 'only struggling for Catholics; ...... it was a matter of supremacy; and in others where it utter indifference to him whether or was subordinate to a purer system. not a party professed the doctrine of Under these different aspects he had transubstantiation ; but if there were contemplated the Catholic religion, superadded to that doctrine a scheme and the result of his investigation of worldly policy of a marked cha- was, that it was expedient to racter, he had a right to inquire into maintain in this kingdom the mild its nature, and observe its effect on predominance of the Protestant mankind. Could any man acquainted Church. ...... He contended that with the state of the world, doubt for the consideration of the influence a moment that there was engrafted which the Catholic religion exercised on the Catholic religion something on political affairs ought not to be more than a scheme for promoting lost sight of. It was the natural demere religion ?-that there was in sire of every man to promote the view the furtherance of a means by religious faith to which he was which man could acquire authority attached. If Roman Catholics were over man? Could he know what the admitted to Parliament, what could doctrine of absolution, of confession, be more natural or just on their parts of indulgences, was, without a sus- than to attempt to improve the conpicion that those doctrines were dition of their religious system, to maintained for the purpose of estab- extend its influence in this country, lishing the power of man over the and to bring it into closer connexion minds and hearts of men ? What with the Government? ...... The was it to him what the source of the consequence of the admission of power was called, if practically it Catholics to Parliament would be, to operated as such ? ...... He held bring the Catholic and Protestant in his hand a bull of Pope Pius VII., religions into collision, in such a way issued in 1807 to the Catholics of as might lead to the destruction of Ireland, granting an indulgence of the latter; and he considered the 300 days from the pains of purgatory disorders and confusion which must to those who should devoutly recite prevail for ages during the conflict at stated times three short ejacu before that event took place, as a lations, of which the following is the greater evil than even that event first :- Jesus, Maria, Joseph, I offer itself. ..... Believing, as he did, that to you my ardent soul.' The other the admission of Catholics to Parliatwo ejaculations began with the same ment and to offices of State, would sort of invocation. When he saw endanger the constitution, yet if he such a mockery of all religion as this were satisfied that such a measure was, resorted to in order to prop up would have the effect of restoring the authority of man over man,—when peace and tranquillity to Ireland, he he saw such absurdity as this ad- would sacrifice his apprehensions of dressed to rational Catholics, and the ultimate result to the attainment received by rational Catholics, and of the present immense benefit. He published amongst an illiterate and could not, however, believe that superstitious populace, it was in vain there would be such a consummation. to tell him that such things could be ...... If the friends of the Catholics ineffective. Whilst the privilege of should propose to make the religion free discussion was allowed by law, of the great majority the religion of the State, and transfer the emolu- take the name of the Lord thy God ments of the Protestant Church to in vain.' It was true there were ten the Catholics, and to open to them commandments in all, for one was all the great offices of the State, he divided into two, to make up for the could understand that; but if they second, which was omitted. The proposed to maintain the Protestant ninth was, “ Thou shalt not covet thy Church Establishment as the religion neighbour's wife;' and the tenth of the State, then he would say there was, Thou shalt not covet thy would still exist a barrier between neighbour's goods, &c., nor anything the Roman Catholic and the attain that is his.') Let them reject the ment of his wishes....... How many second commandment if they would; were the objects which would still but do not let them come down and remain to be attained by the Catho- state, in the simplicity of their lics? How would it be possible hearts,' that to the House and the hereafter to deny the propriety of public of England, which it was Catholic priests exercising their difficult not to perceive was not spiritual authority for temporal pur- borne out by the fact. ...... He beposes? Might not the priests, after lieved in his conscience, that if the the proposed measure of relief was House of Commons ever consented granted, claim to be the best judges to admit Catholics within its walls, of what was patriotic, and for the the only effect would be that of inbest interests of their Church ? ....... creased discord and dissension....... It was not to be endured that an He thought it right to retain all the appeal should at once be made to the existing disabilities. He had no generosity and to the fears of the choice but to state with firmness, but English people. On the one hand, without asperity, the principles which they were told that the Catholic his reason dictated, and his conscience prelates had done everything in their and honour compelled him to mainpower to promote peace in Ireland, tain....... It was a matter of conand, of course, discouraged the Asso- solation to him that he had now an ciation; and on the other, that the opportunity (after the Duke of whole Irish nation, from the Peer York's death) of showing his adand the priest to the lowest peasant, herence to those tenets which he had were banded together to obtain formerly espoused.”—Times, June 10, emancipation. He was perfectly satis- 1845. fied that nothing would have such an effect on the people of England, as
IS THE CHURCH OF ROME SUfair dealing on the part of the Catho
PERSTITIOUS AND IDOLATROUS, lics. ...... The very first objection which he would always take to the
OR IS SHE NOT? conduct of any individual, or any To the Editor of the Protestant Magaparty, was where it evinced any want
zine. of manly candour or sincerity. (He
SIR,—May I request the favour of instanced the exclusion from Dr. you to insert the following letter, Milner's authorized Catechism' of
hism of which I have also addressed to the
which I have also addressed to. the second commandment.
The Editor of the “ Morning Herald.” Catholic bishops had stated, in a
A PROTESTANT SENTINEL. formal declaration, that they had
Feb. 12, 1847. framed it in the simplicity of their “ To the Editor of the Morning hearts;' and their declaration set out
Herald.' with stating, that the Catholics, in “Sir, In your valuable and common with all Christians, received widely-circulated journal of the 1st and respected the entire of the Ten and 11th instant, an advertisement Commandments, as they were found appeared, commencing with— Is the in Exodus and Deuteronomy;' Church of Rome Superstitious and whereas he found in this Catechism Idolatrous, or is she not?' and as it the first commandment given, I am emanated from me, I am desirous of the Lord thy God;' and the second proving that the question should be commandment was, “Thou shalt not answered in the affirmative. Our
ancestors, too, were of that opinion, land, if they desire to preserve to as is plain from an authority not to themselves and transmit to posterity, be questioned, namely, the Act of the inestimable privileges of civil and the 30th Chas. II., s. 2, by which the religious liberty. following solemn declaration is re “ A PROTESTANT SENTINEL. quired to be subscribed, not only by 06 Feb 1, 1844, the Sovereign at her coronation, but by all Members of the Legislature, and was regularly taken by them ARE PUSEYITE BOOKS NECESSA. previous to the year 1829:
RIES FOR A STUDENT FOR THE «• 30 Chas. II., s. 2.
CHURCH? 661, A. B., do solemnly and sin- The following case, “ Toovey 0. cerely, in the presence of God, pro
Brown," was tried in the Court of fess, testify, and declare, that I do Fochener
Exchequer, Saturday, Feb. 6, (Nisi believe that in the Sacrament of the
of the Prius sittings,) before the Lord Chief
Prince Lord's Supper, there is not any. Baron and a Middlesex jury: transubstantiation of the elements of
The action was brought by the bread and wine into the body and plaintiff. a bookseller in Piccadilly, blood of Christ, at or after the con
for books supplied to a son of the secration thereof by any person what
defendant, who is a gentleman of soever; and that the invocation or adoration of the Virgin Mary or any
property residing at Pimlico. The
son was a pupil of King's College, at other saint, and the sacrifice of the
the time the books were supplied, and mass, as they are now used in the
was preparing for Cambridge, prior Church of Rome, are superstitious
to his entrance into the Church. and idolatrous. And I do solemnly,
Amongst the books supplied were, in the presence of God, profess,
“Newman's Sermons," a Roman Mistestify, and declare, that I do make
sal, a Roman Breviary, “ Pusey's this declaration, and every part Sermons." " Ward's Ideal of a Christhereof, in the plain and ordinary tian Church,” and others of a simisense of the words read unto me, as lar character. The young man became they are commonly understood by a Roman Catholic, and the father English Protestants, without any naturally enough refused to pay for evasion, equivocation, or mental re- the hooks
re, the books. It was proved for the servation whatsoever, and without plaintiff that some of the books supany dispensation already granted me blied were useful. and some were for this purpose by the Pope, or any
requisite to the completion of the other authority or person whatsoever,
young man's studies ; but it did not or without any hope of such dispen
appear that there was amongst them sation from any person or authority
Y any one academical book, in the strict whatsoever, or without thinking that
meaning of that word. I am or can be acquitted before God
Under these circumstances, or man, or absolved of this declara
The Lord Chief Baron was of opition, or any part thereof, although nion that the defendant could not be the Pope or any other person or held liable for them, and nonsuited persons or power whatsoever, should the plaintiff.—Record, Feb. 11, 1847. dispense with or annul the same, or declare that it was null or void from the beginning.'
LYING WONDERS. “ I therefore repeat the important The half-yearly Circular of the Gequestion embodied in the advertise- neva Evangelical Society, just pubment, — How can it be possible for lished, contains the following, from the Legislature of a professed Chris- one of the evangelists of that Sotian country to endow the priesthood ciety :of a Church thus branded-branded "I entered a house, and conversed even by the Sovereign herself?' with the family: the mother listened Yes, Sir, this is the question which with a lively interest to the declarademands the serious and immediate tions of the Gospel, but she received investigation of the people of Eng- with the same simplicity the fabulous