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legends which were told her. For are great numbers of dead, for whom example, she believed with all her hitherto nothing has been done ; that, heart" (and many others on these nevertheless, it is but sheer justice mountains with her), that the Virgin that these should partake of the chaappeared, in body and spirit, to two rity of the faithful, and that prayers little shepherds, who watched their should be offered for the welfare of flocks, in the neighbourhood of the their souls; that thereby all the vicvillage of C., about a month ago. tims would benefit in exact proportion She seated herself on a stone, and to their wants by the succour accorded said to them, My little children, do to them; that this idea ought to be your parents go regularly to mass and the more welcomed, seeing that there confession? and you, do you go also?' exist resources more than sufficient
Not much, Madam.' "Ah!' she re- for the aid of those unfortunate perplied, thus the Holy Virgin has sons who have survived." caused the people throughout the Seeing all this, the Committee proworld to experience that the dearth of ceed to declare by their Resolution, wheat, disasters of various kinds, and that, “in order that all the victims especially the potato disease, are be- may profit, according to their neces. cause they have not sufficient confi sities," the entire sum of 10,400 dence in the priests, do not attend francs raised at Rouen, shall be inmass often enough, and are not regu- vested in the public funds; that onelar at confession; and if they perse half of the interest resulting from the vere in this forgetfulness of religion, same shall be employed in celebrating I announce to them a general scarcity low and high masses, at the rate of during seven years. At the same a franc and a half for each of the moment, the stone on which she was former, and forty francs for each of seated was broken into a thousand the latter; and that the other half of pieces, and she disappeared in the the interest should be distributed
among the surviving victims, on condition that, when the latter ceased to
need it, the amount given should be THE DEAD BEFORE THE LIVING -OR, ROMISH CHARITY,
employed as before, in the celebration
of masses for the dead. A CIRCUMSTANCE, our authority for One might reasonably be asthe narrative of which may be found tounded at this solicitude for the in the Belgian paper, “La Semaine," of dead at the expense of the living. the 30 January, and the Paris journal, even though the latter had received “La Voix Nouvelle.”. From the former from other quarters that more than it appears, that when, some time since, sufficient aid 'which the Ecclesiastical the tempestuous catastrophe at Mon Committee at Rouen declares them ville and Malonnay, in France, to have received. But the latter had left some hundred unfortunate declaration has been proved to be wretches mutilated, houseless, and in totally untrue; and the Prefect of danger of starvation, the public the Seine Inferieure having estabcharity was awakened ; and in the lished his proofs before the General ancient city of Rouen alone, the Committee of Administration, the humane congregations of the various latter have indignantly protested churches contributed in behalf of against the unseemly course adopted suffering humanity no less a sum than by the ecclesiastics of Rouen. 10,400 francs. In presence of this The Resolution of the Ecclesiastical munificent sum the special Ecclesias- Committee of Rouen has just been tical Committee of Rouen would published by the Paris journal, “ La seem to have been somewhat bewil Voix Nouvelle," a paper which urdered ; for, after being touched with gently and very properly calls upon the generosity of the faithful, they the Government to see justice done dexterously distributed it according to those from whom it is now withto the following Resolution :
held.-Church and State Gazette, “Seeing that among the victims of Jan. 29, 1847. the above mentioned calamity, there
: - MISCELLANEOUS.
grosser Paganism! - L'Esperancé,
Jan. 21, 1847. PAGAN AND PAPAL ROME.-Imperial Rome governed the bodies of
CABINET. men, but did not extend her empire further. Papal Rome improved
A MAN may with as much propriety upon Imperial; she made the tiara
expect to be saved by his advances in
mathematics, as by his mere opinions stronger than the diadem, Pontiffs "
about religion, more powerful that prætors, and the crozier more victorious than the
Where true religion has prevented sword. She devised a system, so
one crime, false religions have afforded complete in all its parts for the sub
a pretext for a thousand. jugation both of body and of mind,
Posthumous charities are the very
essence of selfishness when bethat, like Archimedes, she asked but
queathed by those who, when alive, for one thing and that Luther denied her--a fulcrum of ignorance on
would part with nothing. In Roman which to rest the lever by which she
Catholic countries there is no Mort
main Act, and those who, when could balance the world. CHRISTMAS-BOXES FOR JESUS AND
dying, impoverish their relations by MARY, SOLICITED BY ST. JOSEPH.
leaving their fortunes to be expended
in masses for themselves, have been -(Etrennes pour Jésus et Marie, solliciteés par Saint Joseph.)-Such is
: shrewdly said to leave their own souls the burlesque title under which a
their heirs. Paris journal publishes, in its first number of the year, an appeal ad
THE PROTEST. dressed by an ecclesiastic to Christian ROME! Rome! I would not be thy people, inviting them to hasten with slave, their offerings for the repair of a For countless mines of wealth; little church in Normandy, placed, I dare not the Almighty brave, says he, under the invocation of the Nor peril my soul's health! Holy Virgin, and where Jesus and How to a fellow-worm could I Joseph receive especial homage (hom- Unlawful homage pay, . mages tout particuliers). We regret Yet deem insulted Deity that we can only place before our Th' avenging arm would stay ? . readers some of the phrases of this My Shepherd S_I another call, curious and characteristic article. My Prophet, Priest, and King : After setting forth that it seemed that Oh! Jesu, Thou to me art all, Mary wished now to unite herself to Thy praise alone I'll sing. her chaste husband, that he might be Say, could I dream that rags or bones invoked with her, and that by him . Could me deliv'rance give ? also our misfortunes might be removed, That images of wood or stones the author adds, in conclusion, that Could bid me hope, and live? the first benefactors of this Church That holy water blots from sight have already receired signal favour The stain of sin ;-they say, from JESUS, MARY, and JOSEPH, that "Puts devils from the soul to flight," new favours might with confidence And fits for realms of day! be expected from this TRINITY OF That I must satisfaction make, THE EARTH, fervently invoked in this Though Christ atones alone, sacred temple. Christians are then And says, “ Poor trembler! for My earnestly entreated to give to Jesus sake, and Mary the Christmas-boxes which Thou’rt welcome to a throne! St. Joseph seems to solicit for them, In regions of unchanging bliss, and God will bless the sacrifice which Thou too shalt reign with Me. they have made, in the name of Jesus, Believe in Me-I promise this, Mary, and Joseph. Here is, cer- For I have died for thee." . tainly, a Trinity which the Apostles Oh! who would bear such joy to lose, never thought of! Who can say, For Purgatory's pain ? after this, that the Church of Rome To think when here our eyes we close, is not making progress-toward a still We there must die again!
Oh! Rome, thy sorc'ries may seem fair, MR. DAY's work is calculated to do · Deceitful are thy charms;
much good. We might hope that the I would not death should find me disclosures of those who have seen there!
the interior of monastic life, would I shun thy treach'rous arms. tend to diminish the insane ardour Dear Saviour! save thy blood-bought with which some are seeking to cover child,
our land with Monastic Institutions.
THE Bishop of Oxford has just apIn Jesus I will put my trust,
pointed the Rev. E. M. Goulburn, of On Him my spirit stay.
Merton College, his examining chapThen let his welcome summons come, lain. Mr. Goulburn is one of the My soul fears no alarms;
leaders of the Anti-Tractarian party. The flesh must slumber in the tomb, Morning Paper. The soul-in Jesu's arms!
PROTESTANT CHURCHES IN TURDecember 28, 1846. X.
KEY. - The American missionaries have laboured with considerable suc
cess to spread the pure Gospel among NOTICES OF BOOKS.
the Armenians of this empire. The The Noviciate; or, a Year among the Turkish authorities shew them every
English Jesuits. A Personal Nar- toleration, but not so the priests of rative. With an Essay on the the Armenian rite, who, exciting the Constitution, the Confessional, Mo- population against them, have cruelly rality, and History of the Jesuits. persecuted many of the proselytes. By ANDREW STEINMITZ. London: Lately, at Nicomedia, the populace
Smith, Elder, and Co. Pp. 380. attacked their houses, and a young A VERY valuable and interesting man lost his life at the hands of these work. We hope to refer to it more fanatics. The Governor of the city,
whose protection the Protestants
claimed, at first shewed himself undeThe Jesuit in the Family ; a Tale.
cided, but at length he called together By ANDREW STEINMITZ, Author
the principal inhabitants of the city,
and declared, That the Armenian of “The Noviciate; or, Jesuit in
Protestants had the same claim on Training;” being a year's residence among the English Jesuits. Lon
the protection of the Government as don: Smith, Elder, and Co., 65,
others, so long as they obeyed the
laws of the empire; that he well Cornhill.
knew the instigators of the disorders, THE“Noviciate” was a personal narra
and that if any Protestant lost his tive: this is a work of fiction. We
life by their violence, they should andoubt not, however, but that many of
swer for it with their heads. Immeits harrowing scenes might be equalled
diately after this declaration, the if a faithful portrait were to be given
priest who managed the affairs of the of mischiefs wrought in families and
diocese in the absence of the archnations by the intrigues of the. Je
bishop, delivered a sermon, in which suits.
he exhorted the people to abstain
from all violence, and added, "You Monastic Institutions : their Origin, should neither enter their houses, nor
Progress, Nature, and Tendency. allow them to enter yours, nor transBy SAMUEL PHILLIPS DAY, for- act any business with them, nor salute merly connected with the Monas- them in the streets; and if any of tery of the Presentation Order, at your family are found infected with Youghall, Ireland. With an In- this poison, you must cast them out.” troduction, by the Rev. C. H. Notwithstanding these obstacles, a MINCHIN, A. M. Second Edition, little Church of fourteen persons has pp. 232. London: Nisbet and Co. been constituted at Nicomedia, and
according to all appearance it will priests, where the reign of Jesuitism soon be increased. There are three is so absolute, there exists a Proothers of the same kind in Turkey, testant Church, which, under the at Constantinople, at Trébizonde, and present circumstances, ought to Ada-Baza; all equally opposed by excite our strongest sympathies. The the Armenian priests, but in vain. “ Feuille Protestante Genevoise" On the first Sunday of September states, that the church of Fribourg last, ten persons were admitted into was founded in 1836, and is in a the bosom of the Church at Constan- flourishing state, under the care of a tinople.-L'Esperance, Jan. 7, 1847. young and pious Bernois minister,
PROTESTANTISM IN POLAND.— Every Sunday, worship is celebrated, This country, which formerly con- in the morning in German, and in tained so many Protestants, at the the evening in the French language, present time has only 200,000 in a both of which are well attended. population of 4,800,000, of which - Ibid., Jan. 21. about 600,000 are Jews, and 100,000 CANTON DE VAUD.— The (Infidel) members of the Greek Church. Of Government of this country conthese Protestants, about a-third are tinues, whether directly or by its Polish, and speak that language; the agents, to be animated by the most rest are composed of foreigners, who hostile spirit towards those who have have settled in the country at various acted according to their religious periods. There are fifty-two minis- convictions. Mr. Cook, an English ters, whose congregations are widely Wesleyan pastor, well known and dispersed. In this number of minis- respected in France and Switzerland, ters are included nine or ten mis- on the 22d of December last, received sionaries who labour for the evan- an order to quit the canton, although gelization of the Jews. The city of there was nothing in his conduct to Warsaw has two churches, the one justify such treatment. M. Bonnard, Reformed, the other Lutheran. All one of the dismissed ministers, has the other (Protestant) churches be- been deprived of the office of Prolong to the Church called Evan- fessor, which he held in the College gelical, and are under the direction of Nyon. Two others of the disof a General Consistory, the members missed pastors, because they refused of which are resident at Warsaw, to bear arms and take part in military and have much influence with the exercises, have been condemned, the Government, but are, for the most one to two, the other to eight days' part, Neologian, and not very favour- imprisonment.-Ibid. able to the progress of the Gospel. CALCUTTA.—The Jesuits estabThe Protestants of Poland are sub- lished at Calcutta have been recalled jected to the hostility of the Romish by order of their Superior, and have population, continually excited against disinterred and taken with them the them by their priests, who say, that body of one of their Order. It is if the last revolution had succeeded, not known what will be done with all the Protestants would have been the college they founded, and which exterminated.-Ibid.
remains closed. We know not what PROTESTANT CHURCH AT FRI- may be the motive of this measure, BOURG.–At the present moment, but one of the journals says, that when the political movements which they hope to acquire in this country are rending Switzerland have drawn (France) the absolute power which particular attention to Fribourg, our they are seeking to obtain elsewhere. readers will learn with much interest -Ibid. that in that city of convents and
Macintosh, Printer, Great New Street, London.
In the ted our for alten of rear a
ROMISH PROCESSIONS.—MORTMAIN LAWS.--BILLS OF LORD
JOHN MANNERS AND MR. WATSON IN FAVOUR OF POPÉRY. In the April number of our Magazine for last year, we congratulated our readers on the defeat of a Bill brought in by Lord John Manners, for altering the mortmain laws, or the laws which regulate the disposition of real property for pious and charitable purposes. We assured them at the same time of the Noble Lord's intention to bring forward the matter again. He has done so; and we hope that the present Bill of the Noble Lord will meet with a fate similar to the last.
As regards Mr. Watson's Bill, that also was before the House last session, much in the same way as now it is.
Each of these Bills is in favour of Popery; each, though brought in by Protestants, tending partly to pull down and demolish Protestant securities, to build up the strongholds of Popery, and prepare the way for once again subjecting the wealth, the feelings, the minds of Englishmen, to the inquisitorial sway and the galling dominion of Italian intrigue and Papal usurpation. Mr. Watson's Bill, if it pass at all into a law, will pass only in a very modified way. A change has taken place for the better in the popular tone of feeling as concerns Popery. Protestants begin to see that the cry of Roman Catholics that they are persecuted, is a false one; that it has been raised for the worst of purposes; and under its friendly shelter, Rome has been gradually making advances, by which she is now seeking to overawe the British Cabinet, to intimidate Protestants, and secure a controlling power in the State. We have often set forth the grounds on which we oppose Popery, and the feelings and spirit in which such opposition should be carried on. We oppose it,
1. Because it is opposed to the revealed will of God, as contained in his written Word.
2. Because it is opposed to those civil privileges, and that national independence and prosperity, which have so long and so signally blessed our country.
If we betray our cause by surrendering the first of these principles, we may look in vain for good to result to us from the second. Those who honour God, he will honour, individually nationally. Those who would derogate from his power and attributes, or place human policy and worldly interests before his glory, will find -oh! may it not be seen too late,—that they have alienated from them the blessing of Him, without whom all human efforts are comparatively worthless. Vol. IX.-April, 1847.
New Series, No. 15.