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that it would at one and the same time quiet, hasten to express my hearty concurrence the alarms of the sincere and catholic peo- with the catholic board, as to the mea
ple, and remove from our enemies the means snres they propose and recommend, at this 1. of intrigue and management of our spiri..] truly alarming crisis.
tual concerns, if the measure of domestic “ The vigilance and anxiety of the cadomination should meet the active appro- tholic board entitle them to the heartfelt bation of our prelates, as it would be re- | gratitude and thaoks of the catholic pre- ceived by the catholics of Ireland with lates, and of all the catholic clergy and the most cordial assent and gratitude. The laity of Ireland. If it be true that the present period appears to this board that management of Irish ecclesiastical affairs io wbich events create a peculiar claim on is taken out of the hands of the propaganyour Jordship's attention to that measure, I da, and cominitted to a certain tribunal, not merely as acquiescent in it, should it! contrary to the usage of time immemorial; be proposed by otbers, but as urging your together with the expulsion of the Rev.
lordship to take such proceedings as may Mr. Hayes, the avowed delegate of Irish · seem to your wisdom and piety most suit catholics, no doubt but that our situation able to obtain the concurrepce of his bo: at the present moment is extremely alarmliness the pope in such a concordat as
ing. shall establish fully and for ever, that do.. “ It required but little penetration to mestic bomination, wbich shall secure,in- see, that the British government, jo seekstitution after each election, and confirm | ing that abominable measure of the véto, the Irish church in her national indepeo with such unremitted perseverance, had dence. ,
something deeper in view than to guard This board would not lightly obtrude against the disloyalty of the Irish prelates. · upon your lordship, but we cannot con Little, very little apprehension was enter
clude this letter without expressing our tained on that subject, no such thing :most earnest, as well as most respectful but by obtaining a control oo the appointsolicitation, that some immediate steps ment of our bishops, the gradual annihishould be taken to carry into effect so de | lation of the catholic religion jo Irelaod sirable a measure as doinestic nomination, is most certainly calculated on. and we are justified in this our most re “For my own part, I am decidedly of spectful request by the sanction which opinion, that a general meeting of the bithat measure has obtained in the resolu shops should be immediately called, to tions of the late synod of Kilkenny.ro wake the last and best stand we could
" Fortified by that venerated sanction, / against this detestaole measure ; & ineasure the catholic people of Ireland will again that we should not only deprecate in the press the principle of this measure on the strongest and most positive terms, but that, sce of Roine, but they are sensible it be IF ALL FAILEI), we should protest against · longs to their prelates alone to mature and any power the holy see may have to conaccomplish its arrangements.
- cede such A POINT, to a government " This letter the catholic board respect. | known to be proverbially hostile. to the · fully submit to the consideration as well of faith of our forefathers, and a point, if · your lordship as of your venerated bre carried into effect, that will most probably
thren; and so far from entertaining any terminate in, abolishing the catholic reli· the inost reinote idea of undue interference, I gion in Ireland.
they will receive with unfeigned aod sub " Quere. -Has the see of Romea power missive gratitude the communications of to alter the general discipline of a national your lordship's sentiments on tbis most iu- | church, in an essential point, not only with. teresting subject, which I am directed inost out the consent, but in direct opposition to respectfully and earnestly to solicit. the whole hierarchy of the same; and io " Signed by order,
circumstances inust likely to prove fatal ; “EDOARD HAY, Secretary.” and all this with an eye to political ag56 Dublin, 17, Fowkes's Street,
grandizement; and brought about by the July 15, 1817.”
scbemes and intrigues of a corrupt and un
principled political secretary To this letter the following an
“ As to ibe time and place of meeting,
that rests with the metropolitans, and in swers have been received by Mr.
this a suffragan can take no share. I ain, Hay, the secretary, from the under- my dear Mr. Hay, with high esteem, and mentioned prelates :
siocere friendship, your faithful, obedient sesvant,
J. O'SHAUGHN ESSY. FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOP OF
“ P.S.-Should it be iinproper in me to KILLALOE.
question the authority with which his holi“ Newmarket on Fergus, July 17,1817.
ness is vested in the present instance, with "DEAR SIR,--Your circular of the 16th
profound submission and obedience I bow stavi, have just now received, and do Lio St. Peter's spccessor.",
FROM THE CATHOLIC ARCH. , cial favour of God, our predecessors, un-' BISHOP OF DUBLIN, AND HIS der every reverse, from the first establishCOADJUTOR.
ment of christianity in Ireland to the pre“ Cavendish Roro, 18th July, 1817. | sent hour, have never vacated their sees, “ Sir,- We have this day the honour of nor has their succession been interrupted receiving copies of your circular letter of | a glorimus fact for this island, unparalleled the 15th instant, wherein you inform us, in the annals of persecution. that you are directed by the catholic board " The catholic board must as naturally to address is on the present posture of ca be astonished, that when the angry legistholic affairs in this country; suggesting latures of former angry times acknowMoreover the various topics, as well for ledged our titles in their severest enactour consideration, as that of our venerated ments, for it was expressly as archbishops, hrethren; and requesting the communica bishops, deans, and vicars-general, the tion of our sentiments thereon.
Irish catholic clergy were then denounced “We beg leave to say in reply, that the Rome, which in those times was edified matters you have thought it right to urge at the unbending firmness of those victims.' upon our attention, being submitted to us, should now seein to disregard their succesin common with other catholic prelates of | sors as a national hierarchy ; and, after this kingdom, we deem it proper to decline ! regulating our spiritual concerns for a giviag from ourselves a separate answer, series of years in the congregation of profurther than to express our conviction, that paganda, should further seem to hand us these prelates need not the admonition of over to a secretary of temporal affairs. the catholic board, to be deeply impressed influenced, it is feared, by his anti-catholic with a sense of the awful trust which, in advisers. This, indeed, is a just subject virtue of their sacred office, has been com: for astonishment and regret. That the niitted tothem; (Acts 20th c. 28th v.) and | evil may be either remedied or obviated by that they will be ever ready to pursue with domestic bomination, I am inclined more a firm and steady step, the path of duty, | to wish than to hope ; though anxious for which their conscience shall point out. the measure, as every Irish catholic preWe have the honour to remain, sir, your late is, and though I shall most zealously obedieat servants in Christ,
co-operate in the attaining of it. J. D. TRÓY. D. D. &c. “ In every event I promise myself that D. MURRAY, D. D. &c." my conferes will do their duty, and that,
as was heretofore on a different occasion FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOP OF | said, if we cannot command success, we CLOYNE AND ROSS.
shall always endeavour to deserve it. I “ Cove, 19th July, 1817. | am, very respectfully, dear sir, yoor faith«MY DEAR SON -I readily persuade ful humble servant, WM. COPPINGER." myself that the catholic board, while they deem it necessary to remind the prelates of FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOP the Irisb catholic church, of attending to
OF RAPHOE. the dangers which now menace its purity
“ Ballyshannon, July 20, 1817. and independence, are not really actuated 16 MY DEAR SIR,-On my return home by distrust or disrespect, however such yesterday evening from the lower district notice may indicate that disposition. I of this diocese, your kind commuoication am rather inclined to suppose, that their of the 15th instant was handed to me. I address proceeds froin a fervid attachment have carefully noticed its contents, and am to their religion, and from an anxious clearly of opinion that there never was a fellow-feeling for its dearest interests. period, since the first agitation of that They know that we have repeatedly ad baleful and accursed measure of the veto, dressed his holiness upon this momentous in which a meeting of the prelates was subject, and I will’tell them, in language more necessary, and that some prompt and unusually energetic, that they know that decisive step should be taken to secure, if two successive delegations from the catho possible, some mode of domestic uominalic bishops of Irelaod, have conveyed our tion for the Irish catholie church. apprehcosions to the pontiff in person, and "I write by this night's post to his grace most earnestly deprecated, in reiterated of Drogheda, stating to him my sentiinterviews, the object of our unanimous re ments on this important subject, and reprobation, and that our delegates are nei questing that he, as head of the catholic ther unsupported by us nor disowned. ehurch in Ireland, will lose do time in con
:The anomalous state of the Irish ca- | vening a meeting of the bishops for the said tholic church and its hierarchy, as it' ap- purpose. If my letter to the primate pears to be contemplated at Rome, is na. should not have ihe desired effect, I shall turally a subject of astonishment to the ingenuously, and without reserve, impart catholic body, and to others, less guarded, to you my sentiments on the subject matter a subject of indignation ; fup, by the speel of your letter to me. Highly approving
of the zeal and vigilance of the catholic, which, though deeply interesting, the case board, I have the honour to be, with on- tholic board will easily perceive, I ought feigaed respect and esteem, my dear sir, not to discuss in this letter. your most obedient servant,
"On the subject of domestic nomination, “P.M.LOUGHLIN." | my sentiments remain unchanged. I hold
it to be a good and desirable measure, and FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOP OF am prepared to concurin those steps, which, OSSORY.
after due consultation with the other “Kilkenny, July, 21, 1817. | bishops, my venerated brethren, and with “SIR, I have been honoured with your the clergy of this diocese, iny natural letter of the 15th, expressing the septi. advisers, shall appearlproper to be adapted, ments of the catholic board, and requiring with a view of being carried into effect. the communication of my sentiments, on | “I beg to express my sincere acknowthe present posture of catholic ecclesiasti. ledgments, for the very flattering manner cal affairs in the country. For the gen. in which the catholic board are pleased 10 tlemen composing that hoard I feel as I testify their confidence and respect for the ovght, very great respect. I cannot ) illustrious prelacy, amongst whoin 1 hoid a therefore think lightly of the opinion which place; and have the honour to be, with they form, or the fears they entertain. I n.uch esteem, sir, your whedient servant, should nevertheless be wanting in candoar,
K. MARUM.” if I did not avow, that after the best consideration in my power, I am, as yet, una. On the 10th instant, the friends ble to discover, in the events which have
| and subscribers to recently occurred here or elsewhere, any.
the catholic new grounds of serious alarm, or any pew
charity schools in
Simers'-town, formidable danger threatening the inde dined together at the Freemasan's pendence of our national church, or the Tavern, Great Queen-street. The purity of the ancient religion of Ireland.
duke of Sussex, ever foremost in the
dubené Gecey ever foremost in the • The cause of catholic Ireland has, I doubt not, many enemies, powerful, ac-work of public charity, presided on tive, persevering. In ibis however there the occasion, and was supported on is nothing novel; and the day I apprehend, the right by the earl of Shrewsbury, is as yet distant, when we shall be allowed
and on the left by lord Killeen. After the to repose in perfect security. It is there.
usual toasts were given, the royal chair. fore, at the present moment, not less, per
man addressed the meetiug in behalf of the haps, than at any former period, the ob.
| association for whose benefit they had met, vious duty of all sincere and faithful ca
| in a most impressive, manly, and energetic tbolics to watch, with zealous care, over
speech, which the press of other important the interests of their religiou: ready al. ways when circumstances may require it,
matter compels us to omit, and concluded
with proposing "The healths of the right to stand boldly forward for its protection, without, however, going out of the proper
reverend Dr. Poynter and the catholic station which Providence has assigned to
clergy, and success to the interests of these
two charities.” This toast was drauk with them respectively. And, it particularly
great applause. behoves the bishops, not to slomber at their posts, to be ever on the alert, always vi
The interesting procession of the chil
dren belonging to this establishment, origigilant, always prepared to repel, with
nally founded by the good and kind-hearted becoming fortitude and vigour, and to
Abbé Carron, for the education of youth frustrate by all the just means within their reach, every attempt (no maties from what
of both sexes, immediately followed this
toast, and presented a groupe of about 100 quarter it proceeds) which shall appear
females and 80 males. The former headed intended, or calculated, to corrupt the
| by the amiable Miss Trelawuey, whose doctrine or discipline; to infringe the
| time and attention are devoted to the inter-, rights, invade the independence, or disturb
| ests of the little innocents under her charge. the tranquillity of the chuťh committed to
| When the procession had reached the chair, their care. To the accomplishment of
Mr. Charles Butler pronounced a very pa. , these paramount duties, my feeble endea.
thetic and eloquent address, in which he vours shall, I hope in God, be zealously
placed the main points of the establishment and unremittingly directed.
in a clear and comprehensive view. A " Whether the rights of the Irish hier1
| subscription was then entered into, and, archy continue still to beun duly withheld
about 570L. were collected, no small part and whether the existing discipline, l of which was contributed by the ladies iR which submits our ecclesiastical concerns, the gallery. Anong the subscribers anin various respects, to the control of cer
nounced to the company were, the earl St. tain Romuan congregations, should be cor
Vincent ope bundred guideas, and tbe earl, rected or abrogated, these are questions, l of Shrewsbäryone huodsed pounds. roi
For AUGUST, 1817.
PROTESTANT INDULGENCES AND of these papal indulgences, I lament
PARLIAMENTARY ABSOLUTIONS. that the opportunity which was thus TROM the time of archbishop offered of silencing the denials of pa
T Tillotson's bold rough block-pists as to the existence of suchincleaver, famed MARTIN LUTHEU, struments, should not have been em. down to the present day, it bas been braced, and the protestant public a favourite theme with the bigotted favoured with an official copy, atand most violent protestant contro. tested by the signature of the capvertists to accuse the bishops oftain of the vessel, who made capture Rome, sometimes denominated by of so invaluable a prize. This would them “ The Man of Sin," at others have been a stroke, the force of 6- The Scarlet Lady," and frequent | which must have laid the adherents ty, in less polished language, * The of popery for ever prostrate; but, Whore of Babylon," with selling notwithstanding the readiness of indalgences for leave to commit sin, their antagonists to give the blow, and granting absolutions, at a certain some time is likely to elapse before the price, to white-wash those who had former will feel its stunning effects. already blackened their souls with It has ever been a maxim with the the most guilty crimes. More reams corrupt in all ages, to screen the deof paper have been wasted to esta. | formity of their actions by imputing blish this charge agaiust the catholic | greater vices to those who oppose church, without effect, thau would the evil tendency of their views, and be sufficient to set the globe on fire, thus create a mist of prejudice, which and yet the zeal of the opponents of obscuring the perceptive faculties of popery is not in the least slackened; the ignorant and deluded, renders for, on turning to the files of The them impervious to the light of truth. Times paper of last month, the ac Such was the conduct of the archcusation will not only be found reformers who undertook to purify therein renewed by some senseless | popery from the abominations which scribbler, but the editor has copied they alleged had crept into its sys. an article from a Scotch paper, as tem in the sixteenth century, and serting that a whole cargo of these such is the conduct of those who indulgences and pardons, with are terrified at the rapid strides blanks for the respective crimes and which the present age is making in prices, was lately seized on board a its return to the way of charity and vessel bound for South America, by truth. Thus old father Luther beone of our cruizers. As I have gan with dogmatizing against the never been so fortunate as to meet indulgences granted by Leo X, but, with an authenticated copy of oậe I no sooner had he succeeded in rais, DRTHOD. JOUR. Vol. V.
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ing a prejudice in the public mind, this under the mask of reformtowards the pope and the doctrines of ing religion. To enter into the the catholic church, than he actually various indulgences granted by Eliexercised the very impious powers zabeth and her parliaments to foment which he condemned in the supposed rebellion and sedition in the states of conduct of his opposers. He not her neighbours, and to invent foronly absolved himself and his dear geries and conspiracies against her spouse from the oaths they had made own peaceable subjects, for the pure to their Creator to observe a state pose of despoiling them of their of celibacy, but he granted his pa- property to enrich her vicious courtron Frederick, elector of Saxony, tiers; or to enumerate those taken an indulgence to commit adultery, by the reformers themselves, in the by authorizing him to marry a se- reign of her predecessor, to sow the cond wife whilst his first was living. / seeds of anarchy and treason, would In the same manner, our eighth | be an endless task: the history of Henry, desirous of getting quit of these reigns is filled with a long an old companion to make room for catalogue of crimes, such as cannot a young bed-fellow, made applica- be found in the annals of our countion to the see of Rome to have a try, when governed by catholic sosimilar indulgence conferred to him, vereigns and catholic parliaments. as that granted by father Martin to But I cannot help noticing one rethe elector Frederick, but, not find-markable period, which places in a ing indulgences to commit sin so conspicuous light' the shocking in. easy to be procured from the " Mandulgences which have been granted of Sin," as the elector experienced by protestant legislators to comfrom the pious doctor of Wittem- mit the most abominable crimes. berg, Harry resolved to commence The period I allude to is that of reformer himself. For this purpose The Popisu Plot, as it is commonhe patched a parliament together, ly called, but which ought rather and, perceiving a fit instrument in to be termed 6«The Triple Conspirathe first protestant primate, the cele-cy of Shaftesbury, Tonge, and Oates." brated Tom Cranmer, he ordered the lastigated by the most diabolical archbishop to absolve him from his spirit of revenge, Shaftesbury medifirst marriage, which the senate con- tated the total extirpation of the firmed and granted him an indulg-catholic religion in this kingdom, ence, as far as the temporal power and with it the ruin of the reigning could extend, to wed the beauteous family, by whom he conceived himAnne Boleyn, who had already yield self ill-treated and his abilities dised up her honour, if she possessed regarded. To effectuate his wicked any, of which there are considerable purpose, he found two ready instrů. doubts, to the king. This indulg-ments in the persons of Dr. Israel ence was soon followed by another Tonge and Titus Oates, both needy of the like nature, when Anne of ministers of the established church; Cleves, his fourth wife, was put aside the former a crafty plotting villain, to make way for the lady Catharine and the latter a perjured monster of Howard. Nor were these grants the blackest hue. Thus aided, a confined to licensing adultery only; plot was trumped up, which Shaftesother indulgences were passed by bury undertook to manage, and the servile and corrupt parliaments truly did he display the character of this king, which authorized him 1 given him by the historian Hume, that to commit the most crying acts of “well'acquainted with the blind attyranny, injustice, and iniquity, and tachment of faction, he surmounted