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beg leave to offer my humble senti- tion was confirmed by the metropolitan ments and opinion on the serious conse- and suffragans of the province, in which quences resulting from any innovation such election took place. Any other or lay interference in the election of mode of election, except by dean and Roman catholic prelates to the vacant chapter, was considered to be attended sees—the transactions in Rome I sub- with unpleasant consequences. If it mit to a more competent tribunal for | should happen by lay interference, that investigation.
the names of most respectable clergy" I should have probably remained men, proposed as candidates to the silent on this awful subject, had not Il vacant sees, should be liable to be exconsidered that my silence may be con- punged and blotted out, and such canstrned into a tacit consent to the mea-didates suspected of disloyalty and dissure. My sentiments and humble opi- | affection, what painful sensations nion are too well known to my vene- would not this meesure produce in the rated brethren to admit of the slightest minds of honest, conscientious men! suspicion of any derėliction of my sa- It would be like a two-edged sword, cred duty on this important occasion. / which would not only deprive such can. It may be properly asked, Why all this didate of the right of election, but also alarm and anxiety on the part of the stigmatize and degenerate his characcatholic board ? Surely they are not !er, and render him disqualified for competent judges, nor authorised to any dignified situation, at the same, discuss ecclesiastical or spiritual affairs. time, make void and ineffectual any No, certainly: nor do they pretend to election of the clergymen to the vacant it, or arrogate to themselves any such sees; this would effectually (to use a power, in my humble opinion. They | French expression) put them,“ hors have humbly submitted this investiga- | de combat," tion to their prelates and clergy (for “To prevent the unpleasant consewhom they express the most profound quences that may arise from innova. veneration and respect,) without any tion, to remove any stigma or foulsus. dictation whatever, requesting them to picion that may be entertained of the consult, as soon as possibly convenient, Roman catholic clergy, and at the same the eternal interests of the flocks in- time to give most ample security to the trusted to their care, and leaving the legislature, I am humbly of opinion result to their paternal advice and de- | that domestic nomination by dean and cision. I must say, that I am not in- chapter, would answer all the purposes fluenced or actuated, in the smallest required. Let such dean and chapter degree, by any advice, counsel, or sup- he called on, to declare solemnly, ihat posed dictation, emanating from the they will not elect any clergyman to catholic board, or by any expression tho vacant see, but a person of tried which may be supposed to cause intimi- and unshaken loyalty and properly qua. dation or compulsion, and flatter my-lified to fill so important a situation, and self these are the sentiments of the I have still some hope that a concordat venerated Roman catholic prelates of Ire- could be obtained from his holiness, land; at the same time, I am of opinion, confirming such election; besides this that they have justly merited the grate. | manner of election seems most congeful thanks of the catholics of Ireland, nial to the constitution and laws of the for their unwearied vigilance and unre- British empire, Certainly the most mitting attention.
important cases of life, property, honour, .“I beg leave with all humility, and as character, and whatever is most dear to briefly as possible, to make some pass. ! man, are left to the breast of twelve ing remarks on the danger of innova. honest men, conscientiously and sotion or lay interference in the election lemnly declaring their opinion, This of Roman catholic prelates. It has mode of procedure would be a convinc. been the practice from time immemo ing proof of the confidence of governrial, on the respective sees becoming ment in the Roman catholic clergy and vacant, for the Roman Catholic clergy laity; a confidence, I may easily assert, of such see to propose three of their own they never would betray. As the body, one of whoin was generally elect- humble administrator of ihe spiritual ed by a majority of voices, which elec- concerns of the respectable clergy and
Jáity of the ancient and loyal city of ship gave ordination to a candidate for Limerick and its diocese, I cannot pass holy orders from St. Edmund's college. by in silence the noble, heroic, and Although the event was not previously generous conduct of our ancestors, at
announced to the public, yet the news soon
found its way into several quarters of the the memorable siege of that city; after
town, and several protestants were distiga long and arduous struggle, which cost
guished among the spectators of this solemn many valuable lives, after privations
scene, and all were struck with admiraand sufferings perhaps unparalleled in
tion and respect at the truly edifying dethe page of history, they never consent. portment of the newly-ordained, in his ed to a capitulation, until by the well awful situation. known articles of Limerick, they secur LITERARY Notice. We are ed to themselves and their posterity the happy to hear that the work lately anfull and free exercise of their national nounced from the pen of the reverend Mr. religion in its full extent, without con MARTYN is likely to be soon forthcoming. trol or interference. Since that period The principle design of this work (HOMI: the mode of appointing to the Roman
LIES ON THE BOOK OF TOBIAS) is to catholic sees has been conducted peace.
animate and encourage christians to the ably and canoirically, and never attend
practice of virtue, by unfolding to them the
bright and amiable pattero of perfection, ed with disagreeable consequences. If
which the sacred historian sets before us in any expression may have fallen from
the life and character of that eminent sera me, supposed to cause any irritation, I vant of God, Tobias. To all christians, disclaim any such intention, as my fee. but especially to such as are engaged, or ble efforts shall be always directed and intend to engage, in the married state, this employed for conciliation, peace, and portion of holy scripture presents a noble harmony. As an humble prelate of the
example of fidelity in the discharge of Roman catholic church of Ireland, it is
those duties and obligations, on which my imperative duty to endeavour to pre
their salvation principally depends. To
make christians acquainted with those obsérve, hy 'every legal, canonical, and
ligations, and encourage them to the fulfilpeaceable means, the unity, sanctity,
ment of them, is the design of the “ Homis catholicity, and apostolical doctrine lies, or Familiar Instructions,” which were and discipline of the Roman catholic at first delivered by the reverend author for church; as a member of society, I hope the spiritual improvement of his owo flock, I shall always live in the true spirit of and which, in compliance with the wishes christian charity with all mankind, 1 of some of his most respeeted friends, he is (without any religious distinction) and,
now preparing to present to the public, as a snbject of the British empire, i
in the hope that the perasal of them wilt ardently wish and fervently pray for its
tend to their advancement in the path of
virtue and salvation. permanent happiness, prosperity, and tranquillity.
DEATH OF THE Rev. DANIEL I am, with esteem and
JENNINGS. With feelings of the most regard, your faithful humble servant,
poignant nature, we copy from the Newry Cas, Tuony,R. C. B. Limerick."
Commercial Telegraph,thefollowing account
of the premature demise of one of the most On Tuesday, the 5th instant, the rising ornaments of the catholic church: right rev. doctor Poynter, accompanied by
« We have to record another victim to a respectable body of his clergy, and sup
the prevalent distemper with which Previa ported by lords Fingal and Clifford, laid
dence has been pleased to visit us. The the foundation of the new catholic chapel
views of man are short and imperfect; he HOW erecting in Moorhekls. The window's
sees but à part of the systein in which he is of the houses which overlooked the era of
doomed to act and to suffer; and it is his the iaclosure were crowded with spectators.
duty to acquiesce and to adore. In the On the western site a marquee was pitched,
mid career of an active and most useful in which the committee of management
exercise of the highest duties, the Rev. provided'a collation for a select number of
Daniel Jennings, Roman catholic pastor ef their friends.' "! ons
Moira, has paid the great debt of mortali. On the 17th instant, the venerable
ty. He died in the course of Wednesday vicar apostolic of London celebrated high
night, at the house of his father, Mr. Anmass at the chapel of Saint George's fields, We lament over his early grave, and de
drew Jennings, of this town, merchant. assisted by the reverend Mr. Brainston, the reverend Messrs. M'Donnell, and the reve
plore the loss of his virtues, his talents, rend Mr. Kimbeli; after which his lord.
and his useful energies." Mr. Jennings was I an honour to his sacred profession, the
duties of which he discharged with a real | catholic one, but from which they expressit tempered by the mild spirit of its jostitu- | excluded all catholic instruction, Mr: tions. He was conversant in ancient and Jennings soon felt the necessity of a demodern polemics, and took a distinguislied termined opposition to this hypocritical part in some recent discussions. He sought plan, and proffered his services to assist in also to assuage the angry feelings of party; warning his poor countrymen agaiost the but in all he wrote or spoke, the gentle I disgraceful delusion attempted to be prac. spirit of christianity was the leading cha- tised on them, and the dangers to which racteristic : there was no bitterness in his their children were thereby exposed. On heart, and there flowed none from his pen. this occasion he delivered a very excellent Appointed to the care of a poor coogrega- discourse from the pulpit in St. Patrick's tion, which he found, to the disgrace of the chapel, at the couclusion of which he adcountry, without an edifice for the protec- adressed his fellow-countrymen in their tion of public worship, bis iodefatigable native language, and the impression which exertions procured the means of erecting a he made upon them in this appeal was chapel for his people, which remains at easily perceived even by those who did not once a monument of his taste and piety.. understand the language, in the counteThe Roman Catholic clergy have lost innances of those who did, many of whose Mr. Jennings one of the most distinguished eyes were moistened with tears. Following of their order in this province. Religion | up his laudable views and endeavours, and virtue have lost an able and efficacious | he undertook a personal canvass of the sopporter, bis dock a father, and a friend. purlieus of St. Giles's, in which he was acIn the remembrance of his worth, his sor. | companied by a young and zealous lay rowing family and friends will find an ac-friend, and with persevering industry visit ceptable and soothing consulation."
ed every house, and every room, from the To the truth of this eulogy, and more damp and smoky cellar to the more iniserthan this, a personal acquaintance with able attic, cautioving the wretched ioha. this amiable young man, during his tempo-bitants, in language the most engaging and rary residence in London, enables the edi: soothing, against the dangers of suffering tor to hear testimony, in which he is con- their forlorn little ones to be brought up fident of being supported by all who eo- | without the knowledge of the religion of joyed the same pleasure in this country. their forefathers, which would be the igThe ways of Mr. Jepoings were not those evitable case, if they permitted them to go of idleness, his active mind was ever on the to seminaries only pretending to be cathos, alert, and the time not required to promote lic, and earnestly urged them to send their, the interests of his chapel, in which he children to saint Patrick's, or other was very successful, and which was the schools, which were under the inspection cause of his visit to the metropolis of Eng- of the pastors of their faith. In this arduland, was devoted to the advancement of ous task Mr. J. had the pleasing satisfacreligion, and the welfare of his country tion of witnessing the ardent attachment and countrymeo.With this view he ex- of his countrymen to the religion of their erted his able pen in defence of the doc- native suil, and in a short time nearly the trines of his church, under the signature whole of the catholic children inveigled of “A Parish Priest," in the Orthodox into the delusive establishments were with. Journal for March and August, 1816, and drawn, and admitted into St. Patrick's exposed the evils which the Orange so- and other authentic institutions for cathocieties inflict on his ill-governed country, Jic education. Such were, a part of the in the same work for April and Juoe in meritorious labours of Mr. J. in this counthat year, under the name of “Hiberous.” try, entered into from the best of motives,
Nor were his exertions confined solely to and executed with singular delicacy. Giftthe exercise of his pen; he sougbt and ob ed with a sweet simplicity of manners, a tained interviews with some of the most mild and beneficent heart, a thirst after eminent members of the senate, but in useful koowledge, and, above all, an unparticular with the late earl Stanhope, bounded zeal in performing the duties of who honoured him with his confidence, to
his sacred profession, his country has susall of whom he explained the grievances tajned a loss which she is not able to appreunder which Ireland laboured, especially ciate, and his friends would be inconsolafrom the system of Orangeism, and solicited
1 ble, were they not cheered with the their interest in her behalf.-The Blooms. pleasing hope of the welcome he has re. bury committee being busily employed at ceived from his Divine Master, on giving in this time in de-catholicizing the offspring of his reckoning,~" Well done, thou good those unfortunate and impoverished Irish and faithful servint ; because thou hast been parents who reside in the neighbourhood of faithful over a few things, I will set thee St. Giles's, by enticing them to a methodist over many; enter thou into the joy of the school, which they had denominated a
W, E. Andrews, Printer, Garlick Hill, Bow Lane, London,
For SEPTEMBER, 1817.
· NEGLECTED STATE OF THE CA- J efforts have they used to check the THOLIC PRESS.
misrepresentations and falsehoods TT is now more than three months daily issued against us. from the I since the self-vamed board called press? What activity have they upon us catholics to advance a evinced to oppose the zeal of their third subscription to enable them to bigotted and malignant opponents ? pay their debts, and carry on their On the contrary, have they not ena system of duplicity and intrigue, at deavoured to silence, by unjust the same time requesting their secre means, those who have dared to ad. tary to inform us, 6e that at no pe vocate our cause with the plain and riod, within their recollection, was ungarnished words of truth, and inthe press more actively employed instead of promoting the circulation difusing libels, and propagating of works calculated to undeceive the misstatements on the character and ignorant, and shame the deluded, principles of catholics ;, and that exerted themselves to prevent their there never was a time which called sale,underthe more than foolish idea. for the exertions of all catholics, that by hurting the feelings of those from the highest to the lowest, more | who are interested in opposing our than the present.” Whether the claims, we retard the final accom. call for money has been answered to plishment of our wishes. What their satisfaction, I cannot say ; but client, let me ask, ever requested the from the knowledge I have of the advocate who had undertaken to sentiments of the public towards | vindicate his cause, to be careful not them, I should imagine that it has to use language that would expose not ; aud that the body at large are the infamy of his persecutors, lest determined to difer any aid in fur. it should hurt their feelings; or therance of their measures, until they blamed him for successfully defend. have had some clear and demonstra-ing' his interests, although the tenor tive proof that a change has taken of his discourse may have stung his place in their line of conduct, and opponents to the quick, by the that instead of pursuing an isolated strong and indignant remarks of plan of operations, they, in future, which it was composed? Lord Do. mean to unite their efforts with the noughmore, that inflexible and ungeneral body, and combine in one compromising advocate of our claims, solid phalanx to obtain their consti- in a letter to the chairman of the late tuciona privileges, without a sacri- Cork aggregate meeting, says, " It sce of their religious principles.- was the fate of the Roman catholic But, what advances have they made petitioners, during the last session, towards this desirable end? What to be assailed with greater violenca
ORTHOD, JOUR. VOL. V.
and acrimony in one of the houses of traction, of the wost invidious naparliament, and, defended, perhaps, ture, have been circulated as panwith less vigour and effect than on any phlets with zealous avidity, and that former occasion. Under such cir-containing the Irish secretary's haeumstances, (continues his lordship) rangue is said to have gone through I thought it was no time for unim- | three editions. Yet, with all this pressive general statements, but that activity on the part of bigotry, to perit was necessary that misrepresenta. petuate the system of religious into. tiou should be grappled with, and lerance and mancipation, not a single that their religion and the character endeavour has been made on the of its ministers should stand erect in side of the board to counteract the that house, at least, of which I am al venom which has been spread among member.” In fulfilling his inten- | the credulous and deluded people of tions, the noble earl expressed in this country; but, contrariwise, I strong and becoming language, his have been credibly informed, that indignation at the calumniating and some of the leading members have inflammatory measures adopted by been using their private influence to our enemies to prejudice the public injure the sale of my work, which mind against the justice of our claims, has been devoted to the vindication and with glowing eloquence shield of the cause of religious truth and ed our principles and the character constitutional freedom. If the manof our clergy, from the libellous as | ner in which I have performed my persions which a bigotted and lying labours be displeasing to them, I press had sent forth against them. - cannot help it; I seek not their pa. To this he was most powerfully sup-tronage, por covet their support; ported by the amiable and truly. to the public my monthly toils are venerable bishop of Norwich, who submitted, and on their approval bore testimony to the self-devoted must they stand or fall. That the zeal and labours of the Irish catho. general feeling of our body is on my lic priesthood. in administering spi side, the fact of my having maintainritual consolation and advice to their ed the cause for more than four respective flocks; and the loyalty years, in spite of the secret attempts of the whole body was unanswera- | (so unworthy the catholic chably vindicated by the forcible rea-racter) which have been used to soning of the earl of Harrowby. - crush my efforts, by injuring the sale And why were not the efforts of not only of this work, but of all these valuable and patriotic advo- | others which are issued from my cates of our rights rendered more press, though of a purely religious efficacious, by putting them in the and approved kind, is a sufficient form of a pamphlet, and giving them testimony; and I only lament that a general circulation throughout individuals are to be found who dethe kingdom? Would not a few grade themselves by stooping to such pounds expended in this way have uncharitable and illiberal practices, caused more benefit to us, in the instead of manfully and openly excontest we are engaged in, than em- | posing my offences, and holding me ploying them in bribing corrupt up to the bar of public opinion. courtiers, whether in London or at But, if the effusions of my pen are of Rome? -Our opponents have not so mischievous and dangerous a naacted thus. The speeches of Foster, ture, why do not they employ others Peel, Webber, and the bishop of to hinder the evil effects, and comOssory, all of them teeming with bat our enemies with greater skill misrepresentation, slander, and de. I and more lady-like language than 1