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these words:" Of so many thou- | To show the feelings of the work * saads seemingly eager in embrac- towards the establishment, the
ing the gospel, how few have since speech says, “ The errors of the amended their lives!" Nay, to what church of England are elsewhere re
else does the greater part pretend, presented as the severest curse with - except by shaking of the heavy which the Almighty visits the sins of
yoke of superstition, to launch out the people. More mercifully does more freely into every kind of las. | be pursue them with pestilence, fire, civiousness.” Sufficient proof has and the sword; and yet on how many been advanced that the character millions of our fellow-subjects does given of the reformation by the re the divine Justice, thus secretly, reverend author is consistent with venge itself.':-Vol. i. p. 221. la - truth, even in its infancy; por has the same place the protestant bishop
it improved in this land of bibles.in of London is not very indirectly reits more maturer age. Let Mr. Foso presented as 'an emissary of the ter and his biblical compeers read spirit of darknessa disciple of the · the reports of the committee ap- father of lies.'"-Ibid. p. 222. Of
pointed by the commons to examine | Dothing bave the catbolics more to into the state of the metropolis, and complain than of the misrepresentaif they peruse them with more can- | tion and false inferences wbich their dour than he appears to have done adversaries put upon their words,when Mr. Gandolphy's sermons, they they find themselves unable to come must blush for the depraved state of trovert or in validate them.,, A grostheir country; for, surely such ser instance of this unworthy ma. scenes of early vice and impiety, neuvre I have not met with in my of hardened 'villainy and infamy, controversial readings than the above were never before disclosed in any exhibits,. On referring to the paschristian state. « Previous to the sage quoted. I find it is taken from reformation," says Mr. G, in this a discourse on the word of God, and "discourse,' p. 169,"" men were ale throughout the whole dissertation the most wholly governed by the mild observations of the preacher are deadmonitions of religion ; they have livered in a general sense, and not been since only controlled by the coufiped to one particular sect. Let power of the bayonet." And does us take the
does us take the whole of the passage, and * not the present situation of our then
of our then the reader will be able to judge country' testify the veracity of the of Mr Foster
the of Mr. Foster's veracity.-" How observation? Let Mr. Foster look important, however, does this subinto the statute book, and he will!
"ject become," namely,' a right comthere see, that as soon as Harry cor.
coro i prehension of what the WORD OF rupted and degraded the clergy, God really implies. " when we re. the penal laws began to accumulate, Aect that the greatest curse which the and have continued to multiply in a la
i | Almighty can inflict on any people tenfold degree, yet are still found
is to withdraw the lights of instrucinadequate to their purpose, More laws of restraint have been imposed
tion, to abandon them to the desires
of their own hearts, and leave them By the present parliament, I verily believe, than by all the parliaments
a prey 10 falsehood and deception.
With this species of vengeance God which 'sa't from their origin' to the time of Harry Vill, Can a stronger
often chastised the unfaithful Jews. 'case be adduced in favour of the
In punishment of their impieties, he moral principles of the catholic re.
imposed silence on bis prophets, and ligion?
in their place permitted innumerable
seducers to rise up fo delude and 4 mends' them to examine well, and mislead the multitude; so that, as find out the 'REAL' word of God, at we learn from the 3d book of Kings, the same time coinciding with them no less than four hundred false pro- in opinion, that to be in ignorance of phets were assembled, at one time, the true light is the severesti curse ai in the single kingdom of Israel. christian dari be visited with: True;: Yes, I repeat, this is the severest | but he had the daring'effronterys to curse with which the Almighty visits hint that the bishop of London was a the crimes of any people ; more mere disciple of the father of lies.“ Wbati cifully does' he pursue thein witb a presumptuous man !. Following pestilence, fire and sword and up the comparison above quoted, the yet on how many millions of our fel- reverend author says, “Ir fact, 1 low-subjects does the divine justice think it impossible to condemn too thus secretly revenge itself ? They strongly the l'inconsiderate folly of think that they have the light of the our countrymen, who are in the bau gespel within them, but, 'as'our 8a bit of attending different descriptions viour expresses it, the light within of preachers, believing that all ans them is darkness, (Luke xi: 35); and nounce the word of Godis How for an eternity will they be the will many christians, for instance, after ipg but únhappy victims of their des expressing themselves pleased and lysion i according to their own des édified with what they have one Sun sires, writes the apostle, they heap day beard from the protestant ibiu to themselves teachers. ' (2 Tim. iv. shop of London, wit listen, with 3.)” This comparison of the situda equal satisfaction the following week, tion of the unfaithful Jews to the to catholic preacher. But does present state of our unhappy land, cow not common sense - suggest to them; Vered with a multifarious swarm of that one of the two' must necessarily sects, is certainly very strong, yet be an emissary of the spirit of darkpot the less accurate ; but how it can ness, a disciple of the father of ties, be construed as aining expressiýi at an advocatel of error ? : Have they the church of Engiard, except for the forgotten the ''warning of Jesus purpose of exciting groundless pret Christ, bewure of false prophets; judice, I leave the intelligent 'tea who come to you in the clothing of der to determine.' That it must be sheep, but inwardly they are rare a grievous and heavy.' curse to bré nous wolves..' (Matt. vii -15) swallowed up in the darkness of er: Frály there is soñéihing ferngerous for is' a truth which the bible-gen- something serious, 'in this pertinent tlemen will not deny, as they are in query, which ought' to make a prop the daily 'habit of calling upon sera testant, in this age of ** education and vants and children to contribute the superior reason," pause before be little money they have to spend in aid conseilt's to admit such priuciples as of a fund for the purpose of rescuing these into the'guidative of our coun the souls of the poor Irish papists cils, and the framing of our laws. from the curse of popish superstition | To be sure, in these days of seriptuand Egyptian darkness, For this pi-ral knowledge it is årrogance in the ous end they have also their Hiber extrewe in a catholie clergyman to piąo, Evangelical, and Missionary condemn the inconsiderate' fully of societies; and why should they be those who thiok black and white are angry, while they are engaged iyotlie the same, or, in other words, thia't laudable pursuit of converting the the doctrides of the church of Rome blind to the light of the gospel, vel and those of the church of England, cause a catholic clergyman recom- , though opposed to each other, are
both egnally true. But I am in- set up, which the ascendant", and clined to think Mr. Foster was not "enlightened beings endeavour to : serious when he quoted this asa spe- substantiate by forgery and falsity. cimen of the spirit of our principles, Can any stronger wark, be given because I cau see nothing therein of the badness of a calise when ita contrary to common sense or common advocates are compelled to rest its : charity. Sure. I am, that, there is defence upon sạch base means? less of illiberality or unchristianity And yet such is the conduct of those in pre-supposiug the hisbop of Lou- who oppose catholicity. Instead of don to be an advocate of error, which ineeting us fairly in the field, armed all'must do who dissent from the with the weapon of truth, they have doctrines of the established church, recourse to the “oft-refuted lie,”; Unitarians, Socinians, Anabaptists, and try to wound, us by firing raq. and a shoal of otber, sectariaus, than dom shots from the baltery of mis.; there is in swearing that the great citation. But is this liberality;?.is: est part of christendom, emperors, it honourable ? is it just ?.., s kings, princes, ministers of state, Li , I come now to the hopes and preshops, priests, and people, are DAM- dictions expressed of the downfall of NABLE IDOLATERS, which Mr. the established church, which the Foster and the bishop of London do speech has charged the author with. apuually before the legislature of this Mt. F. insinuates that the tempoeplightened nation,,. Really, our ral success of the church of Epgland
protestant-ascendency”' gentlemen is considered naturally enough as a are very superior, mortals to the rest grievous aggravation of iis spiritual of the human creation, at least they offence." Whatever may be the opi, would have us igoorant papists be nion of the speaker, I believe there lieve 80.,. To preach "up popery” is not a.catholie in the kingdom who sermous, possessing no other merit envies the present situation of ihe than the calumnies and invectives established clergy, or their emolus they contain against the principles menţs., The Irish prelates in 1810 of catholics, by accusing them of trea solemnly resolved, that they neison, murder, and rebellion ; to pub- ther seek nordesire any other earıbly
consideration for their, sptritual milviues to their inferior clergy, at, nistry to lheir respective flocks, save tempting to tix upon them the heir what they may, from a sense of duty, pous offences of idolatry and blas voluntarily afford then;" and I ain phemy; to inundate the press with sure the laity do not wish to see pouderous volumes and penny pam- thea, pensioned by the governmegt, phlets, filled with the foulest' and and receiving salaries out of the taxes most catrocious, falsehoods against of the people, which Mr. Foster prutheir civil and religious cliaracters - posed as one of the securities for the is ja, work of christian charity, and established church, in the event of reholy zeal, be it performed by a leasing us from our bondage. The churchman ora dissenter, a jew or an speaker might, therefore, have jufidel. Kui let one of the unfortu- spared his further/insinuation, that nale race thys attacked attempt to we derived sume cunsolation for this viadicate himself and fellyw-sutfer- offence in the cumtemplation of the brs from the aspersious thrown up n appraching downfall of the esta. bis brethren, with, the spirit and bisbuent. He quay be assured, that energy of a man armed with the we experience no such comfort in the Sword of truib, and iminediately, the present posture of affairs. As Gry pl intolerance and illiberal.ly is | friends to religion and social ordera
the catholics would prefer to see the / and Eutychianism ; the origin of the establishment in a more vigorous and Greek schism, and the birth of the healthy state, rather than surrounded reformed churches, and from hence bya herd of ravenous wolves, each draws the following conclusion of devouring and corrupring her their want of universality and sta. thoughtless and unrestrained chilbility :-" Here we discover no trace dren. ind much better would it of catholicity. As these societies be for her, if those who enjoy the were composed of the followers of in. benefit of her revenues were to be- diriduals, so also were they confined stir themselves a little more to re- to a narrow territory, and seldom strain the licentious spirit of infide- stretched beyond a province of a lity agit vice, which now covers the kingdom; witness the kirk of Scotland, and I breatens ber destruction, land and the church of England. -instead of contenting ihemselves with The very name of cacholic is wanting vilifying and persecuring the catho- to them. To be sure, these latter lics, whose ancestors ventured their have not yet suok into oblivion, be. lives and property in her defi·nce, to neath the weight of time, like the save her from dissolution in the 161h reforming churches of more early century. But let us examine the in-date, but if we reflect upon that gegenuousness of Mr. Fuster in suponeral cry of " the church is in danport of his deduction. I shall not ger,' which has been so often raised, give the whole of his quotations, and the alarm excited for their fate, which are unnecessary, but shall we may conclude that perpetuity is confine myself to these fillowing: not a property that belongs to them. “The church of England and the Such apprehensions at once betray kirk of Scotland have not yet sunk a weak foundation and a tendency into total oblivion beneath the weight to ruin.”—The reader has here a of time, like the reformed churches glaring example of the illiberality of of more early date ; but if we reo our adversaries, and the disgraceful Hect upon that general cry, that the arts they resort to, in order to mis church is in davger, which has so of. represent our principles. Let him ten been raised, and the alarm.ex- | compare the genuine passage as I fited for their fate, we may conclude have quoted it, with the garbled exthat perpetuity is not a property that tract by Mr. Foster, and he will find belongs to them."-Vol. ii. p. 201. that the most essential part of the The subject of the discourse from context, namely, the words which whịch this extract is taken is, on the are printed in italics, is entirely sup.. cathelicity of the church of God, in pressed, in order to give a false cowhich the author draws a contrast louring to the author's sentiments. between the durability of the church The same shameful conduct is praca of Rome and that of the different re tised in another instance.-6. The formers who have opposed her doc. establishment,” says the speech,“ is - Erines, Having traced the existence elsewhere represented as being now of the former through all ages, Mr. l.threatened to be razed from its G. contends, that she is exclu- | foundation.'”– Vol. iv. p. 444. sively, catholic, because she only has "And we are then told,” it coutiyisibly, existed in every age, since pues," that 'the principles of proher establishment by St. Peter, and testantism render her unequal to the has never ceased to be diffused over contest, and she must either yield to all nations, by her communion with the violence of these attacks, or again them.” He then notices the rise shelter herself under the immovable and fall of Arianism, Nestorianism, rock of catholicity, She must either
resigv her hinarchy, or see it again | carth, (Luke xviii. 5.); and, under noited in communion with the catho- the disguised titles of LIBERALS, Kc church.'"-One would naturally PHILANTHROPISTS, Philoso: suppose, as Mr. Foster contended | PHERS, and BIBLE SOCIETIES, that the sentiments exhibited by the carry on a regular assault against the reverend author, and sanctioned by revealed religion of Jesus Christ.am Rome,'ought to induce a protestant | They shew themselves, moreover, to pause, before he admitted those most artfully, under the mask of Bewho held them into the guidance' of Nevolent and CHARI'T Á BLE IN, the national councils, that the estaSTITUTIONS ; and by å misapplicaBlishment was threatened by an ar- tion of this text of St. James, religion my of pápists, training under ground, clean and undefiled before God and as was reported and foolishly be the Futher is this, to visit the father. kieved in the reign of Charles the less'end widoio in' their tribulation. first, to keep up the alarm of the (James i:'27.) endeavour to repre. church in danger,' at the very time sont as the essence of religion,' that the reformers were planning its de. which is only one of its attendant struction ; mut what will the reader | fruits. I know I shall be challenged think of the learned senator's can- | with illiberality in these remarks, by dour after he has perused the genuine persons of casy and superficial language of the author? It is not a faith, but when I observe a design little curious that the discourse from steadily pursued of commending one which Mr. F. has quoted is on the particular species of virtue,- when I kast subterfuge of protestants, and remark a prevailing disposition on the text of the preacher, “ Out of thy every occasion to dispense with blon mouth I judge thee." (Luke xix, the personal presence and coun: 22.) In this theological treatise, the tenance of the church hierarchy, disauthor combats the new doctrine of cernment need not be very keen to the bible societies, " that a moral life enable us to trace this conduct 'to its and alms-deeds, joined with faith in real motive and secret spring; I Christ, will prove a full satisfaction mean DEISTICAL INFIDELITY, ON for every other omission." This to that principle which reduces re. mental delusion, he contends, is op-vealed religion to a mere system of pused - to every admitted principle buman 'morals, of the protestani established religion, -"THIS priuciple is rising triumphe as well as to the judgment of the apt in this country on the ruins. catholic world,” and he shews, in a of protestantism, and even novo wery masterly and argumentative stile, threateng' to rade the established that this delusive doctrive leads to church from its foundations. It is infidelity. Lamentiog the spread of become fashionable, and nothing this national and spiritual curse, and more is wanting to render it sucpointing out the threats of the Divine cessful." Already its innumerable Fustice against those who labour un | advocates, the locusts mentioned der the evilin he says, " Such are in the Apocalypse, are haughty in the tremendous judgments awaiting the certain confidence of victory, this sect ofinfidels, whose consciences and whilst the press is incessante I am endeavouring to alaşın, but I ly engaged in undermining the fear in vain, on this occasion. They divine authority of the scriptures, are a sect whose nambers are in and daily teeming with sarcastic creasing, to verify the prediction of reflections pointed against all rja Jesus Christ, that towards the latter tual forms and ordinances, whilst elays liutle faith shall be found upon the licentious learned are contineti