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head, procure a rescript from Rome,, by a sacrifice of their own, dignity,
which has been since condemned by and the judependence of their relj.
ihe Irish prelates, by the pope him- gion. But, have we ever displayed
selt, and by the protestant bishop of in our columos a spirit so unworthy
Ossory, in bis place in parliament, the subject of a free constitution, or
We have subsequently seen them the honourable name of Britop?
employ the influence of the tempo- Have we ever shewn a propensity
ral power, and the arts of corrup- to submit to the dictates of this or
tion to procure from Rome the sanc | that party, and sometimes of botb,
tion of a measure which the bishops in the hope of obtaining any tempo-
of Ireland bave declared, in synod, ral advantage? On the contrary,
will essentially injure, and nay have we not shewn an inviolable at-
eventually subvert the catholic reli- tachment to the unbending princi-
gion in this country. We have ples of the religion we profess; an
seen these things, and many more of ardent love of the genuine maxiins
the same irreligious tendency, trans. of the Brilish constitution; and a
acted by those who raise the cry of detestation of every species of eca
“ religious insubordination” against clesiastical and political corruption,
us; but can they discover the like as injurious lo the glory of God,
wicked and corrupt disposition in and the happiness of our country?
ibe pages of our Journal? We / If this is to be an incendiary, if this
challenge them to the proof. And 1 is to render our Journal a tocsin, if
as to " party dissention," is it got this is to invite to “religious insu-
notorious, that, from the first period | bordination and party dissention,"
of oor experiencing relief from the we certainly, plead guilty ; but it is
grinding pressure of the penal laws, an offence which has obtained for
to the present moment, the public us the approbation of the wise and
conduct of those who accuse us of the virtuous, a gratification that will
fomenting factious strife, has been more than compensate, in a consci-
directed to the raising divisions in entious point of view, which should
our body, by separating the inter always supersede pecuniary motives,
ests of the aristocracy from those of for the opposition we meet with
the people, and creating disunion be- from the weak, the worthless, and
tween our ecclesiastical superiors, the corrupt of our own communion.
whose duty it is to set us an example
of concord and unity. Thus we see It is with feelings of peculiar plea-
them practising upon the weakness sure we lay before our readers the
of some, and unhappily succeed in copy of a letter from that great and
producing a groundless jealousy at distinguished ornament of the epis.
the vigorous zeal and incorruptibili copal bench, the protestant lord bi.
ty of others. Whilst thus employed shop of Norwich, to the Roman ca.
in enkindling the worst passions of tholic bishop of Cloyne and Ross.
our nature in the hearts of those who | As our readers are not probably
were appointed to caution us against aware of the circumstances under
yielding to them, they betrayed a which the letter was written, we
shameless disregard for public opi- extract the following particulars
nion, and a servile disposition to be from The Cork Mercantile Chroni-
come the slaves of the principal cle:-“Mr. Coppinger, of Lee-
members of the two factions which mount, as chairman of the late ag-
divide the nation, and had been so gregate meeting, addressed a letter
instrumental in divesting their an. to the bishop of Norwich, contain.
cestors of the privileges they now ing a copy of the vote of thanks paso
seck after, and are willing to obtained by that assembly to his lordship,

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to which he affixed his signature in , were at least 'undeserved, permit me, the usual manner. The bishop of sir, through you to discharge again and Norwich, being anacquainted with agall), that pleasing duty, which their

| affection has so often imposed upon me, the particulars of that meeting, and

of proclaiming my profound and heart. .having, of course, often heard of

felt gratitude. that respectable and deservedly re- “If my own individual credit with vered prelate, the catholic bishop of my countrymen were the object upperCloyne and Ross, imagined that Dr. most in, and dearest to my heart, I have Coppinger was the individual who 1 more than fully attained it. But the presided at the meeting, and from

disastrous state of our affairs at Rome, whom he received the communica

which becomes daily more evident, as tion to which we have above allud

it was the sting that poisoned my suf

ferings there, so it is the only thought ed, and under this impression all that now alloys the comfort of way dressed an answer to his lordship.”

country's sympathy. Nothiug shall be « Norwich, Sept. 8, 1817. I ever wanting on my part to bring back ** MY LORD,-- The approbation of the these affairs to the promising, and apwise and good is the best reward which, parently certain state of success, in on this side of the grave, an honest which they were previous to the period man can receive, for doing what he be- of my arrest. For the cause in which lieves to be his duty. I cannot, there I lost my liberty, almost my life, and fore, but be highly gratified by the fa what was infinitely more precious than vourable opinion which you are so good either, my character (as far as calumny as to entertain of my humble exertions, and despotism leagued could blacken in support of a cause, the success of their imprisoned, secluded victim, whose which I have most sincerely at heart. speaking silence was still the terror of

“May I request you to present my their conscious guilt); this cause, the grateful acknowledgments to the aggre- cause of Ireland and her religion, the gate meeting of the Roman catholics of temporal and eternal salvation of Irish the county and city of Cork, for a Re- generations yet unborn, has been only solution, which does me far more ho rendered inore dear to me by thelgalliog nour than I deserve; accepi, my lord, persecutiou I liave been found worthy at the same time, my best thanks, for io endure for its sake. the very obliging manner in which you "As the ignorance of actual danger have been so kind as 10 convey this is the forerunner of certain ruin, and as pleasing intelligence to me.' Believe a conscientious declaration of facts, me, with great truth, your affectionate which must unequivocally prove and brother,

HENRY NORWICH. forcibly impress on the most obstinate “ To the right Rev. Dr. Coppinger,

and insensible minds, the existence of catholic bishop of, &c. &c."

the danger in question, is a cluty I

own to my constituents, I take the opThe subjoined letters have been

portunity of announcing, that I am now * received by Mr. Coppinger, and are

engaged in preparing for speedy publie

cation a report of my two years mission, highly deserving the notice of the the perusal of which shall, I am concalholic body.

fident, produce the adoption of such Dublin, September, 27, 1817. measures by every class of catholics, as “Sir, I lose no time in acknowo are best calculated to counteract the inledging the receipt of your polite, and trigues of their enemies at Rome this truly kind letter of the 12th instant, in- winter, before the next session of Parclosing the resolutions of the catholics liament can bring into legal operation of the county and city of Cok, adopt- those hideous measures, (hideous as the ed in their aggregate meeting of the means employed to obtain them,) which 22d ult.

corruption, influence, terror and decep“ Highly flattered, and deeply con- tion, without fear of control, or even of soled by the cordial seutiments of ap- exposure, are now busily engaged in probation and sysmpathy which they, arraying before-hand for execution, in ju- common with the rest of catholic the auxiliary trappings of forced, forged, Ireland express for my exertions, which | or deluded papal authority.


“Renewing to the catholics of Cork | DECLARATION. collectively, those thanks, which, were “Having seen a new edition of the - it possible, I would express to each in: | Rheimish testament, with annotations,

dividually, but to no one more sincere- | published by Coyne, Dublin, and KeatJy than to yourself, I remain, sir, your ing, &c. London, 1816, said to be revis. most obliged, and most. humble ser- ed, corrected, and approved by me, ? ..RICHARD HAYES." think it necessary to declare, that I

never approved nor meant to approve . Dublin, Oct. 8, 1817. of any edition of the old or new testa"Şik, -I had the honour of recei-ment, which was not entirely conformving your letter, inclosing a copy of a able, as well in the notes as the text, to resolution of an aggregate meeting of that which was edited by R. Cross, the catholics of the county and city of Dublin, 1791, containing the usual and Cork, by which they have been pleased prescribed formula of my approbation, to vote me their thanks for my advoca- and which has served as an examplar cy of their cause in the last session of to the several editions that have since parliament.. I feel extremely happy to been published with my sanction.' find that my conduct has been approved “As in the said new edition, the of by a meeting representing so large notes vary essentially from those of the and respectable a portion of the catho. last-mentioned editor's, which exclulic body, and shall be ready to give all sively I bave sanctioned for publication, the support in my power to their new | I should think that circumstance aloue petition. It would still appear that the | fully sufficient to induce me to withhold system of petitions should be extended every kind of approbation from it; but much further than it yet has been, as having read, and, now for the first time, the only way to remove an opinion considered these notes, I not only do which prevails very generally in both not sanction them, but solemnly de. houses of parliament, that the middle clare, that I utterly reject them geneand lower orders of the catholics feel rally, as harsh and irritating in expresno anxiety for, and have no interest in, sion, some of them as false and absurd the carrying of the general measure of in reasoning, and many of them as unemancipation. When it is further con charitable io sentiment. They further sidered that, notwithstanding the con appear to countenance opinions and ciliatory conduct of the catholics had | doctrines, which, in common wiih removed all apparent obstacles in the the other Roman catholics of the emway of success, their prayers were still pire, I have solemnly disclaimed upon unheeded, it is very plain, that. some oath. new and general effort is necessary to “Under these circumstances, apd impress upon government and parlia: with these impressions on my mind, I ment the hardship and injustice of con feel it an imperious duty to admonish tinuing any longer a single enactment that portion of the catholic body which of the catholic penal code. I have the is er trusted to my charge, of the danger honour to be, your obedient servant, of reading and of paying any attention “H. PARNELL," to the notes and cumments of the said

new ellition of the testament; and I The Dublin Evening Post of the

enjoin the Roman catholic clergy of 25th ult, contains the following de

this diocese to discourage and prevent, claration of the Roman catholic

| by every means in their power, the cir.

culation, amongst catholics, of a work archbishop of Dublin, relative to a

tending to lead the faithful astray, and receut edition of the holy scriptures, much better fitted to engender and with notes and illustrations, the re- promote amongst christians hostility, marks on which edition, in the Bri- bitterness, and strife, than what should tish Critic, and oiher periodical | be the object of every such production, journals, are said tobare produced a

to cultivate the genuine spirit of the very strong and a very unfavourable

gospel, that is, the spirit of meekness,

charity, and peace. , J. T. Tror." impression, even among liberal mena

men “Dublin, 24th October, 1817."

mblin the and steadfast friends to the cause of catholic emancipation,': 14

Andrews, Printer, Garlick-Hill, Bow-Løne,



, AND Catholic Monthly Intelligencer, . For NOVEMBER, 1817.

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THE Rheims TESTAMENT AND PRO-, ble and just grounds. But is such

TESTANT CANDOUR. the conduct of our adversaries, who D EFORE I enter on a vindica- boast of being the most "enlightenD tion of the annotations attached ed" of all human beings, and sneer to the original edition of the Rheims at other countries for not possessing testament, and rescue the learned the same, freedom of writing as they and venerable authors from the foul profess to enjoy ? The question slanders which the reviewers in the must be answered in the negative, British Critic have so basely heap- / Nothing is more notorious than the ed on thein, and on catholics gene- great reluctance which is univer rally, I shall once more touch on the sally manifested by the protestant candour and liberality of the pro- press of England to admit any der testant press of this country, as ex-fence or justification of the religious emplified in particular in the hire- principles of catholics. It is true, ling “Times," and also on the great a greater degree of ingenuousness activity, now pursued by the oppo. has been lately shewn on the part nents of catholic emancipation, to of the press, to vindicate our politiexcite the public'mind against the cal character from the abuse and religious and political sentiments of misrepresentations which have been their catholic countrymen, by means so profusely piled upon it; but then of this all-powerful and two-edged it has been mostly at the hazard of instrument. In my September num. the integrity of our consciences, and ber, I noticed the refusal of the the independence of our ecclesiasti,

Times to coniinue the controversy cal rights. Thus, by the ignorance between a catholic writer, under the of some, and the treachery of others, signature of Veritas, and several the basis of our claims has been protestant penmen, but more parti- made more obscure to the public cularly one who signed himself Ami-than it would have been, had a proCUS CURIÆ; and I offered my cu- per support been given to a catholic lumps to the two combatants named, press, unbiassed by interest and un. if they thought fit to avail them. influenced by party ; because the selves of the opportunity to continue errors of the former would have been the contest. My motive for doing immediately corrected, and the falsethis was, that a fair chance might hoods of the latter met with instant be given to each party to defend exposure. Nothing, can be mora their opinions, and thus give an in- correct than the observation of Vem dubitable proof, that the catholic ritas to the editor of the Times press is open for equal discussion, (Sep,, 18,) that the “ liberty of the and that we are not afraid to trust press, when kept within due limits, our cause to 'be sifted upon equita. I is one of the greatest blessings that ORJHOD. Jour. Vol. V.


can be enjoyed in a free country ; | tunity of defending myself, I do but, when abused, by being made not fear their united efforts, but shall the vehicle for slander and false | maintaiu my cause in the face of the hood, without affording the injured public, and leave them to judge of party the means of defending him the strength of my arguments." self, it becomes one of the most de- | Here we have the language of confi. structive engines for undermining dence, and the intrepid Jaring of an every religious and social obliga inconquered corr.batant, though sur. tion." Equally true is his farther rounded with foes; but what was the remark, that " such was the case conduct of the editor, on receiving with the catholics in this country this declaration of his catholic cor• for two centuries after the reforma.. respondent? Conscious of the heation; the greatest encouragement | vy blows which Veritas had dealt being given to all such publications around him, and fearful that the as tended to scandalize them in the l public mind would become favouraeyes of their neighbours, while they ble to our cause, by an act of the were strictly prevented from print. | most gross partiality and injustice, ing or publishing any book in justi. he puts an end to the controversy, fication of themselves, or in opposi- / and announces his reasons for this tion to those who sought every op. I decision in these words :-"We this portunity to oppress and degrade day (September 20th,) insert the them." But, although I am ready to I remainder of Veritas's letter in de. admit that Amicus Curiæ, at the time fence of the doctrines of the church he was extolling the liberty of the of Rome, to whom we have thought press, wished to see Veritas shut out ourselves obliged, in fairness, to al of the Times, that his slanders might low full liberty of reply to AMICUS not be detected, yet I must protest Curie, however little we may our• against the adulatory compliment selves be convinced by his argupaid by the latter to the hireling | | ments: and here we should rather journalist, for his "impartiality in | wish to close the contest between allowing a catholic to defend the these two polemics, so far as our codoctrines he believes, in opposition | lumns are concerned.” I shall here to the calumnies of his bitterest op- observe, that Veritas did not appeal ponents," as unmerited and ill-timed to the conviction of the editor indiExperience has taught him, that he | vidually ; he sought for a fair trial was too hasty in eulogizing this of skill, that the PUBLIC might depander of bigotry. Prompted cide between him and his oppo• by a laudable zeal, and embold- | nents. ened by having the cause of truth But had the editor shut his press to to defend, in the conclusion of his the other adversaries of Veritas, we letter Veritas thus expresses himself. I should not have to charge him with * With so many foes to contend so shameless a breach of candour, as with, it cannot be expected I can in the present instance. Not content, long sustain so unequal a combat. however, with aiming a blow at oar And, though situated on an enemy's religious principles with his own ground, I have AMICUS CURIÆ, with pen, after closing his pages to our all his stock of falsehood, slander, advocate, he has since admitted and abuse, in my front, and P. A. from time to time,the foulest slanders and J. my rear, together with and falsehoods which bigotry could those sturdy champions Luther and rake' up against us, under the head of IGNOTUS Occasionally acting as sharp. | a letter from IGNOTUS, the principal shooters, on each side, yet, sir, while object of which is to establish an you still favour me with the oppor- 1 analogy between the rites and cepe

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