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religion shall be tolerated. Surely (as brethren, being the creatures of this liberal conduct on the part of the same heavenly father, and, have people whose colour is ing an equal right to worsbip God as black as their religious principles in the way they think best; and, as are represented to be, by some of they bear the burdens and share the the white natives of this bragging dangers of the state as well as others, land of freedom, will silence the it is unjust to deny them equal privi. foul and bloated calumnies of the leges: hence we disclaim all title or latter, and induce them to adopt inclination to deny them the same the example thus set them by men privileges which we claim ourselves, who but a few years ago were the for by attempting to do so we immeslaves of a few rich European plant. diately become inconsistent ; who. ers, by granting religious emancipa ever would deny to the catholics such tion to the English and Irish bond- a privilege is not a genuine friend slaves to protestantism, who are al- of true liberty; the catholics should lowed by their task-masters to spill be invited and welcomed to join their blood in defence, and 'con- heart and hand with their brethren tribute their money to the exigen- the protestants in their constitu. cies, of the state, but are not per- tional efforts to procure an ameli, mitted to reap the rewards due to oration and reformation of all cortheir steady and faithful behaviour. ruption and intolerance in the church

From the truly liberal and tole- and state, which are incompatible rant sentiments contained in the with the pure and primary consti, following resolution, agreed to at a tutiou of our country; that we ab. public meeting of the inhabitants of bor the practices of venal and time Glasgow, convened to consider of serving men, who, for ages past, the best means to remove the pre I prayed for the downfal of the pope; sent grievances of the country, and and wlien Bonaparte achieved what held on the 7th of January last, their prayers could never accomplish, we augur the most favourable re such was their inconsistency, that sults, should they be generally a they prayed against the very man dopted, as nothing can tend more to who has been instrumental in fulfilthe restoration of public harmony ing their prayers; and, in so doing, and confidence between the catholics they prayed against their own prayand protestants of this country, ers. Now, that the pope is raised which so happily prevails in America, to his former power by the blood as the inculcation of pure motives of and treasure of our country, these charity towards each other. . temporising men remain mute. Not

," bat considering the many large a word against his holiness; yet still meetings which hare taken place his followers are denied the same in its vicinity, at which many ra- benefits that other members of the tional and able resolutions have been state enjoy, which shews the inconpassed, it would appear ostentatious sistency and hypocrisy of corrupt in this meeting to say any more up and designing men, both in church on that subject; therefore it is re. and state. Solomon says, to respect solved that our sentiments and wish- persons is not good; yet for a piece * és, having been mostly auticipated of bread men will transgress. We and expressed by the many large and trust the time is not far distant when respeciable meelings in and about Scotchmen may serve their king and Glasgow, in whose resolutions, we country, without the disgrace of ab. heartly concur: and, moreover, that juring their religion as by law esta, we hold the pope and his apherents / blished.”

| Prioted by W. E. ANDREWS, Garlick-bill, Bow-lane, London,




** Catholic Monthly Intelligencer, : : ; .

For FEBRUARY, į817. . Vol. V.

No. 45.

DISGRACEFUL TRANSACTIONS OF TIIE | termination of both clergy and peo: VETOISTS.

ple to resist the attempts now makTT was 'my intention to have fol. ing to bring the spiritual rights of I lowed up the series of historical Christ's church under the influence of disquisitions on the subject of civil lay dominion, and that too of an heand religious liberty, which have terodox kind, would retrace their erheaded the preceding numbers, but a roneous steps, in countenancing such circumstance of the utmost import- impious designs, and renouncing ance to the catholics of this kingdom their mistaken opinions, place themhas transpired since my last publica selves in their proper stations, at the tion, which calls upon me to postpone head of the people, thus forming one the design, for the purpose of com- united phalanx in petitioning for a municating the particulars of this restoration of those civil privileges of event to my readers, with such ac- which our forefathers were deprived companying remarks as the conduct at a period of infamy and iniquity, of the actors therein may appear de unexampled in the annals of our serving. In my comments on the in- country. But, alas ! the spirit of sidious report of Sir John Hippisley servility, the desire of gaining their last month, I slightly alluded to the lost inimunities, by any means whatdangerous behaviour of the vetoisti-soever, has obtained so powerful cal party, in tampering with the pre- an ascendancy over the minds of the tended friends of emancipation, and greater part of our titled members, I cautioned them of the perilous con- that no efforts, no sacrifices, on the sequences to religion which would part of the people appear to have any probably ensue from their servile forcę or effect upon them. On the disposition to become the tools of contrary, they seem resolved to forefaction, as well as the hazard' to go their legitimate situations, in orwhich they would expose their own der to become the panders of politisouls, by the abandonment of the most cal corruptionists. To substantiate honourable principles' which bind this charge, we have only to take a man to his Maker, and fit him for brief retrospectire view of the prosociety, for the purpose of gratifying ceedings of this mischief-making a selfish vanity to obtain a seat in party, since the introduction of the the sepate, or the emptý honour of unconstitutional clauses of the reliefsome civic title. I did flatter my- bill of 1813 into the house of comself, that those individuals, whose mons, to the disgraceful transactions tank and influence entitle them to which took place a few day since in take a lead in the temporal affairs Dublin. First then it must be observa concerning our body, seeing the de- I ed, the rejection of the before-mene ORTHOD. JOUR. Vol. V.

tioned oppressive bill, which, had ittion to the renewal of so pernicious gi passed into a law, would have de- measure, as should prostrate their ver prived the pious guardians of our di- nerated and sacred pastors at the vine faith of one of the greatest bles- feet of an anti-catholic ministry.-sings of the British constitution--the So firm and general a resistance to trial by jury, and subjected them to the detested plan of vetoism we might the penalty of transportation, at the have supposed would operate to profiat of a secretary of state, should duce conviction in the minds of those they dare to exercise the functions who had hitherto supported ecclesiconferred upon them by the Holy tical restrictions, and enable them: Ghost, without the approbation of a to perceive their error, as well as to motley board of commissioners, be discover the fruitlessness of any atcame a subject of great lamentation tempt which might be made to renand regret to this little band of place. der the scheme palatable to the body hunters, who expressed their cha- at large. But such, it appears, was grin and disappointment at the not the case. -Having, if I may be event, by attempting to degrade the allowed the expression, delivered most honest and zealous divine this themselves over into the hands of the country can boast, and stamped their enemy, they were resolved to use own folly and dishonesty in the eyes every means which art and perfidy of every independent and impartial could devise to betray the sacred man, by, thanking those who wished cause of that religion, the profession to subvert their dearest and most im- of which they deemed dishonourable portant interests.-For folly. it must to renounce, but the principles- of be in the extreme, to court and flatter which they feared not to violate, statesmen who merely desired to re- and assist to bind their truly veneratain them as the tools of their unjust ble, upright, and faithful pastors in the desigus ; and that man can neyer be most odious fetters prepared for them. considered honest, who would basely by state-tinkers and shallow politiconsent to deprive others of their cians.- Would it not, however, have rights, over wbich he has neither redounded more to their credit, if claim nor control, for the sake of there is any credit in betraying the gaiping those which he and his fore- cause of God, to have joined at once fathers had been iniquitously de. the standard of the foe, and not con-spoiled. While these things were tinue to assist him under false cogoing on here, the prelates in Ire- lours ? An open enemy may be re.. land assembled and condemned the spected, but a treacherous member bill, not only as prejudicial to their must be despised and execrated.--If characters as citizens of a free state, | the vetoists are so anxious to gain adbut also as derogatory to the princi- mittance into the temple of the consti. ples of their religion, and tending to tution, why not enter at once by the create a schism in the church. - gate which is open to them ?- They These sentiments were received with might then view our struggles withiarapture and exultation by the great out engaging in them, and cease to. mass of the catholios, both clergy add farther disgrace upon their and laity, throughout the whole guilty heads. For they may be as.. kingdom; and Ireland;, in particu sured, so long as they continue to. lar, expressed her joy at the failure pursue that Machiavellian policy of the bill, where the people, by which they have followed for the last public declarations from one extre- twenty-five years, shame and discom. mity of the island to the other, fiture will be the fruit of their exerbyinced the most determined opposi- tions as such have hitherto been the effect of every project devised and en who were entrusted with the care of gaged in by them. For example, in the missions, in the absence of the their attempt to obtain the rescript of efficient members of the propaganda, Quarantotti, the practices put on to deliver us over to the parliament, foot were of the most reproachful than he hastened in person to comkind.—The character of a highly municate the glad tidings to his emdignified and reverend divine was ployers. But note the infinite care of grossly calumniated, and his senti-, divine Providence.--At the very moments belied; the public acts of the ment the hireling priest was on his Irish people were misrepresented way to London to announce the sucand traduced; the prelates at Rome cess of his perfidious labours to his were cajoled and deceived. And place-hunting masters, the military what has been the result of these disasters of the ex-emperor of France vile proceedings ? - Have they acce- caused him to relent his unjust conlerated the cause of emancipation ?- duct towards the head of the church; Have they lessened the prejudices of and before the members of the junta the English people towards our faith? | had ceased congratulating themHave they gained one convert from selves on the pleasing prospect then the ranks of bigotry to support our before them, the unwelcome intellipetition ? Are the vetoists one step gence suddenly burst upon their ears, nigher the attainment of their wishes, that the supreme pontiff was re. inthan if they had joined the great mass stated in his high and exalted funcof the catholics, whose opposition to tions, and the document which they ecclesiastical restrictions has been caused to be circulated with avidity strictly consistent with the genuine throughout the kingdom, as the hap. maxims of the British constitution, py omen of their triumph, of course and the unbending principles of the became nugatory and of no significa. Catholic religion? -Certainly not.- tion.- Animated by a sense of duty On the contrary, they have to sustain and truth, the prelates of Ireland the reproaches of the honest part of protested against these proceedings, the community, and the contempt' and the people once more proclaimed of every unbiassed and independent their detestation of the measures mind ; while the signal circumstance pursued to entrap them and the which more particularly frustrated clergy, solemnly declaring, in the the views intended by the promulga- most unequivocal terms, their detertion of the aforesaid rescript, mark-mination not to accept of emancipaed, in a special manner, the watch-tion, accompanied by restrictions on ful protection of the divine Founder the spiritual functions of their pasof our church over its interest and tors.- Notwithstanding this decision purity. : The attempt to rob that of the people of Ireland, the class of portion of the church in this kingdom | intriguers still resolved to pursue of her spiritual righis was made at a their nefarious designs, and, backed time when the supreme head was suf- by the influence of some leading fering a long and painful captivity in members in the British cabinet, they the dungeons of a despot, because he again renewed their practices at the would not concede this inalienable court of Rome, but happily with the right over the church in France into same mortifying disasters on their the hands of Napoleon, to be exer-side.-By the letter of cardinal Litta cised according to his will and ca. to Dr. Poynter, the pope signified his price. No sooner, however, had the resolve not to interfere in the matter bribed and corrupt agent of the board in dispute until emancipation was obtained the consent of those dipines | granted, and this too so as to be agree

able to the catholics; and the restric- 1 who stood unconnected with party, tions attempted to be made on the and was governed by sincerity and correspondence between the prelates integrity. here and the propaganda, were cen. The question had hitherto been sured in the strongest terms, as in. I made a party question by the whigs, compatible with the free exercise of and the introduction of the above the spiritual powers of the church, bill plainly discovered that they were and declared to be such as the holy no more averse to the ministry obsee could not approve without becom- taining an intuence over the catholic ing criminal in the eye of God, -- priesthood than their opponents, the This decision of Rome, added to the tories. It was therefore imperative voice of a whole people, ought to in the catholics to withdraw their have convinced and silenced the par. confidence in either party, and conty for ever, by shewing them how sign their cause to the care of a genfutile their plans must be, when urged tleman who would advocate it upon by motives and regulated by measures the solid ground of justice and right. contrary to the dictates of an up- | The reader lieed not be told how the right and honest mind.--But such is claims of five millions of people were the infirmity of human nature, that received in the senate in 1815 ; sufit is easier to commit an error, than it fice it to say, that Mr Grattan is reis to acknowledge one. --Blinded by ported in the public papers to have self-interest and ambition, and con distinctly condemned the application tumaciously bent on attaining their of the petitioners for unqualified wishes, they refused to listen to the rights, because he knew the temper voice of honour, and preferred rather | of the house to be such, that they to be the humble suitors for a boon | never would be granted on those upon ignominious conditions, than terms. Why they should not be so, the bold supporters of their clergy's the reporters did not tell us. Prerights and their own just claims. vious to the reign of the second Pending the last attempt to gain Charles, papists continued to sit in Rome over to sanction the contem.both houses, without any attempt plated restrictions, the catholics of being made on their part to subIreland and England presented peti- vert the established church; on the țions to the senate praying for emai. contrary, they were always found cipation unrestricted. — But, pre- on the side of government, voting yious to appointing an advocate in the against the puritan innovations of commons, the Irish catholics wished those days, and in support of the to be assured whether their former | British constitution, which was af. pleader, Mr. Grattan, would relin-terwards abrogated by that turbu. quish his approbation of the veto lent faction, who subsequently conclauses in his bill of 1813, which I trived, on the restoration of the lawthey so much detested, and support ful monarch, to deprive him of the astheir petition for unqualified relief.sistance of his best friends, by means. This was signified to him in very re, of a foul conspiracy, backed by perspectful terms, in the name of a nu jury. and the blackest villainy, which verous and most respectable meeting led to the expulsion of the catholics of his own constituents, but the from parliament, and every office of wishes of the people were met by the state, --Securities were not deemthis whis defender of popular rightsed necessary in those times against with haughtiness and contumely.- the loyalty of the catholics; they The petition was therefore placed in were in fact too loyal in the eyes of the hands of an independent senator, I the popular leaders, and therefore

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