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That unfortuñate man, who seems | solution? I agree with him that doto live only for the ruin of the reli- thing can be morc unexceptionable gion which he professes; the author than these terms. But what cares of the blue books, the founder of he about · terms' at any time? In the protestant catholic dissenters, short, he kpows very well, and the and iue contriver of the fifth reso- subscribers ought to know, that lution, had for several years been these conciliatory adjustments, in secretly labouring to get into his the opinion of members of parhands the managernent of the reli- liament, who, in fact, expressed gious affairs of the Irish catholics, this last year, mean precisely those but to no purpose; his name through- changes in our ecclesiastical disciont the whole of their island, rauks pline, which the assembled prelates with those of his “ invaluable friend' of Ireland, have solemnly pronouncas he calls bim, Sir John Hippisley, ed to be " essentially injurious to, and Dr. Duigenan. Ja short the and which may eventually subvert nobility, gentry and people, no less the roman catbolic religion in this than the clergy and bishops, proved country.” They condition, indeed, to be immoveably attaclied to the that the changes in question shall religion of their ancestors, and re be compatible with the doctrine and solved not to barter an atoin of it for discipline of our religion: but, then, any worldly consideratiou whatever. instead of listening to their clergy At length, however, by his agents, and bishops in this essential matter, and the other powerful engines which they leave Sir John Cox Hippisley, he put in action, he, last year, en- who, at every turn, swears that this snared a certain number of the ex- religion is idolatrous, to declare pectante, being most of the two for what changes are compatible with mer classes, lo sign an address of our doctrine and discipline; and who, his drawing up, which runs as folo on his part, produces a large folio lows : « There is no conciliatory book of 544 pages, consisting partly adjustuent, compatible with the doc. of the discipline of roman catholic trines and discipline of our religion, states, which is not, by any means, and not threatening danger to the applicable to protestant states, and purity and perinancnce of its exer- partly of the irreligious and opprescise, to which we will not readily sive edicts of jansenistic or intidel assent;” and, by the unworthy ma princes and ministers, which true næuvre of pretending to call a pub catholics must loose their lives soonlic meeting at a house in Dublin, to er than submit to. The occasion whicli none but their own adherents does not admit of any long quotawere admitted, (like our meetings tions from this hon. member's voof the catholics of Great Britaiu in luminous collections on the subject a small parlour in Stanhope-street, of our reform: a subject, which, as or a small cellar in Stone-buildings) he has said, he studies all day and his agents have just now, in the pre- | dreams of all night : it will be sufsent aionth, got that declaratiou con- ficient to mention a few of his avowfirmed by some dozens of siguatures, ed leading maxims, these are, that which they are about to present to the civil power is the source of all parliament as the general sentiment legitimate disciplinary regulations ; of the catholics of Ireland!
that the clergy are bound to submit · But what so orthodox, this gen- to the state in their ecclesiastical tleman says, as the above quoted de- functions; that the emperor (or stw claration? Does it not obviate every preme civil power,) muy restore to objection made against the fifth re- their sees and churches, bishops and priests, condenined and excommuni. ferences with a, celebrated njember cated for schism by assemblies of the of parliament and the cabinet, which : highest prelates of the church, that produced the schismatical and per. ; there are no ancient traces of any secuting clauses of the bill, which distinction between the supreme head we heard with so much astonishment. of the church and the supreme head four years ago;, and we have no rea. of the state ; finally that the bishop son to expect, from any change in of home possessed no authority over him, or from the complexion of the , his fellow bishops, except from his report, more favourable terms now, patriarchal dignity and voluntary than were then propounded to us. respect!* –And these, then, my ca- In fact we may expect that a bill of tholic brethren of No. 50, Eccles. pretended emancipation, but of feal street, Dublin, are the maxims which persecution, will be introduced into in the existing circumstances, vou parliament, as soon as possible after virtually admit of in treating with the Easter recess, and we inay judge protestant statesmen for, the integ.. of the haste with which it will be rity and security of the catholic re-driven forward, to prevent its being : ligion !! If you avow this, and avow opposed or sifted (as poor Mr. Per- } it you must or else . protest against cival foretold,) from that which the report and its abertors, as not. marked the progress of the last bill.' bein: competent judges of our bier- Hence it is proper that the English: archy and discipline,) wbat fools have catholics should hold themselves in your ancestors been during these 300 readiness, throughout the different years, in losing their lands and their countries (for that is the fairest as lives, for refusing ihe oath of royal | well as the most practicable plan) ecclesiastical supremacy?. Nay, what | in which they are most numerous,.. simpletons are you yourselves in bog, such as Lancashire, Yorkshire, Midgling at it, and thus giving so much dlesex, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, useless trouble to our parliamentary Somersetshire, &c. to convince : our friends?
representatives and natural guàrdi. I have sufficiently illustrated my ans, by our respective petitions, which assertions, that, the greatest storms need not be verbose or argumenta. andd.ingers which the catholic church tive, that the pastors of our church, in general, and our insular churches and not the lavmen alluded to, with in particular, have had to encounter so:ne score of his adherçots, are the with, bave arisen from her own judges of her discipline as well as of children and professed friends. It her faith. A few months ago the pube. appears also that the severe trials lic witnessed a contest, between this: which the latter bave suffered during presumptuous layman and his bishop, the last thirty years, and are enduring concerning a most important reli: . still, are chiefly owing to the pre- gious matter. The former lias long sumption of oue unaccredited lay been a public subscriber to a school catholic on this side of the water, for the sole education of catholic . who, nevertheless, has, on every oc- children, the fundamental laws of casion the art to make himself pass wbich require that no catholic cate-. with protestant statesmen, for the chism.or.priest shall ever be admitauthorized agent of the whole ca. ted into it. The , master of it, for tholic body. It should be known the sake of deception, long professed" that he has lately renewed those con- himself to be a catholic, but has lat
terly been forced to own himself a: * Report, p. 188. Letter to lord Hingal. I protestant. This: plan of concilia. ) Speeches.
| tjon (for all his plans profess this to
be their ground) our mieddling lay his nuptials; how slight' are the så. man was desirous of extending as crifices we have hithertó made him! widely as possible, and when he was 1 let us go, ny dear sisters, to meet uanble by private persuasion to make the celestial Lamb who invites us; this his prelate a party to his de-catho- is indeed our wedding day.” Then, lizing system, he contrived 10 get him shewing the ring which she had resummoned before a parliamentary | ceived on the day of her profession, committee, and there rigorously sifi- “ This," said she, “is the pledge of ed in a long series of artful queries, the proinise that was made us, and which he himself liad drawn up for is now going to be fulfilled. Come, lhe purpose of epsnaring him. The my sisters, let us go to the same al. prelate, to his praise be it spoken, 1 tar, and may our blood, washing away stood firm to his ground of not coun our past infidelities, mingle with the tenancing the new amalgamizing sys blood of our adorable victim, and tem, (which true church-of-England open for us an entrance into the ever men, as well as true catholics, con-lasting tabernacles." She then cmsider to be destructive bou to chris-braced her dear sisters in religion, tianity and piorality,) and the pre- and they were all led to execution. sumptuous layman was convicted of Sister Magdalen Drottiy De Justa. falsehood and disgraced. It is inon, of the order of St. Ursula, matter of inquiry and surprise what mounted the fatal car with the other this person can have in view, at his victims, and said to the guards, who advanced time of life, in thus con-heard her not without emotion, How stantly employing himself in mider- good are those who condemn us to mining the church of which he is a die! Our parents gave us but a short member, and endeavouring to enslave life and full of misery; our judges her ministers whom he is otherwise ordain for us in exchange an eternal in the habit of flattering. As to life, free from toil and pain, and wealth, be rolls in il, through the abounding wiih delights.". kindness of catholics towards him ; A peasant, seeing these angelic feavd as to dignities, he has not the males pass on their way to execution, slightest pretensions to them. He bowed himself down in the most reis assiduous in practising the rights spectful manner, and begged that he of his church, and is anxious to ex- might touch the hem of their garfort an opinion from conscientious ments. But they refused this kind catholics, that he can go to heaven, of veneration, and with the greatest just as if these could avail him in humility cried out; " Ah? rather getting thither, whilst he is doing so pray to God for us; in less than fifmuch and such various mischief to teen minutes, time for us will be no that church! I am, &c. M. more, and eternity will have begun, Feb. 14.
pray for us to that God who in a
few moments will judge us, that God, • INTERESTING ANECDOTES OF THE before whom the most just are not FRENCH REVOLUTION.
without stain.". As soon as this hum
ble and courageous virgin, sister Rosalia Bès, known in religion by Magdalen had ascended the scaffold, the name of Pelagia, at the age of she joined her voice with the shouts thirty-four was condemned with se of the people who cried out, “ Long veral other nuns to death. As soon live the nation;" “ Yes," cried she, as the sentence was pronounced, she “ Long live the nation; I say it as cried out to her companions ; “To day beartily as you do, and with much the heavenly Spouse will admit is to 1 more propriety; long live the nation, OATHOR. JOUR. VOL. V.
which on this happy day procures us gold from the furnáce, with a new the crown of martyrdom."
and more refulgent brightness. On With a similar devotion the Car. the other hand, how many striking melite nuns of Compiégue met their examples can be produced, among fate. Being all of them condemned the advocates of infidelity and phiat the same time by the revolution- | losophisın, of the most ridiculous ary tribunal, and chained to the | superstition and disgraceful cowfatal car, as they passed through the ardice! furious mob that lined the road, | The great patron of Voltaire and they sung the Salve Reging with ihe the other infidel writers of his day same composure as if they had been was Frederic I. king of Prussia. in their own church. As each of them Among the circle of this monarch's ascended the scaffold, the others con- associates, the famous marquis D'Artinued their plous chant, and the gens, author of an infamous book, concert ceased not, until the abbess, I (L'Esprit,) held for some time a who was the last that suffered, gave | distinguished place in the royal faher neck to the axe. The courage vour. Al length however he fell into of these nuns made such an impres discredit and disgrace, for which sion upon the populace, and so soft. no other cause can be assigned than ened their fury, that from this time his cowardice and superstition. He they ceased to applaud such execu- was so affraid of death that the very tions, and by degrees the rage of the idea of its threatening him was sufmob subsided and gave place to sen- ficient to lead him to the most riditiments of humanity.
culous actions. Nothing could inThese Carmelite martyrs foretold duce him to sit down at iable, if the that the next victims of the guillo. | number of guests happened to be tine would be the very men who con- thirteen. To find his knife and fork demned them to it, which was veri. | crossed was a subject of dreadful fied by the downfall and execution of alarm. I have seen the marquis, Robespierre and his partizans. The says a member of the Berlin acaEnglish puns of Cambray, now at demy, when seated at a repast next Salford, near Evesham, were fellow myself, take my knife and fork that prisoners at Compiegne with the a- happened to be crossed and place bove martyrs, and took an affection. | them parallel to each other; and ate leave of them, by signs at least, when I expressed my surprise at see, as they were led out of prison. Being him pay so much attention to a ing in want of clothes, they received tritte, he replied, “ to be sure, it is a some of the poor garments of these matter of no consequence, but they happy victims, parts of which they will be full as well as I have plesed still preserve,
them." His niece, madame, it
| Conorbne, relates, that at the te The fortitude and heroism of the when he was busily employed about servants of God appear in the high- bis infamous book, (L'Esprit) he west point of view, when contrasted found bimself on one occasion in so with the cowardice and superstition bappy a disposition for writing, that of the infidel pbilosophers, who have he continued at his desk till midnight; made it their business 10 cry down he then came down to supper quite religion as fit for none but weak | satisfied and good humoured, though niinds. In the hour of trial and his inuiton was roasted till it was as danger religion inspires her children dry as a stick; but recollecting, as with a noble fortitude of soul, which he sat down to table, that it was the enables them to come fortb, like first Friday in the montb, ke instant
ly went and committed to the flames / dying scenes of those who during all that his pep had written that life, have made it their study to bring day. Numberless other instances religion into contempt with their fel are on record, of the weakness and low creatures. A Voltaire tossing superstition of tbis champion of ir-himself in ao agony on his bed of religion and infidelity; this apostle death, as if he were already enve" of a system which had a principal loped in eternal flames ; now invoke share in bringing about the revolu- ing, now rejecting the mercy of that tion in France, and which, in fact, God, against whom he had vomited aimed at the entire destruction of out so many blasphemies; a Voltaire the throne and the altar. Happily foaming with rage, with madness, and however for linsself, the maiquis impiety, and sending forth the most had at last the grace to see and to hideous cries of despair; a Diderot, acknowledge bis past guilty er- and a D'Alembert, opening their eyes rors, and to pay homage to religion to the light of truth on their funeral and truth. His brother, the virtus coueh, Sur deprived of the helps and ous president d'Eguilles, prepared comforts of religion, in those awful him for his conversion by kind aod moments, by the artifices of their in charitable exhortations, and by put- fidel disciples,-are so many dismal ting into his hands the books that lessons of the fatal effects of irreliwere the most proper for him. The gion. The niind indeed recoils from marquis gave a considerable portion the dreadful scenes with borror; yet of time to the reading of the holy she learns from them bow little reliscriplures, particularly the new tes ance is to be placed upon the authoá tament, and after some time said to rity of men who have declared them. his brother, “I shall perlaps one selves the enemies of religion, white day think as you do, at present I am a deceitful world smiled upon them in peither a believer nor an infidel." the nioments of their health and Shortly after he assured his brother strength, but whose dying scéne lethat he was now a believer in chris- veis at one stroke the system wbich tianity; and his faith received a they had so ardently laboured to es great increase and strength by the tablish. practice of holy and fervent prayer, and the exercises of religion. An STATE OF CATHOLICITY IN THE bumble country clergym::n, worthy LUTHERAN PRINCIPALITIES of the sacred ottice which he filled, - OF GERMANY., : completed the work of his conversion. D'Argens died a true peni. As the situation of our catholic tent. When the angel of peace, who brethren under the different protest 1 ***styled him on his death bed, sug. ant governments on the continent
of to hint acts of resignation cannot fail to be peculiarly interest and confidenee, he cried out, Give ing to the readers of The Orthodox me acts of faith; it is against faith I Journal at this crisis, when we, who have sinned ; lo faith let my expiring profess the same faith, are layiug our breath pay liomage.”-Thus did reli- grievances before the senate of the gion inspire the penitent marquis nation, the following account is con with a courage and fortitude of soul pied from Sir J.C. Hippisley's reto wbich he was a total stranger port, a great part of waich is ex while he walked in the rauhs of infi- tracted from professor Staudiau's delity.
work on " Ecclesiastical Geogra How eloqueat, how instructive, is phy," and the rest from official the spectacle presented to us in the notes transmitted to the foreign of