« PreviousContinue »
his eulogy on the departed fathers of man Catholic, Greek, and principe our church? No, no ; when Mr. Protestant Churches, and written O'Connell has taken a little time for by a well-known catholic counsellor. reflection, he will discover the futili- Io perosing of which I found the ty of this attempt of his to carry fa- lawyer, as usual, at variance with vour with the most prejudiced and ig. the bishops, and particularly the norant bigots that ever disgraced the bishop of this district, on a theplon game of christianity. He will find gical subject, of no less importance that disclaiming, and renouncing, than the faith of catholica. Strange and suppressing, and addressing, will it is, that this learned gentleman produce but trilling advantages in fa- cannot rest satisfied with being at vour of emancipation. Nothing but the head of his profession, but must the most energetic and active efforts
be constantly dipping his per in of the press will have any substan
theological ink, contrary the advice tial effect in quelling the clamours of he early received, pretending to in. bigotry. She must be engaged foot
struct his bishops and clergy, and to foot-her intrigues must be laid | either openly or under cover, to ma-, open-and her falsehoods exposed.
| nage the whole religious concerns Her movements must be narrowly
of English catholics, A short illus, watched, and the blow which she
tration of this subject will be of use aims for our discomfiture must not
to the latter, and we sincerely hope, only be parried, but returned with re
to the gentlemaa himself. bewed force, until the victory is com
It is now near thirty years ago, plete, and she is confined to her den.
that this learned lawyer adopted as WM. EUSEBIUS ANDREWS.
| his favourite symbol of belief, a treaSomers'-Town, Dec. 22,1817.
tise, which was then entitled, "A P.S. The length of the Rev. Mr.
short Exposition of Catholic PrinciHayes's interesting report of his misa
ples, written in the reign of Charles sion to Rome, and of the appeal of the
II, in reference to God and the Irish catholics to the English protest
Country.” It had before been ants, leaves me no room to comment
printed at much greater length, una upon the casuistical remarks of the
der the title of “ Roman Catholic editor of the Times on the latter do
| Principles, in reference to God and
the King;" in which shape it conetment. This writer is very sore at the able exposure of the veto in the
tained tory doctrines, that, thirty appeal, , and denies that a positive
years ago, it was thought prudent power to bominale our bishops was who was the author of the treatise,
to expunge. No che could ever tell ever claimed by the English minis.
though latterly, conjectures have try. The falsity of this denial is,
been formed that Mr. Gother, or however, clearly manifest by the Mr Cork
me Mr. Corker, might have written it. operation of the infamous and grind. Thas much our lawyer positively ing restriction clauses of the bill of affirms, what no man in his senses 1813, which is ably elicited in the
six editions of it in a single year! tholic Pastor,” to which I beg the On the other hand, Mr. Gother himi eader's serious attention.
self, though a good moral writer,
was neither an ecclrsiastical nor a >> For the Orthodox Journal.
theological authority, and mistakes,
of no small moment, can be point, Mą. EDITOR,—It was not till the ed out in his avowed works. Be tbis other day that I met with a pam-11
pam | matter as it may, it appears from phlet,entitled “Confessions of the Ro- | the blue books, that the lawyer ia
question, then secretary to the car, printed and circulated his reasons for tholic committee, sent the treatise, not approving of it in a chargetok is under the first-mentioned title, to clergy, part 2, at the same time offiMr. Pitt and other distinguished cially declaring to them as follows: personages, to the number of two “ This oft-published treatise is oot hundred copies, as a creed which all to be received by you or your flocks che catholies would subscribe, without as an authentic Exposition of snbmitting it to the judgment of any Roman Catholic principles, and still ecclesiastical authority whatsoever ; 1 less as THE FAITH OF CATHO. and it is a fact, known to the writer LICS." It was to oppose this sen! of this, that the vicars apostolic, tence of his bishop that our consistthen living, highly disapproved of ent layman (who has professed himthe measure, and of the treatise it. self to be a Midland catholic from self. The gentleman now says, that the site of his estate) proclaimed in it was not he who sent the copies, his pamphlet, that « The tract is de but certain personages, whom he just and fair exposition of the prin pames, the members of the commit- ciples of the Roman catholics.” It is tee. I make no doubt but the mes here particularly, to be observed, sages accompanying the copies were that this prelate did not censure the sent in the names of those person pretended orthodox symbol indison ages, as each of the three quarto vo. tinctly, or in globo, as divines exlumes of his blue booke was signed press themselves; but he assigned with their names, at the same time the motives for his sentence, and that the writer of this can, demon- cited many of ohe leading proposi... strate, by letters in his possession, tions which he condemned. He that the name even of a dignified shewed, in particular, that A CAecclesiastic, a member of that com- THOLIC CREED ought necessarimittee, was affixed to one of the'l ly, and for ever, to be one and the blue books, not only without his hav- same, whereas this Exposition was ing perused the work, but also con- essentially changed in every edition trary to his expressed desire, The of it that he had met with : its theoJast edition of this treatise, if it can logical principles varying with the be called the same treatise, took place times, as much as its political prin. in 1813, under the title of THEciples; being now contracted to a FAITH OF CATHOLICS. This single page, and then, by the same is the edition which' our theological editor, swelled to the size of 463 lawyer now patronizes in his above pages; that it was replete with Ana. mentioned pamphlet of Confessions, baptist, Richerian, Pistoyan, and and publishes as one of the creeds of other condemned errors, each of the catholic church.
| which the prelate reluted while he Under such circumstauces it was proscribed it. Finally, another to be expected that the vicars apos-principle motive on which he protolic would take notice of the work, fessed to exclude this anonymous especially as they were solicited by and still varying composition from the editor to do so. Accordingly, the rank of catholic creeds is, that the London vicar, to whom it was it contains no declaration of belief 'sent in manuseript, made objections in the first and essential articles of to different parts of it, which that faith, the unity and trinity of God, gentleman, instead of correcting de- and the incarnation and divinity of fended before the public. The Mid. our Saviour Jesus Christ ! Thus land prelate, who did not see it till you see, Mr, Editor, that the bin it 'was printed and circulated shop quitted his vantage-ground, throughout his district, in his turn, I and gave his lay-opponent an op
portunity of engaging him hand to irreligious Geddes. At length, our hand, and foot to foot, if the latter politician found that the false boods chose it, but he has never been in his blue-books had caused statesfound to have a stomach for such men to declare against him, and that close quarters, and les armes blan- bis corruption of the pretendeid ches.
pledge of their honour in the Mu. Another passage in this pamphlet seum, the Protestation bad still more of confessions, leads me to exemplify incensed the committee, when, in a my generat observation on the learn happy moment, bad it not been sa ed gentleman's conduct, in a 'second transient, be wrote thus to one of instance. He complains that a cerbis chief opponents :-"My theotain venerable body of clergy, which logical career is at an end! Hencehe names, have not favoured the pub- forward I shall retire to say our Lalic with the life of 'the late bishop dy's office, and read fpere St. Jure Walmsley. A great and good man (on the love of Christ) in peace.ro ., he certainly was, and, next to St It has been signified that the Augustin, who brought the catholic learned barrister's good purposes are Ieligion to us, is entitled to the ve- of a transient nature: this appeared Deration and gratitude of all true in various occutrences during the English catholics for preserving it reigo of The Cisalpine Club, but among us. But whorn bad he chiefly was particularly proved in bis conto contend with in the performance duct towards the whole prelacy of of this great work but the learned Ireland. These had unanimously gentleman? Aud. of what must, a resolved, in 1808, that it was inex. true history of the holy prelate's lal- pedient to make any change in the ter years consist, but of his indefati-discipline of their church; a resogable and successful efforts to save lution which did not sit well with the the English catholics from being plans of some English statesmen. forced by the learned gentleman to Accordingly, to break through these, subscribe themselves in a court of jus- our barrister and two or three other tice PROTESTING CATHOLIC catholic gentlemen concerted with DISSENTERS, and to take an oath, those statesmen, all on a sudden, as he which all the British, Irish, and bimself tells us in a published letter, Roman prelates condemned as ùn- an ambiguous form of rezolution, to lawful and irreligious.* How inany he signed by a few Eriglish catholics elabobrate. quodlibets, besides the who were to meet the next day, red books and the blue-books, did I (feb. 1, 1810,) and then 10 he prenot the lawyer write for the justruc- sented to parliament, which it was tion and correction of bishop I expected ihe prelates would not be Walmsley in particular, as the se- able to object 10, and which never. nior and dean of the episcopal col.
theless imported all that they must lege? With what ridicule did he
condemned. Jo short this busy gennot treat this great pielate's aposto-litleman, without the shadow of a Cunilical firmness and bis repeated prea mission, from any one individual, diction, grounded on the promise of
aboured to hamper, and has actually í his divine Master, that the bill
hampered, all the catholic bishops, would not pass! It only yielded in
clergy, and people, of the two islands sarcasm to that of his associate the ho
| by the fifth resolution and its con* It will be curious to see how the gen
sequences, wish more serious and lasttleman will treat this business in his pro- | ing calamities than they have suffered * mised Memoirs of the English catholics. since the reign of Elizabeth! And . if he does not tell the truth, and the
what excuse does he make for this whole truth, probably others will.
presnmptuous interference and dicta-spective dioceses, could not meet on torship ?. He calls witnesses to prove the common concern. As this bill that in adjusting the terms of this was in readiness to be produced this fatal pledge, he chose such as he year, had not lord Liverpool blasted thought the prelates could least ob- the ground of it, and, as it will cera ject to! No body, doubts of this: but tainly be brought forward next year, it shews at the same time our lawyer's if the lawyer and his protestant com pretension to control the decisions of operators find an opening for it, the bishops, and to regulate the whole catholic publie ought frequently to be business of the catholic, religion in reininded of the outlines of it. --ACboth islands. :! : se cording to these, the choice of bishops,
I pass over our hero's attempt and through them of priests, and first to bully, and then, by means of thereby the whole detail of doctrine a parliamentary committee, to fright. and practice of the catholic religions en one particular prelate into his is to be managed, not iminediately plan of educating calbolic children at by government, as had been first protestant schools, a plan which he proposed, but by a committee of cahimself had long practically supported; thulics, with the secretary of state. being impatient to finish this itinstra and certain other protestants, pertion with the denouement of his ul haps the archbisliop of Canterbury, timate scheme. Having, then, gain-, at ibe head of them. They are to ed some and deceived wher; into the be furnisbed with secret service adoption of the important fifth reso- inoney, to the amount of 10001. per Tution, he prepared to reduce it to annum in each, island, besides 5001. practice, by means of a bill.. The per annum for each of the secretaries. outlines of this were drawn so far | On the other hand, this committee 'back as the ministry of poor Perce- | by the simple authority of their preval, who in his last speech on catho- sident, without judge or jury, will lie affairs, mentioned that the emanci- | have the power of sending to Bom pators boasted of " having a scheme, tovy bay, any clergyman, who is which, bowever, they would not die obnoxious to them by his preaching, vulge for fear of its being sifted ;? writing, or other ministry, under on which the minister asked them pretext that he bas performed some whether they intended to carry it episcopal function, without their through both houses in a single leave, or has received a letter from night? In fact, no bill of such a na- some person holding authority of the ture was ever kept a more prosound pope, without having shewn it to secret, tillits introduction into parlia- their president. Such is the plan ment, or more ingenuously conducted for emancipating catholics, which, there, to prevent the possibility of without consulting bishops, clergy, opposition to it from Ireland. Its or laity, our theological lawyer dem · author was continually closeted with vised, in the excess of his pit ty, on the mover of its persecuting clauses carrying the fifth resolution in 1810, yet his supporters and pay-masters of and which he reduced to the shape the board, with the exception of of a bill, wish the help of two pro. some half dozen of them, were riottestant statesmen in 1813 ! Sucb.is permitted to see so much as a sketch the bill, for framing which certain of the bill, which, on the other hand, catholic clampurers for religious liwas hurried to a third reading in the .berty, returned him, public thanks; commons, at the precise time when al the same time, loading with pubthe Irish prelates, being engaged in lic disgrace, an English subject and distributing the holy oils in their re.a catholic bishop, for having modestly ORTHOD. JOUR. VOL. V. '
exposed his objections against the that such a work would, if judiciouse bill to members of parliameut! lly executed, be favourably received, · Supposing this extraordinary cha- and be of the greatest utility. Since Tacter could succeed in his various | the letter of the right rev. prelate approjects of humbling the priesthood, peared in the Journal, more than to which be once aspired, of subject. two years have elapsed, yet no one ing his bishops to lay and even hete has, as far as I can learn, turnéd his rodox control, of altering the rule of hand or his thoughts to the subject. his faith, by teaching the ignorant Perhaps, on seeing this mention of their religion by the mere text of it, some one may be induced to emscripture," and finally, of uniting, I ploy his talents in a way so gratifythe cathollic and the protestant esta- ing to a laudable curiosity, and so blished church, by another new creed serviceable to religion. · With an
to consist of the articles in which they earnest wish that it may have this efa ! I agree; (alas! it must theu exclude | fect, I have written this short note;
the trinity and the incarnation] how and hope to find it in some corner of would all this contribute to his com- your next. I am, sir, your's, S. M, fort' or repulation here or hereafter! Among has writings has he prepared For the Orthodox Journal. bis epitaph? What judgment will catholic church history pass on his Mr. EDITOR,-Without detaining life and writings? What judgment yourself or your readers with a tedi will another tribunal pass upon them, ous preamble, I beg leave to submit wherethe patronage of Lord C. and for their perusal the copy of a letter the eloquence of Mr. Cm , and the which appeared in The Sun newspaa votes of the board, and his own per of Monday, the 8th instant, it is wealth and talents, and his profes. as follows: sion of the catholic faith, and his fre
“PAPISTS. ::: quentation of its most sacred rites, “MR. EDITOR, -The zealand abiwith all their intrinsic efficacy, 'will lity you constantly manifest in mainavail bim nothing, without a present taining the protestant religion, against public amende honorable for his up the incessant and importunate attacks ontholic errors and conduct. I am, of the papists, entitles you to the "A MIDLAND CATHOLIC PASTOR. grateful thanks of those of your coun* December 13, 1817.
trymen who value their property,
their lives, and their religion. The * For the Orthodox Journal. rapid progress the papists are making
in various parts of the kingdom, must . MR. EDITOR,- In turning over be (one would imagine) obvious to your interesting and useful publica. 'the most unthinking man. In the tion, I was struck with a letter in town of Birmingham, their increase the 3rd volume p. 306, written by has been very great, the labours of the right rev. Dr. Milner ; in which their priest are incessant, they never he regrets that no one of the catholic lose sight of a proselyte; if they meet body has attempted to complete the with a man wavering in his mind, excellent work of the rev. Alban they are with him morning, noon, Butler, by adding to it the lives of evening and night, until they bave those saints, who have been canonized brought him into their communion; since the pontificate of Benedict XIV. in this respect they hold out a fine We have, without doubt, amongst us, lesson for the priests of the establishpersons who are well qualified for ment. That you may know I am the undertaking ; at the same time not speaking without cause, I slial,