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ter, but of late he had been subjected admission to the ground of the usual to much annoyance, and the grave- mourners, but in nearly every instance yard disgraced by such proceedings as a crowd of drunken and disorderly the present on the part of the Irish persons follow.—Mr. Corrie : Under Roman Catholics.- Mr. Corrie: But what Act of Parliament do you claim could not this be avoided by not to pray over all classes of persons ?pressing the religious service on them? Dr. Worthington : Under an Act -Dr. Worthington : But I am com- passed, I think, in the reign of pelled, by a register we keep; to fulfil George II.-A long discussion took the duties of my office, on every per- place, during which Mr. Corrie asked son buried in the ground.-Mr. Corrie: whether the clergymen of the Church But would not the general register of of England did not feel themselves the kingdom suit as well ?– Ďr. Wor- bound to perform the burial service thington : . It would not, for the Church over Dissenters' children not baptized form is specially drawn up. — Mr. in the Church and suicides?—The Corrie : Is the Catholic clergyman Rev. Doctor, who, in his answer, dispresent, who could explain why he played a praiseworthy tolerance and sanctions such proceedings ?-A gen- absence of bigotry, admitted that tleman present explained to his wor- many clergymen had objected, but ship that the law preventing a Roman he personally had performed the serCatholic clergyman from performing vice in many cases where others the last offices over the body in a Pro- refused; but in no case did he ever testant burial ground, the custom is to remember that a Dissenter had obhave the service read previous to its jected to the burial service of the being nailed down, and a portion of Church of England being read over consecrated earth placed within the their friends.—Mr. Corrie : As there coffin with the body. The friends of are a large number of Roman Catholics the deceased then had no objec- residing in this district, and as I wish tion to the body being placed in to prevent these scenes, I wish a the parish churchyard, because they communication addressed to the Bishop considered it the ground of their of London, asking his permission to ancient faith, although transferred abstain from interference with their from it. Mr. Corrie : I am de- religious feelings.—Dr. Worthington : termined to put down these proceed- I will communicate your opinion to ings on the part of ignorant per- his Lordship.— Mr. Corrie : Then I sons, but I should prefer that some will adjourn this case for a week.means should be adopted not to inter- The defendants were admitted to bail fere with their religious scruples. Is on their own recognisances. any friend of the deceased child DAY OF HUMILIATION IN CASHEL. present ?—The father here stepped -In the city of Cashel this day was forward, and, in reply to the magis- observed by the Protestant inhabitants trate, said : When the gentleman came by a total cessation of business, closing to read, I told him I did not want the shops, and attendance at Divine him to do so.—Mr. Corrie : But why service in the cathedral. The morning do you object to the prayers ?-Father:

was preached by the Rev. Because my child was a Catholic, and Newport B. White, from Hosea ix. 12, I believe that my priest is the after which a respectable collection proper person. I do not believe was taken for the Central Association. that this gentleman (pointing to Dr. The Rev. J. F. Morton occupied the Worthington) is the proper party to evening pulpit from the text, “ The say prayers over it, and I told him I Lord reigneth!” (Ps. xcii. 1.) Notwithdid not want him to do it.—Dr. standing the extreme severity of the Worthington : I consider that I do day, both services were well attended. not deserve such harsh behaviour to- Receipt STAMPS FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS wards me by the Irish of the district, to CHARITABLE Societies.--The folfor my Scripture-reader has visited lowing letter has been received in anthem during the late bad season, and - swer to an inquiry on this subject :they have received money and other “ Inland Revenue, Somerset House, necessaries. I do not object to the “Sir, I have to acknowledge the




receipt of your letter of the 16th inst., has been reported that Spain thinks and to inform you, in reply to the of sending an army to the East; but inquiry therein contained, that there this is not true, for the present, at is no express exemption in favour least. There is a talk of raising a of receipts given for subscriptions to loan on security of the proceeds from charitable Institutions, but the Board the sale of the property of the clergy. think, that where the sum acknow- In addition to arresting Carlists on ledged to have been received is a mere the frontier, the French Government voluntary gift, not entitling the person has dismissed the commissaries of making the payment to any advantage, police of Bayonne, who did not possess the acknowledgment may be regarded the confidence of our Government. as not liable to stamp duty. The On the 8th, the discussion of those nature of the gift should be expressed passages of the constitution which in the acknowledgment.

recognize Roman Catholicism as the “ I am, Sir,

religion of the State, was proceeded “ Your obedient servant, with in the Cortes. M. Ruis Pons “ (Signed)

Thomas Keogh." moved, as an Amendment, that liberty THE VENERABLE BEDE. The of conscience and of worship should “ Univers” states that Cardinal Wise be allowed to the same extent as in man and the other Prelates of Great Rome. The measure of freedom enBritain now at Rome, have supplicated joyed under the shadow of St. Peter's the Pope, and the request has been chair, was thought too liberal for backed by the Bishops of other na- Spain, and, accordingly, the Amendtions, that the devotion (culte) paid ment was opposed by M. de Los in England to the Venerable Bede Heros, in the name of the committee may be extended the whole on the constitution, as unsuitable to Church.

the present situation of the country. SPAIN.-We read in a letter from The Amendment summarily Madrid, -The Ministers of War and rejected. MM. Orense, Suris, Juan of Foreign Affairs waited on the Batiste Alonzo, and other members of Queen the day before yesterday, to the Cortes, immediately presented transact some business. Her Majesty another Resolution, placing religious took advantage of their presence to liberty under the guarantee of the declare that her desire was, that in the constitution. This was at once rebasis of the constitution relative to jected, the votes being 139 against 73. religion, the liberty of worship should THE POPE AND PIEDMONT.-The not be directly or indirectly pro- Pope has sent to all the Governments claimed, and that Catholic unity should of Europe a volume containing, besides be firmly established in Spain. The the Pontifical Address pronounced by two ministers replied that they were the Pope on the 22d of January last, of opinion that that was what ought to on the religious affairs of Piedmont, a be done, as it seemed to be the general statement of all that has taken place opinion of the country.

But they

on that subject between the Sovereignadded that they could not make it a Pontiff and the Sardinian Governcabinet question, as they had done ment, the whole being accompanied with respect to the royal sanction. by a series of authentic documents, The Committee of the Bill relative to and forming a quarto volume of about the sale of the property of the clergy, 300 pages.Daily Express, 14th Feb., is entirely favourable to it. The 1855. Government has decided that, in the PIEDMONT.—Since the passing of event of a Carlist invasion, the Minis- the Convention Loan in the Senate, ter of War shall command the army and the Convent Suppression Bill by to be sent against it. A force of eight the Deputies, there has been a lull in battalions of infantry, 1,000 cavalry, the public interest in Parliamentary and eighteen or twenty guns can proceedings. The business has been promptly be collected on any point confined to the passing of a Bill enthat may be menaced. Voluntary abling the Minister of War to add enlistments for the army do not 500 men to the navy by the Senate, amount to less than 10,000 men. It and a Bill voted by the Deputies, for

establishing tribunals of commerce at After the dogma of the “Immaculate Turin and Nice. The feeling through Conception " had been disposed of, the country against the attempts at their attention was particularly directed Papal intervention is daily developing to these points—the composition of itself, and before the Convent Bill the superior council of the Irish comes on for discussion by the Senate Catholic University—the political con

will be shown by hundreds of petitions duct of the Irish priests, the Legatine in favour of that measure. It is said authority and title of Archbishop that already between twenty and Cullen, and other matters of minor thirty thousand signatures have been public interest, such as the discipline attached to these Petitions, and the of the College of Maynooth, the system once thoroughly explained, doctrines of some of its professors, and there is no doubt the idea will gather the statutes and rules of some other rapidly.

colleges, including the Irish college at In answer to those who object to the Paris. Each and all these matters present form of government, that Mem- were brought under the notice of the bers of Parliament dependant in any Propaganda

in different

ways. way on Government are not free to vote Touching the question as to whether as they please, the “ Espero” of Satur- the Supreme Council of the Catholic day gives the following list of persons University should consist of the four holding offices under Government who archbishops, or of all the Irish prelates, voted in the minority on the Convent or a committee chosen by them, ArchSuppression Bill. There were, it says, bishop Cullen was decidedly of opinion three Councillors of State, two presi- that the exclusive management should dents of tribunals of first instance, be vested in the hands of the metrothree professors of university, one politans; and before the arrival of magistrate of appeal, and one in Archbishop MacHale his opinion was spector of weights and measures in shared by the Propaganda. I have all 10, out of a minority of 36 ! reason to believe, however, that the

From Rome the only news is of the management will be left to the whole orders given for reducing the French Irish episcopacy. With regard to the garrison to the numbers already political conduct of the Irish priests, agreed upon, and the completion of it is alleged that since his translation telegraphic communication between to Dublin, Dr. Cullen has completely Rome and the rest of Europe, though adopted those opinions which secured this is not yet open to the public, and for his venerable predecessor, Dr. does not seem to be very scrupulously Murray, the esteem of the most reused by the Government, as in report- spectable portion of the Catholics of ing the attack on Eupatoria the other Great Britain and Ireland, and the day, it pleased the authorities to approbation and confidence of the represent the Russians as conquerors. English Government and Irish ExecuThe French Government, feeling the tive. He is said to be opposed to want of further telegraphic means of clerical agitation, and would wish to correspondence with the East, is about see the political conduct of the priests to establish a constant communication in Ireland regulated on the model of by fast steamers between Malta and the French and Belgian clergy. Cagliari, whence the telegraph_will Archbishop MacHale, as is well be practicable in a short time. From known, advocated different views, and Cagliari to Cape Bona submarine wires according to him, religion and patriotwill be laid down as as the ism necessitated agitation on the part season admits of the operation being of the Irish priesthood. The feeling safely undertaken, but the English in Rome is said, however, to be favourGovernment does not appear to be able to Dr. Cullen; but if the bishops impressed yet with the importance of and priests in Ireland were known at continuing it to Malta.Times, March Rome to be of an opposite opinion, 12, 1855.

there is reason to fear that the PropaRome.-A private letter from Rome ganda would not follow the judicious gives some particulars respecting the advice and recommendation of Dr. proceedings of the Irish Catholic Cullen. prelatag lately assembled in that city. With respect to the Legatine powers,


it was urged against their continuance drawing his "powerful advocacy that the mission of a Legate Apostolic from Ireland, whatever the decision to an ancient Church like that of Ire- may be. Mr. Lucas has been well land implied the prevalence of abuses received by all the authorities, and if with which the national episcopacy he had not Dr. Cullen would now be was not able, or was unwilling, to in Dublin Dr. Cullen is not satisfied cope. Moreover, it is considered that with the Cardinal, and attempts are Archbishop Cullen had interfered too made to lessen the support the latter much, and the brief regarding the has given to Mr. Lucas, by clearly postulation for the appointment of demonstrating that the Cardinal did Irish bishops was set aside through his not, some years since, by any means influence. It was alleged that Dr. approve the political conduct of that Cullen had been appointed Legate in fiery convert. -" Times,March 12, order to facilitate the working of the 1855. Catholic University, and that there Popish CATHEDRAL IN TYBURNIA. was no supposition or wish that he (From a Correspondent.) – It is should interfere. The issue regarding reported that Cardinal Wiseman is in the continuance of the name or title treaty with one of the Bishop of will depend on the Irish bishops, if London's le es, and the trustees of they agree with Dr. MacHale, and it bis estate for the purchase of some is anticipated that he will lose an unfinished houses in Westbourneauthority which he is said to have terrace, for the erection of a Popish exercised with much discretion, and in cathedral and conventual establishà manner to give satisfaction to the ment. In the time of Henry VIII. English Government.

the whole of the Bishop of London's Regarding the seminaries, some- Paddington estate belonged to the thing

of the spirit of the English con- Popish establishment of St. Peter's, stitution has, it is said, infused itself Westminster, which may account for into the rules and statutes of these Cardinal Wiseman's desire to repossess establishments, but Dr. Cullen is of it.—“Record,March 8th, 1855. opinion that they should be entirely Miss Sellon's Pupils.-It is not Roman. This matter, however, is left only in the East that the members of to the Irish bishops themselves. It is Miss Sellon's monastic order are enthought that the Irish prelates and deavouring to obtain employment. priests may regard Dr. Cullen's con- Notwithstanding the failure of their duct in all these matters as too much mission to Scutari, it is said that a encroaching on “ the authority and vigorous effort is now being made to national independence” of the Catholic introduce a female from the Plymouth Church in Ireland, and that he may “ Anglican Nunnery," into an infirmconsequently become very unpopular, ary in Dorsetshire. These attempts and so lose the influence which would are not unnoticed. They must be be necessary for his retaining a vestige resisted to the utmost, even though of authority at Rome. But whatever promoted by those who, lately, when be the private views of Rome on such in offices of trust and power, were only matters as these, Archbishop Cullen too successful in efforts of this kind. will not be supported against the well- Ibid. known desire of the Irish Church. His fall would be a loss to English PROTESTANT ASSOCIATION. interests and views, and would be THE ANNUAL MEETING of the members unfortunate just now,

as Cardinal and friends of the Protestant AssoWiseman has, since the Papal aggres

will be held (D.V.) on sion agitation, changed so much in WEDNESDAY, May 9th, 1855, at the politics. It appears that the Cardinal large Room, Exeter Hall. The Chair spoke in the highest terms to the will be taken at 12 o'clock. Pope and others of Mr. Lucas. When The ANNIVERSARY SERMON will be this gentleman had an audience of his preached (D.v.) on Tuesday Evening, Holiness, he expressed his determina- May 8th. tion of leaving Ireland should his The names of the Chairman and mission to Rome fail. The Pope Preacher will be announced in our entreated him not to think of with- next number.




MAY, 1855.



Maynooth is felt in the House of Commons.

There are Honourable Members who occupy seats there who are indebted to priestly interference, not to say priestly intimidation, for their having been placed at the head of the poll.

But are the Protestants of Great Britain silently to witness the efforts, the too successful efforts, of Rome? Are we, because Protestant Christians, to care so little about our civil rights and privileges, as to make no proper attempts to repel Popery, and promote Protestantism in every legitimate way in their power ?

Deeply as we feel the vast superiority of eternal over temporal things, still temporal matters, whether of a private or a public nature, must have some portion of our time and attention. Are we not called on, while promoting the kingdom of Christ Jesus, by missionary and other efforts, to take care that we do nothing, by vote, by voice, or by money, to help forward the cause of Antichrist ? Yet Popery has so strong a hold on the House of Commons, that we are most inconsistently, ignominiously compelled, as a nation, to teach and propagate the very errors against which we protest.

Mr. Spooner has given notice of a Motion preparatory to discontinuing the grant to Maynooth College, and thus to rid our country of this national sin. We hope he will be successful, and would suggest to our friends and readers the propriety of its being made a matter of prayer, that a gracious and powerful influence from on high may be vouchsafed to our statesmen and legislators at the present critical juncture of affairs, not only in regard to this question, but as to others also.

Referring to the Maynooth Report, we find that, Her Majesty's Commissioners state, in submitting their Report, - the labour of two-and-twenty months,—that they have dealt with the various subjects of their inquiry in the following order :Vol. XVII.-May, 1855.

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