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Rome! The circumstances, forsooth, do not now exist " which gave the law of Lateran its force,-Fas est et ab hoste doceri." The proposal to abrogate the Oath of Supremacy reminds one of the vehemence with which the advocates of Rome continually assail the character of Henry VIII.-" far be it from any true Protestant to defend his cruelty or his licentiousness ;" but we may ask, are these the grounds of Romish hostility ? History will tell us that Rome can pardon these things. Whence, then, her hostility ?-Simply because he broke her sceptre by denying the Pope's supremacy in England; but especially because in his reign access was given to the Scriptures, and men began to judge for themselves, and to learn to “ give a reason for the hope that was in them,”—a fatal blow to Romish tyranny and Romish corruption. Another argument, so to speak, which is put forward is, that the number professing the faith of Rome is now so great* that our restrictive laws ought to be abolished. A wise argument, doubtless, why a garrison should open its gates and demolish its defences, because the enemy, so long awed into inaction by the attitude of the garrison and the strength of its defences, is more powerful and numerous than heretofore ! The wise man said—“ Surely the net is spread in vain in the sight of any bird.”
WONDERFULLY CHANGEABLE TIMES ! True, these are changeable times; but while man--the Pope included -is fallible, it is not to be wondered at that great and strange changes should take place. Man is fond of novelty, though the variation only consists in jumping “from the pan into the fire,” notwithstanding he may have experienced the horrors of the fame. Judging from the speeches of certain “Honourable” Members of the Parliament, we might suppose them in possession of the secrets of the “ Fire King," consequently have not the fear of the devouring element which less favoured people have.
Some changes there are of a nature to make angels rejoice ; others there are which are calculated to make even the hard heart of man feel pity, and grieve those who love their God, their Queen, their country. It is a joyful sight to see a dear friend forsaking a course of commandment breaking, and turning to the paths of obedience to God, and faith and love, through his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; to reverse the case is distressing. To see a subject turned from rebellion, to be a good and loyal subject, faithful to his country's welfare, is truly pleasing; but to see a man, once devoting himself to protect his native land from wily enemies, fall from his high station, and sneak away to those enemies, is sad. It is gratifying to see an increasing desire among the people for the better observance of the Sabbath i would that such a desire was manifested by those in authority,
Instead of such a desire, do we not see them actively and passively pour contempt on God's holy day. Were there no other signs to indicate a tendency towards Rome, the casting aside of one of the distinguishing marks of the true Protestant—the strict observance of the Lord's-day--would be strong evidence of a predisposition on the part of our legislators, to roam from the good old paths of truth, and speed on to Rome. We sometimes hear said, “ When at Rome, do as Rome does ;" perhaps such may be the instructions given to the representatives of this Protestant country, when sent to where Romanism prevails. It would be joyful, indeed, to see a change come over those who send them; but it is to be feared that it may be said of them, in reference to the Fourth Commandment, “ They obeyed not, neither inclined their ear; but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear nor receive instruction." This may also be said of them respecting the dangers to be apprehended from Popery. They heed not the constitution; Parliamentary records, history, petitions, and the faithful warnings of a small band of brother legislators, fail to impress upon them the necessity of supporting the Protestant constitution—of preserving it inviolate. The declaration of Protestants, that they desire that all men should freely follow the dictates of conscience in things relating to religion, is set at nought. Romishly inclined members harp on against the “rubbish” of the statute-book, the bigotry of the faithful representative and represented. The mere fact of their so doing would not be of any consequence, if they were not placed in a situation which gives them the power to do mischief. They seem not to understand the ground on which true Protestants oppose Popery. It is not the abstract religion of a body of men that is desired to be restrained by laws, but the desire is that no State recognition and support should be given to a system of idolatry, believing idolatry to be abominable in the sight of the Lord, and will call down his wrath, against which none can stand, - whether that wrath be directed "against a nation or against a man only." As a secondary consideration, every patriot must look upon those persons who take an oath of allegiance to the Pope, the infallible enemy of all heretical Protestant sovereigns and people, as persons against whom he must be on his guard, as in the case of all other promoters of insurrection.
Protestants, your petitions in support of the constitution have been disregarded, what else could you expect from a Ministry under delusion, one of whose representatives is of opinion, that the Indian tribes of Canada should be instructed by the Jesuits at the expense of the province, (see“Continental Echo,” Feb. 1846,) he says, “It appears to me that the only practical mode of bringing them to entire civilization is by means of their religious instructors; and I see no religious body 80 able to carry on that philanthropic undertaking, as the Jesuits, who had such signal success among the Paraguay Indians.” Does not this show the shallowness of observation, the deficiency of reflection on the part of that official, and is it not a fair sample of those “at home." It is easy to pour water on a black, and call him washed, but the colour of his skin is not changed. The Jesuits may pour holy water, and their “able" instruction on the Indians and call them “good Catholics,” but are they cleansed from their Heathenism ? is the black heart changed to living white?
What do the Indians give up-forsake when they turn Catholics-Papists? their own rough idols for the more artistic ones of Popery! It is easy enough to persuade a beggar to change his poor rags for a splendid dress, but to persuade a man to forsake a life of worldliness, a course of dissipation, and take a directly opposite course, to turn to the plain and full worship of God, who is to be worshipped in spirit and in truth, is much more difficult. The Protestant religion cannot adapt itself to tribes and people of all descriptions, they must grow up to it; there is but one standard, even the Bible, the writ word, and one Lord and only Mediator to whom all must bow. The standard cannot safely be altered-neither add to nor take from it, is the admonition of the Almighty.
Protestants, stand forth,—be not dismayed-do your duty : use all means the law allows, hasten to petition, trust not in man. March 20, 1846.
DUBLIN PROTESTANT ASSOCIA- Prior, T. D. Gregg, John Light, Daw
TION AND REFORMATION SO. son D. Heather, and D. Creighton; CIETY.
Sir Edmund Waller, Bart.; Messrs. The Fifth Anniversary Meeting of Wilcox, Gwynne, Gerrard, Briscoe, this Association was held on Thurs- Hewson, Parker ;
Drs. Richey, day, April 28, in Whitefriars' Hall. M.Leod, and Hyndman; Captain The attendance was both numerous O'Hara ; Messrs. Grattan, Fry, and respectable.
A.B., Thomas H. Thompson, W.F. The platform, which presented an Taylor, &c., &c. Shortly after twelve improved appearance, having been o'clock, the chair was taken by The re-constructed, and on which was Very Rev. the Dean of Ardagh. placed a handsome chair, the gift of The Meeting was opened with the Wesleyan Orange Lodge, was oc- prayer. cupied by a number of clergymen and The CHAIRMAN said, he had observed gentlemen, among whom were Revds. the proceedings of that Association H. S. Owen, Richard Budd, Richard for the last five years, and he could Verschoyle, F. Trench, H. B. Ma- say, with respect to that period of cartney, Alexander Miller, William time, that his heart had been with Magee, J. B. Owen, W. R. Stacke, their hearts. He had long wished for
Syte, A. Nicholls, P. Henry, an opportunity of addressing them. Brett, John Benson, J. C. M'Caus- The Protestantism of England was of land, Robert Kingsmore, Usher, a twofold nature-political and re
Shields, - Elwood, Hill Wilson, ligious. The former was compreH. Siddiard, J. Potterton, Mark Cald- hended in this proposition—the suwell, Charles Archdall, Richard Maun- preme head of the Church of England sell, Thomas Maguire, William Simp- is the King of England, and the son, D. A. Percy, W. W. Sillito, Bishop of Rome has no authority Francis Irwin, John Mulloy, Richard within the realms of that country. George, Edwin Thomas, Francis Religious Protestantism was, justifiThomas, H. R. Halahan, Hugh E. cation by faith alone. So long as these two parts of their faith unitedly to him that that Association had beexisted in England she enjoyed pros- gun to make the dignitaries of the perity. The moment they ceased to Church of Rome tremble. The stateco-exist a period of domestic discon- ment made by that astonishing man tent and misery commenced. Now, for he was a man of great mindthere had been a revival of Pro- John M'Hale, in his letter which aptestantism within the last sixty or peared in the “Mail,” of the 2d of seventy years, but it was a revival March, had presented the public with exclusively of religious Protestantism. the facts that the Bible was making The latter was in the ascendant, but inroads on Catholicity, and that he political Protestantism had been kept feared the consequences. (Hear, down; and he maintained that all hear.) the evils which had come on the The Resolution was passed unanicountry within the last thirty or forty mously. years were attributable to that cir- The Rev. J. B. OWEN, an English cumstance. The Bishop of Rome clergyman, moved the second Resohad now jurisdiction in their corpo- lution :-" That it is a paramount rations-in their registries and elec- duty of all Protestant Irishmen to tions—in the National Board of Edu- labour for the promotion of the welcation (hear, hear)-in the Poor-law fare of their country, and the best Boards—in the Houses of Commons interests, both for time and eternity, and Lords; for not a Bill could pass of their countrymen. That we are through either which was disagreeable convinced that these never can be to the Church of Rome in their own secured so long as Popery prevails in Church; for it was a well-known fact Ireland, and that hence it is incumthat no Member of the body would bent upon Irish Protestants to give be provided for by the Government their best exertions in a Christian who did not send in his adhesion to way to eradicate from their country the abominable system of national that false and erroneous system.” education--and jurisdiction over the The Secretary called on the Rev. Throne; for the Pope of Rome now Frederick Trench, of Cloughjordan, shared with the Queen of England a to second the Resolution. power which, according to the Con- The Rev. Mr. GREGG said he had stitution of the empire, belonged ex- to inform them that Mr. Trench clusively to Her Majesty-namely, would be found to differ from them that of conferring dignities on sub- not inconsiderably, and to animadvert jects. . (Applause.) The Very Rev. with something like severity on some Dean denounced the endowment of of their proceedings. Upon this unthe College of Maynooth as a national derstanding, Mr. Trench having resin, and concluded by saying that he quested to be allowed to speak there, should be extremely happy to render he (Mr. Gregg) told him that it had that Association any assistance in his been always their practice to allow power whenever he was in Dublin. every objection to be made, provided (Hear, hear.)
he allowed them a reply. He thereW. C. Espy, Esq., then read a fore entreated that they would be so Report, which detailed the proceed- kind as to lend him (Mr. Trench) ings of the Association during the their best attention. past year, and also a financial state- The Rev. F. F. TRENCH, of Cloughment.
jordan.--I hope there is not a person The Rev. JOHN MOLLOY moved in this house that has a more heartthat the Report and statement of felt admiration of Mr. Gregg than I accounts be adopted, printed, and have, and I recollect that one of the placed at the disposal of the Com- sentiments he expressed on one ocmittee.
casion was, that when he felt himself The Rev. T. MAGUIRE seconded called upon to do so, he would exthe Resolution. In doing so, he bore press his opinions in the face of pertestimony to the willingness of the sons who differed from him evert to people of Ireland to receive the Scrip- the extreme. (Hear.) He said, he tures, and observed that it appeared would not be afraid to go into some
town where there were as many devils glorious Gospel of the blessed God, as slates on the roofs of houses. the doctrine of justification by faith (Laughter.) Now, I feel that I am only, and till they have received hohere in the midst of honest men, and liness as consisting in conformity to surrounded by a vast number of the mind and character of our blessed Christian brethren; I have no doubt Lord, instead of thinking, as many about that; and though I do decline do, that it consists in external forms paying compliments, yet there may and ceremonies (hear, hear); and be a call for it on some occasions, and therefore I do most cordially second I do say I honour Mr. Gregg, I feel this Resolution, and say that no true respect for his zeal and boldness, I happiness, no true religion, can be differ very materially from him, and enjoyed in this country till that which I am sorry to say with you, as to the we believe to be false religion is means whereby our great object is to eradicated from it. The question is, be accomplished. There is a circum- how is this to be brought about ? stance mentioned in the Governor. That is the only difference between General of India's late despatch con- us. (Hear.) Now, my dear brethren, cerning the late victory, that suggests what has led me to be here to-day is what I mean. One of the Sikh this: the day before yesterday I was princes was killed in battle, and his attending one of the clerical meetings, friends came and asked permission to and the question proposed was, Is it take away his dead body. Orders right for Christian friends were given to allow this
1.1.ow us dead body to Mr. QBEGG rose to order.—What ha taken away, because, said the passed in these Meetings is perf
nerfectly General, he honoured him for the confidential, and I entreat that that bold decisive character he showed, feeling which we must all bear to the that he was ready to perish in battle will of the clergy, may be respected, rather than yield. I know Mr. Gregg and that what was said there may not for that character of boldness, and I be referred to. I am sure that the feel that it is the privilege of every clergy are distinctly aware that no Protestant to let every person act as mention is to be made of their private they think right, provided they do conversation in public. nothing that violates law. I came The Rev. Mr, TRENCH.—Well, as here distinctly on the invitation of this Resolution has been put into my Mr. Gregg, and he has promised me hands, I would wish to speak a few that I shall have a fair hearing, and words to it. It alludes to every ChrisI do not ask you not to express your tian way in which we can eradicate disapprobation to anything I may say Popery from the country. Now, my that you may consider not right-1 dear brethren, we feel we have but ask you to give me a fair hearing. one object in view, and the kindness Mr. Gregg put the Resolutions into that I have experienced from you my hand, and he asked me to move makes me feel that I will experience an amendment to any of them. When more of your kindness. I would just I looked over the Resolutions, I found wish you to be well-informed on every that the second Resolution was one subject. We all know that ignorance, that I could most cordially support; in the Roman Catholic Church, is and as it is always more agreeable to called “ the mother of devotion,” but support than to differ, I feel great general information and knowledge pleasure, indeed, in seconding this is a great help to Protestantism, and Resoiution. [The Rev. Gentleman therefore I am sure you would wish then read the Resolution, as proposed to be well informed as to a matter of by the Rev. Mi. Owen.] I should fact relative to every institution that feel myself unworthy to stand here if is connected with the progress of I would willingly yield to any indi- truth in this country, Now, I wishi vidual in giving my assent to that to mention a fact with respect to an proposition; and I feel that nothing eminent person in the Church of Irewill do good to the peace of this land, and who, I should suppose, country that deserves the name of would be the best informed of any I good, till they have embraced the could name respecting the National