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he result. It was just what the Pharisee did. IIe examined himself, and he said, “I have done this-I have not done that. I fast twice in the

Literary Notices. week, I give tithes of all that I possess. I am not like that Publican. I am not as other men are. They are very bad. I am better than they." The Pharisee was not justified in that self-examination. Neither will

Short Prayers for the Hours (Church Press Company), is one you be, if that be all you have to say. It will end in the sin of Pride of those little works in paper covers with which the press teems. (pp. 78, 9).

There is nothing original about it that we can see, but all such There is a smooth velvet lawn in your garden beautifully kept, carefully rolled, not a blade of grass displaced-soft

, gentle

, unrulled to the works are aids to devotion, and as such we welcome them. eye. And so it continues many days while the sun is warm and the weather dry; but of a sudden the rain descends. Forthwith out of it We have far too long delayed noticing Part 2 of The Golden spring a thousand worms and filthy creeping things, which were all Gate, by the Rev. S. Baring-Gould (Hodges : London and the while hidden beneath the surface, and your velvet lawn is for a moment marred and spoiled. Just so is your heart; apparently smooth, Froome). It is an excellent continuation of the first part, unruffled, undisturbed, without a defect. But self-examination descends which we commended to our readers some months

ago. The into it, as the rain to refresh and to do it good ; and then a thousand miserable Devotions it contains are suited to every variety of circumsins (like creeping worms) spring up and mako themselves visible, and stance in which any individual may be placed. It only proyou are astonished at the foulness which lay beneath so fair an exterior” (p. 86).

fesses to be a compilation for the use of devout laity living in Naturally, the consequence of self-examination is Confession, the world, but we heartily thank Mr. Baring-Gould for it, as and it forms the subject of the sixth day's Sermon, which is an excellent and convenient book of devotions, which, when a beautiful and eloquent one, pointing out in fervent language derived from foreign sources, are rendered in thoroughly good

English. the dangers of those who endeavour to ignore their sins, and the blessed peace resulting from the benefits of absolution.

A thoroughly good Anglo-Catholic shilling magazine is still In a Mission Sermon one naturally looks to private confession being prominently brought forward, and rightly so, though Monthly Packet

. The great fault in this, is the number of

a desideratum. Perhaps, however, the best we possess is the laid

interminable serial stories and articles which each number universal observance. The repentant soul having followed up contains. In the April part there are no less than six serials. self-examination by confession, strives for the future after we are getting tired of " Traditions of Tirol,” much as we holiness, and so The New Life forms a fitting subject for the admire the people and the country, and shall be very glad when next Sermon. The one which follows it, entitled The Call, is a very striking one, putting in most forcible langunge how Part II. Chap. XIV.) receives his inheritance.

Bertram, the heir of Pendyne” (a story which has reached

The poetry in really, while occupied most fully with this world's affairs, we

the April number is good, but the best paper it contains is one may, if we heed not how we enter upon them, be really

on Devotion in Art, by the Rev. G. C. Harris. It is eloquent, standing all the day idle.

and interesting, and breathes a thoroughly Catholic spirit. There is labour, there is industry. there is an immense quantity of work done. We grant that, but still the question comes homo just as close as ever, “ Why stand ye here all the day idle?" Simply because it

T'he Churchman's Shilling Magazine, better got up and is all spent upon a lifferent object from that which the Lord Jesus Christ printed than the Monthly Packet, also contains two long serial says is the true object of every man's life—the Kirgdom of Heaven. novels by female hands. There is a capital article, apropos of

Three things are apparent in this question, combined with the answer Mr. Kingsley's “Water Babies,” by the Rev. W. R. Clark, of which I received in my several calls. One, that there is in man a very remarkable faculty—that of labour. The second, that in most cases he Taunton. We always thought the "Water Babies" a charmuses that faculty of labour upon a wrong object. The third, that in so ing book for both young and old, but after Mr. Clark's interdoing he deprives himself of the highest part of his being, as a soul esting and lucid interpretation of the meaning of the story, meant for immortality.

we shall appreciate it still more highly, Under the title, The Answer, the reply of the labourers is considered, and the ignorance of men in general, that they

The Banner. No. 1. April, 1870. (John Hodges, Bedfordhave been hired to work for God, is pointed out. He then street, London, and Froome.) We advise all who are disgusted considers the work which has to be done, of bringing all to with the stupid dullness of the Parish Magazine—we fancy the knowledge and love of God. His remarks as to schools everyone is—to get The Banner, which only wants support to bear so directly on the present movement that we give a short make it what is desired for localising. This number begins extract :

with “ Sketches from Natural History,” giving a description And for the poor, look to your parish schools! Not Government and picture of the buffalo. Mr. Mackeson contributes a paper schools, not secular-knowledge schools, with Conscience Clauses and other schemes, by which the Faith of Jesus shall be obliterated; but on “Church Choirs,” containing much sound and sensible Church schools, schools under the teaching of the Parish Priest. Your advice as to their training, and the danger of irreverence work must be to help the Priest to gather in the little ones, and give arising if it is carried on in Church. Mr. Baring-Gould gives them to him ; to strengthen him by your co-operation,

your sympathy, us an allegorical Hungarian story, entitled, « The Metal and your alms.

Gather in the fish of all kinds out of the sea into the net, and when you have got them there, train them, not so King;" then follows a tale called The Corner Plantation," much in secular training, though that of course in part, but spiritual which is of a highly sensational character, evidently written learning. moral learning, that they may be instructed in the nurture by one who is quite ignorant of his subject, e.g., a man and admonition of the Lord;” and so, when grown up, may, knowing whose wife is ill, and he out of work, is represented as going the reason of the faith that is in them,” he defended against the wiles of out at night to shoot a rabbit. We beg the writer to consult the devil, and become good, and substantial, and trustworthy, and steady soldiers of Jesus Christ.

a country friend. No sane rustic would attempt anything so The final Sermon is a very solemn one, entitled Too Late. impossible. Unfortunately, instead, he shoots, But we will These Sermons, though, as we have shown, forming a course, not spoil the interest of the story, though the man is simply and fitted admirably to follow each other, yet are each com- one of those mythical beings we hear so much of from antiplete in themselves ; so that in reading any one of them one game-law agitators. There is an interesting account of Leeds is not left with the unpleasant sensation of having begun or Parish Church, some notes on gardening, several short bits of ended in the middle of a subject. They are very remarkable poetry, and some miscellaneous reviews, scraps, &c. The price Sermons, clear, practical, and forcible, very rich in illustration, being a penny, and a great reduction offered to those who without its leading, as is often the case, away from the subject take it by the hundred to localise, we think it in every way under consideration. The volume is well bound, and the type worthy of attention. good—altogether, we may safely say that those who buy it will not be disappointed.

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tune to Salve festa dies as being sweet, pleasing, and easily "Say, if you dare, in face of the benefits accomplished by the Church sung, it will be welcome to those who do not like, or do not in the bosom of Christian humanity: say that this Christianity, which choose, to use the Gregorian setting. It is published by grand tree of Christian civilization—this Christianity which has caused

bas overthrown Paganism, and which has planted upon its ruins the Novello.

to flourish as its most magnificent branches, liberty, equality, fraternity

and charity, these holy and sublime things, which modern intellect claims PERE FELIX AT NOTRE DAME.

as its work with a pretension in which folly disputes with ingratitude ;

say that Christianity, the creator and preserver of everything good, pure, (Continued.)

legitimate and salutary, which the modern world still bears in its bosom, In his third Conference Père Felix treated “Of the existence of

was that independent, individual, and Latitudinarian Christianity which authority in the Church.” The greater part of his Sermon was essentially you dreamed of yesterday, that you might give to all the follies of Roman, and breathed a truly Ultramontane spirit. We shall not give innovation, the consecration of an august past. Ah! say that, if you will, any lengthened extracts from it this week. He said :

and ask the contemporary press, that messenger of so many errors, that “There are three great facts which mutually sustain each other and too faithful echo of so many lying voices, to repeat it to all the world— form one single fact, the eminent fact of historical authority in the history to obey you will not recede; to give reason to systems two bosom of Christianity.

thousand years behind the age, she will not vanish nor transform herself " There is the fact of Jesus Christ in person, creating authority in the according to your desires. She remains erect-behold her there !-erect Church, founded by His word.

in her past of nineteen centuries; still erect to-day, almost at the dawn * There is the fact of living tradition, that is, of the voice of all the of her twentieth century, and she cries to you—“I am the true Chrisdoctors, proclaiming this authority invoked by their testimony.

tianity ; I, the Church of Jesus Christ, I am nothing or I am authority; “There is the fact of the practice of the Church exercising in the light I am an invention—a purely human philosophy—or I am the authority of centuries, the authority which she claims in humanity:

of God in humanity.” “ These three facts, mutually uniting and strengthening each other, "O magnificent spectacle! O unparalleled phenomenon! Authority form an historical pedestal, for the authority of the Church, which is there, planted in history, forcing its roots into all the depths of nothing henceforth can shake, and before the threefold face of this fact, humanity, and entwining them round all things to affirm, to fertilise, to whence an invincible light shines forth, reason, under the penalty of protect everything. And here it is, still beneath our gaze, as ambitious braving history, and outraging good sense, is summoned to exclaim- as ever to command and govern souls. It is there, like the great tree, “ There is an authoritative Christianity in the world, or there is no which bears everything, like the sap which nourishes everything, liko Christianity at all.”

the mainspring which moves everything, like the strength which raises These three facts formed the three heads of Père Felix's Conference. everything, like the power which sustains everything, and Christianity Speaking of the dreamers of ideal religion, and of transcendental Chris- itself with everything; for on the morrow of the day on which authority tianity," he said,

sball perish in Christianity, Christianity will be ruined, because with “Instead of seeking in the history of Christianity, and in its primitive authority, it will have lost the reason of its existence, and the condition monuments that which is deposited in writings, acknowledged to be of its life.” authentic by criticism itself, they imagine a creation of Christianity, formed entirely in the mould of their own philosophical thought and religious conception. Instead of asking themselves what Jesus Christ,

Correspondence. God or Man, willed to make by laying upon the earth the foundations of this prodigious edifice, they prefer to enquire what they would have willed to make themselves in the place of this Christ, the Founder

(The Editor is not responsible for the opinions of his Correspondents.) -and even after the accomplished fact—the history of the origin

AN APPENDIX TO THE PRAYER BOOK. of Christianity, must be produced to be melted down in the crucible of their SIR, -Have any steps yet been taken for advocating the restoration of so-called religious criticism, in order that it may be formed according to the 1st Liturgy of Edward VI. as an appendix to the present Prayer their ideas conceived two thousand years after the fact; and little more Book, for alternative use, or for regaining for the Church of England indeed is wanting for them to make Jesus Christ a thinker of the nine- the anointing the sick with oil? Your remarks on these important teenth century of the Christian era, speaking religion as they speak it points ought not to be fruitless. Yours, &c., OXONIENSIS. themselves, or as a Communist or Socialist would speak it at Paris in 1870."

THE ADORATION OF THE B.V.M. At the close of the Conference Père Felix anathematised heretics of all ages, from Arius to Luther.

SIR,—Your correspondents last week quoted several Anglican authori“Anathema, finally,” he said, “to all the obstinate enemies, to all the ties for honouring our Lady. Let me add Ant. Stafford's testimony in public insulters, of the authority founded by Jesus Christ!

The Femall Glory. Of her Assumption, he says :-"By many of the · Thus does the Church act in her immortal life; she marches over

Fathers, all of the Romish and some of the Reformed, it is held for unthe shadow which errors endeavour to accumulate on her road, holding

doubted truth. .. Bullinger saith, .We doe believe that the wombe up with a firm hand the incorruptible light! She marches over all of the God-bearing Virgin and the Temple of the Holy Ghost, that is, negations, placing before each, as it presents itself, her immutable affir- her Sacred Body, to have been assumed into heaven.'” Again, “Of one mations, and opposing to all as they advance to meet her, her invincible thing I will assure them (the Puritans),-till they are good Marians, phalanx. She marches onward, branding on the forehead every error

they shall never be good Christians ; while they derogate from the dignity which she condemns, with a stigma that time cannot efface, or striking of the Mother they cannot truly honour the Sonne.” Uuder the illustrathem with a thunderbolt which leaves on the brow of all thus smitten, tion of the Assumption, he gives

:a sign similar to that which the Archangel Michael imprinted with his

" What honour could to this great Queen be done, victorious haud, on the foreheads of the fallen angels. She marches

More than be taken up to heaven high, onward, defining all dogmas, confounding all heresies, anathematising

And there have God for Father, Spouse, and Sonneall schisms, excommunicating all apostacies, piercing to the heart with

The Angels warde ; the world stands wond'ring by.” her Divine sword all Rationalisms; and in her attitude of Sovereign, with

Bishop Jolly says “ The highest honour that can be paid to a creature is due to her.”

Yours, A MARIAN. that calm, which is the majesty of her strength, and with that humble, though bold, assurance, which is the conviction of her right; she passes through all insurrections, all protestations and all human revolu- SIR,—Permit me to thank Mr. Brooks for his friendly and courteous tions, without abdicating any of the privileges of her Divine authority, reply to my unheaded letter to yourself. One ought hardly to daro or of the prerogatives of her immortal royalty.

to doubt such works as Ken and Scarson, were it not for the query, if " In vain do errors agitate and passions rage, do men blaspheme and she and the martyrs are already in heaven itself, what becomes of the people conspire, against this claim to Divine authority; sovereignty in the one day of Judgment, which is to allot their final doom to all ? Rev. Church, having its Pontiff-King at its head, ever affirms it, and affirms xx., 12 ; 1 Cor. iv., 5; 2 Cor. v., 10. Probably I should be considered it, too, with a brilliancy which seems to disconcert her enemies, as much as straining a point too far in asking if it be not possible at least that as it fills with joy, the hearts of her children. Her affirmation increases both might have used the term heaven, rather in its popular than in its with negation, her boldness with her perils, her real power with her strict literal sense. Thus St. Paul speaks of departing and being with apparent weakness, and the manifestation of her Divinity with all the Christ (Phil. i, 23) and with the Lord (2 Cor., v. 5), and yet could hardly assaults and all the fury of humanity. Men discuss her ; she says, have meant in heaven itself (2 Tim., iv., 8), (Eccles. xii., 7). • I am.' They deny her; she says, “Behold me.' They try to stop her ; And what says Bull ? “ ì'he Church for some ages after the Apostles she passes by them. They wish to silence her; she speaks. They desire believed that the souls of the faithful in the state of separation, though to enslave her; she commands. They outrage her, they insult, her, they they were in a happy condition in Paradise, yet are not in the third curse her; she smiles, she pardons, she blesses. All the Balaams of free heaven, nor do enjoy the beatific vision till the resurrection. Nay this thought aru evoked by the age to proclaim her nothingness or to was a doctrine so generally received in the time of Justin Martyr that prophecy her death, and even to proclaim her already dead, and quite we learn from himn that there were none but some profligate heretics that dead; e pur si muove, and she arises, she marches onward, she acts, she believed the souls of the faithful before the resurrection to be received triumphs, and to morrow her triumph will be the salvation of her into heaven itsell.-(Vindi. of Ch. of E., London, 1719, pages 74-5). enemies.

I have very few books by me here, and send this off at once without



erga Deum

consulting further authorities out of doors, or inquiring whether K.'s or S.'s The Island of Syros, before the Greek revolution, was inhabited by words might not be modified by other expressions of theirs elsewhere. Will 5,000 people, almost all being of the Roman Catholic religion, and under Mr. Brooks allow me to call his attention to Mr. Bennett's review of the the protection of France; but since the said revolution, many Greek Legend of the Assumption, p. 243-258 ; Church's Broken Unity, vol 5, ; refugees, particularly from the Island of Scio, assembled in Syros, for the though he may allege p. 279 afterwards in his own favour.

French protection, and because it was a good port; and it has now Your obedient servant, A SUBSCRIBER, become the central port of commerce in the Archipelago. Its population

now consists of 35,000 people; 30,000 of whom are Orthodox, and the CHRISTIAN POLITICS.

remainder, 5,000, are Roman Catholics. Sin-In your review of Mr. Bartlett's Sermon on Christian Politics, you The Island of Tenos contains a population of 30,000 people ; of whom say the author is not clear in his definitions. This indistinctness arises 26,000 are Orthodox, and 4,000 Roman Catholics. from the almost universal neglect of the study of law.

The remaining six small islands, all under the same spiritual adminisThe two primary laws are derived from the nature of man, and are not tration, contain 22,000 people, all Orthodox-so that you will perceive only the consequences of the end for which man was created, but also that the Archbishopric of Syros, &c., contains nearly 80,000 people--the ground of all duties and the foundation of all law,

all Orthodox ; and therefore the Archbishop is not in partibus ; also, there Almighty God willed the society of man. Designing to unite all man- are 140 Priests, which form one of the largest and best Archbishoprics kind in the possession of their common end, which is to constitute their of Greece.

I remain, &c., (Signed) L. G. ZIFFO. happiness, he has made this last union to depend upon the good use of London, March 24, 1870. that first union which is to form their society. But man cannot live in society without law to keep every one within the order of his obligations.

TWO ALTARS. It follows that the obligatory force of law is derived from the will of

Sir,--In St. Mary's, Redcliffe, Bristol, a few years ago, there was an God, and not from the consent of mun.

altar, unless my memory misleads me, in the Lady Chapel which was The four causes whereby God sustains society are Religion, Providence, used occasionally. There was very recently a second altar in the Church the authority He gives to powers, and the light of reason.

of St. Cross, near Winchester. The Church of St. Mary and St. RadiThe light of reason—the law engraven on the heart of man--points gund, at Whitwell, Isle of Wight, has two altars, but that is, I believe, out to all mankind the rules of justice and equity as binding upon them

a case of two Churches under one roof. There are also two in the by the will of God. The soul was given to man whereby he might Abbey Church, Malvern. In the Church News, Nos. 16, 20, 24, it is know the rules of justice and equity, and not as so much salt to keep noted that Froome Selwood, has two stone altars, that St. Mary's, the flesh from rotting.

Bloxam, has one of wood and one of stone, and Tintagel, Cornwall, It follows that it is impossible to separate religion from politics, unless Gloucester Cathedral two each, Patricio, Brecknockshire, is named as we leave out of the law whereby mankind is governed all consideration having three. I hope next week to be able to collect some more instances of the most excellent part of inan, and of the end for which he was

for Mr. Eliot and St. Chad's.


A LAYMAN. created.

To take another point in your review.

“D. Tit. (1), De Justitia et Jure (2).--Jus gentium est (the jus gentium FAREWELL LETTER OF 'THE GREEK ARCHBISHOP. of the civilians is nearly the same as the jus naturale of the Jurists) hoc solis kominibus inter se commune sit; veluti

The following is a translation of a Greek letter which His Grace the religio, ut parentibus et patriæ pareamus." Here Pomponius lays down Primate received a few days ago from Archbishop Lycurgus :three heads of primary natural law---duty to God, to parents, and to

To the Most Reverend Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of all country. But Cujacius, in commenting upon this passage, says that the

England, Alexander, Archbishop of Syros, Tenos, and Melos, institution patria is so necessary a part of human existence, that'duty to

health and greeting in the Lord. country comes before filial duty.

Now that the time for my departure to my own land has come, on the What place then does Christianity hold in politics—to use the word eve of leaving the Christ-loving and thrice-blessed land of England, in politics in the sense quoted in your review ? By showing man more which I have met with brotherly reception and great honour from the clearly than the law of nature teaches, the end for which he was created, august Prelates and other Clergy of the English Church, and from many Christianity gives him a clearer knowledge of law which is the rule of eminent men, as well men in authority as private persons, and from the his conduct; and his conduct is nothing else but the steps which he venerable Universities of this country in which, moreover (and this is a takes on the road to his end-the BEATIFIC VISION,

privilege the most glorious and precious of all), I have enjoyed the Your obedient servant,

EDMUND HUFF. honour of a personal interview and conversation with your most powerLittle Cawthorpe, Louth, April 7, 1870.

ful and Christ-loving Queen, I feel that I owe a great, nay, a boundless,

debt of gratitude for all the many kindnesses conferred upon me, feeling, AND THEN?

as I do, that in my humble person honour has been paid to the whole Sir,- The substitution of lavender for black gloves at the funeral of orthodox Eastern Church, of which, by God's pleasure, I myself am a a child in Essex, noticed in your last number, appears a movement in the lowly minister. How, then, could I better display my feelings of gratiright direction. The use of black at funerals, as denoting the deprivation tude for all I have experienced than by addressing your Grace, the chief of light and the termination of life, has always appeared abhorrent to Primate of the English Church, and my brother in Christ and honoured the principles of our Faith which views life as the trial, and the grave

friend ? For your Grace, on the moment of my arrival, not only the gate, through which we pass to heaven. Among the Heathen and honoured me with a letter and a welcome, but also comunissioned the the Jews, death was an unclcan thing. The second Adam was made a

Rev. George Williams, a friend of the Greeks, and true to the Faith, to quickening Spirit, and the grave has become sanctified by Christianity. escort and befriend me. This gentleman constantly attended on me, While Christian symbolism appropriated black to the Prince of Darkness and in every matter so readily gave me aid and entertained me, that I am as expiessive of wickedness, sin, and death, so in ancient pictures violet deeply indebted to him for his unwearied attention, and have gained in was worn by martyrs to typisy passion, sorrow and suffering, and blue or

hiin a truly excellent friend. Add to this that I was admitted to the sapphire to express hope in heaven--a symbol shared in by the practice presence of your Grace, and those moments I shall never forget, in which in Turkey, where blue is used in mourning as an emblem of the happi- you received and embraced me as a brother in Christ. ness it is hoped the deceased enjoys in paradise. Surely in these days of

Accept, therefore, Most Reverend Sir, the heartfelt expressions of infidelity the living faith that is in us should be denoted, rather than a gratitude which I offer to your Grace, and through your Grace to the custom be followed that is sanctioned alone by the practice of a dark Christ-loving Clergy over whom you preside. And with confidence and ago; and in following which we outwardly belie the hope we profess. joy. I add that not only I, but all the Holy Clergy and Christ-loving Yours, &c., J. BURHAM SAFFORD.

Laity in our land, among whom the news of the honour conferred upon me has already spread far and wide, are also full of gratitude, and they

with just reason consider that these honours are paid to themselves. THE ARCHBISHOPRIC OF SYROS.

All this contributes to draw tighter the bond of love, in which our Sir.—1 beg to enclose hercin copy of a letter sent to the Editor of Most Holy Ecumenical Patriarch so nobly and befittingly first united us, the Graphic by ine on the 21th ultimo, for publication in his journal, and which now through Divine grace has been strengthened by my visit and as it has not yet been published, I forward it to you, for insertion if to your thrice-glorious land. you should think proper.

We must needs be of one mind in Christ, and unite in arming our. I remain, Sir, yours obediently,

L. G. Ziffo.

selves to form a compact phalanx, strengthened by God, against those 11, Leinster-gardens, Hyde-park, Lordon, April 9, 1870.

devices of the Evil One which in these days of ours make havoc of the GRAPHIC."

Church, and array ourselves against them under Christ as our Leader, SIR, — Having read your article respecting the Archbishop of Syros, and withstand the torrent of materialisin and strange doctrines opposed Tenos, &c., in your edition of the 19th inst., in which you state that to God. For thus alone can the evil plots, which in our day have sprung you are in the dark concerning the number of Greek Christians that up like tares in the pure harvest of the Lord, be repressed to the dis. are in the Diocese of the Archbishopric of Syros, &c., I now beg to for- comtiture of the plotters and to the glory of the Church of Christ, of ward you correct information of the same, together with the total popu- which it has been promised, by the mouth of Him who cannot lie, “ that lation of Syros, Tenos, &c., thinking that it will be acceptable to you, the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.", and at the same time requesting the favour of your inserting it in your I am now departing for Constantinople, and will there announce, both next publication.

by word of mouth and by letter, to our Most Holy Ecumenical Patriarch


and to all the angust Prelates in the East, and above all to the Most removing Christ, the Founder, Saviour, and Lord of All, from the direction Blessed Patriarch of Jerusalem, my own spiritual Father, from whom and rule of human affairs, strives already to complete the mystery of sin, it was my privilege to receive the blessing of consecration in the Holy which is soon to be consummated. Having taken possession of inen's City itself, the many things pleasing and acceptable to God that I have minds, it plunges them, each according to his disposition, into the abyss seen and heard in this country. And for the time to come I will never of pantheism, materialism, and atheism; it perverts, by corrupting the cease nor shrink from labouring to the utmost of my power to bring rational nature of man, every standard of justice and right, and shakes about the harmony of the Churches, considering it to be a most noble and destroys the foundations of human society. As this injurious pestiwork and one approved by God, and most befitting for those who have lence rages with impunity, it was scarcely possible that even many sons been set apart to tend and teach the faithful.

of the Church should not be infected by it, and that the feeling of And may the God of peace and love, from whom is every good gift Catholicism, so many truths having been called in question, should not and every perfect gift, grant to us all in love and unity of mind to have been obliterated. And truly a very sad experience shows that many glorify and celebrate His holy name, and with one spirit and one heart bave been circumvented by these foreign and nebulous doctrines, and to fulfil his Divine will, which He committed to us when He said, “ This bave been led so to confound nature with grace, human science with is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you." | divine faith, and so to pervert the true sense of the dogmas which the

Inspired with feelings such as these, I take my leave of your thrice- Church holds and teaches, that they are found to have placed the integrity blessed and thrice-glorious land, invoking an abundant blessing from and sincerity of the faith in the greatest danger,' on high upon its noble and Christ-loving people, and for your Grace, praying that a perfect recovery may be vouchsafed to you by the only Physician; and in all sincerity I salute you in the Lord.

The Roman correspondent of the Pall Mall Gazette has communiYour Grace's brother beloved in Christ our God,

cated to that paper the following intelligence under the date of the

31st of March :(Signed)

The first part of the constitution De Fide was carried * Ο Σύρου και Τήνου Αλέξανδρος. in the Council by 650 votes against 26.

After the scandalous scene of the twenty-second, the Infallibilists received an intimation that they

must be more temperate in their demeanour, and, accordingly, they ITEMS FROM ROME.

listened without interruption to a violent speech from an American

Bishop, denouncing the Court of Rome, and defending Protestants in (From the Tablet.)

terms even stronger than those of Monsignor Strossmayer. Nor was the The Sessions of the Council are becoming more frequent, and the dis

orator called to order by the Cardinal-Legates. As to the scheme itself, cussion makes rapid progress. It is considered probable that the Holy the Opposition took exception more to the form than its substance, and Father will hold a Public Session on Easter Monday, and that the Canons the commission on dogma has now withdrawn from the preamble and of the Schema de Fide, which are now under deliberation, will be pro- conclusion all mention of Protestants and Protestantism, though it premulgated on that day, as well as the Schema of Ecclesiastical Discipline, viously ignored the objections of the Liberal Bishops. In consequence and the Little Catechism. The discussion of the Schema de Ecclesia of this concession many Prelates who had opposed the scheme during the will follow immediately, and it is supposed that the definitions will be debate gave their votes in its favour, considering they had carried their proclaimed on St. Peter's Day.

point. The minority of twenty-six included the Archbishops and Bishops The Benediction of the Golden Rose took place on Sunday in St. mayer), Grenoble (Ginoulhiac), Roloiza, Marseilles, Breslau, Damascus,

of Rennes, Paris, Orleans, Prague (Schwarzenberg), Diakover (StrossPeter's, the Holy Father Officiating in the sacristy, and afterwards and Chatham (Dr. Rogers) ; also another English Bishop and four assisting at the Cappella, the Rose being exposed on the altar. Mass German, one Austro-Hungarian, one Portuguese, three American and was celebrated by the Venerable Cardinal Donnet, Archbishop of Bor- five Oriental Bishops. The Italian and Spanish Bishops voted in a body deaux, and after the first Gospel the Procurator-General of the Carmelites with the majority. The second part of the constitution De Fide is still preached in Latin, and made a pointed allusion to the hoped-for Defini- occupying the Council, and in the sitting of this morning a great many tion of Infallibility.

of the Fathers took part in the discussion, but none made a regular The Pope's visit to the Exhibition last Thursday was a proof, if any speech. It is believed that ten Bishops will demand the vote on Sunday. were wanted, of his excellent state of health. He passed four hours in the different courts, and, with the interval of a few moments of rest, The Echo correspondent, under date Rome, April 3, says:—"The was on his feet the whole time. During one of his brief halts in the Council has entered on an interesting phase. The explanations with French Court an Irish-Austrian lady, the Countess O'Gorman, followed the French Government being satisfactory, the Bishops proceeded to by four beautiful little children, presented the Holy Father with five work, and the three first Canons de Ecclesia were voted unanimously. exquisitely modelled chalices from the counter of M. Poussielgue. "They The objectionable preamble, which caused the fracas the other day when are not valuable enough for your own use, Holy Father,” said this pious Strossmayer was expelled the Council chamber, has been modified in the lady, as she knelt before him, " but you will send them to the Missions part he objected to—the classing Protestantism with Atheism. It seems which defend your infallibility.” The Pope was greatly touched, and that Strossmayer went the length of asserting that he had found Progave a most cordial blessing to each of the children, whom he had met testants a very Christian set of people, and recommended to the perusal a few days before at the Abbey of Tre Fontane, and given them the of the Bishops the works of Liebnitz and the “Meditations” of Guizot, water of the miraculous sources to drink with his own hands. Many as books very proper for the edification of themselves and all Catholics ! fresh cases of works of art have arrived, and those of Messrs. Hardman Strossmayer was not the only objector to the preamble ; there were no among the rest, which are greatly admired.

less than forty-one amendments to it, but he alone stood up to condemn The Standard correspondent writes :

it boldly. The suppression of the passage has, however, been due to “The attention of the Council is still confined to the Canon of the the interference of the Prussian Envoy, Baron Árnim, who intimated to Scherna de Fide. It will be remembered that we last Monday ventured the Prussian Bishops that he had received instructions to the effect that to challenge the accuracy of the telegram which had just announced if they voted the preamble as it stood, they would be considered to have that that Scheme had been voted, and to suggest that only a portion of be allowed to return thither; and further, that if it was passed he should

acted in a treasonable manner to their King and country, and would not it was in reality referred to. Such has proved to be the case. As far 2s we are able to make out, only the proæmium of the Schema de Hide The other articles, relating mainly to the condemnation of materialistic

at once demand his passports, and depart with the whole of his embassy. and its first chapter have as yet been voted. As we have reason to believe that it was the proæmium

which led to the strong observations ideas, such as that the world was not made by God,' or that Christ was of Cardinal Schwarzenberg and Bishop Strossmayer in the General

not the Son of God, and the like, being all voted unanimously, the Congregation of the 22nd of March, on which we commented last week, degrees regarding them will be published by the Pope on Palm Sunday, and as the wording of it is highly significant, we think we shall do well when he will declare in person that they have received the approbation if we lay a portion of it before our readers :-.No one is ignorant that of the Council.” the heresies proscribed by the Fathers at Trent, rejecting the living Not long ago, being in his carriage outside the walls of Rome, Pius IX teachers of the Church, and referring religious matters to each man's overtook the Bishops of Poitiers and Angoulême, who were taking a private judgment, spontaneously separated into numerous and discordant walk with their theologians, Canon Sauvé and Father Dorvan. sects, which, after the faith of Christ had been with many overthrown Descending from his carriage, the Pope said to the Bishops :-"My and destroyed, were not ashamed with impious recklessness to treat the brothers, I must join you in your walk.” His step was firm and active, Holy Scripture itself, which they had formerly declared to be the only and as he observed that the Bishop of Angoulême walked with a stick, source and the highest arbiter of Christian doctrine, as empty forms and he said gaily :-“ As for me, I do not use a walking-stick; I like to mere inventions. But, as the founders had thus repudiated that corner- present a good appearance to my children, and it is only when I am in stone and buried that foundation without which no one can establish the country that I allow myself one." Pursuing their way, they found anything-Christ Jesus our Saviour—it happened that, being deprived of a coachinan on his knees in the road, holding his horses by their bridle. the guidance of faith and left to themselves, they introduced those "What! are you there ? my dear Michael, my poor Michael !” exclaimed monstrous opinions and philosophical systems called mythism, rationalism, the Pope. "You have then left your oars and your boat. It is a long and indifferentism, which ultimately coalesced in a mass of errors and while since we were at Gaeta.” Then turning to the Bishops, he produced naturalism. This most impious doctrine, which is, alas ! too added :—"This good man was my boatman when I was in exile at widely prevalent in these days, being repugnant by its very nature to the Gaeta.” Michael shed tears of joy in being thus recoguised after supernatural order of things, openly defies the Christian religion ; and I twenty years by the Vicar of Christ. A little further on they came to


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a poor man sitting by the side of the road. The Pope went up to him, speedily put an end to small tenancies. The scale of compengave him his blessing, and calling him by his name, put a few pieces of sation for them is so high, that men who do not feel disposed money in his hand.

Cognosco oves meas," he said to the Bishops, with that indescribable accent of tenderness which belongs to him alone.

to go so far as Mr. D'Arcy Irvine, and farm their land for themselves, will certainly endeavour to do away with all tenants

paying less than £100 a-year rent. It is a question whether it E LECSTLUSENSOR OFALCHURCHIVASR TLECTION OF CHURCHWARDENS.—TO THE be more discreditable to the Ministry to suppose that this is

The Easter Vestries will really the object of the Bill, or that they are so deficient in You are invited to elect only such Church wardens as will act upon the principle that all Parishionery (poor as well as rich) are equally entitled common sense as not to have discovered what must be its

This is the principle of our Ancient Parochial Law, and is also in accordance with the Teaching of the Gospel. On behalf of The


Mr. O. Morgan's Bill to compel landowners to sell sites for ALFRED BUCKLEY, Chairman of Sub-Committee.

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is much danger in this, that as the Bill without them would be

useless, an attempt will be made to smuggle them in again at THEESH, I published in time for Cluesday afternoon's Post: HE CHURCH HERALD, High Church Tory Paper, Price ONE the last moment, when our friends are, as usual, napping after

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Advertisements should be sent not later than Monday Evening to the unanimously testified to the groundlessness of the difficulty Publisher, THOMAS BOSWORTH, 198, High Holborn, W.C.

alleged to be caused by teaching religion. All Mr. Mun

della's efforts to convince them of the value of Mr. Forster's Bill The CHURCINIERALD may be ordered through any Bookseller or Newsman It is in guarding against Sectarianism failed, as one after another kept on Sale at Messrs. W. FI. SMITH & SON'S principal Book Stalls, and by the related how he was in the habit of teaching both from the following Booksellers :

Bible and Church Catechism without any objection on the Mr. ABBOTT, Great Tower Street, E.C. Mr. W. LOCKE, Havant. Mr. GEORGE MORRIS, Larkhall Lane, Bible reading without comment being a sham.

part of parents. They also testified most emphatically to Ar. G. M. ATKINSON, 40, King William

A corregDr. H. P. BULT, 25, New Quebec Street, Mr. GEORGE PEVERALL, Walworth pondent of the Guardian, last week, writing from Ontario, Portman Square, W.

gives the result of experiences there. He says :—“Our Mr. T. BOSWORTH, 198, High Holborn. Mr. POTTLE, Royal Exchange. Mr. W. BIRMINGHAM, Plymouth. Mr. J. P. PEARCÉ, High Street, Ports- Common School system is education without religion, if there

mouth; and Gosport.

can be such a thing. The results are most unsatisfactory to Mr. BETTESWORTII, Horndean.

Mr. ROBINSON, Brook Street, Holborn.

Messrs. SMART & ALLEN, Paternoster those who prize religion or even morality. The only plea in Mr. CROYDON, Torquay. Mr. SACKETT, Birmingham.

defence of the system is that it seems impossible, in the present Mr. HAYES, Lyall Placo. Mr. J. SAMPSON,

state of religious feeling in this country, to have religion Mr. J. HODGES, Frome.

Mr. VICKERS, Strand.
Mr. G. WALLIS, Cambridge.

taught in the schools. The law allows the Roman Catholics Mr. LITTLE, Broadway, Ludgato Hill. Mr. WATLING, Strand. ME T. P. LEGG, High Street, Gosport.

to establish denominational, or, as they are called here. SepaMr. J. WILSON, Aberdeen.

Mr. H. WIPPEL, Leamington, rate Schools ;' yet, notwithstanding the repeated efforts Mr. LAMB, Wensome Street, Norwich.

of the Roman Catholic hierarchy, a separate school in A YEAR'S SUBSCRIPTION, INCLUDING POSTAGE, IN ADVANCE, 8s. 8d. Two any country place or village is a rare thing. They as COPIES, POST FREE, 13s.

well as others are obliged to stand by and see the youth Books for Review may still be sent, under cover to the Editor, to the taught in those godless institutions. And what are the conPrinting Office, 6, Red Lion Court, E.C.

sequences ? Undoubtedly that infidelity, immorality, and licentiousness are increasing to an alarming degree. Among the rising generation there is a marked want of reverence or respect for authority, age, sex, or position. Those who desire to have this system introduced into England would do well,

in the first place, to send out some competent person to LONDON, APRIL 13, 1870.

examine how it works in America. Such an examination

should not be confined to the cities and towns, where, it is The Week.

obvious, there are many ameliorating influences at work, but should be extended through the country districts. Nor should

too much reliance be placed on the statements contained in The Irish Land Bill is forced on by the Government, though newspapers, or on the opinions of many of our public men tueir supporters are neither so unanimous or numerous as who chime in with popular opinion, and who are, perhaps, they were on the Church Spoliation Bill. Clause 3, which indifferent to religion. Very often, too, those who most Mr. Disraeli endeavoured unsuccessfully to amend, will

, we applaud our Common Schools take good care not to send their apprehend, if the Bill is passed by the House of Lords, children to them. Besides, public men are obliged to uphold

Messrs. ANDREWS & CO., Durham.


Mr. NEALE, Pimlico.


Mr. BAKER, Cosban, Dants.

Mr. W. CLIFFORD, Exeter.


Mr. HARRISON, Leeds.


Mr. JORDAN, Strand.

Mr. F. G. LOMAX, Lichfield.

The Church Herald.

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