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of the zeal and vigilance of the catholic, which, though deeply interesting, the ca.. board, I have the honour to be, with un. tholic board will easily perceive, I ought feigoed respect and esteem, my dear sir, not to discuss in this letter. your most obedient servant,
« On the subject of domestic nomination, “P. M'Loughlin." my sentiments remaiu unchanged. I hold
it to be a good and desirable measure, and FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOP OF am prepared to concurin those steps, which, OSSORY
after due consultation with the other “ Kilkenny, July, 21, 1817. bishops, my venerated brethren, and with “ SIR, I have been honoured with your the clergy of this diocese, iny natural letter of the 15th, expressing the seoti- advisers, shall appear proper to be adapted, ments of the catholic board, and requiring with a view of being carried into effect. the communication of my sentiments, on “ I beg to express my sincere acknow. the present posture of catholic ecclesiasti. ledgments, for the very flattering manner cal affairs in the country.---For the gen
in which the catholic board are pleased to tlemen composing that hoard I feel as I testify their confidence and respect for the ovght, very great respect.
I cannot illustrious prelacy, amongst whom I hold a therefore think lightly of the opinion which place; and have the honour to be, with they form, or the fears they entertain. I n.uch esteem, sir, your whedient servant, should nevertheless be wanting in candoar,
K. MARUM." if I did not avow, that after the best consideration in my power, I am, as yet, una. On the 10th instant, the friends ble to discover, in the events which have and subscribers to the catholic. recently occurred here or elsewhere, any. new grounds of serious alarm, or any new charity schools in Simers’-town, formidable danger threatening the inde dined together at the Freemasan's pendence of our national church, or the | Tavern, Great Queen-street. purity of the ancient religion of Ireland. • The cause of catholic Ireland has, I
duke of Sussex, ever foremost in the doubt not, many enemies, powerful, ac
work of public charity, presided on tive, persevering. In this however there the occasion, and was supported on is nothing novel; and the day I apprehend, the right by the earl of Shrewsbury, is as yet distant, when we shall be allowed
and on the left by lord Killeen, After the to repose in perfect security. It is there.
usual toasts were given, the royal chairfore, at the present moment, not less, perhaps, than at any former period, the ob.
man addressed the meeting in behalf of the :
association for whose benefit they had met, vious duty of all sincere and faithful ca. tbolics to watch, with zealous care, over
in a most impressive, manly, and energetic the interests of their religion; ready al. speech, which the press of other important
matter coinpels us to omit, and concluded ways when circumstances may require it, with proposing "The healths of the right to stand boldly forward for its protection, reverend Dr. Poynter and the catholic without, however, going out of the proper clergy, and success to the interests of these station which Providence has assigned to
two charities.” This toast was drank with them respectively. And, it particularly behoves the bishops, not to slomber at their
The interesting procession of the chilposts, to be ever on the alert, always vi- dren belonging to this establishment, origi, gilant, always prepared to repel, with
nally founded by the good and kind-hearted becoming fortitude and vigour, and to
Abbé Carron, for the education of youth frustrate by all the just means within their
of both sexes, immediately followed this reach, every attempt (no maties from what
toast, and presented a groupe of about 100 quarter it proceeds) which shall appear females and 80 males. The former headed intended, or calculated, to corrupi the by the amiable Miss Trelawuey, whose doctrine or discipline; to infringe the
time and attention are devoted to the interrights, invade the independence, or disturb
ests of the little innocents under her charge. the tranquillity of the chuch committed to
When the procession had reached the chair, their care. To the accomplishment of Mr. Charles Butler pronounced a very pa. these paramount duties, my feeble endea.
thetic and eloquent address, in which he vours shall, I hope io God, be zealously placed the main points of the establishment and unremittingly directed. " Whether the rights of the Irish hier: subscription was then entered into, and
io a clear and comprehensive view. A archy continue still to beun duly withheld about 5701. were collected, no smail part -and whether the existing discipline, of which was contributed by the ladies ia which submits our ecclesiastical concerns, the gallery.
Anong the subscribers anin various respects, to the control of cer. taia Romuan congregations, should be cor
nounced to the company were, the earl St. rected or abrogated, these are questions, I of Shrewsbury one huodsed pounds.
Vincept ode bundred guineas, and the earl,
of these papal indulgences, I lament PARLIAMENTARY ABSOLUTIONS. that the opportunity which was thus TROM the time of archbishop offered of silencing the denials of pa
Tillotson's bold rough block- pists as to the existence of such in cleaver, famed MARTIN LUTHEH, struments, should not have been em-, down to the present day, it bas been braced, and the protestant public a favourite theme with the bigotted favoured with an official copy, atand most violent protestant contro- tested by the signature of the cap• vertists to accuse the bishops of tain of the vessel, who made capture Rome, sometimes denominated by of so invaluable a prize. This would them “ The Man of Sin," at others have been a stroke, the force of “ The Scarlet Lady," and frequent which must have laid the adherents ty, in less polished language, "The of popery for ever prostrate; but, Whore of Babylon," with selling notwithstanding the readiness of indalgences for leave to commit sin, their antagonists to give the blow, and granting absolutions, at a certain some time is likely to elapse before the price, to white-wash those who had former will feel its stunning effects. already blackened their souls with It has ever been a maxim with the the most guilty crimes. More reams corrupt in all ages, to screen the deof paper have been wasted to esta formity of their actions by imputing blish this charge agaiust the catholic greater vices to those who oppose church, without effect, thau would the evil tendency of their views, and be sufficient to set the globe on fire, thus create a mist of prejudice, which and yet the zeal of the opponents of obscuring the perceptive faculties of popery is not in the least slackened; the ignorant and deluded, renders for, on turning to the files of The them impervious to the light of truth. Times paper of last month, the ac. Such was the conduct of the archa cusation will not only be found reformers who undertook to purify therein renewed by some senseless popery from the abominations which scribbler, but the editor has copied they alleged had crept into its sysan article from a Scotch paper, as. tem in the sixteenth century, and serting that a whole cargo of these such is the conduct of those who indulgences and pardons, with are terrified at the rapid strides blanks for the respective crimes and which the present age is making in prices, was lately seized on board a its return to the way of charity and vessel bound for South America, by truth. Thus old father Luther beone of our cruizers. As I have gan with dogmatizing against the never been so fortunate as to meet indulgences granted by Leo X, but, with an authenticated copy of one no sooner had he succeeded in rais, ORTHOD. JOUR. Vod. V.
ing a prejudice in the public mind this under the mask of reformtowards the pope and the doctrines of ing religion. To enter into the the catholic church, than he actually various indulgences granted by Eliexercised the very impious powers zabeth and her parliaments to foment which be condemned in the supposed rebellion and sedition in the states of conduct of his opposers. He not her neighbours, and to invent foronly absolved himself aud his dear geries and conspiracies against her spouse from the oaths they had made own peaceable subjects, for the purto their Creator to observe a state pose of despoiling them of their of celibacy, but he granted his pa- property to enrich her vicious courtron Frederick, elector of Saxony, tiers; or to enumerate those taken an indulgence to commit adultery, by the reformers themselves, in the by authorizing him to marry a se- reign of her predecessor, to sow the cond wife whilst his first was living. I seeds of anarchy and treason, would In the same manner, our eighth be an endless task : the history of Henry, desirous of getting quit of these reigns is filled with a long an old companion to make room for catalogue of crimes, such as cannot a young bed-fellow, made applica- be found in the annals of our countion to the see of Rome to have a try, when governed by catholic sosimilar indulgence conferred to him, vereigns and catholic parliaments. as that granted by father Martin to But I cannot help noticing one rethe elector Frederick, but, not find markable period, which places in a ing indulgences to commit sin so conspicuous light the shocking ineasy to be procured from the "Man dulgences which have been granted of Sin,” as the elector experienced by protestant legislators to comfrom the pious doctor of Wittem- mit the most abominable crimes.berg, Harry resolved to commence The period I allude to is that of reformer himself
. For this purpose The Popisu Plot, as it is commonhe patched a parliament together, ly called, but which ought rather and, perceiving a fit instrument in to be termed “The Triple Conspirathe first protestant primate, the cele cy of Shaftesbury, Tonge, and Oates.” brated Tom Cranmer, he ordered the --Hastigated by the most diabolical archbishop to absolve him from his spirit of revenge, Shaftesbury medifirst marriage, which the senate con- tated the total extirpation of the firmed and granted him an indulg- catholic religion in this kingdom, ence, as far as the temporal power and with it the ruin of the reigning could extend, to wed the beauteous family, by whom he conceived himAnne Boleyn, who had already yield- self ill-treated and his abilities dised up ber honour, if she possessed regarded. To effectuate his wicked any, of which there are considerable purpose, he found two ready instrů. doubts, to the king. This indulg- ments in the persons of Dr. Israel ence was soon followed by another Tonge and Titus Oates, both needy of the like nature, when Anne of ministers of the established church'; Cleves, his fourth wife, was put aside the former a crafty plotting villain, to make way for the lady Catharine and the latter a perjured monster of Iloward. Nor were these grants the blackest hue. Thus aided, a confined to licensing adultery only; plot was trumped up, which Shaftesother indulgences were passed by bury undertook to manage, and the servile and corrupt parliaments truly did he display the character of this king, which authorized him given him hy the historian Hume, that to-commit the most crying acts of well'acquainted with the blind attyranny, injustice, and iniquity, and tachment of faction, he surmounted all sense of shame, and, relying on more properly, so impossible to be the subtlety of his contrivance, he true, that it ought not to have been was not startled with enterprizes the believed if it had come from the most hazardous and most criminal.” mouth of Cato; and upon such eviIt is unnecessary here to enter into dence, from such witnesses, were a detailed view of this horrid con- innocent men condemned to death spiracy, the reader is referred to my and executed. Prosecutors, whether “ Historical Narrative," selected attornies and solicitors general, or from the most authentic protestant managers of impeachment, acted historians, where he will find a mi. with the fury which in such circumnute elucidation of the unparalleled stances might be expected ; juries deeds which arose out of it; suffice partook naturally enough of the nait to say, that, notwithstanding the tional ferment, and judges, whose gross absurdities, the utter impossi- duty it was to guard them against bilities, and endless contradictions, such impressions, were scandalously contained in the depositions of Oates active in confirming them in their before the parliamentary committees prejudices, and inflaming their pasand criminal courts, he was not only sions. The king, who is supposed credited in his unsupported tales, to have disbelieved the whole of the but a guard of honour was placed plot, never once exercised his gloriover his person, a pension of 12001. ous prerogative of mercy.... It is was granted for his maintenance, said, that he dare not. His throne, and he was dignified with the title of perhaps his life, was at stake." “ The Scviour of the Nation !"- Such is the representation given by But this is not all: proclamations one of the greatest statesmen and were issued, and rewards were of politicians this country has to boast, fered for other miscreants to come of the means pursued by protestant forward and display their talents in judges, juries, prosecutors, and wit. the science of false swearing, and nesses, to convict innocent men of the lives of innocent men were at treason, which had no existence, the mercy of every abandoned wretch and of engaging in a plot invented for who sought revenge for a supposed the ruin of the catholic religion, but injury, or wished to raise himself which the then houses of parliament from a state of indigence to one of solemnly and unanimonsly decreed, plenty. Thus protestant indul- on the evidence of Oates alone, was gences were granted to commit sins, “ contrived and carried on by the and those too of the most horrid na- popish recusants, for assassinating ture. That the picture I have drawn the king, for subverting the govern may not be thoughi exaggerated from ment, and for rooting out and dethe prejudices of education, I shall stroying the protestant religion." ; here quote an extract from the pen of an eminent protestant statesman, CATHOLICS EXCLUDED FROM PARwhose memory is still fresh in the LIAMENT AND Civil Oprices. mind of every intelligent reader.- For the space of two years did the The late Mr. Fox, in his history of credulous nation labour under this the earlier part of the reign of James delirium, and the first use which II. p. 36, speaking of this nefarious Shaftesbury and his faction made of transaction, says,
66 Witnesses of the circumstance was to exclude the such a character as not to deserve catholics from sitting in parliament, credit in the most trifling cause, which privilege they enjoyed up to upon the most material facts, gave this epoch, and had zealously exertevidence so incredible, or, to speaked it in defending the prerogatives of their protestant sovereigns, and ry," says, that sixty-five statutes the true principles of the constitu- were found insufficient in 1791 to tion. This laudable and loyal preserve the freedom and independconduct, so contrary to the repub- ence of parliament, and to prevent lican priociples of the then intoler- bribery, frauds, &c. The reader ant faction, of which Shaftesbury will mark the contrast. was the leader, proved so harrass- It should here be observed, that ing to all the measures which they this act of parliamentary exclusion, proposed for retrenching the just in which passed in the 30th year of Auence of the crown, that they re- Charles II, was preceded by aposolved to get rid of the evil at once ther in the 25th of the same moby framing 40 act which should narch, called the Test act, for the effectually prevent the catholic purpose of excluding catholics from from entering in futare the threshold all offices under government. By of the senate. Notwithstanding the this act it was provided that all judges were at that moment sending persons holding any office, civil, forth the most groundless invectives military, or naval, or receiving any against the religious principles of fee or wages fro
fee or wages from the king, at the catholics from the bench, barefaced
next term or quarter sessions after ly asserting that these principles his admission, must take the oaths taught them to lie and practice all of allegiance or supremacy, iu open sorts of equivocations; that the doc- court, in the chancery or king's trines of their church were so false bench, or at the quarter sessions, and pernicious, so destructive and and, within three months, must rebloody, and the way they took to ceive the sacrament in some open come off from all vows, oaths, and church on a Sunday. Of their comsacraments, by dispensations before pliance with this latter provision, hand, or indulgences and pardons they are required to deliver a certiafterwards, was so much worse, that ficate into court, signed by the mithey were really unfit for human nister, church-warden, and two resociety. Not withstanding these spectable witnesses. In addition to coarse falsehoods were delivered by this, they are commanded to make lord chief justice Sçroggs on the and subscribe, at the same time, a detrials of the victims in this diabolical claration against transubstantiation. case, the faction were so well aware It is further required by this act, of the groundlessness of the charge, that a register of those persons who and of the punctilious integrity of have complied with these propisions catholics in their oaths and engage should be publicly exhibited at the ments, that they deemed the simple different courts, to which all persons enactment of a declaratioq against may refer without fee or reward.-two of the principal articles of their Those who refused or neglected to faith, a sufficient barrier to any fur-comply with these conditions, and ther intrusion on their part among yet remained in office, were liable to the members of either house. Nor a penalty of five hundred pounds, to were the opponents of popery dis- be recovered by whoever might think appointed in their estimation, this proper to sue for it. 66 Were this single act has efficaciously exclud-act" (exclaims Mr. Brown, in his ed the catholics from the enjoyment History of the Penal Laws) to be of their parliamentary privileges, shewn to any individual tritally unsince it became a law of the land, acquainted with the mutual jeaalthough a small work now before lousies of protestants and catholics, me, called " The Tạblet of Memo. | which for so many years have pre