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“Renewing to the catholics of Cork

DECLARATION. collectively, those thanks, which, were “ Having seen a new edition of the it possible, I would express to each in Rheimish testament, with annotations, dividually, but to no one more sincere- published by Coyne, Dublin, and Keat: ly, than to yourself, I remain, sir, your ing, 8c. London, 1816, said to be revise most obliged, and most humble ser.ed, corrected, and approved by me, ! vant, RICHARD HAYES." think it necessary to declare, that I

never approved nor meant to approve " Dublin, Oct. 8, 1817. of any edition of the old or new testa“Şix, -I had the honour of recei- ment, which was not entirely conform. ving your letter, inclosing a copy of a able, as well in the notes as the text, to resolution of an aggregate meeling of that which was edited by R. Cross, the catholics of the county and city of Dublin, 1791, containing the usual and Cork, by which they have been pleased prescribed formula of my approbation, to vote me their thanks for my advoca- and which has served as an exa

examplar cy of their cause in the last session of to the several editions that have since parliament. . I feel extremely happy to been published with my sanction. find that my conduct has been approved

“ As in the said new edition, the of by a meeting representing so large potes vary essentially from those of the and respectable a portion of the catho. last-mentioned editor's, which exclulic body, and shall be ready to give all sively I bave sanctioned for publication, the support in my power to their new I should think that circumstance alone petition. It would still appear that the fully sufficient to induce me to withhold system of petitions should be extended every kind of approbation from it; but much further than it yet has been, as having read, and, now for the first time, the only way to remove an opinion considered these notes, I not only do which prevails very generally in both not sanction them, but solemnly dehouses of parliament, that the middle clare, that I utterly reject them geneand lower orders of the catholics feel rally, as harsh and irritating in expresno anxiety for, and have no interest in, sion, some of them as false and absurd the carrying of the general measure of in reasoning, and many of them as unemancipation. When it is further con- charitable io sentiment. They further sidered that, notwithstanding the con- appear to countenance opinions and ciliatory conduct of the catholics had doctrines, which, in common with removed all apparent obstacles in the the other Roman catholics of the emway of success, their prayers were still pire, I have solemnly disclaimed upon unheeded, it is very plain, that. some

oath. new and general effori is necessary to “ Under these circumstances, and impress upon government and parlia with these impressions on my mind, I ment the hardship and injustice of con- feel it an imperious duty to admonish tinuing any longer a single enactment that portion of the catholic body which of the catholic penal code. I have the is ertrusted to my charge, of the danger honour to be, your obedient servant, of reading and of paying any attention “ H. the notes and cuniments of the said

new elition of the testament; and I The Dublin Evening Post of the enjoin the Roman catholic clergy of 25th ult, contains the following de- this diocese to discourage and prevent, claration of the Roman catholic by every means in their power, the cir.

culation, amongst catholics, of a work archbishop of Dublin, relative to a tending to lead the faithful astray, and recent edition of the holy scriptures, much better fitted to engender and with notes and illustrations, the re

promote amongst christians hostility, marks on which edition, in the Bı i- Litteraess, and strife, than what should tish Critic, and oiher periodical be the object of every such production, journals, are said tobare produced a

to cultivate the genuine spirit of the very strong

gospel, that is, the spirit of meekness, unfavourable charity, and peace.

J. T. TROY." impression, even among liberal men

Dublin, 24th October, 1817." and steadfast friends to the cause of catholic emancipation,

Andrews, Printer, Gerliok-Hill, Bow-Løre,


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The Rheims TESTAMENT AND PRO-, ble and just grounds. But is such

TESTANT CANDOUR. che conduct of our adversaries, who EFORE I enter on a vindica- boast of being the most.“enlightento the original edition of the Rheims at other countries for not possessing testament, and rescue the learned the same, freedom of writing as they and venerable authors from the foul profess to enjoy ? The question slanders which the reviewers in the must be answered in the negative. British Critic have so basely heap- Nothing is more notorious than the ed on thein, and on catholics gene- great reluctance which is univer rally, I shall once more touch on the sally manifested by the protestant candour and liberality of the pro- press of England to admit any der testant press of this country, as exr fence or justification of the religious emplified in particular in the hire- principles of catholics. It is true, ling, Times,” and also on the great a greater degree of ingenuousness activity now pursued by the oppo. has been lately shewn on the part nents of catholic emancipation, to of the press, to vindicate our politiexcite the public mind against the cal character from the abuse and religious and political sentiments of misrepresentations which have been their catholic countrymen, by means so profusely piled upon it; but then of this all-powerful and two-edged it has been mostly at the hazard of instrument. In my September num- the integrity of our consciences, and ber, I noticed the refusal of the the independence of our ecclesiasti, Times to continue the controversy cal rights. Thus, by the ignorance between a catholic writer, under the of some, and the treachery of others, signature of Veritas, and several the basis of our claims has been protestant penmen, but more parti- made more obscure to the public cularly one who signed himself AMI- than it would have been, had a proCUS CURIÆ; and I offered my co- per support been given to a catholic Jumps to the two combatants named, press, unbiassed by interest and un. if they thought fit to avail them- influenced by party ; because the selves of the opportunity to continue errors of the former would have been the contest. My motive for doing immediately corrected, and the false this was, that a fair chance might hoods of the latter met with instant be given to each party to defend exposure. Nothing, can be more their opinions, and thus give an in- correct than the observation of Ven dubitable proof, that the CATHOLIC ritas to the editor of the Times, press is open

open for equal discussion, (Sep., 18,) that the liberty of the and that we are not afraid to trust press, when kept within due limits, our cause to be sifted upon equita. I is one of the greatest blessings that ORIROD. Jour. Vol. V.


can be enjoyed in a free country ; | tunity of defending myself, I do but, when abused, by being made not fear their united efforts, but shall the vehicle for slander and false- maintain my cause in the face of the hood, without affording the injured public, and leave them to judge of party the means of defending him the strength of my arguments."self, it becomes one of the most de- Here we have the language of confi. structive engines for undermining dence, and the intrepid Jaring of an every religious and social obliga unconquered combatant, though surtion." Equally true is his farther rounded with foes; but what was the remark, that “such was the case conduct of the editor, on receiving with the catholics in this country this declaration of his catholic cor for two centuries after the reforma.. respondent? Conscious of the heation; the greatest encouragement vy blows which Veritas had dealt being given to all such publications around him, and fearful that the as tended to scandalize them in the public mind would become favouraeyes of their neighbours, while they ble to our cause, by an act of the were strictly prevented from prini- most gross partiality and injustice, ing or publishing any book in justi- he puts an end to the controversy, fication of themselves, or in opposi- and announces his reasons for this tion to those who sought every op. decision in these words :-"We this portunity to oppress and degrade day (September 20th,) insert the them.” But, although I am ready to remainder of Veritas's letter in deadmit that Amicus Curiæ, at the time fence of the doctrines of the church he was extolling the liberty of the of Rome, to whom we have thought press, wished to see Veritas shut out ourselves obliged, in fairness, to al of the Times, that his slanders might low full liberty of reply to AMICUS not be detected, yet I must protest Curiæ, however little we may our. against the adulatory compliment selves be convinced by his argupaid by the latter to the hireling ments: and here we should rather journalist, for his " impartiality in wish to close the contest between allowing a catholic to defend the these two polemics, so far as our codoctrines he believes, in opposition lumns are concerned.” I shall here to the calumnies of his bitterest op- observe, that Veritas did not appeal ponents," as unmerited and ill-timed. to the conviction of the editor indiExperience has taught him, that he vidually ; be sought for a fair trial was too hasty in eulogizing this of skill, that the PUBLIC might depander of bigotry. Prompted cide between him and his oppo• by a laudable zeal, and embold- nents. ened by having the cause of truth But had the editor shut his press to to defend, in the conclusion of his the other adversaries of Veritas, we Jetter Veritas thus expresses himself. should not have to charge him with With so many foes to contend so shameless a breach of candour, as with, it cannot be expected I can in the present instance. Not content, long sustain so unequal a combat.- however, with aiming a blow at our And, though situated on an enemy's religious principles with his own ground, I have Amicus Curiz, with pen, after closing his pages to our all" bis slock of falsehood, slander, advocate, he has since admitted and abuse, in my front, and P. A. from time to time, the foulest slanders and J. P. in my rear, together with and falsehoods which bigotry could those sturdy champions Luther and rake' up against us, under the head of IGNOTUS occasionally acting as sharp- a letter from Ignotus, the principal shooters on each side, yet, sir, while object of which is to establish an you still favour me with the oppor-) analogy between the rites and celler

monies of the catholic church and infidels to obscure it. These har.' those of the Roman heathens. Such monizing gentlemen flatter them.' is the candour and impartiality of selves, that by paying court to "the protestant editor of the leading powers that be,” by servilely flatterjournal of the empire,” as Veritas ing the wishes of the ministers, and named it; I should hope undeserv. by meanly succumbing, to the inedly. This conduct on the part of sults and reproaches of their oppo. the Times by no means surprized nents, they shall be better able to me, as I have long been witness to obtain their desires, than by boldly its infamy, in spreading the most and openly defending the honour odious charges against the jesuits and integrity of their own actions and other orders of the catholic and those of their ancestors. But clergy, and denying the accused an let me tell them, that such a line of equal chance of rebutting them conduct is more likely to produce through the same channel; but I am the disgraceful scenes of Lord astonished at the cowardly apathy George Gordon's' time, than effect of the catholics in this part of the religious toleration and political freekingdom, in not embracing the op- dom. Is it reasonable to suppose, portunity in their hands, of establish that when puritanism and bigotry ing an efficient press, upon strict in- are actively employed to incense the dependent and constitutional princi. people against a particular measure, ples, in order to vindicate their own the adoption of that measure is calcharacter, and detect the vile arli. culated to give them satisfaction ?fices of their adversaries to ruin the Would it no: rather have the concause of emancipation, by embitter-trary effect? Surely, then, reason ing the passions of our protestant ought to induce a different mode of fellow-subjects against the supposed proceeding, and stimulate us to reintolerance of our doctrines. When move the groundless fears created by we behold the unceasing energy and wrong impressions, as the 'surest and activity, the puritauinic zeal, the bi- | best means to accomplish thai release-' gotted malignity of the protest- ment from political restraints, for ant press, and view its efforts to conscience sake, we petition for ; poison the minds of the people, and not indeed by bending to unfounded divert them from seeing the truths of prejudices, but by an unequivocal the case, as advanced by our advo. avowal and support of our real civit' cates, is it not a subject of amaze. and religious sentiments. ment, that, with the exception of my monthly work, not an

deavour is

ORGANIZED System TO OPPOSE exerted to disabuse the credulous |

EMANCIPATION. and unthinking, and unmask the That an organized conspiracy experfidious arts of those who labour to ists in this country to maligo and deceive them. I know a mistaken misrepresent the catholic religion, opinion prevails in our body, that as well as the words and actions of subjects of controversy only tend to those who profess it, is an unques. jrritate, not to harmonize; to in- tionable fact ; and it is not one of crease our enemies, rather than gain the least disgraceful circumstances us friends. In this, however, I differ attending it, that the parties engaged most widely from those who hold it, in such uncharitable and unfair doand must observe,thatifsuch had been ings are not of that class in society the idea of the primitive christians, generally denominated the illiterate the gospel of Truth would not have and vulgar, but men of opulent for. shone so brilliant as it did against tune and literary talents. At the the then attempts of pagans and I dawn of toleration in 1778, when, by:


the benign disposition of our rever- fcal falsehoods circulated by this ined monarch, the catholics obtained famous association too well a sligbt relief from the merciless known to be repeated here; it was and bloody statutes, enacted by the found necessary to restrain their enlightened protestant legislators of proceedings in the metropolis by former times, to persecute and harass military force, and to put the civil them in this land of civil and reli-laws in esecution against some of gious liberty, the meek and chris- the pious covenanters, who ended tian spirit of John Wesley and his their lives by the ignominious death disciples became alarmed at the of felons. Whether these culprits

growth of popery,” and a crusade have been registered amongst the was entered into to stem the increase prolestant mariyrs in the latest edi. of idolatry and superstition. The lions of John Fox's lying calendar, I crusaders were enrolled under the have not had the curiosity to exbanners of “ The Protestant As- amine; but that they were equally SOCIATION," and the pious Scotch as entitled to it as many of the dear fanatic, lord George Gordon, was saints recorded by this shameless appointed the right honourable pre-martyrologist no one can deny. In sident of the halý league. Immedi. 1791, a farther extension of liberty ately the press teemed with the most of conscience was granted to us, and calumnious representations of the we were permitted to use the press, principles and character of the pas which had hitherto been forbidden pists, nor were the slanderous iin- us, in defence of our principles and putations confined to adults, but the our conduct. At this time, it should very infants at the breast were taught also be observed, the nation became to abhor a papist, and to look upon alarmed at the imminent dangers of

monster in human the French revolution, and the fears shape, Well can I remember be- of popery gave way to the terrors ing pointed at and hooted in the of infidelity, which threatened to streets on my way to school, and sweep every religious creed, and saluted by others of my own age every ecclesiastical establishment, with the nick name of "s pope,” be from the face of the earth. While fore I was old enough to know the the constituted authorities were thus reason or occasion for such beha-occupied in resisting the progress of viour, as I was not conscious of any irreligion, the catholic clergy and ugliness or deformity of my frame. Jaity were assiduous and sincere ia The school in which I was educated affording their aid in so good a cause ; was a protestant one, and my juve- and they took at the same time an nile associates of course were pro opportunity of repelling the abusive testants too ; from them I was oblig- and unchristian insinuations brought ed to hear such relations of the against them. The writings of the blood-thirstiness and cruelty of pa- O'Learys, the Ploweens, the Chalpists as filled me with horror; but loners, the Milners, the Gothers, every time I studied my catechism, and other able writers in controveror took up a book of devotion or sy, soun produced an alteration in controversy, or listened to the truly the public mind; religious liberalireligious, and I hope never-to-be- ty began to beam upon the people, forgotten, instructions of the revered the mişts of prejudice faded away, and venerated pastor of my soul, and the protestant association sunk found the tales of my youthful com into obscurity. In thiş bappy change panions were the inventions of ma- in their favour, the catholics were lice, to beguile ignorance. The con induced to petition for an equal partisequences produced by the diabolicipation of the privileges of the cog-,

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