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example, those arbitrary and unnatural distinctions of caste which keep nine-tenths of the vast population of India in the most miserable state of degradation. The Jesuits can incur only deeper condemnation when confronted with examples of still higher authority. We do not find in the old Gospel that the founder of Christianity ever refused to mix with any, however poor and vile their condition in life might be, nor that he was ever deterred by motives of policy or pride from entering the abodes, or even laying bis hands on the persons of those whose infirmities so far required bis benevolent aid. Nor do we read that that Apostle who iniculcated condescension “to men of low estate,” was afraid of reminding the proud Brahmins of Athens that their blood was neither purer nor more divine than that of the meanest of their fellow creatures. But we cannot suppose that such antiquated records as these could supply any precedents for the imitation of Jesuits, whose proceedings uniformly evince that their missionary code was extracted from another and much newer Gospel. Of this we shall discover more striking indications when we come next to detail the medley of pagan rites and ceremonies which they both observed themselves and liberally permitted in their converts.
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CONTROVERSY RECOMMENDED
TO THE CLERGY.
“The proselyting spirit of the Church of Rome is now employed ainongst us with a zeal and activity which meet with little counteraction, but from the good sense and general information of the age. At the same time, the bulky volumes of controversy which load the shelves of our public libraries, are become harmless on the one side and useless on the other. But well-written, compact, and tangible volumes, like the present,* are capable of no little mischief. The real merits of the question are comprehended by few; and he who is understood to have proved that, in the first centuries of the Christian æra, the doctrines and disciplines of our national Church were, with few exceptions, those of Rome, will also be understood to have, at least, authority and antiquity on his side. Meanwhile the unwary and uninformed will fail to perceive that there is, properly speaking, no authority where there is no inspiration, and that while the Catholic refers to the dark ages, the religion of Protestants appeals to the authority of the Apostles, and to the antiquity of the first century.
“While we are thus assailed from without, it is foolish to be squabbling about metaphysical and often unintelligible points of doctrine among ourselves. Let us unite to repel that enemy against whom Luther and Calvin were united. For this purpose, some short, clear, and popular refutation of the errors of the Church of Rome would have great effect. Of this kind we have nothing at present. The old version of Jewell's Apology would not be endured ; and no man of taste or modesty would undertake to transfuse into a modern translation the vigour and graces, the indignant declamation, and heart-felt earnestness of the original. Both parties, we rejoice to say, have equal command of a free and unlicensed press; but in the mean time, we rejoice still
The Reviewer (Dr. Whittaker) is alluding to that exhibition of " flimsy sophistry, misapplied erudition, servile subjection of the understanding, and malignant bigotry," generally called "Lingard's Antiquities of the Saxon Church."
more in the reflection, that the Established Clergy have the ear of ninetenths of the people, and though they should ordinarily be employed on better things than 'routing Bellarmine and confonnding Baronius,' yet clear and simple expositions of the scriptural principles of our own Church, confronted with the errors and absurdities of Popery, in places where the propagandists are at work, would be neither unseasonable nor ineffectual
“In the present circumstances of the country, we cannot suppress our apprehensions that the watchmen slumber while the city is threatened. Death has indeed recently deprived us of many able men; but a proper stimulus, we are convinced, might even yet bring forward others, with talents not inadequate to the task at which we hinted. Great emergencies produce great abilities; but in common prudence, something short of the actual establishment of a religion like that of Rome, ought to arouse us; and, while its ministers, after a concealment of more than two centuries, obtrude themselves upon the public, and avow the wildest absurdities of the darkest ages, it surely concerns us to see that our countrymen are not deceived. The unread and almost unreadable volumes of our Reformers contain mines of precious materials, unwrought indeed, but capable of being moulded into symmetry and grace. Their qualifications were pertinacious industry and laborious accumulation : qualifications not then misplaced, for they had readers like themselves. If attention is now to be awakened, compression, brevity, arrangement, lively illustration, and elegance, will be necessary; such, however, are the attainments of the present race of scholars, that these attractions may be united with the utmost precision and severity of reasoniug. To men of such powers we earnestly recommend the Catholic controversy." -Quarterly Review, March, 18]2No. 13, p. 105-7.
about which you desire to learn, are of such a peculiar nature that much is not to be expected there at once to follow the exertions which are making. You are aware that it is the very Pandemonium of Popery, and there is such a host of Priests to be combated and watched, through all their Jesuistical chicanery, that it
is only very slowly we can calculate upon making progress. My Rev. Brethren and I have seen so many attempts at imposition in nominal converts that we have felt it almost possible to proceed one step for fear of being imposed on. The Priests have constantly sent persons to us feigning a desire to read their recantation without having intention of doing so.
“Though not officially connected with -, from my making myself troublesome as a tract distributor and a Secretary to the Bible Society, I was the chief mark at which all their attempts were levelled : I shall occupy your attention by one example of their manner of proceeding. A welldressed young man, like a Priest, waited on me one day to say that
having determined to renounce Po detected him, by his beginning to pery he was referred to me; that reason in defence of transubstanhe was a gentleman educated in tiation; and she then turned him
College ; that he was a clas- out of the house. I dare say that sical teacher of two or three lan- this is by no means an uncommon guages; and that he would make
occurrence, and had the old lady a public renunciation, if I pleased; been less informed on religious but that as his own friends would subjects than she was; or had the be so much exasperated with him Jesuit who attacked her in this for such an action, he should be truly insidious manner, been more thrown out of employment; and cautious, it is by no means unsurely, said he, 'I cannot be left likely that she might have fallen to starve,' leaving it open for me a victim to his deep laid seheme. to make some offer for what seem- It failed, however, and has, I beed a most desirable convert. Sus- lieve, put many families in pecting him at once, I told him, very much on their guard. There that though glad to receive him, I have, however, I am sorry to say, feared he had been imposed on by been several instances in and the falsehoods of the Priests, who its neighbourhood of these nomiproclaimed from their altars that nal conversions, occasioned by we were paying so much a head Priests coming to death-beds, and for converts; that it was totally getting permission to administer untrue; and that we considered a
the 'Viatica' to people in a state man who would become a Pro- of insensibility. testant for a sum of money, would "As for conversions of Probecome a Turk if he got a little testants to Popery, they are in almore. He denied that he expected most all cases effected by some any thing only 'not to be left to Popish relations bringing in the starre.' But on finding I suspect. Priest in the last extremity of sicked him, and that I fully declared
ness, in many instances without my mind on the subject both of the the consent of the parties, or, after errors of Popery, and the unblush- he or she has become incapable of ing falsehoods of the Priests in making a rational choice.” saying that a pecuniary reward was to be obtained, he wished me good morning. It afterwards ap
TURES. peared he was a decoy, sent from From the Twenty-first Report of the Hibernian the college, to make a bold at
Bible Society. tempt at inducing me to offer In answer to the objection, that something."
there is an unwillingness on the
part of the people to receive the “ You have no doubt frequently Scriptures, the Report of the heard of Priests visiting sick Pro- Kingscourt Auxiliary observes :testants; and taking advantage of “ It has been said, the people the stupor antecedent to death, in or. will not take the Bible. This is der to attempt to proselytize them. not the fact; they will take it I can mention a remarkable in- they demand it; they will not only stance of this, which lately occurred take it, but even from their hardin . A respectable female, who got earnings they will most cheerhad grown blind from old age, was fully purchase it. Such is the anxvisited by a person, who introduced iety at present to read the Holy himself as a Protestant clergyman, Scriptures, that many have come paid her several visits, and read to to this very village, the distance her or conversed with her. For a of 20 and 27 miles, to buy that long time she believed him to be sacred book. It is not many months what he professed; received him since a number of persons in a regladly, and was gratified for his mote part of the country, nearly visits. After a while, however, she 30 miles from Kingscourt, raised
EAGER DESIRE FOR THE SCRIP
a sum of money amongst them. ficial effects will, under the Divine selves, procured a horse, and de- blessing, be the happy result. puted a man to come here to get a The strongest opposition has been supply of the Holy Scriptures. given, but hitherto without effect. Here we theorise not, but state The affections of the people have facts-and facts known to several been engaged by giving them the respectable persons who are now Scriptures in the language they present at this meeting.”
understand. They seem quite conThe Associations in connection vinced that they have been dealt with the Leitrim Auxiliary are re- with fairly, and see ported to continue effective, not- reason why they should be prewithstanding many and serious dif- cluded from searching the Scripficulties. The Return states, that tures themselves. The scholars at present there is a great spirit of consist of individuals of all ages : inquiry abroad; and that such has more, however, than two-thirds been the anxiety of some of the are adults-some from 50 to 70 poor people to possess a Bible, years of age.” that they have offered labour in It has been generally found, that payment. In reference to the be- wherever the Irish Testament has neficial effects that may have result- been introduced, a desire has been ed from the society's operations, created for possessing an English the following passage occurs :- Testament, and ultimately an Eng
“A more general knowledge of lish Bible with marginal references. the Scriptures exists since the es- In Kingscourt, in the County of tablishment of Bible Societies in Cavan, in consequence of the cir. this county. There have been culation of the Irish Testament, many instances of persons, who, such an anxiety for the English on being asked if they ever heard Scriptures was excited, that not the word of God, have declared less than 360 copies were distrithat they did not. This is not buted by the Auxiliary Bible Sonow generally the case.”
ciety there during the first year of The following very interesting its existence. These were chiefly statement, relative to the desire sold; and many of the peasantry for the Irish Scriptures, and the (some of thein day-labourers) paid demand for them which is likely so high as four shillings for a copy to exist, is contained in the Annu. of the Bible with marginal referal Return of the Youghal Auxili- ences. A member of the Comary :
mittee of the British and Foreign "A large number of persons, Bible Society, being present at the amounting to some thousands, are First Anniversary of the Auxiliary, now engaged in this neighbour- in September last, was so strongly hood, and in the County of Wa- convinced of the importance of terford, adjacent to Youghal, in supplying the demand on cheaper either reading or preparing to read terms, that, on application being the Scriptures in the Irish language made, a large number of Bibles and character. They are occupied were transınitted to the Kingscourt in this way every evening after Auxiliary by your Committee; and work, and on Sundays. The con- the poor in that interesting place sequence has been, that card-play- will now be enabled to have their ing, the ale-house, &c. have been family Bibles in the English langiven up; and we trust that, in
guage, on terms suited to their the course of time, the most bene- circumstances.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS, &c.
We have received a pamphlet entitled a " Short Address, &c." and should be glad to
be favoured with the Author's address.