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Suppose, for instanoe, twenty Amend- talk of the loyalty of the Roman Caments were duly drafted, and twenty tholics of this country; and in which Irish Members were engaged to address they complain much, as if they were the House on the merits of each of them. greatly wronged, when their loyalty, Each amendment might be made to occupy at least one night at a very mode impeached. Those who know any
as British subjects, is questioned or for Motions of adjournment. Supposing, thing about the real principles of the then, that the Bill were to occupy three
Church of Rome, would readily unnights a week, twenty Amendments at
derstand what is the worth and value one night each would occupy seven of such professions. They know very weeks of the public time, and constitute well, that the most abundant profesa very formidable amount of delay and sions of loyalty may be made, when impediment.
there is most of treason in their hearts. * Besides this, it is the duty of the But let this be noted: when “The Irish Members to be obstructive in every Tablet” published such language, a other department of public business ; to
fair occasion was given to all the Rodabble in finance, law reform., colonial
manists in the land to evince their reform, foreign affairs, and to occupy loyalty,– if they really had any. They the time of the House as much as possible with questions, Motions, Amend- ought to have been but too happy to ments, speeches, and the other ma
avail themselves of it, by coming fornæuvres of a Parliamentary guerilla. On ward, as one man, to condemn such this subject a word to the wise ought to sentiments; and, by the unmistakebe sufficient. When the Government able evidence of their loyal indignaemploys itself in giving us, not protection, tion, to compel their professed organ but pains and penalties for our religion, to change its tone. Has either their and threats of further penalties, if we do vaunted loyalty, or their regard to the not consent to embrace damnation for
decent appearance of it, induced them our children, in such form as Lord John
to do so? If not, what can we conRussell chooses to set forth, we can have clude, but that the great body of the but one public function in the State, and
Romanists in Great Britain at least that is—to obstruct."
tacitly approve of the course which Now we think it must be evident “The Tablet" recommends, and conto every one who is capable of con- cur in the advice which it gives ? We sidering the nature of government,
have no doubt there are many excep. and the proper position of an efficient tions; that there are many among legislature, that no one ought to be the Roman Catholic laity who cordisuffered,—or would be suffered in any ally disapprove of such language. well-governed country, to publish un- But do even these dare to come forrebuked sueh language as this;- ward, and proclaim their disapproval unless, indeed, it could be safely in the face of the whole world? Are affirmed, that the parties who utter it they not afraid to do so? and is not are too contemptible to merit or ob- the reason this, – that their priests tain the slightest notice. But is this will not allow them? the case ?
But more than this : Is there not The language we have quoted is, reason to conclude, from what has indeed, only the language of an anos already occurred in the House of nymous writer in a newspaper. But Commons, with reference to the Ecthat newspaper assumes to be the clesiastical Titles Bill, that this advice organ of the Roman Catholics of this will be taken? or rather that the pubcountry, and to speak the sentiments lication of such language in “The of the whole party: We have not Tablet” is only an indication of the heard that it has been repudiated, course which had already been marked disclaimed, or condemned, by the out and resolved upon by the Romish Romanists of Great Britain. These, party in that House? And, if so, is or a large portion of them, have, in- it not high time for us to begin to redeed, recently made a great profession flect very seriously upon the effects of of loyalty. They have sent an ad- the Popish Bill of 1829? and on the dress to her Majesty, in which they position in which it has placed us?
That act of our legislature threw spiritual pastors and masters shall see open our British Parliament to the in- fit to enjoin it; for they owe a spiritrusion of avowed Papists: that is to tual allegiance to the Pope, and only say, it has, as a mere matter of fact, a temporal allegiance to the Queen: allowed some fifty members of the 2. To violate the most solemn oaths Church of Rome to take their seats in and engagements, whenever the intethe British House of Commons. Who rests of their apostate Church demand and what are these, if we truly look it,-for, according to the sixteenth the matter in the face? They are, to Canon of the third Lateran Council, all intents and purposes, the nomi- “ Those are not to be called oaths, but nees of a foreign and hostile poten- rather perjuries, which are taken contate, the instruments and slaves of trary to ecclesiastical utility and the the slaves and instruments of the Bi- institutions of the Fathers;" and the shop of Rome. That most of them Council of Constance teaches them are the mere nominees of the Romish that no faith is to be kept with hebishops and priests in Ireland, is a retics : fact too obvious and notorious to need 3. To persecute and murder all proof: and if any one will read, and those whom their apostate Church intelligently study, the oaths which denounces as heretics. We will not are taken by Popish bishops and here pause to give the proofs, though priests, he will clearly see, that those it would be easy to accumulate them : priests and bishops are neither more (See A Statement of Facts respecting nor less than the mere vassals and the instruction given to the Students for liegemen of the Pope,-bound to him the Romish Priesthood at Maynooth, by the strictest oath of feudal fealty pp. 9–22): that the wit of man was ever able to 4. To throw this whole kingdom devise.
into confusion, by clogging the wheels We have had a Reform Bill, of of Government, and obstructing all which one of the avowed purposes the proceedings of Parliament,-if so was, to put down the nomination of by any means they can gain their Members of the House of Commons own ends, and advance the interests by noblemen and gentlemen, who had of their insolent and domineering a stake in the country, and who were Church. This is what “The Tablet loyal subjects of the Sovereign of deliberately proposes and advises, in these realms,—to whom they rendered the passage we have quoted; and no doubtful or divided allegiance. this is what the Romish Members of But the Reform Bill did not interfere the House of Commons seem fully with or put down the nomination of prepared to do. Members of that House by the Pope Now it may be said, that fifty men or his vassals :-nay, rather, it gave are but a very insignificant minority increased facilities to such nomina- out of six hundred and fifty-eight: tion; and it gave those nominees in- but fifty taken from one side, and creased influence in the House. There added to the other, make a difference are about fifty of them,-mere pup- of one hundred on a division; and pets in the hands of Romish priests, – this they know very well. They partly, perhaps, blind and irrational know also, and all of us know, the instruments, guided and overruled by divided and distracted state of parties a power which they do not well un- in the House; and of this they are derstand, but which they dare not re- ready by all means, fair and foul, to sist; and partly, no doubt, very will- take every possible advantage. And ing and eager instruments, to do their among those parties they have also bidding, and promote their objects, their partizans;-more especially the with their whole heart and mind. But remnant of the faction of that man, all of them, as true and faithful liege- who, beyond all others, both in 1829 men of the Church of Rome, must and in 1845, might be justly concount it a part of their religion,- sidered as the chief traitor to the ready to sympathize with Rome,- dressing themselves in turn to all the politically as well as religiously; bad passions of the human heart, and Ultra-Liberals in politics; idolators of all the specious and sophistical prinexpediency; and infidels in religion ; ciples of the human mind, - to make of all of whom it is not too much to all things subservient to the one great say, that they are always ready to do object which they have (and must the dirty work of Popery, which it is have) in view—The re-establishment not able to do for itself: and all of of the undisputed supremacy of the these are alike destitute of that scrip- Church of Rome in this country, tural enlargement of mind, and of and in all the world : (for, if Protesthose old English principles of honour, tant Britain should be once subdued, which would enable them to see, and there is nothing to prevent them from feel, the unutterable baseness of the subduing the whole world.) position in which they have placed Then, if it be the plain fact, that it themselves. With this motley crew was the Act of 1829 which gave the to help them, fifty members—bound Romanists the power and the position together in close confederacy, and to do all the mischief which they are continually influenced and directed now doing, and at which they are by that Mystery of Iniquity, which is now evidently aiming-is it not eviat once the perfection and concen- dent, that all who really love their tration of worldly wisdom, and of country and its Protestant institutions, Satanical craft and subtlety-can and ought to confess and bewail, in brodo exercise an influence in parliament kenness of heart before God and their which it is truly fearful to think of. country, the sinfulness and folly of They are evidently imbued with the that Act?-We say not merely the domineering spirit of that Church, political folly of it - in giving political which claims to be the Mother and power, and influence, and authority Mistress of all Churches ; and affirms in the legislature, to the slaves and " that every human creature be subject feudal vassals of a foreign and hostile to the Roman Pope, we declare, de- potentate ;-to men who put themfine, and pronounce to be altogether selves in such a position, and avow necessary to salvation.” (See the Bull such principles, (“turning religion into Unam Sanctam.) And they seem rebellion, and faith into faction,”) fully prepared and determined, in that that it can only be safe and wise to spirit, to assert and exercise an irre- treat them as aliens and sojourners : sponsible and despotic authority in but, still more, the sin against God, Parliament. They seem to say, "We of which they have been guilty, in have got into the House-we have proclaiming by that Act, that the gained the power and the position slaves of antichrist and gross idolators which we wanted; and now we will were as fit and worthy to legislate for have our way~-cost what it will. We this Protestant nation, as the true and know of no object-we know of no faithful servants of the living God law-but the interests of our Church: and His Anointed Son. and we will stick at nothing, till we We must not withhold our deep have established it in supreme domi- and settled conviction, that every one nion upon the ruins of the country who voted for that Act—who proand all its Protestant institutions." moted or connived at it, directly or
1. To be rebels and traitors to their Protestant cause. There are in the natu ral Sovereign, whenever their House, Tractarians who are always
Now what we wish most of all to indirectly-ought humbly and openly press upon serious consideration is
to confess it, as a sin against God and this—That it was the fatal Act of His Anointed. We see but little, if 1829, which placed them in this posi- any, scriptural ground of hope for tion. It was that Act which gave our country, till this confession bethem power and opportunity to as- come general. For, in this terrible sume this tone, to act in this manner; conflict, upon which we seem now to by holding the balance between con- be entering—and only just entering tending parties, -by working on the we can have no hope of overcoming fears of some, the selfish interests and the powers of earth and hell, which the blind credulity of others, by ad- are combined against us, unless we
take the Word of God to be our rule is one body, and one Spirit, even as and guide in all our conduct. That we are called in one hope of our callmust be the source from which we ing; One Lord, one faith, one baplearn wisdom to direct us in this con- tism, one God and Father of all, who flict. That must be the weapon which is above all, and through all, and in we must use in this warfare. And, us all,"—then we ought all to be more if we really take that Word to rule closely, cordially, and inseparably and guide us, we shall not fail to united than they can possibly be. The remember, and to act upon, the plain profession of the Protestant Faith,and important principle which it so in the Faith once delivered to the distinctly lays down : "If we confess saints,”-involves momentous duties, our sins, He is faithful and just to and entails upon all of us a solemn forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us responsibility. It binds us, among from all unrighteousness."
other things, to be far more closely And next to humble confession, we united in christian action, than the need Protestant UNION,-real Pro- greater part of true believers even testant Union. Our enemies are uni- seem to be at all aware, or even once ted against us as one man.
to think of. know, or acknowledge, that “There
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Correspondence. [The Editors are not responsible for every statement or opinion of their correspondents; at the same time, their object is to open the pages of their Magazine to those only, who seek the real good of that Protestant Church with which it is in connexion.] TRACTARIAN Practices. - Christ via media between the Church of EngChurch, Hoxton.
land, as represented at Hoxton, and To the Editor of the Christian Guardian.
the Church of Rome, as manifested at
St. John's the Evangelist, DuncanDear Sir, It is many months since terrace, Islington. I could tell you, I requested permission to occupy your sir, of parents who have to ascribe pages with notices of the perversion the commencement of their children's of our Protestant churches into nur- perversion, to the teaching and semisery schools for Rome. I have for Romish observances of Mr. Scott's some time had my suspicions that the Church. Tractarians were still proceeding in I shall not describe the perfortheir work of undermining the Church, mances I witnessed yesterday, further and that, notwithstanding the seces- than by telling you, that Mr. Scott sion of Messrs. Bennett, Dodsworth, and his Curate intoned the service, and Co., this metropolis is not by any chanted all that could be chanted, means purged from the ecclesiastical and the choir of singing men and nuisance which has so long infested singing boys performed an anthem it. Yesterday found your corres- for the gratification of the two hunpondent at a church occupied by a dred people present. The Curate folTractarian of the cautious school, - lowed the Margaret-street fashion of one who has never ventured the kneeling immediately in front of the lengths of his brethren, either of Pim- "altar," with his back to the people, lico, Margaret-street, or Christ Church, and Mr. Scott knelt a little lower, on Albany-street, but who, from my own his right hand. knowledge, has done, and is doing, The church, like the chapel at the work of Rome as surely as either. Margaret-street, is very plain, and all He does not light his altar candles, as the adornment, which is of a gaudy at Margaret-street, neither has he the coloured character, is reserved for the rood-screen, or the other superstitions chancel or “altar”recess. This part is of St. Paul's and St. Barnabas'; and as strongly imitative of Rome as posyet Christ Church, Hoxton, has been sible;—there are, however, neither found to be a great deal more than a cross or flowers.
Mr. Scott preached from the words the beguiled victim to seek for full of St. James, -"Be ye doers of the satisfaction in a real mass-house. word, and not hearers only,”-and Christ Church, Hoxton, is not the the whole tenor of the discourse less dangerous, because its Incumbent struck me as a singular, but evidently is a cautious setter forth of doctrines disguised, attempt to destroy the va- strange to the Reformation, or its celue of the great doctrine of justifica- remonials a little short of “the supertion by faith, while pretending to stitious mummeries” of St. Andrew's, harmonize the statements of St. Paul Wells-street. These places must be with those of St. James. Mr. Scott put down; they are the pest-houses was preaching close upon the borders of the Church. If the Bishops have of a large parish, the ministers of not the power to interfere, true which cling closely to the doctrines of Churchmen must strive to gain it for the Reformation; or rather to those them. doctrines fully taught in the Bible,
Yours, faithfully, and declared in our Articles to be the A CHURCHMAN OF THE REFORMATION. authoritative teaching of the Church May 26th, 1851. of England. The Incumbent of Christ Church was, however, singularly anx
the REVISION OF ious to warn his congregation against
LITURGY.” what we must call the peculiar and
To the Editor. distinguishing doctrines of the Evan- Sir,— The moderation, good sense, gelical school, which make the person and diligent research, which characand work of Christ everything, and man terize this work by the Rev. C. Davis, and his works nothing, but the evi- and the references it contains to the dence of a faith which leads to love improvements made by other Churches and holy obedience. Mr. Scott has in the Occasional Services, are well but to step across his border, and he worthy of consideration. Surely, in will at once see that there is but little the multitude of counsellors there is fear of justification by faith being wisdom ; and if the American Church a barren and dangerous Evangelical has improved the Burial Service, and dogma. We may not have our alms other Churches have improved other chests and offertories, neither may we parts, why should not we profit by collect large sums for the meretri- their wisdom? cious ornaments and superstitious As the determination of the Bishop furniture of churches; we may not of Exeter, to exclude the Evangelical ever have upon the lip, “ This do, clergy from the Church, as far as it is and ye shall live;" but we are as in his power to do so, is more likely deeply anxious as any that our light than anything to work in favour of shall so shine amongst men, by our Liturgical Revision, it seems most every act and work of love to God desirable that the attention of your and man, that all may glorify our readers should be drawn to this useFather which is in heaven.
fullittle volume, because every ChurchThe Bishops have issued a Pastoral man, who is capable of investigation, Letter upon the subject of the Trac- ought seriously to study the subject, tarians; but my visit yesterday to and to be prepared to meet the cirChrist Church, Hoxton, fully con- cumstances that may arise. A bold firmed my opinion, that it would be defence has been made, and made inoperative, as it was in itself effete successfully, of the doctrines of the and ambiguous. Surely it is possible to Reformation, both before the Court prevent these churches from furnish- of Arches and before the l’rivy Couning recruits to Rome, by the morbid cil; but we must never forget that the taste they excite in the minds of the decision of the Privy Council, which young and ardent, by the exhibition protected those who made the deof just so much of Romish ceremonial, fence, was preceded by a public judgand depreciation of sound Protestant ment in the Arches' Court, that the doctrine, if not the open teaching of plain and grammatical sense of the Romish error, as shall insensibly lead thanksgiving after baptism, expressed