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tate not, like the latter, to make an impious offering of the approving smiles of Heaven, and imperishable Truth of Almighty God, on the unhallowed altar of perjury, bribery, and other such concomitants, of unprincipled Liberalism, and its confederate Infidelity ?
lengthened dissertation. The authority I now cite, is no less than Erasmus; your own, your favorite Erasmus : many of whose re'marks, I find, have been introduced,- of course, by your special permission, into your juvenile works, for the perusal of your Donegall-Street school children, who have the advantage of your daily personal inspection : these books being transmitted to me, are now in my possession. This same Erasmus (in Epistolam Hieronymi ad Eustochium.) discoursing on some learned Popish Doctors, says, “Sibi videntur Semidei miro supercilio præ se despicientes Grammaticos ; qui si Grammaticæ litássent, non ad hunc modum se pueris deridendos propinarent;" which is as much as to say, that those learned Romanists “consider themselves Demigods, and look down with supercilious contempt on Grammarians; it had however been much more to their advantage, to have acquired a perfect knowledge of Grammar, and not have subjected themselves to the Scorn and Derision of schoolboys and infants." Was it for this, and innumerable other envenomed shafts, hurled so furiously against the Clergy, the Doctrines, the Vices, and the Corruptions of the Papacy, with all the bitterest poignancy of pointed sarcasm and satyr; that, the wily Jesuit of Lincoln's-Inn, Butler, in his (Life of Erasmus, in chap. xii.) informs his readers, that Pope Paul III, designed to confer the Dignity of Cardinal upon Erasmus; and appointed him to the Provostship of Daventer, with a handsome revenue, and to other lucrative posts? The learned Doctor, unwittingly no doubt, solves the difficulty, and furnishes us also with a slight specimen of the Pope's intriguing, to gain at a most eventful crisis, the splendid talents of the wavering Erasmus, to plead, in return for his Lordly patronage and costly presents, in behalf of the Vatican cause and interests, among the other Roman hirelings, at the approaching Council of Trent; for mark the words of the letter of Paul III. to Erasmus, precisely as given by Butler :" We therefore exhort you, my son !-you, on whom God has bestowed so much talent and knowledge, to assist us in these our holy labours ; this, you are well enabled to do, by aiding in common with us, the Catholic cause, by your words and writings, both before and after the council, which, with the help of God, we propose to assemble :"-Alas! what an ungrateful son, of so loving and so affectionate a Sire!!! I would fearlessly engage with the weapons only, that Erasmus' writings could supply, to disprove, confute, and expose all the corruptions, enormities, and novelties of the Roman Apostacy. But of the Coun
The best Writers, and the most approved Authorities.
156 ]t now lieth upon you to lay the foundation of a firm security for your religion, your laws, and your liberties. ' I trust in God, that He will complete His own work, by sending a spirit of peace and union to influence your councils, that no interruption may be given to a happy and lasting settlement. The dangerous condition of the Protestant Interest in Ireland, requiring A LARGE AND SPEEDY SUCcour, and the present state of things abroad, oblige me to tell you, that next to the danger of unseasonable divisions among yourselves, nothing can be so fatal as too GREAT DELAY in your consultations. The states by whom I HAVE BEEN ENABLED TO RESCUE THIS NATION, may suddenly feel the ill effects of it, both by being too long deprived of the service of their troops which are now here, and of YOUR EARLY ASSISTANCE against A POWERFUL ENEMY, who hath DECLARED WAR against them. And as England is by treaty already engaged to help them upon. any such exigencies, so I am confident that THEIR CHEERFUL CONCURRENCE TO PRESERVE this kingdom with so much hazard to themselves WILL MEET ALL THE RETURNS OF FRIENDSHIP and ASSISTANce, which may be expected froin you as Protestants and Englishmen, whenever their condition shall require it.”
" William Henry, Prince of Orange, “ Given at St. James's, this 22d day of January, 1689.
(The above is an extract, from a Letter, addressed by His Highness the Prince of Orange, to the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, assembled in Convention as a Parliament at Westminster, January 22d, 1689. See Echard, vol. iii. p. 956, and State-tracts, T. 1. p. 104.)
- Born and educated in this country, I glory in the name of briron, and the peculiar happiness of my life will ever consist in promoting the welfare of a people, whose loyalty and warm affection to me, I consider as the greatest and most permanent security of my throne ; and I doubt not, but their STEADINESS IN THESE PRINCIPLES will equal the FIRMNESS of MY INVARIABLE RESOLUTION to adhere to, and strengthen, THIS EXCELLENT CONSTITUTION in church and state.” -First Royal Speech of KING GEORGE THE THIRD.
“ Far be it from me, my Lords, to shackle or to fetter the conscience of any man ; but equally far be it from me, to PULL DOWN BY RASH INNOVATION, ANY OF THE VENERABLE PILLARS OF THE CONSTITUTION. All that can be given with reason and concience I am prompt to give. But, my Lords, the CONSTITUTION I CANNOT, DARE NOT, WILL NOT, give. I must uphold and support, with THE LAST EFFORT OF My nature, the Establishment in Church and State, as the great STEP by which the House of Brunswick ascended that throne.”-Speech of H. R. H. Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, when the Popish Petition was presented in the House of Lords, May 10th, 1805 :-a speech which contains a luminous and eloquent portrait of the motives which actuated our constitutional ancestors in selecting the BRUNSWICK FAMILY, to wield the regal sceptre over these countries; and perspicuously elucidates the principles which immortalize the memory of various magnanimous members of this illustrious lineage.
TO THE RIGHT REVEREND DOCTOR CROLLY,
TITULAR BISHOP OF DOWN.
[Continued from page 23, of CHAMPION, No. 1.]
REVEREND SIR, In times, then, Sir, like the present very distressing period, when, that oft-practised, well-known watchword, of discontent, faction, and sedition-Liberty; is the darling idol of the disaffected, the licentious, and the profane ;--and an IDOL, which the imbecility and irresolution of some, very highly elevated in rank, have shamefully pampered, with the truly disgusting sacrifices of unprincipled adulation, and the truckling of political partizanship. But such, may be brought, to experience the bitter fruits, of the undue slackening of the elastic arm of power. A worse fate, may await them, than, even, the verbal taunts, the petty insults, of your Democratic, tax-gathering PauperO'Connel ; who has had, the impertinent hardihood, to express himself, in the sarcastic bitterness of his contempt ;-in terms, which, though they were used from a very different motive, yet, undoubtedly are the real sentiments, of every man of rank, wealth, and influence in Ireland, in respect to the present Executive Government of that Country. This hireling Advocate of the mob, has publicly declared, that “more
[Continued from the last note.] cil of Trent whose doctrines,-as taught in your accredited, and authorized Documents,-contradict, in the most glaring manner, the equally Infallible Dicta of many preceding General Councils, whose Ecumenicity, your own historians, regard as far superior, and more reputable! Nay more, whose precepts, are absolutely contradictory, not merely, to those of General, and Provincial, Councils ; but likewise to several, held in preceding ages, at Rome, itself,
human blood has been shed in Ireland in the year and a half of Lord Anglesea's government, than during the last twenty years of Tory Administrations;"
-and again," it may indeed be designated as a history of blood;”—and in an elaborate epistle, dated, (Tralee, Dec. 24, 1832), read, for the instruction of
convened, though they were, by her Bishop, and composed of her inferior Bishops! Of such an extraordinary Council, detected in the plainest, and most palpable, contradictions, by the accusing testimony of other such assemblies; and which are confirmed by the corroborative attestations of the ancient catholic Fathers, whom your church pretend zealously to follow,--as well as by the instructions, and opinions, of an almost innumerable multitude of your own eminent Doctors, who living at different periods, and in widely distant countries, can hardly be suspected of the bias of undue partiality ; inasmuch, as they belonged to your communion; and on other subjects, connected with the peculiar tenets of Popery, evinced an unsubdued and uncompromising spirit:—and what appears still more strange, confirmed likewise, by the condemning Infallible authorities, of no less than Popes themselves :-if indeed the ex-cathedrâ oracles of Divinity, and in- · fallibility itself, are to be much regarded, when the very same Infallible authority, could be deduced, to prove any doctrine of Faith, whether Atheism or Deism, Popery or Protestanism, Heresy or Schism ; or to establish any principle of Morals, whether Unnatural Crimes, Adultery, Incest, Fornication, Purity, Impurity, Austerity, Monachism, Superstition, or Bigotry; in a word, any point of Catholicity of Doctrine, or Practice !!! For, methinks, to prove or substantiate any other kind of Catholicity, or Unity of Faith -- any other kind of uniformity of Discipline,-or any other kind of Communion of Saints (!), —would be much more difficult, than the invention of one universal Theorem, to solve the indefinitely variable cases of Geometry; or the discovery of one general Law, to explain all the phenomena of the material Universe ;-and quite as difficult, as to prove the Antiquity of the Popish novelties, -each one of which, the inquiring and impartial historian, can easily trace to its polluted source, originating, as they always do, in the dark night of ignorance, and bewildering mists of superstition, amidst the progressive usurpations of the Pope's spiritual, and temporal dominion ; and mainly supported, by playing off, among the rude and credulous barbarians, the monstrous and unhallowed impositions, of lying miracles, forged documents, carnal rites, and a shameful compound, of the awful and sublime mysteries of pure religion, with the deleterious dregs of every species of idolatrous, and heathenish ceremonies. And most assuredly, it would be much easier, to make a more consistent system, out of all the varying tenets, even of the most heterodox; inasmuch, as they do not in general quite blot out the common sense, the legitimately guided reason of man, and the proper tests of truth :- though indeed the ignorance, impudence, and presumption, with which, Dissenters,
« THE TRADES UNION," this paragon of vulgar declamation, expresses himself, "I wonder whether the English Government begin to understand the position in which that weak, well-meaning, poor man, Lord Anglesea, and that maniac, Stanley, have placed Ireland.--Anglesea and Stanley have made a repeal of the
and Sectarians of all kinds, almost universally varnish over their arrogance and pride, leaves it impossible to say, whether, it is more disgusting, to see the natural claim of man's birthright-private judgment, so grossly violated, in their ridiculous assumption of individual Infallibility, which these self-constituted, ecclesiastical Mountebanks, in the exercise, and display, of their unparalleled vanity, respectively claim, each to their own persons ;-at the same time, with an ignorance, and hardihood, scarcely inferior to their rustic auditories, and naturally impatient of due restraint, erect, each, a Church, for their own government, and use ;-whilst the proper principles of Ecclesiastical Polity, they have never had either the capacities, or the means of investigating ;-and perfectly as blind to the lights, furnished to us, of the prevailing discipline, of the Primitive Catholic Church, as they are incapable of making a seasonable, and proper judgment, of the concurrent testimonies, of the best Catholic Fathers, of the Eastern and Western World. Now, I alledge, it is most difficult to determine, whether this is more disgusting, than to see the assumed, ill-grounded claims of pretended Papal Infallibility, debauched by impurity, debased by licentiousness, derided by common sense ;-denied an existence, because unsuited to the constitution, and weal of human society,(See Paley's admirable remarks, on the inutility of irresistible evidence, in his “ Evidences,” P. iii. c. 6.) impossible in the nature of things,-disproved by the very exertion, and manifestation of its own prerogatives ;—and set at nought, as frequently, by its claimants, as by its defenders, and apologists. Well, Sir, of this Council of Trent, which,-being one fragment, among a thousand others, that have floated down, to us, on the passing stream of ages, -serves at least, as a specimen of Papal absurdities and presumption; and happily enjoys the high privilege of receiving the proffered boon, attached to the golden aphorism of the heathen Poet, that, “ invenias etiam disjecti membra poetæ" (Hor. lib. i. Sat. 4.); for, its mutability, variations, contradictions, and inconsistencies, will be found, at once, to mark out their prolific Parent-the hideous front of the scale-covered Leviathan of Romanism :-of this Council, then, in its avowed opposition to all preceding Councils, to Doctors, to Theologians, and to the Popes themselves, you may expect, in a future number of the “ CHAMPION,” a fully detailed account, and complete exposure, drawn from the most approved authorities, among the different writers of the world, and many belonging to your own Church. The investigating student, who, when he has satisfied himself as to the absolute independance of the British and