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marrying. Which is right, our priests and the priests; and he spoke of David, Daniel, church, or St. Paul ?” He concludes to Ezra, and Nehemiah, as examples in point. read on. Coming to verse 4th, he meets He finds, however, that he was mistaken in with this qualification of the bishop: “One saying that they all confessed to God inthat ruleth well his own house," i. e. family. stead of to the priests. There is one excepBut how can he, if not permitted to have a tion, and he is willing that the Catholics house of his own ? He proceeds : “ Having should have the advantage of it. It is the his children in subjection.” His children case of Judas Iscariot, recorded in Matthew his children !!! What, a bishop having xxvii. 3, 4. He did not go to God with his children of his own, and having them col- confession. He went to the chief priests, lected in a family too! And then there and it was to them he said, “I have sinned, follows a most provoking parenthesis : “For in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.” if a man know not how to rule his own Here, we must confess, is an example house, how shall he take care of the church of confession to a priest. But it is the of God?” His ruling his own house well only one, I believe, in the Bible. Judas also is to be a criterion of his ability to take care brought money (thirty pieces of silver) to the of the church of God, and yet they say that priests; so that the Catholics have authority he must not marry!
(such as it is) for that part of their practice. But the apostle passes on to speak of the ì am determined I will do the Catholics deacons, and to say what they must be; and justice. They shall have the advantage of in verse 11th, he says what sort of wives they every particle of Scripture which really should have“ even so must their wives be makes in their favour. It is well known grave,” &c. So far from encouraging a that they need it. doubt whether they should marry or not, But, poor man! he got nothing by going Paul gives them directions for choosing a to the priests. It was their cruel and conwife.
temptuous treatment of him, as much as Now, need any one wonder that the priests anything else, that determined him to go do not want to have the Bible read by the and hang himself. How differently even people; a Bible which contains such state- Judas would have been treated, if he had ments as these, and which moreover declares gone with a broken heart to our great High that marriage is honorable in all, without Priest Jesus! Ah! it would have been exception of clergy? I do not wonder at it. better to go to Him whom he betrayed, than Who would put into the hands of his chil- to them to whom he betrayed him. I think dren and servants, and recommend to their I shall always go to Him, notwithstanding perusal and belief, a book containing state- the example of Judas. ments so much at variance with his oral communications to them?
But there is a passage a little farther on, “ POPERY IN MAYNOOTH, AS SUPat the beginning of chapter iv., which, I PORTED BY THE BRITISH GOsuppose, constitutes with the priests a still VERNMENT.” p. 2, 3. stronger objection to the popular reading of this part of the Bible particularly. “The “If our country be really a Protestant Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter country, our constitution a Protestant contimes some shall depart from the faith stitution; if our beloved Queen is defenforbidding to marry." Now, they are afraid der of the Faith'-and may God long prethat if the people were to read this, they serve her as such to the British empire-if might say, “Why, St. Paul must mean our our Church is professedly a National Church church; it forbids to marry.” And as it —and if Christianity be part and parcel of might give the priests some trouble to show the law of the land"-then, who can estithat He did not mean their church, the mate the amount of cruelty and crime with better way is not to let the people know that which the nation is chargeable, for having there is any such passage in the Bible. for so many years, by its comparative silence,
sanctioned the support of this pestilential seminary of Rome; a nation whose repre
sentatives in parliament, being Protestant. A MISTAKE CORRECTED.
notwithstanding they have solemnly sworn In an article entitled “ Auricular Confes- they believe certain doctrines of that apossion,” the writer stated, that in looking into tate Church, to be “superstitious and idolathe Bible he discovered that all the penitents trous,” have (with the exception of a faithmentioned therein went directly to God to ful few, and to their honour be it recorded) make their confessions of sin, and not to from the period of the establishment of Maynooth in 1798, voted between 400,0001. and Finsbury. A lecture was delivered in the 500,0001. of the public money for its main- school-room, Northampton Tabernacle, Rotenance; the natural, but bitter fruits, of soman-street, Clerkenwell, on Thursday which are exhibited in the fearful disorgani- evening, 17th ult., to the members and sation of the benighted and deluded papal friends of this association, on Maynooth population of poor unhappy Ireland. College, its history, the nature of the in
A Member of the Guildford struction given to the students, its effects
Protestant Association. on the priesthood and people of Ireland, &c. Guildford, Feb. 1845.
by Mr. Theophilus A. Smith.
Lambeth. The above lecture was deCABINET.
livered to the members of this association, As we cannot live naturally without air, on Monday evening, April 28, in the school neither can we live spiritually without prayer. room of St. Paul's Episcopal Chapel, KenThe latter is as necessary to the soul, as the nington-lane. former is to the body. A prayerless person, Southwark. --The annual festival of the is a Christless person ;-living without God Southwark Operative Protestant Association, in the world, he must die without hope. will be held (D. v.) on Whitmonday, May
12, in the National and Parochial School. INTELLIGENCE.
room, Borough-road. Tea on table at 5
o'clock precisely. Tickets ls. each, to be " PRAY WITHOUT CEASING."-1 Thess. v. 17. had of Mr. J. S. Sykes, 3, Adams-place,
High-street, Borough, and of Mr. Painter, City.-The committee of this association
at the school-house. The doors will be held a crowded and respectable meeting on closed during tea, and re-opened at half-past Monday evening, April 7th, in the Farring- 6 o'clock, chair taken at 7 o'clock precisely, don Hall, Holborn Bridge, when resolutions when a lecture will be delivered by Mr. were passed, and petitions adopted, against Theophilus A. Smith, on the history of the the Maynooth Endowment Bill.
Popish College of Maynooth, the system of North Tower Hamlets. During the past instruction pursued therein, &c. month, three crowded meetings against the NB.—The pictures presented to the assoproposed endowment of Popery at Maynooth, ciation by the Rev. M. H. Seymour, M.A., have been held in connection with this asso- will be exhibited. ciation. 1. On Friday evening, April 18, in Southwark.—A numerous and respect the Eastern Literary Institution, Hackney-rd. ably attended Meeting of the Southwark The Rev. A. S. Thelwall was in the chair, and Association was held in March last in the spoke at some length; the other speakers National School Room, Borough Road, for were, the Rev. — Carlile, T. Leonard, Esq., the purpose of protesting against the endowMr. Theophilus A. Smith.—2. On Tuesday, ment of Maynooth College. April 22, in Hoxton Academy Chapel. Prayer. The Quarterly Prayer Meeting The chair was taken by the Rev. — Scott, of the Metropolitan Associations will be and afterwards by E. Scobell, Esq. The held (D. v.) at 11, Exeter Hall, on Friday speakers were the Revs. T. James, R. Jones, evening, May 9, at 8 o'clock. Let our OpeW. Roberts, and J. Sponge, and Messrs. rative friends read attentively the article Sibley and A. V. Allen.-3. On Wednesday, “Important Heads for Prayer, suited to the April 23, in the British School Room, Cow- Times.” The present is a time for increased per-street, City Road, Sir Culling Eardley prayer. Smith, bart., in the chair. The speakers were, the Revs. A. S. Thelwall, H. Robbins, The ANNUAL MEEting of the Protestant R. Thomas, W. M. Bunting, J. Blackburn, Association will be held on Wednesday, May and W. Roberts, T. Leonard, Esq. and Mr. 14th, in the large Hall, Exeter Hall. Chair A. V. Allen.
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DUTY OF PERSEVERANCE. those who are tremblingly alive to the best
and eternal interests of their fellow-creatures Of all the warnings in Holy Scripture, none to the glory of God, and the honor of that should fall on the ears of British Christians, Saviour's name whom Popery would place at the present season, with a sound more on a level with, or even sink below, the loud and solemn than that contained in the creature whom He has formed-of what book of Revelations.—“I will come unto avail, we are ready to exclaim, since those thee quickly, and will remove thy candle- who rule our Protestant country, ashamed stick out of his place, except thou repent." of the name and ignorant of the principles Oh England, Protestant England! what, of Protestantism, seek friendship with her what is become of thy faith—what of thyfoes, and throwing away the shield, hold out zeal—what of thy love ? Ah! what report the olive branch of peace, and seek again to can He give who walketh in the midst of the clasp to their bosoms the enemy of civil and seven golden candlesticks; whose arm of religious freedom. mercy and protecting love has so long been It may not avail to alter the line of constretched over thee, and has made thee so duct so determinately pursued by those who, happy and honorable among the kings of refusing to listen to the voice of remonthe earth ? Ah! what will be said of thee strance, have turned a deaf ear to those whose and thy counsellors, not by the men of entitled character and office might have led human lore and worldly wisdom, but by them to expect a more courteous reception. Him who has made thee a steward of His It may be of no avail to arrest the progress sacred truth, that truth which alone maketh of Popery, or to save from ruin our loved, wise unto salvation, and alone exalteth a our dearly cherished land; but God, who Nation ?
blesses the feeblest means, may bless these, Where is the spirit of England's mar- to confirm the faith, to animate the spirits, tyrs — is it gone for ever — is the spirit and it may be, to prepare the hearts of many of sleep, deep sleep, poured out on its for the strongest proof of love and constancy mighty population ? Alas! how are the man is ever called to show. We attempt mighty fallen-how is the gold become dim not to speak of the future, known only to
-how is the fine gold dross. Of what avail the mind of the Almighty. We know not to is it, that again and again the voice of warn- what extent Divine forbearance will go; ing is raised; that appeals are made by but we know from Scripture, there was a
time when the cry of Sodom reached the case—that all institutions for public educaskies, and called for judgment on the de- tion are anxious to proclaim the system on yoted city. We know from the same sacred which they instruct. Even a school-master, volume, that God is a righteous judge, if he puts an advertisement in the paper, strong and patient, and that (as we from our is anxious to proclaim the course of instruchearts believe now to be the case) He is tion he wishes to adopt in his seminary. It provoked every day-yes, provoked every must be certainly, my lord, a very equivocal, day, by the unhallowed attempt to make our or a very suspicious mode of training the country the nursing mother of the“ mystical mind of youth, which it is an act of grace to Babylon—the abomination of the earth, conceal from the public view. To whom is drunken with the blood of the saints, and this act of grace? On whom is it conferred? the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” Let all Is it on the nation, or on the system? Perthen who are zealous for the cause of truth haps upon the nation. Perhaps the minister stand prepared for that time of trial which considers that the illumination of Maynooth seems to be fast approaching-let them seek is too bright; that it would dazzle the emfrom the armoury of heaven strength for the pire; that, conflict, be that conflict never so severe.
" Its saintly visage is too bright, The cause of Protestantism may for a time
To hit the sense of human sight.” be brought low, and Popery may triumph as it has done in ages long past; but it shall Or is it an act of grace to the systemnot finally prevail—the voice from heaven Does the prime minister suspect-does the shall yet be heard, commanding the destruc- prime minister believe? does the prime tion of that great city, Babylon, when her minister know that that system will not bear sins shall have reached unto heaven; and the light; and therefore he will graciously God shall avenge the blood of the prophets conceal it from the view of the public? and martyrs which she hath shed, think- Does he mean to say to this great Protesing, in the blindness of her mind, she ful. tant empire-"I choose to endow this Colfilled the will of God.
lege; it may sap your constitution, it may supersede your laws, it may supplant your
religion, it may subvert your throne, but you SPEECH
shall not inquire into the nature of it?" In OF THE
what school has the prime minister of EngREV. R. J. MʻGHEE, M.A.,
land begun to learn such an un-statesman
like, unconstitutional, unparliamentary, unAt the Annual Meeting of the Protestant English, un-protestant mode of legislation ?
Association, held in the Large Room, Exeter One would imagine that he had passed some Hall, on Wednesday, May 14, 1845, the part of the last recess from parliament in Right Hon. the Earl of Winchilsea in the retreat in the College of Maynooth; that Chair.
they had invested him with an honorary We can only give this Speech to our Readers
degree of Doctor of Canon Law; and that in a condensed form.
he had been studying Reiffenstuel or Devoti
upon the subject. This doctrine of secrecy The Rev. R. J. M‘GHEE, after introduc- may do very well for the meridian of Italy, tory remarks, proceeded—The prime minis- but, thank God, that as yet, neither in the ter proposes, to endow the College of Church, nor in the constitution, shall it find Maynooth, for the education of a certain place within the atmosphere of England. class of men. Now it must strike every I admit, that because certain books are plain honest man, on the first blush of the commanded or read in a certain college, or thing, that the very first question is, What by a certain individual, you cannot justly, is this system of education which the prime without other reasons, charge either the colminister proposes to endow? That is the lege or the individual who reads those question. Every other point is merely an books, with adopting all the principles conaccident of the question; but that is the tained in them. But if, as in this case, question itself. Now what does the prime certain books are commanded to be read on minister do? He comes down to the House certain specific points as contradistinguished of Commons, and he says—“I propose to from other authors who teach a different bring in a bill for the endowment of this doctrine on these points—if a certain author College; but the grace of this act shall not is commanded to be taken as a “master and be qualified by any inquiry into the principles guide,” on these specific points—and if the of the College to be endowed!” Now we rulers of this college pledge themselves to know that it is generally--universally the take that author as their “master and their
guide” in these points; then I say, that tized; all baptized persons are meant by common truth and common sense must both that;)" and these are conveniently punished determine, that the doctrine of those authors by this, that they cannot rule over faithful on those points is the doctrine adopted in subjects. For this would tend to a great that college.
corruption of the faith, for as we said, the Now we have here, First, the command of apostate man meditates evil in his corrupt Rome-Secondly, we have the works speci- heart, and sows strife; and therefore, as soon fied-Thirdly, we have the authors named as any one is denounced by a sentence as Fourthly, we have the trustees pledged to excommunicated on account of his apostacy those authors as their “guides and masters” from the faith, ipso facto, his subjects are -Fifthly, we have one of the authors lauded absolved from his dominion, and from the by one of the professors in this very book; oath of allegiance by which they were because he tells us in page 144, of that St. bound.” Now this, I say, is the doctrine Thomas Aquinas, “ of whose Secunda Se- of that book specified in this parliamentary cunda, I have so often spoken in terms of document, as the author on this specific the highest commendation, as being, in my point, in which the trustees of Maynooth opinion, one of the best books of ethics.” are pledged to train the pupils of that ColWe have this book lauded by the professor lege. of ethics, as the best treatise on the subject, I turn now to another part, in which this and returned as one of the standards of that author and Augustine walk hand and hand. College, the first on the list, by the profes- He says—“When the Lord therefore says, sor of logic, physics, and moral philosophy. 'suffer that both grow together until the Now the only question is, what are the harvest,' (the wheat and the tares,) it is sufpoints so determined to be derived from ficiently apparent from what follows, how these authors ?
this is to be understood—lest haply, colThe first is, whether the Pope has, or has lecting the tares, ye root out the wheat not, a right to interfere, directly or indirectly, along with them ;' where he sufficiently with the temporal government of princes. shows, as Augustine says against the epistle The next is, whether the Pope is above a of Parmenianus,” (here is Thomas quoting general council. The next is, whether the Augustine,) “ When there is no fear, but Pope is to rule the church according to the when the crime of each is known to all, and canons. And the next is, whether the appears execrable as it is, so that it may Pope is personally infallible or not. On have no or few defenders, by which a schism these specific points the doctrine of Thomas may occur in the church, then let not Aquinas is commanded to be taught as the severity of discipline sleep." “ The severity doctrine of Maynooth, in contradistinction of discipline!” “ The mildness of evanto those who teach a different doctrine in gelical charity” is not to be separated from the Gallican school.
the salutary “severity of discipline.” Now I go directly to Thomas Aquinas. The subject of this chapter is." Whether What is the doctrine taught by him on this unbelievers are to be compelled to receive the very first point ?
faith.” “To the third we may say, since “We," he says, “ holding the statutes of to vow is the part of the will, but to pay our sacred predecessors, absolve from their what you have vowed is of necessity; so, to oath by our apostolical authority those who receive the faith is the part of the will, but are bound by the sacrament of an oath or to hold to it when received is a part of allegiance to those who are excommuni- necessity; and, therefore, heretics are to be cated; and we prohibit them by all means compelled to hold the faith, as St. Augustine from observing fidelity to them until they says in his letter to Boniface," quoting the make satisfaction. But apostates from the passage. “ Where is that,” says he, “that
ith are also excommunicated, as also here- they are accustomed to cry out, that it is tics, as the Decretal says, De Hæreticis, free to believe or not to believe? to whom chap. Ad. Abolendam. And, therefore, we did Christ offer violence ? Let them confess must not obey princes, who apostatize from in the case of Paul, Christ first compelling the faith.” Again ; “ as it does not belong him, and afterwards teaching him. to the church to punish infidelity or unbe- “To the fourth we may say, as Augustine het in those who have never received the says in the same epistle- None of us laith, according to that word of the apostle, wishes that a heretic should perish.'” Now 11 Cor. 1.– What have I to do to judge I beg of you to consider in this, that the those that are without ?' But it can punish “ evangelical charity" and the “salutary py its sentence the unbelief of those who severity” are graciously blended together. have received the faith; " (" those who have “None of us wishes that a heretic should received the faith” are those that are bapa perish ; but David could not otherwise have