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LIBU OF ALL PAINS AND PENALTIEť to which he or they would be liable by any laws now existing in Great Britain or Ireland, respectively, against receiving and publishing bulls, dispensations, or other instruments from the See of Rome, or from any authority, or pretended authority under the said See, le LIABLE to be sent out of the United Kingdom in manner as horein before directed :"-that is, he may be quietly and comfortably conducted and conveyed out of the kingdom at the public expence in the castody of a messenger-and the moment he sets his foot on the opposite shore, be free to return and to act the same scene over again !!!
This is the notable security which is offered to a Proiestant government and people under this bil!! and this, too, upon second thoughts !! These are the improvements of the wisdom of the Right Honourable George Canning, upon the wisdom of the Right Honourable Henry Grattan !!! These are the devices by which we are to shew that we are not FOOL SONS of POOL FATHERS*!!! Here is a most complete indemnity for treason itself provided by those who are professing to secure permanency and in violability to our Constitution !!!
We say, positively, that here is a complete indemnity for treason. Any man who should choose to introduce and publish any bull, or other instroment from Rome, of ever so treasopable a nature, and such bulls there are and have been, is here completely protected: he is freed from all real pains and penalties, and only subjected to the liability of, doing that which many of us consider as very pleasant, -taking a short trip to the Continent !!!
All this, we are ready to admit, and verily believe, bas happened, without the wise and witty framers of this egregious bill having any such in. tention, or indeed at all being aware of what they were doing !!!
We have much more to say; we might observe, in order to shew how completely the Protestant interest is overlooked by these provident Senators, that this same board, which is thus to be the sole safeguard, imperfect as we have shewn it to be, of the Constitution, may be wholly composed of Papists ; (for Papists may, by the bill, be Privy Counsellors and Secretaries of State,) and in this case, all that would remain to us of Protestant feelings, or of Protestant authority or interest, would be left at the mercy of those who are the professed adversaries of every thing that is Protestant. But we must now break off. This hasinsensibly growo ta such a length that we must defer our observations on the otber important documents which lie before us, and to which we have alluded above. We
See the last Edinburgh Review, No. XLI. p. 94: to whose notable conceits (conceita indeed, and impudent conceits, in every sense of the word) we gust, at some future day, to be enabled to pay due attention,
have, we think, supplied our readers with sufficient matter for reflection. They, we trust, will join with us in reprobating this mischievous attempt to conciliate at the expence of all that is dear to us, those who can never be conciliated ;- this compromising and playing with our best interests for a mere time-serving purpose ;—this vain and rash experiment at forcing together elements naturally and essentially discordant, and utterly incapable of any real or permanent union.*
LIST OF PUBLICATIONS IN FAVOUR OF THE REFORMED
RELIGION, RECOMMENDED BY THE EDITOR OF THE PROTESTANT ADVOCATE.
(Continued from p. 474.)
16. Strong Reasons for rejecting the Roman Catholic Claims; and incon
testable Proofs that the Popisb Religion is now as it ever was, decidedly hostile to the Protestants, whose TOTAL EXTERMINATION, one of the Roman Catholic Bishops has declared to be near at Hand.
“ As to the Papists, their tenets are undoubtedly calculated for the introduction of all slavery, both civil and religious :"-Blackstone :
Therefore, “ to design the advancement of Popery, is to design the ruin of the State, and the destruction of the Church; it is to sacrifice the nation to a double slavery : to prepare chains both for their bodies and their minds."--Bp. Sherlock.
8vo. pp. 392. 1813. J. J. Stockdale, 41, Pall-Mall.
There is hardly a single point of importance respecting the Roman Ca. tholic question, which is not discussed (and at considerable length,) in this book. Mr. Grattan's bill is lost for the present. “ The spake is scotched, not killed ;" and there can be no doubt but it will be offered te the LegisJature very early in the next session of Parliament. In the mean time, we recommend an attentive perusal of the “ Strong Reasons” to every member of each House. For our part, we hesitate not to say, that upless strong prejudices have occupied the minds of those who read it; unless the blindness of bigotry, and the deleterious effects of party spirit, have rendered them insensible to the power of argument, and the force of truth, it must be impossible for those who have been seduced into giving countenance to " the claims," any longer to remain identified with the supporters of a system of religion like that of Rome.-We have perused the work, with great satisfaction; pleased to find so many of the arguments against Po
We shall take earliest opportunity in our power, to notice the resolutions of the Irish Titular Bishops, Dr. Milner's Memorial, &c. &c. in order to make room for matters of a pressing, because temporary, nature, we postpone our account of the Liler Tara Cancellariæ Romanæ.
pery which had long appeared to us as irresistible, here urged home in the most masterly style. Previously to the next session, the Popish party ought to make a point of answering it, section by section, and page by page. Unless this be done, and we are convinced that attempt must be fruitless ; it will be in vain to endeavour to trepan the House of Commons into an assenting vote, provided the members will employ part of the va. cation in examining the reasons supplied to their hands in this excellent and most useful work. We did intend giving copious extracts from it, but we have not room in this number of the Protestant Advocate. We have marked a great many passages for quotation, and on some future occasion we shall insert a selection of them. The Popish Bishop mentioned in the text, is the late Dr. Walmesley, Bishop of Rama, and Vicar Apostolic of the Western District. In the cleventh section, his “History of the Christian Church, chiefly deduced from the Apocalypse," is reviewed at length. A more impudent piece of strained criticism, and perverted interpretation was never compiled than Dr. Walmesley's “ History;" first published uoder the feigned naase of Signor Pastorini. The author was D.D. of the Sorbonne, and F.R.S. of London ;-the Professors of Maynooth College, however, seem braver than Dr. Walmesley ; (for they are universally deemed the publishers of the edition of 1805, printed at Dublin by the notorious Fitzpatrick, printer to the College ;) the Doctor fabricated a name, but they prefix to the 4th edition a portrait of the Bishop of Rama, with his numerous titles, &c. 17. Correspondence on the Formation, Objects and Plan of the Roman Ca.
tholic Bible Society; including Letters from the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord Clifford, Right Rev. Bishop Poynter, Rev. Peter Gandolphy, A. R. Blake and Cb. Buller, Esgrs, with Notes and Observations, exbibiting the genuine Principles of Roman Catholics.-J. J. Stockdale. 8vo, pp. 92.
We beg to call the attention of our readers to this pamphlet, which er. hibits in true colours, the genuine character of the Papists. Hear them tell their own story and you would take them for the kindest, the best, the most liberal of men ; you would think them the most abused and perse. secuted of their species. Mr. Gandolphy, demure as a cat with its claws sheathed in velvet, with the utmost liberality to all appearance, declared, in his letter to Dr. Marsh, founded on a strange mistake (if after all it was a mistake, and not a wilful misconstruction), of Dr. Marsh's meaning, that " if any of the Bible Societies feel disposed to try our [the Papists') esteera for the Bible, by presenting us some copies of a Catbolic Version, WITH OR WITHOUT NOTEs, we will gratefully accept and faithfully distribute them." Could any thing appear more plausible? who after this could
venture to suspect that the Romanists are unfriendly to distributing Bibles amongst their poorer brethren ? who could presume to charge them with a disinclination to co-operate with Protestants ; or to receive a boon at their hands ? --- Little did Mr. Gaodolphy suppose that he would be taken at his word. Little did he imagine to what an extent Protestant liberality would go. A body of Protestants, wholly independent of the British and Foreign Bible Society, entered into an association for the purpose of supa plying poor Roman Catholics with their own version, unaccompanied by notes ;—but all came to nothing ;-and if any one will look into the pamphlet before us, he will see the whole process of this affair from begioning to end. He will see candid simplicity on the part of the Protestants ; tergiversation on that of the Papists. He will see the former actuated by the purest motives, and the latter all anxiety to escape from a predicament in which the indiscreet forwardness of Mr. Gandolphy placed them. What has happened, has not occasioned us the smallest emotion of surprize ; but it may be of service to the Protestant cause to request the attention of our readers to all that has taken place, and to give a serious perusal to the “ correspondence" committed to press under the auspices of Sir Digby Macworth the chairman, and the committee of the promoters and managers of the (Roman) Catholic Bible fund.-We beg to refer to our fast number, p. 489, where the public will find some observations which we thought it our duty to offer on the subject previously to the pube lication of the “correspondence." We there stated, from the highest authority, the limitations and cautions, under which the liberal Church of Rome permits the circulation of the Scriptures in the veroacular tongue. We must add, that in the Appendix to the “Correspondence," No. I. are some specimens of the notes on the Scriptures copied from the modern Douay and Rhemish translations ; and in the Appendix, No. 2, are some notes selected from the early edition of the Rhemish testament; in both of which, the spirit of Popery is manifested; the pecaliar doctrines of that corrupt system of religion are upheld by forced construction, and by strained application of obscure texts, whilst the plain meaning of clear scripture is explained away by a thousand ingenious artifices. 18. An Appeal to the Common Sense and Professed Principles of all Pro
testants on the Consequences of what is falsely called Catholic Emancipation : especially addressed to the Representatives and Clergy of Great Britam and Ireland. By a Prolestant of the Church of England,
“ O for that warning voice, &c."-Pp. 20. Parker, Oxford, and Rivington, London.
This spirited little tract is mentioned on the blue cover of our last num
ber; and we beg to recommend it to general perusal. It is drawn up in a popular style, and is well calculated for an extended circulation. The margins are not loaded with references, it is not addressed to the learned, solely; the Clergy who are noticed in the title page, will, no doubt, lend a favourable ear to the appeal of a brother-Protestant; and that class of the representatives of the Commons of England which comprizes the couniry gentlemen, cannot but feel themselves obliged to him. We give a specimen of the author's manner." Do you imagine, (says be, p.3,) that, by admitting Romanists to a share in the administration of government, you will allay animosities and produce unanimity and co-operation? Dream pot of such effects from such causes ; on what principles of human nature can they be produced ? Do you suppose, that men, whose views and principles are so diametrically opposite as those of Papists and Protestants, and that on a subject the most powerful and in itential, can, if sincere in those principles, possibly coalesce? Is not the odium theologicum, the enmity of religious controversialists, proverbial ? And can any principles of t'eligion be so entirely at variance as those of Protestants and Papists? And will not these causes produce their usual effects here? Or is this an exempt case? When or where have the Papists renounced one of the fundamental maxims of their Church? Do they not still, when prudence will allow, or when passion overcomes prudence, dò they not still main. tain that Protestants are heretics, and that there is no salvation but in the Cburcb of Rome? How then can Protestants and Papists, while they continue such, cordially upite in conducting the same government? Will they have always the same objects in view ? Must not their interests cogtinually clash-their principles draw them different ways ? Or can you expect, can you suppose it possible, that the Papist, while directing the affairs of a Protestant kingdom, will always act as a Protestant; will have no partialities, no prepossessions, no interests of his own; or that he will always lay them aside, and on political questions pay no regard to those principles which on other occasions supremely influence his conduct?
To all these questions the united voice of reason, of experience, and of religion answers No. Misguided politicians, listen to that voice; nor fondly imagine, that, by introducing into the already turbid regions of politics, elements so discordant as Popery and Protestantism, any other effects can be produced, than conflict, disorder, and convulsion.
But the consequence of these concessions may be, to effect a change in the religious sentiments of the Roman Catholics, to remove their prejudices, and bring them over to our principles. To this it would be sufficient to answer, that these are not the proper means of producing such effects; and that the use of them would be unwarrantable, and on our