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of Protestantism ; it will not be an How forcibly this reminds us of the
charge to the clergy of his diocese, The bishop of Winchester parti- lately published, thus speaks that precipates in these sentiments of his late." With reference to error in brother the Bishop of Chester; and doctrine, which has been imputed to consequently these two evangelical the series of publications called the prelates are marked men by the Oxford Tracts for the l'imes, it can hardly be divines ; Mr. Newman, a leader of the expected that, on occasions like the school, is reported by the Record present, I should enter into, or give Newspaper to have said, “ That the a handle to, any thing which might sees of Chester and Winchester are, hereafter tend to controversial disfrom theunfitness of the men who occupy cussions. Into controversy I will not them, ipso facto void ; and that the enter ; but, generally speaking, I clergy of those dioceses cannot be may say, that in these days of lax justly called on to render their nomi- and spurious liberality, any thing which nal diocesans canonical obedience !" tends to recall forgotten truths is va
luable ; and where these publications numbers they can muster around them; have directed men's minds to such and it is a matter of chagrin to our important subjects as the union, the
opponents to contrast the futility of discipline, and the authority of the their own efforts with the success that Church, I think they have done good has blessed those of catholics;" the service : but there may be some points writer asks, “ How is it that the faith in which, perhaps, from ambiguity of of England has not kept pace with her expression, or similar causes, it is not conquering arms ? that her boundless impossible, but that evil rather than resources, wielded with all the perthe intended good may be produced on severing energy of her character, have minds of peculiar temperaments. I been so unavailing ? God has not have more fear of the disciples than of been with her. The pastors of her the teachers. In speaking, therefore, Church have not been commissioned of the authors of the Tracts in ques- to go and teach all nations.' To this tion, I would say, that I think their conclusion, the candid Protestant may desire to restore the ancient discipline also come, who is moved by her signal of the Church most praiseworthy ; I discomfiture to ponder on why it rejoice in their attempts to secure a
should be so. But it seems better stricter attention to the Rubrical direc- days are in store for England ; " May tions in the Book of Common Prayer,
it be that the reformation was perand I heartily approve the spirit which mitted to burst with such fury on our would restore a due observance of the land as a trial of her worthiness, and Fasts and Festivals of the Church.” that by her having passed the fiery
The Bishop of Lincoln had, about ordeal with the life blood of virtue a twelvemonth ago, given in his ad- still undried and active, His selection hesion to Puseyism, in the usual form has been justified ? If it be thus, then of a charge.
the faith she is about to receive again The Archbishop of Canterbury will be preserved with a jealous under the influence of his chaplain, sense of its value, heightened by her Mr. Rose, is supposed to be entirely experience of privation ; and she will of the Oxford school.
go forth to diffuse it amongst others with an earnestness more ardent, from
a better appreciation of the blessing CATHOLIC MAGAZINE
she is conferring ;” and “add to her splendid career the crowning glory of carrying the Gospel (i.e. popery) to the uttermost ends of the earth.” That
matters are flowing to this blessed conTHE CONVERSION OF ENGLAND.
summation, is clear as the light of day, The Catholic Magazine begins the from what is passing around us. The year with an article on the prospects leaders of our adversaries are exerting of catholicism, full fraught with cus- themselves to the utmost, in mustertomary abuse of the reformers, and ing and marshalling their forces to sanguine anticipation of the return of repel the formidable invasion of what England into the fold whence she has they insultingly term Popery, which strayed. Nor are the hopes of the they acknowledge to have already Romanist bounded by this limit. After made alarming progress
A writer expatiating on the comparatively small in Blackwood's Magazine, for Octonumerical success which has hitherto ber, of last year, seems to be the genattended the efforts of protestant mis- eralissimo of the band of zealots. In sionaries, and telling us, “ Her mis- that periodical, an article on The sionaries confess with sorrow their Progress of Popery' appeared. It disappointment at the smallness of the
embraces a very extensive range,
SPECTS OF ROMANISM
WEEKLY PRAYER MEETINGS ON THE CONTINENT FOR
including the whole of the British to which as Catholics they are liable, dominions and the United States, the poorer members of our communion. with an occasional glance at some The existence of a few months has districts on the Continent of Europe, imparted to this body a degree of not omitting the labours of the Jesuits strength which augurs well for the in China. The article in question,
the first of its fields, it has created considerable excitement,
has achieved a glorious victory. as its contents are well calculated to Thus flushed with success and condo.
As if the magazine alone fident of triumph, the leaders of the had been insufficient to spread the Romish Apostate Church, are pressing alarm speedily or widely enough, the onwards along the via media made fiery cross was caught up by the smooth for their advance by the diliTimes, and hurried abroad to swell gent pioneers of the Oxford School, the gathering ; while the slogan was - facilis descensus Averni." pealed from the thousand tongues “ The weapons of our warfare are of the • Protestant Association, a not carnal, but mighty through God, self-engendered party-coloured hydra, to the pulling down of strong-holds ;" whose bunch of heads is held together was the language of the first heralds by the sole bond of hatred to our holy
of the crucified Redeemer-superstifaith. The writer deserves consider- tions sustained by the accumulated able credit for the pains he has taken veneration of ages, were laid prostrate to collect the facts which justify his before them, and the darkness of Paapprehensions, and his statement of ganism fled away ;
but now the case these is, in the main, wonderfully ac- is altered—against these encroachcurate.
ments of her rival “ sister,” the “ The Catholic Directory and An- Church of England has a vast nual Register, for the present year, armoury of carnal weapons, a goodly when compared with that for the last, array of Acts of Parliament, a clergy from which the writer in Blackwood supported by many millions annually, has drawn much of his information, to teach the people her purer faith ; shews an addition of thirteen to the and yet she trembles before the adnumber of chapels, and three new vance of a system, supported solely stations where divine worship is cele- by the voluntary advocacy of its membrated, making, in all, of the former, bers, and these a small minority of five hundred and thirteen, of the the English population. latter twenty.
This account is, we It is curious to observe Romanists doubt not, sufficiently encouraging to now professing to have learnt the the friends of truth ; but the by-gone lesson, that the Lord “ did not invest year has given birth to an association, his apostles with the trappings, which from which we sanguinely anticipate till then had secured for their wearers the most brilliant results. This is the respect of the world,” but “taught already widely known as “The Catho- them to look to the Comforter,' as lic Institute of Great Britain,' in the promoter of their labours, and whose hands it is proposed to con- their refuge in trouble." Still more centrate the disposable means of the singular is it to find them resorting to entire Catholic body, for the purposes prayer for the conversion of heretics. of exposing the misrepresentations Mr. Spencer (brother of Earl which distort our doctrines, shewing Spencer), who "glided from the prinwhat are our real tenets and defend- ciples (of the Oxford tracts), as taught ing them, rebutting the calumnious by Mr. Vaughan of Leicester, to the charges which are brought against us Church of Rome, justly arguing that as members of society, and protecting there is no half-way house," (Chrisfrom oppression of every description, tian Observer 1837, p. 146), has been
strenuously exerting himself in the an unsectarian character ! Impossible ! attempt to bring back England once --will be said by many who know called “ The Isle of Saints,” into the more of what the working of man's bosom of the Church of Rome; and mind upon
the things of God has been states as the result of his recent visit and is, than they know of the working to France, that the jesuits, the superior of the Holy Spirit, by the things reclergy, and religious houses in France, vealed in Scripture, upon the mind of are setting apart every Thursday for God in the renewed saints. On the special prayer on behalf of England, other hand, many will perhaps discern, adding “ I saw enough while there to not only a want of wisdom in the atconvince me, that ere long all the tempt, the chimerical attempt-of" a nations of Europe will be joined in religious periodical, of an unsectarian one great society of prayer for the character," but fear lest some dishoconversion of this kingdom.'
nest artifice, some subtle trap, be We should nothing fear the pro- about to be presented to betray the gress of Romanism were these the
unwary. We are aware of these and only weapons employed; but when we
many similar objections which will rise consider the Satanic ingenuity with in the minds of many ; but still we which every feeling of the natural desire to take no other position than heart of man is appealed to in support that laid down, of a religious periodiof that system of error, we cannot cal of unsectarian character. We do say that serious ground for alarm not say we shall attain to this position does not exist. “No peace with fully or perfectly, even in part; for Rome" must be our motto; but we we know the difference between 6 detrust all our readers will carry on the siring to do” and “ doing :" still, warfare in the spirit which pervades
“Other position we dare not the following observations from the attempt to take.” And why? Because pen of the amiable Dr. Smith.
in Scripture we find that to them that them PRAY. We thank them for their are faithful there is but “one body, charitable feeling. If there be any and one Spirit... One hope of your among them who worship the Father calling ; one Lord, one faith, one bapin Spirit and in truth, through the tism, one God and Father of all, who Divine Mediator, their prayers will is above all, and through all, and in be graciously answered (notwith
you all” (Eph. iv. 4–6). Howsostanding their own delusions), not in ever much, therefore, men (and, alas ! the way which they look for, but in godly men) may deride the idea of blessings infinitely greater to us, and freedom from sectarianism, we lay to themselves. And let us reciprocate claim to it, in the name of our Lord the charity in praying that they may Jesus Christ, as knowing that if we be delivered from the snare of the obtain it not, our God will say,
- Are devil, and brought to the freedom ye not carnal, and walk as men ?” which Jesus gives."
We shall be glad, at some future time, to enter into the scriptural doctrine of the visible unity of believers on earth ; to meet every objection brought forward by enquiring minds, and to labour to show the fallacy and
sophistry of the position held by many We are quite aware that the posi- against it. At present we desire ration taken, in its prospectus, for the ther to call attention to the incontropresent series of “The Inquirer," will vertible facts and facts are stubborn produce various feelings in the minds things that the Holy Spirit, is in of many. A religious periodical of every part of the world, bringing a
ATTEMPTS TO ASSUME AN
people prepared of the Lord into this ministers from among the Independposition.
ents, Presbyterians, &c. What else means the fact of thir- Now, if we converse with or hear teen having sailed within the last year from any such, what do we find to be for India, to be missionaries among the common plea for their conduct? the heathen, without connexion with any “ We left our position, because it was society? They went forth, as men of sectarian and carnal; and now we are God, taking nothing of the Gentiles. seeking to walk in holy separateness What else means the fact of Mr. from the world,-in good faith and Grove's present residence at Chittoor, love with all that love our Lord.” It separated from all by the religious bo- would be easy to examine even Londies in India ? What means the attempt don, and show in many of the larger now making by the Swiss missionaries congregations, how the same exercises in the Mauritius, among the Hindus, of mind, which lead those to whom we and in the Sechelle isles ? What means refer to take their present position, the poor weak few companying together are working extensively in the conin Canada ? Bitter, indeed, would it be gregations; but we forbear, lest the if we could think that these attempts are attempt might lead into personal conthe results of the thoughts of the poor troversy. We may, however, refer to siinple ones who have made them. So the fact of the very unusual number ignorant, so weak, so frail are they, of books and tracts which have apone and all, as far as we know them, peared within the last three years upon that, but for the thought that our God that old doctrine of faith, “The Comis with them and in the attempt, the munion of Saints :” more, perhaps, very mention of them would only lead than in the three hundred preceding to sorrow. If we come nearer home, years; certainly more than in three we find in Holland a strange and sin- times thirty years before. gular movement, hardly to be ac- is this? We believe it is because our counted for on any other principle. God is calling the attention of his own In France, again, we hear of men be- to the good old paths. The theory of ginning thus to work in evangelising, “ the communion of saints,” good old not as the organs of this or that party, doctrine as it is, is very beautiful and but
upon the enlarged basis of those very lovely; but to the old bottles of things which are common to all who are modern systems, it is found to be as in Christ Jesus. In Switzerland, too, new wine: and this is just where many we hear of this brother and that bro- are standing at the present moment. ther giving themselves to the especial They have searched, and they have work of pressing upon all that love found some of this new wine, and beJesus, whether members of the na- hold it is very pleasant to the taste. tional church or not, the imperative Let such remember, that the old duty of the visible unity of believers. bottles cannot bear it, and let them And in England, we find the same ob- not try to put it therein, lest the bottles ject sought after by many from various be burst, and the wine be spilled, and quarters, without any connexion. We so both be lost. But new wine must have seen many clergymen of the be put into new bottles. And be it Church of England leave their position remembered, that oft, ere the bottle on this plea. Within the last eight years, really bursts, it will make a sad ado, not fewer perhaps than thirty,--some as though it were murmuring or comfrom the Society of Friends are seek- plaining of the said new wine. But ing the same. In other places, we find let the wise understand these things, "a Baptist minister" renouncing clan- and that the sum and substance of the ship on this plea ; and in others, complaint is this - The old bottle Wesleyan minister"; and in others, cannot contain the new wine." Such