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For instance, when an oath to refrain from every attempt to injure or destroy the Church of England is imposed upon each Romanist as the condition on which he takes his seat in Parliament, he is not bound to take it; and as being quite sure that it is contrary to the Popish estimate of ecclesiastical utility, he ought, as an honest man, to decline any such perilous obligation. In willingly taking the oath, therefore, and afterwards in deliberately breaking it, he showed himself, on his own principles, to be doubly a knave.

Hence, it is only just to say, that, under the Sixteenth Canon of the Third Lateran, no person either born or elected to be a member of the Legislature, needs to be perjured, save by his own free and deliberate choice. To this extent, therefore, so far as that canon is concerned, we must admit Rome to be blameless; for, in truth, by a fair construction of the words of the canon, she only cautions her members against taking any such oath, as must, on her principles, whether kept or broken, involve them in the guilt of perjury. The whole double-dyed rascality, of taking such an oath and then breaking it, clearly appertains to the Honourable Gentleman, who thus, by his own free-will, binds himself to the commission of inevitable perjury, however he may choose to act; and, on this very ground, a really honest Romish gentleman, as I have been credibly informed, broadly declared, that Catholic emancipation left him as much excluded from Parliament as ever; for, if he took the oath, he must inevitably be perjured, whether he kept it or broke it.

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So much for the Sixteenth Canon of the Third Lateran. such explanation can serve the well-calculated and minutely-defined rascality of Alphonsus Liguori. In the ordinary concerns of life, where there is no suspicion and no warning, he elaborately teaches how falsehood and trickery between man and man may be most advantageously practised, and how far cheating and stealing on the part of tradesmen and servants may be venially carried on and without incurring mortal sin.

The whole of this system of scoundrelism, the Roman Church has now formally made HER OWN; and, at the same time, she has no less formally given her infallible sanction to the monstrous obscenity propounded by Liguori, and by him recommended to the practical adoption of the priests in conducting the vile mysteries of the confessional.

Some most awful disclosures of the working of this Mystery of Iniquity are given in a small pamphlet recently published by Mr. Connelly, in a letter to the Earl of Shrewsbury, under the title of "Reasons for abjuring Allegiance to the See of Rome." Hatchard, 187, Piccadilly. This gentleman, under the not uncommon delusion of the necessity of an infallible judge of doctrine, found no difficulty in receiving all the dogmatism of Popery; but, when its shameless dishonesty and gross immorality, now made the Church's OWN PROPERTY, were revealed to him, he rightly judged, that, although points dogmatical might admit of controversy, points moral could allow no dispute; and the happy result was, a secession from the incurably depraved Church of the Apostasy.

To conclude: if such an utter abandonment of all moral obligation

as that inculcated by Liguori and the Jesuits; an abandonment now formally adopted by the Church of Rome, after a perusal of the Saint's instructive writings twenty times repeated, amusingly enough a precise double of the Decies repetita placebit; if, I say, such a shameless abandonment does not prove, that the Iniquity of Popery is full, it is hard to pronounce what ulterior drop can be added to the cup of the Harlot's abominations and filthiness.

Sherburn-House, July 1, 1852.



To the Editor of the "Morning Herald."

SIR,-Will you oblige me by inserting the subjoined correspondence? In doing so, you will confer an additional favour on many of your


Both the Earl of Derby and the Earl of Malmesbury had been named by Mr. Lucas in his address to the electors of Meath; I, therefore, addressed a note, with the extract, to each of those highly-distinguished Noblemen, and have had the gratification of receiving the annexed reply.

I have the honour to remain, Sir,

Your obedient Servant,

JAMES LORD, Chairman.

Protestant Association, 6, Serjeants' Inn, June 30, 1852.

"Protestant Association Office, 6, Serjeants' Inn, Fleet-street, June 26, 1852.

"MY LORD, I beg to invite your attention to the annexed paragraph, which is a verbatim extract from an address of Mr. Lucas to the electors of Meath.

"It has appeared repeatedly in the Tablet' newspaper, and I sincerely trust that your Lordship will so far condescend as to inform me if there be any foundation for the whole or any portion of the annexed


"I have the honour to remain, my Lord,
"Your Lordship's very obedient servant,
"JAMES LORD, Chairman.

"The Right Hon. the Earl of Derby.

"P.S.-I think it right to add, that I have transmitted a copy of the annexed to Lord Malmesbury.

"Already the Orange Government, which tries to amuse us with so many hollow and shabby professions of its new-born landlord zeal for the protection of the tenant, has sanctioned an inquiry into Maynooth, with a threat that, if they find it convenient, they will also sanction what, in the mind of Mr. Spooner, is the necessary consequence of the inquiry, the confiscation by Parliament of the endowment solemnly enacted seven years ago.

"Electors of Meath, would you know on what terms they are

willing to suspend this blow directed against Maynooth? I will tell you. It is on the condition that the Holy See will sacrifice the Primate of all Ireland, will consent to negative the recommendation of the Dublin clergy, who wish him for their Archbishop, and will vouchsafe to receive from Lord Derby, as the conqueror over the Church, an Archbishop of his own choosing. I believe this to be literally the fact. Lord Derby and Lord Malmesbury have sent a Government agent to Rome, to remonstrate against the Primate's appointment to the see of Dublin, and it is understood that the robbery of the Maynooth funds is the loaded blunderbuss which this deputy of an English Minister is to hold at the Pope's head, to compel him to give up Dr. Cullen.'"

"Downing-street, June 29, 1852.

"SIR, I am directed by the Earl of Derby to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 26th inst., requesting to be informed if there is any foundation for the whole or any portion of the statement which is annexed to your communication, and, in reply, I am to acquaint you that there is not a syllable of truth in it.

"James Lord, Esq."

"I have the honour to be, Sir,

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Having sent the above Correspondence to "the press," it was considered due to the Noble Lord at the head of Her Majesty's Government that an official notification of such circumstance should be forwarded to him.

The following note was consequently written and sent by Mr. Lord in acknowledgment of the one he had received by the direction of the Earl of Derby

"Protestant Association Office, 6, Serjeants' Inn, "Fleet-street, June 30, 1852.

"MY LORD, I have the honour of acknowledging your note of the 29th inst.

"In doing so I deem it right to inform your Lordship that I have transmitted the correspondence for insertion in the morning papers of


"This step has been taken without the slightest intention of prejudicing Her Majesty's Government.

"Indeed, consequences beneficial, rather than otherwise, seem likely to be the NATURAL result, in the present state of the tone and temper of public feeling.

"If Mr. Lucas has thought that the assertion put forth by him may serve him PERSONALLY as so much political capital at the approaching election for Meath, he may be right.

"But it will not serve the Roman Catholic cause generally.

"His statement, confronted with your Lordship's unqualified denial, will tell against the Romish party,

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constituency of the United Kingdom, and tend to increase and to concentrate that Protestant spirit which, in time past, pervaded, and will pervade yet more and more, the polity of Great Britain if she would retain her position in the scale of nations.

"I have the honour to remain, my Lord, &c., &c.,
"JAMES LORD, Chairman.

"The Right Hon. the Earl of Derby, &c., &c."


"In Thee, O Lord, do I put my trust."

[Shortly before the general election the following paper was sent us. It breathes the language of many devout Christians, and no doubt, in answer to such prayers, elections have gone thus far so well for the cause of truth and Protestantism.]

In the approaching contest it is incumbent on every true Protestant to bear these words in mind, to pray that they may be written upon his heart, that amidst the turmoil, strife, and contention of the election, his heart may be fixed, trusting in the LORD. We know, whatever may be the immediate issue, the ultimate issue will be triumph. The cause of Protestant truth is not the cause of man, but of God. The battle

is not ours, but the Lord's. Our duty is to strive to follow the Word, to obey the Great Captain of our Salvation; it is His to order the course of the battle as He will. A retreat is sometimes the way to victory. If so be the Lord permit the enemy to gain a momentary triumph, it is but that his downfall may be more conspicuous, his destruction more complete. In this case, trusting in the Lord is our only resource. The Papists are exceedingly furious, banded and leagued together to obtain the destruction of Protestant truth and the ascendancy of Popish error. All considerations of the peace and commodity of the empire are set at nought by them. The malignity of their malice gives an intensity to their zeal. The bitterness of their hate gives vigour to their arms.

England, the home of the free, the refuge of the oppressed, the sanctuary of the truth, is an object of hate to the Popish despots of Europe. The bigotry of Liberalism nominally admiring the civil liberties of England, unites with the bigotry of superstition in opposing, censuring, and condemning that true Protestant Christian who maintains and upholds those principles of Bible freedom to which England is indebted for her privileges, glory, and renown. Forgetfulness of God's promise, and want of trust in the Lord lead many to shrink now from a faithful performance of their duty. Some fear lest foreign powers should be affronted, if the grant be withdrawn from Maynooth; some fear lest the priests should take advantage and make it a grievance, and strengthen the people in their opposition to the truth; some fear lest the insisting upon it may imperil the Ministry; some fear lest the Papists should attack the possessions of the Irish Church, and would give it as a sop, a bribe, as hush-money. But we may not do evil that good may come. Present guilt is not the rule of our duty.

The Word of God is our rule. Our duty is to do right and leave the consequences with God, trusting in Him. Man vainly strives to exclude God from the affairs of nations; but nations are an aggregation of individuals, and as individuals, men will separately be judged. Their acts in a corporate capacity will not be exempted from an individual responsibility. Bishop Ridley says, "These two religions, the one of Christ (the Protestant), the other of the Romish See, in these latter days, are so far distant the one from the other, as light and darkness; good and evil; righteousness and unrighteousness ; Christ and Belial." See his "Lamentation for the Change of Religion." The venerated Bishop proceeds to point out the dangers to which England would be exposed; he then addresses a professing Christian, "Thou must be contributor to the charges of Popery, books, lights, idols, &c., contrary to God's Word, or else they will punish thee. God's Word forbids Idolatry. To bear part of the charges, to maintain ungodly things, is to consent to the thing done.


and doers, God's Word accounts both to be guilty." This he says in answer to those who would outwardly submit, and yet profess inwardly to reject the idolatry of Rome. The Bishop solemnly warns them that although they may heap up a number of worldly incommodities, yet the saying of Christ is true. Every man who will not in Christ's

cause forsake all that ever he hath, cannot be His disciple.

Is not this the light in which the present struggle should be viewed? Should it not be raised above the mist and fog of worldly politics, and examined in the pure and bright light of heaven? How would the godly boldness of Knox, of Latimer, of Hooper move them to denounce all affinity with Rome?

May we not learn by their writings? Though they be dead, still they speak. They had smarted under her cruel yoke; they had fled from her fellowship as from destruction-they felt the mercy of God in delivering them. Their consciousness of the greatness of the danger made them appreciate the greatness of the mercy. This prompted them to warn all men against the abominations and deceitfulness of Rome, and moved them to count no sacrifice too great, no suffering too severe, to defend and honour the truth whereby God had made them free. There was an apparent defeat when Latimer, Ridley, and Hooper were burned; but they trusted in God, and He has honoured them, for the light has never been extinguished, and by the grace of God never will be. May we therefore, encouraged by their example, tread in their steps, with our hearts fixed, trusting in the Lord, and then, how many soever may be our discouragements, we shall be established, and not shrink until we see our desire upon our enemies.


(Extract from a Letter, dated Florence, June 9, 1852.) "YESTERDAY, at three o'clock, with closed doors, sentence was pronounced against the dear Madiais. Fifty-six months of the galleys and hard labour for Francesco, and forty-four months at the ergastolo (the

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