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authority of the ancient Church of Christendom, instead of transferring it to one of more modern

cepted by the sovereign, and qualifies us for the service of the state. Yet, a peer of parliament is suffered with impunity, and in the face of the whole world, to impeach other peers of parliament, of bearing no true allegiance to their sovereign, though the sovereign himself has ratified that allegiance by his acceptance of it,—to accuse them of having called the Almighty to witness, that they would do that which they were incapable of doing,-in truth, to arraign them both of perjury and of treason,

-of the highest crimes before God and man. Was ever outrage like this? But this, and much more than this, are we compelled to endure. This same Bishop of St. David's (since translated to the bishopric of Salisbury, doubtless for the merit of having composed the Catechism from which the following dogma is taken) emphatically avows, that, in his infallible judgment, no man can be a Protestant, whatever he may profess to be, who does not KNOW it to be TRUE that the worship of the Church of Rome is idolatrous. That the Bishop of St. David's should know that to be true of

us, which we know to BE FALSE of ourselves—that he should swEAR that to be true of us, which we would swear to be false of ourselves, is not so much to be wondered at, because....but even against the Bishop of St. David's, I will not condescend to employ the weapon of retaliation which he has thrust into my hand. But if his Protestantism depends upon his knowledge of the truth of that which IS POSITIVELY, AND ABSOLUTELY, AND NOTORIOUSLY FALSE; and, if the sincerity of his alle. giance is to be ascertained by his abjuration of the spiritual authority of the head of the Christian Church; I envy him

date; nor, because in a country in which a hundred different sects have found an unmolested

neither his principles as a Protestant, nor his profession of fidelity as a subject. But let us hear his own words:

Q. “What is Protestantism?"

A. “ The abjuration of Popery, and the exclusion of Papists from all power, ecclesiastical or civil.”

Q.“ Is it any hardship on Protestants to make the declaration against Transubstantiation and the invocation of Saints}"

A. “ No: Because if they are really Protestants, they are so, on this very principle, that the worship of the Church of Rome is unscriptural, superstitious, and idolatrous."

Q.“ Is it any objection to the declaration, that many Protestants, who are called upon to make it, do not know enough of the subject to be satisfied of the truth of the declaration?"

A. “ No: Because no one can be a Protestant on principle, who is not satisfied of the truth of the declaration, and if he is a Protestant in principle, there can be no hardship in making a declaration, which he knows to be true, and, as an avowed Protestant, he professes to believe.”

Q.“ Is it any objection to the declaration, that many Protestants, who are called upon to make it, do not consider the worship of the Church of Rome to be idolatrous, and may therefore think the declaration an unfounded calumny?"

A. “ If they think the declaration an unfounded calumny, and hold the worship of the Church of Rome not to be idolatrous, they are not Protestants, whatever they may profess to be; and the objection does not apply to them.”

footing, we choose to believe one code of religious tenets in preference to another ; nor because, in

“ Can

Q. we, then, consider the declaration as unnecessary, in respect of the Papists, or hard on Protestants ?”

A. “ It is neither unnecessary as to the Papists, because the experience of the past shews that former laws were insufficient without it; nor can it be any hardship on the Protestants, because if they are Protestants, on principle, they know it to be true, and, as avowed Protestants, profess to believe it; and which, if they do not believe, they belie their Protestant profession."

Q. “How may we co-operate with the laws for preventing the growth of Popery?"

A.“ By exposing the false pretensions, the errors, the evils, and the interests of Popery; and by doing what the laws require us to do for its prevention.”

Q.“ What do the laws require us to do for this pur


A. “ Certain solemn days are set apart for commemorating the plots and conspiracies of Popery against our Church, and our deliverance from them, &c.”—(The Protestants Catechism, by Thomas Burgess, Bishop of St. David's. Fourth Edit. pp. 216, 242, 250.

Now, if to our Catholic Catechisms, we were to attach the following Appendix, to edify our catechumens with a specimen of the Christian charity of a Protestant divine, we should only be delineating with accuracy the conduct and principles of many of our revilers, and exhibiting a true portrait of the Bishop of St. David's “Protestant's Catechism,” painted with his own colours.

Q. What is Protestantism?

A. The abjuration of Popery, and the exclusion of Papists from all power, ecclesiastical or civil.

spite of calumny and proscription, we continue to profess a Christianity which has been the admira

Q. How are we to abjure Popery?

A. By falsifying history*_by substituting the assertion of that which is false, under pretence that it is the proof of that which is true; by framing such fictitious doctrines for the Papists as they abhor and detest,-for their Church is so pure, that without this, we should have nothing to allege against them,-by calumny and misrepresentation in every shape and of every hue; by denying that which is true, and believing that which is false; by accusing Papists of crimes which they never committed, and punishing them for trespasses of which they never dreamt; by swearing that we know their doctrines to be superstitious and idolatrous, though they believe the same gospel that we do, and though they most solemnly aver that they hold superstition and idolatry in the same abhorrence and detestation as ourselves.

Q. How are we to exclude Papists from all power ecclesiastical or civil.

A. By tyranny, oppression, and injustice; by refusing them all civil rights; by declaring them to be incapable of fulfilling the duties of good subjects; by pretending that they desire to overthrow the constitution which they are so justly proud of having inherited from their ancestors-by carefully excluding them from that inheritance -by accepting of their services when we want them, and rejecting them, unrequited, when we have no farther need

See Examination of certain opinions of the Right Rev. Dr. Burgess, &c. ; Dr. Lingard's Tracts, p. 351, &c.

Forgery-I blush for the honour of Protestantism while I write it, seems to be peculiar to the reformed-1 look in vain for one of those accursed outrages of imposition among the disciples of Popery."-Dr. Whitaker.


tion of all ages, and of all nations, and which is still the prevailing religion of civilized man.

(c) It

of them—by working them like beasts of burden in all hard, dangerous, and laborious occupations, and suffering true Protestants alone to be their task-masters-by keeping all the good things, both of this world and the next, for ourselves by leaving nothing for Papists but poverty, misery, and exclusion for their treasons here, and damnation for their superstition and idolatry hereafter-by so exciting the execration of the whole country against them, that Englishmen shall again rank Papistry where it stood but a few years back in our Statute Book, with treason and murder.

Q. How may we co-operate with the laws for preventing the growth of Popery?

A. By the same means by which we are to abjure Popery, and to exclude Papists from all power,

ecclesiastical or civil.

Q. What do the laws require us to do for this purpose?

A. Certain solemn days are set apart for worshipping the God of Charity and Truth with falsehood, calumny, and detraction upon our lips!!! (See the Service for the 5th of November in the Book of Common Prayer ; and the real History of the Gunpowder Plot, in Lord Castlemain's Catholique Apology (1674), Milner's Letters to a Prebendary, and Lingard's History of England.)

(c) Speaking of the religious belief of a Catholic, the faithful and elegant historian of his country, Dr. Lingard, says: “His belief is not the belief of a single nation, nor the growth of a few years. It is the belief of the great majority of Christians. It is, and for centuries has been, the belief of learned and polished nations; the belief of

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