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proofs are wanting to render its true nature clear, I will advert to one single circumstance, which, I think, alone must afford sufficient evidence.
“Of all the artifices of the Romish system, the most powerfully efficacious for maintaining the iron despotism with which she ruled the consciences of men,
the prolific source of the most monstrous of her abuses, the true working of the mystery of iniquity has ever been found in the maintenance of what is termed auricular confession, coupled essentially with the power of the priest to give absolution.
“Now, (I speak not from loose reports. but from the testimony of facts, which have been brought to my knowledge,) attempts have been made recently, in this place, by ministers of the established church, to enforce this very practice on those under their influence."
This is a grave accusation, delivered by an eminent professor in the face of the heads of houses and of the whole university. It is such a charge as demands, in our opinion, the immediate investigation of the Bishop of Oxford. If unfounded, this preacher should be gravely admonished not to deal in such false and dangerous accusations against his brethren. If it can be substantiated, the accuser and the accused should be confronted with each other, and if it can be brought home to any clergyman resident officially in his lordship's diocese, we hesitate not to assert, that however high in station, or irreproachable in character, such a clerk should be forthwith suspended from his spiritual functions, with an intimation that for a second offence he would be at once and for ever deprived of the power of exercising his cleri. cal duties in the diocese of Oxford.
We have noticed this circumstance in the hope that some proper notice may be taken by the ordinary of it ;-as we deem it right to draw the attention of the university and the public to this most important fact. It is too plain that we have now arrived at the crisis which has been so long expected. Either the cause of the Reformation and the doctrines of our reformers are to be upheld, or we are to be silently passed over to the rites and ceremonies of popery. The case in question is the “ argumentum crucis” by which it must be decided. If the puseyites are at liberty to introduce the rite of auricular confession, they may also introduce any rite or ceremony of the papists ; and if a protestant bishop, either from fear or favour, declines to investi ate a charge thus publicly brought by an eminent professor before the whole university, there is a virtual end and abolition of the power and superintendence of the episcopal bench. We say that this is the real truth and bearing of the
case; and that silence will be viewed by the puseyites as equivalent to an official conniv. ance in their popish propensities.
DIOCESE OF RIPON.–Within the last four years and a half, forty new churches and chapels have been completed in this diocese, a large number of them having received aid from the Ripon Diocesan Churchbuilding Association. Seven churches have been wholly rebuilt, and seventeen are in different stages of progress towards completion, making a total of sixty-four new places of Worship, besides thirty school. rooms licensed within that time for the like purpose.
LICHFIELD. Chantrey's monument to Bishop Ryder has been erected in Lichfield Cathedral. The Bishop is represented in the attitude of devotion, with his knees supported on a fauld-stool, and his hands gently inclined forward, as in prayer. The likeness is not a striking one, owing to the want of any accurate portrait from which to work, but generally the statue is much admired.
ARREST OF THE APOSTOLIC VICAR-GENERAL, AT BOMBAY.-The arrest of the Apostolic Vicar-General, at Bombay, has caused great agitation. Cardinal Capaccini, it is said, will go shortly to London, and will, no doubt, immediately obtain the liberation of the Vicar. The Cardinal, if he visits London, will, no doubt, do so in a private, not official capacity, there being in existence an act of parliament, strictly prohibiting of. ficial intercourse with the papal court.
THE REFORMATION.-On the 31st of October, the 300th anniversary of the festival of the Reformation was celebrated at Wittemberg. In the evening a number of the most respectable persons in the town formed themselves into a procession, and walked to the statue of the great reformer, Martin Luther, where they sang a hymn.
The Queen has been pleased to grant to the Rev. William Whewell, B. D., the place of Master of Trinity College, in the University of Cambridge, void by the resignation of Dr. Christopher Wordsworth.
The Rev. Joseph Betton has been appointed incumbent minister of Beresford episcopal chapel, Walworth.
THE BISHOPRIC OF JERUSALEM.
The Prussian States Gazette of the 17th inst. publishes an exposition of the motives which induced his majesty the king of Prussia to open negotiations with the British government for the establishment of a Protestant Bishopric in Palestine. The following is a circular which M. Eichhorn, Minister of Religious Worship, addressed for this
purpose to each of the Regencies of the whence the obnoxious doctrines of Kermes kingdom :
were propagated as the creed of enlightened “ His Majesty the King has taken advan- catholics. tage of his participation in the preservation INCORPORATED SOCIETY FOR BUILDING of peace in the East, to procure for the fu. CHURCHES AND CHAPELS.—The managing ture a protection for the evangelical church committee have had their second meeting in Turkey similar to that enjoyed by the for this session. It was very fully atGreek and Latin churches in that country. tended. The Lord Bishop of London was in As this affair is connected with the most im- the chair ; and amongst the members present portant political rights, to the privation of were the Venerable Archdeacon Pott, the which evangelical Christians were heretofore Rev. Drs. D'Oyly, H. H. Norris, J. Lonsexposed by the violent and arbitrary conduct dale, and Benjamin Harrison; N. Connop, of the local authorities, the advantage which jun., J. P. Salt, S. F. Wood, and Benjamin his Majesty has endeavoured to obtain for Harrison, Esqrs. After the preliminary buthem by his influence is so much the greater; siness was disposed of, grants were voted toas, setting aside scientific interests, and the wards rebuilding a chapel at Haracott, in advancement of religion, which inspires a the parish of Tavistock, Devon; building a superior ardour, the progress of commerce church at Richpool, in the parish of Bedwill hereafter attract a greater number minster, Somerset ; building a chapel of ease amongst them to create important establish- at Redhill, in the parish of Wrington, Soments. In consequence of those considera- merset ; building a chapel at St. John's, in tions, the King has not hesitated to consult the parish of St. Helen's, Isle of Wight; with Great Britain, to make considerable building a church at Turnham-green, in the sacrifices out of his private fortune, in order parish of Chiswick, Middlesex ; rebuilding to secure for ever for the German evangelical the church at Old Swinford, Worcestershire; church, which is the mother of all the evange- rebuilding the church at Heavitree, Devon; lical confessions which exist, a position in the rebuilding the church at St. Andrew's the country where Christianity was produced, in Great, Cambridge; rebuilding the church at harmony with her dignity and her greatness, Trusthorp, Lincolnshire; erecting a new beside the Latin and Greek churches.
north transept to the church at Tremuschion, “A church will be speedily built at Je. Flintshire; re-pewing the church at Llanrusalem for the German Protestants. It will gadwallader, Denbigh ; building a north be opened for their worship according to transept to and re-pewing the church at their confession and their liturgy. But to Ansty, Wilts ; building a gallery and resecure this object, an hospital must be con- pewing the church at Willingole Doe, Essex ; structed for evangelical travellers of small erecting a gallery in the church at Chilleston, fortune, that scientific or religious pursuits Derby; enlarging the church at West Fel. may attract to Jerusalem. It will be neces- ton, Salop; re-pewing the church at Tettersary, likewise, to found a school. It is not shall, Stafford; enlarging (by rebuilding) the necessary to explain the intimate relation church at Abergwile, Carmarthenshire; rewhich exists between these institutions and pewing the body of St. James's church, in the influence of religion. His Majesty has the city of Newark; enlarging the church at in consequence commanded that, for the Petersham, Surrey : amounting to eighteen completion of this object, a general collection grants, nine of which are either for building shall be made in the evangelical churches new churches or rebuilding old ones. throughout the Prussian monarchy. The FRANKLIN'S LIFE.-Mr. M`Neile, at Regency is invited to take the necessary Liverpool, has delivered a lecture on the measures to effect this collection. They will Life and Character of Franklin, at the send me the sums collected. The Royal request of several American gentlemen. Consistory shall receive a private circular The lecture room was crowded. The pro- . announcing the Sunday fixed for this collec- ceeds were intended for the Printers' Pension tion, and will appoint the clergymen who are Society. The Rev. Lecturer has been reto preside at it.
quested to publish his address, which was a EICHHORN,
highly interesting one. We have only room The Minister of Public Worship.” for one anecdote illustrative of Franklin's
rules of early rising. I will tell you a cir.
cumstance that occurred lately in this town. THE ARCHBISHOP OF COLOGNE agrees to A journeyman house painter, who had long resign his diocesan authority to a coadjutor, entertained infidel sentiments, and was ad. in the person of the bishop of Spires, on dicted to corresponding bad practices, was condition of the reformation of the whole of employed in his trade upon a house nearly the cathedral chapter, which showed insub- opposite to mine. From his elevated posiordination to the papal will, and of the theo- tion, he saw over my blind into my study, logical family at the University of Bonne, and he observed me at my work. The next
morning, at an early hour, he saw the same. This attracted his attention; and the third morning he came still earlier, but I was before him. He ascertained who I was, and kept watching me over the blind every morning while his job opposite to me lasted. In the mean time, as I learned afterwards, he began to reason with himself, saying, “ This gentleman must be in earnest, however, right or wrong;” and he said, moreover, “the result of all this reading and writing so early, morning after morning, must, I should think, be worth hearing. I will go and hear what he has to say.” Accordingly he came to my church. He heard me describe the aching anxieties of the human soul, not to be satisfied with any created thing, but aching still, and longing for repose until it found it in the bosom of the living God. He heard me describe the way in which a God of holiness can admit a sinner to such repose—the way in which a sinner may enjoy that holy communion. His heart was touched; the secret cause of his infidelity was detected; it was not a want of evidence in the revelation of God, but a want of willingness in man to be conformed to the character of God. Before a rising willingness to be holy, all the scepticism of his intellect disappeared ; and instead of a sullen infidel, he is, I have reason to hope, a happy, cheerful Christian.
DR. HOWLEY will be the first primate in England who has crowned and married the reigning sovereign, and afterwards baptized the heir apparent to the throne.
The Lucky Living.–The vicarage of Sutton on the Forest, near York, in the presentation of his Grace the Archbishop, has gained this appellation from the very extraordinary fact, that there are no less than eight successive vicars now alive, every one of whom is a dignitary of the church. These fortunate individuals are Dr. Webber, dean of Ripon; Hon. E. Rice, dean of Gloucester; the Rev. Archdeacon Harcourt; the Bishop of St. Asaph ; Hon. G. Pellew, dean of Norwich; Hon. H. Howard, dean of Lichfield; the Rev. H. Dixon, canon of York and Ripon; and the present incumbent, the Rev. S. Creyke, recently appointed to a canonry at York.
CLERICAL SPORTING DINNER. - The sporting friends of the Rev. John Russell have given him a dinner, at the Golden Lion, Barnstaple, on which occasion they presented him with a picture, executed by Mr. Loder, of Bath, representing the rev. gentleman mounted on his favourite ter, and surrounded with his dogs. The likenesses are said to be faithful, particularly of the horse; and the execution of the painting is highly creditable to this rising artist. The picture was presented to Mr. Russell by
his friends, as a tribute to his unwearied exertions in support of the sports of the field. --North Devon Journal, Nov. 11, 1841. [A respectable correspondent at Ilfracombe assures us that “this may be regarded as a fair sample of the legitimate successors of the apostles ’ in that part of the country.”]
THE CLERGY AND DISSENTERS OF ExETER.–We have to record a painful instance of the intolerant spirit which animates the clergy. There is a school established in this city, called the Episcopal Charity School. It was founded by Bishop Blackall, and is supported by voluntary subscriptions and endowments. Into this school a few children of dissenters have, from time to time, intruded. The sight of the unbaptized brats was offensive to the pious eyes of the rev. perpetual curate of St. Sidwell's; and that meek and humble descendant of the apostles appears determined to abate the nuisance. Notice was, therefore, issued for a general meeting ; and at this meeting, the question of admitting unbaptized children was opened, but adjourned, in consequence of the non-attendance of the lay members. The motion proposed was, “That no child shall, for the future, be admitted to any of these schools, who has not been baptized according to the ritual of the church of England.” A great number of clergymen were present, and only three laymen. Mr. Tripp, and his brother parsons, were in the habit of roaring out for the open Bible; and our ght Rev. and respected Diocesan was one of the chief leaders of these very sincere friends of “ Bible education." Since then, we have seen the Bishop himself turn his back upon his old banner, and, casting aside the “ flag, we have seen him insisting—as we now see the rev. perpetual insisting--that the catechism shall be the test of orthodoxy, and previous baptism the sign of qualification. What a pretty exhibition our Very Rev. Dean made in the discussion ! dissenters ought to provide education for themselves, if they wanted it." Who have swallowed up the funds which were provided by our forefathers for education and aid to the poor?
Why, this very dean and his order, who, rioting in the spoils of the Reformation, sit in their seats of learned and luxurious leisure, laughing in their sleeves at the delusions of a Protestant Reformation, which had so long beguiled the people into a belief that they had a right to think for themselves in spiritual matters. The intolerance to which we refer, was most strongly rebuked by Mr. Cooper, whose frank avowal that he owed every thing in life mainly to the education he had received at the school, and that he himself had not been baptized till after he had left the school, was honourable to humanity
The Rev. MR. SIBTHORP.- A corre- LIBEL ON THE CHURCH.-A provincial spondent of the Morning Post, who styles paper has ventured on the rash assertion, himself an “M. A. of Oxford,” gives the that the “evangelical party” had been acfollowing account of this gentleman :-“Sir, cused at Ryde of having entered into a merThe following particulars I have the best cenary engagement for the purchase of the reason for knowing to be correct: Mr. Sib- Rev. Mr. Sibthorp's chapel. No such accuthorp was educated at Magdalene College, sation was ever made, or the slightest notion Oxford; but was always in his youth strong- entertained of such a thing by any of the in. ly inclined to Romanist opinions, if not ac- habitants of that town. tually a Romanist. Whilst at Oxford, he SUDDEN DEATH OF ARCHDEACON HUTCHabsented himself on one occasion without INS,-“ In the midst of life we are in death!” notice, for a considerable period of time, The whole town (Hobart Town) was shocked from his College, to the great uneasiness of at learning that the Venerable the Archdeahis friends. For some time his retreat could con Hutchins was no more! This lamented not be discovered; but at last he was found clergyman dined on the preceding evening residing with a Romanist priest, I believe in with his Excellency the Governor, and soon Yorkshire, who, it appeared, was previously after ten o'clock quitted the Government in correspondence with him, and was then House in his usual excellent health and employed in instructing him in the peculiar spirits. He rose at his ordinary hour, about tenets of that church. With difficulty he seven in the morning, and, while in the act was induced to return to Oxford, the tutors of dressing, fell to the ground, and almost having promised to overlook his offence. He instantly expired. subsequently took orders, and adopted the ex- EPISCOPAL CONVENTION IN NEW YORK. treme opinions of the Low Church school; - Nothing has occurred in the ecclesiastical so much so, as to preach in barns and out- line since the grand array of papal bishops in houses, and the open air, till he was inhibit- Baltimore, to vie with the display recently ed from exercising his ministry both in the made by those of the protestant episcopal diocese of Lincoln and in Yorkshire. This, church in this city, for an imposing exhibi. however, did not disqualify him in the opi- tion of the pomps and vanities of the world. nion of that party of religionists from becom- An episcopalian, writing to a western paper, ing the preacher at the well known proprie- gives a brilliant delineation of some of the tary chapel of St. John's, Bedford-row. scenes which occurred. It appears that on About this time he fell into a most extraor- the celebration of the eucharist, nineteen or dinary state of mind, and was subject to twenty bishops, robed in all the dignity of singular delusions bordering on insanity. their official vestments, marched up the aisle, It was at one period a subject of consulta- and, according to their degrees of dignity, tion among his friends, whether he should ranged themselves on each side of the altar. not be put under medical and legal restraint; The service then proceeded, with all the pabut a friend, who knew his peculiar disposi- rade which it could possibly receive. Indeed, tion, was induced to take him under his care, the whole aspect of the convention has been and, in the course of two or three years, he distinguished by a most definite exkibition of became pretty well restored. Subsequently the inflated and Anti-Christian notions of he purchased the chapel at Ryde, and com- Oxonian episcopacy. We give thanks to that menced there again with evangelical views, kind Providence which gave us a puritan anof the unsoundness of which, however, he cestry, and delivered us from an original conspeedily became convinced. He gradually nexion with such an unscriptural regime. subsided into a religious profession, peculiar- That such fantastic displays and assumptions ly his own, which combined ultra-churchism should be sanctioned by the sober evangelical with all the narrowness of mind of the school church, is not to be supposed; but, among he had quitted. It is not improbable that a the theatre-going, fashionable, and frivolous return of his former delusions may have oc- public, it bids fair to be popular. casioned the change--for conversion I cannot DEPLORABLE POVERTY.—The rector of call it—which we have recently heard of. It West Hackney has offered his parishioners is certain that, up to the very latest period, the benefit of an evening service on Sunday, none of his friends were aware of his inten- if they will furnish the means of lighting the tions, and always repudiated, with indigna- church. There is no church rate to meet tion, the accusation that he was verging to- this expense, and it is understood, that out wards Romanism. His absence was accounted of a congregation of 1,000 persons, many of for by the fact, that he had gone to inspect them till now supposed to be wealthy, a cana living which was offered for his acceptance dle fund cannot be raised. by his College. Let us hope that this cloud New CHURCHES IN WESTMINSTER.-A may pass away from him ; and that the Ro- memorial has been presented to the Court of manist new church at Birmingham may yet Common Council, and ordered to be laid on be disappointed of its expectant pastor.” the table, from the clergy of St. Margaret,
St. Margaret amounts by the census of this our church in India. All real advances in year to 30,477, while the accommodation in the conversion of the heathen will stop. Our its only church is limited to 1,400 sittings, scattered Christian flocks will miss the sound 1,200 of which are appropriated, leaving 200 and wholesome nourishment for their souls. only free for the poor. That this large pa- Our converts will quickly dwindle away to a rish is to be immediately divided for spiritual nominal profession. Our native catechists purposes into districts, and that no less than and missionaries will be bewildered. A scheme three churches are in contemplation. That which substitutes itself, and form, and auit a common mi ke to suppose the parish thority of office, for weight of doctrine and of St. Margaret to be a rich one, for, owing activity of love, will be eagerly imbibed. The to the great increase of parliamentary busi- spirituality of our missions will be gone. ness, a large portion of the houses in its prin- And nothing in the world is so graceless, as cipal streets are occupied as offices (public the eminent Gérické once observed, as a misand agency), displacing many of the former sion without the spirit of Christ.” Having more wealthy parishioners. Under these such views, his lordship is determined to do circumstances, the memorialists pray the all in his power to avert the danger, both by council to take the spiritual destitution of faithful preaching, and by careful examina. this large parish into consideration, and aid tion of new candidates for the ministry, and the efforts now making to provide accom- of the native catechists. All true Christians modation for the poorer inhabitants by a vote will have reason to rejoice in his success.
But we fear there is much actual disease beWe learn that the Rev. G. F. Bates, late yond his reach. The bishop's sermon above vicar of West Malling, whose death is an- referred to will be published, we understand, nounced in our obituary this day, besides shortly, when we shall give further extracts legacies to numerous relatives, and to some from so important a document. private friends, and each of his servants, has SUFFOLK.—A meeting was held at the asbequeathed 5001. three per cent. consols to sembly room, Halesworth, Suffolk, on MonSt. David's College, Lampeter, South Wales; day evening, the 29th Nov., for the
purpose 5001. of the same stock to the Metropolitan of forming an auxiliary to the London society Church Building Fund; 250l. stock to the for the due observance of the Lord's day, the Church Missionary Society ; 2001. stock to Rev. J. C. Badeley, the rector, in the chair. the Prayer-book and Homily Society ; 5001. The attendance was very numerous, and the for the use of a school in West Malling, greatest interest was evinced in the proceedfounded by a Mr Cresse ; and the interest ings. The meeting was addressed by An in perpetuity of 2501. consols to each of the drew Johnstone, Esq., the Revs. Dr. Roberts, parishes of West Malling and South Mimms Holmes, Reeve, Smith, and the Rev. John (of which latter place he was also vicar), Baylee, clerical secretary to the parent soto be laid out in the purchase of coals ciety. Two sermons on the obligation of the and distributed among the poor of those sabbath were preached by the last-named parishes.
gentleman in the parish church on the preLEEDS.—The St. George's new school, ceding Sunday. opposite St. George's church, Leeds, has just The case of Mastin v. Escott, for refusing been opened. Three years ago this densely to bury a child baptized by a dissenting mipopulated district was wholly destitute of any nister, is now in process before a judicial such institution. Since then, by the exer- committee of the privy council, on an appeal tions of the present incumbent, the Rev. W. from the court of arches. Sinclair, 4,0001. and upwards have been rais- The “ Tracts for the Times" have been reed, and two large schools built, in which published in the United States, and are cirmore than 800 children are now educated in culated under the recommendation of bishop the principles of the established church. Onderdonk.
PUSEYISM.—The bishop of Calcutta, in an The Rev. Dr. Warneford has given 1,0001. ordination sermon, most correctly depicts the to promote the education of the poor in the inevitable influence of any considerable ex- diocese of Gloucester. tension of puseyism in India. “I am full of The annual dinner of the Bath church of fear,” says he,“
every thing is at stake. England lay association was numerously atThere seems something judicial in the rapid tended. spread of the opinions. If they should come SCIENCE, LITERATURE, ART, &c.—The over here, and pervade the teaching of our Emperor of Russia has presented to the Unichaplains, the views and proceedings of our versity of Cambridge a copy of a work by missionaries, our friendly relations with other professor Postels and Dr. Ruprecht, “On bodies of Christians, and our position amongst the Maritime Plants of the Northern Coasts the Hindoos and Mahometans, Ichabod (i.e., of the Pacific Ocean." This splendid volume the glory is departed) may be inscribed on stating that the population of the parish of