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dicted apostasy portrayed in the 17th chapter of the Book of Revelation that scarlet lady, "full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns; full of abominations and filthiness; and upon her forehead a name written, Mystery! Babylon the great, the mother of harlots, and abominations of the earth ; drunken with the blood of The martyrs of Jesus ; " and ashamed, and enlightened, they will turn to the true fold of Christ, out of which there is no salvation. If Newman or Walker believe that you can convert a piece of paste or a glass of wine into that holy, infinite, and all-powerful Spirit that made heaven and earth, they are worthy of you, and you of them. All I now say to them is - Credat Judæus Apella.

I cannot avoid observing, that the energetic esrnestness with which you have laboured to exculpate the departed Bryan Seery, savours more of the feelings of sympathy for a near relative, than of a defence by an impartial advocate.

Your humble servant,

RODERICK RYDER, Lately a Priest of the Church of Rome, diocese of Kilmacduagh

and Kilfenora, and now in connexion with the Priests'

Protection Society for Ireland. Dublin, March, 1846.

ROMISH ABSOLUTION.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE ACHILL HERALD.

Priests' Asylum, Achill, Jan. 22, 1846. MY DEAR SIR,—The Government journals have been for some time, as so many State quacks, feeling the public pulse as to the expediency of a State provision for the Irish Roman Catholic priesthood. Previous to the introduction of this measure to the Imperial Parliament, permit me to state two facts, of which I have been cognisant, and which will clearly prove the animus of Romanism and the feeling of its priesthood towards the united churches of England and Ireland, as also towards Protestantism in general.

I was assisting a neighbouring parish priest at a station of confes. sion, shortly after the murder of Mr. Blood, near Corofin, in the county of Clare, and which took place during the reign of Terryaltism in that county, in the year 1831 or 1832.

After breakfast the parish priest and those assisting him, who consisted of two other priests and me, walked out, and while taking some recreation, the parish priest asked us whom did we think was with him at confession. We said, we could not possibly conceive. He then told us that one of Mr. Blood's murderers confessed to him the double crime of murder and robbery. I asked him if he gave the murderer and robber absolution, and he answered in the affirmative.

On my way homewards, after the station of confession was over, I met one of the parishioners, who entered into conversation with me, when he expressed his great regret at not going to me to confession. I inquired of him what could be the cause of his regret, and he told me that his parish priest, Father --, refused giving him absolution, and would not hear his confession, on account of being present at the baptism of Mr. 's child; and that he thought there was no harın in being present at the baptism of a Protestant child in his father's house, as the sacrament was not administered in church; and that the priest told him he should go to the bishop to obtain forgiveness of the grievous sin he was guilty of, as the bishop alone, or some priest specially authorized by him, had the power of forgiving the damning sin of witnessing the administration of a sacrament, or being present at any of the ceremonies of the Protestant Church.

The case is simply this: the Romish priest whom I assisted (according to the doctrines of the Church of Rome) had the power, and willingly absolved the murderer and robber of Mr. Blood, and the same priest could not--nay, peremptorily refused granting absolution to one of his own parishioners for being present at the baptism of the child of his Protestant friend and connexion, and this Romanist had to go some miles to the titular bishop of to obtain absolution for the grievous sin of seeing a clergyman of the united Church of England and Ireland administer the sacrament of baptism to an infant babe, the child of a true believer. Oh, Popery ! Popery! what zeal without knowledge. I have heard these facts from the lips of the parties, and I did then, as I do now, firmly believe them to be true, and I am ready and willing to swear to the truth of the statement of these two facts. I remain, my dear Sir, Your most obedient humble servant,

WILLIAM J. BURKE, Formerly P. P. of Liscannor, Co. Clare, and Vicar-Gen. pro tem. of Killenora.

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THE INTRIGUES OF THE JESUITS.

constitution of this order was and

still remains military: its , GOVERNCOMPILED BY THE REV. JOHN SPURGIN, ment is monarchical, the supreme auVICAR OF HOCKHAM, NORFOLK. thority being vested in the Grand

Master or General, whose power is The Society or Order of the Jesuits, absolute; and its MEMBERS, who enter was instituted at Paris, by IGNATIUS

into every profession, are sworn to Loyola, in the early part of the Reformation. The founder was a Spanish strictly to keep secret its purposes,

deny that they belong to it, as well as knight, who had been wounded in the while they themselves are employed to siege of Pompeluna-a citadel which

work them out. The REAL OBJECT of he had resolved on defending with his

the Society is to OVERTURN EVERY usual impetuous and headstrong rash

CONSTITUTED AUTHORITY THROUGHOUT ness ; and being instigated by a mor

THE WORLD,

EVEN POPERY ITSELF, bid craving after notoriety, he became

and TO the victim of a mingled spirit of am

REIGNTY !! *

Hence we find that: bition, fanaticism, and superstition, at once, the most inexorable of tyrants and the most abject of slaves. About * The SecrETA MONITA, or this time, the Church of Rome was Secret Instructions of the Jesuits,(a sustaining great injury from the igno- MS. copy whereof is to be seen in the rance and profligacy of her priest

Library the British Museum,) depict, hood, and, the heart of the Papacy in awful colours, the moral and political being alarmed at the giant strides of workings of their past and present usur

pations. These "instructions declare, the Reformation, Pope Paul III. (after

that it will “ tend to the benefit of the some delay, and not without fear of Church, that all bishoprics, and EVEN danger,) confirmed this newly-formed

THE APOSTOLICAL SEE ITSELF, should Society, in 1540, under the title of be hooked into their hands.” (See Short The Companions of Jesus," or, as in Extracts, in No. 11, of the Editor's Seeommon phrase, “The Jesuits." The cond Series of Anti-Tractarian Tracts.)

ESTABLISH

ITS

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SOVE

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quickly after its formation, emissaries Conformity occurred. (See “Burnet's were sent forth to China, Japan, Abys- History of the Reformation,” vol. iii. sinia, South America, the Indies, &c. part 1. book 6, p. 336.) After this making Protestant Europe its chief Commissioners were sent over England field of operation; and the means by to enforce obedience to the law, by which this Society carries out its de- re-establishing the “ Protestant Sersigns, are the sowing seeds of discord vice Book;” and the result reported in every institution and grade of so- to the Queen was, that out of 9,400 ciety, weakening in order to destroy, beneficed clergymen in England, only disguising its agents under every va- about 100 dignitaries and eighty paRIETY of character,* and instructing rish priests left their benefices : ALL them to insinuate themselves into the THE REST CONFORMED TO THE QUEEN'S confidence of kings and princes, bi- INJUNCTIONS, AND READ THE PROshops and nobles, the influential and TESTANT SERVICE. (Ibid. vol. ii. part wealthy of the land, so as to confuse 1. book 3, page 720.)-This strange their minds and infatuate them to event was, no doubt, the agency of the bring about changes, which tend to Jesuits. The Papal clergy conformed their own ruin; and effecting all this in one united body, and kept their so stealthily and so treacherously, as benefices for the express purpose of not to excite the least consciousness of multiplying divisions among Protestants. the influence under which their un- (See “Churchman's Monthly Rehappy victims are acting.t

view," for May, June, and July, 1844, ENGLISH REFORMATION (Elizabeth, “The Jesuits.") Thus was the Re1558_1603).-On the accession of formed Church of England distracted Queen Elizabeth, the greatest leniency by various conflicts among upwards and persuasion were, for six months, of 9,000 pledged partisans of Rome, exercised towards the clergy, who then within the pale of her sacred offices, filled the English benefices, to induce aided by swarms of dispensed Jesuits them to abandon the Romish Ritual, from WITHOUT, under the garb 'of but not a single instance of Voluntary PURITAN MINISTERS, exciting Church

men against Dissenters, and Dis* The Jesuits have appeared as Pa- senters against Churchmen. The gans among Pagans—as Atheists among historian Strype records the detecAtheists—as Jews among Jews, and as tion of one of these Puritan Jesuits Reformers among Reformers. They (Heath) after preaching in Rochester bave changed their exterior habit, as cathedral, in 1568. On searching his noblemen, as ruffians, as ministers, as lodgings, a Pope's Bull and a Jesuit's soldiers; and they have sometimes passed license to preach “ for the dividing of as merchants, as farmers, as stewards, as

Protestants,
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and particularly publicans, and as tradesmen of every

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particularly the craft. (See Dalton's Jesuits, their Prin

English Protestants," was found in his ciples and Acts, pp. 76, 84, 85; a work

boot. This man had been travelling from which several statements in this as a poor minister, and “preaching up tract are made.)

and down the country" for six years. + The “Secreta Monita,” declare (See “Strype's Annals of the Refor" that no small advantage will be de- mation," vol. i. c. 52, pp. 521, 522.) rived from SECRETLY and SKILFULLY And not only were the deep-laid strafomenting the animosities that arise tagems of the Jesuits, for the recovery among the great, in order to reduce their of England to Rome, developed in strength," and in conformity with these

their insidious workings within the instructions, the Jesuits "secretly. apply the torch of faction to national dissensions, and then skilfullyretire from * This one FACT proves, tbat although the field of conflict, as far as may be, the Reformed English Church was, --leaving the odium of the explo- under God, primarily established sion to be cast on others, far less guilty through the energies of some of our than themselves. Such was their policy leading ecclesiastics, yet, that it owed in the great rebellion of England in much of its stability to the agency of 1649, as well as in the revolution of the laity. May the LAITY then be awakFrance in 1792; and their craft and ened to a holy vigilance for her PRESERtreachery remain unchanged.

VATION !

Church, but there are ample docu- courteous manners of gentlemen, with ments to testify their subtle efforts also a refined experience of mankind." within the State, co-extensive with The result of these intrigues was England itself, and that too through the decay of Protestantism in England, all the windings of social order down and the conversion of multitudes (parto the very hearths of domestic life: ticularly women of rank) to the Roin a word the continual stream of mish faith; indeed, it cannot be Jesuits, Seminarists, assassins, and denied that the innovations of the plotters of every name and character, school of Laud were so many apfor the murder and dethroning of proaches, in the exterior worship of Queen Elizabeth, and the utter deso- the English Church, to the Roman lation of the whole realm, deluged models; pictures were set up and reEngland during her reign of upwards paired; the communion-table took the of forty years, and it was only the arm name of an “altar,” it was sometimes of the Most High which brought to made of stone, and obeisances were nought the wicked projects of her made to it; the crucifix was freenemies.

quently placed upon it; churches were Great REBELLION (Charles the consecrated with strange and mystical First, beheaded in 1649.)-The de- pageantry; a presence in the sacrasigns of the Papists for the subversion ment, beyond that which is spiritual of Protestantism in England were con- to faith, yet not the Popish transubtinued through the reigns of James stantiation, was generally held; the the First and his unhappy son Charles, power of priests to forgive sins, beyond the successors of Queen Elizabeth. that which is declarative, yet not that Insurrections and plots against the which mass priests arrogate; and juslife of the Sovereign were no longer tification by works as a condition of available for the service of Rome, and the Gospel as well as faith, but not in the Gunpowder Treason, in 1605, the gross way of Popish merit, were seems to have been the last attempt likewise asserted; the invocation of made in England to illustrate the saints was admitted by some prelates, regicidal principles of the Jesuits. and prayers for the dead, which lead The times were changed, and the naturally to purgatory, were vindiJesuits were quick to perceive it, and cated by many. Thus it was that to adopt their devices accordingly. through the secret influence .of the COURT INTRIGUE now occupied the Jesuits, this fearful state of things in Jesuits, and Archbishop Laud, Bishop England worked on its way, from bad Montague, and others, forming an to worse, till that awful crisis speedily ambitious and dangerous faction in arrived, wherein primate and Church, the Church, constituted an essential monarch and monarchy, perished topart of the conspiracy. In 1634, a gether. secular priest named Gregorio Pan- MODERN Times.-To such an awzani, was despatched from the court of ful extent were strifes and seditions Rome to this country, to bring about fomented by the Jesuits, even in Paa reconciliation between the Churches pal kingdoms, that in 1773 they were of England and Rome. He resided formally suppressed by Pope Clement here three or four years, and had XIV. at the earnest entreaty of the several encouraging interviews with “kings of France, Spain, Portugal, the King and Queen, as well as with and Sicily, to prevent the Christians (as some of the bishops and chief minis- the Bull of Suppression expresses it) ters of State; and about this time, from rising one against another, and there were from 250 to 360 Jesuits scattered over England, * “concealed * Wherever Jesuits are introduced under a lay garb, and combining the social confidence is shaken, and mutual

suspicions must arise ; for who can tell * Besides these Jesuits there were whether his next-door neighbour may 180 other regulars, and five or six hun. not be one of them ? dred secular priests in England. (See + How painfully applicable to Tract“ Barrington's Memoirs of Panzani," pp. arian errors of modern times was the 140, 207.)

state of things in England 200 years ago.

from massacreing each other in the VII, restored this order, as a matter very bosom of their common mother- of political expediency. It is true THE Holy Church." (See “Dalton's indeed, there is every reason to susJesuits," page 79.) For this act, the pect, that the Jesuits and the general Pope was himself poisoned the very body of the Papists distrust and hate next year; and the Jesuits, notwith each other, but their connexion lies standing their suppression, were still here :- The Pope employs the Jesuits determined to carry on the work of because, without their polished hypo6 beguiling the nations with their crisy, he cannot overturn Protestantsorceries." Their motto ever was, ism; and the Jesuits employ Popery “ AGITATE — AGITATE —DIVIDE, and as a stepping-stone to their own soveOVERTURN!!” and the history of reignty ; but the ultimate object of the France, for the last sixty years, as well Jesuits, it is believed, is to plant the as the present condition of Spain and standard of ATHEISM on the ruins of Portugal, and other Papal states on that corrupted form of Christianity. the continent of Europe, not forget- At this very hour, the Jesuits are most ing that of Ireland itself-all proclaim alarmingly at work in the United à loud voice of warning to those who States of America and Canada, in the have either “ears to hear or eyes to South Sea Islands, New Zealand, Insee!" It might have been hoped that dia, and China, as well as in Austria, Protestant England, having once Silesia, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, banished the Jesuits from her shores, and Portugal. Ireland also is overfor perfidy and treason, would have run with Jesuits, and France is astobeen loath to have again fostered nished at their rising power; indeed, them within her borders; but, alas ! two authors of distinction (Michelet it was not so: for in 1795 twelve Je- and Quinet) not long since sounded suits (under the disguise of gentlemen the alarm of danger to which France from Liege, who had escaped the fury is at the present hour exposed from of the French Revolution) established the literature which has been introthemselves in the heart of this country, duced by these men; and, in describing at Stonyhurst, in Lancashire, where the character of the education and they remain to this day, sending forth, learning cultivated by the Jesuits in year after year, from their college France, in 1843, one of these authors there · (now capable of holding 400 or (Michelet) most accurately describes 500 students) men of intellect and the character of the education and talent, well-suited to work out the writings of Tractarians in England, at crooked policy of their Secret In- the present moment, namely, "mechastructions," and to fill the most im- nical-material-lifeless-soulless !!portant posts in every grade of society in a word, TRACTARIANISM IS BUT throughout the British dominions- JESUITISM IN DISGUISE !!! both in the army and in the navy-in ConclusION.—That, as hundreds of the Church and in the State ; and, (in Jesuits were employed in England in addition to these disguised Jesuits, bygone days to bring about the work scattered through the land,) it is a fact of desolation, and that as hundreds of which cannot be too widely circulated, Jesuits are still engaged in Ireland and that according to the “ Roman Catho other countries, for the purpose of lic Directory ” for 1845, there are now exciting the infatuated' populace to in Great Britain 582 Roman Catholic acts of violence, rebellion, and murchapels, besides 100 stations where der; so also, are there hundreds of service is performed; and in England Jesuits at work in England at the there are not less than thirty convenis, present moment, — all restless, all three monasteries, nine Roman Catho- eager, in poisoning the sources of inlic bishops, and 666 missionary formation to the public mind - in priests !! Such is the position of the sapping the foundation of national Church of Rome in England at this Protestantism- in filling our newstime, and it ought not to be forgotten papers and periodicals with Anti-Proalso, that the Jesuits are now carrying testant arguments and Pro-Popish on their intrigues under her full influ- falsehoods-preparing, every day, new ence ; inasmuch as in 1814, Pope Pius mines, and hatching, every day, fresh

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