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The second Luther ---Some time since, our readers were informed that a German Priest had attacked the corruptions and impostures of the Pope's religion. He was excommunicated by the ecclesiastical authorities: but unintimidated by this, he proceeded to deal out still heavier blows. The public sympathize with him; and his doctrines are rapidly spreading anong the people. The Prussian corresponde erit of the Buston Recorder thus writes: “Even in the Roman Church a storm has broken forth, in which we may, perhaps, see large prepar. ations for the eventful future. Have you heard of the demand of the Priest Johannes Ronge, in Silesia? Do you know what he insists on? A German Catholic Church, without celibacy, without a Pope, without confession, without relic worship &c. [But this is a Protestant Church.] Already in Silesia and Posen, two of the Eastern provinces of Prussia, numerous congregations have formed themselves into separate assemblies, and have virtually founded the German Catholic Church."
They have adopted a Confession of faith which maintains---full liberty of conscience; that the Bible is the alone basis of faith; the right of free investigation and interpretation; only two sacraments, bap. tisni and the Lord's Supper; Jesus Christ as the alone Mediator, rejecting the adoration of inages, saints &c.; good works valuable only as they are an emanation of christian sentiment, rejecting all comniands of fasting &c.-These are the truths and blessings for which Luther contended.
The Repeal movement in Ireland is represented as in its last agonies. The letter of the Pope has done the business for it. Before the ghostly phantom, O'Connell is powerless. What will our American Catholics who sent their money to Ireland to speed the cause of Repeal, say now? The Pope has decided against them. If O'Con. nel is the Apostle of liberty, what is the Pope? •
“It seems that the year 1844 has been a great rum and wine year in Boston---the trade in spite of the temperance effort having greatly increased. More than eleven hundred thousand gallons of rum, and over one million gallons of wine, have been imported into Boston dur. ing the past year, with some eighty thousand gallons of brandy, gin, and whiskey to match. During the same period, “more than six hundred thousand gallons of New England rum, of Boston manufacture, have been shipped by her merchants, “gentlemen of property and standing," 10 foreign ports principally to heathen lands, 10 say nothing of the millions and millions of gallons of this liquid fire, that have
been trucked into the country, and have flowed coastwise, along on our Atlantic frontier in every direction from the Boston distilleries.”
The excitement in Switzerland on the question of expelling the Jesuits continues. Mass meetings of the people have been held in ya. rious places, at some of which as niany as 25,000 aliended. Switzerland was the field of Zwingle's and Calvin's labors, and still retains much of the republican spirit, derived from these Reformiers. Under the monarchs of Europe who derived their "legitimate” sovereignty from Popes, these mass meetings would have been put down by the bavonet
The Jesuits having wormed themselves into power, and obiained the control of education, of the councils of kings &c. had become in. tolerable to mankind. During ihe lastceniury the order was suppressed by all the principal governments in Europe. After the French Revolution, and the trouble uonaparte give them, the "legitimate Soverrigns” fornied an alliance to prevent future insurrectionary movemenis among the people, and invoked the aid of the Pope. The Je-uits were restored. The wound which the "ceast" received from the sword of the Spirii, in the hands of Luther and the Relorurs, began to heal. Hence, the late revival of l'opery---its fresh hope of regaining the ground it had lost. Hience also these new struggles be. tween the friends of freedom---freedom of conscience, thought, inter.. pretation &c. and the ghostly supporters of the supersiition and tyranny ofthe Dark Ages. • . Fearing the consequences, it is said that the General of the Jesuits at Rome, has resolved to suppress the Jesuits’ College in Switzerland.
It is stated that her Eritish Majesty's minister, Sir Robert Peel, has announced his determination to bring forward a measure for remov. ing the civil disabilities of the Jews. Shame on that semi-Protestant government, that these disabilities have been permitted to remain till this time.
CONCLUSION. The present No. concludes the second volume of the Evangelical Guardian, Having concluded to continue our labors in this depart, merit at least for another year, we shall do what we can to render the work of service to the cause of the Redeemer. To those who have furnished us with communications, and used endeavors to extend our subscription list, we return our thanks, and hope for the continuance of their favors. The first No of the third volume will be issued some earlier than the usual time of publication. The ville as printed on our cover will hereafter be “The Evangelical Guardian."
CONTENTS FOR VOL. XV.
Correspondent, • . 495 | Sermon, - - - 484
. 529|To emigrants of the A. R. Church