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plain necessary grammar, the New Librarian of the Vatican, suggested Testament, as well as the Septuagint, to Leo XII, the propriety of publishwas then published. That this is ing the New Testament of the Codex the necessary and deliberate mean. Vaticanus, His Holiness replied, that ing of Dr. Wiseman, is evident from he would wish the whole, including the assertion afterwards made; when, the Old, to be accurately printed. defending Mamachi, who is said to Upon this the learned Prelate under. have thwarted the impression of the took the task, and advanced as far Vatican in 1783, against the inputa- as St. Mark's Gospel. Not satisfied tion of ignorance, he states, that with the execution of the work, he Mamachi“ surely knew that the has since recommenced it on a difVatican us. had been published ferent plan. The New Testament is nearly two centuries before,” &c. į finished, and the Old considerably that is, if language has any definite advanced. This publication will be meaning, the whole of the ms., in the most satisfactory proof of how cluding the New Testament, the little apprehension is felt in Rome most important part as concerns the of any injury to the Christian reli. present investigation, was then pub- gion,' from the critical study of the lished ; or, as Dr. Wiseman scruples holy Scriptures.” not to affirm on his own responsibi. This is highly important informality, known to have then been pub. tion: the New Testament, in the lished.
year 1836, eight years ago, is finishWhat will the reader think, when ed, and the old considerably adhe is told, that this assertion, thus vanced. We are not told whether reiterated, is flatly and absolutely the fac-simile, or an edition, the one false? The edition of the Vatican promised, be here to be understood, ms., in Rome, in 1587, is in many It is amusing, too, and not without libraries, both public and private ; it instruction, to observe the gentle is now before the writer, and, on change of terins in the last sentence. inspection, it is palpably, or rather The most natural course of the senvisibly, evident, that it contains the terce, to make it of any benefit to Septuagint singly and alone,--the Rome, would have been, --how little New Testament does not accompany apprehension was felt in Rome of it. In the previous Aldine edition any injury to the Roman or Papal in Venice, from whatever mss., both religion, from the critical study of the Septuagint and the Greek New the holy Scriptures. But such an Testament are given ; and the exam. assertion would have been a little ple was worthy of being followed at bazardous, or problematical ; and, Rome, but was not. Whether Dr. therefore, we are put off with the Wiseman knew what he had done, truism, important enough in its or not, must be left to the decision place, that the Christian religion of a more solemn tribunal than any does not fear a critical study of the which is human. However advan- Scriptures; besides that the ques. tageous the statement to his own tion is not of the critical study of the Church, and however incredible that Scriptures, but of publishing those a scholar should be ignorant of the Scriptures under particular circumtruth, we rather trust he did not. stances. But, then, in what position does But this is not all. It deserves this most charitable supposition especial remark, that in the year place his information on a subject 1842, after a lapse of six years, a which is peculiarly within his own new edition of Dr. Wiseman's Lecprovince, and of so little difficulty tures has been published; in an to understand? At all events, how. advertisement to which, the author ever, it must be allowed to have inforins the reader, that it is "merely been a fortunate shot.
re-printed,” without any alterations, But it will be desirable to hear but which, if any should appear Dr. Wiseman speak to the end ; for necessary, are reserved
to a future he speaks volumes.
possible Supplement. This is some“When Monsignor Mai, lately what extraordinary, and certainly
savours of no great respect for the be found in Blanchini's Erangeli. public, particularly for his own com arium, tom. i., p. ccxcii., referred to munity. But with such palpable, by Birch mistakenly as cdxcii.; but and not very innocent, errors the entire text is still a desideratum, have been pointed out in the parti- and would be valued accordingly. cular and important portion just So much for the formidable expense
. subjected to criticism, it was perhaps It is not impossible, however, that the best shield by which the dis- the whole of the present disappointgrace of acknowledgment could be ment may admit of an easy solution. covered.
The rumour was certainly not withBut, to bring the subject to a close : out an interest as regards the party after all the circumstances which with whom it originated, and by have been detailed, exciting in no whom it was circulated; but a doubt common degree the expectations of was reasonably entertained, that, the public ; when the great body of when the time of execution came, Christendom, not scholars and here the courage of Rome would fail ; tics only, but the very flower of the and, as on the two former occasions, Catholic faithful, were stretching a mysterious abandonment would their necks and eyes to behold the recur. And it must be admitted, grand effort of their Church, the that, for the supreme and infallible result of four hundred years' consic Church, the case was a trying one. deration, in the first and only printed What! shall that Church, from her Greek New Testament in the apos own metropolis and centre, exhibit tolic city, and from the apostolic and proclaim a rival to her Vulgate! press; to be still held in suspense, -it may be, a superior ! unless ori. still doubtful—whatever veracity be ginal and translated will consent to pledged, and how frequently svever change places. Who, likewise, can repeated-when, and whether at all, tell, -Dr. Wiseman perhaps can,the promises of the Mother and whether Professor Angelo Mai
, now Mistress of all Churches would be for some years a Cardinal, and proaccomplished; is a spectacle not moted to a very responsible office
, often seen in a world which ex may not be too much engrossed by hibits no small share of strange Cardinalesque occupations to engage things. To plead as an explanation any longer, except in completing the large expense of such an under former undertakings, in the editorial taking, will be received with little duties which he has so long and satisfaction by those who are pretty honourably pursued? The age of well assured that if a subscription His Eminence, compared with that for the purpose were solicited, and a of the present occupant of the Papal prospectus published in London, throne, is not so circumstanced as names in a short time would be to forbid ambitious thoughts, and the given in, in number nearly, if not pursuits necessarily connected with quite, sufficient to cover the whole them. And other individuals, in expense, by theological students former tiines, who have cultivated eager enough to obtain so desirable the same views, have felt the light and long-withheld a curiosity: more increase as their elevation at least especially when it is considered, appeared to approach; and what, that the New Testament is that as a humble and honest scholar and alone which is the object of most professor, he imagined to be right precise and intense desire, and a and desirable, considered nakedly plain reprint, without inflicting the and in se, by the maturer considera. charge of a fac-simile, even of the tion of the subject connected with New
Testament by itself, would be its circumstances, he may be induced hailed with fervent gratitude. True, to view as unsuitable, and even dan. we have the substance in the read gerous. It is important, too, to ings collected and published by the observe, that, having been advanced accurate and industrious Birch; and to the delicate as well as important a specimen of part of the triple dignity of Prefect of the Congregacolumned page of the original is to tion of the Index, the Cardinal
would naturally, almost necessarily, any subject of critical theology: become more sensitive to the caution Freely, however, may be conceded required in the literary productions to the Doctor formidable powers of to which he would then be under sentimental argumentation, equally stood to give a more responsible, potent to the establishment of any and indeed official, sanction.
vice or falsehood. And no less freely ! But how far soever these or other is he entitled to the praise of concircumstances might operate, it summate dexterity in the manageseems to be a settled conviction with ment of patristic erudition, whether those who draw their information from his own or contributed,* for the the fountain-head, that there never utmost amount of its ambiguous was any serious design in the ruling worth,—the “wood,” as Milton has and real Councils of Rome, that the sagaciously characterized it, “in excited hopes of learned Christendom which the Papists love to fight, not respecting the biblical editions in with the hope of victory, but to question should ever be accomplish- obscure the shame of an open overed ; and in harmony' therewith, that throw.” But even here, the arrow all which has been published in the shot by Palmer, though with every journals, even Papal, of the day con disadvantage of the author's himself cerning such publication, is pure having partially blunted it, evidently falsehood; like a great many other still rankles in the Doctor's sides. He things which appear daily.
must therefore be content to bless If, after all, it should please the himself with the laudatory tribute Sovereign of Rome to confer on his of female admiration in the “ Comsubjects, and those who are not so, plete Catholic Directory, for 1844," the highly valuable boon of a Vati. p. 355, where" he stands unrivalled, can impression of the celebrated
* Like a lone and lovely star, Vatican manuscript, there can be
The brightest where a thousand are.' little doubt that they will, one and all, feel abundantly grateful : but Read his works; they are founthey have a right, one and all, to tains of living waters,-mines conexpect, that, for the future, no such taining exhaustless treasures,” &c. flourishes of trumpets as Dr. Wise
Cato. man's will be sounded, unless there be some personages to appear on the * Learned, and rather proclaimed, accessions stage.
have lately been made from Oxford to Oscott, The inevitable result of the whole
in the persons of individuals whose laudable is, how little reliance is to be placed honestyreflects tenfold infamy upon others;
who, with equal cause, want the moral prinupon the judgment or assertions of ciple to do the same. In temporal matters such the President of Oscott College, on conduct would be characterized as it deserves.
PROGRESS OF PROTESTANTISM IN FRANCE.
(To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine.) Every accession made to the A remarkable religious movement cause of truth is interesting to the has recently begun to appear in the Christian public, in whatever coun very centre of the Roman Catholic try such events may transpire; but population of the departments of when any of those who have long La Haute Vienne, La Charte Infe. been enthralled by a vile supersti- rieure, and Var. Never, perhaps, tion, bearing the name of Christian- since the days of the Reformation, ity, are brought to a knowledge of has anything like it been seen in the truth as it is in Jesus, the this country. The following brief Christian church will rejoice, and details are extracted from one of the give glory to Him alone who is the journals of the capital :"author and finisher of our faith :" “ The commune of Villefavard, in such events are now taking place in the department of La Haute Vienne, many parts of France.
contains a population of six hundred
souls. The whole of this popula- inhabitants, whose property it is. tion, with the Priest of the parish, The labours at this time carrying on and the Mayor at its head, have in the fields kept many from attend. just joined the Protestant Church. ing; but still ihe church itself was It appears that the Prefect of the not only full, but there were as department had some time ago op- many as it held standing on the posed the establishment of Protestoutside. Mention is made of one ant worship at Villefavard; but the thousand two hundred persons from Minister of Justice, in answer to Villefavard and the neighbouring the representations inade to him on communes having been present. the subject, authorized the estab. During the two hours that the ser. lishment of a Protestant cause in vice lasted, the crowd, in the church the commune ; and, on the 7th of and outside, remained stationary, July last, divine worship according attentive, and deeply affected. Three to Protestant forms was solemnly Pastors officiated on the occasion. begun in that place, in the presence One of them, the President of a of the municipal authorities." Consistory, opened the service with
Many persons from the neigh- prayer, and the reading of a chapter bouring parishes were present on
from the Bible, followed by some the occasion; and among them, also, pertinent observations, and a brief a gracious revival of scriptural Chris. account of the religious movement tianity has commenced. The ex manifested in Saintorge, under the Curate of the parish of Villefavard, sanction of the local authorities; whose heart is truly converted to which movement was also brought God, encourages the people daily to about by the labours of the Colporpersevere in the truth. A similar teurs. The second Pastor ascended work begins to manifest itself in the the pulpit, for the purpose of read. environs of Matha, in the depart- ing the official documents published ment of La Charte Inferieure. In by the Prefect and the Mayor, in twenty-five of the surrounding pa- which the legality of their worship rishes, the people are earnestly in- is acknowledged ; and he concluded quiring for the good old way” of with a short and appropriate address. salvation by faith in our Lord Jesus The third Pastor endeavoured to set Christ.
forth, in his discourse, the followThe distribution of the holy Scrip- ing :-That a religion wbich has for tures without note or comment, has its sole flead Jesus Christ, God; been one principal instrument in for its Confessor, God; and for its causing and proinoting this extra- Saviour, God; a religion which has ordinary revival; which, we hope, for its interpreter the Bible, and is only the beginning of much more God the Holy Spirit for its Sanctiextensive good.
fier; is a religion from God : while, WI IAM Toase, on the other hand, that religion Paris,
which has at its head a mere man, August 27th, 1844.
the Pope ; for its Confessor, a Priest, who also is a man; for its
saviour the works of man; for its In corroboration of the statement sacrifice in the mass, man again, made by our Parisian correspondent, &c. ; is necessarily a religion emanwe give insertion to the following ating from man. From this concommunication recently published trast the Preacher drew the inferby the British and Foreign Bible ence, that, in the religion of God, in Society.-Edit.
which everything is derived from
God, salvation is by free grace. The Last Sunday, the 7th instant, the declaration of this truth met with a church, on which the seals had been powerful sympathy on the part of placed by order of the Sub-Prefect, those who heard it. with a view to prevent the Gospel At the conclusion of this Meeting, from being preached in it, was at many persons from the surrounding length opened, and given up to the communes, who had previously en
treated the Minister recently estab- paid a visit to the Protestant Minis-
The Minister.-Exactly so; and
prejudicial effect.” “If so, I will But I must still relate, though send a Roman Catholic along with very briefly, two facts connected you, to accompany you in your with Villefavard.
visits to the various houses in the Before the regular introduction of parish.” “No, no : send the Bibles Protestant worship in the commune, you speak of to me at once.” “Certwo Priests went through the whole tainly not; for in that case you of it; but, finding their applications would not scruple to burn them. everywhere rejected, they at length But come, do you accept my offer?” cried out, “Unhappy men that ye "Before I do I must consult my are, we will call down hail from hea. Bishop.” What, then, are you ven upon your fields !” It really afraid he will not grant his sanction happened, that, a few days after- to the proposed distribution of the wards, several heavy storms of hail holy Scriptures ? But supposing I occurred; but though in the imme were to give you 1,500 francs, to diate and surrounding, neighbour- distribute among your parishioners, hood of Villefavard, they did not do you think the Bishop would disaffect the place, which the Lord en
Most assuredly tirely spared.
" Then the whole comes to The Priest who, in opposition to this,—that both you and he think every one, took up his post in the money of far more importance than barn which, as already noticed, was the Bible!” purchased for a very large sum,
approve of it?"
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