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the Bible to be the Rule of Faith, favouring gale that could move it how is it that he permitted any one onward, that ever-blessed, everparticle of it to be irretrievably lost ? heavenly book, the Bible, comes How is it that your celebrated bishop floating majestically down the ful of Llandaf was obliged to confess in and uninterrupted tide of time; his letter, written with the view of aimed at, indeed, on the right hand silencing that Protestant-nurtured and on the left by the darts of innpest to society, Tom Payne, that merable heretics at one time, and the Epistle to St. Paul from Lao- Deists at another; but still, thank dicea, which, in the fourth chapter God, as fresh, as vigorous in its to the Colossians and sixteenth course, as pure, as unmutilated. * verse, that apostle commands to be entire, as it was the very day when read by the Colossians, is irrecover- it first issued forth with the stamp ably lost and buried in oblivion ? of canonicity on its head, from the Believe me, my friends, the more third Council of Carthage, in the sedulously and solicitously ye search, year of our Lord 398 — from the the more ye will be convinced that third Council of Carthage, I say, true consistency of doctrine is to be from the hands, the tenerable hard, found alone within the precincts of of the assembled bishops and gear. the Catholic Church. Unpropped by dians of Christianily, in the year, the grand testimony of the Catholic not 1839, but 398. Sensation. As Church, ye will find, my friends, to any verification of the inspired apon investigation, that the Bible volume from the tongues of Proitself has no rational ground whereon testantism, it is in vain to look for to stand-nothing of an argumen-lit; they can give no rule to discritative nature to support it, save and minate inspired writings from those except that which is supplied to it which are apocryphal, but that by that deadly antagonist to sound which is given by the Roman poet, logic, wild and ranting enthusiasm ; wherein he teaches the method of in other words, and my learned op- discriminating good verses from the ponent shall supply them, that bad ones, to wit:which is supplied to it by the ga- Legitimumque sonum digitis callemus et thering up of the glorious inspiration) • aure. of Protestantism. On the other hand, That is, if I may adapt it paraphras. ye will find that, led and disciplined tically to the subject in hand :by the living instructress of all ages « A well-tuned ear is the sole test to know, and all nations, the Catholic Church, What sounds are earthly-what of hes every page, every line of that sacred volume teems with evidence of its And now, my friends, you may inspiring God, conducted to it by remember that some evenings ago, the ever-sounding voice of tradition, my learned antagonist, who has echoed and re-echoed from age to taken great pains in ransacking age by its apostolically-ordained every Catholic writer that has said ministers; all within it we shall find a word against us, came with coto be beautiful consistency and har- pious extracts from Cardinal Baromonious order, all bright and ra- nius, an excellent Catholic, whom diant as the sun-without it all is my friend ingeniously tries to indisorder, confusion, and impenetra- sinuate I threw "overboard,” though ble darkness! Yes, my friends, my he (the cardinal) has most decidedly respected Protestant friends, wafted thrown all Calvinists overboard. by the breath of tradilion, the only My friend endeavoured to persuade
vou that Cardinal Baronius had tenebris obscurarı, nunquam tamen actually acknowledged that the eandem (si sapis) fuisse dixeris sine Church of God had gone to sleep, Christo ecclesiam, aut sine ecclesia and that there was a cessation of Christum, sed quod sit in Christo all pure teaching in the Church of semper ecclesia, et in ecclesia Jesus God during the tenth century. I Christus, heri et hodie ipse et in took the pains of consulting his mille sæcula.—Heb. xiii.” Baronius, work (the work of Baronius), to see Annales Ecclesiastici, vol. xvi. Luca, if there was any period of time when p. 399,- King's Library, British the Catholic Church did not abound, Museum. and superabound, with bright ornal “Thus are we enabled, in one ments, in point of sanctity and clear view, to contemplate the purity of life, of true piety, and Church of God circling its orbit of exemplary virtue ; and I find his a thousand years, like the transit of books replete with the names of a single day, during which whole saints even in the very age when period it was never even for the the Pope was bad, and when many space of a single moment forsaken of of the cardinals were corrupted. I the Sun of Justice, Christ, who, in ind saints there, such as I will op- the same manner as the sun above pose before the whole world, and was created in order to rule the such as shall put to the blush all day, so was the Word made flesh, the saints of the Covenant, that in order to rule over the Church; ramble over your Scotch boasted ay, and still more evidently, inasmountains. Laughter.] Saints, much as he says, “The heavens and my friends, in Catholic annals, such earth shall pass away, but my words as John Wesley, the father of one shall not pass away.' Whether, of your sects of Methodism, has therefore, you have seen the Church described, where he says, in his beaming with splendour or obscured book called “Popery Calmly Con- by darkness, yet never, if thou art sidered :"
wise, wilt thou say, that the Church “Several of them (the Papists) was ever without Christ, or that have attained to as high a pitch of Christ was ever without the Church; sanctity as human nature is capable but, on the contrary, you will exof arriving at."
claim, “That in Christ the Church But now, let us listen to Baro. always was, and in the Church Jesus nius, who bursts out at the end of Christ, the same yesterday, and tohis narrative of the tenth century, day, and for ever.'-Heb. xii. 8.” into the following eloquent apo-|. But the grand question, after all, strophe to the reader!
| for you to ponder upon, my Protes“Ita planè contemplari licet Dei tant friends, is, “ Are you members ecclesiam hujus millenari curriculo of the Catholic Church mentioned circumductam unius instar diei, in so emphatically in the Apostles' quo ne ad momentum quidem re- Creed ?" You that have permitted liquerit eam sol justitiae, Christus, your minds to be whirled along qui sicut ille sol ad hoc creatus est so delightfully by the oratorical ut præsit diei, ad hoc factum est flourishes of my very ingenious Verbum Caro, ut præsit ecclesiæ; sed opponent, the grand question, I say, fortius istud, siquidem dicit, Cælum for you to consider is, Whether et terra transibunt, verba autem we, when we go home this evenmea non transibunt. Sive igitur ing, when prostrate on our knees ecclesiam vidisti luce clarescere, sive before God, can say, “ I beliere in
the Holy Catholic Church?” I shall | Oxford-street, and say, “Sir, le say it this evening with a safe and a stranger in London; bare mine quiet conscience. May yours give kindness to direct me to the Cabiyou no remorse, my friends, when I lic chapel ?” “Oh, certainly you say, “I believe in the Holy I will ;” and he accordingly direct Catholic Church.” It is a plain him to the nearest chapel. “ 11.05." argument, which I have put over says Augustine, “ the Cards and over again, and I must repeat it Church will ever be distinguis once more, in order that it may sink from all heretics—and why? be the more deeply into your hearts cause we are called Catbolles ! before we part this evening. My ourselres and by our enemies." friend tells me that all sects say my friends, I have known the hole theirs is the Catholic Church. Well, men and women, that abominate $0 I say of my Church. But why our Church, converted mere does not then the claim of any one deep reflection on that one sua of them correspond to the test article. And there is another ci which in the fourth century Augus- cumstance which I have obserred, tine gave of the Catholic Church ? | my friends : What is the reasca e He tells you that the Donatists this extraordinary virulence again overspread all Africa, and were all the Catholic Church? Why a most equally numerous with the societies formed to suppress its prin Catholics ; they had churches and gress, and to denounce its “idolatry chapels in every part of the world, and its blasphemy?” If my trietand when you ask them their title, has truth on his side, and we they all call themselves the Catholic really “ panting for the salvation of Church. “Now,” says he, “I will his benighted fellow Catholics, show you a test, whereby you may I would he taunt and reproach the prove the genuineness of the Catholin such a satiric flood of Scoica lic religion-prove that that glorious | virulence ? [Confusion.). title appertains to you alone, tol John KENDAL, Esq., Catbok whatever quarter of the world for. chairman, rose to order. tune may direct your steps. It is! It is nothing else, gentlemer this : Upon entering any city where I am accustomed to plain language the Donatists have churches or I declare that if it were possier chapels, and where Catholics have that he had used strong arguult them also, inquire, as a stranger to likely to shake the faith 0,23 the place, of any Donatist you may Catholic, I should have been alta meet, the way to the Catholic of my own feeble defence ; Where Church; and, strange to say," ob- I have told him before, and I serves the saint, “though they all it again, I have burned up at maintain, in theological disputation, arguments like choff ; 1 bare theirs to be the Catholic Church, I them neither root nor branch; yet, without hesitation, they imme. I have dashed all his argume diately point out the true Catholic succession, one after anot
the rock of ages, the Now, this test of St. Augustinc Church. I have scattered holds good at the present day, and broken them to pieces. In will hold good to the consummation confusion.) But I say, my hand of this world. Let a Catholic fo- if he had had power of ark reigner, upon his arrival in London, sufficient to make an impres stop a Protestant, meeting him in the heart of any unenlige
Catholic, still every tone of his with such a statement concerning voice, every gesture, every look, the illustrious Cyprian; but as I would have alienated that Catholic have brought a little pocket volume from that sect which he professes to of mine, which constitutes one of belong to. “ Keep me from the house my delights in this earthly pilgrimof gull,” would have been the ex- age, the letters of that glorious clamation of the Catholic; keep me saint and martyr, St. Cyprian, I from that deadly, unmitigably viru- shall therefrom read, for the benefit lent sect; keep me from those mon- of my learned opponent, a few short sters of hypocrisy, who, whilst they extracts, to see whether St. Cyprian, pretend to be solicitous for my con- who flourished A.D. 248, acknowversion and salvation, are mocking ledged the supremacy of the Church and galling me by every oppro- or not. But, my friends, is it posbrious epithet which their malig- sible, let me ask you, that in the nant imaginations can suggest to year 248, when Cyprian lived, and
when so many other saints and marAnd now, to answer another ob- tyrs lived, and left such glorious servation of my reverend opponent, testimony of their adherence to let me say a few words concerning the Pope, that he should have the supremacy of St. Peter, and his arisen in rebellion against him, and lawful successors — a column of have denied his supremacy? Even Christian faith in every age, which from this passage I think we the arm of my antagonist has so shall be able to collect enough feebly endeavoured to shake. Ito overturn the position of my
Tertullian, I find, in the year of friend. our Lord 199, exclaims, “ If thou “Deus unus est, Christus unus, thinkest heaven is closed, recollect una ecclesia, et cathedra una, supra that the Lord left the keys thereof petram Domini voce fundata. Aliud to Peter, and through him to the altare constitui aut sacerdotium Church.”-Scorpuici, c. X. p. 830. novum fieri præter unum altare et Rotodami, 1662.
unum sacerdotium non potest.” Again, I hear, a little before the “There is one God, one Christ, blessed Reformation-namely, in the one Church, one chair, founded by year of our Lord 203—Origen ex- the voice of the Lord upon a rock. claiming, in reference to the words, No other altar can be erected, no "I will give thee the kers of the other pricsthood can be instituted, kingdom of heaven,” and “ What- but the one altar and the one soever thou shalt bind on earth,” | priesthood.” &c., exclaiming in the following Again—"Adulterum, impium, sawords—“And truly, if the words of crilegium est quodcunque humano the Gospel be attentively considered, furore instituitur, dispositio humana we shall there find that the last | violetur.” words were common to Peter and “Every institution that is engenthe others; but that the former, spoken dered by the madness of man in to Peter, imported a great distinc- violation of this divine economy, is tion and superiority.”-Orig. tom. / adulterated, is impious, is sacrilexin., Com. in Mat., p. 613. Edit. gious."--St. Cyp. Epist. ad pleben Bened. Paris, 1643.
de quinque Presbyteris Schismaticis. My friend has told you that St. / But here, methinks, I hear my Cyprian denied the supremacy of reverend antagonist exclaim, “Ay, St. Peter. I did not expect to meet but mark, St. Cyprian says, 'one chair founded by the voice of thel St. Basil, A.D. 369, writes thusti Lord upon a rock;' he does not Pope Damasus, on the distressed say founded on Peter.” In reply state of his Church : to this frivolous surmise, let Cyprian “We ask nothing new; where speak himself :
fore, if you are not at this time “Christ addresses Peter (Matt. induced to aid us soon, al ten xvi. 18)—'I say to thee, Thou subjected to the heretics, node art Peter, and upon this rock I will be found to whom you may screte build my Church, and the gates of out your hand.”—Ep. Damoms.to hell shall not prevail against it.' He iii. p. 164. Ed. Bened. Paris, 172, that doth not hold this unity of the 22, 30. Church, can he think that he holds ! Again-and most remarkable B the faith ? He that opposes and the passage—I wish my Calvirsta withstands the Church, can he think opponent could show something di that he is in the Church ? ”-St. his Church half so old as the rear Cyp. de Unit. Ecc. pp. 194, 195. Ed. / 369-I should look at him with an Bened. Paris, 1726.
eye of reverence. (A laugh.] But really, now that I am upon “Eustachius of Sebaste, being this topic, it is worth while to con- deposed at Melita, devised himsel sult the learned Mr. Kirk, in order the means whereby to procure bi to see whether these fathers, whom restoration. What was proposed to my friend describes as perpetually him by the Roman bishop, and to knocking their heads against one what he agreed, we know not. another, but who, as I contend, are know only that he brought a letter, in one Catholic indivisible body, for which when he had shown to the ever knocking their heads against synod of Thyana, he was reinsleita him (Mr. Cumming) and all the ad- in his see!”– Ep. 293, at 74, tou. vocates of many-headed Protestant- iii. p. 406. ism; it is worth while, I say, to ask, But if St. Basil be not sufficier What say they on the primacy of clear upon the primacy of Peles, Peter ?
I listen to the great St. ChrysosSt. Irenæus, A.D. 177, says, “For tom, in the year 397. He writes to to this Church (of Rome) on account Innocent, the Roman bishop, after of its superior headship, propter po- | many proceedings against himself, 7 tiorem principalitatem, every other “I beseech you to direct, must have recourse; that is, the what has wickedly been done again faithful of all countries.”
me while I was absent, and did not Eusebius, the ecclesiastical his. I decline a trial, should have no eilech, torian, and who onght consequently and that they who have thus pour to have known something about the ceeded may be subjected to eceleste polity of the Church, tells us in the tical punishment, and allow me, ** year 313 :
have been convicted of no offence, “The kind providence of God to enjoy the consolation of you conducts Peter to Rome, that power- letters, and the society of ful and great apostle, and, by his former friends.”—Ep. 1 ad. lance deserts, the chief of all the rest."- tom. 'üï. p. 520, Éd. Monlaucou, Hist. Eccl., lib. ii. c. xiv. p. 63, Paris, 1718-34. Cantabrigiæ, 172; and yet, if we Really, my reverend friend, listen to the ecclesiastical Mr. Cum- Kirk, is a splendid benefactor to me ming, anno Domini 1840, St. Peter Catholics of this cou ntry, in fumista never was at Rome !!! (Laughter.] ing such valuable documents to cru