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publistions relating to the Roman Catholic Questionn; voll



For OCTOBER 1814.

“ Certainly, till, after a thousand years, the Romish tyranny prevailed over weak " Princes, and blind people, never did any church of Christ, or pretended head of any, “ take to itself a prerogative to exempt the Christian church from due obedience to the " temporal power, much less to set up a spiritual power above the temporal, nay, with " a pretended right to advance or depose the temporal." — Bishop Sprat.

PROCEEDINGS OF IRISH ROMAN CATHOLICS. We lately recorded, for the edification of our readers, M. Quarantotti's Rescript in the original Latin (See Vol. II. p. 439). The Catholic critics in Ireland were very severe upon that unfortunate gentleman's Latipity; but, ibat Rome may triumph in its turn over the Hibernian writers of Latin, the Popish prelates of Ireland have composed a congratu. latory epistle to the Pope in the Latip congue; and that nothing might be wanting to place these rivals on an equal footing of dignity, the latter effusion is dated from the Royal College of the Catholics at Maynooth" er regio catholicorum collegio Manutiano"-as the former was from the palace of the Propaganda—"ex Ædibus de Propaganda fide." There can be no doubt but this correspondence with Rome is illegal, and we cannot but remark how vastly the zeal of the Papists outstrips their pru. dence ; first, in making public these unlawful dealings with the Papal see, aod next in printing such vile documents as must destroy the reputation of modern Rome and Popish Ireland for scholarship. Quarantotti's letter is a poor production, but, at the same time, it certainly does not pretend to much in point of composition; whereas the congratulatory epistle gasps after something grand from beginning to end. It puffs, and strains, and rumbles like the mountain in labour when it brought forth a mouse. It not only congratulates the l'ope, but panegyrizes his Holiness, extols the college of cardinals and the bishops of Italy, calls upon the asbes of the martyrs to rejoice, apostrophizes Peter and Paul, and pays many fine coinpliments to happy Britain, although dissentient from the Romish faith ;-it then reverts, in conclusion, to the Pope, and ends with

Vol. III. (Prot. Adv. Oct. 1814.] B.

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