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the soul in darkness and misery, when death comes upon those who imbibe such views.
May you, dear reader, be led to Christ, and find in Him a. Saviour able to deliver from the curse.
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIRECTORY FOR 1883. ACCORDING to this Directory, which is "published by theauthority of the Cardinal-Archbishop and the Catholic) Bishops of England," the total of clergy of that religion in England and Wales amounts to 2,112 priests and 17 bishops, who serve 1,188churches, chapels, and missionary stations. Besides these, in Scotland there are six bishops and 306 priests, whose ministrations are distributed over 295 chapels. For England and Wales there is one archbishop, with 14 suffragans and two auxiliary bishops, and two archbishops for Scotland with four suffragans. These numbers are about double those which figured in the same Directory a little before the constitution of the hierarchy in 1850. There are 29 Roman Catholic peers who have seats in the House of Lords; there are four Roman Catholic Privy Councillors ; there are 47 Roman Catholic baronets, the premier being the “infant” Sir Henry Alfred Doughty Tichborne, and the last in rank Sir Maurice O'Connell. The Sacred College of Cardinals, when complete, consists of 70 members ; but some few "hats” are generally kept vacant. At present the college consists of six cardinal bishops, 46 cardinal priests (among whom stand the names of Cardinals Manning, Howard, and M'Cabe), and 13 cardinal deacons, eighth among whom is Dr. John Henry Newman. There are five vacancies, therefore, at the disposal of Pope Leo XIII., during whose Pontificate no less than 22 cardinals have already died. The Directory gives also, from official sources at Rome, a complete list of all the patriarchal, archiepiscopal, and episcopal sees, and “apostolical delegacies, vicariates, and prefectures,” in Europe, Asia, Africa, America, Australia, and the Islands of “Oceanica."
[We give the above items in order that our readers may see the strides Popery is making, and we add the following to show how politicians pander to our foe.]
ENGLAND AND THE POPE.
Rome, December 31st, 1882. THE Voce, remarking upon the recent negotiations in respect to an English Resident at the Vatican, says that England has not hesitated during the whole of the past year to have recourse
to the Holy Father respecting the vital questions threatening her—sometimes indirectly, sometimes quasi-officially.
The Opinione, commenting upon the increasing influence of the Pontiff, says—"The late Pope fulminated his excommunications, but he was isolated in the world. The present Pontiff, acting with greater calmness, serenity, and flexibility, succeeds in cementing intimate relations with all the States, excepting Italy—of which country he complains with pertinacious constancy. Prince Bismarck no sooner found that even he was unable to stand the cross fire of the Socialists on one side, and the Clericals on the other, than he bethought him of establishing, as far as possible, an accord with the Curia. The French President and his Government study to live in cordial peace with the Papacy. Even Russia bends to negotiate, if not to establish an accord ; and Protestant England, under the auspices of Mr. Gladstone, the author of the famous pamphlet on Vaticanism, has sent a representative to the Pope. These facts clearly reveal the increasing influence of the new Pontiff in the affairs of the world. He has not shut himself up in solitude, like Pius IX., but has thrown his net into the troubled waters of modern society to fish for souls, and the Governments for other reasons second him. To gain this end, the new Pontiff has displayed great mildness and temperance. He presents himself as a messenger of peace, moderating exigencies, and keeping in the background his political pretensions, which he asserts only towards Italy. Herein lies the new danger, which can only be met by vying with him in moderation and finesse.” The Opinione concludes by exhorting “the generous youth who shout from the Universities against this or that injury inflicted upon us, and the tribunes who drape themselves with patriotism, and hurl their invectives at this or the other head of foreign and friendly Governments, to think that perchance the Vatican may rejoice, and that their exhibitions of fury may form part in the calculations and combinations of our adversaries."
THE PUSEY MEMORIAL. We now give a few extracts to show what is being done by traitors to the Protestant cause in the Church of England, for the assimilating her to the Church of Rome.
A correspondent of a local paper writes as follows :
“ Well'may the poor old Church of England write “Ichabod,' when this is the man she delights to honour-one who has damaged her, perhaps, as much as ever Laud, or any other of her false sons—by subscribing thousands of pounds to perpetuate his memory."
“ The estimate of the life work of the late Dr. Pusey formed by the Ultramontane Universe is very remarkable. • After having,' it writes, “indirectly led hundreds in the direction which (persistently followed) must end, at least with honest minds, in the Catholic Church, and after a labour of more than forty years, sapping every foundation of the Established Church, Dr. Pusey has remained to the last in communion with that body which, in the judgment of all, excepting a small knot of unreasoning admirers, he spent a long lifetime in endeavouring to destroy.'
“A similar opinion of Dr. Pusey's work was formed thirty-two years since by the late Bishop Wilberforce, who, writing to Dr. Pusey himself, under date November 2nd, 1850, declared, 'I firmly believe the influence of your personal ministry does more than the labours of an open enemy to wean from the pure faith and simple ritual of our Church the affections of many amongst her children.' On the 30th of the same month the Bishop wrote again to Dr. Pusey, You seem to me to be habitually assuming the place and doing the work of a Roman confessor, and not that of an English clergyman.' Even the bosom friend of the late Professor of Hebrew, Mr. Keble, stated in a letter written to Bishop Wilberforce on the 11th March, 1851, that 'a larger number, possibly, has seceded to Rome from under his (Dr. Pusey's) special teaching than from that of any other individual amongst us.'
PROPOSED TESTIMONIAL TO MR. MACKONOCHIE,
THE NOTED RITUALIST. LORD EDWARD CHURCHILL presided recently at a meeting of the friends of Mr. Mackonochie, in London, the object being to promote a testimonial to him. The chairman said he had received promises of support from many desirous of taking action in recognition of the twenty years' services of Mr. Mackonochie in the parish of St. Albans, Holborn. It was agreed that a testimonial should be presented, and a committee was formed to further the object.
[We should like to see all true Protestants bound together in solemn and firm determination to oppose every Parliamentary representative who gives his support to any Government, of whatever shade in politics, that fosters either Romanism or Ritualism. May the Lord help us to stand firm against the hateful confederacy.]
A CHRISTIAN red with passion, pale with anger, furious with rage, is a most unseemly spectacle.
LETTERS FOR THE YOUNG.–No. XXXIII.
TO MR. JAMES SHORTER. DEAR AND BELOVED SIR, I hope you will excuse the liberty I have taken in writing you. I have had it upon my mind for some time.
It is my happy lot to be born of believing parents, but I only see them for a short time on Sundays. Conscience sometimes seems to say, they ought to be my chief advisers. It is not from want of duty or affection to them, but there seems sometimes a barrier in the way. I write these few lines to ask you a little advice and direction.
One thing that perplexes me is, the fear that I have not passed the fiery law of Mount Sinai; for, when I hear the children of God speak, or read their experience, they generally mention this as the first thing It was rather discouraging to me last Sunday evening, when you spoke of the first affliction the child of God had. You mentioned that God brought to you John iii. 5. From this I seemed to be excluded, for never have I felt that depth of soul trouble, as if hell would swallow me up, or that every
moment would be my last. I know these things have been experienced by some of the Lord's family. I remember, when about seven years of age or younger, I used to have thoughts about eternal things, read prayers out of a small book, and wished I might go to heaven, and felt I should like to speak to the minister I used then to hear. I was sent, when about ten years old, to boarding school, and was then rather tender; but, alas ! when I had been there some time, I could read story-books and paint pictures on a Sunday as much as any boy there.
In your discourse last Sunday you spoke my feelings when you said—“If you were to hear them before God in prayer, you would hear some strange things, I assure you, such as, Lord, what a fool I am!'» This I have often felt and said. If I am one of the Lord's, never was there a more careless, cold, and half-hearted creature. I feel far off from God, and my mind grovels so much with the things of this world. I feel so often as Mr. Hart says
“ To do what's right unable quite,
And almost as unwilling;” and
“I can feel no love to God,
Hardly have a good desire.” I often mourn my hardness, and I cannot do that as I wish. But perhaps you may say, "When did these things begin?" I really cannot tell. There was a time when I did not have such thoughts, I know, and that I have them now I know, but when they began I cannot tell.
About a year and a half ago, one night, when I was going to bed, I begged that the Lord would show me a token for good ; and, after I arose from my knees, these words came,
“ Fear not: I am with thee.” “Oh," I thought, “is there no other promise but that ?" and I thought but little about it. But, about a fortnight afterwards, I heard you say, “Has not the Lord sometimes, in these fears, brought home such passages as these to you—*Fear not: I am with thee;'or, ‘Fear not, thou worm'?”. This greatly revived and cheered me, and I thought more of that passage of Scripture, and had a hope it was from the Lord. I am sure it is the truth you set forth—that it is none but God can satisfy one of his safety in Christ. Then you will say, it is useless for me to ask your opinion and advice. This I know, but the Lord sometimes condescends to bless conversation and letters, as well as the preached Word. I have often had texts of Scripture drop into my mind, but then the query is, “ Are they from the Lord ?" If I thought they were, I should be more contented, for no doubt Satan can bring Scripture into the mind as well as other thoughts. Some time ago, some awful blasphemies darted into my mind. The first gave me quite a shock. Had my mouth uttered it, or had it proceeded from my own mind, I felt I must have sunk for ever. They were indeed masterpieces of Satan. I hope they came from him, and not from my own heart. I cried often to God to remove these thoughts; and, through mercy, I have not had them for a long time. These things would make some tremble ; but how little trembling did I experience ! Certainly, I did call upon God, but so faintly. It appeared to me that Satan had injected the blasphemous darts, and hardened my heart too; or perhaps I err in laying the
latter to Satan. I am a puzzle to myself. The Lord, in His providence, has removed your Church further away from me. I hope it will not prevent me hearing you.
About last March I heard two or three different ministers. I felt very unsettled in my mind, and reaped no profit. I thought it would be right to attend one place, and so made up my mind to hear you always. I begged of the Lord that, if He approved thereof, He would show me a token the next Sunday, by causing me to hear with comfort and profit. Your text was, “ My son, give Me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe My ways.”. I came away comforted, and thought it was all right. A few weeks after, I tried “the fleece onco more, and asked the Lord that I might hear the Word again with profit, if I was right in attending your ministry. That Sunday you preached from, " Fear not ye : I know that ye seek Jesus that was crucified.”