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SIR,-In Bishop Milner's Vindication of the End of Religious Controversy, I find the following passage, page 312:"The vicar (Mr. Grier) makes the present Pope's reprobation of mixed marriages between Catholics and Protestants, as an argument against abolishing the s test act."
Now as every good Catholic takes a great interest in every decision which emanates from the head of the church, I should like to be furnished with the document to which Mr. Grier alludes. Can any of your readers supply you with it, that you may present it to the public? Can Dr. Milner, or any of your readers, tell us on what occasion the present Pope has reprobated mixed marriages of Catholics and Protestants ? A document of this nature would be extremely interesting to the Catholics of this kingdom, surrounded as we are by persons
of a different religion, or of no religion, and would give great strength to the exhortations of a Catholic pastor, who wishes to dissuade his flock from such dangerous connections. That
the present pope, like his predecessors, both laments and condemns the evil in question, cannot be doubted—but that any particular occurrence have called for the expression of his private sentiments, is a question, the answer to which, communicated through your valuable Miscellany, would greatly please, among many others, your obedient servant,
To the Editor of the Catholic MISCELLANY.
Sir;—Three years ago the following letter was addressed to the Editor of The Morning Chronicle.
“ $18,~As a considerable bet is depending, perhaps you will be obliging enough to enable me to determine, through the medium of your widely circulated paper, upon competent authority, what is meant hy the King being the Head of THE Church. The issues between me and my opponent are the following:
“Does the Title mean (as from the definite article and elliptical mention it would seem to do) generally, the Church of Christ in England, or only, what is sometimes called the National Church ; by which we both consent to understand the Sect of the Thirty-nine Articles ? Of either, is he the spiritual or the secular head? In either capacity, is his jurisdiction absolute, or limited ? Does that jurisdiction extend to doctrine as well as discipline ? Has he a Council, or none? If he have, who are the members of that Council?' Is he Head of the Church, virtute officii, or constituted so by act of parliament; or from any other, and what authority? " Jan, 10, 1820.
“ A CONSTANT Reader." I know not, Mr. Editor, whether Mr. Perry could distil any answer, but perhaps you could inform me; and by so doing, you would oblige one, who, though he has no considerable bet depending on the question, has the pleasure to be your
CONSTANT READER. P.S. Through the medium of your widely circulated Miscellany, I should be glad to have some account of F. Ignatius Brown, S.J. the ingenious, author of Pax Vobis. I know it was a posthumous work, and that the author had died before the year 1683.
A Sure Way to find out the True Religion, in a Conversa
tion between a Father and his son, by the Rev. T. Baddeley.-Manchester, J. A. Robinson, 1822, price 1s. 6d.
This little work, modestly considered a compilation by the teverend author, in his introduction, cannot fail of producing a good effect among the poor members of the congregation for whose instruction it has been composed ; and we think it eminently calculated to render essential service to the uninstructed of every other congregation, should they have the good fortune to peruse it. The style is clear and perspicuous, and at the same time familiar and easy. The incident facts and anec dotes related, are so interesting, and the calculations adduced are frequently of so novel a nature, and, in fine, the whole manner of treating controversy so removed from the beaten paths of most of our old polemic writers, that it cannot be read without affording both pleasure and instruction. It is divided into six dialogues between a father and his son ; from these we should be happy to quote several passages; but our limits will not allow us to give more than the following extract :“When a Protestant has got a bible, he must be sure that no part
of it was lost, because if any part of it be wanting, then he has got only a part and not all the Word of God. Now I can shew the Protestant that many parts of the bible are wanting. For a learned author proves, that no less than twenty books, are qnite lost! If you doubt what I say, go and look in your bible for one of the following texts, Nom: xxi, 14, It is said in the book of the Wars of the Lord. Where is this book ? Joshua x, 13, Is not this written in the book of Jashar? Now I ask the Protestant, where is this book of Jashar? 1 Saml. x, 25, Then, Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and, laid it up before the Lord. This is lost again. 1 Kings; iv, 32, Solomon spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five. Where are all these proverbs and songs? Again, 1 Chron. xxix, 29, The acts of David first and last, are written in the book of Samuel the Seer, and the book of Nathan the Prophet, and the book of Gad the Seer. Where are the books of these two Prophets ? Again, 2 Chron. ix, 29, Are they not written in the book of Nathan the Prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the Seer? These books are lost. In the xii, 15, Are they not written in the book of Shemeiah the Prophet, and ini Iddo the Seer, concerning genealogies? These are lost. In the 13th chap: 22, His ways and his sayings are written in the story of the Prophet Iddo. This book is lost. In the xx, 34,
They are written in the book of Jehu. And in the xxxiii, 19. They are written among the sayings of the Seers. Lastly, St. Paul wrote three epistles to the Corinthians, and the first is lost. For in that which we call the 1st Cor. v. 9, St. Paul says; I wrote to you an epistle. Where is this cpistle which he wrote to them? Again, St. Paul commands to be read in the church the epistle from Laodicea. And that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.-Colossians, iv, 16. This is lost. And there are also many things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. John xx, 25. St. Justin writing against Tryphon, says, that the Jews did make away many books of the Old Testament, that the New might not seem to agree with it.' Therefore the Protestant has not got the whole of the bible, only a small part of the Word of God. He must know that the bible is inspired, which no Protestant oan do by his own private judgment. For where does the bible inform us that Moses was inspired, when he wrote it? Or that the apostles were inspired when they wrote the gospels? They were by nature men liable to error, and how can a Protestant find out that they were infallible writers ? ' A Protestant must be sure that his bible is not corrupted, but that it is word for word just as it came from the pens of the writers. This he cannot do by his own private judgment. For the bible was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin ; and therefore is not in the same language in which it was written. The bibles that were translated into English by Tindal, Coverdale, and queen Elizabeth's bishops, were so abominably corrupted as to cause a general outcry against them by some of the most learned Protestants, in which king James the first joined. • In Tindal's bible, bishop Tonstal noticed no less than 2000 corruptions in his translation of the New Testament.” Mr. Broughton, a learned Protestant, wrote to the lords of the Council to beg for a new translation ; for,
" that which is now in England is full of errors," and he tells the bishops“ that their public translation of the scriptures into English is such that it perverts the text of the Old Testament in eight hundred and forty-eight places; and that it causes many to reject the New Testament and to run into eternal flames.” Staphylus found in M. Luther's New Testament alone, about one thousand corruptions; and in a petition to king James I, it is asserted, à that the translation of the Psalms comprised in the book of common prayer, dóth in addition, subtraction, and alteration, differ from the truth of the Hebrew, in at least two hundred places," Only look to Psalm 14 as it stands in the book of common prayer, to which the Protestant parsons swear their consent and dssent, then look at the 14th psalm in the Protestant bible: you will find four whole verses in the prayer .book, which are left out of the bible. If these four verses are scriptnre, why are they left out of the bible? and if they are not scripture why do the Protestants mark them down as such in the book of common prayer? The plain truth is, that the Protestant church has corrupted the word of God, by either adding to or else taking away from the words of this Prophecy."
Perhaps there is not a book in the English language which has tended more to mislead and prejudice the lower orders of society, than the acts and monuments of John Fox; it is a work sought after with avidity by sectarians of every denomi
nation, and has been lauded even by dignitaries of the established church. We feel great pleasure, therefore, that our rev. author has noticed this sophistical performance, and that he has clearly demonstrated in many instances the numerous errors and falsities with which it abounds. His history of the martyrs of John Fox for the first six months, we should think sufficient to remove the prejudices of the most begotted sectary; and the story of Grimwood alone when contrasted with the account given by a Protestant author of great celebrity and acknowledged accuracy, ought to consign the work to universal reprobation. The latter account is so curious, and shews to what lengths our adversaries will go, when hurried on by a blind prejudice, that we cannot refrain from inserting it, as copied from Anthony Wood, the author alluded to; it is to be found in his life of H. Morgan, page 592.
“He (John Fox) has committed a most egregious falsity in reporting that one Grimwood, of Higham, in Suffolk, died in a miserable manner for swearing and bearing false witness against one Joh. Cooper, a carpenter, of Watsam, in the same county, for which he lost his life. The miserable denth of the said Grimwood was as I. Fox saith thus, that when he was in his labour staking up a goffe of corn, having his health and fearing no peril, suddenly his bowels fell out of his body and immediately most miserably he died:' Now so it fell out that in the reign of Q. Elizabeth, one Prit became parson of the parish where the said Grimwood dwelt, and preaching against perjury, being not acquainted with his parishioners, cited the said story of Fox, and it happening that Grimwood being then alive, and in the said church, he brought an action upon the case against the parson, but Judge Anderson, who sat at the assizes in the county of Suffolk, did adjudge it not maintainable, because it was not spoken maliciously. Pray see in the abridgment of many cases and resolutions of common law, written by judge Henry Rolls, p. 87, sec. 5, till action surcase;"
It appears from the introduction, that A Sure way to find out the True Religion, &c. was composed and published in consequence of some improper interference of several ministers of different persuasions : these gentlemen must regret their meddling conduct. The work before us is incapable of reply, and will probably give a death-blow to many of the fallacious tracts that have been of late so industriously circulated in the northern counties of the kingdom.