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Two Addresses One to the Gentlemen of Whitby and the other, to the Protestant Clergy   By: (1800-1886)

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TWO ADDRESSES:

ONE,

TO THE GENTLEMEN

OF WHITBY,

WHO SIGNED THE REQUISITION, CALLING A MEETING TO ADDRESS THE QUEEN, ON THE LATE (SO CALLED) AGGRESSION OF THE POPE:

AND THE OTHER, TO

THE PROTESTANT CLERGY.

BY

The Catholic Priest of Ugthorp.

"I would you had been there to see How the light blazed up so gloriously."

"And then in naked majesty, With brow serene, and beaming placid light, Came truth."

WHITBY:

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY HORNE AND RICHARDSON: SOLD BY RICHARDSON & SONS, LONDON AND DERBY.

ONE SHILLING.

1851.

DEDICATION.

The following pages are humbly, and gratefully Dedicated, to the Catholic Noblemen and Gentlemen of Yorkshire, by the Catholic Priest at Ugthorp.

NOBLEMEN AND GENTLEMEN,

Many of you, lately appeared boldly, and manfully on the platform at York, in defence of our holy religion. Conscious of the justice and innocence of our cause, you feared neither the sneers, nor the insults, nor the shouts, nor the threats of its enemies, but, like your illustrious ancestors, shewed that you considered your religion, as your best inheritance, and held it more dear than life itself; whilst, on the other hand, like your illustrious ancestors, you shewed that you yielded to none , in your loyal allegiance to your temporal sovereign, and to the state. Now it would be ungrateful, nay even base, in us Catholic clergymen, not to second your manly, and zealous exertions in defence of our ancient, and holy faith. To you, therefore, I most humbly, and gratefully dedicate the following pages. I hope you will find, that I have not advanced in them, anything that is inconsistent with the principles of truth, of justice, and of honour. To have acted otherwise, would, I am sure (for I have the honour to be personally acquainted with most of you), be most insulting to your noble, and liberal feelings, and would only have served, to confirm the hostility of the Protestant, and to loosen the attachment of the Catholic, to that cause, which I had undertaken to defend.

Noblemen, and Gentlemen, when the Catholic looks back on the past , he will learn to hope well of the future . He will observe, that the irritating objections of former times, are now almost shamed out of Parliament, and can hardly support their credit, even among the most suspicious, and least informed Protestants. He will see, that our opponents have uniformly been compelled, to shift their ground from position to position, and after pertinaciously defending each, have ended by abandoning it , and retreating to another . At first, the Catholics were accused of favouring the claims of the Stuarts, but the extinction of that family, has put an end to that charge. We were then told, that the Catholics, could not be bound by oath , though oaths , had been wisely devised as the best safeguards , against their supposed perfidy. Next, the fathers of the great Council of Latern, were marshalled against us; as if men were to be punished at the present day, because Protestants will not understand the regulations of feudal Princes, and feudal Prelates six centuries ago . Afterwards, we were reproached with the deposing powers, and temporal pretensions of the Pope; these were set at rest at that time (and we had hoped for ever ,) by the answers of the foreign Universities. Lastly, came the Coronation Oath, men, however, could not be persuaded that the Sovereign, by promising to maintain the liberties of the Protestant Church, was bound to deprive of their civil rights all those, who might dissent from the spiritual creed of that Church. Each of these arguments in its day, was deemed unanswerable , but each has yielded to discussion . Past advantages, therefore, Noblemen and Gentlemen, are an earnest to the Catholic of future success; and after the hour of the late excitement, about the Pope's temporal and spiritual power, has passed away, I am sure, all sensible, and unbiassed Englishmen will see, that the late hubbub, has been an ignus fatuus of imaginations distorted with fear, and alarm, which had well nigh, misled the whole nation, into a quagmire of inconsistency, illiberality and revolution... Continue reading book >>




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