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We have reason to believe that it is the intention of the Bishop of London to recommend the clergy of his diocese to devote a portion of the collections made at the offertory on Good Friday, March 25, in all churches where the holy sacrament of the Lord's Supper is administered, in aid of the fund for the endowment of the new colonial bishoprics. The collects for the day suggest strong and powerful motives for the exercise of Christian liberality towards such an object.
country possesses, by the bounty of divine
T. Hereford. C. Winton.
J. Lichfield. C. Bangor.
C. St. David's. G. Rochester.
P. N. Chichester. E. Llandaff.
R. Derry & Raphoe. J. H. Gloucester & T. V. Sodor & Man.
Bristol. We, the undersigned, desire to express our concurrence in the foregoing declaration. E. Ebor.
C. Kildare. Rd, Dublin.
R. P. Clogher. G. H. Bath & Wells. J. Elphin. W. St. Asaph. R. Ossory & Ferns. J. Lincoln.
James Dromore. H. Carlisle.
R. Down & Conner. J. B. Chester.
S. Cork. R. Oxford.
Edmond Limerick. H. Exeter.
Stephen Cashel. C. T. Ripon.
Ludlow, Killaloe & G. Peterborough.
Clonfert. H. Worcester. Thomas Tuam. Geo. Kilmore. Charles Meath. Summary of the Colonial Bishoprics' Fund, corrected up to January 1, 1842:
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LAND ON No. 90 OF “TRACTS
Dublin, Feb. 8.- The inhabitants of Dungannon and Drumglass have presented an Address to the Lord Primate in reference to Puseyism. It expresses the thankfulness and gratitude of the respectable body by whom the address has been presented to the Lord Primate, for opposing "the novel heresy” of Puseyism.
The Lord Primate, in his reply, gives the following reasons for opposing Puseyism. Referring to the 90th number of “ The Tracts for the Times," his Grace says
" The error of this tract, as I conceive, consists in attributing to our Articles an ambiguity of meaning, or a want of precision, which would tolerate opinions the most adverse to that very faith which those Articles were intended to support. Now, in my judgment, ambiguity of expression, so as to include opposite opinions, is truly attributable to the decrees of the Council of Trent, and not to the Thirty-nine Articles, which have been hitherto thought, by all who subscribed them, plain and explicit on the points of controversy between us and the Church of Rome. Those decrees, I should say, have been framed with so much caution and reserve as not openly and in so many words to sanction and approve the abuses which, if openly avowed, would have revolted intelligent Romanists, but yet with so little ingenuousness as not in direct terms to disavow and condemn them. The abuses have, in consequence, been clung to in all Romish authoritative teaching and practice, and they still form the characteristic feature of the ordinary Romish creed.
“ It is against these abuses that our Articles were mainly directed. Under the Tridentine decrees, their language is perspicuous and without reserve, and they hai ever, till of late, been accepted in their plain and grammatical sense, as an honest and unsophisticated protest on the part of the Anglo-Catholic Church. On
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the other side, the Council of Trent inter- plain renunciation of their errors on the posed the shield of its decrees in defence of part of the Church of Rome. the current opinions of their Church, not There is, and ever has been, as there daring in so many words to adopt them, was at Trent, an attempt to soften down but yet establishing abstract principles, and disguise the real character of their docand using general terms, under cover of trines and practice, which, whenever it has which these abuses have been perpetuated been met in the spirit of Christian candour, to this day.
has led to disappointment, by discovering “ What, then, I think to be complained the real nature of their claims. The proud of as objectionable and of dangerous ten- pretensions of the Bishop of Rome, not dency in the last number of the Tracts is merely to a primacy of order, but to a unithis-that out of a spurious charity and ill- versal supremacy, and the claim of infallidirected zeal to widen the terms of our bility for the Church of his communion, is communion, an attempt has been made in alone a bar to a reconcilement of our differit to reconcile the plain language and speci
This is at the bottom of their fic object of our Articles with the general claims, and also of their worst corruptions; and ambiguous principles laid down in the for this it is true, they plead a remote antidecrees of the Council of Trent, from which quity, and no doubt the seeds of Romish the corruptions in faith and practice in the error were early deposited in the rank soil Romish Church have arisen, and under of man's heart, and fostered by favourable colour of which they still prevail. I there- times and circumstances. On this plea fore feel obliged to join in the censure they would clothe their practices with the formally expressed by the heads of the venerable dress of antiquity, whilst they Oxford Colleges, and by the Bishop of the ascribe to our Church a recent origin. But diocese, that the view taken in Tract No. our Reformation was no fond or novel 90, and the mode of interpretation sug- thing, as they would hold out ; it was in gested, are evasive rather than explanatory, fact, and so it professed to be, a return to and tend to reconcile subscription with a scriptural creed and primitive practice, the adoption of errors, which the Articles far more ancient than the corruptions inwere obviously designed to counteract. troduced by the Church of Rome. On
“ The attempt to accommodate our arti- these grounds has our Church been ever cles and formularies to those decrees to vindicated by our great authorities, and which they have hitherto been considered this is the liberty from Romish usurpation, most adverse, and into accordance with whether disguised or openly professed, which they cannot be brought, without an wherewith Christ has made us free. extreme ingenuity, or, to speak more Scripture and primitive antiquity are the plainly, a perverseness of interpretation, charter by which we hold our rights, and is, in my eyes, as well as in those of the until these are acknowledged, reconciliainstructors of our English academic youth, tion with Rome is to be despaired of." of dangerous tendency, and likely to disturb the peace and tranquillity of the Church. To describe the language of the
There is a society of Jews in London articles as so pliant as to be capable of
who have founded a synagogue, and who being honestly subscribed by members of have declared that they no longer look the Romish communion, or by those who upon the Talmud as an inspired book, and are desirous of joining it, is to destroy their that they believe in the Old Testament as value as a standard of our Church's faith,
the book which came from God. The conagreed upon for the avoiding of diversities sequence has been, that the chief Rabbi, of opinion.
Dr. Flerschell, has published an edict, de" Reconciliation with our brethren nouncing these Jews as having no lot or of the Church of Rome, and indeed portion in Israel ; and commanding that no with all who dissent from us, is an
orthodox Jew should have any coinmunicaobject to be sought after with prayers,
tion with them. A synagogue at Portsand supplications, and strenuous endea
mouth has declined reading it publicly. vours ; but the faithful keeping, through
This will lead to strife among the Jews, evil report and good report, of the sacred and end in an enquiry whether the Talmud deposit of truth committed to our hands, is
is from God. a still higher and more sacred duty; and it The King of Prussia.-His Majesty, it is is my conviction that though we might, by said, is desirous that two of the most distinaccommodating our principles and language guished among his clergy should receive in to Romish claims and corruptions, bring this try consecration to the office of Biabout a hollow truce, we should not effect shop. Dr. Neander, of Berlin, is mentioned an honest and safe comprehension. I con- as one of the proposed Prelates, and certainly fess I can discover no marks of a frank and no man could be mentioned, more fitted by his talents and extensive usefulness to occupy so distinguished a station. Dr. N. was born at Göttingen in 1789. His parents were of the Jewish persuasion, but he embraced Christianity at an early age, and has ever since defended and illustrated it by his numerous and learned writings. His reply to Strauss is one of the best that bave appeared in the voluminous controversy occasioned by the work of that learned infidel. He is now professor of Theology in the University of Berlin, where his eminent talents are most advantageously employed.---Orford Paper.
Destruction of Oakhampton Church by fire. - This ancient and venerable fabric was all but totally destroyed on Sunday, the 13th of February. The fire is attributed to a stove which had lately been erected, the flue of which passed under and near the organ gallery. Only the bare walls and the tower remain.
The Rev. Mr. Langley, clergyman of St. Mary's, Wallingford,' to show his loyalty, on Tuesday, the 25th ult., had a
public christening free of fees. There were 56 admitted into the Church-five adults, and several families of five and six. The sight was very imposing, and extraordinary that so many should have neglected it so long.
Bishop of Jerusalem.-- Berlin, Feb. 6.--The protest of the Porte against the installation of Bishop Alexander of Jerusalem, which was caused by French intrigue, has been withdrawn in consequence of the united representations of the Prussian and British Cabinets, through Lord Aberdeen, who signified to the Porte, in the course of last month, that it was not the intention of the British government that the Bishop of Jerusalem should enjoy greater privileges than any other subject of the Queen of Great Britain. Thus the distrust which was raised in the Sultan's mind by the remonstrances of the Roman Catholic Powers has been removed, and the changes, of which the Bishop's appointment is but the commencement, may proceed.
IRELAND. THE VERY REV. JAMES THOMAS Cork; from whence in the month in which
O'BRIEN, D.D., Dean of Cork, and we write, this eminent theologian has been Archbishop King's Lecturer in Divinity called to preside over the united Dioceses in the University of Dublin, to the Bis- of Ossory, Ferns, and Leighlin : a see hopric of Ossory, Ferns, and Leighlin. whose jurisdiction extends through the
Counties of Kilkenny, Wexford, and CarDr. O'Brien obtained a scholarship in low, and parts of King's County, Queen's Trinity College, Dublin, in 1812, and a County and Wicklow : and in which the gold medal in 1815. In 1819, he obtained Diocesan has the patronage of upwards of Madden's prize at the fellowship examina- 100 benefices. tion; and 'in 1820, he obtained a fellow- In 1833 Dr. O'Brien published his great ship after very distinguished answering. work, An attempt to explain and establish In 1828, he was appointed one of the six the doctrine of Justification by Faith only, in University Preachers ; and in the two Ten Sermons on the nature and effects of ensuing years he deliyered his memorable Faith. To present a notice of this imporcourse of sermons on Justification by Faith. tant volume, would far exceed the limits of In 1833 he was appointed to the important these remarks. It must suffice to observe, office of Archbishop King's Lecturer in that it has been considered by competent Divinity; the duties of which he has, till the judges, to be the principal work that has present time, discharged with singular fide- appeared on the subject since the Reformality and ability: the subjects of his Lec- tion. It is to be regretted that this book tures have been, The Evidences of Religion, is little known in England, except through with a special reference to sceptical and infi- the medium of Reviews ; as the publicadel attempts to invalidate them, and the Soci- tion of a second edition, has, for several rian controversy. In 1836, he resigned his years been prevented by Dr. O'Brien's fellowship, and was appointed to the living constant parish engagements, and by a of Clondehorka, not far from Horn Head severe illness from which he suffered for in the extreme north-west point of Ireland; more than a year. Dr. O'Brien has also whence he was translated to the important published two sermons on Heb. iv. 15, in living of Arboe in the County of Tyrone in refutation of the Irvingite heresy, portions 1837. In November 1841, he was pre- of which, have, we believe, been proferred by the crown, to the Deanery of nounced by no less an authority than Dr.
Chalmers, to be worthy of Bishop Butler. This work, also, is not to be procured at this time. Dr. O'Brien's only remaining avowed publication is an Introductory Divinity Leclure, (Longman 1838). It is very able, and presents much of interest on a subject which has recently attracted some attention; the best University preparation of Students in Divinity, for the Ministry. We may, perhaps, mention here, without impropriety, that the learned and weighty series of reviews which appeared in the Dublin Christian Examiner, in 1827, on a controversy in the sister island, between the late Bishop Jebb and Mr. Alexander Knox, and the late Dean Graves, on the authority of the Homilies of the Church of England, are generally understood to have emanated from Dr. O'Brien's pen. At this moment, A course of Sermons on Tradition, which had been delivered by the Bishop before the University of Dublin, is advertised by Messrs. Seeley and Burnside, as passing through the press.
We sincerely thank Him who has the hearts of statesmen in His hand, that He has inclined our Government, to place a man of such weight of judgment, piety, and learning, in a post of commanding influence in the Church : an appointment which has been hailed with heartfelt approbation and gratitude, we understand without a dissentient voice, in Ireland.
TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN.
The Spring Commencements were held on Tuesday, the 8th of February, the Rt. Hon. John Ratcliffe, LL.D., presiding as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, the following degrees were conferred :BACHELORS AND DOCTORS IN DIVINITY. Rev. Thomas Drew, Rev. James Collins.
BACHELOR OF DIVINITY, Rev. John Scott.
DOCTOR OF DIVINITY, Rev. Wm. Le Poer Trench. BACHELORS AND DOCTORS IN LAWS. Rev. G. M. D'Arcy Irvine, Rev. Andrew Todd Gillmore, Wm. St. Leger Babington, Rev. Charles Steel (per diploma).
BACHELORS OF LAWS. George Mackay, Thomas Booth, Wm. Torrens M'Cullagh, Hamilton Smythe.
DOCTORS IN MEDICINE. James Johnson, William Barker.
MASTERS OF ARTS. John Grogan, Wm. Chambers, Stephen H. Gainsford, Rev. W. Norton, Sam. E. J. Reid, Rev. R. J. Card, Rev. Elliott E. Carr, Wm. Crozier, John F. Drake, Goodwin R. P. O'Leary, James P. Dodd, Geo. MacCullogh, D. E. Newcombe, C. Maginnis, James Lancaster, B. B. Feltus, P. Walters, J. B. Hearn, Rev. R. Dear, M. O'Brien, Rev. Chas. 0. N. Pratt, A. J. Burr, Rev. H. W. Tibbs, B. Bra bazon, C. E. Dobbs, W. M. Woodroffe, J. Greer, R. Chute, D. Cameron, R. Conolly, H. W. Smith, R. Gordon, E. B. Lawless.
BACHELORS OF MEDICINE. G. M. O'Connor, J. W. Strong, W. B. B. Scriven, W. A. Mease, W. Fuller.
On the same day the degree of Bachelor of Arts was conferred upon 2 Fellow Commoners, and 177 Pensioners, and 7 Sizars.
ORDINATIONS. At an Ordination held in the Cathedral, Tuam, on Sunday, Jan. 30, by the Lord Bishop of the diocese, the following gentlemen were admitted into holy orders :
DEACONS. James Ashe, A.B., T.C.D., for the diocese
of Tuam. R. Eaton, A.B., T.C.D., for the Diocese of
Achonry. T. Olpherts, A.B., T.C.D., for the diocese
of Kildare. James Crookshank, A.B., T.C.D., for the
diocese of Derry. Andrew B. Clarke, A.B., T.C.D., for the
diocese of Ferns. R. John Moffett, A.B., T.C.D., for the
archdiocese of Dublin. John G. D. La Touche, A.B., T.C.D., for
the archdiocese of Dublin. F. Cassidy, A.B., T.C.D., for the diocese of Dromore.
PRIESTS. Rev. Wm. Newman, A.B., T.C.D., for the
diocese of Cork. Rev. E. Lowe, A.B., T.C.D., for the dio
cese of Tuam. Rev. A. Hickey, A.B., T.C.D., for the
diocese of Cork. Rev. R. G. Dickson, A.B., T.C.D., for the
Diocese of Derry.
CHURCHMAN'S MONTHLY REVIEW
OF THE APOSTACY PREDICTED BY ST. PAUL. Ву
MORTIMER O'Sullivan, D.D., Rector of Killyman. Parts I. and II. Dublin : Curry. 1841.
The applications of Scripture prophecy to the Church of Rome, which have long been current, and almost unquestioned among Protestants, have of late, as most of our readers are aware, been vigorously assailed by several writers of our own church. From the tone which their followers have latterly assumed, a casual reader might suppose that their triumph was complete, and the controversy settled in their favour. Mr. Burgh led the way in his Lectures on the Advent; and Mr. Maitland continued the attack, by several pamphlets aimed against the mystical interpretation of the 1260 days, which not a few writers, apparently from his arguments, have been induced to abandon. Dr. Todd has outstripped both his predecessors, and in his Lectures on Antichrist discards every first principle received, not merely by Protestants, but by Roman Catholics, and the early writers of the Church. In the four first of those Lectures upon Daniel, the spirit of rash and daring innovation reaches its climax; and never, we think, was a more mischievous pile of mis-statements and false reasonings heaped together on any subject of sacred interpretation. The two other Lectures, on the Man of Sin, and the Apostasy of the Latter Times, if not more solid in reality, have at least more show of