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i THE CHURCH CONTINUITY QUESTION.,

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i THE CHURCH CONTINUITY QUESTION. THE POSITION STILL UXDECIDED. FURTHER LETTER FROM HE ROSS. j To the Editor of the "BABRY DOCK XEWS." SIR,—The violent language of your corre- spondent against Catholics is far more diicreditable to him than to us. When you have no case, abuse the other side is evidently his view. As to our Blessed Lady, the Perfect Son of a Perfect Mother set all Christian children an example of filial piety and obedience. To this St. John Chrysostoni and all other Fathers certify. I dealt with the inquisition in an earlier letter, as you know. W jth regard to St. Bartholomew, your correspondent may be under the impression that the Huguenots were saints they were like other sectaries of their time, causers of rebellions and wars. In the history of the Dominican Order it is stated that in France alono- three thousand ecclesiastics and nine thousand re- ligionists were slain by the Huguenots, and thirty- five converts of that order alone fired by them. They tied priests to crucifixes (Drane), and shot at them as marks, and stuffed the dead bodies with corn and hay, using them as eating troughs for horses, while they. cried "vive 1' Evangile." (Michel Rio.) The Protestant Cobbett tells us that some time before the massacre Coligue and his associates formed a plot toseize or kill the kino-, who only escaped by riding: fourteen bourswithout food. Most certainly the Huguenot atrocities were the real origin of the massacre. Considering that, Catherine de Medici is generally said to have mis- represented it to the Pope as simply a victory over such monsters of cruelty, one is net surprised if His Holiness had a medal struck to commemorate what be believed to be a great deliverance. No Catholic defends the massacre, but as truth is truth," I point out what the Huguenots really were. J lour correspondent, like other Protestants I have met with, continually shifts the question from the real origin of this discussion. The points I took exception to in his first letter were, first, that the original Dissenting bodies were first founded by the emissaries of Rome. This, as I have said, I can leave to Nonconformists. Second, that the Church of England never made a breach in the Catholic body. I have proved over and over again in this correspondence that an ancient rre-Relormation Clinch existed here, having nothing in common with the modern Church o'f England, but forming a part of the Catholic Church, and identical with the Catholic Church in other countries, its headship, priest- hood, and sacrifice, all totally differ- ing from the Church of England. We Catholics guff-red fine, imprisonment, and death for the old faith at the Reformation, and for three more centuries Protestants generally, I believe, profess to revere the memories of Blessed John i isher and Blessed Thomas More. Why did those holy martyrs and their companions die t?r. J V111,1 no breach had been made in the •n i or*? y afc t'^ie Reformation ? It was nob till 1829 that the Catholic Emancipation Bill was passed, and the history of each Nonconformist body will, as I have said before, prove what dissenters bore from the Church of England. A Church cannot be Catholic and Protestant at the same time, and there can be no error in the Catholic Church to protest against, for Christ purchased to Himself a glorious Church, "not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing.1' The Oithodox Greek Church does recognise the orders of the Catholic Church, as the Catholic Church does those of tho Orthodox, whereas what Blessed John Fisher foretold has come upon the Church of England—she has been hissed out of Christendom." Catholics do not recognise her, Nonconiormiets will not own her, she is like the jackdaw who borrowed peacock's feathers her possessions are mainly those of the Catholic Church. She has not been endowed with the gifts- of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost, but with the spoils of the Catholic Church, at the so-called Reforma- tion. The Council of Trent never invented a new IUliristianity, but rc-affirmed the faith once for all delivered to the saints, in face of the innovators of the sixteenth century. That that was the ancient faith of Wales is proved by the presence at the Council and the signature of Thomas Gold well, last Catholic Bi«hop of St. Asaph. As your correspondent has continually twitted me with bringing forward Catholic authorities, or not mentioning the name of every authority, I beg to quote certain remarks on the Church of England from Protectant sources. In last night's South II'ale* Atyos' leading article on The Episcopal Manifesto (of the Protestant Bishops) we find actually the English Church was a branch of the Church of Rome, aud 44 those ancient. gift? were bestowed when its discipline, services, and doctrine were those of Rome, and its over- lord was the Pope. The less, therefore, th08e ancient gifts are dwelt, upon the better for the defenders of the Establishment. Lately the Archdeacon of Manchester preached a sermon in which he said 44 TLe thing to be considered was how they of the Church of England could touch the hearts, elevate, and win the love of those poor folk who crowded outside and not rn-side their churches. Other religious bodies, notably the grand historical Church of Romd, could win the love and admiration of the Why couldn't they? Why was it their Church was not infinitely more beloved by the people than it was ? They were not disliked for their virtues they were disliked for their faults. Were they disliked? Could it possibly be doubted ? Look at the earnest movement towards Disestablishment in Wales, &c. There could be no doubt they were disliked by the majority of their fellow-countryman, and they saw that, to a great extent, the methods by which the Church had endeavoured to win the hearts of the people had failed, and failed miserably. "—I remain Sir faithfully yours, A. E. P. ROSS.

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