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THBRE is no assertion put forth with greater confidence, and none received perhaps with more blind credulity, than that of the Papists respecting the greater antiquity of their Church in Ireland. ;This eripr ig, greatly calculated to deceive the public mind; and a few words on the subject may not be without, their use at the present season. The Church in Ireland then, as Archbishop. Usher has proved, w;as. «ot originally Roman Catholic. It existed and flourished-many centu- rips befell Popery was known there. "Popery became the Teligion of Ireland in the reign "our second Henry. Me and the arms of England forced it on the acceptance of the Irish. It can be shewn that the Hibernian Church maintained its independence both as to authority and doctrine to a much later period than the Anglican. It can be shown, that for three centuries only did Popery maintain its domination over the former. The Reformation, it is true, so invaluable to England, produced but little influence in Ireland- Its in- troduction was but little calculated to make such influence known. Many of the Popish Bishops and Priests, under pretence of conforming to Protestantism, continued to propagate old errors. Plunder and confiscation were the orders of the day-they were numerous and extensive-and it is upon record that 1480 glebes once belonging to the Church are in the hands of laymen, and 562 impropriate rectories and 118 parishes wholly impropriate, making in all 680 parishes. The amount derived from tithes by laymen is said to be;C300,OOO a year. But our present object was to deny the superior claims of the Romanists to antiquity as a Church in Ireland. We call the attention of our readers to the following facts Before the 12th century the Irish paid to the Pope no Peter's pence, no annates or primitije, nor even tithes. The non-payment of these is in fact admitted in the Pope's grant of Ireland to Henry 2nd, for it is therein stipulated, that the king shall cause these imposts to be levied So late as the year 1134, their independence of the Papal authority is manifest from the writings of St. Bernard, who speaks in terms of great in- dignation against the Hibernian Church, because the Irish Bishops chose to marry, preferring the advice of St. Paul to the dogmas of the Roman Church. The Irish were equally independent of the Roman Church in doctrine. The ancient Irish Church knew nothing of Purgatory. St. Patrick in his work De tribus Habitaculis, which he describes as the first, the lowermost, and the middle. The first, the kingdom of God, the lowermost, Hell, the middle, this present world. They were ignorant of prayers for the dead. Claude, an Irish Theologian, about the year 815, writes "Whilst we are in this world we can assist one another by prayer and counsel, but before the tribunal of Christ neither Job nor Daniel nor Noah can entreat for any one but everyone, must bear his own burden. The Irish Church also received the Sacrament in both kinds. Fursenf, an Irishman who died in the year 648, exhorted the Irish Pastors to strengthen the souls of the faithful with the participation of the body and blood of Christ. Thus the present Church of Ireland is the true representative of the ancient,—and the Papists, the usurpers of its authority, have no more claim to its rights and privileges than the disciples of Mahomet, or the followers of Confucius. We are most unwilling at all times to enter upon subjects purely theological. We consider them unfit, and too sacred for newspaper dis- cussion. Our object in this brief statement has been by the relation of facts to show that the early Irish Church was not Papal-and that the Romanists could and did dissent from her doctrine and discipline.

THE RELIGIOUS PROTEUS.

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GLAMORGANSHIRE CANAL.

BUTE DOCKS, CARDIFF.

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NEATH SHIPPING LIST. CLEAIIED…