Remains Literary and Theological; Essays, Speeches, Sermons, Etc

Remains Literary and Theological; Essays, Speeches, Sermons, Etc

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...priest ought to possess the power of condemning a person to death at his pleasure by denouncing him at the altar, and I quite agree with the Right Rev. Prelate (the Bishop of Derry), who addressed us with so much energy last night, that the system on which the Roman Catholic priesthood live in Ireland is not really a voluntary system but entirely the reverse. They levy the means of their subsistence by a kind of spiritual distraint, which is quite as effectual as any VOL. III. R legal process would be, but is attended, I believe, with most mischievous and calamitous consequences. But that is a peculiarity of Ireland, which is in so many respects an exceptional country, and it has been found side by side with another exceptional phenomenon, which is the Established Church of Ireland; and I must say when I see these two singular phenomena in such close juxtaposition, I cannot think it an unfair or unreasonable conclusion to draw that they stand to one another in the relation of cause and effect. I really think it hardly admits of a doubt that this pernicious system has been the result of that false Protestant ascendancy which it is the object of the Bill now before your Lordships to abolish; and I think there is room for hope that the effect may not very long survive the extinction of the cause, and that before long the time may come when the Irish peasant will recover or gain his rightful freedom of thought and action; that he will become accessible to the pure light of the Gospel; that he will be able, without danger of insult or outrage, to avow and act upon his convictions; and that then it may turn out that the Irish Protestant Church may find itself, for the first time, standing on a really broad and firm basis of popular sympathy and...
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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 322g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236624513
  • 9781236624512