The Spirit of Rome

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By U. SMITH.

IT is the principle, the profession, and the boast of the Romish Church to be intolerant. They hesitate not to let it be openly known that had they the power, they would bring all people to a. conformity with their worship, suppressing all dissenters by every available means. What deeds of violence and oppression may be still practiced in the secret recesses of her massive structures, are carefully kept from an indifferent community; and a careless law does not stop to investigate. But specimens of intolerance are frequently coming to light, showing the spirit and designs of this antichristian system, as is, in the following incident, plainly revealed.

Two gentlemen in West Chester, near Philadelphia, Pa., U. S. A., have been sending their children to the public schools in opposition to the demand of the priests that they should attend the parochial schools only. These gentlemen are Mr. Bowen, assistant manager of the West Chester Gas Company, and Mr. Maguire, one of the editors of the Daily News. The former sends his son to the high school, and the latter has a son attending the State normal school of that place. They were warned by Father Spaulding some weeks ago to take their sons from the public schools, and- send them to the parochial schools, under penalty of the ecclesiastical punishment of excommunication if they refused. They did refuse, and wrote to Archbishop Ryan, asking if Father Spaulding had power to carry out his threat. The Archbishop replied that “the head of the church there could do as he thought proper.” Accordingly, Father Spaulding publicly announced from the altar of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, that “Wm. S. Bowen and Philip Maguire would hereafter be forbidden a seat in the church, and that they would be refused the sacraments, living or dead.”

It is greatly to be desired that such proceedings may tend to open the eyes of these gentlemen, and multitudes of others, to the tyrannical character and absurd pretensions of that church, which, not content to hold men in her iron grasp merely while living, claims even to have power over them after they are dead. And if they will come to realize how utterly blank and harmless are all her anathemas, so far as a person’s relations to God are concerned, and turn to a better way of trying to serve the Lord, it will be well.

The programme of the Jesuits is so plain that none need fail to see through it. Their aim is to break down the public system of education, and throw the whole matter of education into the hands of the priests, so that they can mould the children as they will. To do this they cry out against the “godless education” of the public schools. Then, they join hands with infidels, to drive the Bible from these schools, that they may have the better ground to call them ” godless.” Then they found parochial schools, and compel their people, on this ground, to support and attend them. Then they demand a share of the public money for the support of these schools, which are not really schools for the promulgation of true intelligence and culture, but simply drilling places to bind the minds of the young in superstition, and promote the interests of the papacy. If the State money, the great proportion of which is contributed by Protestants, they constituting most of the tax-payers, can be diverted to advancing the interests of their bitterest enemy, and the great source of civil and religious tyranny, would it not be a master stroke of policy?

Commenting on these facts, the Christian Statesman of May 17, 1888, says.

“These are well-planned successive steps toward the subjugation of the United States under the Roman pontiff. Americans will be wise if they resist them in season.”

These words are a little surprising, coming, as they do, from that party which has counseled the making of repeated advances and overtures to Roman Catholics, even in the face of continual rebuffs, to secure their co-operation in the subversion of religious liberty in this country—a party which would be willing, apparently, to kiss anyone one the pope’s toes to gain his aid in carrying out their Sunday scheme. It is certainly a more hopeful sign of the times, when such infatuated zealots as the National Reformers begin to raise a cry of alarm over the transparently evil machinations and encroachments of the papacy.

By U. SMITH.

IT is the principle, the profession, and the boast of the Romish Church to be intolerant. They hesitate not to let it be openly known that had they the power, they would bring all people to a. conformity with their worship, suppressing all dissenters by every available means. What deeds of violence and oppression may be still practiced in the secret recesses of her massive structures, are carefully kept from an indifferent community; and a careless law does not stop to investigate. But specimens of intolerance are frequently coming to light, showing the spirit and designs of this antichristian system, as is, in the following incident, plainly revealed.

Two gentlemen in West Chester, near Philadelphia, Pa., U. S. A., have been sending their children to the public schools in opposition to the demand of the priests that they should attend the parochial schools only. These gentlemen are Mr. Bowen, assistant manager of the West Chester Gas Company, and Mr. Maguire, one of the editors of the Daily News. The former sends his son to the high school, and the latter has a son attending the State normal school of that place. They were warned by Father Spaulding some weeks ago to take their sons from the public schools, and- send them to the parochial schools, under penalty of the ecclesiastical punishment of excommunication if they refused. They did refuse, and wrote to Archbishop Ryan, asking if Father Spaulding had power to carry out his threat. The Archbishop replied that “the head of the church there could do as he thought proper.” Accordingly, Father Spaulding publicly announced from the altar of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, that “Wm. S. Bowen and Philip Maguire would hereafter be forbidden a seat in the church, and that they would be refused the sacraments, living or dead.”

It is greatly to be desired that such proceedings may tend to open the eyes of these gentlemen, and multitudes of others, to the tyrannical character and absurd pretensions of that church, which, not content to hold men in her iron grasp merely while living, claims even to have power over them after they are dead. And if they will come to realize how utterly blank and harmless are all her anathemas, so far as a person’s relations to God are concerned, and turn to a better way of trying to serve the Lord, it will be well.

The programme of the Jesuits is so plain that none need fail to see through it. Their aim is to break down the public system of education, and throw the whole matter of education into the hands of the priests, so that they can mould the children as they will. To do this they cry out against the “godless education” of the public schools. Then, they join hands with infidels, to drive the Bible from these schools, that they may have the better ground to call them ” godless.” Then they found parochial schools, and compel their people, on this ground, to support and attend them. Then they demand a share of the public money for the support of these schools, which are not really schools for the promulgation of true intelligence and culture, but simply drilling places to bind the minds of the young in superstition, and promote the interests of the papacy. If the State money, the great proportion of which is contributed by Protestants, they constituting most of the tax-payers, can be diverted to advancing the interests of their bitterest enemy, and the great source of civil and religious tyranny, would it not be a master stroke of policy?

Commenting on these facts, the Christian Statesman of May 17, 1888, says.

“These are well-planned successive steps toward the subjugation of the United States under the Roman pontiff. Americans will be wise if they resist them in season.”

These words are a little surprising, coming, as they do, from that party which has counseled the making of repeated advances and overtures to Roman Catholics, even in the face of continual rebuffs, to secure their co-operation in the subversion of religious liberty in this country—a party which would be willing, apparently, to kiss anyone one the pope’s toes to gain his aid in carrying out their Sunday scheme. It is certainly a more hopeful sign of the times, when such infatuated zealots as the National Reformers begin to raise a cry of alarm over the transparently evil machinations and encroachments of the papacy.

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