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The second Luther..--Some time since, our readers were informed that a German Priest had attacked the corruptions and impostures of the Pope's religion. He was excommunicated by the ecclesiastical authorities: but unintimidated by this, he proceeded to deal out still heavier blows. The public sympathize with him; and his doctrines are rapidly spreading anong the people. The Prussian correspond. erit of the Boston Recorder thus writes: “Even in the Roman Church a stórm has broken forth, in which we may, perhaps, see large prepare ations for the eventful future. Have you heard of the demand of the Priest Johannes Ronge, in Silesia? Do
you know what he insists on? A German Catholic Church, without celibacy, without a l'ope, without confession, without relic worship &c. [But this is a Protestant Church.] Already in Silesia and Posen, two of the Eastern propinces of Prussia, numerous congregations have formed themselves into separate assemblies, and have virtually founded the German Catholic Church."
They have adopted a Confession of faith which maintains---full liberty of conscience; that the Bible is the alone basis of faith; the right of free investigation and interpretation; only two sacraments, bap. tisni and the Lord's Supper; Jesus Christ as the alone Mediator, rejecting the adoration of images, saints &c.; good works valuable only as they are an emanation of christian sentinrent, rejecting all commands of fasting &c.—These are the truths and blessings for which Luther contended.
The Repeal movement in Ireland is represented as in its last a gonies. The letter of the Pope has done the business for it. Before the ghostly pliantom, O'Connell is powerless. What will our Ainerican Catholics who sent their money to Ireland to speed the cause of Repeal, say now? The Pope has decided against them. If O'Connel is the Apostle of liberty, what is the Pope?
“It seems that the year 1844 has been a great rum and wine year in Boston---the trade in spite of the temperance effort having greatly increased. More than eleven hundred thousand gallons of rum, and over one million gallons of wine, have been imported into Boston dur. ing the past year, with some eighty thousand gallons of brandy, gin, and whiskey to match. During the same period, “more than six hundred thousand gallons of New England rum, of Boston manufacture, have been shipped by her merchants, “gentlemen of property and standing," 10 foreign ports principally to heathen lands, 10 say nothing of the millions and millions of gallons of this liquid fire, that have been trucked into the country, and have flowed coastwise, along on our Atlantic frontier in every direction from the Boston distilleries."
The excitement in Switzerland on the question of expelling the Jesuits continues. Mass meetings of the people have been held in ya. rious places, at some of which as many as 25,000 atiended. Switzerland was the Aeld of Zwingle's and Calvin's labors, and still retains much of the republican spirit, derived from these Reformiers. Under the monarchs of Europe who derived their "legitimate" sovereignty from Popes, these mass meetings would have been put down by the bavonet
The Jesuits having wormed themselves into power, and obtained the control of education, of the councils of kings &c. had become in. tolerable to mankind. During ihe last century the order was suppressed by all the principal governments in Europe. After the French Revolution, and the trouble uonaparie gave them, the “legitimate Soverrigns” fornied an alliance to prevent future insurrectionary movements among the people, and invoked the aid of the Pope. The Je-uits were restored. The wound which the "ceast” received from the sword of the Spirii, in the bands of Luther and the Reformers, began 10 heal. Hence, the late revival of lopery---its fresh hope of regaining the ground it had lost. Hence also these new struggles between the friends of freedom---freedom of conscience, thoughi, inter.. pretation &c. and the ghostly supporters of the superstition and tyranny of the Dark Ages. • - Fearing the consequences, it is said that the General of the Jesuits at Rome, has resolved to suppress the Jesuits' College in Switzerland.
It is stated that her Eritish Majesty's minister, Sir Robert Peel, has announced his determination to bring forward a measure for removing the civil disabilities of the Jews. Shame on that semi-Protestant goverminent, that these disabilities have been permitted to remain till this time.
CONCLUSION. The present No. concludes the second volume of the Evangelical Guardian, Having concluded to continue our labors in this departmenit at least for another year, we shall do what we can to render the work of service to the cause of the Redeemer. To those who have furnished us with communications, and used endeavors to extend our subscription list, we return our thanks, and hope for the continu ance of their favors. The first No of the third volume will be issued some earlier than the usual time of publication. The title as printed on our cover will hereafter be “The Evangelical Guardian."
CONTENTS FOR VOL. XV.
245, 339||Obituary, 163, 227, 268, 451, 457
444 456, 508, 540,
529|To emigrants of the A. R. Church
502 The Philadelphia Riots, 127, 135
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Ecclesiastica, 161, 193, 241, 330 o John Hughes, &c. 173, 214
Wreck of the Lucy Walker, 327
94, 290, 365 Editorial, 39, 93, 138, 191, 239
21, 113, 209 286, 334, 376, 427, 478, 524