Letter to Thomas Spring Rice, Esq. M.P. &c: On the Establishment of a Legal Provision for the Irish Poor, and on the Nature and Destination of Church Property

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R. Coyne, 1831 - Church property - 133 pages

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Page 90 - Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
Page 87 - I do the tithe-system, and the whole Church Establishment in Ireland, I am actuated by no dislike to the respectable body of men who, in the midst of fear and hatred, gather its spoils ; on the contrary, I esteem those men, notwithstanding their past and perhaps still existing hostility to the religious and civil rights of their fellow-subjects and countrymen ; I even lament the painful position in which they are placed. What I aspire to is the freedom of the people ; what I most ardently desire...
Page 69 - Charge the rich of this world not to be high-minded, nor to trust in the uncertainty of riches, but in the living God (who giveth us abundantly all things to enjoy...
Page 120 - There are many noble traits in the Irish character, mixed with failings which have always raised obstacles to their own well-being ; but an innate love of justice, and an indomitable hatred of oppression, is like a gem upon the front of our nation which no darkness can obscure. To this fine quality I trace their hatred of tithe — may it be as lasting as their love of justice...
Page 90 - Know you not, that they who work in the holy place, eat the things that are of the holy place ; and they that serve the altar, partake with the altar?
Page 96 - Sic luceat lux vestra coram hominibus, ut videant opera vestra bona et glorificent patrem vestrum, qui in coelis est.
Page 78 - ... by all, save those who could enforce it for them ; that they daily die of want, whilst their expiring glance rests on the gorgeous, the ungodly display of ecclesiastical pride and pomp ; whilst their last sigh can scarcely fail to bring down a heavy curse on that wealth which was left for their support, but which so cruelly and so long has been wrested and withheld from them.
Page 105 - Unde statuimus ac decernimus, ut mos antiquus a fidelibus reparetur; et decimas ecclesiasticis famulantibus ceremoniis populus omnis inferat, quas sacerdotes aut in pauperum usum aut in captivorum redemptionem praeragantes, suis orationibus pacem populo aс salutem impetrent : si quis autem contumax nostris statutis saluberrimis fuerit, a membris ecclesiae omni tempore separetur.
Page 86 - but I am unacquainted with avarice, and I feel no worldly ambition. I am, perhaps, attached to my profession, but I love Christianity more than its earthly appendages. I am a Catholic from the fullest conviction, but few will accuse me of bigotry. I am an Irishman hating injustice and abhorring with my whole soul the oppression of my country ; but I desire to heal her sores, not to aggravate her sufferings.
Page 120 - The Irish people, since their first conversion to the Christian faith, always understood rightly the Gospel dispensation. They were always too rational, and too acute, to submit willingly to an unreasonable, I might add, an unjust imposition, and the law of tithe, whether civil or ecclesiastical, HAS NEVER HAD, EITHER IN CATHOLIC OR PROTESTANT TIMES, NO NOT TO THE PRESENT HOUR, THE ASSENT OR CONSENT OF THE IRISH NATION.

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