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Boston Jesuit (Newspaper) - April 30, 1831, Boston, MassachusettsOf Catholic Sentinel a a a a it a jhj.�o�, re jux a a a is s Rao Noih mus Contra nos a air by no i a Wiio is against us a bom. Viii. . Ii. Boston saturday april 30, 1s3i. No. Xxxv. The Jesuit published weekly to appear Eie re saturday by William Smith for the proprietors at 93 per non us in Advance. All communications must be port paid and directed to the editors of the a a Jesuit a Lio Slon mass. The abject is to a Plain diffuse and defend the principles of the one hold Catholic and apostolic Church. Orrice or oilfield Street. The Triumph of truth in the conversion of the Rev. J. A. Mason from the errors of methodism to the Catholic Faith. W Ritten by himself continued from Page 265, to. 34. In the midst of these exercises a circumstance brought the by Siuss to a More speedy close than it probably would have done. From an Early period a report had prevailed that a controversy existed Between re and the Catholic priest. Frequent inquiries were made by the people whom i visited As to its nature and probable Issue. My answers were such As truth and prudence mutually dictated. At first i would Tell them there is no danger of the priest converting me but he is a sensible Man and i think we have had some unfounded notions of the Catholic religion. At a later period when i heard catholics charged with doctrines or practices which i knew to be false i vindicated them. Such conduct was sure to be censured by a bigoted and ignorant people who thought nothing too bad to be True of papists and every one a enemy of protestantism who would not violate his cop science by telling lies of the Catholic religion. Or. Jewett says i have told lies of methodism in my Appeal. I dare him to the proof. It is possible a Man May mistake a fact but i am not conscious of a single mis statement. And i remind him that lies will never serve any cause much less to Force a Man to Tell Ijes against his conscience. Well such was the Case and now i was reported As leaning towards catholicity then i was half a Catholic a and finally great doubts were entertained whether or not i should stand my ground. This soon reached the cars of my superintendent who answered the person that carried the news a a i will As soon believe or. Mason will become a pigs foot As a he visited me arid inquired into the state of the Case. I Laid before him the cause of the controversy its Progress and my views respecting it. I told him there was certainly much to be done before i could become a Catholic still i was convinced they were a much injured and misrepresented people. He expressed his fears of my account cautioned me against Reading their Hooks and proposed for my consideration or. Wesley so a papery calmly i promised to read the Hook with attention and we parted in Friendly terms. That i might give each Side due Justice i took or. Wesley in one hand and the Catholic catechism in the other judging that if any Book was Likely to give the Catholic religion As truly taught by that people it was their own catechism where their doctrines Are Laid Down in a simple style suited to the capacity of children. I soon found a number of contradictions. I w ill give one As a Sample of the rest. Or. Wesley says that the Catholic Church teaches that contrition is not necessary for the Pardon of sin. That if a person from a fear of hell alone confesses his sins to the priest this is sufficient. I immediately turned to the catechism and Here i found the first thing required was contrition. A a what arc the parts of penance contrition confession and satisfaction. What is contrition a Hearty sorrow for having offended so Good a god with a firm purpose of i must have been wilfully Blind and perversely determined upon falsehood not to see and acknowledge the Fiat contradiction Here Given to Wesley. I compared the whole and found Many other mis statements and i advise every sincere inquirer after truth to adopt the same plan and they will constantly find the most glaring falsehoods wickedly invented and industriously palmed upon the Catholic Church fur her genuine doctrines. It is thus that protestants make up a religion for catholics and then set about refuting them they conjure up phantoms and Fly from the work of their own hands. A Reader if thou regard est either thy conscience or thy god thou Wilt read both sides examine the Catholic religion in its authorized channels and give each an impartial investigation. In a Short time the superintendent visited me again and inquired if i had read the Book. I answered i had and found Many mis state cuts. He was angry and said a a or. Wesley was an aged Man a Learned Man a pious Man and a sound divine and must know the Catholic religion better than that May be 1 replied hut he did not know it better than the Catholic Church herself now Here is the Catholic catechism contradicting such and such statements and if Ever the catholics arc to be believed it must be in teaching their own children the rudiments of their religion. He said a a i ought to submit my judgment to such a Man As or. i replied Why did you wish me to read the Book if not Able to judge of its contents besides i have always understood that private judgment was the birth right and very foundation of protestantism and if so there is no Leason Why i should submit my judgment to that of or. Wesley and much less believe an evident falsehood. He found this reasoning too Strong for him and turned upon me with this Sharp Rebuff a a sir you Hare got your head into a bag and i fear you will not get it out the Reader will smile at the Beautiful metaphors and classical language of my Over seer and be tempted to inquire in what College he Learned rhetoric. He Eiyo ined upon me uprightness and that i would not Pervert the people by making the pulpit the vehicle

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