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Boston Jesuit (Newspaper) - March 5, 1831, Boston, MassachusettsOf Catholic Sentinel. I a a a a a a in to a hid Kijja we is decs i to Nobis a Cis Contra nos 1 if god be full is a ii is against is a bom. Atm. Xxxi. No. Xxvii. Vol. Ii. Boston saturday Maucini 5, 1s3i. The Jesuit published weekly be appear every saturday by William Smith for the proprietor at $3 per annul in Advento. All communications must be port paid end directed o the editors of the a a Jesuit Quot Boston Masa. The object is to explain i Finise and defend the principles of the one Violy Catholic and Apo topic Church. Orrice no. 78, Kilby Sheet. The Triumph of Vuth in the conversion of the Rev. J. A. Mason from the errors of methodism to the Catholic Faith. Written by himself. Continued from Page 203, a a a. 26. Methodist preachers often boast of a cordial Union with other sects hut this is Mere pretence to hide their designs and accomplish their purposes. They dislike the Church of England because she is too popish and possesses too much of the Good things of this life which they could wish to share they have a cordial antipathy against the calvinists because they oppose their Pelagian principles and enthusiastic pretensions they hate the unitarians because they laugh at their visionary notions and they despise the Kil a Mitch and ranters because they Are chips of the old Block schismatics Forsooth and heretics from the Mother Church. I speak As deliberately and advisedly As or. Jewett and without any motive for misrepresentation. There is Quot no sect so narrow minded so illiberal so prejudiced against their Lel Low protestants and possessed of such indefinite notions of religious Liberty As the methodist preachers and those who imbibe their spirit hut were they Ever in Power they would be the first to restrict it and the last to promote it. I saw something of this spirit and Felt something of it in myself and 1 could Only reconcile it with reason and Justice by supposing that methodism was the Only True religion and All the world besides were schismatics from the Church and corrupter of the Faith. This was the opinion i sincerely formed and i acted upon it accordingly. There was Only one thing which materially tended to shake my principles and that was the very modern Date of methodism that she was the child of yesterday the battling of or. Wesley and his Mother. I have preserved from destruction some private thoughts written by me on this subject dated August 31, 1811, nearly five years before 1 became a Catholic which Shew the difficulties 1 found and my Mode of reconciling them. A a All dissent i argued from the Church of god is unjustifiable unless we can substantiate an essential reason and it can be no less than dangerous if not Damnable schism. W hat then Are my reasons for being a methodist a ill it sul fice to say i was Boru of methodist Cal parents certainly not. For if the Church of England which is the main body of professing christians in this country be the Church of god it becomes my duty now that 1 am arrived at years of discretion to return to the bosom of that Church from w hich my father dissented unless 1 find an essential cause for dissent. For the Church of god has a Sanctity attached to it which Calls for our respect and veneration and it is necessary that it should be so or we must admit the idea that every capricious mind has a right to exalt himself against the Church and become the launder of a new beet and if we Sanction this principle in the first instance we must to be consistent follow it up till every individual becomes different in Laith and communion from All the rest of Mankind and thus scatter every religious body and banish All Unity of Faith and Church communion from the a or. Wesley never could lie brought log Itow of intr Prenc Liing till twin min Maxwell began. Thu took lore w Hile he was on his Toor through the Nori Tieu. On Hie return his Mother told him that Thomy Hod begun to preach. Or. Wesley in indignant but in inspired Mother replied a a John Thome Maxwell Haas Murli Call to preach a this said he bean him Hin self and approve it too. I then proceeded to state for my own satisfaction what appeared to me to be just grounds for dissent. A fall separation from the Church must be founded on necessity of cause propriety of Means and Utility of effect. 1 need not prove methodism to be founded on necessity for All who Are acquainted with its origin know it to have been necessary unless we Are told that it ought not to exist under any circumstances and to prove this they must prove that the Church cannot err am that or. Wesley had not the same divine Call to preach the gospel As the rest of the clergy which no one can prove. If therefore he had this Call and was prevented from exercising it in the Church he was bound in conscience to exercise it wherever lie could gain an audience. No Man can dispense with his Call to preach the gospel for a dispensation of the gospel being committed unto him a a o to him it he preach it but or. Wesley was expelled from the churches by a wicked clergy and therefore Thev arc the dissenters and or. Wesley and the methodists Are the True Church of god i carried the argument much farther shewing the Means used for establishing methodism to he proper that its effects were beneficial and i concluded that it wus a mercy i was a methodist and by the Grace of god would continue so. I have quoted this document to Shew that i thought seriously of these things Long before i knew any thing of the Catholic religion and that a had some idea of the necessity of Unity of Faith and Church Community. But 1 erred in supposing there was no infallibility or authority in the Church to judge of the doctrine of its minister or to suspend their functions. 1 forgot that the right of private judgment w As the foundation of protestantism and that this gives to a erf Man the right to violate every system of Laith and communion whatever. I forgot that there was no general Unity of Faith be Quot Quot methodism and that the right i defended in or Wesley or. Kilham had assumed to

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