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Boston Jesuit (Newspaper) - March 12, 1831, Boston, MassachusettsNo. Jesuit Aai arrangement will consider it a duty and Lee pleasure in accommodating with seats such ladies and gentlemen of the various denominations As May be disposed to Bear the Catholic lectures. Ice there Are no stoves either in or under the Church. The committee of vigilance will sec that no disorder or Dunger shall arise i Orn without. From the Boston courier. Sketch of the Catholic lecture. Delivered on lust sunday evening by late very Rev. T. J. 0�?Tfi.aiiekty. This lecture was intended to refute calvinistic objections to the decree of the Catholic Church which enjoins perpetual celibacy on the Priesthood. The text was a a but 1 would have you to be without solicitude lie that is without a wife is solicitous for the things thut belong to the lord Litov he May Pense god. But he that is with n Wile is solicitous for the things of the world How he Mav please his wife Aud he is divided a i Cor Vii. 32, 33. One of the greatest rocks of offence the preacher said that the Church presented to the View of corrupt nature and the ministers of Calvin was the celibacy she requires of such of her children As aspire to the dignity of becoming the dispenser of her mysteries and the teachers of her conciliatory doctrines. Her Luw to that a treat Hud been a source of edification to her Csc Rev a cause of much individual peace and spiritual advantage. To a priest of the Christian religion. Officially bound to offer sacrifice on the holy altar a life of immaculate purity and undivided attention to the great concerns of eternity seemed to he most appropriate. A married priest As fur As his example might extend could with a very had Grace recommend the Observance of virginity or continence from the chair of truth. The mind that Cun soar above the prejudices of education and the sombre Clouds of sectarian bigotry will find on taking n retrospect of the mouldering monuments of even Pagan Antiquity that cont Ncncy was rewarded with Public esteem and Confidence from a conviction that it approximated its possessor to the divinity and consequently that every Sacer ital function religious act and holy Cere ony but Little accorded w Ith the practices f con nubian life. This was a Bard saving it a fat so powerfully supported by Listy a weighed More than nil the impious so history and malicious interpretation which be a orious propensities of the calvinistic Ai Nistra or flesh and blood could possibly ring against it. Every legislature whether a cd Villi Pagan Mahometano or Christian Tad imposed upon its Priesthood its Pectic a and exclusively certain restrictions More r less severe. The jewish priest could of marry n woman that had been divorced or could the High priest marry any but a Irgin. To could not keep two wives Al a Hough polygamy was allowed to All the rest of the nation. The egyptian priests were a like manner allowed but one wife. The Hierophant or officiating priest of Pagan Greece was bound to observe the Laws of celibacy and the strictest continence. The priestesses of Ceres were bound to live in the most inviolable chastity. Who did not know tho purity of the Vestal virgins of Pagan Rome and that the violation of their vow was punished by death in its most awful form such were the punishments of the peruvian virgins of the Sun for a violation of their vows. The preacher quoted from the Alcoran and from sir William Jones to establish the fact that similar practices prevailed in Mahometano Cotin trips and in Pagan blinded also to the institutions of Exilina Pompilius in support of his argument and to numerous other Laws and practices in Pagan countries especially those of China. He then appealed to his audience for a solution of the problem How could we account for this astonishing consent of the various nations of the Earth relative to continence and this natural Alliance Between chastity and the altar would the unseating of Pandora a Box which contained All the Dis organizing principles and the damning voluptuousness of an anti Christian be Lorton Tion explain it Bucur who was present lit the opening of the Seal and was appointed divinity professor at Cambridge by the profligate Cia Erncr perhaps might solve the question. In his work or Legno Cliris i he says a a the greater part of the people seen Only to have embraced the gospel in order to Shuke Oil the Yoke of discipline and the obligation of in sting and penance which Lav upon them in Popery and to live at their pleasure enjoying their lusts and Lawless appetites without control. they Lent a willing ear to the doctrine that we Are saved by Faith and not by the calvinistic ministers had clutched of this pleasurable doctrine with untiring tenacity and seemed to be sworn enemies to celibacy and a life of continence unlike the Baptist Jesus and the apostles. The Pagan nations must have read such precepts in the human heart where they were engraved by the Finger of god such precepts were and Ever will be the voice of reason and though they were not the Absil ult commands of evangelical authority they would Ever form a glorious criterion Between the in Ful priests of a self denying Jesus and the sensual admirers of the flesh pots of Egypt supplied at the shambles of a mock . Vest Pagan Rome As Well As Christian Rome raw the natural Affinity which existed Between celibacy and the functions of the Priesthood and which is derived from the pure Fountain of nature itself. It was on this principle alone that the conduct of the jews toward Judith could be explained and the preacher decanted at Large on the character of that celebrated heroine As recorded in the archives of jewish glory. But however edifying the examples of continence which the gentiles had transmitted to us however interesting and appropriate were those which the ancient scriptures presented it was still reserved for the cat a lie Church to show How preeminent were the examples of chastity which she could furnish and How supernatural were the motives which produced them it was she who attached a proper value to celibacy and crowned virginity in preference to All the heavenly Virtues and gave her the brightest throne in the regions of Bliss. Tho writings of Justin the Martyr st. Jerome and st. Austin were quoted to show that in those Days the odor of Sanctity was shed throughout Rome by the numerous monasteries of virgins of both sexes. One of the most admirable features of the Christian religion was the Efficacy of persuasion or Good example in relation to celibacy. The Law of god and of his venerable Church never obliged Man nor woman reluctantly to Chibnik in such a life but when anti or woman in Coly undertakes the obligation with a previous knowledge of its nature and consequences the fulfilment of the vow is required by god and his Church. 7 he Vestal virgins served a false divinity the virgins of the Church dedicate themselves to the True god. The former served their divinity fur thirty years the latter persevere to the Cna of their lives under an Humble conviction that they would be Here alter crowned with the smiles of the bridegroom of eternal glory. Wherever the Catholic doctrines were preached hearts might be found burning with a holy desire to live in this state of virginal purity and Why should they not human nature is not altogether so bad so depraved and profligate when supported by the Grace of god As the horrid blasphemies of Calvin and his Connecticut a Dinorci would lain represent it. It was no wonder the preacher said that the example of st. In Eter and Bis legitimate successors should he a perpetual stumbling Block and Rock of offence to the ministerial follow ers of John Calvin Bec noise he st. Peter independently of his example had Given to the faithful certain premonitory rules which Are a death blow to the mischievous battling of the calvinistic reformation and the Cox Ombry of ministerial sectarianism a Cox Ombry that leaves the mind in a state of Pupillage and Scholastic uncertainty. 7�?The calvinistic aggressor upon the Catholic Church had Given himself out As a Prophet and had predicted the Dov. Null of american Liberty by catholicity for so charitable a prediction the intelligent citizens of Boston ought to present him with a straight jacket Here followed a Long comm Enlar on various quotations from the new 1 est mint i partier flatly the chapter from which the text was taken the practice of celibacy und continence for which we have nor it om.1 As an illustration of this Triumph of truth to the exclusive Honor of the Catholic religion the preacher said that in every age from the Days of Christ to the present period instances have been found of husbands nod wives freeing Rich other from their matrimonial engagements to serve god and work out their salvation with greater purity and perfection. Such was the Case of st. Peter at the very birth of christianity. Such is tho Case in our Day of Virgil Barber an episcopal Clergyman who when lie became us Quai turd with the doctrine and morality of the Catholic Church had the religious fortitude to renounce his professorship in a new York College his gown and the world and became a Catholic priest even a his wife retired to a Catholic Convent and they had the happiness to reflect that their two daughters Luid Dedi cled themselves to the service of Jesus. Another glorious per

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