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constitutes but one of a class. The readers of the monthly Magazine of the London City Mission are well aware of this fact, from the mass of information brought before them in that important periodical.
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC POPULATION.
Preliminary observations-Discouraging encounter of bigotry
--Narrow escape from violence Another case-Hopeful conversion of a Roman Catholic — Rome a “miserable comforter” _The bane of earth-Hopeful progress of the
---Reference to former priestly dependence-His assurance of faith-Hopeful death---Cases of two sisters-Violence to the Missionary -- Illustration of Romish ignorance and priestly delusion--The wafer-Their sad deaths-The genius of Romanism---Penance-Delusion of a Roman Catholic harlot--Penance and priestly dependence -Objection from 2 Peter iii. 16-Reply-Termination of the interview--Reflection--Saintly worship--Affecting case --St. Dominic in the place of Christ -The locality in the fourteenth century-Striking contrast--Ludgate and St. Dominic Fulfilment of prophecy
Dangers from Romanism -- Erroneous impression The intrigues of Popery--Christendom warned--Conscience and priestly absoluteness--Case of spiritual thraldom--A hopeful case -The Missionary foiled-Sisters of Mercy-Hopefulness destroyed --Superstition and death— Temptation-The Romish suicide
Awful death of a Roman Catholic prostitute--"Waking”--Intoxication and bigotry--Visit to a barber's shop-Statement of a ferocious Romanist-Fight with seven policemen-Revenge--Attack on the police“The breed of Luther"-Romanism, the pioneer of hatred
and malice --- Altar denunciations - Statistic respecting Romanism - Polish, Hungarian, and Italian refugees Hopeful case of a Polish officer-An affecting case, Lieut. Larokefeski-His death - Visit to St. George's Roman Catholic Cathedral— Candlemas-day---Description of the Cathedral—Processions--Illumination--Cardinal Wiseman --His sermon versus Dr. Cotton Mather—" Christ formed in the heart the hope of glory"-Prayer for the deluded -Cowper.
Although my district contained many Roman Catholics, it did not contain so many by far as are found on some districts occupied by the Mission. I am, therefore, not so familiar with the sinuosities of Popery as some of my brethren. I have, however, visited much amongst this class of the population, having obtained access to nearly all resident upon my district, through being so well known for a number of years.
I have observed the lower order of Papists to be, in general, ignorant even of the teachings of the religion they profess. Like many of the lowest class of English Protestants, they can neither read nor write, and many are very neglectful in attendance on their erroneous form of worship, and yet extremely bigoted.
The very day on which I commenced my visitations in connection with the London City Mission, I encountered a Romanist, as will be perceived, in a most unpleasant manner. The circumstance forms the very first entry in my journal, and was sufficiently discouraging. It is illustrative of Roman Catholic bigotry and violence :
"On entering, I said, 'I presume, Mr. Callaghan, (I had obtained his name from another lodger,) you can guess who and what I am ?' He said, pleasantly, 'Why yes, sir,' and offered me a seat. We conversed very agreeably for some minutes, and he told me he attended Roman Catholic chapel, and spoke of the priests who ministered there. He added, 'I suppose you have come to collect for the chapel.' I assured him I had not come to receive, but to impart the knowledge of the blessed Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. And pray,' said he, 'what religion are you ?' I informed him. Upon this announcement being made, a great alteration took place; he became immediately violently excited, and livid with rage. In vain did I urge the propriety of discussing religion mildly and affectionately. The language he applied to me and to my religion was of a very horrible character. He rose from his seat, flung open the door, and declared that if I was not out in a moment he would kick me from the top to the bottom, which, had Providence permitted, he appeared fully disposed to do.
“On another occasion, bad characters, by whom I had been surrounded, behaved very respectfully to me, and several appeared much affected by a plain statement of what Christ had done to save sinners; but one man, decently dressed, an Irishman, was very angry, and said, Every cobbler now can put on a half-crown black coat on a Sunday, and go about preaching; but there was a time, added he, 'when it would have cost a man as much as his life to do it-he'd have burned for it.'”
The depth of bitterness with which this was said, induced some of the characters around, degraded as they were, to testify their disapprobation by vehement hisses. I have been so mercifully preserved as never to have sustained any serious injury from Roman Catholics. Various of my City Missionary brethren, however, have received violent ill usage; and one, a Mr. Bullin, we always considered to have received his death through being thrown down stairs in St. Giles's. But to this martyr, we have every reason to believe, to die was gain.
I shall now introduce the reader to a very pleasing case of usefulness, in the hopeful conversion of a Roman Catholic on my district, named D
In a cul de sac, termed Frying Pan Alley, I met with Mr. D. On offering a tract, I was anything but welcomed. Mr. D., who was confined to his bed, eyed me askance from head to foot with a scowl of displeasure. Perceiving this, I did not immediately enter upon religion, but inquired the character of his illness, and what means he was using to seek recovery. I then spoke of the uncertainty of life, and necessity of repentance and faith; but my visit being barely tolerated, and that