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No. IV.

The Despotism inherent in Jesuitism exposed.--The folly of the outcry of Persecution, Intolerance, &c., raised against this discussion.--The character of the foreign materials, with which Jesuits can work injury to the Republic.


That Jesuits are at work upon the passions of the American community, managing in various ways to gain control, must be evident to all. They who have learned from history the general mode of proceeding of this crafty set of men, could easily infer that they were here, even were it not otherwise confirmed by unquestionable evidence in their correspondence with their foreign masters in Austria. There are some, perhaps, who are under the impression that the order of Jesuits is a purely religious Society for the dissemination of the Roman Catholic religion; and therefore comes within the protection of our laws, and must be tolerated. There cannot be a greater mistake. It was from the beginning a political organization, and absolute Monarchy masked by religion. It has been aptly styled "tyranny by religion." If any doubt on this subject is entertained, let the following from their doctrine dispel it. In an authorized work of theirs, they say:

"The members of the Society of Jesuits are dispersed through all nations of the world, and divided only by distance of place, NOT IN SENTIMENT; by difference in language, not in affection; by variety of color, not in manner. In this fraternity, the Latin, Greek, Portuguese, Brazilian, Irish, Sumatran, Spanish, French, English, and Belgic Jesuits, ALL THINK, FEEL, SPEAK, AND ACT ALIKE; for among them there is neither debate nor contention. [Imago. Soc. Jes. Proleg. p. 33.] The SAME DESIGN, and COURSE OF ACTION, and one vow only, like the conjugal bond, unite the order together." [Ibid. lib.5. p. 622.]

We are then clearly authorized by themselves, to impute to the Jesuits, in this country, the same sentiments and design, and cause of action as are avowed by their brethren abroad. Let us see what these are; and I ask American Democrats especially to look at this. There was an address presented to the King of Spain, not in the dark ages, not by a former Society of Jesuits, but to Ferdinand VII., whose character we all know, and who died but a short time ago; an address by one of this order of Jesuits, since their revival in 1814. Vallestigny, a deputy of Alva, a Jesuit, in this address to his Majesty, says, "The mass of the human family are born, not to govern, but to be governed. This sublime employment of governing has been confided by Providence to the privileged class, whom he has placed upon an eminence to which the multitude cannot rise without being lost in the labyrinth and snares which are therein found." [Archbishop de Pradt.] Is this Democracy? Look at it seriously. The Jesuits in this country must by their own confession have the same sentiments; and yet, with the cunning and duplicity of their craft, they have allied themselves to our party. Why is this? it is easily explained. Every body knows how readily, in moments of strong party feeling, we imbibe the opinions, even without examination, of those who sympathize with us. Do not Jesuits know this, and are they not taking advantage of our very love to our own institutions, to quiet our fears and to obtain our protection and aid while they organize themselves, and extend their influence more throughly in the country, preparatory to compassing their future designs? And will these designs be in favour of Democracy? Let them speak for themselves in the sentiments I have quoted. It becomes important to inquire, then, what the principal materials in our society with which Jesuits can accomplish the political designs of the Foreign Despots embodied in the Leopold Foundation. And here let me make the passing remark, that there has been a great deal of mawkish sensitiveness on the subject of introducing any thing concerning religion into political discussions. [Our note: fake religion is a cloak under which evil of all sorts is committed. "Don't bother the religious. Don't enter into their special places." Nobody knows what is happening in there. Any question about it is answered with the same old inflammatory, sottish response(s) from both deceivers and the deceived, "Intolerant," and "anti-Catholic."] This sensitiveness, as it is not merely foolish, arising from ignorance of the true line which separates political and theological matters, but also exposes the political interests of the country to manifest danger, I am glad to see is giving way to a proper feeling on the subject. Church and State must be for ever separated, but it is the height of folly to suppose, that in political discussions, Religion especially, the political character of any and every religious creed may not be publicly discussed. The absurdity of such a position is too manifest to dwell a moment upon it. And in considering the materials in our society adapted to the purposes of hostile attack upon our Institutions, we must of necessity notice the Roman Catholic religion. It is this form of religion that is most implicated in the conspiracy against our liberties. It is in this sect that the Jesuits are organized. It is this sect that is proclaimed by one of its own most brilliant and profound literary men to be hostile in its very nature to republican liberty; and it is the active extension of this sect that Austria is endeavouring to promote throughout this Republic. And Americans will not be cowed into silence by the cries of persecution, intolerance, bigotry, fanaticism, and such puerile catchwords, perpetually uttered against those who speak or writer ever so calmly against the dangers of Popery. I can say, once for all, that no such outcry weighs a feather with me, nor does it weigh a feather with the mass of the American people [Our note: Unfortunately, these inflammatory, silly expressions do now weigh a lot with this brainwashed nation of America.]. They have good sense enough to discriminate [Our note: those days are over.], especially in a subject of such vital importance to their safety, between words and things. I am not tenacious of words, except for convenience sake, the better to be understood, but if detestation of Jesuitism and tyranny, whether in a civil or ecclesiastical shape, is in future to be called intolerance, be it so; only let it be generally understood, and I will then glory in intolerance. When that which is now esteemed virtue, is to be known by general consent only by the name vice, why I will not be singular, but glory in vice, since the word is used to embody the essential qualities of virtue. I will just add, that those who are so fond of employing these epithets, forget that by so constantly, loosely, and indiscriminately using them, they cease to convey any meaning, or to excite any emotions but those of disgust towards those who use them [Our note: this is not the case today. People are very much moved by these ridiculous name-calling games and their brainwashed minds are completely clouded to even being able to figure out how to listen to what was said--it matters not what was said because, that particular trigger word was used to which the response is foolishly swift and predictable.].

To return to the subject; it is in the Roman Catholic ranks that we are principally to look for the materials to be employed by the Jesuits, and in what condition do we find this sect at present in our country? We find it spreading itself into every nook and corner of the land; churches, chapels, colleges, nunneries and convents, are springing up as if by magic every where; an activity hitherto unknown among the Roman Catholics pervades all their ranks, and yet whence the means for all these efforts? Except here and there funds or favours collected from an inconsistent Protestant, (so called probably because born in a Protestant country, who is flattered or wheedled by some Jesuit artifice to give his aid to their cause,) the greatest part of the pecuniary means for all these works are from abroad. They are the contributions of his Majesty the Emperor of Austria, of Prince Metternich, of the late Charles X., and the other Despots combined in the Leopold Society. And who are the members of the Roman Catholic communion? What proportion are natives of this land, nurtured under our own institutions, and well versed in the nature of American liberty? Is it not notorious that the greater part are Foreigners from the various Catholic countries of Europe. Emigration has of late years been specially promoted among this class of Foreigners, and they have been int eh proportion of three to one of all other emigrants arriving on our shores; they are from Ireland, Germany, Poland, and Belgium. From about the period of the formation of the Leopold Society, Catholic emigration increased in an amazing degree.* Colonies of Emigrants, selected, perhaps, with a view to occupy particular places, (for, be it remembered, every portion of this country is as perfectly known at Vienna and Rome as in any part of our own country,) have been constantly arriving. The principal emigrants are from Ireland and Germany. We have lately been told by the captain of a lately arrived Austrian vessel, which, by the by, brought 70 emigrants from Antwerp! that a desire is suddenly manifested among the poorer class of the Belgian population, to emigrate to America. They are mostly, if not all, Roman Catholics, be it remarked, for Belgium is a Catholic country, and Austrian vessels are bringing them here. Whatever the cause of all this movement abroad to send to this country their poorer classes, the fact is certain, the class of emigrants is known, and the instrument, Austria, is seen in it--the same power that directs the Leopold Foundation.

* A check at this moment, apparently unaccountable, has suddenly occurred in Emigration. This I think is capable of an easy solution. It may be that foreign fears were excited lest Americans might become alarmed at so great an increase of foreigners. There may be other causes, but I must suspect all the doing of Jesuits. N.B. Since the publication of this number, emigration has taken a fresh start. From 1st July to 1st August, 1835, a single month, there arrived in the port of New-York alone, SIX THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY-TWO Emigrants, which is at the annual rate of upwards of 80,000; and this, be it remembered, is only at one point in the country!



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"Imminent Dangers to the Free Institutions of the United States
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