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from an angel from heaven, were it from a priest of God —
fallen as that angel or priest should be to be al:)le to give it — let
him beware. It is a devil that speaks to him as sure as it was a
devil that spoke to his mother Eve in the Garden of Eden. Let
him renounce that devil and his tools and his works. Let him
ask aid from on High — Good Counsel from God through the
prayers of God's Virgin Mother, and he will triumph. He
will stand firm on the side of G^d, and one day be rewarded at
His Eight Hand with the most glorious triumph that can be
given to man to witness — the triumph of Christ coming in His
Majesty to judge the living and the dead.

All that secret organization of which we have been speaking
so much, is being framed by Satan and his emissaries for one end
long foreseen — that is, to form, and that before very many
years, the vast kingdom of Antichrist, which already spreads its
ramifications over the whole earth. It is, you see, determined
to leave no people, or nation, or tribe, or tongue, unsubjected to
its infiuence. It seeks now the semi-civilized empires of Asia
by means of Masonic France, and other European Masonic
influences. It plants in Africa the germs of a European domin-
ation, which must speedily subject to its authority the dark sons
of Ham. I believe, so far as I can judge, it will soon send its
telegraphs and its railways careering through that ancient
Continent. Placing itself "above all that is worshipped or
called God," it will in its pride and hate obliterate the
politheism of these countries to make room for its own Atheism;
and that which Christianity has been hitherto unable to effect
iu destroying the false gods of the heathen, it will effect, in order
to plant its own dark non credo instead. It will thus one day
be able to call to the standard of whoever is to be its last, long-



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foretold leader, countless millions to battle with the elect of
God. It may be — I believe it will be — checked, if but for a
few years, to afford time for the Church of Christ to manifest
her glory once more, and to gather in her strength for the final
combat. But that it will advance to that combat is revealed to
us. Children of Ireland what a glorious place is reserved for
you when that struggle does come! From the beginning you have
been its opponents. When it cried — away with Christ — away
with Christ's Vicar — let him be crucified — let his temporal and
spiritual power be obliterated — and when, in the nations of
Catholic Europe, and of the world, it raised its cries of secularism,
of infidel education, of ruin to the Christian family and every
Catholic institution, who of all the people of God most withstood
it ? Who best, from slender resources, in all the lands where
English is spoken, supported the Vicar of Christ and every
Catholic principle ? In their island home, during these very
saddest days, from the period of the great famine till tliis hour,
the Irish people, scattered in their millions over this country
and England ; over all the rising nations of great America : and
the infant empires growing daily to maturity in Australia and
New Zealand, and other islands of the Southern, the Indian, and
the Pacific Oceans; by the coasts of Malabar and Coromandel; in
the Colonies of Southern Africa ; in the islands of the Caribbean
Sea; amidst the decaying Christianity of Buenos Ayres; in
Canada : and all the other lands of the earth which give the best
promise to Atheistic machinations, the Irish people lifted up the
Cross of Christ, and sustained, by the sweat of their brow, the
strong, vigorous reality of the Catholic religion. They gave their
daughters to the cloister, their sons to the sanctuary, their all to
the cause of God. Freemasons thundered and intrigued in the
legislatures round about them. Emissaries from the secret sects
assailed them in the press, on the platform, everywhere.
Fidelity to their religious principles was often visited with
political, commercial, and even social ostracism. Eidicule and
abuse rained in turn for their fidelity upon them. But the Faith



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of St. Patrick and the hope of God's bright kingdom, the smile
and the prayer of Mary in Heaven, were able to defeat and baffle
all. In serried ranks with the pastors they had themselves
brought forth, and nourished, and educated, and kept, they stood
amidst the deluge of deception, allurement, and intrigue about
them, firm as their own loved, distant land amidst the billows of
the ocean, and went on advancing the mighty work of building
up the Church which other nations were pulling down, until their
very enemies paused, and wondered, and admired. And often
too when these enemies saw in the lands which the Irish had
evangelized, the Cross of the Catholic Church arise and pierce the
heavens, where it had never been seen before, or had been pro-
scribed for generations, they cried out that Catholicity was
immortal — was divine ! It comes, for instance, by the Irish into
this land, just as it was before the storm banished it, the same
as their fathers once saw it. And they say rightly, " so that
Church is now and so will it be for ever." Masonic Anti-
Christianity will advance and do more damage than ever heresy
effected. It will one day sweep the sects of heresy and the
temples of idols utterly away; bat it too will have its defeat, and
in time must yield to Christ and to His cause the greatest triumph.
Its union of all men in one vast republic ; its bringing together
of every people and nation ; its destruction of every form of
religion to make way for its sect ; its advance in science, in
education, in national progress, all Avill serve one day to place
the Son of Mary supreme — to realize the prophecy made to
His Mother : " And he shall be great, and be called the Son of
the Most High, and the Lord God shall give him the tin-one of
David His father, and He shall reign in the house of Jacob for
ever, and of His kinsjdom there shall never be an end."

I say that when this consummation comes, as come it surely
must, few nations shall have a more glorious record than the people
of what is cidled "poor Ireland." Few nations shall have done
more to prepare for the final combat, or shall have manifested to a
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trial. No nation whatever shall show a grander roll call of
martyrs, confessors, virgins, and sonls saved, than the land and
the race evangelized by St. Patrick, whose sacred name already
adorns the most glorious and promising churches now
existing in the world.

XXV.

Catholic Organization.

In conclusion, it is proper that I should say a word to you
upon the attitude of the Church, at the pi'esent moment, in the
face of the forces of the Organized Atheism of the world. That
organization has now arrived at the perfection of its dark wisdom,
and is making rapid strides to the most complete and universal
exercise of its power. It has succeeded. Through it the
Church is despoiled. The Vicar of Christ is a prisoner, and has
been so for over fourteen years. The religious orders are virtually
suppressed in nearly every country of Europe. Freemasonry is
supreme in the governments of France, Spain, Portugal, Italy,
Switzerland, and works its will in nearly all the republics of
Southern America. It rules Germany, terrifies liussia, distracts
Belgium, and secretly gnaws at the heart of Austria. Every-
where it advances with rapid strides both in its secret
movements against Catholicity and the Christian religion
generally^ and in open persecution according to the measure of its
opportunity and power. No hope, humanly speaking, appears
on the horizon to warrant us at this moment to look for a
change for the better. But God has promised never to desert
His Church. That promise never can be broken. When the
darkest hour comes, it is not for Catholics to look for dissolution,
but for life and hope. The crisis in the conflicts of Christianity
is the hour of victory. This has been realized more than once
since the combat began between Atheistic Masonry and the
Church. What hour could be darker than that which saw Pius
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and dying abandoned and forsaken in the dungeons by the
Rhone ? The Temporal Power after an uninterrupted peace of
nearly four centuries, during which the disturbances common to
it in the middle ages, had absolutely ceased, passed at a blow
and apparently for ever. Eome's treasures of art and religion were
carried in triumph to grace the capital of Infidelity, or scattered
throughout the earth. The Cross and Keys were without a
defender, and the tricolour floated in triumph over the palace of
the Popes. The crisis had arrived when God's promise should be
realized. In the twinkling of an eye, a strange force, under a
strange commander, Suwarrow, descends like lightning upon
Italy. The power of the Revolution passes like an uneasy
morning's dream. Rome belongs to the Pope^ and Pius VII. sits
calmly, as if nothing happened, upon the throne of his banished,
I may add, martyred predecessor. Another event more strange
occurs. The temporal power falls again, and the legions of the
strongest potentate Europe had seen since the days of the Ctesars
holds it as the heritage of his only son. The Pope is
once more a prisoner — for years a persecuted circumvented
prisoner. Napoleon mocks at his feebleness, and laughs at his
predictions. The temporal power of the Popes was, he says, but
never will be. The condition of the world is changed — the
Empire returned. Is it so ? The crisis has come for the hundredth
time. The very cardinals are taken from the side of the Pontiff.
He is alone in the power of his base tormentor as much as
St. Peter on Montorio was in the power of Nero. Things cannot be
darker. The light must dawn ; and it does. In a month, God's
elements blast the power of the tyrant ; and while millions applaud
the return of the Pontiff to the Chair of St. Peter and to his
power at Rome, Napoleon passes to his solitary dungeon in the
midst of the waters, to ruminate on the verification which in his
case, as in the case of every persecutor of the Church, attends the
predictions of Peter. In our day, the Atheistic Conspiracy is
as determined as ever to destroy, but it is wiser. Slowly it has
surrounded God's Vicar. It has taken care so to master the



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councils of every European country that help, to him, when
it assails, may be impossible. Under pretence of guaranteeing
his independence, it has stolen from him everything. His
trustiest servants are torn from his side, stripped, despoiled^
degraded, scattered. His resources have been astutely lessened
to the lowest possible point. A prisoner of the Infidels, as much
as Pius VI. or Pius VII. in the strongholds of France, under the
appearance of being free, he is really bound hand and foot and
rendered completely impotent. His power is cancelled under
pretext that his city is necessary to the uniiication of Italy.
No other city will suit Italian jealousies as the capital of the
new nation. And who will sacrifice the welfare of the new
nation to the wants of the Pope ? Astuteness is now the
characteristic of the Eevolution, determined and callous as
ever. But hope again appears. To the persecutions of Pius IX.,
many and grievous as they were, God opposed a Pontiff simple as
a dove in the snares of the spoiler. He took away from the
ruffian hands of Masonry its only real argument. But now when
all is gone, help appears in the person of another Pontiff, whose
greatest characteristic is wisdom, and whose wisdom, slowly
but surely, is telling upon the nations. No Pontiff has been more
firm in maintaining the rights of the Holy See, violently wrested
as he found them, by the force and upon the pretexts used by
Freemasonry. Despoiled of everything, he has, nevertheless,
drawn together the scattered strength of the Church.
Commencing with the foundation of all Christianity, its teaching,
he has caused philosophy to be so purified, and so based on sound
principles, as to be in reality a true handmaid to theology and
a deadly foe to rationalistic, Atheistic, and infidel theories of
whatever kind. He has caused the teachings of St. Thomas to
assume more than at any past period, their supremacy in Cluistian
schools. He has mastered the difficult, tangled web of European
diplomacy. He has found out the true wants of Christian
peoples. He has satisfied them : and then, finally, by his immortal
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progress of Freemasonry, and elevated into a system the means
by which the guides of God's people are for the future, to save
these people from the evils of our days.

According to my humble ability, I have endeavoured as best

I could, this evening, to carry out the first part of the instruction

of Our Sovereign Lord, Leo XIIL, who is for me and for over

two hundred millions like me, as much 'a Monarch, as if he reigned

in the Quirinal instead of Humbert IL That is, I have

endeavoured to show you what Secret Association was, and is, and

ever will be, till the end. I am persuaded, that if the evils of

secret society plotting have succeeded so far, it is mainly, because

from one reason or another, the mask was permitted to be worn

by Freemasonry. Voices were raised, I know here and there, now

and again, against it, and against Secret Societies of every kind ;

but they were either not heard at all, or, if heard, were very

soon forgotten. The utmost efforts of Freemasonry of every

kind were exerted to keep itself hidden, and that it had power

to remain hidden is looked upon by Monsignor Segur, and Mon-

signor Ketteler, and others, as one of the most remarkable

evidences of its real power. It had and still has means to silence

all who may proceed against it. It murdered, as we have seen,

in this very century, a free citizen of America, who attempted to

write a book in which only the least part of its secrets — its

absurd ceremonial, its grips, pass-words and oaths, were

revealed to •■' the profane." It threatened and used the dagger,

or calumny, or bribery, or whatever suited against those

who attempted to expose it. Exposure is its death — the

death at least of its influence over its intended dupes amongst

Catholics. Therefore, comes the word of command to us all,

from the great Vicar of Christ — " Tear the mask from off

Freemasonry;" and consequently, it becomes a plain duty, a duty

not to be performed in any desultory manner, but in season and

out of season, to expose Freemasonry. The Supreme Pontiff,

despoiled though he be, will find in the generous devotion of the

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the discharge of duty, not one but ten liundred thousand
voices ready for the task. Thank God ! the hibours of devoted,
Christian men — bisliops, priests, and learned hiymen — have
resulted in enabling us to know the real character of Masonry,
and enabling us to ^'tear the mask " off the horrible thing with
ease. Nor is this confined to the Continent or to ecclesiastics.
The work has been nobly inaugurated already in our midst by
Mr. O'Donnell, M.Y., and I trust will be continued by him and by
many more. The religious orders Avill, in the solitude of tlieir
cells, make a special study of the machinations of the terrible
sects, the secular clergy in their Colleges and home retreats, and
above all, the Catholic press Avill not cease to expose the malig-
nant hydra in constantly recurriLg references and discoveries.
The whole host of God is needed to march and to act
against the foe in the manner indicated by our Ploly Father ;
for the question is one of the salvation of the world, of the spread
of the Gospel, of the happiness of families and individuals, of civil
society, and of man. Surely upon such a movement the bene-
diction of Heaven will descend. The means to obtain that divine
blessing are also pointed out by the Holy Father. He says to
those whom it concerns, " unite the Catholic people in good
societies and pious confraternities." He indicates, specially, the
Third Order of Saint Francis and the confi'aternity which
practices the recital of the Holy Kosary. Father Anderledy,
the newly appointed General of the Society of Jesus, who plainly
says he speaks as he does with the knowledge and desire of
the Holy Father, asks the Fathers of his Society to renew the holy
habit of uniting those committed to their care in societies formed
to honour Our Lady. Behold, then, the true remedy for the ills
that fall upon the world. That world is rushing wildly, madly,
away from religion and true happiness. Who, under God, can be
conceived more powerful to restore it to reason than Mary the
Virgin Mother of God, who amongst many other holy titles, is
honoured by the Church as the special dispenser of the
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ill Her holy life, and which She obtains for God's people by Her
powerful intercession. She too is called upon in the liturgy of
the Church, to be glad and to rejoice, for that She alone has
destroyed all heresies throughout the whole world. Her power
destroyed them singly in the past, and doubtless will also
destroy their united force and malignity, as exhibited in Free-
masonry and its kindred secret societies, in the future. Societies
in honour of God's Mother cannot be too widely established.
All should be under Her benign protection, as is the Catholic
Young Men's Society of Edinburgh. But there is one branch
society of this Catholic Institute which I cannot help singling
out for special praise. It is the —

XXVI.

Catholic Total Abstinence Society.

No society can be conceived better adapted to keep working
men from those bad associations which we have been considering,
or more calculated to bring every blessing to individuals, and
above all to homes. The public house, the drinking saloon, the
music hall, the obscure "shebeen," wherever, in one word, drink
is sold, is the ante-chamber of the secret society for men, and
ruin both of men and w^omen. On this point permit me to be
plain with you, my Catholic fellow-countrymen, as 1 may call you —
for 1 find that the majority, indeed the mass of the Catholic
congregations in Edinburgh, as well as in Glasgow, in Manchester,
in Leeds, in Birmingham, and in all the large towns of England
and Scotland, are, men and women, mainly, if not entu'ely,of Irish
l)irth or Irish blood, the children of Irish parents. It is, the
world knows, from you that the faith has come to Great Britain,
l)y the providence of God in this nineteenth century. In the
Highlands, I am told, there are some twelve thousand genuine
Scotch Catholics. In the Lowlands it is doubtful whether so
many genuine Scotch Catholics can be found ; but the number
of Catholics in Scotland is a quarter of a million, and the excess
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I believe the proportion in England, notwithstanding the con-
version of so many by reason and grace, and the holding out of
several old families, is still greater in favour of the Irish element.
From the converts and the good old Catholic fxmilies come
many blest with vocations for the Priesthood, who devote their
lives with great zeal to the service of the race which forms the
majority — the mass of the Church. Now I praise that mass, to
w^hich I myself belong, when it deserves to be praised ; but you
Avill allow me the liberty of a friend to blame a portion of it
when it deserves blame, God, Who knows nW hearts, knows
that I desire to do the blaming as a friend. I praise you for
what I see you do. The Churches, the Cathedrals — magnificent
in many cases as both are — the Schools, the Houses of the
Teaching Orders^ are mainly the work of your hands. The
Priesthood that has been brought to minister everywhere, and
the active Orders of men and women who teach, are kept in
the very largest measure, by you. Notwithstanding all your
burdens, your poverty, and your local wants — great everywhere —
you give with a willingness unequalled by any other race, to
every good work. Of you, at home and abroad, generous,
faithful people, it may be said, that you realize to the very letter
the truth that it is better to give than to receive. And what a
blessing do you not in return receive in this land, when you
remain ftiithful to the teachings of that religion for which God
has enabled you to do so much ! There is not a city I have
visited that I do not find some amongst you, who came to this
country as poor as the rest, already risen to affluence and ease,
sometimes to public and honourable position amongst their
fellow-citizens differing from them more widely in religion than
in race. There is no place where I have not been consoled
with the signs of substantial prosperity amongst you. Pleasant
it is for me, when visiting the many educational establishments
now, thank God, so plentifully diffused over the face of the
country, to find your sons in the Colleges, your daughters in
the Convents, and to know that not a few of them dedicate

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themselves to the highest service of God. These prove the
happy, holy homes which blessed them with true parental love
and care, and cast round their childhood the influences of
religion. I have at this moment before my mind's-eye the
death of an Irish mother who passed to eternity, since I com-
menced my present journey, consoled by having her death-bed
surrounded by children every one of whom were holy, and
several of whom had the happiness of being either Eeligious or
Priests. This valiant Catholic mother came to one of the great
cities of England the wife of an Irish working-man. She had
her reward surely in this life as well as in the next. In your
own midst, thgre are instances of the honest prosperity which
blesses the sober, well-conducted, though poor man, who comes
to this country to make an honest livelihood. If he be but
faithful to his religion, his life is always happy. His end is
always holy. His children " rise up and call him blessed." He
is a blessing to the Church and to this country. I could easily
prolong this picture ; but I must speak plainly upon another.
I have seen even in this city hundreds of little children, as I
passed yesterday, Sunday, through your streets ; many of them
were Catholics, certainly. Poor children ! they saluted me
reverently. They were, I found, sent — for the law happily forces
that — to the Catholic School. That was the reason why the light
of Faith was in their little eyes, which brightened at the sight ol
a Priest ; but alas ! the sign of hunger was upon the cheeks
and upon the almost naked limbs of many of them, without
shoes, without stockings, and in rags. I have seen children
too, many of whom I know to be Catholic and Irish, selling
newspapers in the streets on weekdays, and preparing, boys
and girls, for careers I shudder to contemplate, after a very few
years. On yesterday I- had evidence of the cause of their sad
state. I saw men and women, the fathers and mothers of these
children, crowding round public-houses, openly intoxicated, and
in consequent wretchedness upon the streets. I know of course
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from inquiries I made, that a large proportion was. These were
the degraded, abominable parents Avho reduced their own little
ones to the sad condition in which the Avhole world could see
them. I do not suppose that in a respectable gathering like this
such drunkards are found, but I allude to the matter in the
hope that my words r.nd opinions may, through you who are
here, come to them ; that they may know, that while I praise my
beloved fellow country people for what they have done so nobly
and so well for the ^vorks of religion, I have no words strong
enough to reprobate the conduct of those who give themselves to
drink in this country, at all. I say, at all. For to commence
with — where, I ask, is the working man to be found, or the
working man's wife, who, having undertaken the care and respon-
sibility (>f the present and the future of the numerous family it


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