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· BaltimoRE.-According to the U. S. Catholic Magazine, the Trustees of the St. Patrick's Church of that city have set a noble example and given proof of their truly Catholic spirit, by transferring the title of the church's property to the Most Rev. Archbishop, who solemly consecrated the edifice on the 1st of May, according to the form prescribed in the Roman Pontifical.
Chicago.—The first Ordination in this new diocese took place in the cathedral of this city, shortly after the arrival of the Rt. Rev. Bishop-Messrs. Bernard McGorick and P. McMahon were ordained Priests towards the close of March.
New-York. The materials for a large Catholic church are now being delivered on Batavia street near Union (Buffalo.) The edifice is to be eighty feet wide by one hundred and eighty-two feet long, with a school-house and parsonage connected therewith, forty by eighty feet long. The title of it will be vested in Bishop Hughes, the officiating head of the church in this diocese. The land has been gratuitously given by Mr. James Milnor.—Buf. Com. Adv.
Canada.—We learn from the Melanges Religieux of Montreal, the following consoling facts. M. Pettipierre, minister of a subdivision of the sect called Evangelicals, after several private conferences with Rev. Mr. Coulmont, Parish Priest of Saulzior, being convinced of the truth of the Catholic religion, resolved to embrace it, and succeeded in pursuading 170 of his brethren to unite with him in this happy change. Very Rev. M. Phillippe, the Vicar General, was deputed by the Archbishop to bring the matter to a conclusion, and having came to Saulzior on the 19th of April, had a private interview with M. Pettipierre. On the following day a conference of two hours length was held in presence of the persons wishing to make the change, at the close of which they expressed their desire to inake their abjuration on the next day, Sunday. Accordingly, after Vespers, the Vicar General addressed them a preparatory exhortation, and by his permission, M. Pettipierre also made them a short address, and then in the name of all, with their concurrence, made the solemn abjuration. They subsequently received the sacrament of penance and the Eucharist, and left Saulzior, some for Avesnes-lez-Aubert, others for Solesmes, in both which places the Archbishop is to administer the sacrament of confirmation. Glory to God on Hich.- Cath. Herald.
Italy.—Rome. On the 26th of January, the cause of the beatification of the venerable servant of God, Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, was placed, for the first time, in presence of his Holiness. This venerable man closed his saintly career of life during the course of the last century, and was the founder of the “Congregation of Missionaries of the Holy Ghost," and of the Institute of the “Sisters of Wisdom.”
PARMA.—Maria Louisa, the Archduches of Parma, by a decree of the 20th of March last, has re-established the Order of Jesuits in her States, and authorized the opening of a Jesuit college at Parma.
· ENGLAND.—Let us only consider a few of the numerous churches and chapels that have been erected within the last ten years in the proper style, or that are now erecting. The first place must be given to St. George's glorious church, London, which is a perfect revival of an ancient parochial church; then comes St. Barnabas's, Nottingham, which in many respects will be superior to the former; next must be ranked St. Gile's, Cheadle, which though smaller than the two preceding, will excel them in magnificence of detail. St. Mary's, Derby, and St. Chads, Birmingham, ought perhaps, to be mentioned next, but I will take no particular order. St. John's Chapel, Alton; St. Alban's, Macclesfield; St. Oswald's Liverpool ; St. Wilfred's, Manchester; a new church erecting in Newcastle ; St. Mary's, Dudley; convents of the Sisters of Mercy in Birmingham and Liverpool ; St. Bede's, Masbro; Jesus Chapel, Pomfret; Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Coventry; St. Mary's, Stackton-on-Tees; St. Mary's, Warwick Bridge; St. Ann's, Keighley ; St. Mary's, Southport; St. Andrew's, Cambridge ; a collegiate chapel in Northampton ; St. Mary's, Lynn, Norfolk; St. Mary's, Uttoxeter; St. Bernard's Abbey, Leicestershire; Kenilworth Church.- Orthodox Journal.
IRELAND.— The foundation stone of a new college, under the invocation of St. Patrick, was laid by Dr. Harold, Provincial of the Dominicans in Ireland, at Esker; and at Kells a new convent was opened by the zealous and pious pastor of the place, Rev. Mr. McEvoy.
Spain.—The image of the Blessed Virgin of Mount-Serrat, before which St. Ignatius conceived the first design of the Society of Jesus, has been restored to that celebrated Sanctuary by order of Queen Christina, on passing through Barcelona. We hope that this may be a presage of the restoration of that Society to this unhappy country, which after many severe trials and chastisements seems to be fast returning to the peaceful paths of order and religion.
Germany.–The rulers of Germany seem to rival each other as respects the interests of the church :
The King of Bavaria has given a donation of 160,000 florins (about $75,000) from his private purse, for the restoration of the old and celebrated cathedral of Spire. The King of Prussia has yielded to the desires of the Catholics of Munster, in Westphalia, and assigned a church for the use of the Catholic soldiers of the garrison, and made provision for the support of the chaplain, to be appointed by the Bishop. The Grand Duke of Baden has authorized the Archbishop of Friburg to introduce the “Sisters of Charity” for the poor and the sick into the Duchy.
TURKEY.—Constantinople. There are at present in this capital of the Turkish Empire fifteen “Sisters of Charity” connected with the motherhouse of Paris. They have upwards of five hundred children under their charge, composed of Christians, Jews, Americans, Greeks and Musulmen. About 20,000 poor and sick of all sects and nations have found relief from their charities, and a great number of christians have been bought by them from Turkish oppression and set at liberty.
Africa.-Egypt.—Mehemet Ali has given the French Lazarists a vast tract of land, and abundant materials for the erection of a College. The same Zealous Missionaries have commenced to see their efforts crowned in Abyssinia : New churches have been lately erected at Sennaar, Kartour and Gondar. Two Abyssinian priests were converted to Catholicity, and more were expected to follow soon. The only real opposition our Faith meets now in Abyssinia is from the part of the despot Abouna, who styles himself Archbishop of Abyssinia, and has reached the twentieth year of his age.
Asia.-Missionaries are almost daily pouring into Asia from Europe in quest of souls and martyrdom. Six priests left Nantes on the 14th of January for Siam and Malaisia, and three embarked for China. In Rome the Rev. Isidore Cajetan Naronha, a native of Goa and descended from an ancient and illustrious family of Bramins, who were among the first converts of St. Francis Xavier, was ordained priest on the 2d of February. He celebrated his first Mass in the church of the "Jesus,' at the altar of St. Frances Xavier, the apostle of his country, and in an especial manner of his own family, who have ever since remained steadfast and devoted in the faith. May God in his goodness grant that this new labourer, when returned to his native land, be instrumental in bringing back to the fold of Christ the thousands of christians, involved in the Portuguese schism of Goa !
OBITUARY. Died at Rome on 19th April in the 8th year of his age, Cardinal BARTHOLOMEW Pacca, born at Benevento on 25th December 1756. He was proclaimed Cardinal by Pius VII., in the Consistory of 23d February 1801. His services and sufferings in the cause of the Chnrch are well known, he having accompanied the Pontiff into captivity. His memoirs of that period, published some years ago, and his discourse on the actual state of the Catholic religion, delived last year, are full of interest.
APPROBATION. The Catholic CABINET is published with my approbation, and appears to me calculated to promote the interests of the Catholic Religion in this Diocese.
+ PETER RICHARD, Bishop of St. Louis.
THE REV. ROMAIN WEINZOEPFLEN. 1. Trial of Romain Weinzæpflen, Catholic priest at Evansville, Vanderburgh
County, Indiana, on a charge of rape preferred by Mrs. Anna Maria Schmoll; held at Princeton, State of Indiana, Gibson Circuit Court, March Term, 1844, on a change of venue from the Vanderburgh Circuit. Reported by A. E. DRAPIER, printer, stenographer, &c. Louisville. W. N. Haldeman and B.
J. Webb: 1844.—1. vol. 12mo. pp. 210. 2. Report of the Trial and Conviction of Romain Weinzæpflen, a Roman Cath
olic priest, for rape committed upan the person of Mrs. Anna Maria Schmoll, while at confession, in the Catholic Church at Evansville, Indiana—1844: Pamphlet : 12mo. pp. 80. Here we have two distinct Reports of a very important and exciting trial; both of them, too, drawn up by Protestants, and both widely circulated in the community. For two years public expectation has been kept on tiptoe in regard to the final issue of this trial: men have discussed the merits of the case on both sides; and have decided according to their respective prejudices or their appreciation of the evidence. We can scarcely hope by any thing that we may say to alter the opinion of any one; and yet we intend to uphold, in one brief paper, the views which struck us, on a careful perusal of all the evidence as spread out in both Reports. And we trust to do this with fairness and impartiality.
Little need be said, on the relative merits or accuracy of the Reports. Their very appearance and title-pages bespeak their respective characters. No one can even glance at them, without coming to the conclusion, that one is a full and impartial, the other, erparte and garbled—or at least a violently prejudiced, statement. The one is a "trial for a charge preferred;" the other "a trial and conviction ivr a rape committed,” &c: the one contains all the evidences and speeches on both sides, the other wholly omits one of the most important speeches for the defence--that of Mr. Dixon: the one gives us, in vol. 2.
a supplement, much additional matter absolutely necessary, for a full understanding of the whole case; the other does no such thing, but, instead thereof gives by way of preface, a most prejudiced statement of what occurred before the final trial: finally, the one is drawn up by an experienced and professional stenographer, an impartial witness, and a Protestant; the other is drawn up by a violent partisan, Wm. H. Chandler, who had not only prejudged the case, but who, in conjunction with another, Mr. Chandler, had been, from the beginning, a most ruthless enemy of the Rev. Mr. Weinzæpslen.
“Straws show which way the wind blows,” according to the old proverb ; and there are yet some additional circumstances, trivial in themselves, which serve to show the relative character of these two publications. The pamphlet of the Chandlers comes out without any name on its title-page, and without informing us even where the thing was printed ; the author's name is learned only from the certificate of copy-right, and from other certificates, among which stands conspicuous that of the impartial judge Embry. Were the publishers ashamed of their name? Were they ashamed to tell us where the report was printed? Why this wariness? Why this fighting behind the bush? Why not come out like honest men, and tell us all of their whereabouts ? Does truth court concealment ?
How different the character of Mr. Drapier, the other reporter? He does not sail under false colours, or rather, no colours at all, like a piratical or suspicious craft! Honestly and openly he tells us every thing that we could ask. He pronounces no opinion; shows hiinself no partisan; but frankly gives us the whole evidence. Which of the two, we ask, is deserving of credit ? Which is more impartial and honest? Which is less open to the suspicion of prejudice and self-interest? We leave it to the candid to decide.
That the Report of the Chandlers is garbled and ex-parte, we think no candid person will hesitate to pronounce. That it is io be relied on, at least whenever it departs from the record of the evidence, few impartial men will believe. Yet, we must do it the justice to say, that it is substantially faithful, as far as the evidence actually taken in court is concerned. And no thanks to its publishers for this. They could not give us fslse evidence without instant detection, by a comparison with the court records. And this is all that is implied in the certificate of Judge Embry, which, therefore, amounts to nothing in regard to the question of entire fairness in the Report.
But if this partisan Report gives us the evidence as recorded in court, it gives it to us in its most hideous and revolting form and details; no veil of modesty is thrown over it; it is gross and obscene in the extreme: no female can read it, if she have any self-respect; and even the most hardened profligate must read it with a blush! Such is not the case with the Report of Mr. Drapier. While he has faithfully adhered to the substance of the evidence, he has wisely softened down its gross expressions, veiling them with the mantle of decency: the reader is not ashamed of human nature in the perusal.