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and large towns . Yet our author exceedingly disdains the idea of persecuting error indirectly , and appears to lament that " our different acts of toleration have been too often granted , not upon any broad principle , but from mere motives of expediency . " ( P . 27 . )
We understand that the Committee of Civil Rights has determined to revert , in a great degree , to the simplicity of the original proposition , and to present a Bill authorizing the parties to appear before the parish minister in the church or vestry , at his option , and after contracting marriage in the solemn and expressive -form prescribed by the act of the Commonwealth , so as to avoid the most distant pretence of interfering with the Liturgy , to have the
marriage registered upon payment of the usual fees . Banns and licences to continue upon the footing of the general law . That the Bill so altered will please all parties in the Church , past experience forbids us to hope ; but recent events justify the expectation that Unitarians , with an admitted grievance , will not be again thrust out of parliament upon a series of inconsistent
and ill-disguised pretences , that their Bill is too comprehensive , or too partial—that it provides too little or too much for religious celebration—that it asks the established priest to mutilate his forms , or that it sets up a rival body of religious officers—or , to crown the whole , that the petitioners are , by the common law , aliens from civil as well as religious privilege , and , therefore , ought to be compelled to bend the knee to the God of Trinitarians .
Art . V . —Les Jhuites Modernes , fyc . Modern Jesuits . By the Abbe * Martial Marcet de la Roche-Arnaud . 8 vo . pp . 200 . Paris , 1826 . The revival of the order of the Jesuits in France under the restored dynasty of the Bourbons , has produced a very powerful sensation in the public mind .
Their insidious and arbitrary proceedings , countenanced as they are understood to be by the court and the ministry , have been viewed with serious alarm by a large portion of the enlightened population , and the press has teemed with publications which were intended to weaken or subvert their influence by
exposing their principles , and holding out their practices to general contempt and abhorrence . Among the works of this class the " Modern Jesuits" of the Abbe * de la Roche-Arnaud has attained pre-eminent celebrity . The author is a
young ecclesiastic , who may be considered in some respects as a spy in the enemy's camp . He had mixed much with the society , but whether with a view of becoming a member does not appear ; and he avails himself of the knowledge he had acquired to reveal
secrets , which would have been sought in vain from a faithful adherent to the Company of Jesus . His book has obtained a most rapid and extensive circulation ; and it forms one , if not the principal , of those works which led to the late famous project for restraining the liberty of the press in France , which its sage authors have lately been compelled to abandou . In an address to the reader
the Abbe gives a short view of the present constitution of the Society of Jesuits , specifying the principal officers , and describing their functions . The Chief is called the General , who is deemed amenable only to Jesus Christ or to the Pope . The next in rank are his assist ants , who have the charge of provinces , and divide among them all the countries of the earth . Next follows the Provin ~
cial , who is the chief of a province , and , like the General , has his council , consisting of his Secretary-General , Procurator-General , &c . Every college has its Hector , who is sometimes styled the Master-Father , having also his council of assistants under different denominations . Every house has besides its Prefect in spiritual things , to whom alone the members of the society are to make confession ;
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CRITICAL NOTICES .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), May 2, 1827, page 371, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1796/page/59/