This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...Ireland, and Scotland, who may claim also to represent those of the whole British Empire, unite in offering to you this tribute of our affection and our respect upon your elevation to the rank of Cardinal by the voice of our common Father, Leo XIII. We salute you as henceforth a chosen Counsellor of our Mother, the Holy Roman Church. Bear with us if we attempt to enumerate some special reasons in the past course of your life for which the Holy Father may have thought fit to set upon it this seal of his approval. In the first portion of your life, reaching to full middle age, we find you the chief thinker and the great writer of a movement in the bosom of the Anglican Church which has led to momentous results. In a series of sermons, tracts, and controversial works, you did all that genius armed with learning and dialectic skill could do, to defend the religious community in which you had been nurtured. Compelled by the inward progress of conviction to surrender that defence, you had attained at the moment of your conversion to the Catholic faith a position as a Preacher, a Writer, and a Controversialist, and you wielded a personal influence over the minds of men, such as, in the opinion of your countrymen, had never been reached by any minister of any rank in the Established Church during the three centuries of its existence. The effect of twelve years of unexampled work as its defender, terminated by your conversion, was to impress upon thinking minds, even though they did not follow you in your submission to the Catholic Church, the conviction that the system which you had left could never again be defended upon the principle of authority. It was a great example, the force of which all felt could never be exceeded. It needed the united gifts of...
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