A dozen good reasons why the Irish Church should not be disestablished or disendowed.
[A Protestant, an honest man, and a well-wisher of Ireland].
The date '1868' is written in manuscript hand in iron gall ink on verso of this sheet. The Irish Church Act 1869 [32 & 33 Vict.c. 42] was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed during Gladstone's administration; it came into force on 1 January 1871. This sheet details twelve reasons why the Church of Ireland should not be disestablished. "A dozen good reasons why the Irish Church should not be disestablished or disendowed. 1.Because the Roman Catholics do not subscribe one half-penny to the Protestant Church, and never have done so. 2. Because the destruction of the Irish Church would not pacify Ireland in the least; there is no prejudice in Ireland against the Protestant Faith, the prejudice is against the English people, who conquered them, and treated them cruelly 700 years ago. The prejudice would remain the same if the English people all turned Roman Catholics to-morrow. 3. Because the Irish Church is the bulwark of the English Church, and if the Irish Church falls, the Welsh, Scottish, and English, will be placed in great danger. 4. Because the Clergy of the Irish Church live always among the people, are much respected, and, if they were dismissed, the poor Irish people, both Roman Catholic and Protestant, would lose many a kind benefactor and friend. 5. Because religious equality and the rights of property must be upheld in every country in which Queen Victoria is Sovereign, and therefore I will not allow the Irish Episcopalians or any other community to be plundered and robbed of their money, merely because they are not the Church of the majority. 6. Because confiscation is a new and dangerous policy to adopt in Ireland. In America and the British Colonies, although the State does not subsidise any form of religion, yet in no instance has the Government attempted to take away money once actually acquired, and hand it over to objects for which it was never intended. 7. Because St. Patrick, the founder of the Irish Church was of the Irish Church, was a Protestant, and for 700 years afterwards the Irish Church was Protestant; till Ireland was conquered by King Henry the Second of England, who made the poor Irish, much against their will, at the point of the bayonet turn Roman Catholics, and he and his successors kept them Roman Catholics for 380 years, until the time of Henry the Eighth, when they received permission to turn Protestant again, which the Bishops and Clergy and many of the people immediately did; and therefore the original Church of Ireland was a Protestant Church, and the Roman Catholics during the time they held rule were only usurpers, and are not therefore entitled to one farthing of the Church’s money. 8. Because the Roman Catholics were entitled to the money, yet the Protestant Church having since the reformation held it for 334 years, and as by the law of Great Britain a possession for 60 years gives a title, the present possessors have acquired a title to it more than five times over. 9. Because in the year 1800, when the Irish Parliament was abolished by its own consent, they made a bargain with the Parliament and people of England that the Protestant Church in Ireland should be upheld, and because in 1829, when the Catholic Emancipation Act was passed, the Irish Roman Catholic Bishops swore on their Bibles that they would never interfere with the rights and privileges of the Protestant Church. 10. Because the income of the Church in Ireland is very small. More than one English Nobleman has a larger income than that of all the Bishops and Clergymen in Ireland put together. 11. Because the Protestants in Ireland have always been and are now favourable to England, and I think we have enemies enough as it is in Ireland, without offending our only friends. 12. Because I believe that the proposal to disestablish and disendow the Irish Church is in which would put in jeopardy all property throughout the land, and would tend to revolution and not to progress. For these reasons I shall, as a Protestant, an honest man, and a well-wisher of Ireland, vote only for candidates who will support a policy of Church and State Alliance, both in England and Ireland.
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