The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 1
To show the opinions of Romanists themselves as to the obedience due to the Pope, read the following extract from the "Tablet," the English Roman Catholic Journal of Oct. 28, 1848, relative to the Irish Colleges:—
"The Holy See has now spoken. Its word has gone forth to the ends of the earth, and will never be recalled. All Catholics must bow to it, and render it obedience. If any sons of the Church, nominal or real, wished to gainsay what has now been written, it would be impossible for them to do so; and we hope and are most anxious to be persuaded that few—none, even—entertain a thought that would dishonour them for ever. No cleric can henceforth take a part in these Colleges; so that there can be no ecclesiastical president or vice-president in Gal way. No layman of high character can meddle with them, so that Cork is equally safe. Even the shadow of Catholic authority and protection, therefore, is wanting; and they must now stand on their true basis—that of un-Catholic or anti-Catholic establishments—'sinks of indifference and error,' but man-traps or soul-traps no longer. If Catholic students attend their halls, supposing halls ever to have a bodily existence, they must attend avowedly, because either their parents or themselves are careless of eternal ruin. Against such danger, no bishop and no pope can effectually provide. But at all events, a yellow flag has been hoisted over these receptacles and propagators of contagion. The mark of the Beast is upon them, and the brand of infamy has burnt down to their very bones."