We have seen in the late foreign newspapers, under the head of Rome, heavy complaints from his Holiness the Pope, of the want of respect shown in London to the Ambassador of his Holiness.
His Holiness was so much affronted as to complain of it to the full Consistory of his Cardinals, announcing that he will use the thunderbolt of excommunication entrusted to him by the Almighty, should such infamous measures continue.
It is not specifically stated what the offence was. Probably the present government at Lisbon desires to check the pernicious influence of the priests and friars, which has caused so many disasters to that devoted country, and it is for the measures of a civil internal administration - perhaps some defect in the etiquette - that the Pope, like another Jupiter Tonans, threatens the Portuguese with his thunderbolt.
Let us now see the consistency of this infallible Pope. What are those trespasses in Portugal, compared to what is now going on in another Roman Catholic country - the kingdom of Poland?
There an entire annihilation of the Roman Catholic faith is almost completed, and the inhabitants are compelled to embrace the Russian religion, with a new catechism in which the Czar is substituted for the Almighty, churches and convents have been destroyed, and the property and salaries of the Romish clergy have been taken away and given to the Russian priests.
What did the Pope do on hearing the complaints of the Popish clergy against such blasphemous proceedings, against that total extinction of his religion and power in Poland? Did he use his thunderbolt against the Russian despot?
No. He published a bull, by which he bids the Poles to obey implicitly all Nicholas’ Ukases! So much for the infallibility, the zeal, the consistency of his Holiness the Pope!
When the Catholic religion was in the ascendant in England, the health of the Pope was usually drank in a full glass immediately after dinner. “Au bon Pere” - hence the word ‘bumper’.