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The Catholic World, Vol. 25, April 1877 to September 1877

The Catholic World, Vol. 25, April 1877 to September 1877
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The Catholic World, Vol. XXV

The Catholic World.
A Monthly Magazine Of General Literature And Science
Vol. XXV.
April, 1877, To September, 1877.
New York:
The Catholic Publication Society Company,
9 Barclay Street.
1877.
iii

CONTENTS

Alba’s Dream, 443, 621, 735

Along the Foot of the Pyrenees, 651

Among the Translators, 721

Ancient Music, Prose and Poetry of, 395

Anglicanism in 1877, 131

Catacombs, Testimony of the, 205

Christendom, The Iron Age of, 459

Cluny, The Congregation of, 691

College Education, 814

Colonization and Future Emigration, 677

Congregation of Cluny, The, 691

Copernican Theory, Evolution and the, 90

Count Frederick Leopold Stolberg, 535

Destiny of Man, Doubts of a Contemporary on the, 494

De Vere’s “Mary Tudor,” 261

Divorce and Divorce Laws, 340

Doubts of a Contemporary on the Destiny of Man, 494

Echternach, The Dancing Procession of, 826

Emigration, Colonization and Future, 677

English Rule in Ireland, 103

Eros, The Unknown, 702

European Exodus, The, 433

Evolution and the Copernican Theory, 90

France, The Political Crisis in, and its Bearings, 577

French Clergy during the late War in France, The, 247

Gothic Revival, The Story of the, 639

How Percy Bingham Caught his Trout, 77

Ireland, English Rule in, 103

Irish Revolution, The True, 551

Iron Age of Christendom, The, 459

Jane’s Vocation, 525

Job and Egypt, 764

Judaism in America, The Present State of, 365

Juliette, 667

Lavedan, The Seven Valleys of the, 748

Lepers of Tracadie, The, 191

Letters of a Young Irishwoman to her Sister, 56, 218, 377

Madonna-and-Child, The, a Test-Symbol, 804

Marshal MacMahon and the French Revolutionists, 558

“Mary Tudor,” De Vere’s, 261

Millicent, 777

Nagualism, Voodooism, etc., in the United States, 1

Nanette, 270

Natalie Narischkin, 32

Nile, Up the, 45, 236

Pan-Presbyterians, The, 843

Phil Redmond of Ballymacreedy, 591

Political Crisis in France and its Bearings, The, 577

Pope Pius the Ninth, 291

Pope’s Temporal Principality, The Beginning of the, 609

Presbyterian Infidelity in Scotland, 69

Present State of Judaism in America, The, 365

Prose and Poetry of Ancient Music, 395

Prussian Chancellor, The, 145

Pyrenees, Along the Foot of the, 651

Revolutionists, Marshal MacMahon and the French, 558

Romance of a Portmanteau, The, 403

Sannazzaro, 511

Scotland, Presbyterian Infidelity in, 69

Seven Valleys of the Lavedan, The, 748

Shakspere, from an American Point of View, 422

Six Sunny Months, 15, 175, 354, 478

Stolberg, Count Frederick Leopold, 535

Story of the Gothic Revival, The, 639

Tennyson as a Dramatist, 118

Testimony of the Catacombs, 205

The Beginning of the Pope’s Temporal Principality, 609

The Dancing Procession of Echternach, 826

The Doom of the Bell, 324

The European Exodus, 433

The Romance of a Portmanteau, 403

The True Irish Revolution, 551

The Unknown Eros, 702

Tracadie, The Lepers of, 191

Up the Nile, 45, 236

Veronica, 161

Voodooism, Nagualism, etc, in the United States, 1

POETRY.

A Thrush’s Song, 689

A Vision of the Colosseum, 318

A Waif from the Great Exhibition, 101

Ashes of the Palms, The, 142

Aubrey de Vere, To, 676

Birthday Song, A, 523

Brides of Christ, The, 420, 556, 701

Cathedral Woods, 665

Colosseum, A Vision of the, 318

Dante’s Purgatorio, 171

From the Hecuba of Euripides, 353, 550

From the Medea of Euripides, 638

ivHigher, 456

Italy, 745

Magdalen at the Tomb, 637

May, 246

May Carols, Two, 217

May Flowers, 189

Papal Jubilee, The, 289

Pope Pius IX., To, 363

Purgatorio, Dante’s, 171

St. Francis of Assisi, 11

The Ashes of the Palms, 142

To Aubrey de Vere, 676

Translation from Horace, 854

Wild Roses by the Sea, 338

NEW PUBLICATIONS.

A Question of Honor, 716

An Old World as seen through Young Eyes, 143

Beside the Western Sea, 718

Bessy, 720

Biographical Sketches, 717

Biographical Sketches of Distinguished Marylanders, 573

Carte Ecclésiastique des Etats-Unis de l’Amérique, 288

Childhood of the English Nation, The, 284

Christ, The Cradle of the, 281

Christopher Columbus, The Life of, 572

Classic Literature, 280

Code Poetical Reader, The, 287

Complete Office of Holy Week, The, 144

Comprehensive Geography, The, 144

Consolation of the Devout Soul, The, 286

Cradle of the Christ, The, 281

Discipline of Drink, The, 575

Dora, Bessie, Silvia, 720

Dr. Joseph Salzmann’s Leben und Wirken, 285

Ecclesiastical Law, Elements of, 860

Edmondo, 720

English Nation, Childhood of the, 284

Essays and Reviews, 429

Geometry, Elements of, 860

God the Teacher of Mankind, 720

Golden Sands, 430

Heroic Women of the Bible and the Church, 288

Hofbauer, Ven. Clement Mary, Life of, 432, 572

Known Too Late, 576

Lady of Neville Court, The, 432

Legends of the B. Sacrament, 574

Libraries, Public, in the United States of America, 855

Life of the Ven. Clement Mary Hofbauer, 432, 572

Magister Choralis, 430

Marylanders, Distinguished, Biographical Sketches of, 573

Musica Ecclesiastica, 144

Paradise of the Christian Soul, The, 576

Philip Nolan’s Friends, 719

Priesthood in the Light of the New Testament, 713

Problem of Problems, The, 282

Reply to the Hon. R. W. Thompson, 719

Report of the Board of Education of the City and County of New York, 715

Roman Legends, 718

Salzmann’s Leben und Wirken, 285

Sidonie, 574

Songs of the Land and Sea, 720

Spirit Invocations, 576

Summa Summæ, 288

The Catholic Keepsake, 720

The Little Pearls, 718

The Pearl among the Virtues, 720

The Story of Felice, 720

The Wonders of Prayer, 718

Why are We Roman Catholics? 288

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THE CATHOLIC WORLD.
VOL. XXV., No. 145.—APRIL, 1877.

NAGUALISM, VOODOOISM, AND OTHER FORMS OF CRYPTO-PAGANISM IN THE UNITED STATES.

When the Almighty introducedthe children of Israel into thePromised Land he enjoined theutter extirpation of the heathenraces, and the destruction of all belongingto them. But the tribesgrew weary of war; they spared,and their subsequent history showsus the result. The Chanaanites becamein time the conquerors andmade the Hebrews their subjectspolitically and in religion. Thepaganism learned on the banks ofthe Nile had become but a faintreminiscence in the minds of thedescendants of those who marchedout under Moses and Aaron; butthe worship of Baal and of Molochand of Astaroth overran the land.A long series of disasters endingwith the overthrow of their nationalexistence, and a seventy years’ captivity,were required to purge theHebrew mind of the poison imbibedfrom the heathen remnant.Then all the power of the Alexandriansovereigns failed to compelthem to worship the gods of Greece.Omnes dii gentium dæmonia is astatement, clear, plain, and definite,that we Catholics cannot refuseto accept. Modern indifferentismmay regard all the pagan worshipsas expressions of truth, and theworship of their deities as somethingmerely symbolical of the operationsof nature, not the actualrendering of divine honors. But tous there can be no such theory. Theworship was real and the objectswere demons, blinding and misleadingmen through their passions andignorance. The very vitality of paganismin regaining lost ground,and in rising against the truth,shows its satanic character.

The experience of the Jewishpeople is reproduced elsewhere.When Christianity, beginning theconquest of Europe with Greeceand Italy, closed its victorious careerby reducing to the cross theScandinavians and the Germantribes of Prussia, later even than theconversion of the Tartaric Russians,there was left in all lands apagan element, on which the arch-enemybased his new schemes of revoltand war upon the truth. Weof the Gentiles, whether from the2sunny south or the colder north,bear to this day, in our terms for thedivisions of the week and year, thenames of the deities whom our heathenancestors worshipped—the demonswho blinded them to thetruth. The Italian, Frenchman,and Spaniard thus keep alive thememory of Jupiter, Mercury, Mars,Venus, and Saturn; the Germanand Scandinavian tribes of Tuisco,Woden, Thor, Freya, and Sator.Janus opens the year, followed byFebruata, Juno, and Mars; Maiaclaims a month we dedicate toMary, and which the Irish in hisown language still calls the Fire ofBaal—Baal-tinne.

Earth and time even seem notenough; we go, so to speak, to thevery footstool of God, and namethe glorious orbs that move in celestialharmony through the realmsof space, from the very demons whofor ages received from men thehonors due to God—from Jupiterand Saturn, Venus and Mars, Junoand Ceres, Castor and Pollux, andthe whole array of gods and demi-gods.

And it is a strange fact that theonly attempt made to do awaywith these pagan relics was that ofthe infidel and bloodthirsty Revolutionistsof France, pagan in allbut this.

We bear, as it were, badges of ourheathen origin—tokens, perhaps,of the general apostasy which, assome interpreters hold, will oneday behold the Gentile nations renounceChristianity, when the numberof the elect is to be completedfrom the remnant of the Jews.

In the heresies, schisms, and revoltsagainst the church the paganelement appears as an uprising, anattempt to retrieve a defeat bycausing an overthrow of the victoriouschurch even where a restorationof the old demonic gods seemsin itself hopeless. The Germantribes and those of Scandinavia, receivingthe faith later than the Latinand Celtic races, revolted fromthe church while the remembranceof pagan rites and license was stillfresh. The so-called Reformationwas essentially gross and sensual,and none the less so because theChristian influence made the absoluterejection of God for a time impossible,and compelled it to borrowtone, and expression, and theouter garb of Christianity. Vice,in its open and undisguised form,would have shocked communitiesthat had tasted of Christian truth.The arch-enemy was subtle enoughto meet the wants of the case, andto present what would appear tothe sixteenth century as true, asshrewdly as he presented the grosserforms to earlier minds grossenough to accept them. But, itmay be said, it is going too far tomake all heresies diabolical; yet thechurch so speaks. If, in the prayerfor the Jews on Good Friday, it asksthat God would remove the veilfrom their hearts, that light mightshine in upon the darkness, we cannotbut observe that when the petitionsarise for those misled byheresy, the church speaks of themas souls deceived by the fraud ofthe devil. The New Testament isfull of allusions to this war of thearch-enemy: he is held up as onewho will come to some as a roaringlion, terrifying and alarming; whileto others he comes as an angel oflight, plausible and Heaven-sent, asit were, raising up false teacherswhose reasonings would, were thatpossible, deceive even the elect.And St. Paul tells us that ourstruggle is not with flesh and blood—notwith the men who are but instruments—butwith the spirits of3darkness who are the prime movers.

The war waged took differentforms. In the north sensualismand the grosser forms of self-indulgencewere the revolt against thespirit of mortification, of self-conquestand control. It required andhad no aid from the imagination,art, poetry, music. But at thesouth the old pagan classics, imbuedwith the religion of Greeceand Rome, became the literature ofthe new Christian world and exerciseda steadily-increasing paganinfluence. In the French Revolution,and in the modern less bloodybut as deadly Masonic war, we

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