Excerpt from The Catholic World, Vol. 10: A Monthly Magazine of General Literature and Science; October, 1869, to March, 1870
It is a great mistake to suppose that the Catholic believes what the church believes and teaches on any human authority. To assume it begs the whole question. The act of faith the Catholic makes is, O my God! I believe all the sacred truths the Holy Catholic 'church believes and teaches, oocanse thou hast reveal ed them, who canst neither deceive nor be deceived. The church can declare to be of faith only what God has revealed, and her authority in faith is the authority not of the law-maker, but of the witness and interpreter of the law. In faith we believe the word of God, we believe God on his word in the last analysis, that God is true, Dons est vorax. Better authority than the word of God there is not and cannot be, and nothing is or can be more reasonable than to believe that God is true, or to believe God on his word, without a voucher.
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