The Claims of the Catholic Church; A Letter to the Parishioners of Saint Paul's, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Claims of the Catholic Church; A Letter to the Parishioners of Saint Paul's, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...of our Divine Redeemer The question is, then, What was this primitive doctrine? and on this point we have the concurrent testimony of all antiquity, confirmed by historical evidence, and proved by divine authority, that-the doctrine of the Primitive Church was the same as the doctrine of the Catholic Church in the present day, and therefore the only true interpretation of the words of institution is that which agrees with the doctrine of the Church as held from the beginning. The Catholic Faith is derived, not directly from the writings of the Apostles, but from their teaching, delivered and preserved by the infallible guidance of the Holy Ghost, and therefore, when Catholics appeal to Scripture, it is not so much for the proof as for the confirmation of doctrine already proved by Divine Tradition. For the Bible is not the book in which these doctrines were originally revealed "and delivered to the Church, but it is a collection of inspired documents, containing a series of authentic records illustrating the external progress of Christianity in the world, and including frequent allusions to the internal doctrines of our holy religion. This ia not a mere opinion, but a plain fact, which it is impossible to deny. And the whole system of Christianity would have been precisely the same at the present day, if the New Testament had never been written at att. This is, indeed, exactly the case supposed by St. Irena&us in the latter part of the 2nd century, in opposition to the heresies of his time, and we find the modern Catholic line of argument fully adopted by him, a.nd a few years afterwards by Tertullian, in which they both appeal to the constant Tradition of the Church, and the unbroken succession of PEIM1TITB TRADITION. 51 Bishops more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236579666
  • 9781236579669