Excerpt from What Catholics Do Not Believe: A Lecture Delivered in Mercantile Library Hall, on Sunday Evening, December 16, 1877
Church would be a combination of contradictions. They are not opposed to the Church, but they are opposed to something which they think is the Catholic Church. To disabuse them of these errors, to teach those honest. Upright, devoted and religious people, in their way, what we believe, to remove these misapprehensions, is one of the duties before me tonight, as far as it is possible to be effected in a single lecture. It is a subject which ought to be interesting to a great number of people. Firstly, it ought to be interesting as a matter, indeed, of justice, to those who protest against the Church. No man has a right to protest against the opinions of another man, until. He shall have known these opinions from the man who holds them, or from the organization that professes them. This is very apparent in politics, by which it may be illustrated. Suppose a man, 'a stranger in the country, who knows but little of politics, has associated chieﬂywith Republicans. Suppose he meets a Democrat, and protests against the doctrine of the Democrat, and the Democrat asks him: Sir, have you ever read an authorized exposition of what the Dem0 crats believe? N o, sir. Have you ever heard a speech of a Democratic orator, or representative man one who is authorized to expound the principles of our party? N o, sir. Have youever had an exhaustive private conversation on the subject of the principles of the Democratic party? Well, I don't know that I have had. What have you heard about it? I confess, on reﬂection, that what I have heard of you has been from Republicans. Well, sir, says the Democrat, they are very bad authority. You have to know Democracy from Democrats. And, on the same principle, you have to know Catholicit-y from Catholics.
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