SIX VOLUMES IN ONE
BY THE DISTINGUISHED EXPONENTS OF CATHOLICISM
REV. HENRY DODRIDGE, D. D.
REV. HENRY EDWARD MANNING, D. D.
REV. F. LEWIS, of Granada
REV. STEPHEN KEENAN
REV. BERNARD VAUGHAN, S. J.
REV. THOMAS N. BURKE, O. P.
Now, then, let us suppose that the contradictories of the texts, I have quoted, were found in holy writ. As for instance, suppose our Saviour had said to St. Peter, " I will not build my Church upon a rock, and the gates of hell shall prevail against it." Suppose he had said to his Apostles, " I will not be with you unto the end of the world. I will not send the Holy Ghost to abide with you for ever. He shall not teach you all things, nor lead you into all truth." Finally, suppose St. Paul had positively declared, " that the Church is not the pillar and ground of truth; would not all men of sound sense have concluded from such texts, that there is no such thing, as an infallible Church on earth ? They certainly would; because the obvious and natural meaning of them is plain, that it is impossible not to draw that consequence from them. Now, if one part of two contradictories cannot but force a man of an unbiased judgment to conclude against the doctrine of infallibility, the other part is surely of equal force, to oblige him to conclude in favor of it. So that it. is nothing to the purpose, whether Protestants can, or cannot strain the texts I have produced, from their obvious and natural meaning; but it is very much to the purpose to consider, whether they can bring any evidence from scripture, to disprove the infallibility of the Church, of equal strength and clearness to the texts, I have brought to prove it. For if they cannot, as I am very sure they cannot; then it is manifest, that the word of God, and by consequence, the truth is on the Roman Catholic side, and against them.
I shall conclude this chapter with some quotations from the ancient fathers, to convince the reader, that the belief of an infallible Church was the primitive faith; and that those great lights of the Christian Church understood the texts, I have quoted, as Roman Catholics now do.