Friday, 5 August 2016

The Catholic Church Alone. The One True Church of Christ. Part 124.

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.


Hence, it plainly follows, that the second part of the distinction utterly overthrows the aforementioned article of the Nicene Creed. And if one article can ever prove false, we may give up the rest for company's sake, and the Apostle's Creed into the bargain.

Again, I argue thus. The Church of Christ on earth has either always been One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, or not. If not, then those, who said the Nicene Creed, whilst there was no such Church, professed that they believed a thing which was false. But if Christ always had such a Church, then I must be so free as to tell the reformed gentlemen, that a Church, which we believe and profess to be One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic in her doctrine, is proof against any Protestant distinction : and to reform the faith of such a Church, is the same bold attempt, and as unwarrantable, as to reform the creed itself.

I shall conclude this section with observing, how unlucky our adversaries are in their favorite distinction, since in the first part of it they contradict themselves, and in the second, they give the lie to the word of God, and the Nicene Creed. But something was to be said to throw dust before the eyes of ignorant people. The promises of Christ were positive, and clear against them. If they denied all, the matter would have an ill appearance. If they granted all the reformation was utterly overthrown. The best way, therefore, in so difficult case, was to split and divide. A distinction in disputes makes a handsome figure, and a show at least of saying something, though nothing to the purpose. But their well-affected brethren would not perceive this. And, therefore, it was better to do so, than be silent, and give up all, when all was at stake. But I have still something more to say to the second part of the distinction.