Thursday, 8 September 2016

The Catholic Church Alone. The One True Church of Christ. Part 143.

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.


Obj. 5. "The doctrine of Purgatory, was first built upon the credit of those fabulous dialogues attributed to Gregory the first."

Ans. This is very strange. For, according to the best of my skill in chronology, St. Austin lived about two hundred years before St. Gregory: St. Cyril of Jerusalem is more ancient than St. Austin ; and Tertullian than both. Yet these, and many more of the same antiquity, teach the doctrine of Purgatory as fully and clearly, as the council of Trent. Let us hear Mr. Thorndike, an eminent Protestant divine. " The practice," says he, " of the Church interceding for them [the dead] at the celebration of the Eucharist, is so general and so ancient, that it cannot be thought to have come in upon imposture, but that the same aspersion will seem to take hold of the common Christianity." Thorndike's just weights and measures, c. 16, p. 106.

This is somewhat more charitable and mannerly, than what the friendly adviser tells us, p. 36. "That the doctrine of Purgatory has been decreed by the Church of Rome, only to oblige people to give liberally for themselves, or their deceased friends to those, who sell their prayers so commonly, that they occasioned that proverb, 'no penny, no pater noster.' "

What wonderful exploits will not such logic as this perform against Popery! But, if it should be applied to baptisms and burials in the Church of England, I believe the parsons* would not be very much pleased with it. For let me tell the friendly adviser, "no penny, no pater noster," is much truer in Protestant baptisms and burials, than in Popish masses for the dead. For I fear there are' but few persons so disinterested, as to baptize, or bury without their fee; whereas, there are thousands of masses said for the dead, without the least view, or prospect of gain.