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The Invitation Heeded: Reasons for a Return to Catholic Unity

by James Kent Stone
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9781290377362
Publisher:
HardPress Publishing
Publication date:
01/10/2012
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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CHAPTER II. THE PERPETUITY OF THE CHURCH. | HAT Protestant has not heard it said, perhaps by some popular preacher of the day, that " though the body of the Papacy exists still, the spirit and life have forsaken it, so as to leave nothing but a dead carcass ?" Do Protestants know who first hazarded that remarkable sentiment ? It was John Calvin, in his ' Gratulations' to a' Venerable Presbytery,' three hundred years ago. Men talk of the ' ages of faith' as though they had long passed by; but, verily, when I look abroad over this new American Continent, and observe the work which is noiselessly but ceaselessly going on here, and then think of the blindness which can still repeat that hackneyed flourish of Calvin's, another quotation comes into my mind, which was made once at Antioch in Pisidia: " Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish; for I work a work in your days, a work which you will not believe, if any man shall tell it you" And now let us face a problem which cannot fail to interest any intellectual man, whatever be his religious faith. Why is it that the Roman Catholic Church is so perpetually disappointing the prophecies of mankind ? The standing prediction of its approaching dissolution is good evidence that the Papacy does not contain in itself any apparent principle of life and growth, and yet it continues to put forth the signs of immortal youth after empires have fallen and passed away. Luther, too, wrote this modest epitaph for himself: " Pestis eram vivens, moriens ero raors tua, papa." It would be entertaining, if we had the time, to get together some of the theories which have been proposed for the solution of this enigma, and to test theirsatisfactoriness. There is Hobbes's famous saying, for instance, that the Papacy is " the ghost of...

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