The Primacy of the Apostolic See Vindicated

9781483925127: The Primacy of the Apostolic See Vindicated

THIS work first appeared in the year 1887, in the form of letters to the Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Vermont, John Henry Hopkins, in reply to a work on the Church of Rome, addressed by him to the Roman Catholic Hierarchy. In 1845 it was enlarged, and took the form of a general treatise on the Primacy; and in 1848 it was republished, with an improved arrangement of the matters which it embraced. In 1858 a German translation, made by Rev. Nicholas Steinbacher, S. J., was issued, with some alterations made by me in the last edition. The present edition contains some further corrections, although of little importance. The submission of Mr. Thomas Allies to the authority of the Holy See, of which he has become an able defender, rendered it proper to retrench many observations made in refutation of his positions as an apologist of the Church of England. Mr. Manning (later Henry Edward Cardinal Manning) also, now recognising the centre of unity, no longer deserves the reproach of inconsistency. The many striking avowals made by Dr. J. W. Nevin, late President of Marshall College, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, are freely quoted in support of the authority of the Catholic Church and of· the Holy See, although it may perplex the reader to understand how he should still remain out of our communion. The other alterations to this edition are chiefly verbal. The work now goes before the publio in a permanent form, being stereotyped, with the hope that it may serve to dispel those prejudices which withhold 80 many from union with the See of Peter, of which Augustin has well said that God has established the doctrine of truth in the chair of unity. Archbishop Kenrick begins: “To first question which presents itself to the mind in reference to the important subject of the Church, is, whether Christ our Lord formed the multitude of His followers into a society, and appointed officers to govern them. There are many at the present day, who confidently answer in the negative, contending that He left it entirely optional with believe in His doctrine, to associate under whatever form they pleased for the furtherance of the great objects of His divine mission.”

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