Manual of Romish Controversy
Excerpt from Manual of Romish Controversy: Being a Complete Refutation of the Creed of Pope Pius IV I. "I most stedfastly admit and embrace Apostolic and Ecclesiastical Traditions, and all other observances and constitutions of the same Church. II. "I also admit the Holy Scripture, according to that sense which our Holy Mother, the Church, has held and does hold, to which it belongs, to judge of the true sense and interpretation of the Scriptures; neither will I ever take and interpret them otherwise than according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers." - First Two Article of Creed of Pope Pius IV. All admit the necessity of a rule or standard of faith, 25. The Romish Rule theoretically is Scripture and Tradition, 25. The Council of Trent pays equal respect to Scripture and Tradition. According to Rome (quotation from Bossuet) there is an unwritten word, as well as written, 26. The Romish Rule practically is the Decrees of Popes, or Councils sanctioned by Popes, 27. Dr. Milner quoted in proof, 27. Romish Arguments (answered): 1. Before the Mosaic age there was no written law. Answer - Then less necessary than now, and yet corruption prevailed, 27. 2. All that Christ did is not written. Answer - All is written that is essential, 28. 3. The disciples were not fully instructed by Christ. Answer - They were fully instructed after the Pentecost, 28. 4. The Apostles command the ordinances to be kept. Answer - All is written that is essential, 28. 5. "The rest will I set in order when I come." Answer - the same as No. 4, 28. 6. Whatever was delivered by the Apostles is to be held fast. Answer - Most true; but Rome cannot prove that her Traditions are apostolic, 29. 7. The exhortation to "hold fast the form of sound words" only proves the necessity of adhering to apostolic teaching, 29. 8. All that is essential about the Apostles is written, 29. Tradition not the Rule. 1. Oral Tradition untrustworthy, 30.Scriptural case proving this from John xxi. 22, 23. 30. 2. The Fathers contradict each other, 30. 3. The Romish Rule inaccessible, 31. 4. Tradition is condemned by Christ, and by the apostles, 32.Rome cannot prove her Tradition divine, 32. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.