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Boston Jesuit (Newspaper) - April 16, 1831, Boston, MassachusettsCatholic Sentinel. Al 9 of a a Vij r. J-ij., a it to to v try a sinus pro Nobis its Contra nos in in con be for us who is against us a rom. I. Xxxi. Vol. Ii. Boston saturday april 16. 1931. No. Xxxix. The Jesuit Publ hed weekly to appear every saturday by wil1iat. Smith Lor the in Ron icons at s3 per annul in Advance. All Moat be Post paid and directed to the Koroit of the Jeh Cit Quot of a Ovton. Mana. The object 1 to explain did Nae and defend the a Rin Tiplea of the oni holy Catholic and aeon Toltec cht7rch. Orrick. Bromfield Streel the Triumph of truth in tin conversion of the Rev. J. A. Mason from the errors of methodism to the Catholic Faith. H Ritten by himself. Continued from Page 24�, be. 32. I leave it to my readers to form their own judgment upon this Chain of argumentation 1 candidly confess to uie it appeared excellent and Hud 1 vol had a number of objections upon my mind which bubbled like the buoys on the shallows of the troubled main the voice of reason and conscience would have told my on the spot this reasoning is unanswerable. However it had the effect of introducing the infallibility of the Catholic Church and in opposition to this doctrine 1 brought Forward the contentions of religious orders which at that time 1 look for different systems of Inith but which i found were Only orders in the same Church follow ing the rules of their respective founders for acquiring greater perfection but All professing the same Faith and obeying the Saino general authority of the Church. I brought Forward Scholastic questions which had been warmly disputed. Here i Learnt that catholics arc As free to dispute where the essence of divine Faith or the Unity of the Church is not the Point in question As any protestant. I urged the opposition of councils. Here i was answered that councils had been held by schismatics Aud heretics and these councils had passed decrees in opposition to the Church but for this the Church was not responsible. The Church might herself decree in matters of Mere discipline at one time and see Good to decree the contrary at another time As the master of a great household May have just reasons to forbid that to be done in the afternoon which he had commanded in the morning but i was defied to produce two councils of the Church opposing each other in matters of Faith. I produced Many things which i called novelties in Faith particularly those of Purgatory images invocation of saints sacrifice of the mass All which i had sworn a few years before was Damnable idolatry and i Bona fide contended they were so. This variety of subjects regarding Faith Aud others regarding the discipline of the Catholic Church such As the tyranny of the priests ignorance of the people taking Nival the key of knowledge and of the word of life inquisitions murders and the like formed a series of disputation which lusted from Whit tues Day ibi8, till the Fulli of March 1819, sometimes by personal interviews and at other times by letter. I sought the Aid of Tillot son jewel Stillingfleet and others. 1 brought Forward All the objections which mature reflection much Reading and Strong prejudices could suggest. 1 read All the books 1 could find on the protestant and or. Martyn furnished me with Many on the Catholic Side of the question. 1 weighed evidence against evidence proof against proof and in Reading the volumes after volumes which passed under my Eye i took notes of every thing material and if at any time a thought crossed my mind on which 1 thought i could build an argument in favor of protestantism 1 failed not to Mark it Down i wished above All things to prove the Catholic religion false i prayed daily for divine Light on tins most important of All subjects but in spite of myself the beam continued to Preponderate on the Side of the Catholic Church. Scripture history the language of the fathers the monuments of ancient times our very liturgies festivals and the venerable and stately fabric of the Catholic Church and the very nature of the Cath Olic religion itself conspired to overwhelm me with the evidence of her divine authority. I could not remove from my mind the impressions which the Rule of Faith had produced. If the Christian religion be divine thought 1, it must be one unchangeable system if divine it must also be of perpetual obligation and if unchangeable and of perpetual obligation it must he known and if known there must be u visible Church professing ii and invested with perpetual authority to teach it Aud if so this authority must be infallible for perpetual unchangeable ass cannot be secured without infallible guidance. Day und night for my nights were sleepless a voice vol the whisper of peace but the cry of alarm sounded in my cars a a there must be infallibility some w the nature of truth requires it the dissensions of sects require it your own uneasiness and incertitude of mind require it is ill the scriptures i replied with trepidation. But this was the very Point in questions the fruitful cause of All my uneasiness. What is the sense of the holy ghost and where is the infallible expositor resolved to leave no Stone unturned that might impede my Progress after truth 1 formed an acquaintance with a Clergyman of the established Church. This gentleman was very kind in lending me books and really manifested an anxious desire to give me every information expressing hts Hopes that my difficulties on the Catholic religion would be removed and 1 should find that Security which 1 was seeking in the Church of England. To his kindness i am indebted for the loan of books among which i read with great interest Wheatley on the Book of common prayer and Bishop marshes comparative View of the churches of England Aud Rome Aud 1 Here publicly thank him. For his although his arguments did not satisfy me and of such his labors were lost yet i am sure they were undertaken in the spirit of Christian Charity and 1 shall always Bear a kind remembrance of them. The Rev. Clerk

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