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Boston Jesuit (Newspaper) - January 8, 1831, Boston, MassachusettsCatholic Sentinel. Foj i a if a in a a Cir of i it deu8 no , quis Contra nos ? in a Ion be for is who is Mia inst 18 to rom. Viii. A a Al. No. Xix. Voi. Ii. Botox saturday january a 1931. The Jesuit published weekly to appear every saturday by William Smith for the proprietor at to per annul in Advance. All communications most be Post paid and directed to the editor of the a a Jet Uit a Boston mass. The object is to explain diffuse and defend the principles of the one Holt Catholic and apostolic Church. Orrick no. 75, Killay Street. An Earnest Appeal of the Rev. J. A. Mason once a methodist preacher but now a Homan Catholic priest. When i Ain told the Bible is the religion of protestants. The word protestant presents an idea of such unbounded and intricate meaning that i must confess it is difficult to comprehend its extent or unravel its perplex itys a a the protestant religion must be True is the Bible is the sole Rule of a a Faith. A member of the Church of England therefore must lie right because the Bible is the sole Rule of ills Faith and he is a protestant. 1 he Presb Tyrian must be right because the Bible is the sole Rule of his Firich and be is a protestant. The Socin Ian who shakes the pillars of revelation must be right in cause the Bible is his sole Rule of Faith and he is a protestant. Thus while infidelity and catholicity lie at the opposite extremes inaccessible to her influence. Truth with the variety of a Chamolin. And the velocity of lightning beams on each chequered and deformed system that fills up the immense interval Quot Lillef Tophilov. My respected friends and Brethren 111 Clinst in ibis age of religious dissension and fanaticism on the one hand and of indifference and infidelity on the other 11 becomes an important duty for every human being to reflect on what foundation lie stands As regards the doctrines of the religion he professes and the authority of the Church or sect of Winch he is a member. A modern protestant writer has very justly remarked a a sincerity in All professions is commendable and in the Christian character indispensable but in sin Crity As such Independent of any particular Creed or Mode of worship Good or bad can recommend us to the Power of the almighty then moral and theological truth is of no use to Man. St. Paul was a zealous jew and verily believed he ought to do Many things contrary to the name of Jesus of n Nazareth so he Brea lieu out threat rings and Slaughter against the christians. Did this belief justify blasphemy and persecution and is it to be inferred that when a Man really believes error he is by the reality of this belief constituted virtuous this would open a door to All the evils of the most outrageous fanaticism and abrogate the whole moral Law under pretence of no firmness of persuasion can authorize a Man to act wrong on the pretence of conscience we should learn even to suspect the possibility of guilt mixing itself with what we Call our speculative opinions. Error May be innocent but not As Long As truth lies before us and we May in we do our duty discover in Reading this paragraph and Many others in this writers work we could not but heave a sigh at the melancholy reflection How near he approaches to the Temple of truth nay up to the very portals and yet he passes by. Lie has Light enough to sec the Unity and uncompromising necessity of this virtue but he has sufficient darkness or insincerity to prevent him from finding the a a Pearl of great Price. However the principles he has Laid Down Are excellent As so Many data we inv calculate upon them with accuracy As a foundation we May build upon them with Security. If the Christian religion be of god and i Hope no one of my readers doubts it then there is a body of pure unmixed moral and theological truth existing in the world and that not Only in the holy scripture which is silent tinder every interpretation and subjected to the private opinion of every in to Testant Reader and which Rule of interpretation necessarily leads to contradiction Ami error not Only docs this body of theological or gospel truth exist in an undefined manner in the Bible but it exists in the same Lull unadulterated state As it existed Many veatrus before the new testament was written and some centuries before the Canon of the holy scripture was closed and defined to be the authentic word of the apostles and the infallible word of god Rii. In a living body of men believing this system of revealed truth and in a living body of pastors invested with authority to teach it to the world. In other words of there was a Church believing and teaching this truth founded by Christ at the beginning so there always has been is now and always will be. The same True Church believing and teaching the same True Faith or body of theological truth in every age of the world. These arc the first necessary principles of Alt religions professing to be the revelation of god. If religion be of god it must be unchangeable in its nature and consequently uniformly the same. And if it be revealed for the use and Benefit of Man then the same reasons which induced the divine being to reveal it first must induce him to preserve it to All future generations and moreover to preserve it in such n manner As that it May be infallibly identified und distinguished from error. Here we have a sure Plain and perpetual text Anil to this Touchstone let each one bring his respective Creed and Church. In pursuing a subject of such vital importance it is of the utmost consequence that we should keep our minds quite Iree from All repossessions and prejudices and put ourselves in the condition of a person who has been brought up in no religion has read no books heard no tales of religious gossip and whose understanding is not blinded by guilty attachments to passion interest and vice and consequently whose mind resembles a carte Blanche free to receive the impressions of truth. Let us not therefore inflame our passions by Mutual recriminations or spend our time in investigating external ceremonies or censuring what we deem superfluity is in religion this would be like despising the jewels because of the form of the casket in which Thev arc contained. And alter who is to define what arc superfluity is Ana

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