Roman Catholicism

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Excerpt from Roman Catholicism: An Explanation of Catholic Belief Taken From Official Sources

There is a considerable truth in the statement that clothes are an expression of character - a truth that is not modified by the fact that fashions change while character, generally speaking, does not. For changes in fashion - changes so sweeping as from a doublet to a frock-coat, or from armour to khaki - denote, so far as they are genuine, a change not in the character of human nature but in its environment and needs.

This is a very homely parable, yet it is a tolerable illustration of some very august and sacred truths concerning the most sacred and august thing in the world - the Mystical Body of Christ. This, in itself, is even more unchangeable than human nature, since it is human nature ratified and sanctified by the Divine; it is unchangeable in its substance, that is to say, as in its life, its commission, and its message. It cannot in these things be either augmented or increased; the Divine impulse of the Divine Revelation with which its Divine Creator charged it remains as eternal as Himself; more emphatically of this New Law, even than of the Old, may it be said that not one jot or tittle of it can pass away. All else may change: heaven and earth may pass away. This, then, is the first necessary statement concerning Catholicism. As the author of the following pages points out, no definition of doctrine uttered by the divine Voice of the Church on earth is in any sense whatever an addition to the original deposit of truth committed to her at the beginning; no apparent modification or correction made by the same authority is a withdrawal of any definition previously made; both are alike nothing more or less than a more exact form of statement of the unchangeable Creed of the Church. The Apostolic Symbol and the Creed of Pope Pius IV. are merely various assertions of the same facts.

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EAN: 9781330506202
ISBN: 1330506200
Untertitel: An Explanation of Catholic Belief Taken From Official Sources (Classic Reprint). Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Forgotten Books
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2015
Seitenanzahl: 102 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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