Plain Talk About the Protestantism of To-Day

9780217028974: Plain Talk About the Protestantism of To-Day
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1868. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... in the hands of God ; and now that very infinite mercy calls me also to repentance, to reconciliation, and to salvation. Farewell I " * XVIII. Protestantism And Infidelity. -- The infidels and rationalists of our times greatly sympathize with Protestantism and the work of the Reformation; they look upon Luther and Calvin as their grandsires, and they have reason for it. Protestants who still remain Christians will deny it, yet it is a fact that the infidelity which rends modern society is the fatal but logical consequence of the religious rebellion of the sixteenth century. The Protestant rejects, on the claim of private * Rev. Dr. Wharton, who died in 1832 (?), minister of a Protestant church at Elizabethtown, N. J., was born of on ancient Catholio family in Maryland related to the famous Carrolls, became a Jesuit, professed in that order, and in 1774 apostatized in Worcester, England. lie married twice. " Poor old Dr. Wharton is continually tortured by his conscience. His cook at the parsonage house near Trenton, New Jersey, a good Irish Catholio, fell dangerously sick, and, as no priest could be procured, Wharton said to her : ' Although I am a parson, I am also a Catholio priest, and can give you absolution in your case.' She made her confession and he absolved her." Pere Grivel, who wrote this letter May 30, 1832, had this account from Mr. Wharton's nephew, a good Catholio, and a magistrate in Washington. Shortly after, the unhappy man was summoned before the tribunal of God. judgment, a part of the Christian truths which the Church teaches to the world by the authority of Christ. The infidel, in the name of the same freedom, goes farther and rejects all Christian truths. The Protestant rejects the Church because he does not believe it to be of divine insti...

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