Thursday, November 15, 2007

Papal Primacy and Supremacy

“There is not, and there never was on this earth, a work of human policy so well deserving of examination as the Roman Catholic Church. The history of that Church joins together the two great ages of human civilization. No other institution is left standing which carries the mind back to the times when the smoke of sacrifice rose from the Pantheon, and when camelopards and tigers bounded in the Flavian amphitheater..."

"...The proudest royal houses are but of yesterday when compared to the line of the Supreme Pontiffs. That line we trace back in an unbroken series from the Pope who crowned Napoleon in the nineteenth century to the Pope who crowned Pepin in the eighth; and far beyond the time of Pepin the august dynasty extends, till it is lost in the twilight of fable. The republic of Venice came next in antiquity. But the republic of Venice was modern when compared with the Papacy; and the republic of Venice is gone, and the Papacy remains. The Papacy remains, not in decay, not a mere antique, but full of life and useful vigor..."

"...The Catholic Church is still sending forth to the farthest ends of the world missionaries as zealous as those who landed in Kent with Augustine, and still confronting hostile kings with the same spirit with which she confronted Attila. The number of her children is greater than in any former age. Her acquisitions in the New World have more than compensated for what she has lost in the Old. Her spiritual ascendancy extends over the vast countries which lie between the plains of the Missouri and Cape Horn, countries which, a century hence, may not improbably contain a population as large as that which now inhabits Europe..."

"...The members of her communion are certainly not fewer than a hundred and fifty millions; and it will be difficult to show that all other Christian sects united amount to a hundred and twenty millions. Nor do we see any sign which indicates that the term of her long dominion is approaching. She saw the commencement of all the governments and of all the ecclesiastical establishments that now exist in the world; and we feel no assurance that she is not destined to see the end of them all..."

"...She was great and respected before the Saxon had set foot on Britain, before the Frank had passed the Rhine, when Grecian eloquence still flourished in Antioch, when idols were still worshipped in the temple of Mecca. And she may still exist in undiminished vigor when some traveler from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St. Paul’s.”

~ Macaulay (Protestant) on Ranke’s “History of the Popes

"We therefore teach and declare that, according to the testimony of the Gospel, the primacy of jurisdiction over the universal Church of God was immediately and directly promised and given to Blessed Peter the Apostle by Christ the Lord…. And it was upon Simon alone that Jesus, after His resurrection, bestowed the jurisdiction of Chief Pastor and Ruler over His fold in the words, “Feed My lambs, feed My sheep. …If anyone, therefore, shall say that Blessed Peter the Apostle was not appointed the Prince of the Apostles and the visible head of the whole Church Militant, or that the same directly and immediately received from the same our Lord Jesus Christ a primacy of honor only, and not of true and proper jurisdiction; let him be anathema."

Dogmatic Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent and Vatican I


Unknown said...

Impressive brother... simply wonderful!!!!!

We Want this article in spanish in our own website. Please, think that, those words are not to be jailed in the english language.


Ramón López
Juventutem de Argentina

latinmass1983 said...

Dear Ramón,

If you want and are able to, you can translate it and post it in your blog/site. You can also use the same pictures.

If you do not have time or need help, let me know and I may decide to translate it when I have time.

marylua said...

yo tambien me uno ala peticion de Ramon...
dios le conceda el tiempo para traducir el articulo.
muchas gracias por esta bendicion.
bendiciones para su blog.

Boniface said...

Simply beautiful...that first quote is from Karl Adam, isn't it? I'm going to link this up to my blog, unam sanctam catholicam.


latinmass1983 said...


Thanks for linking the blog to your blog!

The first 5 "quotes" are one quote. I just divided it into five because I needed room for the pictures.

This whole (long) quote was said by Macaulay as a commentary to Ranke's "History of the Popes.' Macaulay was a Protestant.

Ms. Cherry said...

Thank you for posting Lord Macaulay's quote. Our Catholic Family history is so rich! Praised be to God!