Monday, October 31, 2016

The Catholic Church has preoccupied the ground (preoccupies the ground)

"to do this [(give ‘our own people . . . what is better’)] effectually we must proceed on the plan of attacking Romanism, as the most convenient way of showing what our own views are.  It has pre-occupied the ground, and we cannot erect our own structure without partly breaking down, partly using what we find upon it."

     John Henry Newman, Lectures on the prophetical office of the church:  viewed relatively to Romanism and popular Protestantism (London:  J. G. & F. Rivington; Oxford:  J. H. Parker, 1837), 8.

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