More Comments on the Saturday-Sunday Sabbath
Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain
Talk About the Protestantism of Today (1868), p. 213
John Gilmary Shea, American
Catholic Quarterly Review, January, 1883.
Mirror, official publication
of James Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23,
"The Catholic Church, . . . by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday."
Catholic National, July, 1895.
The Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August, 1900.
Priest Brady, in an address,
reported in the Elizabeth, N.J. "News", March 18, 1903.
Daniel Ferres, ed., Manual of Christian Doctrine
(1916), p.67. Also in Henry
Tuberville, An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine (1833
"Question: How prove you that the Church hath power to command feasts and holy days?
"Answer: By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of, and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same Church.'
Albert Smith, chancellor of the
Archdiocese of Baltimore,
Martin J. Scott, Things Catholics Are Asked About
"Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that worship should be changed from Saturday to Sunday .... Now the Church ... instituted, by God's authority, Sunday as the day of worship. This same Church, by the same divine authority, taught the doctrine of Purgatory long before the Bible was made. We have, therefore, the same authority for Purgatory as we have for Sunday."
John Laux, A Course in Religion for Catholic High
Schools and Academies (1936), vol. 1, P.
"Some theologians have held that God likewise directly determined the Sunday as the day of worship in the New Law, that He Himself has explicitly substituted the Sunday for the Sabbath. But this theory is now entirely abandoned. It is now commonly held that God simply gave His Church the power to set aside whatever day or days she would deem suitable as Holy Days. The Church chose Sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days as holy days."
The Catholic Universe Bulletin,
August 14, 1942, page 4.
Virginian Oct. 3, 1947, p. 9, art. "To Tell You the
"For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the[Roman Catholic] church outside the Bible."
Our Sunday Visitor, February 5,
Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1957), p. 50.
"Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
"Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
"Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
"Answer. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday."
S.D. Moana, Storia della Domenica, 1969,
Peter R. Kraemer, Catholic Church Extension
Society (1975),Chicago, Illinois.
"Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish
Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the
"1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man.
Fr. Leo Broderick,
Saint Catherine Catholic Church Sentinel, Algonac, Michigan, May 21,
It is quite clear that the Catholic position regarding the seventh day Sabbath has been unbending for over 400 years. Pleased to embarrass the Protestant world with their illogical departure from Biblical doctrine, the Roman Church has until very recent years continued to ridicule "the estranged bretheren" in this matter.
Surprisingly, on May 31, 1998 the Vatican took a strange new approach that dramatically altered its historical stand on the Saturday-Sunday issue. Pope John Paul II delivered his apostolic letter, Dies Domini, to the Catholic clergy. Subtitled "On Keeping the Lord's Day Holy", this treatise is composed of four chapters and 87 sections that appeal, not to the traditionally arrogant stance of Church authority, but to all the scriptural arguments previously used by Protestants!
The Dies Domini document concludes with the urging of all Christians to become politically responsible in order that they may "ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy." This language is alarming and indicative of Rome's true and unchanged modus operandi. The switch from Tradition to Scripture merely disarms her real intent to ultimately secure state support. A return to the Dark Ages, when the Church Universal ruled the courts and thrones of Europe, when Inquisition fires cleansed the land of heretics, when individual freedom of conscious and religious liberty was denounced as a threat and attacked by countless crusades--yes, the end of church-state separation would restore the papacy to it's former "glory" and fully restore its deadly wound.