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DIFFICULTIES OF ROMANISM

IN RESPECT TO

EVIDENCE:

OR THE

PECULIARITIES OF THE LATIN CHURCH

EVINCED TO BE UNTENABLE

ON THE

PRINCIPLES OF LEGITIMATE HISTORICAL TESTIMONY.

BY

GEORGE STANLEY FABER, B.D.
RECTOR OF LONG NEWTON, AND PREBENDARY OF SALISBURY.

Adversus universas hæreses jam hinc præjudicatum sit: id esse verum,
quodcunque primum ; id esse adulterum, quodcunque posterius.

TERTULL. adv. Prax. S ii. Oper. p. 405.

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LONDON:
PRINTED FOR C. J. G. & F. RIVINGTON,

ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD,
AND WATERLOO-PLACE, PALL-MALL.

1830.

TO

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

NICHOLAS LORD BEXLEY,

AS A TOKEN OF SINCERE RESPECT

BOTH FOR HIS PUBLIC SERVICES AND HIS PRIVATE VIRTUES,

THIS WORK IS INSCRIBED

BY HIS OBLIGED AND OBEDIENT

HUMBLE SERVANT,

THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

It has recently been asserted by Dr. Norris of Stonyhurst: that Members of the Roman Church cannot consistently enter into an examination of doctrinal points with members of a Protestant Church.

I. No ground of discussion, we are told, can now be admitted : because the principles of the Reformation were fully discussed and finally set at rest in the Council of Trent; the decisions of which Council, under the aspect of its being Ecumenical, are by every Latin revered as the dictates of the Holy Ghost. Henceforth, no one in communion with the Church of Rome can entertain a shadow of doubt: henceforth, his faith is fixed and immoveable. Roma locuta est : causa finita est. This being the case, it were unseemly for a Latin to argue with a Protestant: because the very fact of his stooping to argument

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