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Works by E. L. Core

Bible Verses That Do Not Teach “The Bible Alone”
Pastor Chiniquy the Seducer
Why I Believe in the Perspicuity of the Bible
John Henry Newman: His Developing Faith, His Life as a Catholic
Ordinatio Sacerdotalis: Infallible Teaching?
Wolves in Shepherd’s Clothing: Perfidious Priests and What Must be Done About Them
The U.S. Cardinals Have Spoken: A New Beginning? Or Mere Words?
An Argument for the Ordination of Women — and Why It Doesn’t Hold Water (vintage 1985)

Works by Others

Rev. James MacCaffrey’s
History of the Catholic Church from the Renaissance to the French Revolution
(Volumes I and II complete in HTML)
Right Rev. B. C. Butler’s
Case of Pope Honorius
(from Chapter X of The Church and Infallibility)
Right Rev. Henry G. Graham’s
Where We Got the New Testament
(Chapter IV of Where We Got the Bible: Our Debt to the Catholic Church)
The Confession of Dositheus
(Chapter VI of The Synod of Jerusalem)
Right Hon. Thomas Babington Macaulay’s
Essay on Ranke’s History of the Popes
(from Volume II of Critical and Historical Essays)
Charles Macksey’s
Article on War
(from The Catholic Encyclopedia)

Compilations by E. L. Core

Who is the Rock of Matthew 16:18?
The Primacy of the Roman Church
The Salvation of Non-Catholics

John Henry Newman

In honor of the bicentenary of the birth of Ven. John Henry Cardinal Newman, February 21, 1801.
Ven. John Henry Newman’s
The Second Spring
Passages from Newman’s Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine
François Guizot on the Protestant Reformation
(quoted in Chapter VIII of the original edition of An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)
Rev. C. John McCloskey’s
Laity, Priests, and Holiness
E. L. Core’s
John Henry Newman: His Developing Faith, His Life as a Catholic
In honor of the one hundred and twenty-third anniversary of the elevation to the cardinalate of Ven. John Henry Newman, May 12, 1879.
John Henry Newman: Portraits


Lane’s World CatholicPage
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 civilisation. 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 amphitheatre. The proudest royal houses are but of yesterday, when compared with 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 youthful vigour. The Catholic Church is still sending forth to the farthest ends of the world missionaries as zealous as those who landed in Kent with Augustin, and still confronting hostile kings with the same spirit with which she confronted Attila.... 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 at Antioch, when idols were still worshipped in the temple of Mecca. And she may still exist in undiminished vigour when some traveller 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.

English historian Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1840, quoted by Karl Adam in The Spirit of Catholicism


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