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Roman Catholic and Protestant Confessions About Sunday, Part 2
From: Yochanan Mascaro
Is it that they don't know? I think not.
My brothers and sisters, after I first read these "confessions"* and
Notes: *Confession/Teshuvah: to turn, repent, implying a 180 degree turn in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, had the following truly constituted real "confessions", perhaps the followers of these illustrious witnesses (some of whom are founders of still extant denominations) might have done a better job at correcting the unscriptural practices confessed by their denominational founders. Sadly, we know that not to be the case even today.
**While it is the Fourth Mitzvah in terms of the Decalogue (The Ten Words/Commandments), it is established well before The Torah "In the beginning" at Bereshith (Gen.) 2:2-3.
- Yochanan Mascaro
Roman Catholic Confessions
James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of our Fathers, 88th ed., pp. 89.
"But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will
not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The
Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which
we never sanctify."
Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism 3rd ed., p. 174.
"Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has
"Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in
John Laux, A Course in Religion for Catholic High Schools and
"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."
Daniel Ferres, ed., Manual of Christian Doctrine (1916), p.67.
"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
James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921), in a signed letter.
"Is Saturday the seventh day according to the Bible and the Ten
"Faithfully yours, J. Card. Gibbons"
The Catholic Mirror, official publication of James Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23, 1893.
"The Catholic Church, . . . by virtue of her divine mission, changed
Catholic Virginian Oct. 3, 1947, p. 9, art. "To Tell You the Truth."
"For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the
Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Converts Catechism of Catholic
"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."
Martin J. Scott, Things Catholics Are Asked About (1927),p. 136.
"Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that worship should be changed
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 facts:
"1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith
"2) We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith.
"It is always somewhat laughable, to see the Protestant churches, in
T. Enright, C.S.S.R., in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, Feb. 18,1884.
"I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from
the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such
law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The
Bible says, 'Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.' The Catholic
Church says: 'No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and
command you to keep holy the first day of the week.' And lo! The
entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the
command of the holy Catholic Church."
Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Catechism , vol. 1, pp.334, 336.
"And where are we told in the Scriptures that we are to keep the
Canon Eyton, The Ten Commandments , pp. 52, 63, 65.
"There is no word, no hint, in the New Testament about abstaining
Bishop Seymour, Why We Keep Sunday.
We have made the change from the seventh day to the first day, from
Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy Catholic Church."
Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, a paper read before a New York ministers'
"There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but
that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will be said, however, and with
some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the
seventh to the first day of the week .... Where can the record of
"To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years'
"Of course, I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early
Christian history . . . . But what a pity it comes branded with the
mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun god,
adopted and sanctioned by the papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a
sacred legacy to Protestantism!"
William Owen Carver, The Lord's Day in Our Day , p. 49.
"There was never any formal or authoritative change from the Jewish
seventh-day Sabbath to the Christian first-day observance."
Dr. R. W. Dale, The Ten Commandments (New York: Eaton &Mains), p. 127-129.
" . . . it is quite clear that however rigidly or devotedly we may
Timothy Dwight, Theology: Explained and Defended (1823), Ser. 107, vol. 3, p. 258.
" . . . the Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is not in the Scriptures, and
Disciples of Christ
Alexander Campbell, The Christian Baptist, Feb. 2, 1824,vol. 1. no.
"'But,' say some, 'it was changed from the seventh to the first day.'
First Day Observance , pp. 17, 19.
"The first day of the week is commonly called the Sabbath. This is a
mistake. The Sabbath of the Bible was the day just preceding the
The Sunday Problem , a study book of the United Lutheran Church (1923), p. 36.
"We have seen how gradually the impression of the Jewish sabbath
Augsburg Confession of Faith art. 28; written by Melanchthon,
"They [Roman Catholics] refer to the Sabbath Day, a shaving been
Dr. Augustus Neander, The History of the Christian Religion and
"The festival of Sunday, like all other festivals, was always only a
John Theodore Mueller, Sabbath or Sunday , pp. 15, 16.
"But they err in teaching that Sunday has taken the place of the Old
Harris Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate, July 2, 1942, p.26.
"Take the matter of Sunday. There are indications in the New
John Wesley, The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, A.M., John Emory, ed. (New York: Eaton & Mains), Sermon 25,vol. 1, p. 221.
"But, the moral law contained in the ten commandments, and enforced
by the prophets, he [Christ] did not take away. It was not the design
of his coming to revoke any part of this. This is a law which never
can be broken .... Every part of this law must remain in force upon
all mankind, and in all ages; as not depending either on time or
place, or any other circumstances liable to change, but on the nature
of God and the nature of man, and their unchangeable relation to each
Dwight L. Moody D. L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting (Fleming H. Revell Co.: New York), pp. 47, 48.
The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since.
This fourth commandment begins with the word 'remember,' showing that
the Sabbath already existed when God Wrote the law on the tables of
stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been
done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still
T. C. Blake, D.D., Theology Condensed, pp.474, 475.
"The Sabbath is a part of the decalogue - the Ten Commandments. This
alone forever settles the question as to the perpetuity of the
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