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History of the Catholic Church - Volume 2

James MacCaffrey

Book Overview: 

In this second volume of a two volume set, the focus in on the history of the Catholic Church in England, Scotland, and Ireland, during the period from before the reformation up to the 19th century. Starting with the conditions in these countries before the reformation, it then takes a detailed look at the religious changes and persecutions during the reigns on Henry VIII, Edward VI, and onward.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The dispute promised to be both warm and protracted. Cromwell, however, appeared in the assembly with a book of /Ten Articles/ drawn up by the king for securing religious unanimity, and insisted that the prelates should accept them. The Articles were moderate in tone, and generally were not in opposition to the old theology. They approved of Transubstantiation, emphasised the importance and necessity of Baptism, Penance, and the Eucharist without affirming that these were the only three Sacraments, declared that good works were necessary for justification, that prayers might be offered for those who were dead, that the use of the word Purgatory was not to be recommended, that reverence should be shown to images and pictures, and that the older ceremonies should be retained. The great objection to these Articles was not the doctrine they set forth, but the fact that they were issued by the king's authority. That the King of England could revise the beliefs and ceremonies o. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It was alright

The author was all over place throughout the book. It made it hard to follow the actual history of the Catholic Church. It had a lot of great information in it.