Not many a link, or proof, of God, more potent, and poisonous to every enemy of the man of faith, is there which can stand so powerfully among rations of time and dust, as the papal line of saint Peter.
When challenged, the Catholic need only point to this work of art, predating by centuries, the bible, modern Judaism's claims, Islam, and any contending organization of religious belief. The papacy can be dated by history, recorded on the rocks of time, researched with ease, and noted in controversial moralist purposes.
It's enemies must hold back reason, and history, and ignore its claim, for fear of the many scientific facts, of her miracles. A dog's version of science, must be adapted to call her miracles false, and that of an unborn evil, to ignore her history.
In 21 Ecumenical councils, she has never contradicted her past meanings, nor, in her thousands of years at the throne of man, has she ever altered her message, nor ceased to be noticed by ally and enemy alike, for her unique otherness.
The bible calls the church the pillar and foundation of truth. For this, she is to be the foundation, and start of all who seek truth, and the unbroken line, has yet to yield a false prophet. She holds the power to alter, or define what is, a pope, should God desire, can alter, and redefine truth itself, simply by pointing out reality, and breaking the illusions, which falsely claim themselves pillars.
(Marc Evan Aupiais,on the 19 day of the 3rd month of 2008)
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""There is not, and there never was on this earth, a work of human policy so well deserving of examination of the Roman Catholic Church.The history of that Church joins together the two great ages of human civilization. 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 to 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 for the to the farthest ends of the world missionaries as zealous as those who landed in Kent with Augustine, and still confronting hostile kings with the same spirit with which she confronted Attila.."
(The Anglican Lord Macauley, Edinburgh Review,1840) "
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