I have been debating with an anti-Catholic who has produced many rescources. I need help in validating, finding and debunking or putting these document into the Catholic perspective. Any help would be great. Documents are as follows:
DECRETAL DE TRANSLAT
Claims the Pope has power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ. Also says that The Vatican has “thought to change” the laws of God, even though they really and truly weren’t changed at all, just concealed in the paganistic shadows of the darkness they teach.
Father T. Enright, C.S.S.R.:
In concern of the Catholic Church as teh one church on the face of the earth which has the power, or claims power, to make laws binding on the conscience, binding before God, binding under penalty of hell-fire. Emphasis on the institution of Sunday and right of any other church to keep this day, first concerning virtue of the third commandment and claim that the papacy changed the fourth commandment and called it the third.
The Catholic Record
Sept. 1, 1923
Claim that Sunday is Catholic mark of authority and the Church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.
A Doctrinal Catechism
Third Edition, p. 174, Stephen Keenan
Claim of substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.
I think by now it is appaerent that I am debating a 7th Day Adventist. He keeps bringing up other documents that I’ll just list:
The Catholic Press (Sunday, Catholic institution)
Catholic Church Extension Society
1975, Chicago, Illinois, Peter R. Kraemer (Claim that Protestants can go back to Sabbath worship)
Kirken og Romerstaten
(The Church and the Roman State) p. 256 (Sunday worshipt instituted by emperor)
Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, New York ministers’ conference
Nov. 13, 1893 (Sunday = ‘Sun god’ worship argument)
PROMTA BIBLIOTHICA (The Catholic encyclopedia)
Vol. 6 – Article, “Pope” (Pope can excommunicate angels from heaven)
LA CIVILA CATTLICA
March 18, 1871 (claims this proves every title given to Jesus Christ in the bible is stolen by the Pope)
July Edition, 1895 (Amazement concerning after a new Pope is ‘elected’, there is a new Christ on this earth."
JOSEPH DEVARBE’S CATECHISM
Page 279 (questions the power given to priests to forgive sins and questions whether such power is ‘scriptural’)
"The Catholic Priest" pp. 78,79 (Questions scriptural basis of Roman Catholic priest to have authority over ‘heaven itself’)
THE CATHOLIC FERRARIS’S ECCLESIASTICAL DICTIONARY
(Believes this proves the Vatican claims that the Pope can change the law of God, modify it in any way he sees fit.)
I know this is a huge list, but I will greatly appreciate people’s help on replying to these things.