So, I’m intrigued enough to try and force the issue. I picked out 3 sites (one blog and two church sites) that use the quote and I’ve contacted them. I picked out those three because they did more than just quote it, but used extra commentary like:
“Now friends, that’s not an accusation, that’s a quotation. DON’T DENY YOUR OWN SIGNATURE!” (a Baptist church)
“These are facts which should be studied and their implications thought through very carefully indeed. There is no misrepresentation - Rome speaks for herself.” (a Free Presbyterian church)
I sent them the follow polite e-mail:
Hi, I’m doing some online research on the supposed “The Pope takes the place of Jesus Christ on earth” quotation from the New York Catechism and I came across your online sermon in that process.
You make some strong statements, including: “x”
Would you be so kind as to provide information on how to locate this book and also give a pinpoint citation (page # or other) within the book?
All evidence I’ve been able to discover seems to suggest it’s a fabricated quotation. Since it’s quoted so frequently online, it shouldn’t be terribly difficult to say how one might locate the book to verify the quotation themselves. If my church were to actually teach such a repugnant idea, I’d definitely have to rethink by religious affiliation. So, I’d love to take a look at the actual book and read that for myself.
You think I’ll get any replies? What the heck. It’s two in the morning and I should be studying for school, but this is much more interesting
I thought the suggestion that I might rethink the Church (and I would if we really believed that!) might tap into their desire to convert me and increase the odds of a reply
I’ll post if I get anything substantial back. I think the"Ask an Apologist" might be a good route.