[quote=RyanL]Let’s not go Protestant bashing - that does no one’s soul any good. Let’s instead hope that it was an honest mistake, and pray that anyone who reads this garbage will not believe it.
I just don’t believe that it was an honest mistake. (I’m not referring to the OP here, who was just reporting something they had heard). How does something that came about in 18th century Protestant England become, by an honest mistake, attributed to, of all people or things, the Catholic Church? Why not to the French or the Egyptians? Why not to Hinduism or Islam? Why not Ben Franklin or Napoleon? It’s just too much coincidence for me. No, I simply don’t believe it was an honest mistake, though of course those who repeated it down the ages were not party to the original lie.
When I said “typical, so very typical” I meant just that. Read Newman’s “On the Present Position of Catholics in England” to see how typical. To quote from that work,
If you would have some direct downright proof that Catholicism is what Protestants make it to be, something which will come up to the mark, you must lie; else you will not get beyond feeble suspicions, which may be right, but may be wrong. Hence Protestants are obliged to cut their ninth commandment out of their Decalogue. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour” must go, must disappear; their position requires the sacrifice. The substance, the force, the edge of their Tradition is slander. As soon as ever they disabuse their minds of what is false, and grasp only what is true,—I do not say they at once become Catholics; I do not say they lose their dislike to our religion, or their misgivings about its working;—but I say this, either they become tolerant towards us, and cease to hate us personally,—or, at least, supposing they cannot shake off old associations, and are prejudiced and hostile as before, still they find they have not the means of communicating their own feelings to others. To Protestantism False Witness is the principle of propagation. There are indeed able men who can make a striking case out of anything or nothing, as great painters give a meaning and a unity to the commonest bush, and pond, and paling and stile: genius can do without facts, as well as create them; but few possess the gift. Taking things as they are, and judging of them by the long run, one may securely say, that the anti-Catholic Tradition could not be kept alive, would die of exhaustion, without a continual supply of fable.