to the pope:
May 22, 1934
Pope Plus XI
Is the accusation
true that Protestants accuse you of? They
say you changed the seventh day Sabbath to the so-called Christain Sunday –
identical with the first day of the week. If
so, when did you make the change, and by what authority?
J. L. Day
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(Under the Blessings of Pope Plus XI)
the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I
wish to draw your attention to the facts:
That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and
religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath.
The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday,
stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man.
We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith.
Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the
Church, as a rule to guide us. We
say, this Church, instituted by Christ, to teach and guide man through life,
has the right to change the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence,
we accept her change of the Sabbath to the Sunday.
We frankly say, “Yes, the Church made this change, made this law,
as she made many other laws; for instance, the Friday Abstinence, the
unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of
Catholic marriages, and a thousand other laws.”
We also say that of all Protestants, the Seventh-day Adventists are
the only group that reason correctly and are consistent with their
teachings. It is always
somewhat laughable to see the Protestant Churches, in pulpil and
legislature, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in
Peter R. Tramer. Editor