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Monday, September 25, 2017
Date Posted:
2/28/1998

Contents
Gregory to Boniface
Rome On Orthodox Bloc
Put limbo into limbo
Paul VI and Aldo Moro
Break-Up Of Britain
Breach Wall of Secrecy
Crusade Is Faltering
Rome Dominating Europe
Father Christmas Bones
The Tainted Saint
Canonising John Paul
Rome Reaps What Sows
The ‘Hell of Nuns’ 2
The ‘Hell of Nuns’
Padre Pio Shrine
Unlikely Nun Supremo
Rome's Secret Weapon
The Irish Republicans
Irish Brigade In Italy
Pope's Irish Brigade
Why Pope Benedict XVI?
Where Rome Is Wrong 3
Where Rome Is Wrong 2
Where Rome Is Wrong 1
Athanasius ... Genius?
1st Pillar of Popery 5
1st Pillar of Popery 4
1st Pillar of Popery 3
1st Pillar of Popery 2
1st Pillar of Popery 1
Mandatory Celibacy
The Demon of Celibacy
What is the Individual
Infallibility of Pope
The Jesuits
Cult of Mary - 2
Cult of Mary - 1
Advance of Romanism: 2
Advance of Romanism: 1
Confess: Modern Sodom
The Perils of Popery
Purgatory Pickpocket
An Exposure of Popery
Popish Miracles
Punishment Of Heretics
The Eucharist, Or Mass
Doctrine Of Oaths
Who Intercedes? - 6
Who Intercedes? - 5
Who Intercedes? - 4
Who Intercedes? - 3
Who Intercedes? - 2
Who Intercedes?
Monasteries + Convents
Holy Orders
Rome's Rejection
Virgin Worship
The Jesuits
Saints And Angels
Duties Of Protestants
Condition / Prospects
The Inquisition
Popish Confirmation
Popish Baptism
Rome's Literary Policy
Justification
Clerical Celibacy
Indulgences
Image Worship
Extreme Unction
Catholic Unity
Communion In One Kind
Merit of Good Works
Auricular Confession
The Rule of Faith
Papal Infallibility
Luther Speak
Ten Commandments
Jesuit Oath Exposed
Imagery - II
Imagery - I
Antichrist to Light
Saint Worship
Scarlet Woman
Indulgences - Tetzel
Christ and Pope
Relics of Rome
Refuge of Lies
Papal Infallibility
Rome's Immorality
Infallibility
Rome Unchanging
True Papal Church
The Mass


A Curious Instance Of Papal Infalliblity


Exposed by C.H. Spurgeon for The Sword and Trowel, 1888
C.H. Spurgeon

Hardly can we remember so singular an incident as that which Dr. Wright records in the interesting pamphlet which now lies before us. If we had hitherto believed in the infallibility of the Pope of Rome, the fact here recorded would have delivered us from the delusion, and we trust the making of it known may have a like effect upon those who are now the victims of that fiction.

It seems that a certain M. Henri Leserre found great benefit for his sore eyes from his faith in the water of Lourdes Grotto, and invocations of the Blessed Virgin. Abundant facts prove that faith in anything has a curative effect. Whether it is a doll dressed in satin, as at Larghetto, or a doctor with a wide reputation, or a quack medicine, or an old woman, or a broomstick; if you have confidence that you will be cured, it goes a long way towards curing you. That, however, is not the point. M. Leserre was grateful for his cure, and, moved by that gratitude, wrote a book, entitled Notre Dame de Lourdes. It was the making of the place. His pen caused Our Lady of Lourdes to be much sought after; for his writing was charmingly attractive, and secured hosts of readers.

On a happy day, M. Leserre discovered the Four Gospels, and was greatly impressed by them. He thought that the fourfold story of Jesus was the very book that France wanted; and he thought most wisely. He devoutly set to work to translate the original into the French of the day; making, not exactly a literal translation, but one which would command a reading from the ordinary Frenchman. Not in chapters and verses, but like an ordinary book, the Gospel narrative flowed on in a charming manner. The version was as faithful as Henri Leserre could make it; it would not quite satisfy an evangelical believer, but it was a wonderful performance for the Roman Catholic Church. For a preface, it bore in its forefront a lamentation over the neglect of the Gospels by Catholics. He exclaims: "The Gospel - the most illustrious book in the world - is become an unknown book." Strange that such a book, with such a preface, should be dedicated to "Notre Dame de Lourdes". But there was something stranger. The book appeared with an imprimateur of the Archbishop of Paris, and the approval and benediction of the Pope!! Note this -

"The Holy Father has received, in regular course, the French translation of the Gospels, which you have undertaken and accomplished, to the delight and with the approval of the Archiepiscopal authority. His Holiness commissions me to express to you his approval of the object with which you have been inspired in the execution and publication of that work, so full of interest" etc.

Miracles will never cease; the Pope had sanctioned a preface extolling the reading of the Scriptures, and had also given his countenance to a popular translation of a portion of the New Testament.

The Gospels, thus recommended, obtained a ready sale; edition followed edition, till the twenty-fifth appeared. Probably one hundred thousand copies were sold, at four francs each. Not as cheap tracts, but as valuable books which are sure to be preserved, had the Gospels entered many French families, under the sanction of the Pope.

Suddenly "the Sacred Congregation" discovered that an error had been committed, and a decree was issued from the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican, with the approval of "Our Most Holy Lord, Pope Leo III", condemning the translation of Henri Lasserre, to be placed on the index of forbidden books. An infallible benediction was removed to make room for an equally infallible malediction in the space of twelve months and fifteen days. The book has been withdrawn from circulation; but no hand can gather up all the copies, or destroy the good which must have come from their perusal. As for M. Henri Lasserre, he deserves our sympathy, and he should be the object of the prayers of all who rejoice in Gospel light, that on him the fulness of truth and grace may dawn.

This very wonderful story is set forth at length, with all the documents, by our friend, Dr. William Wright, of the Bible Society; and those who invest a shilling in the purchase of his pamphlet, which is published by Nisbet, will do well to keep the document. Hereafter, it will be produced full many a time as the clearest possible demonstration that the Pope is not infallible - proof which must tell upon even a Catholic mind. We hear the pamphlet is to be sown broadcast over Italy, and it will be good seed.

The stopping of the sale of the Gospels may turn out to be for the furtherance of the truth. Let our readers think of it and rejoice - it is true that a Milan newspaper is daily issuing the Gospels in numbers. It will be a charming novel for the Italians. Hundreds of thousands will read the story of our Lord's life and death, and the Lord will make it to them as a voice from Heaven. Courage, brethren! God is confounding His enemies, winning wanderers, and visiting His people! - C.H.S.

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