by Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Bishop and Doctor of the Church

(originally published by Burns and Oates, London 1886)
Translated by Rev. Henry Benedict Mackey, O.S.B.

 

After being repeatedly rebuffed in his attempts to re-evangelize Calvinist Protestants who would not listen to Catholic preaching for fear of reprisals, St. Francis turned to writing leaflets and inserting them into copies of his sermons, which he then posted on walls, slipped under doors and handing to whomever he could. Four years later, almost 72,000 had returned to the ancient Catholic Faith! These tracts have been compiled into a book and given the title The Catholic Controversy. The works are still as fresh and powerful today as they were then, and give some of the most compelling arguments against Protestantism that have ever been written, presenting a defense of the Catholic Faith that in some respects has never been equaled.

Table of contents

Part I. The Mission of the Church.

Part II: The Rule of Faith

Article I: The Protestant Violation of Scripture.

Article II: That the Church of the Pretenders has violated the Apostolic Traditions

Article III: The Authority of the Church

Article IV: The Authority of the Councils and the Fathers

Article V: THAT THE MINISTERS HAVE VIOLATED THE AUTHORITY OF THE ANCIENT FATHERS OF THE CHURCH, FIFTH RULE OF OUR FAITH.

Article VI: The Authority of the Pope.

Article VII: Miracles

Article VIII: Faith and Reason.

Part III

Article I: Sacraments

Article II: The Doctrine of Purgatory.

 

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