The History of the Romeward Movement in the Church of England, 1833-1864 by Walter Walsh: Quotes From The Preface

800px-Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder_-_The_Tower_of_Babel_(Vienna)_-_Google_Art_Project_-_editedPreface (written October 30, 1900):

“Yet these are days when the truth, however, unpleasant, needs to be told without fear or favour, and in the plainest terms.”

“But before they can succeed the Protestantism of the Church must be destroyed, and the work God did for us in the sixteenth century, through the Protestant Martyrs and Reformers, must be undone.  How they hope to accomplish this, and the tactics necessary for such a cause, are revealed in these pages.  It is an attack not merely on the Protestantism of the Church of England, but of the whole nation also, with which we have to deal.  What affects the National Church must, indirectly at least, affect Free Churchmen also.  They have cause to dread the Romeward Movement; while the Church of Rome has caused to view it with unbounded joy. It is her work that Ritualists are doing and if it is allowed to go on unhindered we may expect ere long that the forces of Rome and of the Romanisers will join hands with a view to destroying our National Protestantism by political weapons.”

“The book is issued with thankfulness to God for the wide circulation throughout the British Empire of my former work, and with an earnest prayer that He may graciously use this volume to open still more widely the eyes of the British nation to the many dangers which surround it from the labours of a gigantic army within the gates, whose dearest ambition is to bring us back to the spiritual darkness of the Dark Ages, to the rules of priestcraft, and to the intolerable bondage of the Papacy.  But, “we are not of the night, nor of the darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” (1 Thess. 5-6).”