The History of the Romeward Movement in the Church of England, 1833-1864 by Walter Walsh: Quotes From Chapter 1

800px-Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder_-_The_Tower_of_Babel_(Vienna)_-_Google_Art_Project_-_edited“The Tractarian Movement has been to the Evangelical Movement what the Jesuit Order was to the Reformation. It has paralyzed the energies of every Evangelical who has yielded to its influence.”

“Rev. Dr. Littledale (champion of Ritualism): And first, it ought to be said that they [the ‘Catholic and Protestant’] are logically two distinct religions, and not merely different aspects of the same religion.  They are quite as diverse from each other as Judaism is from Islam: though like these two creeds, they have a common stock of books, sacred names, and ideas.” In The Two Religions by Richard F. Littledale, LL.D., pp 2, 3, London: G.J. Palmer, 1870.”

“The Bible and the Bible only is the religion of Protestants.” (a well-known maxim of the time)

“I need only remark here that once a Christian man gives up the theory that the Bible and the Bible alone contains a perfect Rule of Faith, and at the same time discards the use of Private Judgment, he is open to believe any false doctrine, however preposterous it may be.  The ridiculous superstitions now advocated by the Ritualists may be appealed to in proof of this assertion.”

“The real reason was the desire to exalt the clergy into a sacerdotal caste, and to bring the laity under the rule of the priesthood, with a view to the Reunion of Christendom.” (On the founding of the Oxford movement)

“It is quite a mistake to suppose that the founders commenced the Oxford Movement while sound Protestants.  I know that Newman is said to have been originally an Evangelical.  It is true that he was brought up under Evangelical influence, but I do not believe that he ever accepted the system in its entirety.  A true Evangelical is one in heart as well as in name, whose soul and life are moved by its Gospel teaching, and not merely his intellect.”

“As early as his fifteenth year Newman ‘became most firmly convinced that the Pope was the Antichrist predicted by Daniel, St. Paul, and St. John,’ and he states that his ‘imagination was stained by the effects of this doctrine up to the year 1843; it had been obliterated from my reason and judgment at an earlier date.’  It is, indeed, marvellous how any one who ever held such views as to the Pope could go over to Rome.  With this view of Antichrist Newman also believed Rome was the Babylon of the Revelation; but while at Naples, early in 1833, he adopted the view held by the Roman Catholic writers, and in substance sanctioned the notes to the Rheims New Testament, that Babylon was the city of Rome, but not the Church of Rome.

By adopting this theory, one of the greatest barriers against reunion with the Church of Rome is removed in the mind of any one who accepts it.  The command of God, as to Babylon the Great, is ‘Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that he receive not of her plagues.’  If the Church of Rome be identical with Babylon, this divine command, ‘Come out of her,’ settles the whole question as to union with her, either on the part of individuals or Churches.  And that she is Babylon has been most ably and learnedly proved by the late Bishop Christopher Wordsworth, of Lincoln (an old-fashioned High Churchman), in his little book, entitled Union with Rome, which has never yet been refuted.”

“’I wish,’ he wrote, ‘I could make up my mind whether the 1260 years of Captivity began with Constantine – it seems a remarkable coincidence that its termination should fall about on the Reformation – (I speak from memory)—which, amid good, has been the source of all the infidelity, the second woe, which is now overspreading the earth.’ Cardinal Newman in Life of Dr Pusey, vol. 1, p. 249.”