On the Historic Use of the Terms “Papist” and “Romanist”

Pope Francis among the people at St. Peter's Square - 12 May 2013via The Protestant Pulpit:

“It is our intention to call the religion of the Church of Rome by the name of Popery or Romanism, and not of Catholicism, and to designate the subjects of the Pope as Papists, or Romanists, and not as Catholics. As we reckon this a topic of some importance, and as it is one on which Papists are much in the habit of complaining and declaiming, we think it proper to explain once for the grounds of the course we mean to pursue in this matter. The adherents of the Church of Rome always call themselves Catholics, and refuse this designation to all other professing Christians, while they resent it as an insult and an injury when they are styled Papists or Romanists. The grounds of the course we mean to follow in this matter of names may be embodied in these two positions:—1st, The adherents of the Church of Rome have no right to the designation of Catholics, they insult and injure Protestants by assuming it, and therefore it ought never to be conceded to them ; and, 2d, Protestants do not insult and injure the adherents of the Church of Rome by calling them Papists or Romanists, but, on the contrary, employ, in doing so, a perfectly just, fair, and accurate designation.”

~Bulwark. Vol.1 (1851-52) pp. 24f

Read more: https://ilyston.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/on-the-use-of-the-names-popery-and-romanism-and-papist-and-romanist/

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