Catholic Confessions About the Sabbath
Did you know that many Catholic authors over the years have confessed that the Sabbath is Scriptural and that Sunday is not? They also confess that the Roman Church is the one responsible for trying to change the day. Neither Jesus nor the early Apostles tried to change the Sabbath.
Below, we have surprising admissions from some of these Catholic authors!
James Cardinal Gibbons in The Faith of our Fathers, 1917, pp 72-73, wrote:
“But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify”
John Laux, a Catholic author of educational material, in his work A Course in Religion for Catholic High Schools and Academies (1932, p 51), wrote:
“If we consulted the Bible only, we should still have to keep holy the Sabbath Day, that is, Saturday, with the Jews, instead of Sunday.”
Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism (1876), p. 174:
“Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?
“Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her-she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.”
Catholic Virginian Oct. 3, 1947, p. 9, art. “To Tell You the Truth.”
“For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the[Roman Catholic] church outside the Bible.”
Rev. Peter Geiermann, The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1937), p. 50
“Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea, transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.
Question: Why did the Catholic Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
Answer: The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday, because Christ rose from the dead on a Sunday, and the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles on a Sunday.
Question: By what authority did the Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
Answer: The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday by the plenitude of that divine power which Jesus Christ bestowed upon her.”
These quotes are shocking admissions by the Roman Catholic Church. Some of them are contradictory. In the last quote, by Geiermann, he claimed that the Sabbath was ‘substituted’ because of Christ’s resurrection and also because of Holy Spirit outpouring at Pentecost. But he also claimed that this Sabbath change did not occur until Laodicea (which was in 364 AD). How can it be both? The answer is that it was never changed. The Roman Church did not start emphasizing Sabbatory observance of Sunday until the mid-fourth century! This is an obvious admission that it is not an Apostolic practice!
As we have reviewed in other articles, most Christians kept the Sabbath over 100 years after the Council of Laodicea (Click HERE to learn more).
We can see from these quotes that the Roman Catholic Church admits when the Sabbath is and that she has tried to change it. The Bible, the example of Jesus, and the Apostles all affirm the eternal truth that it is still from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset.
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Kelly McDonald, Jr.
BSA President – www.biblesabbath.org.