Q. Which is the Sabbath day?
A. Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday."
[ The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, 1951 printing, page 50. ]
Q. How prove you that the Church hath power to command feasts and holy days?
A. By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday which Protestants allow of; and therefore THEY FONDLY CONTRADICT THEMSELVES, BY KEEPING SUNDAY STRICTLY, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same church."
[ Henry Tubervill, An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine, 1833, page 58. ]
"You are a Protestant, and you profess to go by the Bible and the Bible only; and yet in so important a matter as the observance of one day in seven as a holy day, you go against the plain letter of the Bible, and put another day in the place of the day which the Bible has commanded. The command to keep holy the seventh day is one of the ten commandments; you believe that the other nine are still binding: who gave you authority to tamper with the fourth? If you are consistent with your own principles, if you really follow the Bible and the Bible only, you ought to be able to produce some portion of the New Testament in which this fourth commandment is expressly altered." [ Library of Christian Doctrine. Why Don't You Keep Holy the Sabbath Day? page 5. ]
Thomaston, Georgia May 22, 1934 Pop Pius XI Rome, Italy Dear Sir; Is the accusation true, that Protestants accuse you of? They say you changed the Seventh Day Sabbath to the, so-called, Christian Sunday: Identical with the First Day of the week. If so, when did you make the change, and by what authority? Yours very truly, J. L. Day
THE CATHOLIC EXTENSION MAGAZINE
180 Wabash Ave., Chicago, Illinois
(Under the Blessing of Pop Pius XI)
Dear sir: Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts: > (1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith > and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man. (2) We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church instituted by Christ, to teach and guide men through life, has the right to change the Ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept her change of the Sabbath to the Sunday. We frankly say, "yes, the Church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws, for instance, the Friday Abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of Catholic marriages, and a thousand other laws." (3) We also say that of all Protestants, the Seventh-day Adventists are the only group that reason correctly and are consistent with their teachings. It is always somewhat laughable to see the Protestant Churches, in pulpit and legislature, demand the observance of Sunday of which there is nothing in the Bible. With best wishes, Peter R. Tramer, Editor
"Finally, at the last opening on the eighteenth of January 1562, all hesitation was set aside. The Archbishop of Reggio made a speech in which he openly declared that tradition stood above scripture. The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the Scriptures, because the church had changed... Sabbath into Sunday, not by the command of Christ, but by its own authority." [ Heinrich Julius Holtzmann, Kanon und Tradition (Ludwigsburg: Druck and Verlag von Ferd Riehm), 1859, page 263 in the German ]
Note: This document hasn't been rigged towards plugging the Seventh-day Adventists; since this time there are now other religious groups that keep the Saturday Sabbath as well.
Here we will discover the true meaning of the scriptures, and as we've seen, explore the histroy of where things went awry. Salvation is not limited-to Seventh-day Adventists, nor will doing anything like keeping a particular Sabbath give you salvation; however, in the following we will whittle out various Christian religions. If Seventh-day Adventism is the last straw in the pile, then at least we will have covered the reasons behind it. Seventh-day Adventists have been seriously misrepresented on doctrine, theology, and habits; if Seveth-day Adventism surfaces as a worthy topic of exploration, then we will address those issues at that time. Until such time though...
More importantly, this document is not a Catholic basher. Biblical evidence that points to the Roman Catholic Church will be presented, however. It is not any person that is under attack, but the system of Catholicism itself is what is being scrutinized sharply (at this point in the discussion). And in all cases, evidence (Biblical & historical) will be presented supporting any claims made. Thus there won't be slander for the sake of slander. There are many good Catholic people, who understand and follow the plan of salvation, and who will be saved.
The following World Wide Web resources give the date of the letter as May 22, 1934, which is twenty years before your letter's referenced date [ed: this should have been addressed above], and these references provide proof that Mr. John L. Day of Thomaston, Georgia addressed his letter to Pope Pius XI, and not to Pope Pius XII. The reply came from Peter R Tramer, editor of the Catholic Extension Magazine, Chicago, Illinois, which was under the blessing of Pope Pius XI.
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