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THE HOLY EUCHARIST,
AS INSTITUTED IX SCRIPTURE,
AND RECEIVED BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ALL AGES,
IN REFUTATION OF
ARCHDEACON WILBERFORCE'S BOOK,
“ The Doctrine of the Holy Eucharist,”
AND THE POPISH VIEWS OF THAT SACRAMENT, IN GENERAL.
BY THE REV. Talle
TRIN. COLL. CAM.
HEAD MASTER OF QUEEN ELIZABETH'S FREE GRAMMAR SCHOOL, WAKEFIELD,
AND EVENING LECTURER AT THE PARISH CHURCH.
Page 41, bottom line, for “Zuingluis," read “ Zuinglius.”
429, line 8, for “ever," read every.
Since the commencement of the present undertaking, several important changes have taken place in the position of both the persons and matters concerned in it. The “Doctrine of the Holy Eucharist," when first published by Archdeacon Wilberforce, purposed to be a book of scriptural doctrine, supported by ancient testimonies, for the guidance of members of the Church of England. The author was a beneficed clergyman, and even a dignitary of the ecclesiastical establishment; and his book came upon the Church, recommended not only by the weight of the author's official character, but also by the prestige wbich appertained to his inheritance of a great name. Under such circumstances, it was no wonder if the work had a large sale and widely-extended influence.
But if the book was hailed with approbation by that party in the Church which acknowledges its object to be to unprotestantize the Church of England, it was received with equal alarm by those faithful to the Reformation. To those who knew anything of the Popish controversy, the “Doctrine of the Holy Eucharist," as propounded by Robert I. Wilberforce, was pure, unalloyed Popery, in all its hideous deformity, hesitating at nothing save the adoption of the word transubstantiation, but in everything else adopting not only the doctrines, but even the phraseology, of Trent. For many months the Protestant