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MORAL AND DEVOTIONAL THEOLOGY
OF THE CHURCH OF ROME,
ACCORDING TO THE AUTHORITATIVE TEACHING OF
S. ALFONSO DE' LIGUORI.
RE-PRINTED IN PART FROM THE CHRISTIAN REMEMBRANCER.'
REV. FREDERICK MEYRICK, M.A.
FELLOW AND TUTOR OF TRINITY COLLEGE, Oxford:
AUTHOR OF THE PRACTICAL WORKING OF THE CHURCH OF SPAIN.'
J. AND C. MOZLEY, 6, PATERNOSTER ROW ;
141. b. 74.
THE writer has been requested, by persons whose opinion he values, to put together the several articles that he has written on the subject of S. Alfonso de' Liguori's Morality, and to give his name as a guarantee that the charges made in them are not exaggerated. This he has done in the present volume, and he will add, that he is so far from having wantonly aggravated the case against S. Alfonso and the Church of Rome's morality, that he has passed over in silence those parts of the Theologia Moralis which would have roused the most intense indignation of the English mind, containing offences of which the author himself, living in the moral atmosphere of Italy, and accustomed to the intellectual examination of cases of morbid anatomy, is clearly unconscious, and in the very commission of which, he doubtless had the best of purposes.
Further assurance that the teaching here reprobated is the teaching of S. Alfonso, and that it is sanctioned by the authorities of the Church of Rome, may be had by the perusal of a little book, called, "What every Christian must know and do," lately published in Dublin at the price of one halfpenny, compiled by the Rev. J. Furniss, Priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, and bearing the Imprimatur of “Paulus Cullen, Archiepiscopus Dublinensis."
The three first parts of this volume have been already published in America, with the author's full concurrence, though not at his instance. They enjoyed the benefit of being introduced to the American reader, by the Rev. A. Cleveland Coxe, in a preface which, by his permission, is here reprinted.
Trinity College, Oxford,
Feb. 16, 1857.