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教皇承認更改安息日的公告

  一九三四年五月廿二日,美國喬治亞州一位名叫湯瑪斯頓的男子,寄了一封信給當時的教皇皮亞士十一世。內容詢問教皇是否更改安息日的問題,內容如下:

信件英文原文:

Pope Plus XI
Rome, Italy

Thomaston. Georgia
May 22, 1934

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

(Signature)

信件中文翻譯:

親愛的閣下:

  教徒對你的譴責是否正確呢?他們說你(教皇)將第七日的安息日改為所謂的基督徒的星期日,亦即是一週的第一日;如果是真的,那麼,是何時改的,和依據甚麼權力而改的?

非常忠實的

J. L. Day

(簽名)

教皇回覆的英文原文:

THE CATHOLIC EXTENSION MAGAZINE
The largest Catholic Magazine Published in the U.S.A.
180 Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
(Under the Blessings of Pope Plus 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 man 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 pulpil and legislature, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in the Bible.

With best wishes

Peter R. Tramer. Editor

教皇回覆的中文翻譯:

天主教擴展雜誌
在美國出版的最大天主教雜誌
以利諾州 芝加哥 華巴殊大道 180號
(由教皇皮亞士十一世祝福領導)

親愛的閣下:

關於由遵守猶太人的安息日改為基督徒的星期日,我希望你留意如下事實:

(一)那些接納聖經為唯一的信仰和宗教準則的新教徒,當然應該要回返至遵守安息日。事實上,他們並沒有這樣做,相反地,他們卻遵守星期日,使他們在有思想的人眼中顯得愚蠢。

(二)我們天主教,並不接納聖經為唯一的信仰和宗教準則。除聖經之外,我們有活的教會,教會的法規作為引導我們的準則。我們說,這教會是基督所創立,通過生活來教導人,是有權來更改舊約並以後的崇拜儀式及法規,因此,我們接納教會更改安息日至星期日的法規。我們坦白地說:「是的,(我們的)教會作了這種改變,作了這律法,一如教會訂立很多其他的律法一樣,諸如:星期五的齋戒法規,神父修女等人不准結婚的法規,有關混雜婚姻的法規,天主教的婚姻法和成千條其他法規等。」

(三)我們同時說,所有新教徒中,只有基督復臨安息日會的信徒是唯一的一群,有正確的了解,並且恆切地謹守聖經教訓。這就是經常看見其他新教教會(即基督教教會)在講台上和議事會上,要求遵守星期日,是頗為好笑的事,因為這是聖經中沒有提過的。

最美好的祝願

編者 Peter R. Tramer

下圖為教皇於一九五六年就先前的信件在天主教報刊回覆的拷貝

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