1812 · Baltimore
Humor, vigor, and underlying deep seriousness all characterize this dialogue defending Dominicans, Baltimore's St. Mary's seminary, and Catholicism in general against attacks by the Presbyterian Church. While "Protestant" is a bit of an intellectual bumpkin next to the notably urbane "Catholic," he is granted space to swing his sword with a will, bringing up tough questions and following up hard on the answers. Many Protestant canards about Catholics are thus put to rest by combat: Yes, Catholics may and do read the Bible; yes, there can be and have been Catholic "republics"; no, Catholics don't worship "idols"; no, the pope is not scheduled to come to the U.S. and make the president kiss his toe. The nature of Catholic schooling, the status of the Apocrypha, papal infallibility, and more are all dramatically explained in the main text, and appendices treat of many of the main headings directly. => Though produced by one "side," this is a good introduction to the long-lived issues and rhetoric of Protestant–Catholic conflict in America, as well as a good explication of much Catholic doctrine and practice.
Written by Louis William Valentine DuBourg, president of St. Mary's Seminary, in collaboration with Bishop Simon Bruté de Remur.
Parsons 417; Shaw & Shoemaker 26780. Recent quarter off-white cloth over blue-green paper sides, old style; paper spine label. This copy is complete with the leaf in the back listing books available in 1812 from Bernard Dornin's "Roman Catholic Book Store," more than a few of which PRB&M has had in its stock over the years. It strikes us that reassembling and studying the group as a whole could be an interesting and illuminating exercise. (Inventory #: 36631)