It is then a (‘haw-Ii that Jesus Christ came on earth to found, not a book that he came to have written and read. The Gospel is the property of the Church, it is one of its sacred trusts, it is one of its greatest treasures. She it is who is charged to preserve it and to explain its pages to the people. For it is to her alone and not to each individual that the promise was made and the mission given.

To say that Jesus (‘hrist and his Apostles wished the nations, to be converted by reading the Bible, interpreted by each individual, 1s so great an absurdity that I have the greatest difficulty in con- oeiving how a self-respecting man can possibly allow it to fall from his lips.

i Every body knows that before the invention of printing, books were just as scarce and expensive, as they are now-a-days common and cheap. For 14L0 years after Jesus Christ, every word had to be written-by hand. Now to write out a whole Bible would require a great (real of time. Amongst many nations, almost constantly at war, very few persons knew how to write. History records the names of even several powerful kings, who did not know how to sign their names. To have so large a book written, therefore, it was necessary to pay an enormous sum of money. It was therefore (llrSOl‘?l.t€l_I/ im-

jioss/{ilr for the great majority of (‘hristians for the space of 1400

years to either own Bibles or to read them. We also learn from his- tory that previousto the invention of printing it was the custom for people to tax themselves in order to obtain a Bible, which was then deposited in the Church, where the Priest would read some part of it every Sunday, and explain it to the people.

It was not by the reading of the Bible, but by the pfR-(Ifih-ifbfl of Apostles commissioned by the (‘hurch of Jesus Christ, that the French, the English, the Germans, the Spanish, the Irish, the Greeks, the Romans, and all other nations were converted to Christianity; for amongst these diflerent nations very few persons knew how to read, and a very much smaller number, indeed, had the means with which to procure a Bible. liet ;\[r. Roussy deny these facts, if he dares.

Well, since it is admitted as an ascertained fact that it was the will of Jesus Christ that His Church should march on to the conquest of souls by means of fp/viaclii-n_r/ for 1500 years, it devolves on Mr.

loussy to show us a single text in his Bible, which informs us that Jesus Christ decided that the reading of the Bible by each individual, should, at any period whatever during the life of the Church, take the place of this yn-vawhiirq.

It is clear that if Mr. Roussy’s system were based on the truth, Jesus (Thrist would have commanded his Apostles not to preach. the Gospel t.ill the end of the world, but to teach the nations how to read and to give them Bibles. And instead of Apostles, it would have been School-masters that he would have promised and sent to the nations sitting in the darkness of the shadow of death.

Mr. Roussy tells us that Our Lord was opposed to the false tradi- lions of men ; but is the Church less opposed to thesefalse human Irudilinizs, or does she condemn them less than Her Lord and Master did ‘f W hen Mr. Roussy says, all that is necessary to be believed and practised is written in the Gospel. and that it is not necessary to be- liovcé. in those truths taught by tradition ; when, in a word, Mr. Roussy says the Catholic dogma of Tradition is not to be found in Holy Writ,