[col. 529] Such is the condition of the heretics of this age that on nothing do they rely more than that, under the
pretense of the word of God, they overthrow the authority of the church; as though the church, His body, could
be opposed to the word of Christ, or the head to the body. On the contrary, the authority of the church, then, is
illustrated most clearly by the Scriptures; for while on the one hand she recommends them, declares them to be
divine, [col. 530] offers them to us to be read, in doubtful matters explains them faithfully, and condemns
whatever is contrary to them; on the other hand, the legal precepts in the Scriptures taught by the Lord have
ceased by virtue of the same authority. The Sabbath, the most glorious day in the law, has been changed into the
Lord’s day. Circumcision, enjoined upon Abraham and his seed under such threatening that he who had not been
circumcised would be destroyed from among his people, has been so abrogated that the apostle asserts: "If ye be
circumcised, ye have fallen from grace, and Christ shall profit you nothing." These and other similar matters have
not ceased by virtue of Christ’s teaching (for He says He has come to fulfill the law, not to destroy it), but they
have been changed by the authority of the church. Indeed, if she should be removed (since there must be
heresies), who would set forth truth, and confound the obstinacy of heretics? All things will be confused, and
soon heresies condemned by her authority will spring up again. [See No. 1444.]

1444. Sabbath, Change of—Cited in Council of Trent as Proof that Tradition Is Above Scripture

Source: Heinrich Julius Holtzmann, Kanon und Tradition ("Canon and Tradition") (Ludwigsburg: Druck and
Verlag von Ferd. Riehm, 1859), p. 263. German. [FRS No. 72.] [Facsimile (in the original German) below.]
The Council [of Trent] agreed fully with Ambrosius Pelargus, that under no condition should the Protestants be
allowed to triumph by saying that the council had condemned the doctrine of the ancient church. But this practice
caused untold difficulty without being able to guarantee certainty. For this business, indeed, ‘well-nigh divine
prudence’ was requisite—which the Spanish ambassador acknowledged as belonging to the council on the
sixteenth of March, 1562. Indeed, thus far they had not been able to orient themselves to the interchanging,
crisscrossing, labyrinthine, twisting passages of an older and newer concept of tradition. But even in this they
were to succeed. Finally, at the last opening [see editors’ note] on the eighteenth of January, 1562, all hesitation
was set aside: [Gaspar de Fosso] the Archbishop of Reggio made a speech [see No. 1443] in which he openly
declared that tradition stood above Scripture. The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the
authority of the Scriptures, because the church had changed circumcision into baptism, Sabbath into Sunday, not
by the command of Christ, but by its own authority. With this, to be sure, the last illusion was destroyed, and it
was declared that tradition does not signify antiquity, but continual inspiration.

[Editors’ note: This "last opening" of the Council of Trent was not the last day, but the opening of the 17th
session, the first meeting of the last series of sessions that was opened, after a lapse of time, under a new pope.
The council was in session for longer or shorter periods over a series of years.]

Source: Neufeld, Don F.,  Seventh-day Adventist Bible Student’s Source Book, Don F. Neufeld and Julia
Neuffer.—Washington, D.C., Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1962, pgs. 887-888.


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The Council of Trent on the Change to Sunday Worship

Source: Gaspare [Ricciulli] de Fosso (Archbishop of Reggio), Address in the 17th session of the Council of
Trent, Jan. 18, 1562, in Mansi SC, Vol. 33, cols. 529, 530. Latin.  [ Gian Domenico Mansi, ''Sacrorum
Conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio"]
1443. Sabbath, Change of, Cited as Proof That Tradition Is Above Scripture
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