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American Catholic Historical Society
Importance of Catholic Historical Studies. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Ph...
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Importance of Catholic Historical Studies. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume I. Pages 41-51.
American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia.
11 January 2014
Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
Catholic Church --United States
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‘Z.'3A..e:<> tr’-3..o$-. .-- Jr-55!.’-7'.':1’..: o-'35 ‘:"L:““:.e's!'- 9" 1-.-as",1',",“."f‘f""J’..xL .- . r 7., -.. 4 ,- ,. 4 ,, . 5 z ,, Importance of Catholic Historical Studies. I [Summary of the Address read at the First Public Meeting of the Society, in the Hall of the Historical Society of Penna... on Thursday evening, April 30th, 1885, by the REV. Docroa Mttmtazrox, O. S. A.] VVILL begin with a principle which I think you all will admit, that all works of vast design are, as a rule, far better carried out by the concerted action of many than by the unaided efforts of a sole individual, first, because a task divided among many J workers-each a master of his own branch-is more thoroughly " '7'? andeasily done, and, secondly, because the rivalry of the work- men generally is a spur to genius, and genius is the parent of mighty results. M And should any other reason be required why this Society has "”“"‘ thought it well to be established, I may say that this principle of xi skilful, intelligent, and systematic co-operation in all branches of labor has from the very beginning of Christianity been the fixed, " nay, the essential. policy, if I may 50 term it, of the Catholic Church. She formulated her plan of leaguing men together nineteen centuries ago, at Jerusalem, when she commissioned her first societies of missionaries, apostles and disciples to go teach the truth to all the peoples of the earth. Society life is essentially Catholic. This seems to me to be a very important, even vital, reflection to make, at the outset, on society life. Our Society professes to be wholly Catholic-eCatho1ic in its means, and Catholic in its end. For if we consider the Catholic Church not merely as a supernatural and divine agent, but also as a great civilizing or humanizing power, we must fain confess that in the prosecu- tion of her designs she has ever known how skilfully to enlist in (41),