The Faith of Our Fathers


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The Faith of Our Fathers: A Plain Exposition and Vindication of the Church Founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ is a book published in 1876 by archbishop James Gibbons, which became a best-selling conversion manual in the United States, and by 1980 was in its 111th printing.
(From the preface) “The object of this little volume is to present in a plain and practical form an exposition and vindication of the principal tenets of the Catholic Church. It was thought sufficient to devote but a brief space to such Catholic doctrines and practices as are happily admitted by Protestants, while those that are controverted by them are more elaborately elucidated...
...As his chief aim has been to bring home the truths of the Catholic faith to our separated brethren, who generally accept the Scripture as the only source of authority in religious matters, he has endeavored to fortify his statements by abundant reference to the sacred text. He has thought proper, however, to add frequent quotations from the early Fathers, whose testimony, at least as witnesses of the faith of their times, must be accepted even by those who call in question their personal authority.” (Summary from Wikipedia with quotes from the preface of this volume.) (12 hr 48 min)

Chapters

00 - Preface and Introduction 14:40 Read by AVG
01 - Chapter 1 - The Blessed Trinity, The Incarnation, Etc. 7:12 Read by Ann Boulais
02 - Chapter 2 - The Unity of the Church 20:44 Read by Ann Boulais
03 - Chapter 3 - The Holiness of the Church 23:09 Read by Ann Boulais
04 - Chapter 4 - Catholicity 16:14 Read by AVG
05 - Chapter 5 - Apostolicity 25:14 Read by AVG
06 - Chapter 6 - Perpetuity of the Church 24:27 Read by Phil Chenevert
07 - Chapter 7 - Infallible Authority of the Church 21:06 Read by AVG
08 - Chapter 8 -The Church and the Bible 32:29 Read by AVG
09 - Chapter 9 - The Primacy of Peter 22:54 Read by dave7
10 - Chapter 10 - The Supremacy of the Popes 22:07 Read by dave7
11 - Chapter 11 - Infallibility of the Popes 26:48 Read by dave7
12 - Chapter 12 - Temporal Power of the Popes 26:23 Read by dave7
13 - Chapter 13 - The Invocation of Saints 20:46 Read by Phil Chenevert
14 - Chapter 14, Part 1: The Blessed Virgin Mary - Is It Lawful to Honor the Bl… 47:50 Read by Phil Chenevert
15 - Chapter 14, Part 2: The Blessed Virgin Mary - Is it Lawful to Invoke Her? … 16:09 Read by Phil Chenevert
16 - Chapter 15 - Sacred Images 24:29 Read by Phil Chenevert
17 - Chapter 16 - Purgatory and Prayers for the Dead 28:26 Read by Phil Chenevert
18 - Chapter 17 - Civil and Religious Liberty 41:39 Read by dave7
19 - Chapter 18 - Charges of Religious Persecution 30:40 Read by dave7
20 - Chapter 19 - Grace-The Sacraments-Original Sin-Baptism-Its Neccesity-Its … 20:18 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
21 - Chapter 20 - The Sacrament of Confirmation 11:14 Read by Viglione
22 - Chapter 21 - The Holy Eucharist 23:17 Read by Veronica Jenkins
23 - Chapter 22 - Communion Under One Kind 13:15 Read by wminbru
24 - Chapter 23 - The Sacrifice of the Mass 24:21 Read by Phil Chenevert
25 - Chapter 24 - The Use of Religious Ceremonies Dictated by Right Reason 12:08 Read by Phil Chenevert
26 - Chapter 25 - Ceremonials of the Mass 19:19 Read by Phil Chenevert
27 - Chapter 26, Part 1 - The Sacrament of Penance: The Divine Institution Of T… 57:51 Read by dave7
28 - Chapter 26, Part 2 - The Sacrament of Penance: On The Relative Morality Of… 10:48 Read by dave7
29 - Chapter 27 - Indulgences 17:13 Read by Bill Mosley
30 - Chapter 28 - Extreme Unction 5:56 Read by Warren Jones
31 - Chapter 29 - The Priesthood 23:22 Read by dave7
32 - Chapter 30 - Celibacy of the Clergy 16:13 Read by jedopi
33 - Chapter 31 - Matrimony 20:03 Read by jedopi