“I have by the Grace of God, been always a Catholic, never out of Communion with the Roman Pontiff, but I have heard it said at times that the authority of the Roman Pontiff was certainly lawful and to be respected, but still an authority derived from human law, and not standing on a Divine prescription. Then when I observed that public affairs were so ordered that the sources of the power of the Roman Pontiff would necessarily be examined, I gave myself up to a most diligent examination of that question for the space of seven years, and found that the authority of the Roman Pontiff which you rashly—I will not use stronger language—have set aside, is not only lawful, to be respected, and necessary, but also grounded on the Divine law and prescription. That is my opinion, that is the belief in which by the grace of God I shall die.”
—St. Thomas More, quoted in Luke Rivington, Authority; or a Plain Reason For Joining the Church of Rome
Luke Rivington
Book: Authority; or a Plain Reason For Joining the Church of Rome

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