Fr. Sylvester Berry in The Church of Christ:
“Satan will imitate the Church of Christ to deceive mankind; he will set up a church of Satan in opposition to the Church of Christ”
In 1927, Fr. E. Sylvester Berry, professor of apologetics at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Maryland, wrote the following in his apologetic and dogmatic treatise on the Catholic Church:
The prophecies of the Apocalypse [book of Revelation] show that Satan will imitate the Church of Christ to deceive mankind; he will set up a church of Satan in opposition to the Church of Christ. Antichrist will assume the role of Messias; his prophet will act the part of Pope; and there will be imitations of the Sacraments of the Church. There will also be lying wonders in imitation of the miracles wrought in the Church.
(Rev. E. Sylvester Berry, The Church of Christ: An Apologetic and Dogmatic Treatise [St. Louis, MO: B. Herder Book Co., 1927], p. 119; italics given.)
To prove that this is a genuine quote from the book, we are providing a scan of the actual page:
In 1955, Fr. Berry’s book was published again but using a different typeset, resulting in a significant change in the page numbering. A reprint of the 1955 edition can be ordered here:
- The Church of Christ: An Apologetic and Dogmatic Treatise by Fr. E. Sylvester Berry (1955)
Since the text was re-typeset for the new edition, the above quote is not found on the same page: The quote found on p. 119 of the 1927 edition is found on pp. 65-66 of the 1955 edition.