Excerpt from The Three Ages of Progress The book, presented by Father Devos to readers of Church history under the name of "Three Ages of Progres," is not a chronicle of events as its size might suggest, but it is a series of tableaux of the principal ecclesiastical events which have occurred in the world since the coming of Christ with an interspersion of philosophical considerations, from a Catholic standpoint, of their causes and their effects. The conspiracy against truth which originated with the Centuriators of Magdeburg has, during this century, received many mortal blows, not only at the hands of Catholics like de Maistre, Lingard, Stolberg, Hurter, Cantu, Rohrbacher, Veuillot, Gorini, Wouters, Jungmann, Brownson, Janssen, Parsons, Pastor and others, but from non-Catholics as well, such as Roscoe, Voigt, Gregorovius, Guizot and many more in the old country, and it is actually being pulverized by Starbuck of Andover on our side of the ocean. It is time therefore that Catholics take a more decided stand against the calumnies of their enemies, not only by defending the Church as they have always done, but by making positive moves against the hostile lines, carrying the war into Africa itself. This has become easier indeed since the illustrious Pontiff who so marvelously continues to hold the rudder of Peter's bark has proclaimed the "open door policy" in regard to the rich archives of the Vatican. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.