ITS PROCESS EXAMINED.
But because such apprehension was implicit, no argument can thence be drawn that it was small.
"The Apostles having received their knowledge of these doctrines by immediate inspiration, apprehended them with immeasurably greater fulness and keenness than are obtainable by an ordinary uninspired Catholic of that or any later period."*
"That the later doctors of the Church," says Suarez, "were wiser than the Apostles in faith, or possessed more explicit faith than the Apostles... is a proposition commonly reprobated by theologians as even temerarious. For to them especially it was that Jesus Christ promised: He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you; and again, All things whatsover I have heard of My Father, I have made known to you....+ This is plain from reason also: for they were the teachers of the faith of the New Testament, and, therefore, the Church's faith is said to be founded on that of the Apostles. This faith cannot, consequentially, be greater in the Church than it was in them."++
"We may distinguish," continues Suarez, "a twofold order of propositions, which, in course of time, came to be explicitly believed. Thus, some belong, so to say, to the substance of the mysteries: as, for example, in the mystery of the Incarnation, that Christ had two wills; and in the mystery of the Eucharist, that the substance of bread does not remain after the consecration. Truths of this sort, we must believe, were known by the Apostles, not implicitly only, but explicitly: since they had excellent understanding of the Scriptures, and of all mysteries appertaining to the tradition of faith. But there are other contingent propositions which, in the Apostles' time, had never come to pass, as, for instance, that this is the one true Pontiff, that this is a true Council, and the like. Now it was not necessary that propositions of this kind should be known to the Apostles explicitly. It was enough that they should be known to them in general; for there was no need that all future things should be revealed to them."**