The Continuity of the Catholic Church
The Most Reverend Duane G. Hunt D.D.

Bishop Hunt wrote this brilliant book, whilst he was Catholic Bishop of Salt Lake City. It was written to counter Mormon claims that there was an apostasy in the early centuries of the Church and a loss of Divine authority.

In a charitable and objective manner, Bishop Hunt shows that this theory has no foundation in the scriptural and historical record. In fact all the facts and evidence point to the Catholic Church of today being one and the same with the institution that Jesus Christ founded, nearly two thousand years ago.

A convert to the Catholic Church, Bishop Hunt comes to this subject with the advantage of having shared some of the prejudices and misconceptions that many non-Catholics have about the Church.

This book is a classic in miniature, and the reader will find that the arguments the Bishop uses, can be used with great effect to share and defend the claims of the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Although primarily written to defend the Church from contemporary Mormon writers, it is a solid defense against any anti-Catholic group that challenges the Catholic Church and her claims to Divine authority.
And I say to thee, that thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
   (Matthew 16:18-19)
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you let them be accursed.
   (Galatians 1:8)
Both these Texts are on the walls of the Catholic Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City, Utah.


Duane Garrison Hunt was born in 1884. Raised in a devout Methodist home in the State of Nebraska, Duane Hunt began to examine the claims of Christianity whilst a College student. This led to his reception into the Catholic Church in 1913. Abandoning a promising career, he trained for the Priesthood and was ordained in 1920.

He served in the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, and was consecrated Bishop in 1937. Throughout his life, he wrote and spoke in defense of the Catholic Church. Bishop Hunt was a brilliant apologist, and developed an acclaimed radio ministry.

This particular book was written in 1959, primarily to answer Mormon Apostle, Bruce R. McConkie, who had accused the Catholic Church of being the devil in the first edition of his book, Mormon Doctrine. Since 1966, that explicit reference has been deleted, but the Mormon claim of apostasy remains. That claim is the main premise of the Mormon religion. Refute it and the Mormon claims collapse. In his refutation Bishop Hunt always remained objective and not sensational, maintaining a sound witness to Catholic truth, but never at the expense of putting down the Mormon people.

Bishop Hunt died in 1960, but his writings continue his Apostolate of Catholic truth, blessing souls and leading them to the Church, Jesus Christ founded.


The Continuity of the Catholic Church
The Most Reverend Duane G. Hunt D.D.
Bishop of Salt Lake City (1937-1960)

Ecclesia Press (Bangor is y Coed)
Know, defend and share your Catholic Faith

This is a revised and expanded version of the book
published in 1959 as The Unbroken Chain and includes
a sermon from The Christian Way of Salvation
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