Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Catholic Discipline of Abjuration

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St. Matthew 10:32: "Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven."

A little known, and sadly often ignored, discipline of the Holy Catholic Church, which has a very great amount of relevance today, is the necessity of abjuration, for any and all baptized persons with the use of reason who have either adhered to schismatic sects, believed heresy, or in some other way separated themselves from Catholic unity. Abjuration is the formal repudiation and rejection of all one’s past sins against the Christian Faith (heresies and schisms).

In short, abjuration is declaring under oath, before God and men, with one's hand on the Holy Gospels, that one no longer believes the specific heresies, which one abjures by listing and condemning aloud, and no longer follows the specific heretics, which one also lists and condemns aloud, that he believed and followed in his former sect. He then affixes his signature to the text he has prepared, for a lasting record and testimony available to all those who know him or who would ask, that they may see the proof of his conversion and vow to serve the true God.

We will first see that the Church’s practice of abjuration is held from antiquity, then we will move on to discussing various ways that a person may unwittingly become schismatic, and thus in need of abjuration to re-enter the Church, and we will close with some common sense arguments to further drive home the importance of abjuration, especially in today’s non-Catholic world, where all too many people claim to be Catholic, but truly are not.  And then a sample abjuration will be presented, which rejects many of the common errors that are leading to the damnation of those souls who profess to be Catholic in these last days.

The Practice of the Church

The Catholic Encyclopedia, Abjuration: "A denial, disavowal, or renunciation under oath. In common ecclesiastical language this term is restricted to the renunciation of heresy made by the penitent heretic on the occasion of his reconciliation with the Church. The Church has always demanded such renunciation, accompanied by appropriate penance […] after the birth of Nestorianism and Eutychianism, to abjuration of heresy was added a solemn profession of faith […] In all cases there was demanded the presentation of a libellus, or form of abjuration, in which the convert renounced and anathematized his former tenets. After declaring his abjuration to be free from compulsion, fear, or other unworthy motive, he proceeded to anathematize all heresies in general and in particular that sect to which he had belonged, together with its heresiarchs, past, present, and future. He then enumerated the tenets accepted by said sect, and, having repudiated them singly and generally, he ended with a profession of his belief in the true Faith."

Synod of Laodicea, between AD 343 and AD 381, Canon 7: "Persons converted from heresies, that is, of the Novatians, Photinians, and Quartodecimans, whether they were catechumens or communicants among them, shall not be received until they shall have anathematized every heresy, and particularly that in which they were held; and afterwards those who among them were called communicants, having thoroughly learned the symbols of the faith, and having been anointed with the holy chrism, shall so communicate in the holy Mysteries."

This synod, though not an Ecumenical Council, shows that this was a very early discipline in the Church. The Council of Constantinople, which IS an Ecumenical Council has this to say:

First Council of Constantinople, Canon 7, AD 381: "Those who embrace orthodoxy and join the number of those who are being saved from the heretics, we receive in the following regular and customary manner: [...] when they hand in statements and anathematise every heresy which is not of the same mind as the holy, catholic and apostolic church of God."

It is evident from this canon from the second Ecumenical Church Council that abjuration (handing in statements) was even then considered the "regular and customary manner" of receiving men from sects.

Pope Alexander III, Lateran Council III, AD 1179, Canon 27: “…we likewise decree […] that they should be subject in every way to the same sentence and penalty as the above-mentioned heretics and that they should not be received into the communion of the Church, unless they abjure their pernicious society and heresy.”

So people who have become heretical or adhered to heretical or schismatic sects are not received into communion by the Church, until they abjure. The Church considers them, then, to be non-Catholic until they fulfill this formality.

Pope Clement V, Bull Concerning the Order of the Templars, Council of Vienne, AD 1312: “Since the church never shuts her heart to the sinner who returns, the cardinals granted absolution by our authority in the customary form of the church to the master, visitor and preceptors on abjuration of their heresy. On their return to our presence, the cardinals presented to us the confessions and depositions of the master, visitor and preceptors in the form of a public document, as has been said.”

In the case of the Templars, who confessed their sins against the Faith, they were only granted absolution upon abjuring their heresies, the confession thereof being recorded in the form of a public document.

Pope Clement V, General Decrees, Council of Vienne, AD 1313: “With the counterfeit appearance of sanctity they say and do other things also that offend the eyes of the divine majesty' and constitute a grave danger to souls. Since the duty of the office committed to us obliges us to extirpate from the Catholic Church this detestable sect and the above execrable errors, lest they be further propagated and corrupt the hearts of the faithful, we condemn and utterly reject, with the approval of the Sacred Council, the sect itself and the errors described above, and we strictly forbid anyone henceforth to hold, approve or defend the errors. We decree that those who act otherwise are to be punished with canonical censure […] unless there is voluntary abjuration of the above errors and repentance with fitting satisfaction.”

Pope Clement, in making this decree against a sect of heretics, made clear that if a person who was found to hold the heresies in question were to willingly abjure of the heresies, and perform “repentance with fitting satisfaction”, then they were not to be punished as heretics at all.

Pope Martin V, Council of Constance, AD 1415: “Since this most holy synod has learnt from what it has seen and heard, that the said John Hus is obstinate and incorrigible and as such does not desire to return to the bosom of holy mother the church, and is unwilling to abjure the heresies and errors which he has publicly defended and preached, this holy synod of Constance therefore declares and decrees that the same John Hus is to be deposed and degraded from the order of the priesthood and from the other orders held by him.”

Unwillingness to abjure is here correlated with obstinacy and incorrigibility.

The importance of witnesses
(of not merely giving testimony of ourselves)

In all the instances I cited from the Catholic Councils, abjuration was done in a manner that was public and therefore consists of third party testimony that the person claiming to have made the oath has in fact done so. Once you have abjured, there is no reasonable excuse for any Catholic not to profess communion with you, since you will have fulfilled the Church discipline to the best of your ability given the present crisis.

Deuteronomy 19:15: "One witness shall not rise up against any man, whatsoever the sin or wickedness be: but in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall stand."

St. Matthew 18:16: "And if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more: that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand."

2 Corinthians 13:1: "Behold, this is the third time I am coming to you: In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word stand."

Apocalypse 11:3: "And I will give unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred sixty days, clothed in sackcloth."

St. John 8:13-18: "The Pharisees therefore said to him: Thou givest testimony of thyself: thy testimony is not true. Jesus answered, and said to them: Although I give testimony of myself, my testimony is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go: but you know not whence I come, or whither I go. You judge according to the flesh: I judge not any man. And if I do judge, my judgment is true: because I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. And in your law it is written, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that give testimony of myself: and the Father that sent me giveth testimony of me."

St. John 14:10-12: "Do you not believe, that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak to you, I speak not of myself. But the Father who abideth in me, he doth the works. Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? Otherwise believe for the very works' sake. (i.e the testimony of the Father combined with that of Christ)"

Not even Christ Himself expected anyone to believe on just His testimony alone, but also on the testimony of His Father. Just because we do not now have access to Catholic clergy does not mean that we should not follow the SPIRIT of the law, even if we cannot follow it to the letter. And the SPIRIT of the law is PUBLIC rejection of past errors, heresies and schisms and profession of faith, ON THE RECORD, for the removal of scandal.

To sum up, abjuring means publicly denouncing all of one’s past heresies and schismatic associations, including allegiances to Protestant sects or the heretical and apostate antipopes of the post-Catholic church, in a written document signed by oneself and at least two witnesses (in accordance with Deuteronomy 19:15, St. Matthew 18:16 and 2 Corinthians 13:1), and then make a profession of Catholic Faith (Profession from the Vatican Council is recommended as it is the most current), thereby entering into the Catholic Church. Until a person completes these steps they are not to be recognized as Catholic, as the Church’s hierarchy would not have so recognized them until they fulfilled the necessary formality of this discipline.

Abjuring was traditionally done before the bishop or his delegate, who would then absolve the catechumen of heresy, give the sacrament of penance and admit him into communion. Though we now are unable to fulfill this discipline completely, due to lack of Catholic clergy, we nevertheless must do our best to fulfill it to the best of our abilities. In this case that would mean preparing a libellus of our errors, heresies and schisms and repudiating, rejecting and condemning them before our witnesses and retaining the signed document as proof of our having done so. In the event that one day we ever have the opportunity to meet with a valid Catholic clergyman, we would then be able to present him with our abjuration, in order to prove our Catholicity.

How may a person unwittingly become schismatic, and in need of abjuration?

Sadly, there are many ways a person can separate from Catholic unity, without even meaning to do so. The ways this can happen are almost always tied into our dealings with heretics and schismatics.

First and foremost among the ways one may incur automatic excommunication, thereby placing ourselves in schism, is by willingly praying or in any other way communing with bad-willed non-Catholics in religious matters.

Furthermore, it is not permissible for a Catholic to encourage the prayers of an obstinate bad willed, non-Catholic because the prayers would be directed to a false god and therefore be idolatry and a violation of the First Commandment. To encourage, endorse, tolerate or participate in this would be sacrilege and schism, unless we properly qualify that they must only pray to the one true God of the Catholic Faith, and only for their own conversion, after humbling themselves and resolving to learn the true faith. If they are not showing signs of humility, of good will and willingness to learn and convert, if they show only bad will, it is entirely better to avoid these people altogether as much as we are able, whether they are parents, brothers, sisters, co-workers, etc.

Anathematize and avoid bad willed, stubborn heretics (and schismatics and pagans), and this means avoiding most people we will come into contact with. The most you can do is be cordial with them if you have to work with them, or purchase goods or services from them, but leave it at that. Do not befriend them. Don't pray with them, don't eat with them, don't shop with them, don't play with them, don't engage them in unnecessary discussions.  It is not your words that will change their heart, but their acceptance of God's grace, so do not even speak with them for their conversion, unless they show clear signs of good will, willingness to learn the true faith and convert.  Otherwise stay away, since they have shown you their unwillingness to listen to reason and Truth. They will drag you to hell with them if they can. To pray with them, encourage their prayers or commune with them spiritually would be spiritual fornication and adultery against the true God of the true Faith.

Pope Leo X, Fifth Lateran Council, Session 8, 1513: "... And since truth cannot contradict truth, we define that every statement contrary to the enlightened truth of the faith is totally false and we strictly forbid teaching otherwise to be permitted. We decree that all those who cling to erroneous statements of this kind, thus sowing heresies which are wholly condemned, should be avoided in every way and punished as detestable and odious heretics and infidels who are undermining the Catholic faith."

Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, 1215: "Moreover, we determine to subject to excommunication believers who receive, defend, or support heretics."

Common sense about abjurations for today’s ugly world

An abjuration is a very much like a position paper, and for Catholics these days, that is very important, since all too many people claim to hold the Faith, but after asking three questions, we may learn about three heresies they cling to. A person who requests to see your abjuration has a right to do so. It is their way of knowing whether you hold the Catholic Faith whole and inviolate or not. This removes any possibility of scandal, or of communing with someone who may be a heretic. It also shows that we believe in the Faith enough to put our money where our mouth is so to speak, since an abjuration under oath is not something to be taken (or undertaken) lightly. The abjuration shows the world that we are certain of our Catholicity, and it gives occasion for the edification of our neighbours. It is a discipline, whose purpose is to protect the unity of the Church and protect the souls of her members.

A person who has never taken an abjuration before must make a general confession of his whole life (in private, to God Himself, or at least calling down a priest from heaven, since it seems there are no Catholic clergy in the world, or if there are, they aren't advertising) as soon as he has made his abjuration. The reason is simple: The Church never granted absolution until this step was completed, so we must assume that we have never received absolution either. To consider ourselves Catholic before abjuring is imprudent, since by doing so we deny the authority of Catholic discipline. As such, when preparing to abjure, all our prayers should be directed to the single purpose of our conversion and entrance into communion with the Holy Catholic Church.

For example, a priest is approached by a baptized catechumen who is converting from Protestantism. The catechumen has not yet abjured, but is doing so the following Sunday. He asks the priest to administer the Eucharist to him. Of course the priest declines, since the catechumen has not yet entered communion with the Church- he is not Catholic nor has he been absolved of his mortal sins.

This may bring up a serious question: Does a formerly heretical or schismatic catechumen who has been validly baptized and desires wholeheartedly to convert to the true Faith and to receive the sacrament of confession, necessarily go to hell if he dies before abjuring?

In the case of necessity, the Church often dispenses certain disciplines in the service of the greater good, as the following example demonstrates:

Pope Alexander III, Lateran Council IV, AD 1179, Canon 64 (Simony with regards to monks and nuns): “As regards those who were admitted in this way before this synodal statute, we have decided to provide that they be moved from the convents which they wrongly entered, and be placed in other houses of the same order. If perchance they are too numerous to be conveniently placed elsewhere, they may be admitted afresh to the same convent, by dispensation, after the prioress and lesser officials have been changed, lest they roam around in the world to the danger of their souls.”

Where the danger of souls was in question, the Council granted that dispensations may be made, exempting certain people from the decrees of the same Council.

In the case of a baptized catechumen who had not yet abjured on their death bed, it is not a stretch to believe that the priest would say: “I know you are to abjure next Sunday, but since you may not live that much longer, please confess to me your sins against the Faith and all your mortal sins and I will grant you absolution and give you the Last Sacraments.”

Remember, the Church practices abjuration for the protection of souls and to help them attain salvation, not to prevent them from attaining it, in the same way as “the aim of excommunication is healing and not death” (Council of Lyons, AD 1245, 19. {41}, On excommunication 1), thus in cases of good willed baptized persons dying before they can abjure, it is lawful to hope that they have received a Divine dispensation from the discipline of abjuration and that they had the resolve to confess and had been granted the grace of perfect contrition so as to be saved (Council of Trent, Session 14, Chapter 4, On Contrition).

If you have ever publicly adhered to a formally condemned sect or heretical religious superior who was subject to any of the antipopes (beginning with the antipapacy of Leo XIII and including the antipopes Pius X, Benedict XV, Pius XI, Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul, John Paul II or Benedict XVI), and have never heard of abjuration before or not yet taken an abjuration, please do so, for any Catholic who asks you to prove what you believe has the just right to do so, as well as the right to recognize you as not possessing Catholicity if you should be unwilling.

Once you are resolved to prepare your abjuration, make sure you also read the "Abjuration Supplement" article, in order to be sure you do it in the best way possible for your own salvation.

The template

For greater clarity, here is a sample abjuration, including references to the teachings of the Church which support the points contained therein.  More links to relevant articles discussing each point in greater detail will be added as time permits (you can always browse the archives or do a key word search in the interim - to use or edit this abjuration, click and drag to select the text and then copy it into your document program).

NOTE:  You do not have to personally abjure each point, but only those that you have previously held in public, that is in the presence of others, whether obstinately or not, for the removal of scandal.  Not everybody's abjuration will be identical.

Abjuration of Errors, Heresies and Schism

On this the _______ day of ______________, in year of Our Lord _______, in the city of ______________, state/province of ______________ in the country of ______________, I, ____________________________, with sincere faith and contrite heart, do detest and abjure every error, heresy, and sect opposed to the Holy Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I was outside the Church and I held and believed and was in communion with and subject to those who held and believed or taught doctrines opposed to her teaching. With my hand on the Holy Gospels, I now reject and condemn all that she rejects and condemns knowing that no one can be saved without the Faith which the Holy Catholic Church holds, believes and teaches.

I profess by the grace of God that I believe the one, holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church to be the one true Church established on earth by our Saviour Jesus Christ, to which I now fully submit myself. I firmly believe all that she teaches, I reject and condemn all that she rejects and condemns and do now observe all she commands of me.

1.       I reject and denounce the heresy, which states that those who die in false religions, and or die worshipping false gods can be saved, that those who die in a state of invincible ignorance of the Catholic Faith can be saved, or that there is any salvation at all outside the Catholic Church.
Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam; Summa, Prima Secundæ, Q.76, Art. 2 (Invincible ignorance of the Catholic Faith may only excuse from the sin of infidelity but it will neither free one from the guilt of original sin, nor will it absolve one from the guilt of actual mortal sins.)

2.       I reject and denounce the heresy which states that a non-Catholic who has attained the use of reason can be implicitly Catholic or Catholic without knowing it, and that, which states that non-Catholics can be saved by an implicit faith in Catholicism.
– Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Session 8, Athanasian Creed

3.       I reject and denounce the heresy which states that a self-professed Catholic who  has  attained  the  use  of  reason  can  deny,  doubt,  or  hold  contrary  to  certain necessary dogmas, such as the Trinity or the Incarnation, and still be Catholic, even if he is not obstinate.

4.       I reject and denounce the heresy which states that non Catholics are sons or daughters of God, rather than of satan, or that God is the common Father of all men, including non-Catholics.
– Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, Session 3, Chapter 3, #8-9, St. John 8:42-44

5.       I reject and condemn the proposition, which states that automatic sentences (ipso facto or latae sententiae) have no force and do not, by operation of Divine Law, eject one from the Catholic Church.
– Pope Pius VI, Auctorem Fidei, #47

6.       I reject and condemn the heresy which states that Protestant or schismatic religions are a means to salvation or can sanctify souls and that which asserts that the Roman Pontiff does not have supreme spiritual and temporal power.
– Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam

7.       I reject and condemn the apostate and heretical proposition, which states that unbelieving Jews and Muslims worship the one true God, since the one true God is the God of the Catholic Church, The Most Holy Trinity, and therefore the aforesaid heretical and apostate proposition, by denying the divinity of Jesus Christ and God the Holy Ghost also therefore denies God the Father.
- St. John 2:23

8.       I reject and condemn the heresy, which states that there is no hell or that few people are damned, since it is written: Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat.
-  St. Matthew 7:13

9.       I reject and condemn the heresy which states those who die with the sole guilt of original sin, but without actual sin, are happy and united to God, since by dying outside the Catholic Church, they are condemned to the hell of the damned and punished with everlasting fire.
- Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Session 6, Session 11

10.     I reject and condemn as heresy, the belief that one can in any way be a member of the Church without water baptism and any theory at all which suggests justification or sanctifying grace may be produced in a soul without having first received water baptism, including the theories of baptism of desire and baptism of blood.
– Pope Clement V, Council of Vienne; Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Exultate Deo, etc.

11.     I reject and denounce the heresy which states that the man-made doctrines of baptism of desire and baptism of blood are allowable opinions, since they oppose the solemn Magisterium.
– Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, Session 3, Chapter 3, #8-9

Please read: Baptism of Desire and Trent's Decree Concerning Original Sin (and the articles linked to therein)

12.     I reject and denounce the heresy which states that water baptism, using the form of the Church is invalid when performed by a layman or non-Catholic with the intention to do what the Church does.
– Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Exultate Deo; Pope Paul III, Council of Trent, Session 7 (On Baptism) Canon 4

13.     I reject and condemn the heresy, which states that in ministers, when they effect and confer the sacraments, there is not required at least the intention of doing what the Church does.
- Pope Paul III, Council of Trent, Session 7 (On the sacraments in General), Canon XI
14.     I  reject  and  condemn  the  Second  Vatican  Council  as  a  heretical  and apostate council and the so called conciliar Church invented at the same council as a heretical and apostate sect.
– the Vatican II documents contained many expressions of heresy, and according to Pope Paul IV in Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio, #2, (ii), the censure of excommunication is incurred by all who become heretics.  Therefore those who promulgated Vatican II and its heresies promulgated a new religion, and any who followed Vatican II are severed from the Catholic Church and worshiping in a false religion.

15.     I accept and swear true obedience and subjection to Pope Pius IX as the last validly reigning Catholic Pope, the Vicar of Jesus Christ and the head of the Holy Roman Church.

16.     I accept and swear true obedience and subjection to all the valid popes throughout history, to whom Pope Pius IX professed subjection.  I reject and condemn all the antipopes throughout history, whom Pope Pius IX rejected and condemned.

17.     Also, I reject and condemn the heretical belief that a manifest heretic can hold ecclesiastical office in the Catholic Church, therefore I reject and condemn the apostate, schismatic and/or heretical antipopes, Leo XIII, Pius X, Benedict XV, Pius XI, Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and all future antipopes, especially those of the apostate Vatican II sect. I reject all of their actions and decrees as null and void of any authority, as well as any and all prayers and changes to the Sacraments, Divine Liturgy and Divine Office and also reject religious communion with those sects and individuals who accept these men as valid popes.
– Pope Paul IV, Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio; Each of these men publicly taught heresy or followed along in schism with their heretical successors, therefore they were not Catholic Popes – Leo XIII encouraged and provoked heresy prior to even being “elected” (the Church and Civilization, Pastoral Letters for Lent, 1877-1878, pages 44-47), thus his “election” was invalid according to the decree of Pope Paul IV in Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio.

18.     I reject and condemn as at least schismatic, if not heretical or apostate, any person who either died while, or is now, claiming spiritual communion with a notoriously heretical and/or notoriously schismatic antipope or with a notoriously heretical and/or notoriously schismatic religious superior, acknowledging per Pope Pius IX that invincible ignorance, which only God can judge, is the only excuse to this sin of infidelity, though it never saves anyone who does not first hold the Catholic Faith whole and inviolate.
- Pope Pius IX, Singulari Quadem, Singulari Quidem #6-7

19.     I recognize as null and void of any canonical or binding authority all venerations, beatifications or canonizations “decreed” by the aforementioned antipopes, though, I do recognize that persons who many wrongly allege to be venerable, blessed, or sainted, may still be honored privately, so long as evidence shows they lived a holy life and did not die while in communion with any notoriously heretical or notoriously schismatic antipope or religious superior.
– Pope Paul IV, Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio

20.     I reject and condemn any patriarch, primate, cardinal, archbishop, bishop, priest, or layman who did not publicly condemn the heresies and denounce the heretics of the non-Catholic Vatican II sect or “conciliar church” or any heretics, once the heresies and heretics were made known to him.

21.     I reject and denounce as at least schismatic, if not heretics or apostates, everyone who adheres to the Vatican II sect or “conciliar church”.
– Pope Pius IX, Graves Ac Diuturnae #3

22.  I reject and condemn as schismatics all illegally consecrated or illegally ordained bishops or priests (namely those who received their orders from heretics or schismatics), who have not abjured from their schismatic ordinations, and I so condemn anyone or any sect that condones them.
Summa, Supp. Q.38, Art. 2, Reply to Obj. 3

23.  I reject and denounce the heresy of collegiality, which states that the body of bishops, together with the pope, has supreme authority over the Church.
– Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, Session 4, Chapter 1

24.  I reject as heresy any statement contrary to the word of God as found in Scripture and Tradition and proposed by the Church as matters to be believed as divinely revealed, whether by Her Solemn judgment or in Her Ordinary and  universal  Magisterium.  Likewise  I  reject  any  interpretation  of  Sacred  Scripture contrary to that sense which Holy Mother Church held and holds, nor will I ever receive and interpret them contrary to the unanimous consent of the Church Fathers.
– Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, Session 3, Chapter 3, #8

25.  I reject and condemn the heresy of religious liberty, which states that God gives men the right to believe in false religions and that the State has the God-given right to be separated from the authority of Catholic religion and the Catholic Church.
-  Acts of the Apostles 17:26-27, Pope Pius IX, Syllabus of Errors, #78

26.       I reject and condemn the belief that the Council of Basel was a dogmatic Ecumenical Council, as only a small subset of its decrees were ever approved after its translation to Ferrara by Pope Eugene IV in the Council of Ferrara-Florence-Rome.  However, since the first twenty-five sessions of the Council of Basel were never explicitly condemned, I recognize the decrees from these sessions are promulgated with the same authority as that of any regional council and, therefore, may contain theological and disciplinary errors.  For instance, the Council of Basel Sessions 2 and 11 contain errors that certainly need to be rejected by the Catholic faithful.
- Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Session 2

27.  I believe that Catholics are allowed to accept or reject the Secret of La Salette, which was invalidly condemned by the non-Catholic ‘Holy Officeunder Antipope Benedict XV, since any condemnation made by a heretical antipope, or his minions is utterly null and void.
– Pope Paul IV, Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio

28.  I reject as heretical the  Fatima apparitions, since the  supposed visions occurred during the reign of heretical antipope Benedict XV and Lucia was schismatic in that she was subject to the same heretical antipope, yet the apparition presupposed him to be, or implied that he was a valid Pontiff, and did not warn about him or his Modernist heresies.  Additionally I reject and condemn any allegedly Catholic apparition that took place during the reign of a notoriously heretical and/or notoriously schismatic antipope, in which these visionaries did not receive admonishments to withdraw themselves from such subjection.
– The Fatima story also alleges the children received first communion from an angel in secret (contrary to Church discipline); the so-called prophecies also have proven to be contradictory, obscure and problematic.

29.  I reject and condemn the heresy, which states that the Churchs Magisterium cannot determine the genuine sense of the Sacred Scriptures.
– Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, Session 2, (Profession of Faith) #3; Session 3, Chapter 3, #8

30. I reject and condemn the heretical belief that the Scriptures are not inspired by God, or are not absolutely inerrant on all matters, including matters of faith, morals, history, and science.
- Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, Session 1, Canon 4

31.  Therefore I reject and condemn as heresy the belief that God did not create the world at the beginning of time.
– Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, Confession of Faith

32.  I reject as heresy the belief that Adam was not the first man, and as contrary to the Sacred Scriptures the opinion that he was not created from the slime of the earth, but from an ape or some other lower life forms through various stages of evolutionary process, and that Eve was not created from Adams rib.
– Pope Paul III, Council of Trent, Session 5; Genesis 2:7

33.  I reject and condemn the heretical heliocentric proposition that the earth is not fixed at the center of the universe, or that it orbits the sun.
-   St. Athanasius, Against the Heathen, Book 1, Chapter 1, #27, and many other writings of the early Church Fathers, in which they all unanimously profess a literal geocentric view of the motions of the heavens.

34. I reject and condemn as contrary to Sacred Scripture the belief that there are rational extra-terrestrial aliens living on other planets or visiting earth.
-  Psalms 113:24, Isaias 45:18, Genesis 1:14, et al.

35 I  reject  and  denounce  as  blasphemy  and  heresy  the  notion  that  God intended anyone to be homosexual, or that homosexuality is not evil and sinful of itself.
- Romans 1:26-28

36.  I denounce as contrary to Catholic morals and discipline all public use of immodest clothing.
- St. Matthew 5:28; St. Matthew 18:6-7; 1 Timothy 2:9-10

37.   I denounce the heretical opinion that anyone may engage in any sexual activity outside of marriage or in marital intercourse that is exercised in such a way that procreation is deliberately avoided or thwarted. I reject the notion that people may lawfully cohabitate as spouses outside of marriage.
- Acts of the Apostles 15:20; Romans 1:28-29; 1 Corinthians 6:13; etc.

38.  I reject as contrary to the Sacred Scriptures and the Ordinary and Universal Magisterium the heretical belief that one may engage in any form of contraception at all, including  the rhythm method of so-called natural family planning”, which is nothing other than the willful intent to avoid procreation during the marital act.
- Tobias 6:16-22; Genesis 38:8-10; St. Augustine, On Marriage and Concupiscence 1:15-17

39.  I reject and condemn the heretical title of “co-Redemptress” and variations thereof applied to Mary (or anyone else) in regard to salvation from sin, since Jesus Christ ALONE is our Redeemer.
- Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Sess. 11; Pope Pius IV, Council of Trent, Sess. 25
40.  I reject and condemn the heretical and idolatrous belief that Catholics are allowed to knowingly pray in communion with non-Catholics or participate in their religious rites and ceremonies.
- Psalms 95:5; 1 Kings 15:22; 1 Corinthians 10:21-22; 2 Corinthians 6:15-17; 2 St. John 1:10-11

41.  I reject and condemn the heresy, schism and idolatry of false ecumenism, that is to say respect for and meetings and dialogues with false religious sects, individual heretics and schismatics for any other purpose than to denounce their false beliefs and practices and attempt to convert them.
- Ibid.

42.  I reject and condemn the heretical opinion that Catholics are allowed to knowingly  receive  any  sacrament  from  non-Catholic  priests,  which  includes  known heretics and schismatics.
-  Pope Pius IX, Graves Ac Diuturnae; St. John of Damascus, Exposition of the Faith, Book 4, Chapter 13; et al.

43.  I reject and denounce all the false prophets and false gods of non-Catholic cults and religions. I reject and denounce as blasphemy and apostasy the notion that the Triune God of the Holy Catholic Church is not the one and only true God, or that non-Catholics do not worship false gods or devils, whether knowingly or unknowingly, either implicitly or explicitly.
- St. Matthew 18:17; St. John 8:42-44

44.  I reject and denounce the notion that Catholics may ask God to bless bad willed non-Catholics or that they may accept blessings from or encourage non-Catholics to pray and sacrifice to their false gods.
- 2 St. John 1:10-11

45.  I reject and denounce the opinion that obstinate bad-willed non-Catholics may be encouraged to pray for their own conversion, since by their lack of humility, their prayers will be directed to a false god, but only good willed non-Catholics who sincerely seek the Truth may be encouraged to do so.
- Proverbs 28:9

46.  I reject and denounce any proposition, which states that capital punishment, corporal punishment or war are intrinsically evil or unjust, or that burning heretics, sorcerers, occultists or satanists at the stake is an unjust punishment.
- Leviticus 20; St. Luke 19:27; 1 Kings 15:18; Summa, Secunda Secundæ , Q.11, Art. 3, Reply to Obj. 3
47.    I reject and condemn the New World Order, Marxist Communism, Free Masonry, Zionism and all other similar societies and sects that plot against the Catholic Church.
-  Pope Clement XII, In Eminenti

48.  I reject and condemn as at least defective, if not completely unlawful, Socialism, Communism, Americanism as it is taught in the American Constitution as well as Democracy and all other non-Catholic States, when they do not hold Christ the King as their sovereign ruler, including my past participation in such programs as "Social Assistance" or "Social Security" or "Social Insurance", "Marriage License", etc.
- Pope Benedict XIV, Peregrinantes #14, Pope Pius IX, Nostis et Nobiscum
49.  I reject and condemn the secularization, commercialization, materialization or  paganization  of  Christmas,  Easter,  Vigil  of  All  Hallows,  St. Valentines Day, St. Patricks Day, Corpus Christ, and all other Catholic Holydays, including excessive drinking on St. Patrick's day, dressing up in evil or immodest costumes, and gluttonizing on candy and other treats on the vigil of All Hallows and idolatrous promotion or celebration of Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, or Cupid.

51.  I reject and condemn the belief that men have the God-given right to read, view or hear, for entertainment, any topics forbidden by the Church, including anything that encourages, promotes, or glorifies apostasy, heresy, schism, vice, immorality, freemasonry, Illuminati, cabala, eastern mysticism, the occult, magic, witchcraft, warlocks, wizards, sorcerers, fortune telling, astrology/horoscopes, tarot cards, Ouija boards, voodoo, Santeria, satanism, and any and all other false or immoral religious sects, doctrines and practices.

52.  With a sincere heart, therefore, and with unfeigned faith, I detest and abjure each and every heresy and or schism that I have held, and each and every non-Catholic group or sect that I was associated with, including all of the following:


I likewise abjure all religious associations with any other such sects or persons, with whom I have ever held religious communion.

Profession of Catholic Faith

The profession of Catholic faith from the Council of Trent/Vatican should be substituted for those who have come from Protestant or "Orthodox" sects as well as those who wish to be very thorough
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·        I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

·        And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God of God; Light of Light; true God of true God; begotten not made; consubstantial to the Father, by whom all things were made.  Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and become incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary: AND WAS MADE MAN.  He was crucified also for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate and was buried.  And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures.  And ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of the Father.  And he is to come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, of whose kingdom there shall be no end.

·        And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who together with the Father and the Son, is adored and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

·        And one holy Catholic and apostolic Church.

·        I confess one baptism for the remission of sins.

·        And I expect the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

·        And I fully submit to all the decrees and definitions of the Sacred Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, convoked and presided over by Pope Pius IX.

I beg and pray that Almighty God, the Triune and undivided Godhead, the most Blessed, Holy and eternal Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, who can neither deceive nor be deceived, will have mercy on me and forgive me, a poor wretched sinner, of each and every mortal sin that has denied Him and has placed me outside the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, outside which there is neither salvation, nor remission of sins.

I also beg the holy, perpetual Virgin Mary, Mother of God, our Queen, through her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart; with St. Joseph, patriarch of the most Holy Family and protector of holy Mother Church; St. Michael the Archangel, prince of the heavenly host and our defender in battle; St. John the Baptist; the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul; St. Joachim and St. Anne; and all the angels and saints to pray for me before the throne of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ the King, that He may hide me in His most Sacred Wounds, cover me with His most Precious Blood, and wash me clean with the water that flowed from His pierced side in His crucifixion and death; and I beg His most Sacred Heart to have mercy on me, that He may strengthen me and suffer me not to fall due to my concupiscence or human weakness into these sins, or any sin, ever again.

May He protect me from the deceptions and snares of satan who, with his signs and lying wonders, appears as an angel of light. Please, dear God, save me from the world, the flesh, and the devil so that I may not be damned to the eternal fires of hell because I know that I am nothing, can know nothing, and do nothing without Thee, who art Lord and my God. May I be made worthy, by cooperating with thy priceless graces and being ever mindful of Thy infinite sacrifice on the Cross to unite myself with Thee, to become the Saint that thou hast called me to be in order that I may attain after my death and judgment the perfect happiness and eternal bliss of loving, praising, and glorifying Thee by gazing upon Thy most adorable and Holy Face in Heaven, together with all the Angels and Saints, forever and ever. Amen.

I, ____________________________, promise to live and profess the holy Roman Catholic faith without compromise, until and through my last dying moment, for the salvation of my immortal soul, so help me God, and these, His holy Gospels, which I now touch with my hand. Amen.

ABJUREE: ________________________      Signature: ________________________

WITNESS 1: ________________________    Signature: ________________________

WITNESS 2: ________________________    Signature: ________________________

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BISHOP/PRIEST: ________________________

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