Monday, August 31, 2009

Do Catholics Worship Mary as a god?

No we don't.

St. Luke 11:27-28: "Blessed is the womb that bore thee, and the paps that gave thee suck. But he said: Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it."

We honour the Mother of God, as God Himself desires us to do.  None have heard the word of God, nor kept it, more greatly that the she who was chosen out of all the world for that single greatest favour ever bestowed upon a created being - namely to bear the God-man in her own womb, being closer to God than any other.  Such a blessing is not bestowed on "second best" hearer and keeper of the word.

Please also read:
The Seven Dolours of Mary (listen to audiobooks here)
The Scriptural Rosary

I invite all to consider logical argument and analogy, in regard to the relationship we ought to have with the Holy Virgin Mary:

I am going to visit my boss at home, to ask a favour. If I knock on the door of his house, and his mother answers, what should I do?

a) Brush past her and ignore her completely?
b) Say a curt greeting and then walk right on in?
c) Politely ask her to go see if he will come speak with me?

I imagine any sensible person picked c). Even if my boss is known to be a hard man, I might even score a couple points by being very kind and respectful to his mother. If I do this, does it mean that I am now working for my boss's mother? If she sends me on an errand for her and promises to butter up my boss for me, does THAT mean I am now working for my boss's mother, or that I am no longer working for my boss?

I am going to visit the king of the land, to plead my case. He is known for bestowing his abundant favour on his friends and for treating very harshly his enemies, and as of yet, I do not know for sure which way he will look at me; am I his friend or his foe? Crossing the courtyard, I see his mother in the way. How can I enhance my chance of being well received by the king?

a) Take my chances on my own, and rely on my own merit and charming personality?
b) Tell the king's mother that she has no authority and no power and that her son the king doesn't need her, so she should just buzz off?
c) Take this rare and fortunate opportunity to show her respect and reverence, and ask her to put in a good word for me with the king?

If I pick a) I am being prideful and should not be surprised if the king turns me away, or worse yet, chastises me for wasting his time.

If I pick b) I should rightly EXPECT chastisement from the king, who loves his mother dearly.

If I am smart, and pick c) does this mean that I am now pledging allegiance to the king's mother, and withdrawing it from the king? What if the king's mother asks me to do something in return for putting in a good word, does this mean that I have committed treason against the king?

I am seeking to win favour with God, the Creator of the world, who has condescended in His great mercy to be born of a virgin in time. I also know that I am infinitely less than He, being made of nothing, and that I have already offended Him more times than I can count. When I think on this my heart is broken within me, all my bones tremble, at the presence of the LORD, and at the presence of his holy words.

My courage falters even more as I remember the intended fate of the unfaithful people Israel that is related by Moses.

"The LORD said to me: I see that this people is stiffnecked: Let me alone that I may destroy them, and abolish their name from under heaven, and set thee over a nation, that is greater and stronger than this."

But Moses, who already had favour with God pleaded with Him.

"And when I came down from the burning mount, and held the two tables of the covenant with both hands, and saw that you had sinned against the LORD your God, and had made to yourselves a molten calf, and had quickly forsaken his way, which He had shewn you: I cast the tables out of my hands, and broke them in your sight. And I fell down before the LORD as before, forty days and nights neither eating bread, nor drinking water, for all your sins, which you had committed against the LORD, and had provoked Him to wrath: For I feared His indignation and anger, wherewith being moved against you, He would have destroyed you. And the LORD heard me this time also. And He was exceeding angry against Aaron also, and would have destroyed him, and I prayed in like manner for him."

An entire nation saved by the prayer of Moses! Oh if I could only ask Moses to pray for me! If only he were not dead!

At this thought, my conscience rebukes me sharply, bringing to mind the words of the Saviour, Christ Himself.

"And concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken by God, saying to you: I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living."

Then... Moses lives! I may certainly ask for him to pray for me to the LORD our God! He interceded so willingly for an entire nation, which had offended God so grievously, and on account of his prayers they were spared from destruction!

By now my conscience tells me: "Fear not: your God, and the God of your father hath given you treasure."

What treasure is this? What treasure can give me, such a wretched sinner, greater courage to approach the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the army of heaven standing by Him, than to ask for the prayers of Moses?

"When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own."

The Apostle St. John took Jesus' mother for his own! Of course! Who better to help us go to God, than she, by whom He chose to come to us! And should we not imitate St. John and take her for our own mother? The Apostle St. Paul says we should.

"That we might give ourselves a pattern unto you, to imitate us."

It is clear. The mother of the living God, the Blessed Virgin Mary was chosen out of all the creatures of God for the greatest honour of all, that of raising and caring for God Himself, made flesh. There is therefore, no creature who merits higher favour than Mary, who is indeed living in heaven, with her Divine Son.

Blessed Mary, ever a virgin, be thou my mediator of intercession with the one mediator of redemption between God and man, thy Son Jesus Christ. Polish my virtues, remove whatever there is of me that is displeasing to thy Son, as only thou art able, and may the LORD accept my humble offerings and prayers at thy immaculate hands. Amen.

V. The Angel of the LORD declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Ghost. Hail Mary, etc
V. Behold the handmaid of the LORD.
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word. Hail Mary, etc
V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt among us. Hail Mary, etc
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O LORD, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His passionate cross, be brought to the glory of His resurrection, through the same Christ our LORD. Amen.

[Said during Eastertide, instead of the Angelus.]
Queen of heaven, rejoice. Alleluia
For He whom thou didst deserve to bear, Alleluia.
Hath risen as He said, Alleluia.
Pray for us to God, Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad O Virgin Mary! Alleluia.
R. Because our LORD is truly risen. Alleluia.

Let us pray.
O God, who by the resurrection of Thy Son, our LORD JESUS Christ, hast vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our LORD. Amen.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary! that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, and sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother! To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate! despise not my petitions, but, in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

The most excellent way to honour and petition the Mother of God is the Most Holy Rosary.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Creation vs. Evolution Science Audios

Please read also the article "Not All Change is Evolution" and "Comprehensive Catechism: Worldwide Flood and Creation".

This is a full 46 minute talk by a creation scientist. He explains the correct way to understand the fossil evidence and how it relates to the books of the Old Testament. It's also been split up into manageable parts below for those who don't have all day to listen to the whole talk at once or who don't have great bandwidth.  You can either download them for later, or open them from the web.

Disclaimer:  He calls the earth a "planet", but this is incorrect.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sinners' last words

This life is given us to prove our worth in the sight of the Almighty, to prove our worthiness of joining Him in eternity. Many people have abused their lives and spurned this great and most important opportunity. The longer one lives without God, or rather the longer a person spends running away from Him, the harder it is going to be in the end to repent and gain His favour, and forgiveness. We should all profit by paying heed to the words of those enemies of God who, on their death beds, have made some startling remarks about the hell they never believed in during the better part of their lives.

O, but they say the tongues of dying men enforce attention like deep harmony. Where words are scarce, they are seldom spent in vain for they breathe truth that breathe their words in pain.

- The life and death of King Richard the Second,
William Shakespeare

Julian the Apostate was Roman emperor from 361-63. In May, 362, Julian left Constantinople for Asia and made active preparations at Antioch for a great war with Persia. While at Antioch in the winter of 362-63, he wrote his books against the Christians. In March, 363, he advanced from Antioch into Mesopotamia, successfully crossed the Tigris, and fought a successful battle with the Persians. Burning his supply fleet, he now marched into the interior of Persia, but soon found himself obliged by lack of provisions to begin a retreat, during which he was beset by the Persian cavalry. On 26 June, 363, he was wounded in the side by an arrow in a small cavalry skirmish, and died during the night. Various reports concerning the circumstances of his death have come down to us. Both Christians and pagans believed the rumor that he cried out when dying:

“Nenikekas Galilaie (Thou hast conquered, O Galilean)”.

Sir Thomas Scott (1535-30 December 1594), of Scot's Hall in Kent, was an English Member of Parliament (MP). In Parliament, Scott seems to have been a consistent scourge of the Roman Catholics. He told the Commons that in his view there was "more danger by advancing Papists into place of trust and government than by anything”. His last words are as follows:

“Until this moment I thought there was neither a God nor a hell. Now I know and feel that there are both, and I am doomed to perdition by the just judgment of the Almighty.”

Thomas Paine wrote The Age of Reason; which criticizes institutionalized religion and challenges the legitimacy of the Bible. On his deathbed, Thomas Paine uttered the following words:

"I would give worlds, if I had them, if 'The Age of Reason' had never been published. O Lord, help me! Christ, help me! Stay with me! It is hell to be left alone."

Sir Francis Newport (of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council), died aged 88 in 1708 in Twickenham. On his deathbed, he wailed in anguish:

“What argument is there now to assist me against matters of fact? Do I assert there is no hell while I feel one in my own bosom? That there is a God I know, because I continually feel the effect of His wrath. That there is a hell, I am equally certain, having received and earnest of my inheritance in my own breast.”

Lest his friends should think he was going insane he said to them, “You imagine me melancholy or distracted: I wish it were either, but it is part of my judgment that I am not. My appreciation of persons and things is more quick and vigorous than when I was in perfect health. O! that I was to lie a thousand years upon the fire that never is quenched to purchase the favor of God, and be reunited to Him again! But it is a fruitless wish. Millions and millions of years will bring me no nearer to the end of my torments than one poor hour! O Eternity! Eternity!” As death seized him, he uttered a groan of inexpressible horror and cried out, “O! The insufferable pangs of hell! O Eternity! Forever and forever!”

Charles Churchill (February, 1731 - November 4, 1764) was an English poet and satirist. Of genuine love to humanity he seems to have been as destitute as of fear of God, or regard for the ordinary moralities. While he lay dying he repeated some manly but not very Christian lines from his own poetry. His final deathbed utterance is reported as follows:

“What a fool I have been!”

William Pope, who died in 1797, was a leader of a company of infidels who ridiculed everything religious. One of their exercises was to kick the Bible around the floor and tear it up. Friends present in his death chamber spoke of it as a scene of terror while he died crying. These were the last recorded words of this depraved man:

"I have no contrition. I cannot repent. God will damn me! I know the day of grace has see one who is damned forever...Oh, Eternity! Eternity! Nothing for me but hell. Come eternal torments... I hate everything God has made, only I have no hatred for the devil -- I wish to be with him. I long to be in hell. Do you not see? Do you not see him? He is coming for me!"

Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, Comte de Mirabeau (9 March 1749 – 2 April 1791) was a French writer, popular orator and statesman. During the French Revolution, he was a moderate, favoring a constitutional monarchy built on the model of the United Kingdom. He unsuccessfully conducted secret negotiations with the French monarchy in an effort to reconcile it with the Revolution.

“My sufferings are intolerable; I have within me a hundred years of life but not a moment's courage. Give me more laudanum (alcoholic herbal preparation of opium) that I may not think of eternity.”

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord was an agent of the French Revolution under Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, Charles X, and Louis-Philippe. He was ordained a priest in 1779. In 1780, he became a Catholic church representative to the French Crown, the Agent-General of the Clergy. In this position, he was instrumental in drafting a general inventory of church properties in France as of 1785, along with a defence of "inalienable rights of church", a stance he was to deny later. He assisted Mirabeau in the secularisation of ecclesiastical properties, betraying the Catholic Church. At his deathbed in 1838, King Louis asked Talleyrand how he felt, and his reply was thus:

“I am suffering, Sire, the pangs of the damned.”

It has been well said that nobody ever repented of being a Catholic on their deathbed. Please, repent and convert while the day of grace has not yet been extinguished by the dusk of eternity.

What Must You Do To Get to Heaven?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pope Pius IX and Invincible Ignorance

Please read also:
No Salvation Outside the Catholic Church (in which Bishop Hay goes into much detail about invincible ignorance, nearly a century before the Pontificate of Pius IX).

There is, sadly, a common error, which asserts that Pope Pius IX taught that persons may be saved while invincibly ignorant of the one true Faith of the one true God.

What did Pope Pius IX teach concerning invincible ignorance? Did he teach that a person, who is invincibly ignorant of the true religion, may be saved by this invincible ignorance, as some modern day heretics imagine?

Definitely not. To assert that he taught this is to ignore the many defenses he made of the dogma that there is no salvation outside of the Catholic Church, as well as ignoring the objective sense of the teachings, so often misapplied by heretics, which speak on the topic of invincible ignorance.

Let us begin by understanding what is generally meant by the term "invincible ignorance".

St. Thomas Aquinas, Prima Secunda Partis, Q. 76, Art. 2: "Now it is evident that whoever neglects to have or do what he ought to have or do, commits a sin of omission. Wherefore through negligence, ignorance of what one is bound to know, is a sin; whereas it is not imputed as a sin to man, if he fails to know what he is unable to know. Consequently ignorance of such like things is called "invincible," because it cannot be overcome by study. For this reason such like ignorance, not being voluntary, since it is not in our power to be rid of it, is not a sin: Wherefore it is evident that no invincible ignorance is a sin. On the other hand, vincible ignorance is a sin, if it be about matters one is bound to know; but not, if it be about things one is not bound to know."

The above quotation from St. Thomas will provide the necessary ground work for understanding what Pope Pius IX taught concerning invincible ignorance.  From his teaching, it would follow that those who are unable to know the Gospel have not committed a sin by their ignorance (though they would still be in original sin and would be stained by the guilt of all their actual sins), and this is exactly what Pope Pius IX taught, as we will see.

It is a very well known among true Catholics that explicit knowledge and belief in certain dogmas are necessary for salvation, as attested by Pope Benedict XIV:

Pope Benedict XIV, Cum religiosi, 1754 (Many Ignorant of Mysteries of Faith): "We could not rejoice, however, when it was subsequently reported to Us that in the course of religious instruction preparatory to Confession and Holy Communion, it was very often found that these people were ignorant of the mysteries of the faith, even of those matters which must be known by necessity of means; consequently, they were ineligible to partake of the Sacraments."

Scripture itself also proposes the same for our belief:

Hebrews 11:6: "But without faith it is impossible to please God. For he that cometh to God, must believe that he is, and is a rewarder to them that seek him."

Is that all that we must believe in? Though? That "He Is, and is a Rewarder to them that seek Him."? What does Scripture say?

Romans 10:17: "Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ."

Therefore one must hear the Gospel in order to have the Faith that saves, the divine and Catholic Faith, else one is not a child of God, nor pleasing to Him.

Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, Session 3, Chapter 3, #8-9, ex cathedra: "Wherefore, by divine and Catholic faith all those things are to be believed which are contained in the word of God as found in Scripture and tradition, and which are proposed by the Church as matters to be believed as divinely revealed, whether by her solemn judgment or in her ordinary and universal magisterium.  Since, then, without faith it is impossible to please God and reach the fellowship of his sons and daughters, it follows that no one can ever achieve justification without it, neither can anyone attain eternal life unless he or she perseveres in it to the end."

The Mysteries the Trinity and the Incarnation are examples of such dogmas that must be believed by necessity of means, defined by Pope Eugene IV in the dogmatic Athanasian Creed.

Now let us examine the texts in which Pope Pius IX is falsely accused of teaching that souls may be saved, despite dying in invincible ignorance:

Pope Pius IX, Singulari Quadem, December 9, 1854: "For it must be held by faith that outside the Apostolic Roman Church, no one can be saved; that this is the only ark of salvation; that he who shall not have entered therein will perish in the flood; but, on the other hand, it is necessary to hold for certain that they who labor in ignorance of the true religion, if this ignorance is invincible, are not stained by any guilt in this matter in the eyes of God."

So first of all, if a person has not ENTERED into the Faith, the ONLY ark of salvation, then he shall perish. He goes on to teach that ignorance itself will not excuse a person from the guilt of infidelity to the true religion (which includes subjecting oneself to a publicly heretical antipope, or being raised in a Protestant sect), but invincible ignorance alone. Notice also that the teaching of Pope Pius IX does NOT state that such persons will be exonerated from the guilt of original sin or any other sins against morality. Pope Pius IX never taught that persons who die in the state of invincible ignorance of the true Faith could be saved, but that their just and eternal punishment would not include punishment for the sin of infidelity. This is perfectly in line with God's justice.

As for people who began as Catholics and subjected themselves to a heretical religious superior, these are also objectively members of a false religion, and here again, it must be held that only invincible ignorance will remove guilt in this matter in the eyes of God. However, it is not for us to speculate as to who is invincibly ignorant and who is not, as Pius IX goes on to relate in the continuation of the above quotation:

Pope Pius IX, Singulari Quadem, December 9, 1854: "Now, in truth, who would arrogate so much to himself as to mark the limits of such an ignorance, because of the nature and variety of peoples, regions, innate dispositions, and of so many other things? For, in truth, when released from these corporeal chains 'we shall see God as He is' (1 John 3.2), we shall understand perfectly by how close and beautiful a bond divine mercy and justice are united; but as long as we are on earth, weighed down by this mortal mass which blunts the soul, let us hold most firmly that, in accordance with Catholic teaching, there is "one God, one faith, one baptism" (Eph. 4.5); it is unlawful to proceed further in inquiry."

Another quotation used by heretics in support of their perverse doctrine is the following:

Pope Pius IX, Singulari Quidem, 1856, #7:
"This hope of salvation is placed in the Catholic Church which, in preserving the true worship, is the solid home of this faith and the temple of God. Outside of the Church, nobody can hope for life or salvation unless he is excused through ignorance beyond his control."

At first glance this one sentence may appear to teach that a person may be saved outside of the Catholic Church. But we already know Pope Pius IX censures this proposition as a very grave error. So what is he really saying? He says that nobody can HOPE for life or salvation, not that nobody can ATTAIN it. He is speaking of those who, again, are ignorant INVINCIBLY, that is beyond their control - people who have no way whatsoever in their power to learn of the true Faith of Jesus Christ. Such people, following the Law of God written on their conscience, may indeed hope for life and salvation, since they have not rejected that Faith, of which they are unable to be aware. This hope is made possible by the mercy of God, at whose pleasure such a person may be profitably enlightened with the Gospel.

A person who is CULPABLY ignorant on the other hand, does not have this excuse, and is guilty before the Lord of the sin of negligence. The only hope of life and salvation for these people is a vain hope, since they have failed in their important obligation to learn and profess the one true religion of the one true God, or worse yet, they have willfully rejected it. Such a person cannot hope for life or salvation, until they profitably correct their culpability and embrace the true religion.

If it seems like a stretch to understand the words of Pope Pius IX in this manner, consider what he has stated in the paragraph immediately preceding this one:

Pope Pius IX, Singulari Quidem, 1856, #6: "The Church has always condemned and continues to condemn the conduct of those who abuse their reason; those who do not fear to foolishly and criminally prefer reason to the authority of what God Himself says; those who boldly exalt themselves; those who, blinded by their pride and their vanity, lose the light of truth and proudly spurn the faith of which it is written: "Whoever does not believe will be condemned." Full of confidence in themselves, they deny that we must believe in God for Himself and accept what He taught us about Himself."

So he is stating that those who have rejected the Church have no hope for salvation, but those who may be of good will yet have hope, specifically the hope that their invincible ignorance may be overcome and they will be brought into the true Faith.

The next quote offered by modern heretics begins thus:

Pope Pius IX, Quanto Conficiamur Moerore, 1863, #7: "Here, too, our beloved sons and venerable brothers, it is again necessary to mention and censure a very grave error entrapping some Catholics who believe that it is possible to arrive at eternal salvation although living in error and alienated from the true faith and Catholic unity. Such belief is certainly opposed to Catholic teaching."

Okay, first he states that it is an error to believe in salvation outside of the Church. No problem here. He goes on:

"There are, of course, those who are struggling with invincible ignorance about our most holy religion. Sincerely observing the natural law and its precepts inscribed by God on all hearts and ready to obey God, they live honest lives and are able to attain eternal life by the efficacious virtue of divine light and grace. Because God knows, searches and clearly understands the minds, hearts, thoughts, and nature of all, his supreme kindness and clemency do not permit anyone at all who is not guilty of deliberate sin to suffer eternal punishments."

Wonderful! What does the objective sense of this text state? Does it state that a person WHO DIES in that state will be saved, or even may be saved? No. It simply states that God will not suffer such a person to be eternally punished. What does this mean, in the context of his encyclical and of Catholic dogma? The obvious answer, the ONLY answer, is that God will get that person, who stained only with original sin and has never willingly consented to actual sin, though they had the opportunity to do so, baptized, bringing him into His faith so that he may merit eternal life. The words of Pius IX are justly understood in this light, since there is no contradiction here with the Catholic dogma.

A great example in history of a person who followed the natural law written on his heart is Blessed Caius of Korea. The man was obviously given great grace by God, until such a time as his conscience was illuminated by the light of the Gospel, in short, to use the words of Pope Pius IX in the previous paragraph, he was "able to attain eternal life by the efficacious virtue of divine light and grace." And it was even Pope Pius IX himself who beatified him.

Now, about Pius IX, his words are simply not heretical as they stand, and in fact have a very important meaning. One would have to change his words to make them heretical, but this is not necessary at all for them to have a Catholic understanding. Furthermore, Pius IX was indeed vociferous in preaching the salvation dogma:

Pope Pius IX, Qui Pluribus, 1846: "For this mother and teacher of all the churches has always preserved entire and unharmed the faith entrusted to it by Christ the Lord. Furthermore, it has taught it to the faithful, showing all men truth and the path of salvation. Since all priesthood originates in this church, the entire substance of the Christian religion resides there also. The leadership of the Apostolic See has always been active, and therefore because of its preeminent authority, the whole Church must agree with it. The faithful who live in every place constitute the whole Church. Whoever does not gather with this Church scatters."

Pope Pius IX, Nostis et Nobiscum, 1849: "In particular, ensure that the faithful are deeply and thoroughly convinced of the truth of the doctrine that the Catholic faith is necessary for attaining salvation"

Pope Pius IX, Amantissimus, 1862: "In addition, he decreed that the Church will endure as long as the world, embrace all peoples and nations of the whole world, and that whoever accepts his divine religion and grace and perseveres to the end will attain the glory of eternal salvation."

Pope Pius IX is accused of ambiguity, despite the fact that the meaning of his words can be drawn from the context of the very same encyclicals in which he spoke them. Here is the relevant context for his words in each of the three documents, where he speaks of invincible ignorance:

Pope Pius IX, Singulari Quadem, December 9, 1854: "For it must be held by faith that outside the Apostolic Roman Church, no one can be saved; that this is the only ark of salvation; that he who shall not have entered therein will perish in the flood"

Pope Pius IX, Singulari Quidem, 1856: "There is only one true, holy, Catholic church, which is the Apostolic Roman Church. There is only one See founded in Peter by the word of the Lord, outside of which we cannot find either true faith or eternal salvation. He who does not have the Church for a mother cannot have God for a father, and whoever abandons the See of Peter on which the Church is established trusts falsely that he is in the Church."

Pope Pius IX, Quanto Conficiamur Moerore, 1863, #7: "Here, too, our beloved sons and venerable brothers, it is again necessary to mention and censure a very grave error entrapping some Catholics who believe that it is possible to arrive at eternal salvation although living in error and alienated from the true faith and Catholic unity. Such belief is certainly opposed to Catholic teaching."

Pope Pius IX, Quanto Conficiamur Moerore, 1863, #19: "Let us pray that the errant be flooded with the light of his divine grace, may turn back from the path of error into the way of truth and justice and, experiencing the worthy fruit of repentance, may possess perpetual love and fear of his holy name."

Note that the flooding with "the light of his divine grace" here results in turning away from error and into the path of truth.  This gives context to the statement "There are, of course, those who are struggling with invincible ignorance about our most holy religion. Sincerely observing the natural law and its precepts inscribed by God on all hearts and ready to obey God, they live honest lives and are able to attain eternal life by the efficacious virtue of divine light and grace."  How are the able to attain eternal life?  By God's gift of light and grace to turn away from error and enter the path of truth, again just like Bl. Caius of Korea.

If that is not enough to prove that it is a false allegation that he was either deliberately inculcating heresy or actually spoke heresy at all, consider also that he ordered a syllabus of condemned propositions to be released on the same day as his encyclical Quanta Cura, which also condemned the errors of the time. This syllabus clearly upholds the only lawful belief that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that each person be a member of the body of Christ, the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Roman Church, and condemns any belief in salvation outside of Her, whether invincibly ignorant or otherwise.

Pope Pius IX, Syllabus of Errors, 1864:

Condemned Proposition #15: "Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true." -- Allocution "Maxima Quidem," June 9, 1862; Damnatio "Multiplices inter," June 10, 1851.

Condemned Proposition #16: "Man may, in the observance of any religion whatever, find the way of eternal salvation, and arrive at eternal salvation." -- Encyclical "Qui Pluribus," Nov. 9, 1846.

Condemned Proposition #17: "Good hope at least is to be entertained of the eternal salvation of all those who are not at all in the true Church of Christ." -- Encyclical "Quanto Conficiamur," Aug. 10, 1863, etc.

Against religious indifferentism so zealously advocated in our days, and made as it were a state creed, he said: “It is assuredly not unknown to you, venerable brethren, that in our times many of the enemies of the Catholic faith especially direct their efforts toward placing every monstrous opinion on the same level with the doctrine of Christ, or of confounding it therewith, and so they try more and more to propagate that impious system of the indifference of religions. But quite recently, we shudder to say it, men have appeared who have thrown such reproaches upon our name and apostolic dignity, that they do not hesitate to slander us, as if we shared in their folly and favored the aforesaid most wicked system. From the measures, in no wise incompatible with the sanctity of the Catholic religion, which, in certain affairs relating to the civil government of the Pontifical States, we thought fit in kindness to adopt, as tending to the public advantage and prosperity, and from the amnesty graciously bestowed upon some of the subjects of the same States at the beginning of our pontificate, it appears that these men have desired to infer that we think so benevolently concerning every class of mankind, as to suppose that not only the sons of the Church, but that the rest also, however alienated from Catholic unity they may remain, are alike in the way of salvation, and may arrive at everlasting life.

“We are at a loss from horror to find words to express our detestation of this new and atrocious injustice that is done us. We do indeed love all mankind with the inmost affection of our heart, yet not otherwise than in the love of God, and of our Lord Jesus Christ, who came to seek and to save that which had perished, who died for all, who wills all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth; who therefore sent his disciples into the whole world to preach the gospel to every creature, proclaiming that they who should believe and be baptized should be saved, but they who should believe not should be condemned; who therefore will be saved let them come to the pillar and ground of faith, which is the Church; let them come to the true Church of Christ, which in its bishops and in the Roman Pontiff, the chief head of all, has the succession of apostolical authority, never at any time interrupted; which has never counted aught of greater moment than to preach and by all means to keep and defend the doctrine proclaimed by the apostles, by Christ’s command; which, from the apostles’ time downward, has increased in the midst of difficulties of every kind; and being illustrious throughout the whole world by the splendor of miracles, multiplied by the blood of martyrs, exalted by the virtues of confessors and virgins, strengthened by the most wise testimonies of the fathers, hath flourished and doth flourish in all the regions of the earth, and shines refulgent in the perfect unity of the faith, of sacraments, and of holy discipline.”  - John Gilmary Shea, LL.D., The Life of Pope Pius IX and the Great Events in the History of the Church During His Pontificate, New York: Thomas Kelly, 1878, pp. 98-103.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The importance of Modesty (especially for women)

Please also read
St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life: Decency in Attire
Modesty and Natural Law
Natural Law

Modesty in the way we dress is especially important today and always. How we dress can tell a very clear story about our internal dispositions toward God and the world. If we dress immodestly, showing our flesh and contour, as the world wants us to, for the pleasure of the sense and the incitement of lusts, then it is most likely that we have more love for the world.

If we dress modestly, hiding our flesh and contour, then we are rendering the task of those would look on us to lust after us so much more difficult as to make ourselves less the occasion of sin for others, no matter how attractive we may be underneath it all.

In the end, we will be rewarded by the master we loved (and obeyed) the most.

Without getting into a long winded article about the importance of modesty as it relates to our own sanctity and salvation, let us simply take a quick lesson from the Holy Scriptures on the matter.

First, we know that adultery is a sin, which condemns a soul to hell:

1 Corinthians 6:9-10: "Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God."

Second, we know that to lust, even in our thoughts, is to COMMIT the sin of adultery:

St. Matthew 5:27-28: "You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart."

And finally, we know that to give another person scandal, that is to be an occasion of sin to them, lead them into sin, or encourage them to sin, is itself punishable:

St. Matthew 18:
6-7: "But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh."

Finally, Scripture also advises us of the great glory of the virtue of modesty, and the importance to live and walk therein:

Ecclesiasticus 7:21: "Depart not from a wise and good wife, whom thou hast gotten in the fear of the Lord: for the grace of her modesty is above gold."

Galatians 5:22-26: "But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, Mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's, have crucified their flesh, with the vices and concupiscences. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be made desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another."

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Legacy of Antipope Benedict XV

When Joseph Ratzinger chose the name Benedict XVI, some people in the Vatican II sect sighed in relief that he had honored the memory of who they believed to be a pre-Vatican II 'pope', and there were several optimistic accounts presaging better days ahead for traditional 'Catholics' since “Benedict XV was a 'pope' of reconciliation and peace during World War I, he had a great devotion to Pius X and his voice would choke when he spoke of him."

Some people concluded that Ratzinger was promising to return to tradition and bring peace to the world and the Church.

For those who may be fooled by similar optimistic appraisals, a little history review is in order.

First, the supposed grand friendship between Benedict XV and Antipope Pius X is quite imaginative. Under Pius X, "Archbishop" Della Chiesa (the future heretic antipope Benedict XV) had been sent to Bologna in exile from the Roman Curia because he was distrusted as a protégé and supporter of Cardinal Rampolla, a known modernist and Freemason. Further, Pius X withheld the cardinal’s hat that normally went with the Bologna Archbishopric for seven years, a patent sign of his distrust and a deliberate humiliation to the arrogant Della Chiesa. Only three months before the conclave did Della Chiesa finally become a "Cardinal".

In revenge, his first act after he became Pontiff was to send the valorous anti-modernist Cardinal Merry del Val packing, and to choose as Secretary of State the modernist Pietro Gasparri, another Rampolla protégé and his closest assistant. This act alone marked a clear break with the pontificate that had just ended. It certainly indicated no great devotion for Pius X, as we are told today, but rather fidelity to the modernist Rampolla.

This information was not found in hidden archives - it is available at the library, just by reading through works on the Papacy and the Catholic Encyclopedia. The election of Giacomo Della Chiesa was “as explicit a reaction against the preceding regime [of Antipope Pius X] as it was possible to get.” (1)

To understand Benedict XV, one needs to know something about his mentor, Cardinal Mariano Rampolla, Secretary of State under Leo XIII. At the turn of the 20th century, Rampolla was already well-known for championing the heresies and spirituality that Antipope Pius X would term Modernism. A Vatican insider, he patiently and steadily prepared the way for Vatican II.

At the conclave after the death of Antipope Leo XIII in 1903, it was expected that Cardinal Rampolla would be the next "Pope", which would have been a great victory for the modernist faction. Actually, he was leading in votes when his election was suddenly vetoed. The Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary, through his representative the Cardinal of Krakow, exercised an age-old privilege and vetoed the election of Rampolla. The Emperor had been presented irrefutable evidence that the Cardinal, besides being a modernist, was a member of Freemasonry and Grand Master of the secret sect known as the Ordo Templi Orientalis. (2)

During the anti-pontificate of Pius X, Rampolla was forced out of the Curia. From his Nunciature in Madrid, he had to take steps backward and move his seriously injured modernist faction underground. But at the next conclave, Rampolla was ready to settle scores. This time one of his protégés would sit occupy the Vatican. It was Giacomo Della Chiesa, a perfect candidate. He was a graduate of the Instituto Capranica, the most liberal seminary in Rome teeming with strange new theological doctrines and modernist heresies. And he had a very close affiliation with Rampolla, who had chosen Della Chiesa as his private secretary.

Benedict XV came into his occupation of the Vatican as Europe was entering World War I. In his first Encyclical, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum, issued November 1, 1914, the Benedict XV, who refused to take sides in the Great War, made a dramatic call for peace between the warring factions of Europe. He also made it clear that inside the Church he was calling for a stop to the war against the modernists.

Even while he referred to the “admirable fruits” of previous pontificate, he called for concord among the members of the Church, that is, the modernists and the ultramontanes – the traditional Catholics who had been strengthened by Pius X. This “peace” orchestrated by Benedict XV is what gave the modernists the opportunity to emerge from their dark, semi-occult caverns back into the light of day with a comfortable position in the Church.

1 Thessalonians 5:3: "For when they shall say, peace and security; then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape."

Next, Benedict XV targeted the most militant bloc that had organized to fight against the modernist errors, the group called the Sodalitium Pianum in France. This association of lay men supported by many priests were dedicated to keeping vigil on expressions of heresy in teaching, preaching, and publishing, following the norms set forth by Antipope Pius X, and which prescribed that all teachers in seminaries and clerics before their ordination take an oath denouncing Modernism and supporting Lamentabili Sane and Pascendi Dominici Gregis. Antipope Benedict XV and his Secretary of State Cardinal Gasparri dissolved the Sodalitium Pianum, calling a halt to the “anti-modernist witch hunt” in the name of reconciliation. (3)

In agreement with Rampolla and Gasparri, Benedict XV opened the doors for modernist errors to infiltrate the seminaries and schools of Europe.

1. Eamon Duffy, Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes, (Yale University Press, 1997), p. 253.
2. Mary Ball Martínez, The Undermining of the Catholic Church (Hillmac, Mexico: 1999), pp. 32-33.
3. Duffy, Saints and Sinners, pp. 254-5.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Test the Spirits

From Book 4, Chapter 23 of The Revelations of St. Brigitta of Sweden

The Blessed Virgin Mary's words to Saint Birgitta of Sweden about how the good spirit is recognized by seven signs and the bad spirit is discerned by as many signs.

My daughter, you can recognize both the Holy Spirit and the unclean spirit through seven signs. First, the Spirit of God makes a man deem the world worthless and consider in his heart all worldly honor as mere air. Second, it endears God to the soul, and all delight in the flesh grows cold. Third, it inspires him to patience and to glorying only in God. Fourth, it stimulates the mind to be loving and compassionate with one's neighbor and even with one's enemies. Fifth, it inspires him to all kinds of abstinence, even from licit things. Sixth, it makes him trust in God in the midst of hardships and even to glory in hardships. Seventh, it gives him the desire of wanting to depart and to be with Christ, rather than to prosper in the world and become soiled.

The evil spirit has seven effects to the contrary. First, it makes the world seem sweet, and heaven distasteful. Second, it makes a man seek honors and forget about the meaning of his life. Third, it arouses hatred and impatience in the heart. Fourth, it makes him bold toward God and obstinate in his own plans. Fifth, it leads him to make light of his sins and to make excuses for them. Sixth, it inspires in him frivolity of mind and every carnal impurity. Seventh, it inspires in him the hope of a long life and a feeling a shame about going to confession. Guard your thoughts carefully, then, so that you do not get deceived by this spirit.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

What is sound Catholic theology?

For those who rightly believe that the Catholic Faith is the true Faith, there are four levels of Catholic teaching that a person must assent to, each having a different level of authority.

1) Solemn Magisterium
2) Ordinary and Universal Magisterium
3) Teachings of the Fathers, Saints, Doctors, etc.

First, the Solemn or Extraordinary Magisterium is any infallibly defined (divinely revealed) dogma. Here are the criteria for infallibility, there are four of them.

Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, 1870 Session 4, Chapter 4, Paragraph 9: "Therefore, faithfully adhering to the tradition received from the beginning of the Christian faith, to the glory of God our savior, for the exaltation of the Catholic religion and for the salvation of the Christian people, with the approval of the Sacred Council, we teach and define as a divinely revealed dogma that when the Roman Pontiff speaks EX CATHEDRA, that is, when, in the exercise of his office as shepherd and teacher of all Christians (number 3 below), in virtue of his supreme apostolic authority (number 2 below), he defines a doctrine concerning faith or morals to be held by the whole Church (number 1 below), he possesses, by the divine assistance promised to him in blessed Peter, that infallibility which the divine Redeemer willed his Church to enjoy in defining doctrine concerning faith or morals. Therefore, such definitions of the Roman Pontiff are of themselves, and not by the consent of the Church, irreformable."

To paraphrase, what this means is that the pope cannot err when:

1) Teaching on faith and morals
2) In virtue of his apostolic authority
3) With the intent of binding all Christians to belief/obedience

There is one more thing that pertains to infallibility, from the same Council:

Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, 1870 Session 4, Chapter 4, Paragraph 6: "For the Holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they might, by his revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by his assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the revelation or deposit of faith transmitted by the apostles."

4) Something that is already contained in the deposit of faith handed down by the Apostles and not a new doctrine, or some fact that is intrinsically linked thereto.

Any Papal statement that meets the previous 4 points is infallible and God the Holy Ghost has spoken through the lips of the Pontiff. To willingly deny any such teaching severs one immediately from the Body of Christ; such a person is a heretic. Any Catholic who unwittingly believes a material heresy, that is accidentally and unknowingly believes contrary to such a teaching is generally understood to be still Catholic, unless their heretical understanding has led them into the bosom of a sect or into subjection to a heretical religious superior, or unless they reject the truth when they are presented with evidence of it (ie, the relevant Papal decree, etc...), or unless the heretical belief they hold is contrary to a necessary dogma of the Catholic Faith contained in the basic Christian Creed (such as the Trinity or the Incarnation). Such teachings are Ecumenical Councils, any papal teaching with an anathema attached, some encyclicals or portions of encyclicals, canonizations, and some Papal bulls.

Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, Session 3, Chapter 4, ex cathedra: "Hence, too, that meaning of the sacred dogmas is ever to be maintained which has once been declared by Holy mother Church, and there must never be any abandonment of this sense under the pretext or in the name of a more profound understanding."

As is clear, the meaning of a dogma is to be maintained as it has been declared by the pope.

Second, adhere to all the teachings of the Ordinary and Universal Magisterium.

Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, Session 3, Chapter 3, ex cathedra: "Wherefore, by divine and Catholic faith all those things are to be believed which are contained in the word of God as found in Scripture and tradition, and which are proposed by the Church as matters to be believed as divinely revealed, whether by her solemn judgment or in her Ordinary and Universal Magisterium."

Theologians teach that the Ordinary and Universal Magisterium is the everyday teaching of the whole episcopal college united with its head, the pope. When this group is morally unanimous in teaching a point of revealed doctrine that Catholics must hold, it is infallible.

The Ordinary and Universal Magisterium can and will never be contrary to the Extraordinary (Solemn) Magisterium, and vice versa.

Pope Leo X, Apostolici Regiminis, 1513: "As truth cannot contradict truth, we declare every assertion contrary to the truth of Divine faith to be absolutely false, and strictly forbid any one to teach differently; we command that those who adhere to such assertions shall be avoided and punished, as men who seek to disseminate damnable heresies."

To willfully reject a teaching of the Ordinary and Universal Magisterium is the mortal sin of heresy.

Third, follow the examples and teachings of our great Church Fathers, Doctors, and Saints, realizing too that while these great men and women led extraordinary lives, they are not protected by infallibility either, and often taught on matters that the Church would not solemnly define until years or centuries later, and in some cases, may even have appeared to err greatly in matters that were already defined. Since the Ordinary Magisterium, Fathers, Doctors and Saints are able to and have erred, the faithful should, when deciding whether or not to adhere to one of their teachings, always cross-reference the higher authorities of Church, the dogmas, to make sure that it does not contradict them.

Pope Benedict XIV, Apostolica Constitutio, (# 6), June 26, 1749: "The Church’s judgment is preferable even to that of a Doctor renowned for his holiness and teaching."

Outside of the Solemn or Ordinary and Universal Magisterium, only where the Fathers were unanimous in their interpretation of Scripture can a point of doctrine be taken as infallible, though it seems to be up to the judgment of the Church through Her teaching office to make this determination.

Pope Paul III, Council of Trent, Session 4, ex cathedra: "Furthermore, in order to restrain petulant spirits, It decrees, that no one, relying on his own skill, shall,--in matters of faith, and of morals pertaining to the edification of Christian doctrine, --wresting the sacred Scripture to his own senses, presume to interpret the said sacred Scripture contrary to that sense which holy mother Church,--whose it is to judge of the true sense and interpretation of the holy Scriptures,--hath held and doth hold; or even contrary to the unanimous consent of the Fathers;"

Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, Session 2, #1, #3, ex cathedra: "I, Pius, bishop of the Catholic Church, with firm faith... accept Sacred Scripture according to that sense which Holy mother Church held and holds, since it is her right to judge of the true sense and interpretation of the Holy Scriptures; nor will I ever receive and interpret them except according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers."

If it is forbidden even for the pope, the one who is given the power, by God Himself, of defining the dogmas of faith, to interpret Scripture in a sense contrary to the unanimous consent of the Fathers, then it logically follows that such interpretations of the Scriptures are indeed infallible.  To willfully contradict such teachings, if forbidden to popes, then, is most certainly forbidden to everyone else. An example of such a teaching is the geocentric understanding of the motions of the heavens.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Benedict XV, guilty until proven innocent, according to his own 'law'

If the words of a statement is ambiguous and has to be changed by the reader in order to give it a heretical sense, and the person was known to uphold the orthodox doctrine, then it is unjust to call him a heretic. Such is the case with certain teachings on invincible ignorance of Pope Pius IX, which many people WANT to change to allow for unbaptized pagans to be saved "through their ignorance".

If the words of a statement, however, must be changed to give it an orthodox sense, then it is objectively heretical and an offense to God. We take God's side in such a case, not the transgressor's - especially when he shows himself to fight against the Catholic Church.

In studying the writings of Benedict XV, I became increasingly alarmed at the multitude of un-Catholic things that the man said and taught, as well as the damnable disciplines he promulgated (the '1917 Code of Canon Law', which allows children to attend non-Catholic schools), and no less troubling are the objectively heretical statements contained in his writings.

The first example coming to mind, again, is the first paragraph of Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum, in which he states that “the whole of mankind was freed from the slavery of sin”. The objective sense of his encyclical is an appeal for temporal peace, which in and of itself is praiseworthy, but with an opening such as this, his orthodoxy is immediately tenuous. Considering his renown as a diplomat, and thus his skill with words, and the manifestly heretical doctrine he taught concerning uniting with non-Catholics, it is entirely reasonable to assume the worst of this statement; that is to say, that he meant it to sound as it does, confusing and contradictory.

And then compare that with the following, that "and there is no one who is excluded from the benefit of this Redemption:"

This is objectively heretical. Many are excluded by their own actions from the benefit of the redemption.

Also among these teachings and disciplines are the concept that The Blessed Virgin Mary was in fact a redeemer along with Christ, which he stated explicitly in no uncertain terms in Inter Sodalicia. This is an untrue statement, and it directly contradicts the Council of Trent’s decree, wherein it is stated that Jesus Christ alone is our Redeemer.

Pope Pius IV, Council of Trent, Session 25, On Invocation, Veneration and Relics of Saints, and on Sacred Images, ex cathedra: “…God, through His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who alone is our Redeemer...”

Benedict XV, Inter Sodalicia, March 22, 1918: “As she suffered and almost died together with her suffering and dying Son, so she surrendered her mother's rights over her Son for the salvation of the human race. And to satisfy the justice of God she sacrificed her Son, as well as she could, so that it may justly be said that she together with Christ has redeemed the human race.”

So this statement is unlawful, as it is in direct opposition to the decree of Trent. The question is this: Can a pope publicly teach a heresy such as this, and remain the pope? Some people would argue that it is the duty of Christians to prove that the heresy was in fact formal, and that the person held to it obstinately or pertinaciously.

However, we find an interesting piece of evidence that contradicts this notion, in the very ‘Code of Canon Law’, which Benedict XV himself ‘promulgated’:

The ‘1917 Code of Canon Law’, Canon 2200 §2: “Positing an external violation of the law, dolus [evil will] in the external forum is presumed until the contrary is proven.”

So this ‘Law’, to which Benedict XV would have to hold himself accountable, actually teaches that a person who teaches a heresy publicly (an unlawful act) is to be presumed to be aware of the law, which they are violating, and thus are to be held as GUILTY until proven innocent.

This is in itself a sufficiently just ground upon which to assert that Benedict XV was in fact a heretic, when he uttered this teaching. By promoting this ‘Code’, Benedict needs no one else to hang him, he has hung himself.

Another teaching of Benedict XV, which is directly opposed to dogma, is that all the nations of the world, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, should unite.

Benedict XV, Pacem, Dei Munus Pulcherrimum, #17, 1920: “... all States, putting aside mutual suspicion, should unite in one league, or rather a sort of family of peoples ...”

Unjust causes of strife… mutual suspicion… indifferentism… peace is God

This writing of Benedict XV, teaches that nations should unite into a single league, even a family.  But we know that there are two families, that of the devil and that of God.  He goes on later to call these people to conversion, however the damage has been done. Despite ostensibly having peace as his purpose, Benedict XV is paving the way for religious indifferentism, by exhorting the faithful to unite with heretics, schismatics and other non-Catholics. This is in fact prohibited by Scripture and Tradition:

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15: “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed: Yet do not esteem him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.”

Some people get hung up on the second of these two verses, and use it in defense of Benedict XV, but they neglect the fact that we are exhorted to NOT keep company with such people, and that, though such people without Faith may be children of Adam, yet without Faith they are certainly not children of God, nor in actual fact brothers or sisters to faithful Christians. Of course we may pray for them, and we hope for peace with them, but we DO NOT unite with them, unless they convert to the one true Faith of the one true God.

2 Corinthians 6:15: "And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath the faithful with the unbeliever?"

Benedict XV also indicated his willingness to deny the common consensus of the Fathers of the Church concerning the doctrine that earth is fixed and immovable at the center of the universe.

Benedict XV, Praeclara Summorum (#4):If the progress of science showed later that that conception of the world rested on no sure foundation, that the spheres imagined by our ancestors did not exist, that nature, the number and course of the planets and stars, are not indeed as they were then thought to be, still the fundamental principle remained that the universe, whatever be the order that sustains it in its parts, is the work of the creating and preserving sign of Omnipotent God, who moves and governs all, and whose glory risplende in una parte piu e meno altrove; and though this earth on which we live may not be the centre of the universe as at one time was thought, it was the scene of the original happiness of our first ancestors, witness of their unhappy fall, as too of the Redemption of mankind through the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.’

Robert Bellarmine, Letter to Paolo Antonio Foscarini: “But to want to affirm that the sun really is fixed in the center of the heavens and only revolves around itself [turns upon its axis] without traveling from east to west, and that the earth is situated in the third sphere and revolves with great speed around the sun, is a very dangerous thing, not only by irritating all the philosophers and scholastic theologians, but also by injuring our holy faith and rendering the Holy Scriptures false

“Second. I say that, as you know, the Council (of Trent) prohibits expounding the Scriptures contrary to the common agreement of the holy Fathers. And if Your Reverence would read not only the Fathers but also the commentaries of modern writers on Genesis, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and Josue, you would find that all agree in explaining literally (ad litteram) that the sun is in the heavens and moves swiftly around the earth, and that the earth is far from the heavens and stands immobile in the center of the universe. Now consider whether the Church could encourage giving to Scripture a sense contrary to the holy Fathers and all the Latin and Greek commentators.”

“Nor may it be answered that this is not a matter of faith, for if it is not a matter of faith from the point of view of the subject matter, it is on the part of the ones who have spoken. It would be just as heretical to deny that Abraham had two sons and Jacob twelve, as it would be to deny the virgin birth of Christ, for both are declared by the Holy Ghost through the mouths of the prophets and apostles.”

This is in perfect agreement with what the Council of Trent and later also the Vatican Council laid out concerning the unlawfulness of interpreting of the Scriptures contrary to the unanimous teachings of the Fathers.

With this evidence we see strong support for a third violation of the law by Benedict XV in the external forum. Again, the ‘Canon Law’ ‘promulgated’ by Benedict XV states that evil will is to be presumed until the contrary is proven. While this ‘Canon Law’ is in itself invalid and therefore not binding, it provides a very strong case against him, for if anyone were to hold that Benedict XV were a legitimate pope, then this canon would have to be applied, and thus Benedict XV would lose office on account of his public heresies. He would have hung himself.

And indeed the canon cited represents a common sense approach, namely that when there is an objective offense against God, we side with God rather than the offender and view the offender as guilty until he proves this is not so.

Now that we have established that Benedict XV is to be viewed as publicly and objectively guilty of crimes against dogma, it is clear that the man was a publicly heretical antipope. His teachings on uniting with non-Catholics has certainly led souls to hell, and it would be unjust to think that this teacher of heresy, who was renowned as a diplomat, was not aware of the contradictions in his own words, and the captious nature of them.

There are many other examples of the bad teachings Antipope Benedict XV, and the willful ambiguity of his words, such as in his teachings on peace and unity with non-Catholics, and his false teachings on redemption.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Septuagint (Deuterocanonicals, or erroneously called 'Apocrypha' by Protestants), proved in the New Testament

Please also read: "St. Augustine on the Apostolicity of Scripture"

Jesus Christ and the Apostles quoted often from the Old Testament Books discarded by the heretical Protestant ‘reformers’. These books, the deuterocanonicals, are falsely called ‘Apocrypha’ by the Protestants.

As this chapter will show, God clearly wants these books to be in the Bible. We should follow the example of God and the Apostles and use the same texts they quoted from, these texts, which further prove the firm basis in Scripture of all doctrine of the Catholic religion, which alone is the true religion, against which the principalities and powers fight in vain, as also the heretics, who are their witless slaves (until they convert to the true Faith, the Catholic Faith, founded by Jesus Christ).

Apocalypse 22:19: “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life.”

Note: Protestants know Apocalypse as Revelation.

To demonstrate that the Apostles recognized these books, here is a short list of quotes from the New Testament, followed by the quotes from the corresponding Old Testament deuterocanonical books of the Septuagint.

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St. Matthew 6:19: “Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust, and moth consume, and where thieves break through and steal.”

Ecclesiasticus 29:14: “Place thy treasure in the commandments of the most High, and it shall bring thee more profit than gold.”

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St. Matthew 9:36: “And seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them: because they were distressed, and lying like sheep that have no shepherd.”

Judith 11:15: “And thou shalt have all the people of Israel, as sheep that have no shepherd.”

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Ephesians 6:14: “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice.”

Wisdom 5:19: “He will put on justice as a breastplate, and will take true judgment instead of a helmet.”

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Ephesians 1:17: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation, in the knowledge of him.”

Wisdom 7:7: “Wherefore I wished, and understanding was given me: and I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came upon me.”

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St. Matthew 7:16: “By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?”

Ecclesiasticus 27:7: “Be the dressing of a tree sheweth the fruit thereof, so a word out of the thought of the heart of man.”

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Romans 9:21: “Or hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump, to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?”

Wisdom 15:7: “The potter also tempering soft earth, with labour fashioneth every vessel for our service, and of the same clay he maketh both vessels that are for clean uses, and likewise such as serve to the contrary.”

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St. Matthew 7:12: “All things therefore whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you also to them.”

Tobias 4:16: “See thou never do to another what thou wouldst hate to have done to thee by another.”

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St. Matthew 11:25: “At that time Jesus answered and said: I confess to thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth.”

Judith 6:15: “Saying: O Lord God of heaven and earth, behold their pride, and look on our low condition, and have regard to the face of thy saints.”

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St. Matthew 12:42: “Because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon.”

Note: Jesus Christ refers to the wisdom of Solomon, but the Old Testament Book of Wisdom (written by Solomon) has been discarded by the heretics.

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2 Timothy 4:8: “As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord the just judge will render to me in that day.”

Wisdom 5:17: “Therefore shall they receive a kingdom of glory, and a crown of beauty at the hand of the Lord.”

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St. Matthew 22:25: “Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first having married a wife, died; and not having issue, left his wife to his brother.”

St. Mark 12:20: “Now there were seven brethren; and the first took a wife, and died leaving no issue.”

St. Luke 20:29: “There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children.”

Tobias 3:8: “Because she had been given to seven husbands, and a devil named Asmodeus had killed them.”

Tobias 7:11: “Now when Raguel heard this he was afraid, knowing what had happened to those seven husbands.”

Note: St. Matthew, St. Mark, and St. Luke verify the canonicity of Tobias by their references to Tobias Chapters 3 and 7… so why do the heretics reject this book?

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St. Matthew 24:15: “When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet.”

1 Machabees 1:57: “On the fifteenth day of the month Casleu, in the hundred and forty-fifth year, king Antiochus set up the abominable idol of desolation upon the altar of God.”

Note: Jesus Christ, using the same language as Machabees, describes a desolating sacrilege in the Holy Place.

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St. Matthew 27:43: “He trusted in God; let him now deliver him if he will have him; for he said: I am the Son of God.”

Wisdom 2:18: “For if he be the true son of God, he will defend him, and will deliver him from the hands of his enemies.”

Note: Precise prophesy of Good Friday, in Wisdom Chapter 2… a book rejected by the heretics.

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Saint Matthew 12:42: “Because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold a greater than Solomon here.”

Note: Jesus Christ speaking of the wisdom of Solomon, but the heretics threw the Book of Wisdom by Solomon out of their books of lies which they call "bibles".

Wisdom 2:16-20: “We are esteemed by him as triflers, and he abstaineth from our ways as from filthiness, and he preferreth the latter end of the just, and glorieth that he hath God for his father. Let us see then if his words be true, and let us prove what shall happen to him, and we shall know what his end shall be. For if he be the true son of God, he will defend him, and will deliver him from the hands of his enemies. Let us examine him by outrages and tortures, that we may know his meekness and try his patience. Let us condemn him to a most shameful death: for there shall be respect had unto him by his words.

Note: King Solomon with an exact prophesy of Good Friday, in a book rejected by the heretics. The events of Good Friday testify that the Book of Wisdom should logically be part of the Canon (list of Books in the Bible).

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St. Mark 4:5: “And other some fell upon stony ground, where it had not much earth.”

Ecclesiasticus 40:15: “The offspring of the ungodly shall not bring forth many branches, and make a noise as unclean roots upon the top of a rock.”

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St. Mark 9:47: “Where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not extinguished.”

Judith 16:21: “For he will give fire, and worms into their flesh, that they may burn, and may feel for ever.”

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St. Luke 1:42: “And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.”

Judith 13:23: “And Ozias the prince of the people of Israel, said to her: Blessed art thou, O daughter, by the Lord the most high God, above all women upon the earth.”

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St. Luke 1:52: “He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble.”

Ecclesiasticus 10:17: “God hath overturned the thrones of proud princes, and hath set up the meek in their stead.”

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St. Luke 13:29: “And there shall come from the east and the west, and the north and the south; and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.”

Baruch 4:37: “They come gathered together from the east even to the west, at the word of the Holy One rejoicing for the honour of God.”

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St. Luke 21:24: “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword; and shall be led away captives into all nations; and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles”

Ecclesiasticus 28:22: “Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not so many as have perished by their own tongue.”

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St. John 1:1, 3: “The Word was God […] All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made.”

Wisdom 9:1: “God of my fathers, and Lord of mercy, who hast made all things with thy word.”

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St. John 3:13: “And no man hath ascended into heaven, but he that descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven.”

Baruch 3:29: “Who hath gone up into heaven, and taken her, and brought her down from the clouds?”

Note: St. John is another scripture that there is no salvation outside the Roman Catholic Church. Jesus Christ descended from Heaven and only He ascends. Only those in the Body of Christ, the Roman Catholic Church, (heretics are not in the Body of Christ) can ascend into Heaven.

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St. John 4:48: “Jesus therefore said to him: Unless you see signs and wonders, you believe not.”

Acts 5:12: “And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people.”

Acts 15:12: “They heard Barnabas and Paul telling what great signs and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.”

Wisdom 8:8: “She knoweth signs and wonders before they be done, and the events of times and ages.”

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St. John 5:18: “Hereupon therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he did not only break the sabbath, but also said God was his Father, making himself equal to God.”

Wisdom 2:16: “We are esteemed by him as triflers, and he abstaineth from our ways as from filthiness, and he preferreth the latter end of the just, and glorieth that he hath God for his father.”

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St. John 10:22: “And it was the feast of the dedication at Jerusalem.”

1 Machabees 4:59: “That the day of the dedication of the altar should be kept in its season from year to year for eight days.”

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St. John 15:6: “If any one abide not in me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up, and case him into the fire, and be burneth.”

Wisdom 4:5: “For the branches not being perfect, shall be broken, and their fruits shall be unprofitable, and sour to eat, and fit for nothing.”

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Acts 10:34: “And Peter opening his mouth, said: In very deed I perceive, that God is not a respecter of persons.”

Romans 2:11: “For there is no respect of persons with God.”

Ecclesiasticus 35:15: “And look not upon an unjust sacrifice, for the Lord is judge, and there is not with him respect of person.”

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Acts 17:29: “Being therefore the offspring of God, we must not suppose the divinity to be like unto gold, or silver.”

Wisdom 13:10: “But unhappy are they, and their hope is among the dead, who have called gods the works of the hands of men, gold and silver.”

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Romans 1:20: “For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made; his eternal power also, and divinity: so that they are inexcusable.”

Wisdom 13:1: “But all men are vain, in whom there is not the knowledge of God: and who by these good things that are seen, could not understand him that is, neither by attending to the works have acknowledged who was the workman.”

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Romans 4:16-17: “Which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 (As it is written: I have made thee a father of many nations,) before God.”

Ecclesiasticus 44:20: “Abraham was the great father of a multitude of nations, and there was not found the like to him in glory, who kept the law of the most High, and was in covenant with him.”

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Romans 5:12: “Wherefore as by one man sin entered into this world, and by sin death; and so death passed upon all men, in whom all have sinned.”

Wisdom 2:24: “But by the envy of the devil, death came into the world.”

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St. Matthew 2:16: “And sending killed all the men children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the borders thereof, from two years old and under.”

Wisdom 11:7: “And whilst they were diminished for a manifest reproof of their murdering the infants.”

Note: Herod's wicked decree prophesied in Wisdom 11:7.

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1 Corinthians 2:16: “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that we may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

Wisdom 9:13: “For who among men is he that can know the counsel of God? or who can think what the will of God is?”

Note: Only the one, holy Catholic and Apostolic Church has the mind of Christ.

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1 Corinthians 10:1: “For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea.”

Wisdom 19:7: “For a cloud overshadowed their camp, and where water was before, dry land appeared, and in the Red Sea a way without hinderance.”

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1 Corinthians 10:21: “You cannot drink the chalice of the Lord, and the chalice of devils: you cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord, and of the table of devils.”

Baruch 4:7: “For you have provoked him who made you, the eternal God, offering sacrifice to devils, and not to God.”

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1 Corinthians 15:29: “Otherwise what shall they do that are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not again at all? why are they then baptized for them?”

2 Machabees 12:43-44: “Silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection, (For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead,).

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St. Matthew 16:18: “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.”

Wisdom 16:13: “For it is thou, O Lord, that hast power of life and death, and leadest down to the gates of death, and bringest back again.”

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Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is living and effectual, and more piercing than any two edged sword; and reaching unto the division of the soul and the spirit.”

Wisdom 18:15: “Thy almighty word leapt down from heaven from thy royal throne, as a fierce conqueror into the midst of the land of destruction.”

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James 2:23: “And the scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice.”

1 Machabees 2:52: “Was not Abraham found faithful in temptation, and it was reputed to him unto justice?”

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Apocalypse 1:4: “Grace be unto you and peace from him that is, and that was, and that is to come, and from the seven spirits which are before his throne.”

Tobias 12:15: “For I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord.”

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