Thursday, February 18, 2010

On the absence of salvation among heretics and schismatics and those in communion with them

St. John of Damascus:
"With all our strength, therefore, let us beware lest we receive communion from or grant it to heretics"

Believing it is ever permissible to go ask heretics or schismatics, the adulterous enemies of God, for Mass or confession, MAKES ONE an adulterous enemy of God, as proven from:

The teaching of the Church on heretics
and those in communion with them

St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians 5:19-21: "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, SECTS, envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God."

["sects", otherwise heresies, here described as works of the flesh; indeed one may find himself a part of a sect as punishment for some unrepented fleshly sin, in accordance with 2 Thessalonians 2:10]

The Church teaches that any rejection of the supreme Magisterium is heresy, and makes one not a Catholic and that any religious communion with heresy is "wretched schism" and separates one from God, the Church, sanctifying grace, and salvation.

Pope Leo X, Fifth Lateran Council, Session 8, Dec. 19, 1513, ex cathedra:  "...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"

We already know that outside the Church there is no salvation or remission of sins, as Pope Boniface VIII dogmatically defined in his bull Unam Sanctam:

Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam, 1302, ex cathedra: "Urged by faith, we are obliged to believe and to maintain that the Church is one, holy, catholic, and also apostolic. We believe in her firmly and we confess with simplicity that outside of her there is neither salvation nor the remission of sins,"

Pope Vigilius, Second Council of Constantinople, ex cathedra: "And about that claim of the Apostle: Even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what you have received, let him be accursed. As we said earlier, I repeat once more: If anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you have received, let him be accursed. Since the Lord declares that the person is judged already, and the Apostle curses even the angels if they instruct in anything different from what we have preached, how is it possible even for the most presumptuous to assert that these condemnations apply only to those who are still alive? Are they unaware, or rather pretending to be unaware, that to be judged anathematized is just the same as to be separated from God? The heretic, even though he has not been condemned formally by any individual, in reality brings anathema on himself, having cut himself off from the way of truth by his heresy. What reply can such people make to the Apostle when he writes: As for someone who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned."

Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, Session 3, Chapter 3, #8-9: "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."

So we know how to determine who is and who is not a heretic, that is anyone who rejects any portion of the Divine and Catholic Faith is a heretic and not a child of God, and it follows that we must also apply this not only to individual heretics, but to their sects as well.

Now if we profess communion with heretics, that is if we are in communion with those we KNOW or CAN and OUGHT TO KNOW reject ANY dogmatic definitions of Holy Mother Church, are we still Catholic? Pope Pius IX has the answer to that one. He lays down the very principle that we should adopt when dealing with anyone or any sect that rejects dogmatic definitions of the See of St. Peter:

Pope Pius IX, Graves Ac Diuturnae, 1875: "1. The serious and long-lasting plots and efforts which the new heretics who call themselves Old Catholics use daily in your country to deceive the faithful and to tear them away from their ancient faith, urge Us, as a duty of Our supreme apostolate, to zealously devote Our paternal care and attention to protecting the spiritual welfare of our children...

"2. Having violently occupied parishes and churches with apostate priests, they have not neglected any deception or cunning to lead the children of the Catholic Church into wretched schism."

He clearly is telling us here that LIES AND CUNNING lead souls into schism, leads them OUT of the Church. A person does not necessarily know that he has been deceived. Does that mean that because he is unaware of the trickery of his enemies that he is any less schismatic? Evidently not, according to Pope Pius IX.

(Graves Ac Diuturnae cont'd) "Because it has always been especially characteristic of heretics and schismatics to use lies and deception, these sons of darkness are to be reckoned among those the prophet spoke of: "Woe to you deserting children who have faith in the shadow of Egypt. You have rejected the word and have hoped in trickery and rebellion." They love to deceive the unwary and the innocent and to draw them into error by deception and hypocrisy.

"They repeatedly state openly that they do not in the least reject the Catholic Church and its visible head but rather that they are zealous for the purity of Catholic doctrine declaring that they are the heirs of the ancient faith and the only true Catholics. But in fact they refuse to acknowledge all the divine prerogatives of the vicar of Christ on earth and do not submit to His supreme Magisterium."

Who else do we know who fits this description? Any sect nowadays who rejects any portion of the solemn Magisterium - or explains it away to try and tell us it really means something it DOES NOT ACTUALLY SAY, such is the "deception or cunning" by which they lead men into schism and OUT of the Church. How about the SSPX and the CMRI who teach that Baptism is not indeed absolutely necessary for each soul for salvation? How about the Novus Ordo, who teach the same? These are heretical sects, rejecting the solemn Magisterial dogmatic definitions, such as those of Vienne, Florence and Trent on Holy Baptism.

"3. This sect overthrows the foundations of the Catholic religion, shamelessly rejects the dogmatic definitions of the Ecumenical Vatican Council, and devotes itself to the ruin of souls in so many ways. We have decreed and declared in Our letter of 21 November 1873 that those unfortunate men who belong to, adhere to, and support that sect should be considered as schismatics and separated from communion with the Church."

The principle is clearly laid out by this Pope of the Catholic Church. Any sect that rejects the dogmatic definitions of the Vicar of Christ is a heretical sect, and good willed or no, we learn that that any of those "unfortunate men who belong to, adhere to, and support that sect should be considered as schismatics and separated from communion with the Church." This position, as you will read further on, is exactly that proposed by the Saints and Fathers of old.

The only objection that might be brought forward at this point is that Pope Pius IX was talking about a sect that had already received formal condemnation, and that until this takes place for individual sects, one is free to attend their "worship" and still remains Catholic. Pope Vigilius, however, in the sixth century, ratified the following declaration of the Second Ecumenical Council of Constantinople, which shows the fallacy of making such an objection:

Pope Vigilius, Second Council of Constantinople, ex cathedra: "And about that claim of the Apostle: Even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what you have received, let him be accursed. As we said earlier, I repeat once more: If anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you have received, let him be accursed.  Since the Lord declares that the person is judged already, and the Apostle curses even the angels if they instruct in anything different from what we have preached, how is it possible even for the most presumptuous to assert that these condemnations apply only to those who are still alive? Are they unaware, or rather pretending to be unaware, that to be judged anathematized is just the same as to be separated from God? The heretic, even though he has not been condemned formally by any individual, in reality brings anathema on himself, having cut himself off from the way of truth by his heresy. What reply can such people make to the Apostle when he writes: As for someone who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned."

It is rash and inconsistent to propose that the above teaching of Pope Vigilius applies only to individuals and not to groups of individual as well (sects).

So how are we supposed to deal with such sects then? Should we take the advice of those who say we can go to them for the Eucharist? Mingle with the enemies of God so that we can receive the Blessed Sacrament from a heretical or schismatic priest who SINS EVERY TIME HE CONFECTS IT?

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Tertia Pars, Question 82, Art. 9: "I answer that, As was said above , heretical, schismatical, excommunicate, or even sinful priests, although they have the power to consecrate the Eucharist, yet they do not make a proper use of it; on the contrary, they sin by using it. But whoever communicates with another who is in sin, becomes a sharer in his sin."

And what does Pope Pius IX say?

(Graves Ac Diuturnae cont'd) "4. You should remind them to beware of these treacherous enemies of the flock of Christ and their poisoned foods. They should totally shun their religious celebrations, their buildings, and their chairs of pestilence which they have with impunity established to transmit the sacred teachings. They should shun their writings and all contact with them. They should not have any dealings or meetings with usurping priests and apostates from the faith who dare to exercise the duties of an ecclesiastical minister without possessing a legitimate mission or any jurisdiction. They should avoid them as strangers and thieves who come only to steal, slay, and destroy. For the Church's children should consider the proper action to preserve the most precious treasure of faith, without which it is impossible to please God, as well as action calculated to achieve the goal of faith, that is the salvation of their souls, by following the straight road of justice."

No further comments on Pius IX.

But a question arises: What if we simply don't know that we are attending the Mass of a heretic or schismatic?

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa, Prima Secunda Pars, 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."

Truly, one is bound to know the Catholic Faith well enough to be able to spot heresy and to know whether or not he is joined to heretics and schismatics. So the answer to the question is, in accordance with the Angelic Doctor, if we ARE ABLE to know that our priest, bishop, etc. is heretical or schismatic, but we adhere to him anyway, then we indeed share in his sin, the sin of schism or heresy, whereby we would then be labouring OUTSIDE the true religion. Invincible ignorance on the other hand, ignorance that is not able to be overcome by any well ordered human effort, is a different matter, for Pope Pius IX himself also said:

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 if the person had NO JUSTIFIABLE and HUMANLY POSSIBLE WAY AT ALL of being ABLE to know that his priest was a heretic, then indeed according to the Roman Pontiff, this person would not be stained with any guilt in that matter, namely schism or heresy. So clearly it behooves us all, if we are about to profess subjection to such and such a priest or bishop, to do our utmost to make sure that he indeed holds the Catholic Faith whole and inviolate.

Let's go to the Saints and Fathers of the Church and see what their take is on the matter has been:


The Saints and Fathers of the Church teach to shun ALL contact with heretics, ESPECIALLY religious contact

St. John Chrysostom, 4th Century AD: "We know that salvation itself is a property of the One Church, and that no one can be outside of the catholic Church and yet share the Faith of Christ, or be saved...Neither do we offer any part of that hope to the ungodly heretics, but we place them entirely outside of that hope; indeed, they have not the least participation in Christ, but vainly assume for themselves that saving Name." - Patrologia Greaca 59:725

St. John Chrysostom, 4th Century AD, Homily 34 on Hebrews: "How then does Paul say, 'Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves'? (Heb. 13:17) After having said before, 'Whose faith follow, considering the end of their life' (Heb. 13:7), he then said, 'Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves'. What then (you say), when he is wicked, should we obey? Wicked? In what sense? If indeed in regard to matters of the Faith, flee and avoid him; not only if he be a man, but even if he be an angel come down from Heaven; but if in regard to his life, be not overly curious."

St. John Chrysostom, Homily 1 on the Epistle to the Galatians: "The fact that we do not become indignant over small matters is the cause of all our calamities; and because slight errors escape fitting correction, greater ones creep in. As in a body, a neglect of wounds generates fever, infection and death; so in the soul, slight evils overlooked open the door to graver ones . . . But if a proper rebuke had at first been given to those who attempted to depart from the divine sayings and change some small matter, such a pestilence would not have been generated, nor such a storm have seized upon the Church; for he that overturns even that which is minor in the sound Faith, will cause ruin in all."

St. Theodore of Studium: "Even if one should give away all his possessions in the world, and yet be in communion with heresy, he cannot be a friend of God, but is rather an enemy." - Patrologia Graeca, 99, 1205

St. Theodore of Studium, Epistle to Abbot Theophilus: "Chrysostomos loudly declares not only heretics, but also those who have communion with them, to be enemies of God."

St. Theodore of Studium: "Guard yourselves from soul-destroying heresy, communion with which is alienation from Christ." - Patrologia Graeca 99, 1216

St. Theodore of Studium: "The heretics were totally shipwrecked with regard to the Faith; but as for the others, even if in their thinking they did not founder, nevertheless, because of their communion with heresy they are perishing." - Patrologia Graeca 99, 1164

St. John the Almsgiver, Patriarch of Alexandria, 7th Century AD: "Another thing the blessed man taught and insisted upon with all was never on any occasion whatsoever to associate with heretics and, above all, never to take the Holy Communion with them, 'even if', the blessed man said, 'you remain without communicating all your life, if through stress of circumstances you cannot find a community of the catholic Church. For if, having legally married a wife in this world of the flesh, we are forbidden by God and by the laws to desert her and be united to another woman, even though we have to spend a long time separated from her in a distant country, and shall incur punishment if we violate our vows, how then shall we, who have been joined to God through the orthodox faith and the Catholic Church -- as the apostle says: 'I espoused you to one husband that I might present you as a pure virgin to Christ' (2 Cor. 11:2) -- how shall we escape from sharing in that punishment which in the world to come awaits heretics, if we defile the orthodox and holy faith by adulterous communion with heretics?"

"For 'communion', he said, 'has been so called because he who has 'communion' has things in common and agrees with those with whom he has 'communion'. Therefore I implore you earnestly, children, never to go near the oratories of the heretics in order to communicate there.'" - [Three Byzantine Saints, "The Life of Saint John the Almsgiver",Translators: Elizabeth Dawes & Norman H. Baynes, St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood: 1977; p. 251]

St. Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle to the Trallians: "I therefore, yet not I, but the love of Jesus Christ, entreat you that ye use Christian nourishment only, and abstain from herbage of a different kind; I mean heresy. For heretics mix up Jesus Christ with their own poison, speaking things which are unworthy of credit, like those who administer a deadly drug in sweet wine, which he who is ignorant of does greedily take, with a fatal pleasure leading to his own death."

St. Isidore of Pelusium, Letter to Timothy the Reader: "Just as the fishermen hide the hook with bait and covertly hook the fish, similarly, the crafty allies of the heresies cover their evil teachings and corrupt understanding with pietism and hook the more simple, bringing them to spiritual death" - Patrologia Graeca 78, 252C

St. Athanasius the Great, Patriarch of Alexandria, History of the Arians , 80: "One might say much more against this detestable and antichristian order that our words may not be too many, it will be well to content ourselves with the divine Scripture, and that we all obey the precept which it has been given us both in regard to other heresies, and especially respecting this. That precept is as follows; `Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of them, and be ye separate, that bear the vessels of the Lord' This may suffice to instruct us all, so that if any one has been deceived by them, he may go out from them, as out of Sodom, and not return again unto them, lest he suffer the fate of Lot's wife; and if any one has continued from the beginning pure from this impious thing, heresy, he may glory in Christ and say, `We have not stretched out our hands to a strange god; neither have we worshipped the works of our own hands, nor served the creature more than Thee, the God that hast created all things through Thy word, the Only-Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom to Thee the Father together with the same Word in the Holy Spirit be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen."

St. Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesaria in Cappodocia: "As for all those who pretend to confess sound orthodox Faith, but are in communion with people who hold a different opinion, if they are forewarned and still remain stubborn, you must not only not be in communion with them, but you must not even call them brothers." - Patrologia Orientalis, Vol. 17, p. 303

St. John of Damascus, Exposition of the Faith Book IV, Chapter 13: "With all our strength, therefore, let us beware lest we receive communion from or grant it to heretics; Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, says the Lord, neither cast ye your pearls before swine (St. Matthew 7:6), lest we become partakers in their dishonour and condemnation. For if union is in truth with Christ and with one another, we are assuredly voluntarily united also with all those who partake with us. For this union is effected voluntarily and not against our inclination. For we are all one body because we partake of the one bread, as the divine Apostle says (1 Corinthians 10:17 )."

Saint Athanasius the Great, Patriarch of Alexandria: "As we walk the unerring and life-bringing path, let us pluck out the eye that scandalizes us, not the physical eye, but the noetic one. For example, if a bishop ... who is the eyes of the Church conduct himself in an evil manner and scandalize the people (he is speaking here of heresy, viz. the Arian heresy, against which he was valiantly opposed), he must be plucked out. For it is more profitable to gather without him in a house of prayer, than to be cast together with him into the gehenna of fire together with Annas and Caiaphas." - Patrologia Greaca 26, 1257 C

St. Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle to the Ephesians: "Do not err, my brethren. Those that corrupt families shall not inherit the kingdom of God. And if those that corrupt mere human families are condemned to death, how much more shall those suffer everlasting punishment who endeavour to corrupt the Church of Christ, for which the Lord Jesus, the only-begotten Son of God, endured the Cross, and submitted to death! Whosoever, "being waxen fat," and "become gross," sets at nought His doctrine, shall go into gehenna. In like manner, every one that has received from God the power of distinguishing, and yet follows an unskillful shepherd, and receives a false opinion for the truth, shall be punished. "What communion hath light with darkness? or Christ with Belial? Or what portion hath he that believeth with an infidel? or the temple of God with idols? "And in like manner say I, what communion hath truth with falsehood? or righteousness with unrighteousness? or true doctrine with that which is false?

For this end did the Lord suffer the ointment to be poured upon His head, that His Church might breathe forth immortality. For saith [the Scripture], "Thy name is as ointment poured forth; therefore have the virgins loved Thee; they have drawn Thee; at the odour of Thine ointments we will run after Thee." Let no one be anointed with the bad odour of the doctrine of [the prince of] this world; let not the holy Church of God be led captive by his subtlety, as was the first woman. Why do we not, as gifted with reason, act wisely? When we had received from Christ, and had grafted in us the faculty of judging concerning God, why do we fall headlong into ignorance? and why, through a careless neglect of acknowledging the gift which we have received, do we foolishly perish?"

Everyone is called to this struggle;
One cannot simply be 'Catholic in one's heart', while apostatizing externally

Saint Theodore of Studium, Letter Two (Book Two) to Monastics: "Not only if one possesses rank or knowledge is one obliged to strive to speak and to teach the doctrines of orthodoxy, but even if one be a disciple in rank, one is obliged to speak the truth boldly and openly." - Patrologia Greaca 99, 1120 B

Saint Theodore of Studium, Epistle 81: "It is a commandment of the Lord that we should not be silent when the Faith is in peril. So, when it is a matter of the Faith, one cannot say, 'Who am I? A priest, a ruler, a soldier, a farmer, a poor man? I have no say or concern in this matter.' Alas! The stones shall cry out, and you remain silent and unconcerned?" - Patrologia Greaca 99, 1321 AB

St. Basil the Great, Homily on Gordianus the Martyr: "Many people were being irrational by trying to convince the martyr to deny Christ with his words only, and keep his faith in his soul, in his inner disposition, claiming that God does not pay attention to our words but to our disposition. However, Gordianus the Martyr was rigid in his belief and replied, "The tongue, which is created by Christ, cannot bear to utter anything against Him... Do not deceive yourselves, God cannot be mocked, He judges us according to our own mouth, He justifies us by our words, and by our words, He convicts us".

So do you still want to go to the oratory in such and such a town where the priest offers the traditional Latin Mass, yet proclaims that Benedict XVI is a Catholic pope by including his name in the PUBLIC prayer in the Canon of the Mass? How about the priest who teaches that a person does not really need to receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism to be saved? After all, he seems so nice and he went to seminary for NINE YEARS!

There can be no peace or common God with heretics

St. Gregory of Nyssa, in his Oration (2.82) in defense of his flight to Pontus, writes in regard of peace with heresy that "better is a laudable war than a peace which severs a man from God." and (ibid. 6.11) "For disagreement over piety is better than emotional concord." - Patrologia Greaca 35:488C; Patrologia Greaca 35:736AB

St. Hermenegild was imprisoned in Tarragona or Toledo. He subjected himself to mortifications, and asked God to aid him in his struggles. During his captivity in the tower of Seville, an Arian bishop was sent to St. Hermenegild during the Easter Season, but he would not accept Holy Communion from the hands of that prelate. King Leovigild ordered him to be killed, and the axemen found him to be resigned to this end. He was martyred on April 13, 585." - Wikipedia

Scripture Condemns receiving Sacraments from Heretics

Certainly to trivialize the Faith and the holy death of a martyr such as St. Hermenegild by receiving sacraments from people we know or can and OUGHT to know are heretics or schismatics, flies in the face of such Scriptures as:

Psalms 95:5: " Gather ye together his saints to him: who set his covenant before sacrifices."

1 Kings 15:22: " And Samuel said: Doth the Lord desire holocausts and victims, and not rather that the voice of the Lord should be obeyed? For obedience is better than sacrifices: and to hearken rather than to offer the fat of rams."

1 Corinthians 10:21-22: "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. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?"

2 Corinthians 6:15-17: "And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath the faithful with the unbeliever? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God saith: I will dwell in them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore, Go out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing"

2 St. John 1:10-11: "If any man come to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house nor say to him, God speed you. For he that saith unto him, God speed you, communicateth with his wicked works. "

2nd Machabees 6:18-31: "Eleazar one of the chief of the scribes, a man advanced in years, and of a comely countenance, was pressed to open his mouth to eat swine's flesh. But he, choosing rather a most glorious death than a hateful life, went forward voluntarily to the torment. And considering in what manner he was come to it, patiently bearing, he determined not to do any unlawful things for the love of life.

"But they that stood by, being moved with wicked pity, for the old friendship they had with the man, taking him aside, desired that flesh might be brought, which it was lawful for him to eat, that he might make as if he had eaten, as the king had commanded of the flesh of the sacrifice: That by so doing he might be delivered from death: and for the sake of their old friendship with the man they did him this courtesy. But he began to consider the dignity of his age, and his ancient years, and the inbred honour of his grey head, and his good life and conversation from a child: and he answered without delay, according to the ordinances of the holy law made by God, saying, that he would rather be sent into the other world. For it doth not become our age, said he, to dissemble: whereby many young persons might think that Eleazar, at the age of fourscore and ten years, was gone over to the life of the heathens: And so they, through my dissimulation, and for a little time of a corruptible life, should be deceived, and hereby I should bring a stain and a curse upon my old age.

"For though, for the present time, I should be delivered from the punishments of men, yet should I not escape the hand of the Almighty neither alive nor dead. Wherefore by departing manfully out of this life, I shall shew myself worthy of my old age: And I shall leave an example of fortitude to young men, if with a ready mind and constancy I suffer an honourable death, for the most venerable and most holy laws. And having spoken thus, he was forthwith carried to execution. And they that led him, and had been a little before more mild, were changed to wrath for the words he had spoken, which they thought were uttered out of arrogancy. But when he was now ready to die with the stripes, he groaned, and said: O Lord, who hast the holy knowledge, thou knowest manifestly that whereas I might be delivered from death, I suffer grievous pains in body: but in soul am well content to suffer these things because I fear thee."Thus did this man die, leaving not only to young men, but also to the whole nation, the memory of his death for an example of virtue and fortitude."

How would St. Eleazar and St. Heremenegild feel about the traitorous and scandalous Judases who go into the meeting houses of heretics to receive the sacraments from them?  No doubt this causes the saints to cry out all the more:

Apocalypse 6:10: "How long, O Lord (holy and true) dost thou not judge and revenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?"

Numbers 16:20-35: "[T]he Lord speaking to Moses and Aaron, said: Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may presently destroy them. They fell flat on their face, and said: O most mighty, the God of the spirits of all flesh, for one man's sin shall thy wrath rage against all?  And the Lord said to Moses:  Command the whole people to separate themselves from the tents of Core and Dathan and Abiron.  And Moses arose, and went to Dathan and Abiron: and the ancients of Israel following him,

"He said to the multitude: Depart from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be involved in their sins. And when they were departed from their tents round about, Dathan and Abiron coming out stood in the entry of their pavilions with their wives and children, and all the people. And Moses said: By this you shall know that the Lord hath sent me to do all things that you see, and that I have not forged them of my own head: If these men die the common death of men, and if they be visited with a plague, wherewith others also are wont to be visited, the Lord did not send me.  But if the Lord do a new thing, and the earth opening her mouth swallow them down, and all things that belong to them, and they go down alive into hell, you shall know that they have blasphemed the Lord.

"And immediately as he had made an end of speaking, the earth broke asunder under their feet: And opening her mouth, devoured them with their tents and all their substance.  And they went down alive into hell the ground closing upon them, and they perished from among the people.  But all Israel, that was standing round about, fled at the cry of them that were perishing: saying: Lest perhaps the earth swallow us up also.  And a fire coming out from the Lord, destroyed the two hundred and fifty men that offered the incense."

Apocalypse 18:4: "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying: Go out from her, my people; that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues."

But guess what? The anti-christian sect that is fraudulently passing itself off as the Catholic Church teaches the exact opposite of this, they teach that you may go ahead and be among the heretics and schismatics:

Antipope Paul VI, Oreintalium Ecclesiarum, #27: "Without prejudice to the principles noted earlier, Eastern Christians who are in fact separated in good faith from the Catholic Church, if they ask of their own accord and have the right dispositions, may be admitted to the sacraments of Penance, the Eucharist and the Anointing of the Sick. Further, Catholics may ask for these same sacraments from those non-Catholic ministers whose churches possess valid sacraments, as often as necessity or a genuine spiritual benefit recommends such a course and access to a Catholic priest is physically or morally impossible."

That is heresy, and cannot come from the Catholic Church.  To act in such a way is SINFUL and SCANDALOUS, and lends credence to the false religions we would be communing with.

In our evil days, it is necessary to resolve oneself NEVER to receive the sacraments from or worship in common with heretics or schismatics, especially those of the pernicious Vatican II sect. It would seem that it is precisely for perilous times such as ours that God has taught His Church about perfect contrition, that is, remission of sins without a priest.  It's time to develop a Catholic survival plan and stick to it.

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  1. there are people who says that we can receive the sacrements from orthodox priests in case of emergency(in case of death) and they say this is the teaching of the church. i just wonder if this is the teaching of popes like pius 12 or 11 or 10 or the cannon law of 1917. please any comment on that

  2. Mina, the "Code of Canon Law" of 1917 states that the "faithful" may ask the sacraments and sacramentals from an excommunicated priest. Thus is one of many evidences that the men who claim to be the Pastors of the Church had in fact actually departed from the Catholic Church long before Vatican II.

    Here is more about the Church's teaching on receiving sacraments from heretics:

    The Catholic Church has not had a pope since Pius IX, who was the last true Pontiff. "Cardinal" Pecci was a manifest heretic well before he ever pretended to be "pope" Leo XIII. Leo XIII was the first of the modern antipopes:

    Seriously, it is absolutely ridiculous to think that the Catholic Church would permit someone to commit an action that the saints (like Hermenegild) would rather die than do.

  3. please tell me if we could receive the sacraments(confession) from a heretic that was validly ordained according to what is stated in the code of canon law of 1917
    i really will appreciate your answer.

  4. Of course not. Heretics do not have the authority to promulgate a code of canon law. Therefore 1917 is invalid.

    For more about this, read the following:

    It is mortal sin to communicate in the sacraments with one you know - or are able to know - is a heretic.

    Please review the Catholic teachings on this important matter: