Friday, June 11, 2010

The Catholic Encyclopedia

By 1913, the Vatican had ceased being Catholic. Antipopes usurped the Chair of Peter beginning on February 20, 1878 with Leo XIII's alleged election (read more about the antipapacy of Leo XIII).

With that said, the so-called "Catholic" encyclopedia just gives us a reasonable idea as to what was and was not Catholic discipline and doctrine throughout the centuries, but must always be read with discerning eyes. It is definitely not to be viewed as an authoritative source of doctrine, but rather as an academic collection of opinions which may only be retained if they agree with sound Catholic theology.

Heresy and other Problems in the Catholic Encyclopedia 

The following quotations, taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia, will show just how tainted and ridiculous some of these articles can be: 

Catholic Encyclopedia, Civil Authority: "Two things would strike a stranger from Mars looking down upon this planet [!]: how men on earth love herding together, and how they love moving about."

Please read:

Catholic Encyclopedia, The Church: "It certainly does not mean that none can be saved except those who are in visible communion with the Church. The Catholic Church has ever taught that nothing else is needed to obtain justification than an act of perfect charity and of contrition. Whoever, under the impulse of actual grace, elicits these acts receives immediately the gift of sanctifying grace, and is numbered among the children of God. Should he die in these dispositions, he will assuredly attain heaven."

The above is a deception.  While it is true that perfect contrition and charity can obtain the grace of justification, it is impossible for a soul to make these acts if he is 1) unbaptized, 2) in heresy, or 3) in schism.

The Church, cont'd: "It is true such acts could not possibly be elicited by one who was aware that God has commanded all to join the Church, and who nevertheless should willfully remain outside her fold. For love of God carries with it the practical desire to fulfill His commandments. But of those who die without visible communion with the Church, not all are guilty of willful disobedience to God's commands. Many are kept from the Church by ignorance. Such may be the case of numbers among those who have been brought up in heresy. To others the external means of grace may be unattainable. Thus an excommunicated person may have no opportunity of seeking reconciliation at the last, and yet may repair his faults by inward acts of contrition and charity. It should be observed that those who are thus saved are not entirely outside the pale of the Church."

More anti-Catholic lies and deception from the Catholic Encyclopedia.  While it is true that a person may convert on their death bed, and even receive perfect contrition and thus become Catholic and be saved, it CANNOT take PLACE among those IGNORANT of the Catholic Faith.

To learn what the Church has always taught, read these:
On the absence of salvation among heretics and schismatics and those in communion with them

The Church, cont'd: "The will to fulfill all God's commandments is, and must be, present in all of them. Such a wish implicitly includes the desire for incorporation with the visible Church: for this, though they know it not, has been commanded by God. They thus belong to the Church by desire (voto). Moreover, there is a true sense in which they may be said to be saved through the Church."

In other words they have re-defined the dogma in a completely new way.  They have changed "No salvation outside the Church" to "No salvation except through the Church".

Here is a refresher for the heretic who wrote that Catholic Encyclopedia article:

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Session 11, ex cathedra: "all those who are outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans but also Jews or heretics and schismatics, cannot share in eternal life and will go into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless they are joined to the catholic church before the end of their lives"

Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, Session 3, Chapter 4, #13, 14, ex cathedra: "For the doctrine of the faith which God has revealed is put forward not as some philosophical discovery capable of being perfected by human intelligence, but as a divine deposit committed to the spouse of Christ to be faithfully protected and infallibly promulgated.

"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."

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