Sunday, August 1, 2010

Usury is a sin against the natural law and punishable as heresy

"The rich ruleth over the poor: and the borrower is servant to him that lendeth."
- Proverbs 22:7
The world overall considers usury to be "business as usual".  Money lenders, financiers, bankers all have their hand in usury and all rely on it to make themselves rich.  But let us not forget that usury is not only a sin, but is in fact punishable as heresy.

Pope Benedict XIV, Vix Pervenit, 1745, 3-V: "...some will falsely and rashly persuade themselves-and such people can be found anywhere-that together with loan contracts there are other legitimate titles or, excepting loan contracts, they might convince themselves that other just contracts exist, for which it is permissible to receive a moderate amount of interest. Should any one think like this, he will oppose not only the judgment of the Catholic Church on usury, but also common human sense and natural reason."

Pope Clement V, Council of Vienne, 1311-1312, Decree 29: "Serious suggestions have been made to us that communities in certain places, to the divine displeasure and injury of the neighbour, in violation of both divine and human law, approve of usury. By their statutes, sometimes confirmed by oath, they not only grant that usury may be demanded and paid, but deliberately compel debtors to pay it. By these statutes they impose heavy burdens on those claiming the return of usurious payments, employing also various pretexts and ingenious frauds to hinder the return. We, therefore, wishing to get rid of these pernicious practices, decree with the approval of the sacred council that all the magistrates, captains, rulers, consuls, judges, counsellors or any other officials of these communities who presume in the future to make, write or dictate such statutes, or knowingly decide that usury be paid or, if paid, that it be not fully and freely restored when claimed, incur the sentence of excommunication. They shall also incur the same sentence unless within three months they delete from the books of their communities, if they have the power, statutes of this kind hitherto published, or if they presume to observe in any way these statutes or customs. Furthermore, since money-lenders for the most part enter into usurious contracts so frequently with secrecy and guile that they can be convicted only with difficulty, we decree that they be compelled by ecclesiastical censure to open their account books, when there is question of usury. If indeed someone has fallen into the error of presuming to affirm pertinaciously that the practice of usury is not sinful, we decree that he is to be punished as a heretic; and we strictly enjoin on local ordinaries and inquisitors of heresy to proceed against those they find suspect of such error as they would against those suspected of heresy."

Pope Gregory X, Second Council of Lyons, 1274: "We decree that all religious and others who presume to grant ecclesiastical burial to notorious usurers, contrary to this decree, are subject to the penalty promulgated against usurers at the Lateran council . Nobody is to assist at the wills of notorious usurers or hear their confessions or absolve them, unless they have made restitution for their usury or have given a fitting guarantee, as far as they can, as described above. The wills made in any other way by notorious usurers have no validity, but are by law null and void."

Are you or is someone you know working in the field of high finance, or corporate law, wherein you or they are to propose, enforce or defend sinful usurious contracts?  If so, you or they are headed for hell and must change course immediately.

nor the use of immodestly dressed cartoon characters in the film around the 30:00 mark)

What Must You Do To Get to Heaven?

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