Sunday, February 27, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Church's Sacraments Today

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The sacrament of Holy Baptism, administered in water, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, is absolutely necessary for salvation, as has been discussed in numerous articles.  We have approched this from many angles.

First of all, we believe the above by the words of the Solemn Magisterium, that is to say the ex cathedra  decrees and definitions of Holy Mother Church, which we believe by faith to be infallible and irrefromable truths revealed by God Himself.  Even the dogmatic definition used by heretics to try to deny the truth of the absolute necessity of Baptism in water for salvation is against them.

Finally, we see that the many objections proposed by men who would subtly deny this necessity are theologically incorrect arguments and do not make it reasonable or right to hold the heretical position they do.  These objections are not at all synonymous with God's doctrinal revelations to man.

The absolute necessity of this sacrament, the overabundance of water on earth and the fact that it is even lawful to procure baptism from heretics, schismatics, even Jews and pagans, shows forth the testimony of God's solicitude for the human race.  From all this, it follows that even should the entire hierarchy of the clergy fall into heresy, and not a single lawful priest of the Most High remain, we still have access to the two sacraments necessary for the Church to continue on earth.


That is correct. The Council of Florence attest to the validity of baptism performed by those who are not Catholic:

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Session 8, ex cathedra: "The minister of this sacrament is a priest, who is empowered to baptize in virtue of his office. But in case of necessity not only a priest or a deacon, but even a lay man or a woman, even a pagan and a heretic, can baptize provided he or she uses the form of the church and intends to do what the Church does."

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Tertia Pars, Q. 82, Art. 7, Reply to Obj 2: "Baptism alone is allowed to be conferred by heretics, and schismatics, because they can lawfully baptize in case of necessity; but in no case can they lawfully consecrate the Eucharist, or confer the other sacraments."

So we have seen above that Catholic sacramental theology does indeed allow for new members to the body of Christ, which is the Church, even in times of mass apostasy, when there will be heretical and invalid priests as far as the eye can see.

All this means two things:

Men may be lawfully generated in marital unions, even in a land with no priests or other Catholics.
Men may be lawfully regenerated in Baptism, even in a land with no priests or other Catholics.

God foresaw the abominable state of mankind and so mercifully constituted His sacraments in such a way that we could nonetheless be saved amidst so many calamities, and even amidst a chastisement so great that the Papacy itself is taken from us.  How great is our God!  This is true indefectibility.  As long as there is water and there are men who believe aright (or even baptized infants), it is IMPOSSIBLE for the Church on earth to be destroyed, and She can continue to grow in number, no matter how many priests separate themselves from her by heresy or schism.

Finally, though it would be enough for God to have given us this much alone, He has given so much more. He grants the remission of sins to those who truly accept His graces, leave their sins behind and desire nothing more than to confess them for the love of God, that they may live a life that is pleasing to Him, though they never once sit in the confessional.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Censoring Your Internet

All the Saints were models of discipline.  One area in which this discipline shined forth was the sights that they would permit themselves to see.  They knew full well the dangers involved in many sights around them, and even mortified their to sight to such an extent that even lawful things were were sometimes avoided.

There are some sights (and sites) on the internet that you could not view without displeasing or offending God, but many of us use the internet daily, for business, communication or recreation.    This does not mean only pornography, but also such sites as contain immodestly dressed men and women (e.g. many of today's exercise videos, music videos, etc., or photographs of the same, advertisements for immodest clothing, etc., etc.) Therefore, it is expedient (if we must use the internet) to censor it somehow.  The following is a list of Addons available for some of the most popular internet browser, with which you can remove unwanted elements from any website.

This list, of course, is not exhaustive.  Some of the programs out there will censor adds automatically, and others will give you the option to edit and interact with the list of blocked elements.

Mozilla Firefox:
In your browser, select "Tools" from the menu at the top and click on "Add-ons".  Now type the following in your search field "Remove it permanently" and press enter.  You should find an addon that does what I have described above.  Install it and remove that filth from your web browsing.

Google Chrome: 

Internet Explorer:

Of course, I take no responsibility for anything that happens to your computer if you decide to try these out, and this is for informational purposes only.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Leo XIII Bestowed the Supreme Order of Christ on a Heretic

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The "Supreme Order of Christ" is the highest order of the pope. The Order of Christ, as a papal decoration, or order of merit, is also a historical survival of the right, anciently reserved to the Holy See, of admitting new members into the Portuguese order. The Order was granted to "those in the pontifical government, artists, and others, whom the pope should think deserving of reward. It is likewise given to strangers, no other condition being required, but that of professing the Catholic Religion."  Oops, I guess Leo XIII overlooked that minor detail.

Bismarck was indeed anti-Catholic due to his rejection of the doctrines of the Papal Temporal Power and Papal Infallibility. He was the first Protestant (a Lutheran) to receive papal Knighthood into the Order of Christ.

One of Otto Von Bismarck's primary political objectives as the prime minister of Prussia was to reduce the influence of the Catholic Church in Germany. He began an anti-Catholic campaign known as the Kulturkampf. In 1871, the Catholic Department of the Prussian Ministry of Culture was abolished. In 1872, the Jesuits were expelled from Germany. More severe anti-Roman Catholic laws of 1873 allowed the government to supervise the education of the Roman Catholic clergy, and curtailed the disciplinary powers of the Church. In 1875, civil ceremonies were required for weddings.

Under this anti-Catholic campaign known as Kulturkampf, the “May Laws” or Falk Laws of 1873 gave responsibility for the training and appointment of clergy to the state, which resulted in the closing of nearly half of the seminaries in Prussia by 1878.  In 1887, Kulturkampf was defeated, after which time Leo XIII bestowed the highest papal honor on this unapologetic, self-professed Lutheran.  Such a scandal!  This alone should prompt anyone of good will to want to examine the writings of Leo XIII for heresy.

Incidentally, Bismarck was not the first Lutheran to earn high praise from Leo XIII.

Star and Badge of the Supreme Order of Christ
Bismarck, Sir Charles Grant Robertson, H. Holt and Company, 1919, pp. 386, 470.
Classic Encyclopedia, Prince Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Natural Law and Conscience

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Preamble:  Those who disobey the just dictates of their conscience are in fact disobeying the voice of the Creator and Supreme Lawgiver, who has inscribed the Natural Law on their hearts.  By so disobeying, they are asking to have grace and light withdrawn from them, and will consequently fall into all manner of errors.  Read on to see what this Natural Law consists of, that you may not make yourself so unfortunate.

2nd Thessalonians 2:10: "And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying"

In this article we will talk about conscience, its origin, constitution and purpose, as well as its action and its effects on individual souls.  We will also discuss the manner in which a soul may purify his conscience, that is be able to hear and obey it with greater clarity, and warn against those actions which cause us to become deaf to our conscience.

It is worth noting that only rational creatures with the use of free will have a conscience (i.e. the ability to reason and choose between good and evil).

There are some people who are stuck in an instinct driven state of infant-like awareness, due to some defect in the brain or adverse influence from the environment.  These have no use of reason and free will, but rather merely react to stimuli with no rational thought process.  Such persons, as infants, do not have any culpability before God, since they cannot choose sin, nor can they merit since they cannot choose virtue.  The only hope for such persons to be saved from original sin, death and hell (as with infants) is to receive Holy Baptism, the laver of regeneration (St. Thomas, Summa, Tertia Pars, Q. 68, Art. 12), and nothing beyond this is required.  Thus, St. Augustine might well have been speaking of these also, when he said of infants (De Verb. Apost., xiv, xviii): "He believes by another, who has sinned by another." 

But our discussion focuses on those who have attained sufficient use of reason and free will to be bound by Divine and Natural Law.  Such persons must not only receive Baptism, but they must do so with a rightly disposed will and intent, meaning that they must be sorry for their mortal sins and resolved never again to commit them.

But above all they must KNOW which of their actions have been mortal sin.  Enter the Natural Law and conscience:

Natural Law and Conscience

God is the Creator of all things, the Creator of nature.  He created all things with a set purpose, doing nothing frivolously or uselessly.  Even unbelievers have such expressions as "everything has a purpose".  In fact, centuries before the first coming of Christ, Aristotle said: "Nature does nothing uselessly".

Aristotle had another phrase: "The Law is reason free from passion."  It is a very good phrase, in that it succinctly exemplifies the truth of the natural law, which is quite simply: Do the good and avoid the evil.  Nothing could be more reasonable than this.  It is only when we are resolved to uses the goods of this world according to the end for which they were created by God that we act in accordance with the natural law, or in other words, that we act according to right reason, free from passion, that is, without consenting to the irrational stirrings of the appetite, which causes us to desire something inordinately or to desire to use goods beyond the purpose they were created for.

That is where conscience comes in.  Conscience is there to let us know which actions are in accordance with nature and with right reason and which contravene the created order of things, or simply: which actions are good and which are evil.

There are many fundamental basics of morality that are universally recognized in every culture and in every society, which is a testament to the existence not only of a conscience, but of a universally calibrated conscience (we quote Aristotle to show that the conclusions of the natural law are indeed capable of fruition in men's minds by natural reason alone, without the aid of Christian theology).  Even the native of a faraway land who has never heard the Gospel has a conscience, which tells him right from wrong.

What is sin?

Whenever we act against our conscience, against that little voice that accuses us of wrong when we contemplate a certain action, we sin.

Sin does not involve evil things, because God created all things.  That means that all things are good.  Sin involves evil actions.  God does not force us to act, but rather allows us the moral freedom to choose good or evil and is ready to reward or punish us according to our choice.

When we disobey our conscience, we are essentially telling it to shut up and that we don't want to hear it.  This is how people blind themselves spiritually and how they begin to think that evil is good and good is evil.  Don't do it!

Without created goods, we could not sin.  The intellect of man is a created good.  It is not evil of itself, but it can be directed away from God, who is all good.  This turning away from good is the very definition of evil.  Any time we use any created good in a way contrary to its purpose in God's design, we sin.  (The purpose of the intellect is to know God and of the will is to love Him).

But this natural law was disobeyed continuously by men from the beginning.   Men pushed God further and further away, with very few remaining faithful.  Those few who remained loyal to God were to be His messengers to declare against sin and call men to repentance, penance and forgiveness.

God was not content to let the natural law remain as the sole standard by which men must base their actions.  He deigned to give something more, something tangible and articulable, something that could break through the layers of apathy, sloth and selfishness that our sins had erected to block out the voice of conscience.

God gave Moses the law.  The Ten Commandments, which are really nothing more than a reiteration of the natural law, with the addition of some tenets of Divine positive law.

The Ten Commandments may be categorized as Natural Law or as Divine positive law.  The first category contains those elements of right reason and morality that follow from the nature  and purpose of things as they were created.  The second were added to these by God in order to humble us, and to give us an opportunity to practice obedience, to make up for the disobedience of our first parents.

It is natural to man to live in civil society; and where there is civil society, there must be authority and order.

Aristotle: "Man is by nature a political animal."; "He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god."

The Divine nature itself, the ultimate model from which the created order receives its attributes (though not in anywhere near the same degree of perfection and sublimity), is the binding or obligatory norm of the natural law, imposing upon the rational creature the obligation of living in conformity with his nature, and thus with the universal order established by the Creator, including the order of a civil society (though not all who propose themselves as governors of society act in accordance with this order; please read Be Subject to Higher Powers, Render to Caesar).

The following list enumerates the commandments, and briefly demonstrates that it is a part of the natural law, written on the hearts of all men, in that it constitutes right reason, according either to the nature of the created goods it protects, or to the supreme dignity of God and the honour due to Him as Creator and Lord.

Of The Ten Commandments,
those which pertain to Natural Law

I.  I am the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.

By our nature, we are limited beings.  We know with certainty that we did not create the world or ourselves.  It is illogical and unreasonable to hold that the world itself is God, or that there could be a plurality of gods.  The order of the universe indicates a great and powerful wisdom directing all things to their end ("nature does nothing uselessly"). Reason itself tells us that there must be an unseen, all powerful Sovereign Creator.

Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, Canons on Revelation, #1, ex cathedra: "If anyone says that the one, true God, our creator and lord, cannot be known with certainty from the things that have been made, by the natural light of human reason: let him be anathema"

II. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain. 

Aristotle: "If, then, God is always in that good state in which we sometimes are, this compels our wonder; and if in a better this compels it yet more. And God is in a better state. And life also belongs to God; for the actuality of thought is life, and God is that actuality; and God's self-dependent actuality is life most good and eternal."

Even if we do not have an innate knowledge of God's name or His will, we know from natural reason that He is good, as an evil god would not grant any of the many joys and beauties that we experience even in this life.  As such, it is contrary to the very law of nature to curse the Creator or to make light of His work, in which we live and which we are, or His clemency, so patiently exercised upon us in many ways.  In short, it is contrary to speak evil about Good.

As a result of the natural ability we have to know that God is good, it follows that He intends His creatures to be good as well.

IV. Honour thy Father and thy Mother.

Our parents bring us into the world, they raise us, teach us, cloth us, nourish us and shelter us.  It would be unreasonable, then to dishonour them.  To do our parents proper honour, we must acknowledge the debt we owe them for all the above benefits and work as far as we are able to repay them, although such a debt could never truly be paid.

V. Thou shalt not kill.

The unjust taking of another person's life (this is the killing that is prohibited) is wrong.  We all know it is wrong.  If a man has done nothing wrong, just walking up to him and killing him is a sin.  I know it.  You know it.  The criminal who goes around doing it late at night knows it too.  If he didn't, then why does he do it under the cover of darkness, or rapidly flee thereafter?

Can we prove it reasonably?  Of course we can!  It is wrong to kill a just person because he is loved by his family, depended upon by them and because he has the very same rights as a man that you and I have.   If it is wrong for someone to steal from us, or to murder us, then it is equally wrong to do it unto others.

The natural law, which is written on the heart of every man, undeniably forbids murder.

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VI. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 
IX: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.

Adultery; lewd discourse; innuendo; immodesty in dress; "wandering eyes"; a contraceptive mentality; all these mortal sins destroy the home, shaking the foundation of family life, and lead to all manner of other sins.  These sins of the flesh are clearly and undeniably responsible for many evils, including  the fall of states, the corruption of the family and the undermining of a right and sound morality among the nations.

VII. Thou shalt not steal. 
X: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods. 

Envy and greed lead nowhere good, but to spite, stealing and unjust killing for personal gain.

Charging interest is in fact a form of stealing, and is utterly contrary to nature, and will have GRAVE consequences for each nation in which it is permitted or tolerated.

Aristotle: "Money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest. And this term interest, which means the birth of money from money, is applied to the breeding of money because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of all modes of getting wealth this is the most unnatural."

VIII: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. 

St. Augustine on Lying: "Truth is that which sets free from all error, and Falsehood that which entangles in all error"; "Wherefore, either we must not believe good men, or we must believe those whom we think obliged sometimes to tell a lie, or we must not believe that good men sometimes tell lies: of these three the first is pernicious, the second foolish; it remains therefore that good men should never tell lies."

The Third Commandment, a precept of Divine positive Law

III. Remember to keep holy the LORD's Day. 

This law cannot be a part of the natural law, because it is not by natural reason, but by Divine Revelation that this law was given (through Moses), though it is certainly no less important than the precepts of the Natural Law.

"Ignorance" no excuse for sins against conscience

St. Paul, under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Ghost, wrote to the Romans, touching upon  Natural law and conscience.

Romans 2:9-16: "Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that worketh evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Greek.  But glory, and honour, and peace to every one that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For there is no respect of persons with God.  For whosoever have sinned without the law, shall perish without the law; and whosoever have sinned in the law, shall be judged by the law.  For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.  For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature those things that are of the law; these having not the law are a law to themselves:  Who shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness to them, and their thoughts between themselves accusing, or also defending one another, in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel."

He makes it very clear that "whosoever have sinned without the law," that is the law of the Old Covenant (The Ten Commandments and the subsequent human legislation of the Israelites), "shall perish without the law".

When St. Paul says perish, he means just that.  Sinners who continually disobey their consciences to the point where they can no longer hear it (people he describes as having a "seared conscience" - 1st St. Timothy 4:2) will, upon death, be cast into the pit of punishment that God has prepared for those who, during life, continually refused to do the good and avoid the evil.

Those, on the other hand, who have yet to hear the Gospel, but who, like Cornelius, obey the precepts of the Natural Law, will be drawn into the Faith by God, "[b]ecause 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" (Pope Pius IX, Quanto Conficiamur Moerore), "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 Quadam).

Romans 6:23: " For the wages of sin is death. But the grace of God, life everlasting, in Christ Jesus our Lord."

St. John 3:5, 11:26: "Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God, [...] And every one that liveth, and believeth in me, shall not die for ever."

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Prayer For Conversions And Special Intentions

If you are a true Catholic, say this prayer:

O Holy and Glorious Ever Virgin Mary, I come to thee in simple hope and firm confidence that Jesus Christ thy Son and Sovereign Lord over all Creation will grant the grace of conversion to all those for whom thou wouldst ask it in my name. Moreover, O chaste Queen of Heaven and Earth, I firmly believe that thou canst obtain, from thy Blessed Son and Saviour, all the graces necessary for those whose hearts are right in the sight of God, but who suffer temporal or spiritual tribulations. I know that thou wilt not be denied if thou wouldst graciously entreat the Lord our God, through Jesus thy Son, to preserve them from sin, to relieve their sufferings and to grant them all their special intentions, according to His holy will. With this confidence, O Holy Mary, Mother of God, I beseech thee in thy mercy and thy great power with God, a power greater and more perfect than all other creatures, to obtain from Him a favourable answer to my request, to continually accept my own prayers this day, and all my life, in supplication for the just here on earth, for the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners throughout the world, and for: (here name your friends, your enemies and all those for whom you wish to pray)

If you are not Catholic, but you want to be, or if you are not sure if you are or not, say this prayer:

LORD, God who created the heavens and the earth, if I do not know and love Thee and Thy Truth as I ought, at least I know that wherever the Truth is, there Thou art, and I, all loathsome and unworthy, being lower than the dirt, beg Thy Divine Majesty, in Thy sublime clemency, to enlighten my mind and my will by Thy grace, that I may know and love Thee as I ought and to call me to Thyself that I may nevermore offend Thee.

Every day.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Benedict XVI and a new round of heresy and communion with heretics

In the address below, we find Benedict XVI breaking all the rules.

1.  He commits the schismatical sin of communion in religious matters with heretics
2.  He gives the title of "Bishop" to a man who not only has never been consecrated but is not even ordained a priest!
3.  He cites the anniversary 95 theses of the original Protestant heretic Martin Luther as a moment deserving of celebration!
4.  He plainly calls heretics Christians (not fallen Christians, but Christians as though their prayers are acceptable to God)!

Anybody who believes Benedict XVI is pope or that the Novus Ordo/Vatican II construct is the Catholic Church, after seeing this, well, come on, we've already seen enough.  You bloody well know better and you are just making excuses.  If you already believe the Catholic Faith is true, then you have NO excuse to be following this God-hating man of sin.

Benedict XVI, Address to Lutheran “Pastor and Bishop” Johannes Friedrich and his Delegation from the United Evangelical Lutheran "Church" of Germany, January 24, 2011: "Dear Bishop Friedrich, Dear Friends from Germany, I extend a cordial welcome to all of you, who represent the leaders of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany, to the Apostolic Palace, and I am delighted that you have come to Rome as a Delegation at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Thereby you also show that our deep longing for unity can only bear fruit if it is rooted in common prayer."

Benedict XVI, in the passage above, not only called a man "Bishop" who is devoid of Holy Orders, but who is a heretic and calls him and his followers alike friends, despite that they flatly reject the Divine truths of the Catholic religion and the authority of the Church's two most recent Ecumenical Councils. Aside from being friends with these heretics, he goes so far as to profess that prayer in common with them is good.  Benedict XVI (as should have been obvious long ago) has no problem, then, praying to the devils of heretics.

1st Corinthian 10:20: "But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with devils."

Benedict's Address, cont'd: "I would like to thank you, dear Bishop, in particular, for your words, that with great sincerity, express the common effort for deeper unity among all Christians..."

Benedict clearly implies here that Lutherans are Christians.

Benedict's Address, cont'd: "[L]et us turn our gaze together to the year 2017, which recalls the posting of Martin Luther’s theses on Indulgences 500 years ago.  On that occasion, Lutherans and Catholics will have the opportunity to celebrate throughout the world a common ecumenical commemoration,"

Absolutely flabbergasting!   The sheer boldness of this statement is unparalleled!  Antipope Benedict XVI is willing to CELEBRATE an event that has led to the damnation of countless MILLIONS of souls!

Benedict's Address, cont'd: "to strive for fundamental questions at the global level, not – as you yourself have just said – in the form of a triumphant celebration, but as a common profession of our faith in the Triune God, in common obedience to Our Lord and to his Word."

Evidently Benedict XVI realizes that his "church", the Vatican II sect, has much in common with heretical Lutheranism.  Make no mistake, both are hellish sect of perdition.  Furthermore, as a man pretending to be a Catholic pope, Benedict fails to play the part adequately when he states that Lutherans and "Catholics" share a common obedience to God.  Heretics, by definition are NOT obedient to God.

Pope Paul III, Council of Trent,Session 7, canon 4, ex cathedra: " If any one saith, that the baptized are, by baptism itself, made debtors but to faith alone, and not to the observance of the whole law of Christ; let him be anathema."

Benedict's Address, cont'd: "We must give an important place to common prayer and to interior prayer addressed to our Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of mutual wrongs and for culpability of mutual wrongs and for culpability relative to the divisions.  Part of this purification of conscience is the mutual exchange appraising the 1,500 years that preceded the Reformation, and which we therefore have in common.”

Benedict XVI profess that the Catholic Church was culpable for causing division.  This is not so, but rather the Protestants' rejection of the laws of God given through His Church is why they left of their own accord.

So the antipope of the post-Catholic "church" desires to celebrate and commemorate the 95 theses of heresy.  Further, he desires to pray with the gates of hell (the death dealing tongues of heretics - pope Vigilius, Second Council of Constantinople, AD 553).  He declares heretics to be Christians ("express the common effort for deeper unity among all Christians").  Finally, he declares that the One Bride of Christ has a common profession with heretics ("a common profession of our faith (heretics do not have faith, they have lost faith) in the Triune God, in obedience [heretics are not obedient to Christ - they do not even worship Him) to Our Lord and His Word").  

He claims to be a successor of Peter, but this is NOT how the successors of the Holy Apostles talk about heretics.

Pope Leo X, Exsurge Domine (Condemning the Errors of Martin Luther): "We have been informed that after this previous missive had been exhibited in public and the interval or intervals it prescribed had elapsed [60 days]—and we hereby give solemn notice to all faithful Christians that these intervals have and are elapsed—many of those who had followed the errors of Martin took cognisance of our missive and its warnings and injunctions; the spirit of a saner counsel brought them back to themselves, they confessed their errors and abjured the heresy at our instance, and by returning to the true Catholic faith obtained the blessing of absolution with which the self-same messengers had been empowered; and in several states and localities of the said Germany the books and writings of the said Martin were publicly burned, as we had enjoined.

"Nevertheless Martin himself—and it gives us grievous sorrow and perplexity to say this—the slave of a depraved mind, has scorned to revoke his errors within the prescribed interval and to send us word of such revocation, or to come to us himself; nay, like a stone of stumbling, he has feared not to write and preach worse things than before against us and this Holy See and the Catholic faith, and to lead others on to do the same.

"He has now been declared a heretic; and so also others, whatever their authority and rank, who have cared nought of their own salvation but publicly and in all men's eyes become followers of Martin's pernicious and heretical sect, and given him openly and publicly their help, counsel and favour, encouraging him in their midst in his disobedience and obstinacy, or hindering the publication of our said missive: such men have incurred the punishments set out in that missive, and are to be treated rightfully as heretics and avoided by all faithful Christians, as the Apostle says (Titus iii. 10-11)."

So much for these Lutheran heretics being obedient to our Lord and His Word as Antichrist says.  What a lie from the pit of hell!  It is no wonder that the Apocalypse calls the counterfeit Church a whore!

As we can see, there is no room for commemorations with slaves of depraved minds, and Lutheran stones of stumbling.  Yet, this is precisely what the antipope desires to commence in 2017 according to his own words reproduced above.

And as if it were not clear enough, Pope Pius IX quotes St. Cyprian, a renowned Father of the Early Church, saying that no heretic is to be named a Christian:

Pope Pius IX, Etsi Multa, 1873: "Hence it is from this Apostolic See, where blessed Peter "lives and presides and grants the truth of faith to those seeking it," that the rights of venerable communion flow to all"; and this same See "for the Churches spread throughout the whole world is certainly the head, as it were, of their members, from which if one cuts himself off, he becomes an exile from the Christian religion, as soon as he begins not to belong to its structure. Therefore the holy martyr Cyprian, writing about schism, denied to the pseudobishop Novatian even the title of Christian, on the grounds that he was cut off and separated from the Church of Christ. "Whoever he is," he says, "and whatever sort he is, he is not a Christian who is not in the Church of Christ. Let him boast and preach his philosophy and eloquence with a proud voice; he who does not have fraternal charity and does not retain ecclesiastical unity, loses also what he previously had.""

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Fr. Leonard Goffine

This brief article is necessary to call attention to a book by Fr. Goffine, which contains passages that are potentially troublesome, though can be understood in an orthodox manner.

There is a twofold purpose to this article:  The first is to present it as a mostly reliable expositor of Christian beliefs, doctrine and discipline.  The book both presents and defends the true Catholic religion with remarkable alacrity, through reason, the works of the Early Church Fathers, Scripture and above all, deference to the Church's supreme Apostolic authority, established by Jesus Christ Himself.

The second and sad, but necessary, purpose of this article is to to point out passages that can be understood in an orthodox sense, and refute the unfortunate errors that some may be tempted to espouse upon reading them.

Found in the First Sunday After Easter

The above statement highlighted in red is heretical, if interpreted to mean that those who are unknowingly separated from the Church may be saved while remaining in that state.  This, indeed is false, as a simple reading of the Gospels will quite clearly reveal (St. John 3:5, 14:6), and as the Church has solemnly defined.  At this point it behooves the reader to learn the proper meaning of invincible ignorance in Catholic theology, as taught by St. Thomas Aquinas and later by Pope Pius IX, which meaning we must believe Father Goffine was proposing, unless this is merely an insertion by the translator.

Found in the 12th Sunday After Pentecost

The highlighted statement above is heretical, if by "all our neighbors" we include those who are as yet unbaptized, or who do not possess the Faith of Jesus Christ.  Only Catholics are adopted children of God, though all are created in the image and likeness of God and called to become Catholic.  Bear in mind that in a Catholic nation around that time, one's neighbours would have been Catholic, and this likely would have been the mind behind the statement.

Again, this book (unless I have missed other potentially problematic statements) not only teaches the Catholic Faith exceptionally well, but does so in a nigh irrefutable manner.  The greatest advantage of the book is that it predates the fall of the modern hierarchy into heresy.

Saturday, February 12, 2011