Modern “Catholicism”

​”By tacit resignation through operation of law, all offices become vacant automatically [ipso facto] and without ANY declaration if a cleric… (4) publicly defects from the Catholic faith.”

That quote is from the Code of Canon Law 188 (4). The following is a link that puts some of the errors of Vatican 2 teaching side by side with Catholic teaching.

http://www.willingshepherds.net/Problems%20witht%20the%20New%20Mass.html
It is important to note that as a Catholic you either accept all the Truths in which Christ and His Church have given us or you do not. If you do not you can not be Catholic. With this in mind and looking at some of the statements and declarations that these so-called modernist popes have made is enough to make a sane Catholic shutter at what has happened to the Church of the Living God.The faithfulness of it’s people is truly being tested. Here are some quotes from the infamous Bergolio or the so-called “pope Francis” and the past teaching of the church on each subject. Courtesy of and article posted on http://www.faithfulcatholics.com I put Francis’ remarks to each topic in bold and the statements below are the actual Catholic teachings. I hope this helps clear some views.

Teachings of Francis I
Scripture or Past Church Teaching
Last edited August 2016
 
 
 
The Omnipotence of God
 
Address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences10, Oct 27, 2014: “When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so.”
 
“And Jesus beholding, said to them: With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible” Matt 19:26
 
“Behold I am the Lord the God of all flesh: shall any thing be hard for me?” Jer 32:27
  

 
 
 
Blessed Trinity
 
Interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica1, September 24, 2013: “I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator. This is my Being.”
 
Comment: Our Catholic God is the Trinity, which is different from the God professed by non-Catholics:
 
“the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God.” Athanasian Creed
 
“Q. 1400. Name some of the more essential religious truths we must know and believe. 2.(2) That in God there are three Divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and these Divine Persons are called the Blessed Trinity.” Baltimore Catechism
 
 
 
Atheism
 
On Heaven and Earth2, pp. 12-13: “I do not approach the relationship in order to proselytize, or convert the atheist; I respect him… nor would I say that his life is condemned, because I am convinced that I do not have the right to make a judgment about the honesty of that person… every man is the image of God, whether he is a believer or not.”
 
“If any one deny the one true God, Creator and Lord of all things visible and invisible, let him be anathema” (Conc. Vatican., Sess. III, “De fide”, can. i).
 
“If anyone shall have said that the one true God, our Creator and our Lord, cannot be known with certitude by those things which have been made, by the natural light of human reason: let him be anathema” (First Vatican Council, Sess III, can. 2/1: Denz. 1806; cf. D. 1785).
“And to you who are troubled, rest with us when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven, with the angels of his power, in a flame of fire, giving vengeance to them who know not God, and who obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall suffer eternal punishment in destruction, from the face of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” II Thessalonians I: 7-9
 
Francis I response to open letter3 published Sep 2013: “First of all, you ask if the God of the Christians forgives those who do not believe and do not seek faith. Given that – and this is fundamental – God’s mercy has no limits if he who asks for mercy does so in contrition and with a sincere heart, the issue for those who do not believe in God is in obeying their own conscience. In fact, listening and obeying it, means deciding about what is perceived to be good or to be evil. The goodness or the wickedness of our behavior depends on this decision.”
 
“…faith is the beginning of human salvation, the foundation, and the root of all Justification; without which it is impossible to please God…” Council of Trent, Chapter VIII
Ecumenism
Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio4, p. 208: “Not long ago I was in a synagogue taking part in a ceremony. I prayed a lot and, while praying, I heard a phrase from one of the books of wisdom that had slipped my mind: ‘Lord, may I bear mockery in silence.’ It gave me much peace and joy.”
 
“If any ecclesiastic or layman shall go into the synagogue of the Jews or to the meeting-houses of the heretics to join in prayer with them, let them be deposed and deprived of communion. If any Bishops or Priest or Deacon shall join in prayer with heretics, let him be suspended from Communion”Third Council of Constantinople
 
“It is not permitted at all for the faithful to assist in any active manner at or to have any part in the worship of non-Catholics.”1917 Code of Canon Law, Canon 1258
 
“The Code declares the following persons as suspect of heresy: 1. The propagators of heresy and those who participate with non-Catholics in divinis (Can. 2316)” Commentary on Canon Law (Augustine, 1918)
 
“So, Venerable Brethren, it is clear why this Apostolic See has never allowed its subjects to take part in the assemblies of non-Catholics: for the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it” Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos (1928)
 
“Speaking generally, the faithful are forbidden to take part in any religious rites, considered as such, of pagans, Mohammedans, or Jews, and all the more to practice them through a kind of survival of their primitive superstitions. If this prohibition is inspired not so much by a fear of the danger of perversion as by the law forbidding the faithful to communicate in sacris with non-Catholics, aversion to false religions and especially from idol worship justifies the rigor of the law” Catholic Encyclopedia, Infidels
 
 
Francis I, Address in St. Peter’s Square5, May 18, 2013: “… promote religious freedom for everyone, everyone! Every man and every woman must be free in his or her profession of religion, whatever it may be.” L’ Osservatore Romano, May 22, 2013, p. 11.
 
General Audience with representatives of the world’s various religions11, Oct 28, 2015: “the Church regards with esteem the believers of all religions, appreciating their spiritual and moral commitment…Now, to conclude this Audience, I invite everyone, each one on his or her own, to pray in silence. May each one do so according to his or her own religious tradition.”

L’ Osservatore Romano, October 30, 2015, pp. 3-4



“The Catholic Church is alone in keeping the true worship. This is the fount of truth, this the house of Faith, this the temple of God: if any man enter not here, or if any man go forth from it, he is a stranger to the hope of life and salvation.” Encyclical “Mortalium Animos” (On Religious Unity), by Pope Pius XI in 1928
 
“Certainly such attempts can nowise be approved by Catholics, founded as they are on that false opinion which considers all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy, since they all in different ways manifest and signify that sense which is inborn in us all, and by which we are led to God and to the obedient acknowledgment of His rule. Not only are those who hold this opinion in error and deceived, but also in distorting the idea of true religion they reject it, and little by little turn aside to naturalism and atheism, as it is called; from which it clearly follows that one who supports those who hold these theories and attempt to realize them, is altogether abandoning the divinely revealed religion.” Encyclical “Mortalium Animos” (On Religious Unity), by Pope Pius XI in 1928
 
In 2012, Cardinal Bergoglio held an interreligious prayer meeting in the Cathedral of Buenos Aires with the leaders of false religions including Judaism and Protestant sects. In this prayer meeting he allowed the members of these false religions to pray aloud in the Cathedral. Bergoglio has been known to organize other similar meetings (similar to his two predecessors) that are well documented and photographed in the news.



“Q: What else does the First Commandment forbid?
A: The First Commandment also forbids all dealings with the devil, and all association with anti-Christian sects.“

The Catechism of Saint Pius X, The First Commandment
 
“When it is said: Thou shalt not have strange gods before me, it is equivalent to saying: Thou shalt worship me the true God; thou shalt not worship strange gods.” The Catechism of Trent, The First Commandment
 
“As the true God can tolerate no strange gods, the true Church of Christ can tolerate no strange Churches beside herself, or, what amounts to the same, she can recognize none as theoretically justified.” Catholic Encyclopedia, Religious Toleration
 
Evangelii Gaudium6, November, 2013: “Non-Christians, by God’s gracious initiative, when they are faithful to their own consciences, can live ‘justified by the grace of God’, and thus be ‘associated to the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ”
 
“Now We consider another abundant source of the evils with which the Church is afflicted at present: indifferentism. This perverse opinion is spread on all sides by the fraud of the wicked who claim that it is possible to obtain the eternal salvation of the soul by the profession of any kind of religion, as long as morality is maintained. Surely, in so clear a matter, you will drive this deadly error far from the people committed to your care. With the admonition of the apostle that “there is one God, one faith, one baptism”.” Encyclical On Liberalism and Religious Indifferentism, Pope Gregory XVI, 1832
 
“Condemned: Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true.” The Syllabus of Errors 1864 – Pope Pius IX
 
“Condemned: Man may, in the observance of any religion whatever, find the way of eternal salvation, and arrive at eternal salvation.” The Syllabus of Errors 1864 – Pope Pius IX
 
Vatican radio message8, May 24, 2015: “I feel like saying something that may sound controversial, or even heretical, perhaps. But there is someone who “knows” that, despite our differences, we are one. It is he who is persecuting us. It is he who is persecuting Christians today, he who is anointing us with (the blood of) martyrdom. He knows that Christians are disciples of Christ: that they are one, that they are brothers! He doesn’t care if they are Evangelicals, or Orthodox, Lutherans, Catholics or Apostolic…he doesn’t care! They are Christians.”
 
“…because the preceding errors and many others are contained in the books or writings of Martin Luther, we likewise condemn, reprobate, and reject completely the books and all the writings and sermons of the said Martin, whether in Latin or any other language, containing the said errors or any one of them; and we wish them to be regarded as utterly condemned, reprobated, and rejected. We forbid each and every one of the faithful of either sex, in virtue of holy obedience and under the above penalties to be incurred automatically, to read, assert, preach, praise, print, publish, or defend them. They will incur these penalties if they presume to uphold them in any way, personally or through another or others, directly or indirectly, tacitly or explicitly, publicly or occultly, either in their own homes or in other public or private places.” Condemning the Errors of Martin Luther (Exsurge Domine), Pope Leo X, June 15, 1520
Islam

 Evangelii Gaudium6, November, 2013: “We must never forget that they [the Moslems] ‘profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, who will judge humanity on the last day’.”
 
Address to the President of Religious Affairs in Turkey and Muslim and Christian political and religious leaders12, Nov 28, 2014: “We, Muslims and Christians, are the bearers of spiritual treasures of inestimable worth. Among these we recognize some shared elements, though lived according to the traditions of each, such as the adoration of the All-Merciful God, reference to the Patriarch Abraham, prayer, almsgiving, fasting… elements which, when lived sincerely, can transform life and provide a sure foundation for dignity and fraternity.”
 
Catholics and Muslims do not adore the same God (Catholics adore the Blessed Trinity):
 
“But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:33
 
“For he that shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him the Son of man shall be ashamed, when he shall come in his majesty, and that of his Father, and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:26
 
“Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father.” 1 John 2:23
 
“Q. 1400. Name some of the more essential religious truths we must know and believe. 2.(2) That in God there are three Divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and these Divine Persons are called the Blessed Trinity.” Baltimore Catechism
 
“The doctrines of Islam concerning God — His unity and Divine attributes — are essentially those of the Bible; but to the doctrines of the Trinity and of the Divine Sonship of Christ, Mohammed had the strongest antipathy” Catholic Encyclopedia, Mohammed and Mohammedanism
 
 Same-sex marriage / Homosexuality
 Press conference on flight from Brazil, July 28, 201313: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”



 “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.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
 
“Neither fornicators nor adulterers, nor the effeminate nor sodomites shall possess the kingdom of God.” Catechism of the Council of Trent, The Sixth commandment, Other Sins Against Chastity Are Forbidden
 
On Heaven and Earth2, p. 114: Concerning same-sex marriage: “Religion has the right to give an opinion as long as it is in service to the people.” “The religious minister does not have the right to force anything on anyone’s private life. If God, in creation, ran the risk of making us free, who am I to get involved? We condemn spiritual harassment that takes place when a minister imposes directives, conduct, and demands in such a way that it takes away the freedom of the other person. God left the freedom to sin in our hands.” He later adds: “I insist that our opinion about the marriage between two people of the same sex is not based on religion, but rather on anthropology.”
 
“Q: Which are the sins that are said to cry to God for vengeance?
A: The sins that are said to cry to God for vengeance are these four: (1) Willful murder; (2) The sin of sodomy; (3) Oppression of the poor; (4) Defrauding laborers of their wages.” The Catechism of Saint Pius X, The Vices and Other Very Grievous Sins
 
“As Sodom and Gomorrha, and the neighboring cities, in like manner, having given themselves to fornication, and going after other flesh, were made an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire” Jude 1:7
Sacrament of Marriage


Address to the Diocese of Rome’s Pastoral Congress, Q&A Session14, Jun 16, 2016: “….the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null. Because they say ‘yes, for the rest of my life!’ but they don’t know what they are saying. Because they have a different culture. They say it, they have good will, but they don’t know.”
 
“Marriage enjoys the favor of the law; therefore, in case of doubt, its validity ought to be maintained until the contrary be proved…” Canon Law 1014
 Contraception
 In-flight interview from Mexico15, Feb 17, 2016: “The great Paul VI, in a difficult situation in Africa, permitted nuns to use a form of artificial contraceptives in cases of rape…..On the other hand, avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil. In certain cases, as in this one (the Zika virus outbreak), or in the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear.”



 “But no reason, however grave, may be put forward by which anything intrinsically against nature may become conformable to nature and morally good. Since, therefore, the conjugal act is destined primarily by nature for the begetting of children, those who in exercising it deliberately frustrate its natural power and purpose sin against nature and commit a deed which is shameful and intrinsically vicious.”
“…any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin.”
“…No difficulty can arise that justifies the putting aside of the law of God which forbids all acts intrinsically evil.” Pope Pius XI, Encyclical On Christian Marriage, Dec 31, 1930
 “A negative precept of natural law which prohibits a thing intrinsically evil can never be lawfully transgressed not even under the influence of the fear of death, (Lib. I, tr. ii, c. iv, dub. 2, n. 1) So that it is not lawful to do a thing which is wrong in itself, even to escape death” Catholic Encyclopedia, Hermann Busembaum
Cohabitation / Concubinage
 Address to the Diocese of Rome’s Pastoral Congress, Q&A Session14, Jun 16, 2016: “They prefer to cohabitate, and this is a challenge, a task. Not to ask ‘why don’t you marry?’ No, to accompany, to wait, and to help them to mature, help fidelity to mature.”…….. “I’ve seen a lot of fidelity in these cohabitations, and I am sure that this is a real marriage, they have the grace of a real marriage because of their fidelity.”
 
“It is a grievous sin for unmarried men to have concubines …Wherefore, the holy Synod, that it may by suitable remedies provide against this exceeding evil, ordains that these concubinaries, whether unmarried or married, of whatsoever state, dignity, and condition they may be, if, after having been three times admonished on this subject by the Ordinary, even ex officio, they shall not have put away their concubines, and have separated themselves from all connexion with them, they shall be smitten with excommunication; from which they shall not be absolved until they have really obeyed the admonition given them.” Council of Trent, Ch. VIII, Concubinage is severely punished
 
“13. But in all these affairs, one of your aims should be to instill in the faithful a greater aversion for sins which scandalize others; your priests should share this aim. You are aware of the increase in the number of those who sin in a scandalous manner: those who blaspheme the heavenly saints and the holy name of God as well; those who live in concubinage…..So, make the faithful consider the seriousness of sins of this kind and the heavy penalties for them, both for the guilt of the sin itself and for the spiritual danger in which they place their brothers by the infection of their bad example. For it is written: “Woe to the world because of scandals . . . Woe to that man by whom the scandal comes!” Pope Pius IX, On the Church in the Pontifical States, December 8, 1849
 
“The scandal of concubinage is removed by marriage, which should be made known to those who were scandalized, either by the pastor or by the parties themselves.” Canon Law 1043
 
“Hence if both parties intended and expressed the intention in some way or other to enter upon a mere Concubinage, there would be no marriage.” Canon Law 1082
 
“If a marriage is found invalid, as, for instance, among the Gallas, where slaves contract a contubernium or legalized concubinage, the parties must be separated until they are lawfully married” Canon Law 1084
 
“Therefore concubinage must be given up because incompatible with Christian morals” Canon Law 1124
Sacrament of Confession
Vatican radio7 June 15, 2013: “True reconciliation means that God in Christ took on our sins and He became the sinner for us.  When we go to Confession, for example, it isn’t that we say our sin and God forgives us.  No, not that! We look for Jesus Christ and say:  ‘This is your sin, and I will sin again‘.  And Jesus likes that, because it was his mission:  to become the sinner for us, to liberate us.“
 
“In the Sacrament of Penance the repentant Christian confesses his sins to a duly authorized priest, who, standing in the place of God, pronounces the absolution by means of which they are forgiven” The Catechism Explained (Spirago-Clarke, 1899), Sacrament of Penance
 
“Q: How many conditions are necessary to make a good confession?
A: To make a good confession five things are necessary: (1) Examination of conscience; (2) Sorrow for having offended God; (3) A resolution of sinning no more; (4) Confession of our sins; (5) Satisfaction or penance” Catechism of Saint Pius X, The Sacrament of Penance
Suicide

On Heaven and Earth2, pp. 92-93: “There was a time when they did not perform funerals for those that committed suicide because they had not continued on towards the goal; they ended the path when they wanted to. But I still respect the one who commits suicide; he is a person who could not overcome the contradictions in his life. I do not reject him.”
 
“Q: Why does God, in the Fifth Commandment, forbid the taking of one’s own life or suicide?
A: In the Fifth Commandment God forbids suicide, because man is not the master of his own life no more than of the life of another. Hence the Church punishes suicide by deprivation of Christian burial.” Catechism of Saint Pius X, The Fifth Commandment
 

Sex Education

Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio4, p. 111: “The Church is not opposed to sex education. Personally, I believe that it ought to be available throughout children’s upbringing, adapted to different age groups. In truth, the Church always provided sex education, although I acknowledge that it hasn’t always been adequate.”

 
“Another very grave danger is that naturalism which nowadays invades the field of education in that most delicate matter of purity of morals. Far too common is the error of those who with dangerous assurance and under an ugly term propagate a so-called sex-education, falsely imagining they can forearm youths against the dangers of sensuality by means purely natural, such as a foolhardy initiation and precautionary instruction for all indiscriminately, even in public; and, worse still, by exposing them at an early age to the occasions, in order to accustom them, so it is argued, and as it were to harden them against such dangers.” Pope Pius XI, Dec. 31, 1931
Communism

Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio4, p. 39: “It’s true that I was, like the rest of my family, a practicing Catholic. But my mind was not made solely for religious questions… I read Our Word and Proposals, a publication by the Communist Party, and I loved every article ever written by Leonidas Barletta, one of their best-known members…”

“See to it, Venerable Brethren, that the Faithful do not allow themselves to be deceived! Communism is intrinsically wrong, and no one who would save Christian civilization may collaborate with it in any undertaking whatsoever. Those who permit themselves to be deceived into lending their aid towards the triumph of Communism in their own country, will be the first to fall victims of their error. And the greater the antiquity and grandeur of the Christian civilization in the regions where Communism successfully penetrates, so much more devastating will be the hatred displayed by the godless”Encyclical On Atheistic Communism by Pope Pius XI, 1937
 “To this goal also tends the unspeakable doctrine of Communism, as it is called, a doctrine most opposed to the very natural law. For if this doctrine were accepted, the complete destruction of everyone’s laws, government, property, and even of human society itself would follow.” Encyclical On Faith and Religion by Pope Pius IX, 1846
Capital Punishment (The Death Penalty)
Letter to the President of the International Commission against the death penalty9, March 20, 2015: “Today capital punishment is unacceptable, however serious the condemned’s crime may have been. It is an offence to the inviolability of life and to the dignity of the human person which contradicts God’s plan for man and for society and his merciful justice, and it fails to conform to any just purpose of punishment.”…..

“All Christians and men of good will are thus called today to fight not only for the abolition of the death penalty, whether legal or illegal, and in all its forms, but also in order to improve prison conditions, with respect for the human dignity of the people deprived of their freedom”



“The same divine authority that forbids the killing of a human being establishes certain exceptions, as when God authorizes killing by a general law or when He gives an explicit commission to an individual for a limited time. The agent who executes the killing does not commit homicide; he is an instrument as is the sword with which he cuts. Therefore, it is in no way contrary to the commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill’ to wage war at God’s bidding, or for the representatives of public authority to put criminals to death, according to the law, that is, the will of the most just reason” St. Augustine, The City of God, Book 1, chapter 21
 
“Therefore if a man be dangerous and infectious to the community, on account of some sin, it is praiseworthy and healthful that he be killed in order to safeguard the common good, since “a little leaven corrupteth the whole lump” (1 Cor. 5:6)” St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Whether It Is Lawful to Kill Sinners?
 
“Even in the case of the death penalty the State does not dispose of the individual’s right to life. Rather public authority limits itself to depriving the offender of the good of life in expiation for his guilt, after he, through his crime, deprived himself of his own right to life” Pius XII, Address to the First International Congress of Histopathology of the Nervous System, 14 Sep 1952, XIV, 328
 
“The infliction of capital punishment is not contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church, and the power of the State to visit upon culprits the penalty of death derives much authority from revelation and from the writings of theologians” Catholic Encyclopedia, Capital Punishment
The Jews
On Heaven and Earth2, page 188: “The Jewish People can no longer be accused of having killed God, as they were for a long time. When one reads the account of the Passion, it is clear.”



 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly, that God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, whom you have crucified.” Acts of the Apostles (2:36)
 “And Pilate seeing that he prevailed nothing, but that rather a tumult was made; taking water washed his hands before the people (the Jews), saying: I am innocent of the blood of this just man; look you to it. And the whole people answering, said: His blood be upon us and our children Matt 27:24-25
 
Francis I response to open letter3 published Sep 2013: “What I can say, with the Apostle Paul, is that God has never stopped believing in the alliance made with Israel and that, through the terrible trials of these past centuries, the Jews have kept their faith in God.”



“Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned.” Matthew 16:15
 
“Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
“By these salutary instructions it desires to provide measures whereby Jews and other infidels may be converted to the orthodox faith and converts may remain steadfastly in it.” Council of Basil 1431-1435
 

Baltimore Catechism: “Q. 554. Could a person who denies only one article of our faith be a Catholic?
A.      A person who denies even one article of our faith could not be a Catholic; for truth is one and we must accept it whole and entire or not at all.”
Galatians 1:8: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema.”
Pope Innocent III: “The Pope should not flatter himself about his power nor should he rashly glory in his honor and high estate, because the less he is judged by man, the more he is judged by God. Still the less can the Roman Pontiff glory because he can be judged by men, or rather, can be shown to be already judged, if for example he should wither away into heresy; because he who does not believe is already judged, In such a case it should be said of him: ‘If salt should lose its savor, it is good for nothing but to be cast out and trampled under foot by men.’”

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Enjoying the Natural Silence

“For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world,  and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for soul?” Matthew 16:26

Finally being in the mountains of New Hampshire and away from the hustle and bustle. Sitting in a little bunkhouse cabin overlooking Mt. Madison and Mt. Adams with Mt. Washington behind them which is the tallest mountain on the East Coast. Looking forward to some hiking and pictures with the kids.

Thinking about our purpose in life, it is interesting to watch those who do not really have an understanding of God or the purpose in which we exist. I say that not in a way to be a bigot or have a “mightier than thou” attitude,  but I say it because the very foundation for a person carrying out his/her life functions is driven by a core belief or lack there of. Growing up I was taught in my catechism that God made us because He loves us. He wants us to be happy with Him in Heaven and we do that by knowing, loving, and serving Him in this world.

What an extremely simple concept, an extremely basic way of life that can easily attain one an eternal moment of bliss with Our Creator. As I have stated before, this is our garden of Eden. We have our apples and distractions in front of us all the time. The Devil is constantly pushing more things in front of us to distract us from glorifying God, instead people become selfish and do what they want. They start their own religions, they give their own interpretations of the Word of God,  the place emphasis on political correctness,  civil rights, and brotherly love so much so that God’s Will and Commandments are considered a guide to living as opposed to the way we are suppose to be living. Or even, as traditional Catholics so often are called, radical.

God has become a fairy tale, a nursery rhyme according to some people. The Jesus that a lot of people think of is not the Jesus of the Gospels. He is painted by people as a good person, our buddy, our friend, and a good example of how we SHOULD be but don’t HAVE to be. People, He IS God. He is the Second Person in the Blessed Trinity. He created everything out of nothing! He mentions Hell over fifty times in the New Testament. He came to us the first time out of His infinite mercy for the sinner, which is all of us. He told us what to do, He established His Church, He reigned in the hearts of thousands of saints and millions of others, all over the world for over two thousand years. His life on Earth is the center of it all.

The second time He comes will be out of His infinite justice. He is infinitely merciful, but also infinitely just, or He would not be God. But the Devil has whispered into so many people’s ears, “just be the best you can, love each other and take what you want out of the religion He established and enjoy yourself.” The whole notion of Hell, Sin, The Devil, Purgatory,  praying for the dead…anything with a negative connotation in these Protestant religions and versions of the Bible, is taken away, changed, or downplayed. The biggest victory for Satan is to make you believe that he doesnt exist. And he is doing a pretty good job with the majority of the world.

Ultimately, if there are no repercussions for your actions, because they are not even mentioned in most “Christian religions,” then who cares if you are adulterous, or if you steal, or dishonor your parents, or spend all your time on the sabbath worshipping a sport; who cares because there is nothing to worry about right? As long as you are a good person, in your own mind…”God is good He wouldn’t just send people to Hell for eternity because they blew him off for all this cool technology,  and gay pride.” But, human beings have thrown off the natural order for everything, and they don’t care. As long as they get there fill, and no one messes with their stuff. People consider themselves “good” for just having woken up to greet another day! I’m sorry, but if all good comes from God,  you do not become “good” because you raised your kids to be selfish, or because you do not stand up for the millions of babies being slaughtered every year, or just from doing what you think is “good”. You become a good person when you do the Will of God,  and His Will, His Way, His Truth alone gets you to Heaven no one else’s,  not even your own.

I am just happy today to be sober, tomorrow is six months. I am going to really enjoy spending a week with my kids outside and hope to teach them a lot, and have fun!

God Bless BJS!

New Hampshire

We are getting ready to head up North to NH in the Randolph area. I have never been and taking a 13 hour car trip with the kids will be an experience in itself. We probably spend more time than that in the car in a week.

I am looking forward to a nature experience again and hopefully ridding myself of nicotine all together. Testing my patience and humility will come all day everyday I am sure of it. I plan to pray, read, write, and post a lot! But sometimes what we have planned is not what God has planned for us. AA and a lot of reading about the lives of saints has taught me that if I rely on myself and have all these expectations of everyone and everything I will constantly become disappointed, which is part of the reason I was drunk all the time.

I have to continue to wake up each day and offer it to God along with all my physical, mental, and emotional pains and sufferings. I am in control of nothing but my own words and actions. Through prayer and meditation I can learn how I should act on a daily basis to give glory to God. Its when I think of my needs and desires that I become selfish and easily drunk with problems.

I am looking forward to stepping out of myself even more this trip and trying to better tune myself with His Will and not mine. I am hoping I can have a better understanding of emotions as well be a better Catholic,  and father. The past two months of being at home taking care of four children have been hard, and tremendously educational for me. I will look forward to going back to work soon but for now I am soaking it up!

God bless, BJS

Timeline of “Christian Churches”

-Latest Churches that decided using their own interpretation of the Bible to do whatever.

-Charismatic renewal (1968-1970’s) : Non-denominational pastors

-1914: Assemblies of God by former evangelical pastors, Hot Springs, Arkansas

-1908: Church of the Nazarene, Phineas F. Bresee in California

-1907: Church of God (Pentecostal) Ambrose J. Tomlinson

-1901: Pentecostal Churches, Charles Parham/John Seymore Topeka, Kansas

-1879: Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, LA California

-1865: Salvation Army, William Booth, London

-1830: Mormons, Joseph Smith, New York

-1827: Disciples of Christ/Church of Christ, Thomas and Alexander Campbell in Kentucky

-1800: United Brethren, Philip Otterbein and Martin Boehim in Maryland USA

-1739: Methodist Episcopal John and Charles Wesley, England

-1609: Baptist (Anabaptist) John Smyth England

-1600: Congregational Church (1582 Robert Brown) England

-1560: Presbyterian, John Knox Scotland

-1534: Anglican (Church of England), King Henry VIII

-1524: Lutheran Church, Martin Luther

Church founded by Christ has to go back to the time of Christ, it’s doctrines must be the same as the Apostolic Church, it’s leaders must be able to trace there authority back to the Apostles, it must be available to all people for all time.  The Catholic Church is the only one that meets these requirements.

As shown Protestant Churches started popping up after the printing press was invented when people could have their own copies of the Bible and interpret it their own way.  Not one Protestant religion existed before the Lutheran Church.  So for 1500 years all Christians were Catholic. And with all these new “religions” come different versions of the Bible to tailor to that particular heretical group, with verses altered, or whole books taken out. As well, schools of theology, ministry, and education centers for children based on these protesting religions. All promoting and spreading error and heretical teaching to the one Church Christ founded with His Apostles.

In a later post we will discuss what has happened to the Catholic Church since the Vatican 2 council, why it looks so Protestant now and where the True Catholic Church can be found.

Where are the elements needed for Eternal Salvation?

“He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day“.John 6:55

“Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you.” John 6:54

If it is a matter of indifference  what a man believes,  assuming he is a “decent person” then it was absolutely  useless for God to make any revelation.  If someone is free to reject what God reveals, what purpose was it for Christ to send forth His Apostles and disciples to teach all nations, if those nations can freely believe whatever they desire? This would be insulting to the very nature of God. If God makes a point to reveal something through Divine Revelation (by miracle or prophecy) He wants it to be believed. Mankind is bound by his conscience among other things, to believe what God has revealed. Man is also bound to worship God with his reason and intellect along with his heart and will.  God owns everything He has given  us, we are only stewards of these gifts in our lives and are to use them for His glory alone and not ours.  There should be no man and certainly not a Christian who rightly asserts that we are not bound to believe what God has has revealed and taught.  This religious indifferentism (more in a later writing), is heretical to everything Christ has put before us as our God, and is a rejection of the one true religion revealed by Him. 
True Faith as stated by the majority of Protestants, is to believe in the Lord Jesus.  Catholics agree with this as well, they share the belief that Jesus is the Son of the Living God and that we must believe all that He has revealed and taught us to have True Faith.  Without which, there is no salvation, no hope of Heaven, and eternal damnation as we have Jesus’ own words for it.  If Jesus under that pains of Hell commands me to believe what He has taught, then He must provide a means in which to learn and understand His teachings.  This has to be a means that is present at all times, through all ages, and to every type of person smart or ignorant, all over the world.  This means must teach without error, because if it did not, it would surely not be a means for salvation at all. Both Catholics and Protestants state that Christ has provided such a means, but where they differ is the means in and of itself.  Protestants state it is the whole Bible and nothing but the Bible, while Catholics state it is the Church of the Living God.

Suppose God had intended for mankind to learn His religion from a book. Would not have Jesus given us all books? Perhaps, He would have instructed His Apostles to “write Bibles and give them to everyone so they can figure out what works best for their salvation.”  Instead Christ said, “Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” If Christ had stated the former, there would have been no Christianity, just confusion.  As we can see from history however, THAT did not start happening until the 16th century.  Ever since then, religion after religion, and church after church popped up all fighting against each other due to private interpretations of the Bible.

Christ never even gave His Apostles the command to write anything down.  They went forth and preached everywhere, planted the Church of God throughout the earth, never writing during Our Lord’s time on Earth.  

1.) St. Matthew – wrote about 7 years after Christ left the Earth for the benefit of a few people. So there was a Church that had already existed for 7 years prior to that.

2.) St. Mark – wrote about 10 years after Christ.

3.) St. Luke – wrote about 25 years after Christ.

4.) St. John – wrote about 63 years after Christ. And he wrote the last portion of what is in the Bible, the Book of Revalation, about 65 years after Christ. So the Catholic (comes from Hebrew “Catholo” or universal), Church had existed for 65 years prior to this point.

If anyone during anytime was to be considered Christian, it was these direct followers of Jesus Christ Himself.  They were the pillars on which Christ built His Church.  How were they suppose to know how to achieve salvation if they were in the process of writing parts of the Bible?  Would Jesus have left His Church 65 years without a teacher if the Bible is suppose to be that?  The answer is no, God would not do that.  Out of these men, maybe St. John read the Bible, but no other did, everyone of them died martyrs and heroes for the Church of Jesus Christ.  They knew how to save their souls just as true Catholics do today, from the teachings of the Church of God.

For over 300 years the Church that Christ established at the Last Supper spread itself all over the world without the Bible.  No one even knew what books constituted the Bible at this time.  During the time of the Apostles many false gospels and epistles were being spread.  Gospels such as Simon, Nicodemus, of Mary, of Barnabus, and the Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus were all being spread amongst people who had no way of knowing which were truly inspired and which were false.  Even those more learned disputed their validity.

In the 4th century the Pope of Rome, Head of the Church, succesor of St. Peter, brought together all the Bishops of the world into a council.  The decision was made to decide which books constituted the Bible which is how we Catholics have it now.  The Gospels that did not display sufficient evidence of Divine Inspiration from the Holy Ghost were rejected.  Until this point in history the Bible was unknown to the whole world.  There was no Bible to guide anyone.  It is impossible to believe that Christ would leave the human race without a book for salvation if that was His intended means to learn His religion.  And not just for 300 years was the Christian world left without the Bible but for over 1400 years!

The printing press was invented in the middle of the 1400s, about 100 years before there was a Protestant in the world.  Before the printing press was invented, Bibles were rare and costly things.  Historians will tell you that only about 1,000 years ago, Bibles were so rare and costly that it took a fortune for one to buy himself a copy.  Everything had to be written by hand with pen, upon parchment or sheepskin.  It was very tedious, slow, and costly.  Historians also state that it took approximately 20 years to hand copy a Bible, if someone were paid even just a dollar a day that would amount $8,000.  With todays standards of minimum wage that would be well over $300,000!  How could people afford such a thing so necessary to the salvation of their souls?  Before printing it is estimated that not even 1 in 20,000 people owned a copy of the Bible.  Why would Jesus make it so hard for men if He intended for the Bible to be the end all be all for eternal salvation?

Supposing that every person did have a Bible, what good would it do those who could not read?  As the Bible was also written in Greek or Hebrew, what good would it do for someone who could not understand these languages?  Even as today it is translated into English, French, and many other languages; how are we to know whether or not these translations are faithful to the original text?  If they are not, then it is no longer the Word of God but a false translation.  Most people have to depend on the opinions of the learned.  But if learned opinions vary and often contradict one another on how the Word of God is to be translated, than who is correct?  There are a great number of Protestant layman, preachers, and bishops, who have written whole volumes on errors contained in different versions, the King James Version alone is said to have over 30,000 errors.  How can one be so sure of eternal salvation with 30,000 errors?

Assuming the problem of unfaithful translations is completely out of the picture, and everyone had enough money to procure faithful translations of the Word of God for use in private interpretation; who’s interpretation is correct?  How are you to save your soul if you hesitate and doubt certain people’s interpretation of Scripture?  Throughout the world there are over 350 different denominations or churches that all state the Bible is their guide and teacher.  However, just as truth is one, God is one, there can be no contradiction.  Protestants state that the man who reads the Bible right and prayerfully has truth, and they all say they read it right.

Scenario:

Let us suppose there is an Episcopal minister.  He is a sincere, honest,, well-meaning and prayerful man.  He reads his Bible in prayerful spirit, and from the word of the Bible, he concludes that it is clear there must be Bishops.  For without Bishops there can be no priests, without priests no Sacraments, and without Sacraments no Church.  The Presbyterian is a sincere and well-meaning man.  He reads the Bible also, and deduces that there should be no bishops, but only presbyters.  “Here is the Bible to give you the lie,” says the Presbyterian.  Yet both of them are prayerful and well-meaning men.

Then the Baptist comes in.  He is a well-meaning, honest man, and prayerful also.  “Well,” says the Baptist, “have you ever been baptized?”  “I was,” says the Episcopalian, “when I was a baby.”  “And so was I,” says the Presbyterian, “when I was a baby.”  “But,” says the Baptist, “you are going to Hell as sure as you live.” 

Next comes the Unitatrian, well-meaning, honest, and sincere.  “Well,” says the Unitarian, “allow me to tell you that you are a pack of idolators.  You worship a man for a God who is no God at all.”  And he gives several texts from the Bible to prove it, while the others are stopping their ears that they may not hear the blasphemies of the Unitarian.  And all of them contend that they have the true version of the Bible.

Next comes the Methodist, and he says, “My friends, have you got any religion at all?”  “Of course we have,” they say.  “Did you ever feel religion,” says the Methodist, “the spirit of God moving within you?”  “Nonsense,” says the Presbyterian, “we are guided by our reason and judgement.”  “Well,” says the Methodist, “if you have never felt religion, you never had it, and will go to Hell for eternity.”

The Universalist next comes in, and hears them threatening one another with external hellfire.  “Why,” says he, “you are a strange set of people.  Do you not understand the Word of God?  There is no Hell at all.  That idea is good enough to scare old women and children,” and he proves it from the Bible.

And now comes in the Quaker.  He urges them not to quarrel, and advises that they do not baptize at all.  He is the sincerest of men, and gives the Bible for his faith.

Another comes in and says, “Baptize the men and leave the women alone.  For the Bible says, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. “So,” says he, “the women are all right, but baptize the men.”

Next comes in the Shaker and he says, “You are presumptuous people.  Do you know that the Bible tells you that you must work out your salvation in fear and trembling, and you do not tremble at all.  My brethren, if you want to go to Heaven shake, my brethren, shake!”

End

So in this scenario we see seven or eight different denominations, all differing from each other as to what is essential for salvation.  All using whatever version of the Bible, illustrative private interpretation to justify their reasoning, and opinions.  What if one were to bring over 350 different denominations that exist in the world?  All taking the Bible as their guide and teacher, and all differing from each other.  Are they all right?  Some believe in Hell, some do not.  Some believe Christ is God, others do not.  Some believe Baptism is essential, some do not.  All cannot be true.

Who, then, is correct?  He who has the true meaning of the Bible?  The Bible never tells us who holds the true meaning, it never settles that quarrel because it is not the teacher.  The Bible is a good book, we Catholics admit the Bible is the inspired word of God (Jesus being the actual Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us), the language of inspiration, but your explanation of the Bible is not the language of inspiration.  Your understanding of the Bible is not inspired, for surely you do not pretend to  inspired!

When the Constitution in the United States was established George Washington did not say, “Let every man read the Constitution and make a government unto himself.  Let every man make his own explanation of the Constitution.”  If Washington had done that, there would have never been a United States, it would have been a Divided States.  Instead the Constitution along with Supreme Law, was given to the American people.  A Supreme Court and Judges were appointed to provide the true explanation of the Constitution for everyone from President to homeless Veteran.  In fact its a three tier check and balance system (3 is a good number, remanant of The Blessed Trinity), if anyone takes the Constitution and laws into their own hands and are not kept in check, anarchy ensues.

Every government is of this way, a Constitution and a Supreme Court or Judge that gives the meaning of this Constitution.  Someone visible that you can go to, lay complaints or questions before.  Our Divine Lord established His Supreme Court, His Supreme Judge, “Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18)  It gives us the true meaning of Scriptures, The Son of the Living God has pledged His Word that His Court is infallible, and therefore, the TRUE Catholic never doubts. 

“I believe,” says the Catholic, “because the Church teaches me so.  I believe the Church because God commanded me to believe her.”  Jesus said:  “Tell the Church.  And if he will not hear the Church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican.”  (Matthew 18:17)  “He that believeth you believeth Me.  He that despiseth you despiseth Me.”  (Luke 10:) Sadly everyone despises the Church nowadays and there has always been great adversity towards it.  The Catholic believes because God has spoken, and upon the authority of God.

Protestants say, “We believe in the Bible.”  They understand it to the best of their opinions as those who came before them (most broke off from the Church for some personal gain), and use private interpretation.  This is only a testimony of man, therefore it is only human faith, not Divine Faith or taking God’s Word for something.  It is Divine Faith alone by which we give honor and glory to God, by which we adore His infinte wisdom and veracity.  That adoration and worship is necessary for salvation.

God Bless, BJS
Parts of this blog were taken, adapted, and abridged from a sermon given by Fr.  Arnold Damen, S.J. (1815-1890)

First Post!

So as I sit here at midnight on a Monday rolling into Tuesday, I have to pause and consider where I am at in my life. I thought about many profound things I could write about, and just thinking about it as I sit here with my tablet I figured I would just start writing and see what happens. I dont really have expectations for blogging at this point but there are a few things I would like to keep it confined to. A lot of it has to do with my view of the world in relation to what I know about my own life, sobriety,  and truth, which is always where God has been and will be. I grew up a devout Traditional Catholic. I attended the Latin Mass my whole life and I learned so much, but as with many in adolescents I ended up making some wrong choices that have and will continue  to affect me for the rest of my life.

I inherited an addiction problem, I made it worse when i joined the United States Coast Guard and isolated myself from everything and everyone I knew. I leaned on drinking too much, and drowned under the weight of all the troubles it caused me. I have had financial problems, problems with relationships, jobs, and everything else as  result. While I am not proud of my past I have come to appreciate it in the sense of learning from it and hope to be a positive sober influence on my 4 kids who are Kaeden 4, Madison 3, Jameson 1.5, and Easton 1.5 months. I have enough stories and experience to know what not to do and to help others make better choices for themselves and their loved ones.

I am currently almost 6 months sober (the longest ever) and have completely lost the compulsions to drink or use anything. Today I live life on life’s terms, I pray my rosary daily, I read a lot, meditate, and play with my kids as much as possible. Thanks to God, my body has survived the decade of abuse I put it through, and my mind is getting better with each and everyday. I still struggle with using nicotine, I have a full time job as a contractor working on Navy aircraft, and am currently working to submit a package to get reinstated in the military. I am slowly working on a degree in homeland security. And for my downtime I am currently writing a book which will be discussed in more detail over time, but between taking some time off work, attending and working a program of sobriety, and helping with my children and studying, I am steadily making progress.

As I stated before, I have no expectations for this blog, but if I am able to reach out to someone and point them in the right direction as far as why we are here at all and what we are supposed to be doing, and how to do it, I will be more than happy. I dont know if moving forward this will become more of a series of journal entries, or informational pieces on the Faith or theological/historical discussions, or a combination of everything. I do know I am still cleaning up from the financial mess that I have created for myself and the mother of my children, who deserves much more credit for everything she has done or will do to try to keep our family as normal as possible in the wake of my destructive behavior. My posts will probably be sporadic to say the least as we still dont have internet at home and there is just a lot going on at home as one could imagine.

I do know I enjoy reading and writing A LOT. I hope to bring across a lot of interesting topics and shed some more light on my upcoming book here in the future. As well I hope to furnish some good information on what has happened to Christianity as a whole, especially the Catholic  Church, and to present some very interesting topics for consideration, as well as some strengths for those in sobriety or for those who know someone struggling with addiction or spirituality.

I will state that immediate topics will contain better ways to know, love, or serve God in this world so that we may be happy with Him in the next. Whether or not you are believer this is why mankind was created, our ultimate end is with God in His ultimate glory, this IS our garden of eden. There is plenty here to distract us and that we can get wrapped up in to take us away from that. So I think for my next discussion we will go over some basic proofs for God’s existence, the essence and condition of man, and the likes. Until next post, I hope eventually to gain some followers, and that my future writings will be beneficial to all who read. God bless you! BJS

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