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St. Alphonsus (+1760): “If you neglect God’s call on this occasion, he may perhaps abandon you forever.  Resolve, then, resolve! ‘The devil,’ says St. Theresa, ‘is afraid of resolute souls.’  St. Bernard teaches that many souls are lost through want of fortitude.” (T.S., p. 76.)

 

 

 

 

Doctrine

 

 

St. Ambrose (+386): “This denial of the Divinity of Christ was written in the Council of Rimini, and I am right when I shiver at the thought of that Council. I follow the teaching of the Council of Nicaea, from which neither death nor the sword shall ever be able to separate me.” (F.O.F., Vol., 2, p. 147.)

 

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Introduction to this website: defending the Catholic Faith, exposing the Vatican II Counter Church and more

Refuting Protestantism and Eastern "Orthodoxy" * Audio Programs

The Great Apostasy and a counterfeit Church predicted in Catholic prophecy

Benedict XVI (The Heresies of Benedict XVI File)

John Paul II (manifest heretic who claimed to be pope 1978-2005)

Vatican II - false council

The Invalid New Mass

The New Rite of Ordination

The New Rite of Episcopal Consecration

The Changes to the other sacraments after Vatican II

John Paul I (manifest heretic who claimed to be pope for 33 days in 1978)

Paul VI (manifest heretic who claimed to be pope 1963-1978)

John XXIII (manifest heretic who claimed to be pope 1958-1963)

Sedevacantism – the Chair of Peter is Empty (i.e. the post-Vatican II “popes” are actually antipopes) and answers to common objections

Communists and Freemasons made an organized effort to infiltrate the Catholic Church

There have been 260 popes and 42 antipopes in Church history – and the teaching that heretics can’t be valid popes

Traditional Catholic Calendar

Padre Pio: priest with stigmata who worked miracles [pictures and online book, takes a few minutes to load]

Some of the Recent Feature Articles

Fatima (the sign, the miracle, the Consecration of Russia, the False Sr. Lucy)

The Vatican II sect vs. the Catholic Church on partaking in non-Catholic worship

The Massive Sex Scandal among the Vatican II/Novus Ordo "priests"

The Seminaries of the Vatican II sect are unspeakable cesspools of homosexuality and heresy

The Vatican II sect's various ways of promoting idolatry and the worship of man

The Deplorable State of "Catholic" Colleges and Universities

The Deplorable State of "Catholic" Parochial and High Schools

Articles in Español (Spanish) and Français (French)

One can be pro-abortion and part of the Vatican II sect at the same time

The Vatican II sect's religious orders: Totally Apostate

The Apostasy of the Hierarchy (the "bishops") of the V-2 sect - is this your hierarchy?

The Annulment Fiasco - The V-2 sect's De Facto acceptance of Divorce and Remarriage

The Idolatry of the V-2 sect is connected with its rampant homosexuality

The Statistics on the Post-Vatican II Decline

Is the V-2 Sect the Whore of Babylon?

False Apparitions (Divine Mercy, Bayside, Medjugorje)

Natural Family Planning is Sinful Birth Control

Jurisdiction

The Joint Declaration with the Lutherans on Justification (the Vatican II sect's Protestant Revolution)

Concerning those who reject the Vatican II religion but accept the Vatican II antipopes

 

EWTN and the Charismatic Movement

Was the most powerful "Cardinal" in America after Vatican II a secret Satanist? [pdf]

Some Basic Truths and Facts that Catholics must know:

The Trinity and Incarnation

All who die in mortal sin will go to Hell (some of the main mortal sins)

What is the Papacy?

Few are saved and most of the world, including most who claim to be Catholics, are lost

Act of Contrition

Some Other Articles

Beware (groups and individuals who teach heresy)

The Society of St. Pius X

More Archived Questions

Book/Article Reviews

The New Mass is the Abomination of Desolation

Our Monastery

Regarding the Interpretation of Dogma

The Salvation Dogma – Outside the Catholic Church There is No Salvation (and groups which reject it)

What about baptism of desire?

Just a few arguments from the teaching of the Church which refute baptism of desire

Important Spiritual Information (praying the Rosary and devotion to Our Lady)

How to Pray the Rosary

Prayers to powerful saints

The Steps to Convert to the Catholic Faith, and for people leaving the New Mass

Baptism and Conditional Baptism

Where to go to Mass and Confession?

An Introduction to False Ecumenism and some comments on Heretical Actions

The Vatican II sect wants you to be in communion with devils

The Vatican II sect on Islam

The Vatican II sect on Jews

Heresy and Apostasy manifested by word and deed

The Vatican II sect on Heretics

The Vatican II sect on Schismatics

The fruits of the Vatican II religion

Life is Short and Hell is Forever

Quickly Proving that Islam is a False Religion

Can one passively attend non-Catholic funerals, weddings?  No. 

Yoga is prevalent in the Novus Ordo/Vatican II Church.  What's wrong with it? 

Does God Create Homosexuals?

Must the Catholic Remnant Have Governing Bishops?

Is Our Lady the Co-Redeemer?

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Facts which demolish the “No independent priest today has Jurisdiction” Position; Was the most powerful “Cardinal” in America after Vatican II a secret Satanist?...; Examining the Theological Status of Heliocentrism and Geocentrism and the Devastating Problems this creates for Baptism of Desire Arguments; The staggering implications of Benedict XVI’s new blatant heresy on limbo; Sean Hannity’s revealing encounter with Novus Ordo “priest”; Exposing Bob Sungenis and his recent debate; Benedict XVI prays ecumenical Vespers with Protestants and schismatics and says he loves the Orthodox Church [PHOTO]…; Benedict XVI’s recent retraction of his quote against Islam is one of the most revealing heresies he has uttered… New Points from Pius XI on canonizations which are quite devastating to the heretical Vatican II sect and false traditionalists; Protestant pastor dies trying to walk on water – a case of spiritual blindness; Some comments on Mel Gibson’s scandalous outburst…;St. Anthony Messenger’s Special Issue on Vatican II strikingly confirms Vatican II’s real meaning and teaching;

 

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Introduction to this website

 

This website is dedicated to defending and spreading the Catholic Faith, as taught and defined by the authoritative teachings of the popes throughout history.  It is also dedicated to exposing in great detail the post-Vatican II pseudo-“Church” and the New Mass which purport to be Catholic, but are not. 

 

The Glossary of Terms and Principles [PDF]

(This glossary contains important definitions of key terms and principles about the Catholic Faith, about the post-Vatican II “Church,” about how the Catholic Church views non-Catholic religions, etc. which people should see.)

 

The Catholic Church is the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ upon St. Peter (Mt. 16:18-20;Jn. 21:15-17).  This is proven by history, Scripture and tradition.  But the post-Vatican II “Church” is actually a counterfeit “Catholic” sect with new teachings, new practices and a New Mass – which all contradict the Catholic Faith of all times and the teaching of the Catholic popes in history.   Vatican II was a council which took place from 1962-1965; this council started a revolution against the Catholic Faith and gave birth to this new countefeit “Catholic” sect.  This website proves in tremendous detail that this post-Vatican II sect is not Catholic, that its leaders are not Catholic, that its fruits and teachings are not Catholic and not holy, and that this counterfeit sect was predicted in Sacred Scripture and in Catholic prophecy to arise in the last days as part of the Devil’s final assault on mankind.  The arrival of this post-Vatican II counterfeit “Catholic” sect in Rome in the last days actually proves, rather than disproves, the authenticity of the traditional Catholic Faith, as this website shows.  Please consult the “Glossary of Terms and Principles” above for a more helpful introduction to the material on this website and for an explanation of the Catholic basis for the conclusions asserted here.  It explains such terms as “Magisterium,” the Church’s indefectibility, “ecumenism,” “sedevacantism,” “Papacy,” “Papal Infallibility,” “heretic,” “antipope,” “Novus Ordo,” and others.  It also explains important principles about what the Catholic Church teaches about other religions, that heretics cease to be members of the Church, the new teachings after Vatican II, etc.

 

Refuting Protestantism and Eastern "Orthodoxy" [link to section]

The Great Apostasy and a counterfeit Church predicted in Catholic prophecy

The New Testament and Catholic prophecy paint a picture of the last days as a massive spiritual deception aimed to deceive those who intend to practice the true faith (the Catholic Faith), and which leaves the Earth with almost no one maintaining the true faith.

Our Lady of La Salette, Sept. 19, 1846: “Rome will lose the Faith and become the seat of the Anti-Christ… the Church will be in eclipse.”

Luke 18:8- “But yet the Son of man, when he cometh, shall he find, think you, faith on Earth?”

 

The Great Apostasy and a counterfeit Church predicted in the New Testament and in Catholic Prophecy [PDF]

 

In the Gospel, Our Lord Jesus Christ not only informs us that in the last days the true faith would hardly be found on the Earth, but that “in the holy place” itself there will be “the abomination of desolation” (Mt. 24:15), and a deception so profound that, if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived (Mt. 24:24).  St. Paul says that the man of sin will sit “in the temple of God” (2 Thess. 2:4).  The Apocalypse describes in detail the Whore of Babylon, a false bride (i.e. a Counter Church) which arises in the last days in the city of seven hills (Rome) and which spreads spiritual fornication all over the Earth.  The fact that the last days are characterized by a spiritual deception intending to ensnare Catholics proves, rather than disproves, the authenticity of the Catholic Church. 

 

Is the Vatican II sect the Whore of Babylon prophesied in the Apocalypse? [PDF File]

(This article gives the stunning evidence that the Vatican II sect, a counterfeit Church which opposes the true Catholic Church in the last days, is the Whore of Babylon prophesied in Apocalypse chapters 17 and 18)

 

Pope Leo XIII’s supernatural experience and Original Prayer to St. Michael predicting apostasy in Rome in the last days [PDF File]

 

Matthew 24:15- “When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth let him understand.”

 

Matthew 24:24-25- “For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect.  Behold I have told it to you, beforehand.”

 

On this point, also see the section on Fatima

 

Benedict XVI (The Heresies of Benedict XVI File) [link to section]

 

John Paul II (manifest heretic who claimed to be pope 1978-2005) [link to section]

 

Vatican II - false council [link to section]

 

The Invalid New Mass [link to section]

 

The New Rite of Ordination

 

Why the New Rite of Ordination is Invalid [PDF File]

(This article explains why the New Rite of Ordination – which was instituted by Paul VI on June 18, 1968 after Vatican II – is not valid.)

 

The New Rite of Consecration of Bishops

 

The New Rite of Consecration of Bishops [PDF file]

(This article explains the changes that Paul VI made to the rite of consecrating bishops after Vatican II.)

 

The Changes to the Other Sacraments

 

The Changes to the Other Sacraments [PDF file]

(This article explains the changes that Paul VI made to the rites of Baptism, Confirmation, Confession, Marriage and Extreme Unction after Vatican II.)

 

John Paul I (manifest heretic who claimed to be Pope for 33 days in 1978)

 

The Scandals and Heresies of John Paul I [PDF file]

 

Paul VI (manifest heretic who claimed to be Pope 1963-1978)

 

The Heresies of Paul VI, the man who gave the world the New Mass and the Teachings of Vatican II [PDF file]

(This comprehensive article not only contains Paul VI’s worst heresies, but many photos, including Paul VI giving away the Papal Tiara and much more.)

 

New Paul VI Photos

 

This file above is a new file with some new photos of Antipope Paul VI.  There are some very interesting shots, including some new shots of him wearing the breastplate of the ephod.

 

John XXIII (manifest heretic who claimed to be Pope 1958-1963)

 

The Scandals and Heresies of John XXIII [PDF File]

(This article also contains numerous photos)

 

New John XXIII Photos

 

*According to the Grand Master of Italian Freemasonry, John XXIII was initiated into a Masonic Lodge in Turkey before he became “pope.”  John XXIII was a radical heretic who was suspected of Modernism as far back as 1926.  He was frequently seen fraternizing with Communists and other radicals who hate the Catholic Church.  He was the man who had the “inspiration” to call Vatican II and get the major part of the Great Apostasy rolling.  John XXIII has all the marks of a conspirator on him, and much evidence indicates that he was not the first to be elected in the 1958 conclave (see the Siri article).  After his death, John XXIII was praised by Freemasons and Communists as a great liberal and a revolutionary who supported their ideals – the former even labeled his encyclical Pacem in Terris “a vigorous statement of Masonic doctrine.”  John XXIII was a manifest heretic and a non-Catholic antipope.

 

Sedevacantism – the Chair of Peter is Empty

 

* There have been 260 valid popes in Church history and more than 40 antipopes.  There have been more than 200 papal vacancies (periods without a pope).  The facts available on this website prove that the last five men who have claimed be popes have been and are antipopes.*

 

Pope Paul IV's Apostolic Constitution Cum ex Apostolatus Officio (Pope Paul IV solemnly declares that a heretic cannot be validly elected pope, even with the unanimous consent of the cardinals)

The Catholic Teaching that a heretic cannot be a valid pope [PDF file]

Responses to 19 of the Most Common Objections Against Sedevacantism [PDF file]

The Great Western Schism (1378-1417) and what it teaches us about the post-Vatican II apostasy - Massive confusion, multiple antipopes, antipopes in Rome, an antipope recognized by all the cardinals; The Great Western Schism proves that a line of antipopes at the heart of the post-Vatican II crisis is absolutely possible-

The Cardinal Siri Elections in Brief - relating to the Papal Conclaves and Invalid Elections of John XXIII [1958] and Paul VI [1963]

 

St. Robert Bellarmine, De Romano Pontifice, II, 30:
"A pope who is a manifest heretic automatically (per se) ceases to be pope and head, just as he ceases automatically to be a Christian and a member of the Church.   Wherefore, he can be judged and punished by the Church.  This is the teaching of all the ancient Fathers who teach that manifest heretics immediately lose all jurisdiction."

 

St. Francis De Sales (17th century), Doctor of the Church, The Catholic Controversy, pp. 305-306 :  "Now when he [the Pope] is explicitly a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church..."

St. Antoninus (1459): "In the case in which the pope would become a heretic, he would find himself, by that fact alone and without any other sentence, separated from the Church.  A head separated from a body cannot, as long as it remains separated, be head of the same body from which it was cut off.  A pope who would be separated from the Church by heresy, therefore, would by that very fact itself cease to be head of the Church.  He could not be a heretic and remain pope, because, since he is outside of the Church, he cannot possess the keys of the Church." (Summa Theologica, cited in Actes de Vatican I. V. Frond pub.)

The Catholic Church’s enemies, Communists and Freemasons, made an organized effort to infiltrate her

 

The Catholic Church's enemies, Communists and Freemasons, made an organized effort to infiltrate her [PDF]

 

A complete list of Antipopes in History

 

A complete list of the 42 antipopes in Church history [PDF]

(In Catholic history there have been 260 valid popes, starting with St. Peter, and 42 antipopes – that is, men who claimed to be true popes but were not)

The Catholic Teaching that a heretic cannot be a valid pope [PDF file]

The Great Western Schism (1378-1417) and what it teaches us about the post-Vatican II apostasy - Massive confusion, multiple antipopes, antipopes in Rome, an antipope recognized by all the cardinals; The Great Western Schism proves that a line of antipopes at the heart of the post-Vatican II crisis is absolutely possible-

 

Traditional Catholic Calendar

 

Traditional Catholic Calendar (November 2007) 

(to print the Calendar on one page try the “landscape” printing preference)

Info on Fast Days, etc.

 

The Message of Fatima

 

The Message of Fatima: a heavenly sign marking the beginning of the end times and a prediction of apostasy from the Church [PDF]

 

The Whole Truth about the Consecration and Conversion of Russia

and the Impostor Sr. Lucy

 

The Vatican II sect vs. the Catholic Church on partaking in non-Catholic worship

 

The Vatican II sect vs. the Catholic Church on partaking in non-Catholic worship

(This article shows that the Vatican II sect now officially recommends what the true popes of the Catholic Church forbade under pain of mortal sin)

 

The Massive Sex Scandal among the Vatican II/Novus Ordo “priests”

 

The Massive Sex Scandal among the Vatican II/Novus Ordo "priests" [PDF File]

 

The Seminaries of the Vatican II sect are unspeakable cesspools of homosexuality and heresy

 

The Seminaries of the Vatican II sect are unspeakable cesspools of homosexuality and heresy [PDF File]

 

The Vatican II sect’s various ways of promoting idolatry and the worship of man

 

The Vatican II sect promotes idolatry by its general worship of man, by its particular worship of man in the New Mass, and by its promotion of idolatrous religions [PDF File]

 

The Deplorable State of “Catholic” Colleges and Universities

 

The Deplorable State of "Catholic" Colleges and Universities [PDF File]

 

The Deplorable State of “Catholic” Parochial and High Schools

 

The Deplorable State of "Catholic" Parochial and High Schools [PDF File]

 

One can be pro-abortion and part of the Vatican II sect at the same time

 

One can be pro-abortion and part of the Vatican II sect at the same time [PDF File]

 

The Vatican II sect’s religious orders: Totally Apostate

 

The Religious Orders in the Vatican II sect: Totally Apostate [PDF File]

(This article includes a section on the apostasy of Mother Teresa and her religious order, The Missionaries of Charity)

 

The Apostasy of the Hierarchy of the Vatican II sect: is this your hierarchy?

 

The Apostasy of the Hierarchy and prominent members of the Vatican II sect - is this your hierarchy? [PDF File]

(This article covers the astounding heresies and apostasy of the “bishops” and other prominent members of the Vatican II sect – the Counter Church – as well as the Catholic teaching that heretics immediately lose authority in the Catholic Church)

 

The Annulment Fiasco – The Vatican II sect’s De Facto acceptance of Divorce and Remarriage

 

The Annulment Fiasco - The Vatican II sect's De Facto acceptance of Divorce and Remarriage [PDF File]

 

The Idolatry of the Vatican II sect is connected with its rampant homosexuality

 

The Idolatry of the Vatican II sect is connected with its rampant homosexuality [PDF File]

 

The Statistics on the Post-Vatican II Decline

 

The Statistics on the Post-Vatican II Decline [PDF File]

 

Is the Vatican II sect the Whore of Babylon

 

Is the Vatican II sect the Whore of Babylon prophesied in the Apocalypse? [PDF File]

(This article gives the stunning evidence that the Vatican II sect, a counterfeit Church which opposes the true Catholic Church in the last days, is the Whore of Babylon prophesied in Apocalypse chapters 17 and 18)

 

False Apparitions

 

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12: "Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders, 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.  That all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity."

 

Sister Faustina's Divine Mercy Devotion is something to avoid [PDF File]

 

The False Apparitions at Bayside, NY [PDF File]

 

The False Apparitions at Medjugorje [PDF]

 

Prophecy of Marie Julie Jahenny, Briton Stigmatist (1891): "During the time of the approach of the punishments announced at La Salette, an unlimited amount of false revelations will arise from Hell like a swarm of flies; a last attempt of Satan to choke and destroy the belief in the true revelations by false ones."

 

Matthew 24:24-25: "Then if any man shall say to you: Lo here is Christ, or there, do not believe him.  For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect.  Behold I have told it to you, before hand.  If therefore they shall say to you: Behold He is in the desert, go ye not out: Behold He is in the closets, believe it not."

 

Natural Family Planning is Sinful Birth Control

 

Why Natural Family Planning is Sinful Birth Control [PDF File]

(This article proves that so-called Natural Family Planning [NFP] is sinful birth control, and that it contradicts Catholic teaching by subordinating the primary purpose of marriage and the marriage act.  This article doesn’t deal with artificial contraception, which most know is condemned as mortally sinful in Catholic teaching.)

 

The Joint Declaration with the Lutherans on Justification

 

The Vatican II sect's Protestant Revolution: the 1999 Joint Declaration with the Lutherans on Justification [PDF File]

 

Concerning those who reject the Vatican II religion but accept the Vatican II antipopes

 

Concerning those who reject the Vatican II religion but accept the Vatican II antipopes [PDF File]

 

EWTN and the Charismatic Movement

 

EWTN and the Charismatic Movement [PDF File]

(This article covers what a Catholic should think of Mother Angelica, the Eternal Word Television Network, and the Charismatic movement)

 

Some Basic Truths and Facts that Catholics must know

 

Since very few still have the faith and even fewer preach it, there is a widespread ignorance of even the basic truths of the Catholic Faith in our day. 

 

Pope Benedict XIV, Cum Religiosi (# 4), June 26, 1754:

“See to it that every minister performs carefully the measures laid down by the holy Council of Trent… that confessors should perform this part of their duty whenever anyone stands at their tribunal who does not know what he must by necessity of means know to be saved…”

 

We will now review some of them:

 

The Trinity and the Incarnation

 

There is one God in Three Divine Persons (Father, Son and Holy Ghost).  The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God; yet they are not three gods, but One God.  The Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Son of God, assumed a human nature and became man from the flesh of the Virgin Mary.  Our Lord Jesus Christ is one Divine Person with two natures: divine and human.  He is God and man.  The Trinity (One God: Father, Son and Holy Ghost) and the Incarnation are the two most essential mysteries of the Catholic Faith which no one above reason can be ignorant of and be saved.  

 

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica:  After grace had been revealed, both the learned and simple folk are bound to explicit faith in the mysteries of Christ, chiefly as regards those which are observed throughout the Church, and publicly proclaimed, such as the articles which refer to the Incarnation, of which we have spoken above.”

 

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica:  “And consequently, when once grace had been revealed, all were bound to explicit faith in the mystery of the Trinity.

 

All who die in mortal sin will go to Hell

 

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, “Letentur coeli,” Sess. 6, July 6, 1439, ex cathedra: “We define also that… the souls of those who depart this life in actual mortal sin, or in original sin alone, go straightaway to Hell, but to undergo punishments of different kinds.”

 

Catholics must also know that all who die in mortal sin will go to Hell forever.  Mortal sins include: murder, fornication (i.e. sexual acts outside of marriage or acts leading up to sex outside of marriage), lying, drunkenness, consenting to impure thoughts, masturbation, looking at pornography, adultery, cheating, taking God’s name in vain, birth control (NFP) or artificial contraception, assisting the propagation of heresy, funding heretics, dishonoring the Sabbath, breaking the commandments, etc.  If someone were to commit a mortal sin and then go to Confession, he must have the firm resolution never to commit the sin again.  This is called the firm purpose of amendment.  If a person commits a mortal sin and doesn’t have the firm purpose of amendment when he goes to Confession, he commits a sacrilege and the Confession is invalid.  Most souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh.  Those who are committing sins of the flesh need to stop immediately if they don’t want to perish forever in the fires of Hell.

 

St. Alphonsus on the damnation of the impure: "Continue, O fool, says St. Peter Damian (speaking to the unchaste), continue to gratify the flesh; for the day will come in which thy impurities will become as pitch in thy entrails, to increase and aggravate the torments of the flame which will burn thee in Hell: 'The day will come, yea rather the night, when thy lust shall be turned into pitch, to feed in thy bowels the everlasting fire." (Preparation for Death, abridged version, p. 117)

 

What is the Papacy?

 

Many of those who claim to be Catholics also don’t understand the Papacy.  We’ve discovered from experience that many of those who even claim to be “traditional” Catholics don’t even know that the Papacy is.  The Office of the Papacy is the office that Christ instituted in St. Peter (see Mt. 16:18-20; John 21:15-17).  St. Peter was made the chief of the Apostles and visible head of the Church by Jesus Christ.  The Office of St. Peter (the Papacy) is occupied by every true and lawful Bishop of Rome, who becomes a successor to St. Peter in the primacy over the universal (Catholic) Church of Jesus Christ.  This means and guarantees that every time there is a true and valid occupant of the Office he is endowed by Christ with infallibility (in his authoritative and binding teaching capacity, not in everything he says or teaches); he is endowed with supreme jurisdiction over the universal Church; and he is the visible head of the Church.  That remains true for every true and lawful occupant of the Papal Office.  Those teachings proclaimed by the popes in history with their binding authority (such as the Council of Trent or the Council of Florence or a solemn Papal Bull on faith, etc.) constitute the deposit of faith – the unchangeable teachings to which Catholics must submit, and on which they base what they believe as the faithful transmission of the teaching of Scripture and Tradition.  The Papacy doesn’t mean that the Church will have a true pope at all times, as Church history and more than 200 papal vacancies prove, nor does it mean that antipopes reigning from Rome are an impossibility (such as Antipope Anacletus II, who reigned in Rome from 1130-1138) – as is the case today. 

Very few are Saved and most of the world, including most Catholics, are damned

Catholics must also understand that few are saved.  Our Lord Jesus Christ revealed that the road to Heaven is straight and narrow and few find it, while the road to Hell is wide and taken by most (Mt. 7:13). 

Matthew 7:13- “Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat.  How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life, and few there are that find it!”

Luke 13:24- “Strive to enter by the narrow gate; for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able.”

Scripture also teaches that almost the entire world lies in darkness, so much so that Satan is even called the “prince” (John 12:31) and “god” (2 Cor. 4:3) of this world.

1 John 5:19- “We know that we are of God, and the whole world is seated in wickedness.”

It is the sad fact of history that most people in the world are of bad will and don’t want the truth.  That is why almost the whole world lies in darkness and on the road to perdition.  This has been the case since the beginning.  It was the case when only eight souls (Noe and his family) escaped God’s wrath in the deluge that covered the entire earth, and when the Israelites rejected God’s law and fell into idolatry over and over again. 

The truth is that for those who truly believe in God, accept His full truth (the Catholic Faith), don’t compromise it and want to do the right thing, it’s not hard to reach Heaven.  As Christ said, “My yoke is sweet and My burden light” (Mt. 11:30).  The reason that so few make it is not because it’s that hard, but because they refuse to believe the simple and easy things He has revealed, and do the simple and easy things He has commanded.  Those who do what God wants and believe what He says realize that they are much happier than they were before.

But the sad truth is that almost all people are of bad will.  This is why the saints and Doctors of the Church have consistently taught only a very small percentage of people are saved.  In fact, the saints and Doctors of the Church, even during the ages of faith, taught that most adult Catholics are lost. 

St. Leonard of Port Maurice [A.D. 1676-1751], on the fewness of the saved: “After consulting all the theologians and making a diligent study of the matter, he [Suarez] wrote, ‘The most common sentiment which is held is that, among Christians [Catholics], there are more damned souls than predestined souls.’  Add the authority of the Greek and Latin Fathers to that of the theologians, and you will find that almost all of them say the same thing. This is the sentiment of Saint Theodore, Saint Basil, Saint Ephrem, Saint John Chrysostom. What is more, according to Baronius it was a common opinion among the Greek Fathers that this truth was expressly revealed to Saint Simeon Stylites and that after this revelation, it was to secure his salvation that he decided to live standing on top of a pillar for forty years, exposed to the weather, a model of penance and holiness for everyone.  Now let us consult the Latin Fathers. You will hear Saint Gregory saying clearly, "Many attain to faith, but few to the heavenly kingdom." Saint Anselm declares, "There are few who are saved." Saint Augustine states even more clearly, "Therefore, few are saved in comparison to those who are damned."  The most terrifying, however, is Saint Jerome. At the end of his life, in the presence of his disciples, he spoke these dreadful words: "Out of one hundred thousand people whose lives have always been bad, you will find barely one who is worthy of indulgence."

When St. Leonard of Port Maurice uses the term “Christian,” he means Catholics, not heretics.  St. Leonard is repeating the consistent teaching of the Fathers and Doctors: most adult Catholics (not even including the non-Catholic world) are lost.  If this was the sentiment about the salvation of Catholics in the ages of faith, what would they say today?  If you have trouble accepting the truths presented on this website because “it’s just too hard to believe that this many people could be wrong or deceived,” consider the teaching of Our Lord and the saints above.  Consider how much more true the teaching on the fewness of the saved is today:

“Lucia found Jacinta sitting alone, still and very pensive, gazing at nothing.  ‘What are you thinking of, Jacinta?’  ‘Of the war that is going to come.  So many people are going to die.  And almost all of them are going to Hell.’” (Our Lady of Fatima, p. 94; p. 92 in some versions)

Jacinta of Fatima, who had visions of future events, said that of those who would die in World War II almost all of them would go to Hell.

St. Anselm: “If thou wouldst be certain of being in the number of the elect, strive to be one of the few, not of the many.  And if thou wouldst be quite sure of thy salvation, strive to be among the fewest of the few… Do not follow the great majority of mankind, but follow those who enter upon the narrow way, who renounce the world, who give themselves to prayer, and who never relax their efforts by day or by night, that they may attain everlasting blessedness.” (Fr. Martin Von Cochem, The Four Last Things, p. 221.)

Act of Contrition

 

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven, and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

 

Some Other Articles

       The Modern Pagan Festival of Halloween

       Modern-day priest speaks of how he was condemned to Hell by Jesus Christ for all eternity

       Canonizations Are Infallible  (this article includes a section on the apostasy of Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

       Responding to the heretic Fr. Cekada on NFP

 

Post-Vatican II Church Miscellaneous Photo Gallery

(new pictures: Mother Teresa Worshipping Buddha; and apostate nuns in Santa Fe pray the “Our Father/Our Mother”)

 

Newsletters

        Antipope John Paul II's "Canonization" of Josemaria Escriva Reveals Schism among many "traditionalists"

        A Short Refutation of the Theory of Baptism of Desire!

        Sedevacantism Refuted?

 

Beware

            Introduction

         Bayside – The False Apparitions at Bayside, New York (exposes the lengths to which the Devil has been allowed to go to deceive people about the Vatican II apostasy, the Vatican II Antipopes and the New Mass)

            The CMRI – a group which believes in salvation outside the Church

The SSPX - The File on the Positions of the SSPX

            The SSPV – a group which believes in salvation outside the Church 

Cyprian, Fr. – his “Benedictine” monastery is heretical and cult-like

Davies, Michael: defender of the Faith or faithless heretic?

Droleskey, Dr. Tom - believes that members of false religions can be saved

Fulham, Bishop and Bro. Andre of the St. Benedict Center – schismatics and anti-sedevacantists who act like sedevacantists

Giardina, Fr. Leonard of Christ the King Abbey – believes in salvation outside the Church

Gibson, Hutton – Mel’s heretical father who believes in salvation outside the Church

Gruner, "Fr." Nicholas – Why would you say that he is a schismatic?

John Daly, some words about the illogical heretic

John Browne, a.k.a. Thomas S. (former promoter of homosexuality and universal salvation)

Matatics, Gerry

McKenna, Bishop tells us that baptism of desire = Jews who reject Christ can be saved

McKenna, Bishop – An “Unanswered Letter” from him – Our Letter Debate on Baptism of Desire

            R.I., Refuting his illogical and schismatical positions

R.I. – Part 2 – Our Challenge to Debate R.I., Refused in Cowardly Fashion

R.I., Part 3  

Tom S., Bishop and Dennis M., Fr.  

Our Analysis of Bishop Tom proved to be absolutely correct

M., Fr. Dennis – Part 2

The Remnant – Various Heresies from its false traditionalist writers

The St. Benedict Center's heretical and schismatic positions

Sanborn, Bishop – believes that pagans and idolaters can be saved

Sungenis, Bob

Sungenis, Part 2 –A Response to the heretic posing as "Catholic Apologist"

(a devastating refutation of Bob Sungenis, as well as his defense of Vatican II and the New Mass)

Vezelis, Bishop Louis  

Vaillancourt, Fr. Kevin - believes in salvation outside the Church

Vennari, John – Why would you say that he is a heretic?

            Wathen, Fr. James – believes that heretics always remain Catholics, and refuses to accept Church teaching to the contrary

Wathen, Fr. James - Part 2

White, David Allen - heretic who believes that anti-Catholic atheists can be saved  

Williamson, Bishop Richard of the SSPX: a complete schismatic and a wolf in sheep's clothing

A Warning about certain Heretical Traditional Priests and Chapels

(newest addition: Fr. Post of SSPX in TN)

The Society of St. Pius X (SSPX)

 

The File on the Positions of the Society of St. Pius X   [PDF file]

(This contains a detailed explanation of the SSPX’s positions, and it shows why they are not consistent with Catholic teaching in various areas.  It includes a collection of little known quotes from Archbishop Lefebvre which demonstrate that he was on the verge of embracing the sedevacantist position.)

 

More Archived Questions

 

 Questions, Answers and Comments

 

Main Question and Answers Archive; Questions and Answers, Fall 2004; Questions and Answers, Summer 2004; Questions and Answers, Spring 2004

 

Book/Article Reviews

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A Critique of Is Feeneyism Catholic? by Fr. Francois Laisney (SSPX)

       

The New Mass is the Abomination of Desolation

 

The New Mass is the Abomination of Desolation - and the First Four Vatican II Antipopes parallel the Four False High Priests at the time of the Abomination of Desolation in the Machabees

 

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Regarding the Interpretation of Dogma

 

An important question about the interpretation of dogmatic statements and one’s authority to use them?

 

Hi,

 

Some say that quoting dogmatic statements to prove that Benedict XVI is a heretic, that a heretic is not the Pope, that people cannot be saved without Baptism, etc. is like a Protestant privately interpreting Sacred Scripture.  What is the response to this?

 

MHFM:  Thank you for your question.  The people who make this assertion don’t understand Catholic teaching or what constitutes fidelity to the Magisterium.  This issue of “interpretation” was addressed in our book Outside the Catholic Church There is Absolutely No Salvation, but we’ve recently come across an additional point that is extremely important in this regard.  In its Decree on the Sacrament of Order, the Council of Trent solemnly declared that the dogmatic canons of Trent are for the use of all the faithful!

 

Pope Pius IV, Council of Trent, Sess. 13, Chap. 4: “These are the matters which in general it seemed well to the sacred Council to teach to the faithful of Christ regarding the sacrament of order.  It has, however, resolved to condemn the contrary in definite and appropriate canons in the following manner, so that all, making use of the rule of faith, with the assistance of Christ, may be able to recognize more easily the Catholic truth in the midst of the darkness of so many errors.” (Denz. 960)

 

The word “canon" (in Greek: kanon) means a reed; a straight rod or bar; a measuring stick; something serving to determine, rule, or measure.  The Council of Trent is infallibly declaring that its canons are measuring rods for all so that they, making use of these rules of Faith (the meaning of the word “canon”), may be able to recognize and defend the truth in the midst of darkness!  This very important statement blows away the claim of those who say that using dogmas to prove points is “private interpretation.”  This canon teaches exactly the opposite of what they assert: that all cannot make use of these rules of Faith!  This is a very important statement not only for the salvation/baptism controversy, but also for the sedevacantist issue.

 

The point of the dogmas is so that the faithful know what they must believe and reject, so that they are independent of the mere opinions of men, and are following the infallible truth of Christ.  If the faithful have to rely to someone else giving their version or understanding of the dogmatic definition, then that (fallible) person becomes the rule of faith, and not the infallible dogmatic definition.

 

     St. Francis De Sales explained it well against the Protestants.

 

St. Francis De Sales (Doctor of the Church), The Catholic Controversy, c. 1602, p. 228: “The Councils… decide and define some article.  If after all this another test has to be tried before their [the Council’s] determination is received, will not another also be wanted?  Who will not want to apply his test, and whenever will the matter be settled?... And why not a third to know if the second is faithful? – and then a fourth, to test the third?  Everything must be done over again, and posterity will never trust antiquity but will go ever turning upside down the holiest articles of faith in the wheel of their understandingswhat we say is that when a Council has applied this test, our brains have not now to revise but to believe.”

 

The “interpretation” ends with the words of the dogma itself!  If it doesn’t, then it never ends, as we saw above – you just have fallible interpretation after fallible interpretation after fallible interpretation after fallible interpretation.  If the buck doesn’t stop with the infallible definition (the Chair of Peter), then it never stops.  I pointed this fact out to a somewhat well-known “apologist” for the Vatican II sect in a telephone conversation.  He was arguing that our usage of Catholic dogmatic teaching (the teaching of the Chair of Peter) is like Protestant “private interpretation.”  He was saying this in an attempt to defend some of his heretical beliefs which contradict dogma, such as his belief that non-Catholics can be saved.  I said to him, “then who interprets the dogma?  And who interprets the interpretation of the dogma?” After I said “who interprets the interpretation of the dogma… and who interprets the interpretation of the interpretation… and who interprets the interpretation of the interpretation of the interpretation…” he remained deadly silent for the first time in the conversation.  He obviously had no response to the factual point that was made, simply because there is no response.  In the heretical view of dogmatic teaching that he espoused, the Catholic Faith is nothing more than Protestantism – fallible, private, human interpretation with no Chair of Peter to give one the final word.  The following quotation also illustrates this point very well.

 

“Why did Athanasius know he was right?  Because he clung to the infallible definition, no matter what everyone else said.  Not all the learning in the world, nor all the rank of office, can substitute for the truth of one infallibly defined Catholic teaching.  Even the simplest member of the faithful, clinging to an infallible definition, will know more than the most ‘learned’ theologian who denies or undermines the definition.  That is the whole purpose of the Church’s infallibly defined teachingto make us independent of the mere opinions of men, however learned, however high their rank.” (The Devil’s Final Battle, p. 183. *we don’t endorse this book, but this is an excellent point.*)

That is why in adhering to exactly what the dogma “has once declared” (Vatican I), one is not engaging in Protestant “private interpretation,” but is rather being most faithful to the infallible truth of Christ and the directly infallible way of knowing it (the dogmatic definitions of the Church). 
Pope Pius IX, First Vatican Council, Sess. 3, Chap. 2 on Revelation, 1870, ex cathedra: “Hence, also, that understanding of its sacred dogmas must be perpetually retained, which Holy Mother Church has once declared; and there must never be a recession from that meaning under the specious name of a deeper understanding.” (Denz. 1800)
Those who depart from the actual declaration of the dogma, and the actual meaning of its words, are the ones who engage in condemned, sinful, fallible and private interpretation, against the direct words of the dogma (against the infallible definitions) and thus destroy all faith and render Papal Infallibility pointless.  If one can’t go by what the dogmatic statement actually declares, then Christ would have just told us to always follow those with learning or authority; He would never have instituted an infallible Magisterium exercised by the Popes, which can clarify issues once and for all times with no possibility of error and regardless of who agrees or disagrees with the definition.

 

BUT CAN’T MEN MISUNDERSTAND A DOGMATIC DEFINITION?

 

     Of course they can.  Men can misunderstand or pervert anything and any form of teaching that could ever be transmitted.  If Jesus Christ (the Truth Himself) were here speaking to us, many people would without doubt misunderstand or pervert what He said, just as many did when He came the first time.  Likewise, just because some can and do misunderstand what the Chair of Peter is declaring, it does not mean that those who faithfully adhere to and make use of its definitions are engaging in Protestant “private interpretation.”  It is just the opposite, as we saw from the Council of Trent above.  And that is why the Magisterium has condemned the idea that dogmas are just “interpretations”!

 

Pope Pius X, Lamentabile, The Errors of the Modernists, July 3, 1907, #22:

The dogmas which the Church professes as revealed are not truths fallen from heaven, but they are a kind of interpretation of religious facts, which the human mind by a laborious effort prepared for itself.”- Condemned (Denz. 2022)

 

Pope Pius X, Lamentabile, The Errors of the Modernists, July 3, 1907, #54:

The dogmas, the sacraments, the hierarchy, as far as pertains both to the notion and to the reality, are nothing but interpretations and the evolution of Christian intelligence, which have increased and perfected the little germ latent in the Gospel.”- Condemned (Denz. 2054)

Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari Vos (#7), Aug. 15, 1832: “… nothing of the things appointed ought to be diminished; nothing changed; nothing added; but they must be preserved both as regards expression and meaning.”

And that is why the Magisterium has condemned the idea that dogmas are just “interpretations”!

 

Pope Pius X, Lamentabile, The Errors of the Modernists, July 3, 1907, #22:

The dogmas which the Church professes as revealed are not truths fallen from heaven, but they are a kind of interpretation of religious facts, which the human mind by a laborious effort prepared for itself.”- Condemned (Denz. 2022)

 

Pope Pius X, Lamentabile, The Errors of the Modernists, July 3, 1907, #54:

The dogmas, the sacraments, the hierarchy, as far as pertains both to the notion and to the reality, are nothing but interpretations and the evolution of Christian intelligence, which have increased and perfected the little germ latent in the Gospel.”- Condemned (Denz. 2054)

Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari Vos (#7), Aug. 15, 1832: “… nothing of the things appointed ought to be diminished; nothing changed; nothing added; but they must be preserved both as regards expression and meaning.”

The Salvation Dogma

 

Outside the Catholic Church There is Absolutely No Salvation [PDF FILE]

(This is the most comprehensive book that has been written on this dogma.  This book answers all of the major objections on the baptism issue and the salvation issue; look through the Table of Contents if you are looking for a particular issue or objection.)

 

*The Catholic Church teaches that Outside the Catholic Church There is No Salvation.  This dogma means what it says and says what it means. 

 

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, “Cantate Domino,” 1441, ex cathedra:

“The Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that all those who are outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans but also Jews or heretics and schismatics, cannot share in eternal life and will go into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless they are joined to the Church before the end of their lives; that the unity of this ecclesiastical body is of such importance that only for those who abide in it do the Church’s sacraments contribute to salvation and do fasts, almsgiving and other works of piety and practices of the Christian militia productive of eternal rewards; and that nobody can be saved, no matter how much he has given away in alms and even if he has shed blood in the name of Christ, unless he has persevered in the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church.”

 

Unfortunately, this dogma is denied by almost all who profess to be “Catholic” today.  It is denied by almost all who claim to be “traditional” Catholics, including the Fraternity of St. Peter, Society of St. Pius X, Society of St. Pius V, CMRI, etc. as documented in the book above.  These individuals and groups hold that the above dogma on salvation doesn’t really mean that all who die without the Catholic Faith are lost.  They hold that there are exceptions for certain people who die without the Catholic Faith. 

 

Bishop Marcel Lefebvre (SSPX), Against the Heresies, page 216: “Evidently, certain distinctions must be made.  Souls can be saved in a religion other than the Catholic religion (Protestantism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.), but not by this religion.  There may be souls who, not knowing Our Lord, have by the grace of the good Lord, good interior dispositions, who submit to God...But some of these persons make an act of love which implicitly is equivalent to baptism of desire.  It is uniquely by this means that they are able to be saved.”

 

This is blatantly heretical.

 

The SSPV, The Roman Catholic, Fenton Article, Fall 2003, p. 7, on Outside the Church There is No Salvation: “With the strict, literal interpretation of this doctrine, however, I must take issue, for if I read and understand the strict interpreters correctly, nowhere is allowance made for invincible ignorance, conscience, or good faith on the part of those who are not actual or formal members of the Church at the moment of death.  It is inconceivable to me that, of all the billions of non-Catholics who have died in the past nineteen and one-half centuries, none of them were in good faith in this matter and, if they were, I simply refuse to believe that hell is their eternal destiny.”

 

This is blatantly heretical.  Notice that the SSPV rejects the dogma as the Church has declared it.

 

Bishop Robert McKenna, “The Boston Snare,” printed in the CMRI’s Magazine The Reign of Mary, Vol. XXVI, No. 83: “The doctrine, then, of no salvation outside the Church is to be understood in the sense of knowingly outside the Church… But, they may object, if such be the sense of the dogma in question, why is the word ‘knowingly’ not part of the formula, ‘Outside the Church no salvation’?  For the simple reason that the addition is unnecessary.  How could anyone know of the dogma and not be knowingly outside the Church?  The ‘dogma’ is not so much a doctrine intended for the instruction of Catholics, since it is but a logical consequence of the Church’s claim to be the true Church, but rather a solemn and material warning or declaration for the benefit of those outside the one ark of salvation.”

 

This is heretical.  It is the same heresy uttered above by the SSPX and SSPV, just in slightly different words.  The CMRI holds that certain people who are not Catholic can be saved.  Bishop McKenna, who wrote the article published in the CMRI’s magazine, confirmed for us that he believes that “baptism of desire” can even save Jews who reject Christ.  All of these groups reject the dogma Outside the Church There is No Salvation as the Church has defined it (that is, without exceptions).  They all hold that certain people who die without the Catholic Faith can be saved. 

 

No exceptions were ever mentioned in any of the dogmatic definitions on salvation.  On the contrary, all exceptions were always excluded.  That is why no Catholic can financially support any of these heretical groups under pain of grave sin.  It is true that people can be ignorant in good faith of certain aspects of the Catholic Faith (e.g. certain dogmas).  However, no one who is ignorant of the essential mysteries of the Catholic Faith (the Trinity and the Incarnation) – or who rejects another dogma of the Catholic Faith – can be saved.  The Trinity and the Incarnation constitute the Catholic Faith in terms of its simplest mysteries.  No man above reason, no one who “wishes to be saved,” can be saved without a belief in these mysteries of Catholic Faith.

 

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Sess. 8, Nov. 22, 1439, ex cathedra: “Whoever wishes to be saved, needs above all to hold the Catholic faith; unless each one preserves this whole and inviolate, he will without a doubt perish in eternity.But the Catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in the Trinity, and the Trinity in unity; neither confounding the persons, nor dividing the substance; for there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, another of the Holy Spirit, their glory is equal, their majesty coeternal...and in this Trinity there is nothing first or later, nothing greater or less, but all three persons are coeternal and coequal with one another, so that in every respect, as has already been said above, both unity in Trinity, and Trinity in unity must be worshipped.  Therefore let him who wishes to be saved, think thus concerning the Trinity.

     “But it is necessary for eternal salvation that he faithfully believe also in the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ...the Son of God is God and man... This is the Catholic faith; unless each one believes this faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.”

 

The above definition of the Athanasian Creed at the ecumenical Council of Florence means that this Creed qualifies as a pronouncement from the Chair of St. Peter (an ex cathedra pronouncement).  To deny that which is professed in the Athanasian Creed is to cease to be Catholic.  The Creed declares that whoever wishes to be saved needs to hold the Catholic Faith and believe in the Trinity and the Incarnation.  Notice the phrase, “whoever wishes to be saved” (quicunque vult salvus esse). 

 

This phrase is without question the product and inspiration of the Holy Ghost.  It tells us that everyone who can “wish” must believe in the mysteries of the Trinity and the Incarnation in order to be saved.  This does not include infants and those below the age of reason, since they cannot wish!  Infants are numbered among the Catholic faithful, since they receive the habit of Catholic Faith at the Sacrament of Baptism.  But, being below the age of reason, they cannot make any act of faith in the Catholic mysteries of the Trinity and the Incarnation, an act which is absolutely necessary for the salvation of all above the age of reason (for all who wish to be saved).  Is it not remarkable how God worded this infallible Creed’s teaching on the necessity of belief in the mysteries of the Trinity and the Incarnation in a way that would not include infants?  The Creed, therefore, teaches that everyone above the age of reason must have a knowledge and belief in the mysteries of the Trinity and Incarnation to be saved – no exceptions.  This creed, therefore, eliminates the theory of invincible ignorance (that one above the age of reason can be saved without knowing Christ or the true Faith) and further renders those who preach it unable to profess this creed with honesty.

 

And the fact that no one who wishes to be saved can be saved without a knowledge and belief in the mysteries of the Trinity and the Incarnation is the reason why the Holy Office under Pope Clement XI responded that a missionary must, before baptism, explain these absolutely necessary mysteries to an adult who is at the point of death.

 

          Response of the Sacred Office to the Bishop of Quebec, Jan. 25, 1703:

“Q. Whether a minister is bound, before baptism is conferred on an adult, to explain to him all the mysteries of our faith, especially if he is at the point of death, because this might disturb his mind.  Or, whether it is sufficient, if the one at the point of death will promise that when he recovers from the illness, he will take care to be instructed, so that he might put into practice what has been commanded him.

    “A.  A promise is not sufficient, but a missionary is bound to explain to an adult, even a dying one who is not entirely incapacitated, the mysteries of faith which are necessary by a necessity of means, as are especially the mysteries of the Trinity and the Incarnation.” (Denz. 1349a)

 

Another question was posed at the same time and answered the same way.

 

            Response of the Sacred Office to the Bishop of Quebec, Jan. 25, 1703:

“Q. Whether it is possible for a crude and uneducated adult, as it might be with a barbarian, to be baptized, if there were given him only an understanding of God and some of His attributes… although he does not believe explicitly in Jesus Christ.

    “A.  A missionary should not baptize one who does not believe explicitly in the Lord Jesus Christ, but is bound to instruct him about all those matters which are necessary, by a necessity of means, in accordance with the capacity of the one to be baptized.” (Denz. 1349b)

 

Errors condemned under Pope Innocent XI, March 4, 1679, #64: “A person is fit for absolution, however much he labors under an ignorance of the mysteries of the faith, and even if through negligence, even culpable, he does not know the mystery of the most blessed Trinity, and of the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Denz. 1214)

 

Pope St. Pius X, Acerbo Nimis (# 2), April 15, 1905:

“And so Our Predecessor, Benedict XIV, had just cause to write: ‘We declare that a great number of those who are condemned to eternal punishment suffer that everlasting calamity because of ignorance of those mysteries of faith which must be known and believed in order to be numbered among the elect.’”

 

Pope Gregory XVI, Summo Iugiter Studio, May 27, 1832, on no salvation outside the Church: “Finally some of these misguided people attempt to persuade themselves and others that men are not saved only in the Catholic religion, but that even heretics may attain eternal life You know how zealously Our predecessors taught that article of faith which these dare to deny, namely the necessity of the Catholic faith and of unity for salvation… Omitting other appropriate passages which are almost numberless in the writings of the Fathers, We shall praise St. Gregory the Great who expressly testifies that THIS IS INDEED THE TEACHING OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.  He says: ‘The holy universal Church teaches that it is not possible to worship God truly except in her and asserts that all who are outside of her will not be saved.’  Official acts of the Church proclaim the same dogma.  Thus, in the decree on faith which Innocent III published with the synod of Lateran IV, these things are written: ‘There is one universal Church of all the faithful outside of which no one is saved.’  Finally the same dogma is also expressly mentioned in the profession of faith proposed by the Apostolic See, not only that which all Latin churches use, but also that which… other Eastern Catholics use.  We did not mention these selected testimonies because We thought you were ignorant of that article of faith and in need of Our instruction.  Far be it from Us to have such an absurd and insulting suspicion about you.  But We are so concerned about this serious and well known dogma, which has been attacked with such remarkable audacity, that We could not restrain Our pen from reinforcing this truth with many testimonies.”

 

The truth that no one can above the age of reason can be saved who is ignorant of the Catholic Faith (at least in its essential components) is a truth held and taught by all the Saints and Doctors of the Church and the Church’s greatest missionaries.  They were all convinced, as it is the teaching of the Catholic Church, that all who die in non-Catholic religions and in ignorance of the Gospel are lost. 

St. Augustine (+426): “Consequently both those who have not heard the gospel and those who, having heard it, and having been changed for the better, did not receive perseverancenone of these are separated from that lump which is known to be damned, as all are going… into condemnation.”

St. Isaac Jogues: “Although, in all probability, I could escape [from the Iroquois] either through the Europeans or through the other savages living around us, if I should wish it, I decided to live on this cross on which Our Lord had fixed me in company with Himself, and to die with His grace helping me… Who could instruct the prisoners who were being constantly brought in?  Who could baptize them when they were dying, and strengthen them in their torments?  Who could pour the sacred waters on the heads of the children?  Who could look after the salvation of the adults who were dying, and after the instruction of those in good health?  Indeed, I believe that it happened not without a singular providence of the Divine Goodness, that I should have fallen into the hands of these very savages… These savages, I must confess, unwillingly and reluctantly have thus far spared me, by the will of God, so that thus through me, although unworthy, they might be instructed, they might believe, and be baptized, as many of them as are preordained for eternal life.”  (Francis Talbot, Saint Among Savages: The Life of St. Isaac Jogues, p. 300.)

 

Could any statement from a Saint refute the heresy of salvation for the “invincibly ignorant” better?  St. Isaac knew that those heathen who did not come to know the Catholic Faith and get baptized simply were not preordained for eternal life.

 

Romans 8:29-30- “For whom He foreknew, he also predestinated to be made conformable to the image of his Son: that he might be the first-born amongst many brethren.  And whom he predestinated, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

 

As Catholics, of course, we don’t believe as the heretic John Calvin, who held a predestination according to which no matter what one does he is either predestined for heaven or hell.  That is a wicked heresy.  Rather, as Catholics we believe in the true understanding of predestination, which is expressed by St. Isaac Jogues and Romans 8 above.  This true understanding of predestination simply means that God’s foreknowledge from all eternity makes sure that those who are of good will and are sincere will be brought to the Catholic faith and come to know what they must – and that those who are not brought to the Catholic faith and don’t know what they must were not among the elect. 

 

2 Corinthians 4:3: And if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost, in whom the god of this world [Satan] hath blinded the minds of unbelievers, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not shine unto them.” 

 

(See section 16 in the book, as well as the section on St. Isaac Jogues and St. Francis Xavier, for more on this issue).

 

What about baptism of desire?

 

Many ask about the “baptism of desire” and “baptism of blood.”  This is the idea that an unbaptized catechumen (a person who professes belief in the Catholic Faith and is preparing to be baptized) can be saved without Baptism by his desire for it or by his martyrdom.  This idea has never been taught in any infallible pronouncement of the Catholic Church.  On the contrary, the infallible teaching of the Catholic Church proves that no man can be saved without the Sacrament of Baptism (see below).  And while there were certain Saints in favor of the idea that an unbaptized catechumen could be saved without the Sacrament of Baptism, there were Saints and Doctors of the Church (including the overwhelming teaching of the early Church) who rejected the idea. 

 

St. Gregory Nazianz, 381 AD: “Of those who fail to be baptized some are utterly animal and bestial, according to whether they are foolish or wicked.  This, I think, they must add to their other sins, that they have no reverence for this gift, but regard it as any other gift, to be accepted if given them, or neglected if not given them.  Others know and honor the gift; but they delay, some out of carelessness, some because of insatiable desire.  Still others are not able to receive it, perhaps because of infancy, or some perfectly involuntary circumstance which prevents them from receiving the gift, even if they desire it

     “If you were able to judge a man who intends to commit murder, solely by his intention and without any act of murder, then you could likewise reckon as baptized one who desired Baptism, without having received Baptism.  But, since you cannot do the former, how can you do the latter?  I cannot see it.  If you prefer, we will put it like this: if in your opinion desire has equal power with actual Baptism, then make the same judgment in regard to glory.  You will then be satisfied to long for glory, as if that longing itself were glory.  Do you suffer any damage by not attaining the actual glory, as long as you have a desire for it?” (Jurgens, The Faith of the Early Fathers, Vol. 2: 1012.)

 

Here we see St. Gregory rejecting the idea of baptism of desire.

 

St. John Chrysostom, The Consolation of Death: And plainly must we grieve for our own catechumens, should they, either through their own unbelief or through their own neglect, depart this life without the saving grace of baptism.” (Saint John Chrysostom, “The Consolation of Death,” Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers, vol. IV, p. 363.)

 

Here we see St. John Chrysostom rejecting the idea of baptism of desire.

 

St. Ambrose, De mysteriis, 390-391 A.D.:

“You have read, therefore, that the three witnesses in Baptism are one: water, blood, and the spirit; and if you withdraw any one of these, the Sacrament of Baptism is not valid.  For what is water without the cross of Christ?  A common element without any sacramental effect.  Nor on the other hand is there any mystery of regeneration without water: for ‘unless a man be born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.’ [John 3:5]  Even a catechumen believes in the cross of the Lord Jesus, by which also he is signed; but, unless he be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, he cannot receive the remission of sins nor be recipient of the gift of spiritual grace.” (Jurgens, The Faith of the Early Fathers, Vol. 2: 1330.)

 

St. Augustine, 391: “When we shall have come into His [God’s] sight, we shall behold the equity of God’s justice.  Then no one will say:… ‘Why was this man led by God’s direction to be baptized, while that man, though he lived properly as a catechumen, was killed in a sudden disaster, and was not baptized?Look for rewards, and you will find nothing except punishments.” (Jurgens, The Faith of the Early Fathers, Vol. 3: 1496.)

 

It is well-known and easily discovered that many saints rejected the idea of baptism of desire, yet we still see the following grievous lies printed in books by the Society of St. Pius X and others.

 

Fr. Jean-Marc Rulleau (SSPX), Baptism of Desire, p. 63: “This baptism of desire makes up for the want of sacramental baptism… The existence of this mode of salvation is a truth taught by the Magisterium of the Church and held from the first centuries by all the Fathers.  No Catholic theologian has contested it.

 

Fr. Francois Laisney (SSPX), Is Feeneyism Catholic?, p. 79, on Baptism of desire: “It is not only the common teaching, but unanimous teaching; it is not only since the early part of this millennium, but rather from the beginning of the Church…”

 

These are lies which brainwash people.  Furthermore, of the saints who did believe in baptism of desire, none of them ever extended it to anyone besides an unbaptized catechumen (i.e., a person who believed in the Catholic Faith and wanted to be baptized.)  They would all condemn as heretical the idea that “baptism of desire” saves a person who is part of another religion or who doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ.  In fact, even some of those saints who believed in baptism of blood rejected the idea of baptism of desire.  They held that only martyrs were an exception to the Sacrament of Baptism:

 

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, 350 A.D.: “If any man does not receive baptism, he does not receive salvation.  The only exception is the martyrs...” (Jurgens, The Faith of the Early Fathers, Vol. 1: 811.)

 

St. Fulgence, 523: “From that time at which Our Savior said: “If anyone is not reborn of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven,’ no one can, without the sacrament of baptism, except those who, in the Catholic Church, without Baptism pour out their blood for Christ…” (Jurgens, The Faith of the Early Fathers, Vol. 3: 2269.)

 

I mention these facts, which are covered in much more detail in the book, to show how far have we come in our day, where almost 100% of those who argue in favor of baptism of desire/blood don’t even believe in baptism of desire or blood at all!  They believe in salvation for non-Catholics and people who don’t even believe in Christ and dishonestly call it “baptism of desire”!  They believe that “baptism of desire” somehow saves certain Jews, Buddhists, pagans, Muslims, etc.!  How horrified would the saints and fathers be by the heretical teaching of the SSPX, SSPV, CMRI, etc., that souls can be saved in other religions, which is reflected in the quote below from Archbishop Lefebvre?

 

Bishop Lefebvre (SSPX), Against the Heresies, pages 217-218: “This is then what Pius IX said and what he condemned.  It is necessary to understand the formulation that was so often employed by the Fathers of the Church:  ‘Outside the Church there is no salvation.’  When we say that, it is incorrectly believed that we think that all the Protestants, all the Moslems, all the Buddhists, all those who do not publicly belong to the Catholic Church go to hell.  Now, I repeat, it is possible for someone to be saved in these religions, but they are saved by the Church, and so the formulation is true: Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus.  This must be preached.”

 

For instance, even though St. Fulgence believed in baptism of blood and is even quoted in the Society of St. Pius X’s book on the subject, he teaches exactly the opposite of what you just read from Bishop Lefebvre – which heresy is also what the SSPV, CMRI, etc., etc., believe:

 

St. Fulgence, The Rule of Faith, 526 A.D.: “Hold most firmly and never doubt in the least that not only all the pagans but also all the Jews and all the heretics and schismatics who end this present life outside the Catholic Church are about to go into the eternal fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels.”

 

St. Fulgence would condemn the SSPX, SSPV, CMRI as heretical.  So would St. Alphonsus and all the saints.

 

St. Alphonsus: “See also the special love which God has shown you in bringing you into life in a Christian country, and in the bosom of the Catholic or true Church.  How many are born among the pagans, among the Jews, among the Mohometans and heretics, and all are lost.” (Sermons of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Tan Books, 1982, p. 219.)

 

The point is that almost no one who today claims to believe in baptism of desire or blood limits it to only unbaptized catechumens, as the saints did.  Almost everyone who argues for “baptism of desire” argues for salvation without the Catholic Faith and outside the Church.  They extend it to people who don’t even believe in Jesus Christ or desire baptism, which is heretical.  That is why almost 100% of those who believe in baptism of desire are unfortunately heretics who totally reject the dogma that the Catholic Faith is necessary for salvation, and that all who die as non-Catholics are lost.

 

Pope St. Gregory the Great, quoted in Summo Iugiter Studio, 590-604:

“The holy universal Church teaches that it is not possible to worship God truly except in her and asserts that all who are outside of her will not be saved.”

 

Pope Leo XII, Ubi Primum (# 14), May 5, 1824:

It is impossible for the most true God, who is Truth itself, the best, the wisest Provider, and the Rewarder of good men, to approve all sects who profess false teachings which are often inconsistent with one another and contradictory, and to confer eternal rewards on their members… by divine faith we hold one Lord, one faith, one baptism… This is why we profess that there is no salvation outside the Church.”

 

Pope Clement VI, Super quibusdam, Sept. 20, 1351:

“In the second place, we ask whether you and the Armenians obedient to you believe that no man of the wayfarers outside the faith of this Church, and outside the obedience to the Pope of Rome, can finally be saved.”

 

Pope Pius IV, Council of Trent, Iniunctum nobis, Nov. 13, 1565, ex cathedra: “This true Catholic faith, outside of which no one can be saved… I now profess and truly hold…” (Denz. 1000)

 

Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari Vos (# 13), Aug. 15, 1832:  “With the admonition of the apostle, that ‘there is one God, one faith, one baptism’ (Eph. 4:5), may those fear who contrive the notion that the safe harbor of salvation is open to persons of any religion whatever.  They should consider the testimony of Christ Himself that ‘those who are not with Christ are against Him,’ (Lk. 11:23) and that they disperse unhappily who do not gather with Him.  Therefore, ‘without a doubt, they will perish forever, unless they hold the Catholic faith whole and inviolate (Athanasian Creed).”

 

But what about the idea of baptism of desire or blood just for unbaptized catechumens?  Is this a true position?  No.  While a person could be in good faith for a certain period of time believing that an unbaptized catechumen could be saved without the Sacrament of Baptism (since it has been taught by fallible saints and certain fallible texts), the fact of the matter is that baptism of desire (even if just limited to unbaptized catechumens) is a false idea that contradicts the infallible teaching of the Catholic Church.

 

The idea that any man can be saved without Baptism by “baptism of desire” contradicts the dogma that the Sacrament of Baptism is necessary for salvation, and that Our Lord’s words in John 3:5 are literal.  This is what Catholics are bound to believe:

 

Pope Paul III, The Council of Trent, Can. 5 on the Sacrament of Baptism, Sess. 7, 1547, ex cathedra: If anyone says that baptism [the sacrament] is optional, that is, not necessary for salvation (cf. Jn. 3:5): let him be anathema.”

 

Pope Paul III, The Council of Trent, Can. 2 on the Sacrament of Baptism, Sess. 7, 1547, ex cathedra:  If anyone shall say that real and natural water is not necessary for baptism, and on that account those words of Our Lord Jesus Christ: ‘Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit’ [John 3:5], are distorted into some sort of metaphor: let him be anathema.”

 

Pope Eugene IV, The Council of Florence, “Exultate Deo,” Nov. 22, 1439:  “Holy baptism, which is the gateway to the spiritual life, holds the first place among all the sacraments; through it we are made members of Christ and of the body of the Church.  And since death entered the universe through the first man, ‘unless we are born again of water and the Spirit, we cannot,’ as the Truth says, ‘enter into the kingdom of heaven [John 3:5].  The matter of this sacrament is real and natural water.”

 

This means that no one can be saved without the Sacrament of Baptism.  Once a person understands these facts, he cannot hold baptism of desire under any form, and no Catholic should support any priest or organization who doesn’t completely reject this false theory.  Here are just a few more arguments from the infallible teaching of the Church which refute the idea of baptism of desire, which no baptism of desire advocate can answer or will ever answer:

 

Just a few of the arguments from the infallible Magisterium refuting “baptism of desire

 

The Council of Trent only mentions the word “catechumens” one time in its dogmatic teaching, and it states that catechumens don’t have the Faith which gives life eternal:

 

Pope Paul III, Council of Trent, Session 6, Chap. 7 on Justification, ex cathedra: “… the instrumental cause [of Justification] is the Sacrament of Baptism, which is the ‘Sacrament of Faith,’ without faith no one is ever justifiedThis Faith, in accordance with Apostolic Tradition, catechumens beg of the Church before the Sacrament of Baptism, when they ask for ‘faith which bestows life eternal,’ (Rit. Rom., Ordo Baptismi).”

 

The dogmatic Council of Vienne infallibly defined that all Catholics must profess only one baptism of water, not three: of water, blood and desire.

 

Pope Clement V, Council of Vienne, 1311-1312, ex cathedra:  “Besides, one baptism which regenerates all who are baptized in Christ must be faithfully confessed by all just as ‘one God and one faith’ [Eph. 4:5], which celebrated in water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit we believe to be commonly the perfect remedy for salvation for adults as for children.”

 

Pope Boniface VIII defined as a dogma that every human creature must be subject to the Roman Pontiff to be saved, and it is a dogma that only those sacramentally baptized become subjects of the Roman Pontiff and the Church. 

 

Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam, Nov. 18, 1302, ex cathedra:

Furthermore, we declare, say, define, and proclaim to every human creature that they by absolute necessity for salvation are entirely subject to the Roman Pontiff.”

 

All men, including infants, become subjects of the Church only by the Sacrament of Baptism.

 

Pope Leo XIII, Nobilissima (# 3), Feb. 8, 1884:

“The Church, guardian of the integrity of the Faith – which, in virtue of its authority, deputed from God its Founder, has to call all nations to the knowledge of Christian lore, and which is consequently bound to watch keenly over the teaching and upbringing of the children placed under its authority by baptism…”

 

Pope Julius III, Council of Trent, On the Sacraments of Baptism and Penance, Sess. 14, Chap. 2, ex cathedra: “… since the Church exercises judgment on no one who has not previously entered it by the gate of baptism.  For what have I to do with those who are without (1 Cor. 5:12), says the Apostle.  It is otherwise with those of the household of the faith, whom Christ the Lord by the laver of baptism has once made ‘members of his own body’ (1 Cor. 12:13).” (Denz. 895)

 

It is not possible, therefore, to be subject to the Roman Pontiff without receiving the Sacrament of Baptism, since the Church (and the Roman Pontiff) cannot exercise judgment (jurisdiction) over an unbaptized person (de fide, Trent).  And since it is not possible to be subject to the Roman Pontiff without the Sacrament of Baptism, it is not possible to be saved without the Sacrament of Baptism, since every human creature must be subject to the Roman Pontiff for salvation (de fide, Boniface VIII).

 

Pope Innocent III infallibly declared that there is one universal Church OF THE FAITHFUL, outside of which no one at all is saved.  Catholic Tradition, Liturgy and the Fathers unanimously teach that only the water baptized (not unbaptized catechumens) are part of “the faithful.”

 

Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, Constitution 1, 1215, ex cathedra: “THERE IS INDEED ONE UNIVERSAL CHURCH OF THE FAITHFUL, outside of which nobody at all is saved, in which Jesus Christ is both priest and sacrifice.”

In the early Church, the unbaptized catechumens (i.e., those who had not received the Sacrament of Baptism) had to leave after the Mass of the catechumens, when the faithful professed the Creed.  The unbaptized were not allowed to stay for the Mass of the faithful, because it is only by receiving the Sacrament of Baptism that one becomes one of the faithful.  This is the teaching of Tradition.

Casimir Kucharek, The Byzantine-Slav Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom:  “In Canon 19 of the Synod of Laodicea (A.D. 343-381), for example, we read: ‘After the sermons of the bishops, the prayer for the catechumens is to be said by itself first; when the catechumens have gone out, the prayer for those who are doing penance; and after these… there should then be offered the three prayers of the faithful…’”

This dismissal of the catechumens before the Liturgy of the Faithful was present in all the ancient liturgical rites of the Catholic Church.  It is the universal teaching of Tradition, and acknowledged by all the fathers.

 

Dr. Ludwig Ott, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, Membership in the Church, p. 309: “3. Catechumens are not to be counted among the members of the Church… The Church claims no jurisdiction over them (D 895).  The Fathers draw a sharp line of separation between Catechumens and ‘the faithful.’”

 

The infallible definition of Pope Innocent III at the Fourth Lateran Council reads in original Latin: “Una vero est fidelium universalis ecclesia, extra quam nullus omnino salvatur…”  The Latin words nullus omnino mean “absolutely nobody.”  Absolutely nobody outside the one Church of the faithful is saved.  Since the one Church of “the faithful” only includes those who have received the Sacrament of Baptism – as Apostolic Tradition, Liturgical Tradition and Church dogma show – this means that absolutely nobody is saved without the Sacrament of Baptism.

 

It is also a dogma that no one can be justified from the state of sin without cleansing from the Blood of Jesus Christ.

 

Pope Paul III, Council of Trent, Sess. 5, on original sin, ex cathedra: “If anyone asserts that this sin of Adam... is taken away either by the forces of human nature, or by any remedy other than the merit of the one mediator, our Lord Jesus Christ, who has reconciled us to God in his own blood,made unto us justice, sanctification, and redemption’ (1 Cor. 1:30); or if he denies that the merit of Jesus Christ is applied to adults as well as to infants by the sacrament of baptism… let him be anathema.”

 

The advocates of baptism of desire and blood hold that when one receives baptism of desire or blood he is justified by the Spirit and cleansed by the Blood of Christ without the water of baptism.

 

Fr. Francois Laisney, Is Feeneyism Catholic?, pp. 35-36: “…the emphasis of the whole passage [John chapter 3] is on the spiritual rebirth…It is thus perfectly legitimate to interpret with the Fathers that the absolute necessity applies to the spiritual rebirth…Contrary to what the followers of Fr. Feeney pretend, the emphasis of this whole passage is not on water, but on rebirth.  By holding with the Church that the rebirth is what is absolutely necessary, and that water is necessary ‘re aut voto,’ one respects the truth of the words of Our Lord and the truth of the interpretation of the Church.  By pretending that water itself is absolutely necessary without any exception whatsoever, one departs from the interpretation of the Church.”

 

Here you have the position of baptism of desire explained.  Its advocates hold that rebirth (or being “born again”) of the Spirit and the Blood is absolutely necessary – since no one can be saved without cleansing from the Blood of Christ and justification by the Spirit – but that this rebirth of the Spirit and the Blood can be separate from the water of baptism.  But this concept is directly contrary to the infallible teaching of Pope St. Leo the Great.

 

Pope St. Leo the Great, dogmatic letter to Flavian, Council of Chalcedon, 451:

Let him heed what the blessed apostle Peter preaches, that sanctification by the Spirit is effected by the sprinkling of Christ’s blood (1 Pet. 1:2); and let him not skip over the same apostle’s words, knowing that you have been redeemed from the empty way of life you inherited from your fathers, not with corruptible gold and silver but by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, as of a lamb without stain or spot (1 Pet. 1:18).  Nor should he withstand the testimony of blessed John the apostle: and the blood of Jesus, the Son of God, purifies us from every sin (1 Jn. 1:7); and again, This is the victory which conquers the world, our faith.  Who is there who conquers the world save one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?  It is He, Jesus Christ, who has come through water and blood, not in water only, but in water and blood.  And because the Spirit is truth, it is the Spirit who testifies.  For there are three who give testimony – Spirit and water and blood.  And the three are one.  (1 Jn. 5:4-8)  IN OTHER WORDS, THE SPIRIT OF SANCTIFICATION AND THE BLOOD OF REDEMPTION AND THE WATER OF BAPTISM.  THESE THREE ARE ONE AND REMAIN INDIVISIBLE.  NONE OF THEM IS SEPARABLE FROM ITS LINK WITH THE OTHERS.

 

Pope St. Leo defines that in Sanctification, the Spirit of Sanctification and the Blood of Redemption cannot be separated from the water of baptism!  Thus, there can be no rebirth by the Spirit and the Blood without the water of baptism!  This infallibly teaches exactly the opposite of baptism of desire and blood, which is that sanctification (or rebirth) by the Spirit and the Blood without water is possible!  In light of this dogmatic letter, as well as the other facts already brought forward, baptism of desire and baptism of blood cannot be held; for these theories separate the Spirit and the Blood from the water in sanctification.

 

Pope St. Leo the Great’s teaching above is infallible and dogmatic.  It is part of the dogmatic Council of Chalcedon, and Pope St. Gelasius even anathematized anyone who would contradict it even in regard to one iota!

 

Pope St. Gelasius, Decretal, 495: “Also the epistle of blessed Leo the Pope to Flavian… if anyone argues concerning the text of this one even in regard to one iota, and does not receive it in all respects reverently, let him be anathema.”

 

As we can see, the truth that no one can be saved without the Sacrament of Baptism is the teaching of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.  But, in our day a calumny of abominable proportions has been spread widely.  According to this calumny, the truth you just read was the invention of a man.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  The teaching that no man can be saved without the Sacrament of Baptism is the truth of Jesus Christ, defined as a dogma by the Church.  It is those who deny this divinely revealed truth who embrace an invention of man.

 

It should also be noted that in the history of the Catholic Church there is not a single tradition that can be cited for praying for – or giving ecclesiastical burial to – catechumens who died without baptism.  The Catholic Encyclopedia (1907) had the following to say about the actual Tradition of the Church in this regard:

 

“A certain statement in the funeral oration of St. Ambrose over the Emperor Valentinian II has been brought forward as a proof that the Church offered sacrifices and prayers for catechumens who died before baptism.  There is not a vestige of such a custom to be found anywhereThe practice of the Church is more correctly shown in the canon (xvii) of the Second Council of Braga (572 AD):  Neither the commemoration of Sacrifice [oblationis] nor the service of chanting [psallendi] is to be employed for catechumens who have died without baptism.” (The Catholic Encyclopedia, “Baptism,” Volume 2, 1907, p. 265.)

 

There you have the teaching of Catholic Tradition.  No catechumen who died without the Sacrament of Baptism received prayer, sacrifice or Christian burial!  The Council of Braga, in 572 A.D., forbade prayer for catechumens who died without baptism.  Pope St. Leo the Great and Pope St. Gelasius had earlier confirmed the same Church discipline – which was the universal practice – forbidding Catholics to pray for unbaptized catechumens who had died.  This means that the belief in the early Church was that there was no such thing as baptism of desire. 

 

1 Peter 3:20-21: “… when they waited for the patience of God in the days of Noe, when the ark was a building: wherein a few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.  Whereunto baptism being of the like form, now saveth you also…”

 

Titus 3:5- “Not by the works of justice, which we have done, but according to his mercy, he saved us, by the laver of regeneration, and renovation of the Holy Ghost…”

 

All of this is just a brief introduction to the issue.  For much more information please consult the book:

 

Outside the Catholic Church There is Absolutely No Salvation [pdf file]

(This book answers all of the major objections on the baptism issue and the salvation issue – look through the Table of Contents if you are looking for a particular issue)

 

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Devotion to Our Lady and the Hail Mary are essential.  Catholics must come to learn and understand the power of devotion to Our Lady and the Hail Mary.

 

St. Louis De Montfort (+1710): “Blessed Alan de la Roche who was so deeply devoted to the Blessed Virgin had many revelations from her and we know that he confirmed the truth of these revelations by a solemn oath.  Three of them stand out with special emphasis: the first, that if people fail to say the Hail Mary (the Angelic Salutation which has saved the world) out of carelessness, or because they are lukewarm, or because they hate it, this is a sign that they will probably and indeed shortly be condemned to eternal punishment.” (Secret of the Rosary, p. 45)

 

St. Louis De Montfort (+1710): “….there are some very sanctifying interior practices for those whom the Holy Ghost calls to high perfection.  These may be expressed in four words: to do all things by Mary, with Mary, in Mary and for Mary; so that we may do them all the more perfectly by Jesus, with Jesus, in Jesus and for Jesus.” (True Devotion to Mary #257)

 

St. Louis De Montfort (+ c. 1710): “By this practice [the True Devotion to Mary which he teaches], faithfully observed, you will give Jesus more glory in a month than by any other practice, however difficult, in many years…” (True Devotion to Mary #222)

St. Louis De Montfort: “… many others have proved invincibly, from the sentiments of the Fathers (among others, St. Augustine, St. Ephrem, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, St. Germanus, St. John Damascene, St. Anselm, St. Bernard, St. Bernardine, St. Thomas and St. Bonaventure), that devotion to Mary is necessary to salvation, and that… it is an infallible mark of reprobation to have no esteem and love for the holy Virgin.” (True Devotion to Mary # 40)

Regarding the Holy Rosary, Sister Lucia told Father Fuentes in a famous 1957 interview:

"Look, Father, the Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Holy Rosary. She has given this efficacy to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary, we will save ourselves. We will sanctify ourselves. We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls."

It’s also very important and effective to have devotion to certain saints.  Here are some great ones to have a devotion to:

Prayer to St. Therese

Prayers to St. Benedict

Prayers to St. Joseph

Prayer to St. Philomena

 

The Steps to convert to the traditional Catholic Faith (and for those people leaving the New Mass)

 

The steps one must take to convert to the Catholic Faith are actually simple, whether one hasn’t been baptized or whether one has been baptized.  They are slightly different, however, depending upon what category a person falls into:

 

If you haven’t been baptized: 1) Know the basic catechism (i.e. the basic teachings) of the Catholic Faith.  (We sell such a catechism for $5.00 at our ONLINE STORE.)  2) Hold belief in all the traditional dogmas of the Church and the correct Catholic positions against the post-Vatican II sect (covered in detail in our material), including, for example, the dogma Outside the Church There is No Salvation (without exception) and the necessity of water baptism. 

 

3) After you know the basic catechism (which shouldn’t take very long), and are confident that you assent to all the traditional teachings of the Catholic Church, get baptized.  There is no reason to delay this (see Acts 8:36-37) if you have completed steps 1 and 2.  Normally this would be done by a Catholic priest at your local Catholic church.  Since we are in the Great Apostasy and there are almost zero fully Catholic priests around, a layperson is probably the one who should do it for you.  The Council of Florence (see below) declared that anyone can validly baptize.  Thus, if you have a strong Catholic friend or, in case you don’t, if you have a non-Catholic family member or friend who could perform the baptism reliably with the proper intention, then that person can baptize you using the form given below.  Confession is not necessary for a person who has never been baptized, since baptism removes original sin and all actual sins.  After baptism, however, one should get into the habit of going to confession to a traditional priest ordained in the traditional rite of ordination at least once a month.  And one must go if he or she commits a mortal sin after baptism, which hopefully will not occur.  Concerning where to go to confession, take note of the points below.

 

4) Make the profession of faith for converts from the Council of Trent, which is below.  If there is a specific sect to which you belonged, add at the end that you also reject that heretical sect. 

 

The Council of Trent’s Profession of Faith for Converts

 

For those who have been baptized, it is slightly different: 1) Know the basic catechism (i.e. the basic teachings) of the Catholic Faith.  (We sell such a catechism for $5.00 at our ONLINE STORE.)  2) Hold belief in all the traditional dogmas of the Church and the correct Catholic positions against the post-Vatican II sect (covered in detail in our material), including, for example, the dogma Outside the Church There is No Salvation (without exception) and the necessity of water baptism.  3) Make the profession of faith for converts from the Council of Trent, which is above.  If there is a specific sect to which you belonged, add at the end that you also reject that heretical sect. 

4) You must make a general confession to a priest ordained in the traditional rite of ordination after taking the previous 3 steps.  This is a confession in which one mentions all mortal sins committed after baptism, including adherence to any sects or false religions or having spread a false sect or false religion.  Contact us for a priest in your area who can hear your confession.  An Eastern Rite priest at an Eastern Rite church (not “Orthodox”) is often a good option for confession.  These churches are commonly listed as “Byzantine Catholic” or “Ukrainian Catholic” in the phone book under “Catholic churches.”  If you confirm that the priest at one of these churches was ordained in the Eastern Rite, that would be an option at least for confession since that priest was validly ordained in a traditional rite of ordination.  However, you cannot financially support the chapel or the priest because of his acceptance of Vatican II and the post-Vatican II antipopes.  If you cannot find any other valid priest to hear your confession, you can go to a Novus Ordo priest who was ordained in the Traditional Rite of Ordination (before 1968) as long as the priest says “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.”

 

For those who aren’t sure whether they are baptized, the order is: 1) Know the basic catechism (i.e. the basic teachings) of the Catholic Faith.  (We sell such a catechism for $5.00 at our ONLINE STORE.)  2) Hold belief in all the traditional dogmas of the Church and the correct Catholic positions against the post-Vatican II sect (covered in detail in our material), including, for example, the dogma Outside the Church There is No Salvation (without exception) and the necessity of water baptism.  3) Make the profession of faith for converts from the Council of Trent, which is above.  If there is a specific sect to which you belonged, add at the end that you also reject that heretical sect. 

4) Have someone perform a conditional baptism using the conditional form of baptism given below.  If there is any doubt about your baptism, this should be done.  5) After your conditional baptism, make a general confession mentioning all mortal sins committed after your first possibly valid baptism.

 

People leaving the New Mass or adherence to the Vatican II Counter Church also need to make a confession (to a validly ordained priest, see above) that they attended a non-Catholic service and for however long they attended.  If they participated in other things at the New Mass (e.g. were a lay-minister, dressed immodestly, etc.) or accepted false ecumenism or denied some other dogma, these things should also be mentioned in confession.  This must be done before receiving Communion at the Traditional Mass (if there is an acceptable one for you to attend in your area). Those leaving the New Mass and adherence to the Vatican II false Church should also make that same profession of faith from the Council of Trent. 

 

Baptism and Conditional Baptism:  The form of baptism is: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

 

If there is some doubt about the validity of your baptism, the conditional form of baptism is: “If you are baptized, I do not baptize you again, but if you are not yet baptized [pour water on the head, making sure it touches the skin] I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”  Since there are barely any true Catholic priests in the whole country, you can have a Catholic friend perform a conditional baptism, and you can baptize your own children.

 

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, “Exultate Deo,” 1439: “In case of necessity, however, not only a priest or a deacon, but even a layman or woman, yes even a pagan and a heretic can baptize, so long as he preserves the form of the Church and has the intention of doing what the Church does.” (Denz. 696)

 

Where to go to Mass or Confession?

 

This is probably the most frequent question that we receive and it is the hardest to answer.  This is because there is hardly a solid Catholic priest to be found in the entire country today.  We offer some guidelines here, and our opinion.  First, no Catholic can ever attend the New Mass, since it is an invalid, non-Catholic service, as our material above (e.g., the video) shows.  Thus, the only option would be to attend a traditional Latin Mass or a valid Eastern Rite Liturgy.  But unfortunately some of the Eastern Rite liturgies have been revised and modernized.  For example, liturgies in the Ruthenian jurisdiction of the United States have been revised and are not an option for Mass or for Communion.  They should not be attended, but other priests of the Eastern Rite (such as Ukrainian “Catholic” priests) are an option for confession, if they have been ordained in the Eastern Rite (as mentioned above).  Moreover, even with those who are celebrating the correct Latin Mass, most hold heretical views.  Attending Mass on Sunday and Holy Days is the Church’s law, which is only obligatory if the Church provides you with a true Mass and a truly Catholic priest within a reasonable distance.  Many Catholics in Church history have been in situations where there was nowhere to go to Mass and therefore there was no obligation to go anywhere.  There is no obligation to attend the Mass of a heretic or the Mass of a priest holding a heretical position.  Thus, there is no obligation to attend the traditional Mass of a validly ordained “traditionalist” priest who accepts Benedict XVI as the pope, or who believes in baptism of desire/salvation for non-Catholics (as almost all so-called traditionalists priests do), since he is holding a heretical position.  That would include almost all of them.  If one doesn’t feel that he should attend such a chapel, he doesn’t have to.  But can one ever go?

 

Cardinal de Lugo, who was a prominent theologian of the 17th century, who was often quoted by St. Alphonsus, addresses this very issue:

 

 “The second chief doubt is whether we may communicate with an undeclared heretic only in civil and human affairs or even in sacred and spiritual things.  It is certain that we cannot communicate with heretics in the rites proper to a heretical sect, because this would be contrary to the precept of confessing the faith and would contain an implicit profession of error.  But the question relates to sacred matters containing no error, e.g. whether it is lawful to hear Mass with a heretic, or to celebrate in his presence, or to be present while he celebrates in the Catholic rite, etc.

 

But the opposite view [i.e. that attendance at such a Mass is lawful] is general [communis] and true, unless it should be illicit for some other reason on account of scandal or implicit denial of the faith, or because charity obliges one to impede the sin of the heretical minister administering unworthily where necessity does not urge.  This is the teaching of Navarro and Sanchez, Suarez, Hurtado and is what I have said in speaking of the sacrament of penance and of matrimony and the other sacraments.  It is also certain by virtue of the said litterae extravagantes [i.e. Ad evitanda scandala] in which communication with excommunicati tolerati is conceded to the faithful in the reception and administration of the sacraments.

 

“So as these heretics are not declared excommunicates or notoriously guilty of striking a cleric, there is no reason why we should be prevented from receiving the sacraments from them because of their excommunication, although on other grounds this may often be illicit unless necessity excuse as I have explained in the said places.” (Cardinal John de Lugo S.J. (1583-1660), Tractatus de Virtute Fidei Divinae: Disputatio XXII, Sectio . According to The Catholic Encyclopedia, St. Alphonsus regarded Cardinal de Lugo as second only to St. Thomas as a theologian.)

 

Notice that Cardinal de Lugo distinguishes between attending a heretical rite (which is never permitted) and attending a Catholic Mass or rite celebrated by an undeclared heretic (e.g. a priest of the SSPX who celebrates the Catholic rite and claims to be Catholic but is actually a heretic).  De Lugo is thus addressing the very issue which is confronting people today and which was posed in the question.  And what does he say?  He teaches that attendance at such a Mass is lawful and that this is the “general and true” position of Catholic theologians.  Please note that Cardinal de Lugo also points out that if circumstances are such that scandal or a denial of the Faith would necessarily arise (e.g., if the priest made an announcement that everyone who attends must agree with him, such as the priests of the SSPV have on the salvation issue), then you necessarily couldn’t go; or if the priest is notorious about his heresy, then you definitely shouldn’t go. But that is not the case at all Masses celebrated by undeclared heretical priests in the Catholic rite; otherwise de Lugo would have stated that the teaching of all theologians is that all such Masses must always be avoided.  A Catholic can never support such a priest and thereby assist him in the propagation of heresy, but he could attend his Mass in order to receive the Sacrament if the priest professes to be Catholic and is not notorious about his heresy.  But if the priest agrees with, for instance, what is printed on the SSPX’s website one should not attend his Mass:

 

SSPX’s official website: “Is a Sedevacantist to be considered a non-Catholic?  A… It is consequently true that there can be some theological discussion as to whether sedevacantists are formally schismatic or not. The answer to this depends on the degree of sedevacantism. There are radical sedevacantists that call us heretics since we are in communion with a heretic (Wotyla), so they say. These are certainly schismatic, for they clearly reject communion with true Catholics, who are in no way modernist. By making their sedevacantism a quasi-article of faith they certainly fall into the second category of persons that canon 1325, §2 declares to be schismatic: "He is a schismatic who rejects communion with members of the Church subject to him (i.e., the Sovereign Pontiff)." It is consequently by their refusal to be a part of the Church, and effectively making the "church" as they see it consist only in sedevacantists that they are certainly schismatic.”

 

So, to summarize: Don’t ever attend the invalid New Mass, of course.  Don’t attend any Society of St. Pius V chapel, because they impose upon the people their heretical belief that people can be saved without the Catholic Faith.

 

Don’t attend any Society of St. Pius X chapel if the priest believes that sedevacantists are heretics or has made an announcement stating that he doesn’t want sedevacantists or “Feeneyites” at the chapel.  This will probably mean that most SSPX priests are off-limits, but there may be a few who aren’t notorious or imposing about their heresy.  If so, you may be able to attend without supporting the chapel.  Don’t attend any Indult Mass.  Don’t attend the Mass of a Byzantine priest or independent priest who is notorious or imposing about his acceptance of the Vatican II religion.  And never attend the Novus Ordo (the New Mass), of course.

 

If you find a priest who is validly ordained who is not notorious or imposing about his heresy – for instance, a Byzantine priest or an independent “traditionalist” priest who believes that Benedict XVI is the Pope – then you could go to his Mass and receive the Sacraments from him (although you don’t have to) AS LONG AS YOU DON’T SUPPORT HIM FINANCIALLY IN ANY WAY.  DON’T SUPPORT ANY PRIEST OR GROUP WHICH ACCEPTS BENEDICT XVI AS THE POPE OR WHICH BELIEVES IN BAPTISM OF DESIRE; otherwise you will be assisting in the propagation of heresy and funding heretics.

 

Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, 1215: "Moreover, we determine to subject to excommunication believers who receive, defend, or support heretics."

 

These are just some brief guidelines on this difficult issue of where to go to Mass.  This is a fluid situation, since priests change their positions and groups become more notorious over time.  For instance, while people used to be able to attend the SSPV without supporting them (since they hold heresy), that is not an option any longer because they made announcements imposing their heretical view upon people from all their pulpits in 2004. 

 

If a person has committed mortal sin and needs to go to Confession, he can go to a Novus Ordo priest who was ordained in the Traditional Rite of Ordination (before 1968) as long as the priest says “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.”  This can be done if a person needs to go to Confession.

An Introduction to False Ecumenism and some comments on Heretical Actions

*Ecumenism is a word that was used before Vatican II to indicate the apostolic endeavor to convert all to Catholicism.  An “ecumenical” Council is a universally binding general Council of the Catholic Church, such as the Council of Trent.  But after Vatican II and as a result of it the term has taken on a new meaning: “ecumenism” now describes the movement to unite with, accept, endorse and/or pray with heretical sects and false religions.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, Prefect of Vatican Council for Promoting Christian Unity: “… today we no longer understand ecumenism in the sense of a return, by which the others would ‘be converted’ and return to being Catholics.  This was expressly abandoned by Vatican II.” (Adista, Feb. 26, 2001)

Kasper was appointed specifically to this post by John Paul II to express his views on this very topic.  This is because John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who both worked closely with Kasper, held the exact same thing. 

Benedict XVI, Address to Protestants at World Youth Day, August 19, 2005: “And we now ask: What does it mean to restore the unity of all Christians?... This unity, we are convinced, indeed subsists in the Catholic Church, without the possibility of ever being lost (Unitatis Redintegratio, nn. 2, 4, etc.); the Church in fact has not totally disappeared from the world.  Other the other hand, this unity does not mean what could be called ecumenism of the return: that is, to deny and to reject one’s own faith history.  Absolutely not!” (L’Osservatore Romano, August 24, 2005, p. 8.)

Here we see Benedict XVI bluntly stating that he absolutely rejects the “ecumenism of the return,” that is, that non-Catholics must reject their own Protestant “faith” and convert to Catholicism for unity!  Benedict XVI boldly repeats the heresy of Kasper, and bluntly rejects the dogmatic teaching contained in Mortalium Animos on the necessity of the ecumenism of “the return” to the Catholic Church!  “Absolutely not!” says Benedict XVI to the idea of Protestants needing to convert!  Benedict XVI couldn’t be more formally heretical.

Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos (#10), Jan. 6, 1928: “… 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…”

This kind of false ecumenism is the distinguishing feature of the Vatican II apostasy, and it is totally condemned by Catholic teaching.  It makes a complete mockery out of the dogma Outside the Church There is No Salvation (an article of Faith defined many times), the necessity of accepting the dogmas of the Catholic Faith, the martyrs of the Catholic Faith, and Jesus Christ.

Pope Pius XI's Encyclical Mortalium Animos (This encyclical condemns false ecumenism as a total abandonment of the Catholic Faith; see especially #2)

The Vatican II sect and its Antipopes want you to be in communion with Devils

The Catholic Church teaches that there is only one true religion and the rest are false.  The Catholic Church teaches that pagan religions (such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Voodooism, etc.), which worship various “gods,” actually worship demons, since all the gods of the heathen are the devils.

Psalms 95:5- “For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils…”

 

1 Cor. 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.”

 

St. Paul says that when the pagans worship their gods they are worshipping devils, and he doesn’t want you to be in communion with devils.  The Vatican II sect, however, endorses these false religions which commit idolatry and worship devils.  This is unspeakably evil; it is a total rejection of the teaching of the Gospel and the Catholic Church, and it is condemned as apostasy by Pope Pius XI in Mortalium Animos.

 

 

At the notorious interfaith “ecumenical prayer gatherings” – the most well-known occurring at Assisi in 1986 and 2002 – religious leaders from all the major false religions were invited to pray alongside John Paul II at a “Catholic” church. 

 

 

Each religion was invited to offer its own prayer for peace – blasphemous prayers, for instance, as the Hindu prayer said: “Peace be on all gods.”  But their gods are devils, as we saw above, so peace was being prayed for all the devils (who created these false religions) at the Vatican-sponsored World Day of Prayer for Peace.  The Vatican II religion wants you to be in communion with devils.

 

The Vatican II Sect on Islam

 

Then we have the Vatican II sect’s teaching on the false religion of Islam, which rejects the Holy Trinity and the Divinity of Jesus Christ.  Benedict XVI and John Paul have praised Islam, a false religion of the devil.  Here we see John Paul II in the Temple of infidelity (the mosque), endorsing their false religion.

 

 

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Basel, Session 19, Sept. 7, 1434:

“Moreover, we trust that with God’s help another benefit will accrue to the Christian commonwealth; because from this union, once it is established, there is hope that very many from the abominable sect of Mahomet will be converted to the Catholic faith.”

 

The Catholic Church teaches that Islam is “an abominable sect” of infidels (unbelievers).  An “abomination” is something that God abhors; it is something that He has no esteem for and no respect for.

 

Pope Clement V, Council of Vienne, 1311-1312:

It is an insult to the holy name and a disgrace to the Christian faith that in certain parts of the world subject to Christian princes where Saracens (i.e., The followers of Islam, also called Muslims) live, sometimes apart, sometimes intermingled with Christians, the Saracen priests, commonly called Zabazala, in their temples or mosques, in which the Saracens meet to adore the infidel Mahomet, loudly invoke and extol his name each day at certain hours from a high place… This brings disrepute on our faith and gives great scandal to the faithful.      These practices cannot be tolerated without displeasing the divine majesty.  We therefore, with the sacred council’s approval, strictly forbid such practices henceforth in Christian lands.  We enjoin on Catholic princes, one and all.. They are to forbid expressly the public invocation of the sacrilegious name of Mahomet… Those who presume to act otherwise are to be so chastised by the princes for their irreverence, that others may be deterred from such boldness.”

The Vatican II sect, however, teaches that Islam is a good and noble religion of “believers.”  This has its foundation in the teaching of Vatican II on Muslims, the real meaning of which is expressed by the heads of the Vatican II sect (John Paul II and Benedict XVI below).  These apostates even encourage the spread of this abominable sect of infidels.

Antipope John Paul II, Message to "Grand Sheikh Mohammed," Feb. 24, 2000: "Islam is a religion. Christianity is a religion. Islam has become a culture. Christianity has become also a culture... I thank your university, the biggest center of Islamic culture. I thank those who are developing Islamic culture..."

Antipope John Paul II, March 21, 2000:

“May Saint John the Baptist protect Islam and all the people of Jordan...” (L’ Osservatore Romano, March 29, 2000, p. 2.)

 

“Cardinal” Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI), Salt of the Earth, 1996, p. 244: “There is a noble Islam, embodied, for example, by the King of Morocco...”

 

The Vatican II sect on the Jews

 

*The Vatican II sect teaches that Jews don’t have to believe in Jesus Christ for salvation.  Vatican II’s Declaration Nostra Aetate specifically declares that the Jews are not rejected by God, even though they reject Our Lord Jesus Christ.  See: The Most Specific Heresy in Vatican II.  The Vatican II sect also teaches that the Old Covenant is still valid, which is a rejection of the following dogma defined by the Council of Florence.

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Cantate Domino, 1441, ex cathedra: “The Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and teaches that the matter pertaining to the law of the Old Testament, of the Mosaic Law, which are divided into ceremonies, sacred rites, sacrifices, and sacraments, because they were established to signify something in the future, although they were suited to divine worship at that time, after our Lord’s coming had been signified by them, ceased, and the sacraments of the New Testament began; and that whoever, even after the passion, placed hope in these matters of the law and submitted himself to them as necessary for salvation, as if faith in Christ could not save without them, sinned mortally.  Yet it does not deny that after the passion of Christ up to the promulgation of the Gospel they could have been observed until they were believed to be in no way necessary for salvation; but after the promulgation of the Gospel it asserts that they cannot be observed without the loss of eternal salvation.  All, therefore, who after that time (the promulgation of the Gospel) observe circumcision and the Sabbath and the other requirements of the law, it declares alien to the Christian faith and not in the least fit to participate in eternal salvation, unless someday they recover from these errors.”

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Sess. 8, Nov. 22, 1439, ex cathedra: “Whoever wishes to be saved, needs above all to hold the Catholic faith; unless each one preserves this whole and inviolate, he will without a doubt perish in eternity… But it is necessary for eternal salvation that he faithfully believe also in the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ...the Son of God is God and man...– This is the Catholic faith; unless each one believes this faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.

 

Here we see Cardinal Walter Kasper, who was specifically appointed to his post by John Paul II to express his views on this topic, asserting that the Vatican II sect has abandoned the above dogmas:

 

Cardinal Walter Kasper: “… the old theory of substitution [that is, the theory of the New Covenant substituting for the Old] is gone since the Second Vatican Council… Therefore, the Church believes that Judaism, i.e., the faithful response of the Jewish people to God’s irrevocable covenant, is salvific for them, because God is faithful to his promises.” (Address at the 17th meeting of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee, New York, May 1, 2001.)

 

Both John Paul II and Benedict XVI have been and are in full agreement with Kasper’s heresy:

 

“Cardinal” Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI), God and the World, 2000, pp. 150-151: “This is another of the paradoxes that the New Testament sets before us.  On the one hand, their [the Jews] No to Christ brings the Israelites into conflict with the subsequent acts of God, but at the same time we know that they are assured of the faithfulness of God.  They are not excluded from salvation, but they serve in a particular way, and thereby they stand within the patience of God, in which we, too, place our trust.”

 

In fact, Benedict XVI is even worse than Kasper (if that’s possible) because Benedict XVI teaches that the Jews not only don’t need to believe in Christ (total heresy), but that the Jewish reading of the prophecies of the Old Testament about the Messiah – in other words, the Jewish position that Our Lord is not the Messiah –  may be the true reading!

 

“Cardinal” Joseph Ratzinger, God and the World, 2000, p. 209: “It is of course possible to read the Old Testament so that it is not directed toward Christ; it does not point quite unequivocally to Christ.  And if Jews cannot see the promises as being fulfilled in him, this is not just ill will on their part, but genuinely because of the obscurity of the texts and the tension in the relationship between these texts and the figure of Jesus.  Jesus brings a new meaning to these texts – yet it is he who first gives them their proper coherence and relevance and significance.  There are perfectly good reasons, then, for denying that the Old Testament refers to Christ and for saying, No, that is not what he said.  And there are also good reasons for referring it to him – that is what the dispute between Jews and Christians is about.

 

This is such bold antichrist apostasy that there are almost no words to describe it – but this is what the man who is currently claiming to be the pope teaches.  He is a non-Catholic antipope.  Anyone aware of these facts and argues that Benedict XVI is not a manifest heretic is an antichrist.  In fact, Benedict XVI teaches the same thing in his book Milestones that we read above in God and the World.  It is perfectly accurate to say that Benedict XVI doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ.  That is why, as we see below, on Aug. 19, 2005, he traveled to the synagogue and took active part in a Jewish worship service.  To take part in non-Catholic worship has always been condemned by the Church, and if one does so at a non-Catholic Temple this is a manifestation of heresy or apostasy.  The entire event was a validation of the Jewish religion, and a manifestation of his apostasy and his position that Jews are perfectly fine even though they don’t accept Jesus Christ.

 

 

Heresy and Apostasy Manifested by Word and Deed

 

How many of those outside the Catholic Church manifest that they are not Catholics by issuing written statements or making speeches that they are not Catholic?  The answer is very few.  Most heresy and apostasy is manifested by deed, not word.  People manifest their heresy and apostasy by attending the synagogue or by worshipping at the mosque or by joining the Protestants in their worship at their churches. 

 

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Pt. I-II, Q. 103., A. 4: “All ceremonies are professions of faith, in which the interior worship of God consists.  Now man can make profession of his inward faith, by deeds as well as by words: and in either profession, if he make a false declaration, he sins mortally.”

 

So, when John Paul II and now Benedict XVI (with high-ranking members of the Vatican II sect) attend the mosque, the Buddhist Temple, the Lutheran temple and the synagogue they are manifesting their apostasy by their deed.  They are manifesting by their deed that they accept these false religions, and that these people don’t need to become Catholic for salvation.  When Benedict XVI entered the synagogue and took active part in a Jewish worship service on August 19, 2005, he was manifesting his apostasy (his acceptance of the false Jewish religion) by his deed.  That is why St. Thomas Aquinas taught that if anyone were to worship at the tomb of Mohammed he would be an apostate.  Such an action alone would show that he does not have the Catholic Faith, and that he accepts the false Islamic religion.   

 

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Pt. II, Q. 12, A. 1, Obj. 2: “… if anyone were to… worship at the tomb of Mahomet, he would be deemed an apostate.”

 

John Paul II kissing the Koran, May 14, 1999

 

John Paul II did the equivalent of worshipping at the tomb of Mahomet when he kissed the blasphemous Koran, when he praised Islam and its leaders countless times, and when he attended the mosque.  Just imagine what the Catholic saints would say about the Vatican II sect and John Paul II?  They would utterly denounce John Paul II and the Vatican II sect as completely apostate just for their teaching and actions with regard to the false religion of Islam:

 

St. Francis Xavier, May, 1546: “The evil [of Islam] was introduced by some Mahometan caicizes (ministers of religion), who came from Mecca in Arabia, where the accursed body of Mahomet is honored with great superstition.”

 

St. Francis of Assisi (+ c. 1210): [To the Muslims] “We have come to preach faith in Jesus Christ to you, that you will renounce Mohammad, that wicked slave of the devil, and obtain everlasting life like us.”

The Vatican II Sect on Heretics

The Vatican II sect also mocks the saints and martyrs and rejects the entire Catholic Faith with its teaching and actions on heretical sects, such as the Protestant sects.  Because Margaret Clitherow refused to accept the Anglican sect and its “Mass” – but rather invited Catholic priests into her home against the penal laws – she was martyred by being crushed to death under a large door loaded with heavy weights.  This style of execution is so painful that it is called “severe and harsh punishment.”  She suffered it all because she wouldn’t accept Anglicanism.  The Vatican II sect, however, teaches that Anglicans are fellow “Christians” who don’t need conversion, and whose invalid “bishops” are actually true bishops of the Church of Christ.  The Vatican II sect teaches that her martyrdom was completely pointless. 

Here is John Paul II, in mockery of all the Catholic saints and martyrs, such as Margaret Clitherow, endorsing the Anglican sect by kissing the ring of its non-Catholic leader, Rowan Williams.  John Paul II also gave Williams a gift, a pectoral cross, and a telegram of approval.  The pectoral cross is a sign of Episcopal authority – indicating that John Paul II considers that Williams, a layman posing as a bishop, is a valid bishop with Episcopal authority, even though Pope Leo XIII infallibly declared that the Anglican ordinations are invalid in Apostolicae Curae.  John Paul II’s action with regard to Rowan Williams is a perfect example of an action which manifests heresy: the action manifests that John Paul II accepts the Anglican sect and its leaders as true Christians and valid bishops.  Margaret Clitherow and all the Catholic saints would denounce John Paul II and the Vatican II sect as manifestly heretical, not even remotely Catholic and totally evil.

The Vatican II Sect on Schismatics

The “Orthodox” Schismatics reject the Papacy, Papal Infallibility and approximately the last 13 dogmatic councils of the Catholic Church.  But the Vatican II teaches that the Eastern "Orthodox" don’t need to believe in the Papacy and accept the Catholic Faith for salvation.  The Vatican II sect issued the official Balamand Statement with the Orthodox (see below), which declared that they have no obligation to convert to the Catholic Faith for salvation.  John Paul II approved of this agreement and taught the same many times. 

Vatican II Sect’s Balamand Statement with the “Orthodox,” #’s 14-15, 1993: “According to the words of Pope John Paul II, the ecumenical endeavor of the sister Churches of East and West, grounded in dialogue and prayer, is the search for perfect and total communion which is neither absorption nor fusion but a meeting in truth and love (cf. Slavorum Apostoli, 27).15. While the inviolable freedom of persons and their obligation to follow the requirements of their conscience remain secure, in the search for re-establishing unity there is no question of conversion of people from one Church to the other in order to ensure their salvation.”

This statement just boldly declared that schismatics don’t need to accept the Catholic Faith!  And below we see John Paul II sitting on equal level chairs with the schismatic Patriarch Teoctist.  This action is meant to indicate that the schismatic position, according to which all bishops are equal in the Church and the Bishop of Rome doesn’t possess universal jurisdiction, is accepted by John Paul II.  Below we also see John Paul II signing the common declaration of faith with Teoctist, in which they both denounced trying to convert each other.  This couldn’t be more formally heretical or schismatical.  It is a total rejection of the dogmatic teaching of Vatican I on the necessity to accept the Papacy for salvation, and a bold rejection of the dogma Outside the Church There is No Salvation.  (Benedict XVI teaches the same as the Balamand Statement and John Paul II, as one can see in the Heresies of Benedict XVI file above.)

More information on all of these topics is available in the articles on our website, in our books and DVDs, in our archived radio programs, etc.  But this small introduction is meant to show people that the Vatican II counterfeit “Catholic” sect is anti-Catholic, totally heretical and apostate.  It is not the Catholic Church, but it is the counterfeit “Catholic” sect of the last days.  Those who defend Vatican II and the post-conciliar “popes” actually think that they are defending the Catholic Faith, but they are deceived.  They are defending a completely non-Catholic (and antichrist) sect and, in the process, they are attacking the Catholic Faith and becoming its enemies.  They are attacking the Papacy and all the dogmas by defending a sect which mocks the Papacy and all the dogmas of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  They are being used by the Devil if they obstinately defend this sect in the face of these facts, and will perish forever unless they wake up and convert.  Those who see these facts and who say that the Vatican II antipopes are wrong for doing these things, but not manifest heretics (such as the false traditionalists) don’t understand Catholic teaching on heresy and the supernatural union which requires holding the true faith to be part of the Church. 

The fruits of the Vatican II religion

*The fruits of the Vatican II religion have been covered above on the sections on statistics, annulments, religious ordes, sex scandals, “Catholic” colleges, pro-abortion politicians scandal, etc.  We encourage you to consult those sections.  They show that the Vatican II sect is not the Catholic Church.  As covered above, entire dioceses have now been liquidated to pay off for the Vatican II sect’s pervert “priests.”  All of this is also covered in our new book, The Truth about What Really Happened to the Catholic Church after Vatican II.  Millions have left the Church, millions have embraced paganism, and almost all who claim to be “Catholic” are in heresy, apostasy or don’t have the foggiest idea what the Catholic Faith is about.  The Vatican II religion is a vapid, apostate, empty, and worldly religion of man. 

Here is a picture of young people at World Youth Day in Germany (Aug. 2005).  They are basically worshipping Benedict XVI, just as the people at a Rock concert worship a Rock Star.  This picture captures the reality of the non-Catholic counterfeit Vatican II sect: it captures what “the Papacy” has become in the Vatican II sect.  The people don’t have a clue about what true fidelity to the Papacy is, but rather they follow (and worship as a Christ) the man who they think has been elected pope - no matter if he preaches a new Gospel or renders Jesus Christ meaningless, as Benedict XVI does.  No matter that Benedict XVI just attended the synagogue a few days before demonstrating that Christ is meaningless (according to him)… no matter, they worship him all the same.  They don’t have any clue about what true fidelity to the Papacy is – how it is fidelity to its unchangeable dogmas – nor any clue that the pope and the Papacy are there to faithfully transmit what Jesus Christ and the Apostles gave to the Church in the deposit of unchangeable Faith.  It’s all about man, and the man they think (quite wrongly) is the pope, whom they treat as if he is Christ Himself.

Life is short and Hell is forever

Life is short and Hell is forever.  So, make saving your soul and embracing and practicing the true Catholic Faith your number one priority.

St. Alphonsus: “Man’s life is short: he cometh forth as a flower, and is destroyed’ (Job 14: 1,2).  The Lord commanded Isaias to preach this very truth: ‘Cry,’ He said to him, ‘all flesh is grass… indeed the people is grass.  The grass is withered, and the flower is fallen’ (Is. 40:6-7). The life of man is like the life of a blade of grass.  Death comes, the grass withers, and behold life ends, and the flower falls of all greatness and all worldly goods.”

“The torments of hell are all so horrible, so appalling, that they are enough to make the bravest man tremble.  But the thought of eternity is so awful that the serious consideration of it is almost enough to deprive one of one’s senses.” (Fr. Martin Von Cochem, The Four Last Things, p. 168)

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