Has the Catholic Church
NCW 67, March-April 2000
The headlines of the British newspaper, The Weekly Telegraph, reads:
POPE SEEKS PARDON FOR SINS OF CHURCH
(The Weekly Telegraph, No.451, March 21, 2000, p.1)
It's been all over the media - the Pope's historic visit to Israel - and his statement that now was a "favourable occasion for the [Catholic] Church to implore the divine pardon for the wrongs of its believers". In the old Good Friday liturgy these used to be a prayer "pro perfidiis Judaeis" in which the congregation asked that God would remove "the blindness of that people" because God's mercy is not removed "even from the perfidious Jews". The congregation were not asked to kneel during this prayer, because in ancient times they simply refused to do so. The liturgy was changed by Pope John XXIII to a prayer for "our brothers and sisters the Jews".
We must always remember every time we read statements by the Pope and the Catholic Church that according to their dogma the Pope "is god". He is infallible. But if infallibility is a part of the Pope's essence, what need is there for "repentance"? What need of a "pardon"? To which your average Catholic apologist will respond something like this:
"You should read the Catechism of the Catholic Church. If you did you would get your facts straight in regards to Papal infallibility. The Pope is not God, he is merely the direct successor to Peter. He is not infallible as a person, he is only infallible on teachings of morals and faith, and then only under very specific conditions. The Catholic Church is made up of sinners, including the Pope. Yes, the Pope is a sinner too. Misunderstandings about the Catholic Church are so rampant, and it is people like yourself that perpetuate the falsehoods of anti-Catholic rhetoric.
"It is unfortunate for the members of your flock, that you choose to do battle with things that you are not fully versed in. It lessens your credibility and makes a mockery of your assumed authority on other subjects."
This charge is so serious that we are bound to answer it because it is not the truth. Indeed, it is not dissimilar to the excuses of the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses for all their errors, they too claiming to be the "one and only true church/ organisation" whom God deals with.
Quoting from Hunt's A Woman Rides the Beast (pp. 153-4):
"The total submission that Rome requires has been expressed by many popes, but none said it more clearly than Nicholas I (858-67):
"It is evident that the popes can neither be bound nor unbound by any earthly power, nor even by that of the apostle [Peter], if he should return upon the earth; since Constantine the Great has recognised that the pontiffs held the place of God upon earth, the divinity not being able to be judged by any living man. We are, then, infallible, and whatever may be our acts, we are not accountable for them but to ourselves" [Cormenin, History of Popes, p.243 as cited in R.W.Thompson, The Papacy and the Civil Power (NewYork, 1876), p.248].
"That Nicholas was not expressing merely his own fanaticism but the view of the popes which eventually became Roman Catholic doctrine is clear both from history and from the official Church dogmas which are still in effect. According to Vatican II, no one is allowed even to question the [magisterium] in matters of faith and morals. Only the hierarchy can interpret the Bible, and the faithful must accept that interpretation as from God. And everyone must obey the pope even when he doesn't speak ex cathedra. Such requirement of blind faith are today's vestiges of the tyrannical rule of the popes down through the centuries."
The "vicar of Christ". "Vicar" from the Latin "vicarius" from which our word "vicarious" comes. To be a 'substitute' or 'in the place of'. The pope's very title proclaims (far and wide) his claim to deity, "In-the-place-of Christ". Just like Lucifer, "I will be like the Most High" (Is.14:14) [...like the PK song, "you be Jesus to me and I'll be Jesus to you..." you see... we're -all- 'little popes'!!]
Now, again...if the pope is answerable to NO "living man", not even Peter [the alleged 'first pope'] were he to reappear on the scene... WHY is this pope pretending to make apologies? He is merely pretending, because he has other motives, agendas and plans; and he knows that most people are gullible enough to believe the lying rhetoric of "reconciliation..." Everybody can be deceived into believing he is doing a good work, when in reality, he is engaging in treachery.
"..learn the parable of the fig tree: When its branch becomes tender and it puts out leaves, you know that the summer is near; so also you, when you see all these things, know that it is near at the doors" (Matthew 24:32-33).
The Pope's Visit to Israel and Pagan Symbols
A subscriber wrote, asking about the inverted cross which appears on the back of the pope's 'throne' during his Holy Land visit, as seen at this CNN site:
I have known that many ordinary symbols, when inverted, become symbols of Satanism. e.g. inverted pentagram (star). One ex-catholic I asked didn't know anything about this. Another didn't know about this specifically, but suggested that many catholic symbols and relics will be related to the "saint" or "apostle" after which the place is named. And he was remembering that one of the apostles had been crucified upside down. And in reading from another site, I was reminded how it has been revealed, again, during this past decade, that there is quite a group of Satanists within the Vatican hierarchy, and there is an organisational structure to 'protect them from exorcists'.
Down through the centuries various elements of Catholicism have been known for their involvement in witchcraft. Could it be that, the pope being a supposed 'descendant of Peter', who was crucified upside down, is using "Peter's" upside-down cross in deception; where it is actually a Satanist inverted cross? After all, have you ever noticed the hideous Satanist 'crucifix' on the end of the pope's shepherd staff? He seems to take that everywhere he appears in public.
If you happen to visit the above URL, you will see a replication representation of the bronze serpent/cross Moses set up, as the pope is on Mt. Nebo. It doesn't say if it was erected for the pope's visit, or if it is a permanent fixture at that location.
One thing King Hezekiah is praised for in Scripture, was his zeal in tearing down all the high places and images of idolatry. Getting rid of all that represented heathenism and Satanism. In his zeal he also destroyed the bronze serpent/cross Moses had made centuries earlier in the wilderness; it had been constructed for a one-time event, but the people engaged in offering incense before it continually over the years. And it says of him,
"He trusted in Yahweh the God of Israel, and after him there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him; and he clung to Jehovah; he did not turn aside from following Him, and kept His commands that Yahweh commanded Moses." (2 Ki.18:5-6)
And yet, these symbols are all reappearing all over the Holy Land. Anybody who knows even a scant amount about the catholic church, knows that images and symbolism is very important to them. Whenever I watch portions of special midnight masses from the Vatican (e.g. X-mass), the narrator/commentator is always reiterating all the various symbols of the liturgy. So, we can be sure that the manner in which the pope has been portrayed, and with what surroundings and backdrops, recently, would have been very carefully orchestrated.
Observe that the pope is reported as making a "powerful personal plea for Palestinian homeland". And when he was next to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, he "did not" issue an "apology for church silence". Again... his true agenda...!?
Quoting from this CNN site: "The pope is a clever diplomat," remarked Vatican observer Lorenzo Cremonosi. "He knows how powerful his image is and he is playing it very well WITHOUT committing the Vatican to dramatic NEW POSITIONS." [Editor: all-caps added for emphasis for later observation]
You see... very carefully, cleverly orchestrated visit. But nothing has changed. So, the question becomes, "Why?" Why did the pope visit the Holy Land?
Going back to the days of Hezekiah... visitors came from a "far away" land. From Babylon. They came with "good will" because Hezekiah had been sick, and was now well. He showed them all around. "..there is not a thing among my treasures that I have not made them see." (Is.39:4) Just like this pope's visit, a representative of today's Babylon, the descendant of the ancient religions of Babel, Nimrod and Queen of heaven; visiting ALL the sites of significance to anybody... "FOR FUTURE PILGRIMS TO FOLLOW..." Paving the way for what is yet to come!
Even Prime Minister Barak thought the pope's visit was a good thing, and welcomed him to Israel.
What did Isaiah say to Hezekiah? "Hear the word of Yahweh of Hosts: Behold, days come when all that is in your house, even what your fathers have treasured up until now, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says Yahweh." (Isa.39:5-6)
Do not be deceived by the Vatican's pomp, clever presentations, and fair words. When everything is said and done, Israel will have gone through such trials that only a third of their population will remain (Zec.13:8-9). This visit was merely setting the stage for future atrocities, blasphemes and desecrations. Hear the message of that Vatican "observer". They are skilled in politics/diplomacy...but there are NO "new positions" ...NOTHING HAS CHANGED.
In the Vatican Council of 1870 a bishop who unwisely made a speech suggesting that some Protestants might be decent people, not all of whom were destined to hell, was shouted down and pulled from the lectern by force.
The idea is really very simple - for the Catholic Church to admit any failure or imperfection in its long and bloody history is to forfeit the claim that it is the central and overflowing source of holiness for all mankind, that it has "subsisted in all ages, taught all nations and (is) the one ark of salvation for all".
There has always been a problem with this dogma, however, a problem that could not be explained away just by saying that the Church, although divine, was run by sinful humans who were likely to make mistakes, as our apologist above reminds us. The problem is that many of the "mistakes" have flown directly from the central, irreformable claims of the Church. The massacre of French Protestants, after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV, came directly from the Church's claim to be a monopoly of religious truth, expressed in a doctrine that was defended right into the 20th century, that "error has no rights". This would count as an example of "violence in the service of truth" that the Pope has mentioned, and also as a "sin against human rights".
So what is the Pope doing? Is he truly shifting Catholic doctrine or are his statements just a part of a propaganda stunt? He has asked forgiveness for a lack of regard for the dignity of women but this is something deeply rooted in the Catholic psyche that cannot be expunged by one man's prayer. The Catholic "Fathers" Augustine, John Chrysosyom (violently anti-Semitic) and Gregory of Nyssa all thought that sexuality was intrinsically sinful and suggested that to be attracted by female beauty was an invitation to sin. Bernard of Cluny wrote that female adornments "are but blood, mucous and bile. If we refuse to touch dung and phlegm, even with a fingertip, how can we embrace a sack of shit?"
That this is Catholicism's continuing view of sex explains the violent diatribes we have received at NCCG for daring to suggest that Christ might have been married, for to them this is tantamount to claiming that Yah'shua (Jesus) engaged in a SINFUL ACT (sex). And to then suggest, as some have, that He may have had more than one wife, is enough to blow every gasket in the Catholic brain. It is not difficult to see where historically the roots of Catholic violence lie.
Of course, the Pope's remarks are supposed to lead us all to react in admiration and praise, as though the Roman Pontiff is genuinely trying to separate the essential message of his Church from the cultural baggage with which it has so often been encrusted. Were this to be true - were the Roman Church genuinely to be REFORMING there might well be justification in pausing for breath and wondering if, after all, the Spirit of God is finally beginning to move through that behemoth.
No, nothing has changed. Whilst the Spirit must surely be working through many Catholic individuals in spite of their false traditions, there can be no way that either I or my brethren at NCCG can believe that God is using the Catholic institution. That it has a prophetic rôle in the end times is undeniable, but that it is for some good and benevolent purpose we must utterly and equivocably reject. Scripture describes it as the "harlot" Church, always compromising with paganism for the sake of political power. It's track record is so ugly - so drenched in blood - that the prayer of one Pope is not going to cleanse it in either this world or the next. It is irreformable, as Luther discovered, and the commandment in Scripture is to get OUT of her!
You will see the Catholic Church increasing its profile in the arena of politics in the coming years as it seeks its age old goal of re-establishing the Holy Roman Empire - not just in Europe (as it is already doing through the European Union) but throughout the whole world. Its Jesuit assassination squads are still doing their dirty work - the Inquisition is still there, only it has gone under ground even though your average Catholic has no idea about such goings-on. The recent visit to Israel is part of a long cherished dream by the Catholic Pontiff to make his headquarters in Jerusalem, something previous Popes tried to accomplish through the Crusades but failed. When a Catholic Cathedral appears in the vicinity of the Temple Mount, or actually on the Temple Mount, alongside a Jewish Temple and the existing Moslem Dome of the Rock, know that end has come for sure.
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