118 – The differences between Catholic sacraments and Lutheran worship are “explanations, interpretations.” “You are doing the same thing, whether in the Lutheran language or the Catholic one, but it’s the same.”

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After the death of Our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross, a soldier pierced his side with a lance, and blood and water flowed forth – a symbol of the sacraments that he would institute for the edification of his Church, the only true Church.

What difference is there between the Catholic Church and other sects and religions? Is it correct to affirm that those who profess another religion receive the virtue of faith? Do we really participate in the same faith because we receive the same baptism? May a person who is not part of the true Church receive the Eucharist?

Faced with the ‘new doctrines’ that emanate from the Magisterium and gravely affront our faith and the sacraments, we lift up our gaze to the Virgin of Heaven, praying the beautiful antiphon: ‘Gaude, Maria Virgo, cunctas haereses sola interemisti in universo mundo – Rejoice, Virgin Mary, because it is only thou who destroys the heresies within entire world.’

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

ContentsAuthorsVI – The Catholic Faith versus lutheran beliefVII – Extracts of the writings of the heresiarch Martin Luther in order to serve for comparison with the teaching of the Catholic Church
I – There are essential discrepancies between the Catholic Church and the sects
II – The sacraments belong solely to the Catholic Church. Outside of the true Church of Christ, the sacraments are as though ‘robbed’ and in an agonizing state, administrated against the will of God
III – Baptism is licitly administered and received only in the Catholic Church. Only in the Church does it produce fruits for salvation
IV – The Eucharist brings about unity among the true believers. Heretics may not receive it
V – Catholic dogma is not subject to change: Truth is greater than explanations and interpretations
VI – The Catholic Faith versus Lutheran belief
VII – Extracts of the heretical writings of Martin Luther presented as elements of comparison with the teaching of the Catholic Church

I – There are essential discrepancies between the Catholic Church and the sects


Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

Between these churches and the Catholic Church there exist important differences especially in the interpretation of revealed truth

Leo XIII

The plan conceived by the heretical sects of Protestantism is to raise the standard of discord and religious rebellion

Pius IX

In their deceit the sects repeatedly declare to be only another form of the same true religion of Christ

Gregory XVI

The Protestants left no means untried to deceive the faithful

Pius IX

Condemned as an error: To state that protestantism is nothing else than a different form of the same true Christian religion

Leo XIII

The Church always regarded as rebels all who held beliefs on any point of doctrine different from her own – The One Lord demands one faith

Pius XI

Saint John the Evangelist forbade any interaction with those who professed a mutilated and corrupt version of Christ’s teaching

Pius IX

Necessity to anathemize those who alter the Gospel spreading false doctrines, betraying the depository of the faith
Those who are visibly separated from Catholic unity are not part of the Church

Leo XIII

Avoid familiarity with those who hide under the mask of universal tolerance and respect for all religions

Leo XII

It is impossible for the most true God to approve sects professing false teachings

Saint Cyprian of Carthage

He who gathers elsewhere than in the Church, scatters - Whoever is separated from the Church is joined to an adulteress and does not attain the rewards of Christ

Leo XIII

May the principal worry be to strengthen the character of the Catholic people, imbuing them with truth

Gregory XVI

They will perish forever, who think that the safe harbor of salvation is open to persons of any religion whatever

II – The sacraments belong solely to the Catholic Church. Outside of the true Church of Christ, the sacraments are as though ‘robbed’ and in an agonizing state, administrated against the will of God


Catechism of the Catholic Church

The sacraments are ‘of the Church’ in the double sense that they are ‘by her’ and ‘for her’

Code of Canon Law

To receive the sacraments licitly: only Catholics and from Catholic ministers alone

Vatican Council II

The sacraments were instituted to build up the body of Christ – not divisions

Saint Augustine of Hippo

The sacraments build up the Church

Saint Thomas Aquinas

The Church is built up with the sacraments: the apostles and successors may not use them to institute another Church nor to deliver another faith

Catechism of Trent

Instruction on the Sacraments demands special care: ‘cast ye not pearls before swine’

Saint Augustine of Hippo

It is proper to error to wrongly interpret signs of God

III – Only in the Catholic Church is Baptism is administered and received licitly. Only in the Church does it produce fruits for salvation


Saint Augustine of Hippo

Baptism exists in the Catholic Church, and in it alone can it be rightly received
It is wrong to receive Christ’s baptism in antagonism to the Church of Christ

Saint Cyprian of Carthage

Only the heads of the Church are allowed to baptize and to give remission of sins
Baptism of those outside the Church falsely assumes the resemblance of baptism and frustrates the grace of faith by shadowy pretence – it is adulterous and profane
Why do we receive an adulterous and alien church, a foe to the divine unity, when we know only one Christ and His one Church?

John Paul II

The baptized are inseparably joined together as ‘members of Christ and members of the body of the Church’

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Baptism exists so that one may be incorporated in Christ by becoming His member – therefore every baptized person has the grave duty to be fully incorporated to His Mystical Body

IV – The Eucharist brings about unity among the true believers. Heretics must not receive it


Saint Augustine of Hippo

When heretics receive this Sacrament, they receive testimony against themselves
Heretics and schismatics receive the same sacrament with no profit, rather to their own hurt
The Eucharist is received worthily if the yeast of bad doctrine is avoided

Saint John Chrysostom

Let no one communicate who is not of the disciples - Let no Judas receive, lest he suffer the fate of Judas

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Two ways of receiving the Eucharist

Council of Trent (Ecumenical XIX)

The Eucharist was instituted by Christ to maintain the closest bond of faith, hope, and charity, so that there be no schisms

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Through the Eucharist the unity of true believers is brought about

Benedict XVI

The Eucharist is found at the root of the Church as a mystery of communion

Catechism of Trent

Sacramental unity that corresponds to the unity of the Mystical Body

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Whoever receives this sacrament is made one with Christ and incorporated in His members
Eucharistic faith unites the children of the Church to one another

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Gathered together into Christ’s body, may we be what we receive

Leo X

Condemnation of the errors of Martin Luther

V – Catholic dogma is not subject to change: Truth is greater than explanations and interpretations


Saint Vincent of Lerins

With respect to the faith: you are not an author but a keeper, not a teacher but a disciple, not a leader but a follower
Shun profane novelties of words, which to receive and follow was never the part of Catholics but of heretics
Any new and unheard-of doctrine furtively introduced by anyone does not pertain to true religion
All possible progress on the condition that it be real, not an alteration of the faith

Pius XI

The divinely revealed truth should not be made a subject for compromise
A variety of opinions gives rise to neglect of religion or ‘indifferentism’ and ‘modernism’, which holds that dogmatic truth is not absolute but relative

Benedict XVI

Faith is a gift – it is God who gives us faith; it is not invented by us

Paul VI

The message of Christ is truth: it does not permit indifference or syncretism

John Paul II

A ‘being together’ which betrays truth is opposed to the nature of God, and a contradiction with Truth
All forms of reductionism or facile ‘agreement’ must be absolutely avoided

Pius XII

It is not allowed to dissemble one single dogma on the pretext of promoting unity

Leo XIII

True union consists in the Unity of Faith…

Pius X

…and all minds must be united in the knowledge of Truth

VI – The Catholic Faith versus lutheran belief


1 - Faith is a supernatural virtue by which one believes the things revealed by God, because of the authority of God Himself
2. Therefore, the reason for believing is God Himself, Absolute Truth, infinitely wise and truthful
3 – Thus, he who denies one article of the faith, accepting certain things and rejecting others, lacks the supernatural virtue of faith, for he rejects the authority of God to follow his own reason
4 – So the obstinate negation of a dogma – heresy – is the choice of denying assent to Christ
5 – Therefore the sin of heresy is most grave, and greater than the other sins
6 – Heresy is also worse than the sin of the jews or of the pagans

Consequence: From what we have seen, it is clear that Lutheran belief is not faith, but rather a rebellion against God. Obviously this does not mean that there might not be well-intentioned people, who were born of heretic parents. However, treating official heresy as if it were part of the seamless garment of Christ is a blasphemy, just like saying that Christ has a consortium with Satan.


VII – Extracts of the writings of the heresiarch Martin Luther in order to serve for comparison with the teaching of the Catholic Church


Luther denies the seven sacraments

Confirmation is not a sacrament for Luther

For Luther, Holy Orders is an invention of the pope’s church

Luther’s derision of the priesthood

Luther rejects the necessity that the priest absolve sins

Luther denies the sacramental character of matrimony

For Luther the matrimonial act is always a sin

Luther preaches divorce

Luther despises celibacy

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    1. This pope is a heretic. There I have said it. I am honestly done with making up excuses for his continued self indulgence. He freely admits to knowing nothing about theology, (which as a Jesuit, isn’t actually possible.) but he ( humbly) cannot resist proclaiming it in a manner twisted just enough to cause the greatest confusion and yet allow him sufficient scope for deniability. He is shockingly disrespectful to faithful Catholics while going out of his way to be loving to those who actually despise the Holy Church on one day and on the next say something that is completely doctrinally sound

      But the worst thing , for me, is his refusal to wear the red papal slippers. In doing so he told the world that that particular tradition was an outdated and frivolous indulgence that he would forego.

      I cannot for one moment believe that he does not know or that he wasn’t advised that in wearing the red slippers, the pope gives a sign to the faithful that he had given his fiat to Almighty God that he will walk way of the cross even to martyrdom for the Church as Christ had. It demonstrates the complete giving of himself in sacrifice for the body of Christ.

      In that one act of rebellion pope Francis told us all who and what he was. We didn’t want to see it and we still don’t want to believe it. We are like the lobster in the pot of simmering water, not really noticing that the water is only getting hotter until it finally clues in and accepts that it really is boiling, but it is too late, despite it’s desperate efforts to stop the inevitable outcome.

      As laity we have a duty to clamour to our bishops that we will not stand still, while the faith is destroyed from within, by the very ones who have been chosen to protect her.

      Tell me, what does one call a shepherd who sacrifices his sheep in order to court favour with the wolves?

      • You have touched upon perhaps the most sad part of this whole issue. The silence of all bishops, who should be doing all they can to protect God’s people in these times of calamity. This culpable silence, whether it be out of opportunism or connivance, is also gravely sinful. In such a situation all that remains is for God Almighty Himself to clean his vine.

      • no red slippers, not living in the Papal palace (maybe God did not permit it) but resides in a guest house and he also refused to be seated on the Papal Throne and requested a plain white chair. He now preaches his own false gospel and he wants to “strip it of its divine content”. Join Cdl Burke’s Storm Heaven Rosary Crusade.

    2. Our First Communion children could explain the Eucharist better than the Pope. That is frightening. Again Pope Francis instead of encouraging the woman to become catholic suggests for her to make her own decision according to her own conscience. I do not believe that Pope Francis believes in the Eucharist, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ our God.

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