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Pope Says Catholicism Is the One True Church

 

"These ecclesial Communities which, specifically because of the absence of the sacramental priesthood, have not preserved the genuine and integral substance of the Eucharistic Mystery cannot, according to Catholic doctrine, be called "Churches" in the proper sense."  Pope Benedict XVI

This document which Pope Benedict XVI approved or should I say re-approved a document which has made public once again, claims to be the one true 'church' and all others are "defective."  This is not surprising nor shocking because it has been the stance of Rome since it's beginning but sadly for most so-called Protestants it is.  Even Catholic bloggers know the weak stance most Protestants have taken in modern times when it comes to issues like these...The Catholic bloggers even give praise to their Pope for making the comments as we read below...

After centuries of the RCC making the claim, most Protestants are not too concerned....only on this forum is it ever discussed, Catholics seem more concerned of the claim than Protestants. (Catholic Blog)

"Well, I gotta hand it to the Pope. I like the hard line stance that he is taking on tradition of late, and that is no secret if you read my posts. Today, the Pope and I agree more than ever. In a recent document that was released, the Pope gets down to serious business of affirming that there is only ONE Christian Church out there, and it is the Catholic Church." (Catholic Blog)

"The Pope saying there is only one true church is nothing new. That has always been, and always will be, the Catholic position." (Catholic Blog)

 

Mainstream (Liberal) Protestants and Fundamentalists

 

It's obvious in what Rome is trying to do with the so-called "ecumenical relationship."  But one has to ask, where is the outcry by the Protestants?  Where are those "bible thumpers," or the "fundamentalists" or even "Jesus freaks" as some would call them.  Very little has been said in opposition in the mainstream to the Pope's claims about being the "one true church" other than it might hurt relations under the Pope. Sadly, many so-called Protestants have been bending over backwards trying to find ways to unite under the Pope.  The likes of  Pat Robertson with his broadcast neighbors,  Paul Crouch, and Raniero Cantalamessa have being trying to get their followers to unite with Rome for years now by speaking about "standing together" or not focus on differences rather "focus on similarities". Even congressman Vinson Synan who was a political figure from the United States in 1995, called for unity under Rome by declaring, "The Holy Spirit wants to break down walls between Catholics and Protestants," In March 2005, Protestants in some circles started to observe the Marian Festival, calling this move "a beautiful, poetic opportunity." It covers a wider scope in veneration of Mary within Protestant circles.  So much so, Time magazine did a cover story about the phenomenon in 2005.
 

However, in blogs in places like MSNBC and USA Today has been a surprise to say the least. We see in those particular blogs a vast number of critical viewpoints from all over the United States...It appears they were not all together excited for unity under the Pope nor the Pope's claims...There were many examples, here is one of them....

There was no pope until Constantine elected himself pope. Puhleeze!! Thank God I have left this church filled with the doctrine of demons. Read your Bible and you will see how apostate Rome is. (USA Today Blog).  

 

What Does God have to Say in All this?

Christians must remember, this is all part of God's plan.  One needs not to get too alarmed about it, on the other hand one is sadden by the false doctrines of Catholicism which were once shunned more greatly in the past are widely accepted in the mainstream by Protestants who are also liberal in doctrine but are considered conservative fundamentalists. Pat Robertson for example has major flaws with fundamental doctrine, seeking to experience so-called gifts of the spirit rather than simple faith in the Lord who rules over all.  Let's take a look at part of God's plan....

Revelation 17:1-6

And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
 

With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
 

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.


 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
 

And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
 

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. 

While it's not the intent of this news item to do a verse by verse study of Revelation 17,  which will be done in the future, I just wanted to point out a few things in light of what the Pope said recently...Romanism is considered by it's followers and the popes through the ages as the Mother Church. Using the term "Mother Church" implies above all other religions and Christianity. The Vatican II Council never changed this belief, or any other council Rome has conducted...

Many of doctrines in Catholicism bare the marks of "Mystery Babylon The Great"...Mary is a clear example.  If she was living today, she would be shocked and outrage at the type of worship using her name.  In Romanism Mary is held as, "Adam's Deliverance, Co-Redemptrix, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Deliverer From All Wrath, Our Lady of the Rosary and so on.  Many of the titles (a few here) describe Jesus but in Catholicism the labels refers to Mary.  Even though many in Roman Catholicism would deny they are actually worshipping Mary but by believing Mary was born sinless, a deliverer for mankind, Co-Redemptrix and praying to her.  This no doubt defines worship!  Clearly an abomination to God, because Mary has no such status in the Bible.  Speaking of the Scriptures, advice from Cardinals to the Pope reveal they knew the doctrines in which they taught were not in line with the God's Word and the more people took in an interest on what the Bible said, they believe the power of the Pope would fail.  Take a look....

In an excerpt from an address given by the Cardinals to Pope Pius III

"Of all that we can offer your holiness we must open your eyes well and use all possible force in the matter, namely to permit the reading of the Bible as little as possible in all the countries under your jurisdiction...So long as people will be content with the small amount, your interest will prosper; but as soon as people want to read more (the Bible), your interest will fail..."

(Preserved in the National Liberal of Paris, Folio. 1068, Vol 2, pp 650-651)

The Scriptures make it clear, to 'come out of her my people, and not be partaker of her sins'.

Revelation 18:4

 

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