Doctrinal position of the Roman Catholic Church

28 06 2006

1.      They will say, “We agree with you that the Scriptures are inspired,” but they also insist that the Catholic Church is the higher authority and that Scripture must be interpreted according to their Tradition (Vatican II, Dei Verbum).

2.      Their Tradition accepts the Deity of Christ, but by worshiping Mary as “Mother of God,” they destroy the meaning of “Deity” (Catholic Catechism, 25).

3.      They do believe in the universality of sin; however, they insist that the merit of Jesus Christ is applied to infants by the sacrament of baptism, and by baptism the guilt of original sin is remitted (Council of Trent, 22, 23, 54). As children grow up, their sins are dealt with by the unscriptural doctrines of Penance, Confession to priests, Indulgences, and finally the fires of Purgatory.

4.      They will say, “Yes, we believe in Christ’s substitutionary atonement,” but for Catholics there is no justification by Christ alone. In their Decree on Ecumenism, we read, “For it is through Christ’s Catholic Church alone that the means of salvation can be obtained.” They say Christ makes salvation possible, but He is only one of the means of justification. Other essential means of grace include the Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist, efficacious only when administered by the Catholic Church. They also insist that “Mary is truly Mother of the Church and brings birth of believers” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 25).

5.      They profess faith in the physical resurrection of Christ and His second coming, but they insist that no one can be ready for that event without going through the cleansing fires of purgatory.

6.      They teach that Purgatory exists because “the saved must be purged before entering Heaven” (Catechism, 268).

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30 06 2006
musings

Other strange teachings (from the Council of Trent, 1545 – 63) –

1. Justification not by faith alone ? “If anyone says that justifying faith is nothing else than confidence in divine mercy, which remits sins for Christ’s sake, or that it is this confidence alone that justifies us, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA” (CANON XII, on Justification)

2. Justification by works ? “If any one saith, that the justice received is not preserved and also increased before God through good works; but that the said works are merely the fruits and signs of Justification obtained, but not a cause of the increase thereof; let him be anathema.” (CANON XXIV, on Justification)

3. The physical flesh and blood of Jesus present in the bread and wine of Communion ? “If anyone denies that in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist are contained truly, really and substantially the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ, but says that He is in it only as in a sign, or figure or force, let him be anathema.” (CANON I, on Eucharist)

4. Penance needed for salvation ? “If anyone denies that sacramental confession was instituted by divine law or is necessary to salvation; or says that the manner of confessing secretly to a priest alone, which the Catholic Church has always observed from the beginning and still observes, is at variance with the institution and command of Christ and is a human contrivance, let him be anathema.” (CANON VI, on Penance)

5. Notwithstanding justification, sins to be discharged in purgatory ? “If any one saith, that, after the grace of Justification has been received, to every penitent sinner the guilt is remitted, and the debt of eternal punishment is blotted out in such wise, that there remains not any debt of temporal punishment to be discharged either in this world, or in the next in Purgatory, before the entrance to the kingdom of heaven can be opened (to him); let him be anathema.” (CANON XXX, on the merit of good works)

30 06 2006
danski

Thanks Melyvn.

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