Archive for the ‘papacy’ Category

Vatican II contradicts pope Boniface VIII

May 11, 2010

We declare, say, define, and pronounce that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff (Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam).

(similarly “There is but one universal Church of the faithful, outside of which no one at all can be saved” – Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council).

but Vatican II says:

Those also can attain to salvation who through no fault of their own do not know the Gospel of Christ or His Church, yet sincerely seek God and moved by grace strive by their deeds to do His will as it is known to them through the dictates of conscience. Nor does Divine Providence deny the helps necessary for salvation to those who, without blame on their part, have not yet arrived at an explicit knowledge of God and with His grace strive to live a good life.

The former says there is no salvation outside Rome; the latter says faith even in Jesus is not necessary. Was Pope Boniface VIII not infallible? Will the real Catholic church please stand up.i

Some early fathers deny Peter’s special place amongst the disciples

May 5, 2010

If anyone asks for what cause he asked Simon only, though the other disciples were present, and what he means by “Feed my lambs,” and the like, we answer that St. Peter, with the other disciples, had been already chosen to the Apostleship, but because meanwhile Peter had fallen (for under great fear he had thrice denied the Lord), he now heals him that was sick, and exacts a threefold confession in place of his triple denial, contrasting the former with the latter, and compensating the fault with the correction.” Can you cite an earlier patristic interpretation of the passage that supports the Roman contention, or is this not the earliest interpretation?

Cyril of Alexandria (c. 370-444)

it is altogether necessary to salvation for every human creature to be subject to the Roman pontiff

May 5, 2010

We declare, state, define, and pronounce that it is altogether necessary to salvation for every human creature to be subject to the Roman pontiff.

Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam

The pope condemned by an ecumenical council

April 26, 2010

Constantine IV (668-85) summoned the sixth of the ecumenical councils in November 680 — the Third Council of Constantinople. The council was a total triumph for the foes of Monotheletism, vindicating the belief in Christ’s full humanity for which Maximus and Martin had suffered. The council also named and condemned those who had taught the single-energy and single-will doctrine, especially patriarch Sergius of Constantinople and Pope Honorius, calling them instruments of Satan, heretics, and blasphemers.

Nick Needham

whoever calls himself universal priest, or desires in his elation to be called so, is the forerunner of Antichrist.

April 25, 2010

I confidently say, that whoever calls himself universal priest, or desires in his elation to be called so, is the forerunner of Antichrist.

Pope Gregory the Great quoted N.R. Needham, 2000 Years of Christ’s Power : Part 1, Grace Publications 2002, p.300

What would he make of the claims of the current papacy?

The early church fathers knew nothing of papal supremacy

April 21, 2010

Bishop Firmilian:

“they who are at Rome do not observe those things in all cases which are handed down from the beginning, and vainly pretend the authority of the apostles…But with respect to the refutation of custom which they [the Roman church] seem to oppose to the truth, who is so foolish as to prefer custom to truth, or when he sees the light, not to forsake the darkness?…And this indeed you Africans are able to say against Stephen [bishop of Rome], that when you knew the truth you forsook the error of custom. But we join custom to truth, and to the Romans’ custom we oppose custom, but the custom of truth; holding from the beginning that which was delivered by Christ and the apostles….But indeed you [Stephen] are worse than all heretics….Moreover, how great sin have you heaped up for yourself, when you cut yourself off from so many flocks! For it is yourself that you have cut off. Do not deceive yourself, since he is really the schismatic who has made himself an apostate from the communion of ecclesiastical unity. For while you think that all may be excommunicated by you, you have excommunicated yourself alone from all…But as far as he [Stephen] is concerned, let us leave him…And yet Stephen is not ashamed to afford patronage to such in opposition to the Church, and for the sake of maintaining heretics to divide the brotherhood and in addition, to call Cyprian ‘a false Christ and a false apostle, and a deceitful worker.’ And he, conscious that all these characters are in himself, has been in advance of you, by falsely objecting to another those things which he himself ought deservedly to hear.”

(Cyprian’s Letter 74:6, 74:19, 74:23-24, 74:26)

The Primacy of the Bishop of Rome unknown to the early Christians

April 21, 2010

In 256 A.D., Cyprian assembled the Seventh Council of Carthage, and the eighty-seven bishops declared:

It remains, that upon this same matter each of us should bring forward what we think, judging no man, nor rejecting any one from the right of communion, if he should think differently from us. For neither does any of us set himself up as a bishop of bishops, nor by tyrannical terror does any compel his colleague to the necessity of obedience; since every bishop, according to the allowance of his liberty and power, has his own proper right of judgment, and can no more be judged by another than he himself can judge another. But let us all wait for the judgment of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only one that has the power both of preferring us in the government of His Church, and of judging us in our conduct there.

-Cyprian, 7th Council of Carthage

The Popes claim the place of God on earth

September 19, 2009

‘Pontiff’ means ‘bridge-builder’, pontifex is ‘one who makes a bridge’ and in ancient Rome was a member of the principle college of priests in Rome. Pontifex Maximus was the head of this and was the title used by the pagan Roman emperor, who was also the head of the old Roman religious college of pagan priests who claimed to be the ‘connecting bridge’ between this life and the next. A man who does this is in fact claiming, as did Pope Leo XIII in 1885, to hold ‘upon this earth the place of God Almighty.’

Even a Catholic priest becomes, on his ordination,  alter Christus, (‘another Christ’) because it is claimed that he will offer on the altar the same sacrifice as did Christ.

In 1302, Pope Boniface VIII issued a bull, Unam Sanctum, which affirmed that all temporal powers are subject to the spiritual authority, as invested in the pope…’We declare…that it is altogether necessary to salvation for every human creature to be subject to the Roman pontiff.’

Douglas C. Wood, The Evangelical Doctor, E.P., 1984, pp.6-7, 22

When popes err

September 12, 2009

To follow a pope who rebels against the will of Christ is to separate from Christ and his body; and if ever the time should come when all men follow an erring pontiff, then will be the great apostasy . . . and Rome will be the cause of an unprecedented schism.

Robert Grosseteste (1252 AD),

in Douglas C. Wood, The Evangelical Doctor, EP, 1984, p.12

Fraudulent basis of the papacy

September 12, 2009

The ‘Donation of Constantine’, purporting to date from the fourth century but now known to be an eighth-century forgery, claimed that Constantine I ordered all clergy to be subject to Pope Sylvester and his successors. It also gave him the city of Rome and all western parts of the empire…about 847 came the ‘Pseudo-Isidorean Decretals’ – another forgery. These documents…conferred on the Bishop of Rome supreme jurisdiction over all the churches of Christendom. They proclaimed the supremacy of the pope over the whole world including those areas still undiscovered or unevangelised. In an uncritical, largely illiterate age, these documents passed as genuine and only the Renaissance and the Reformation showed them to be false.

Douglas C. Wood, The Evangelical Doctor, EP, pp.3-4