||Roman Catholic, not
Just a short preface to the following article: The
owner of this website does indeed believe Christ words in Matthew 26 that,
when we receive the bread and wine at Holy Communion, we do indeed receive
exactly what Christ promised us, his very body and blood. However, I do
not believe, nor should anyone be compelled to believe, the various
explanations from Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian and Presbyterian
sources as to "how" or "not quite how" this is possible. Christ did not
tell us how and we should not make up our own explanations and tell folks
they must believe them.
Why Roman Catholicism is
By Robert Michael Zins
"If anyone says that
in the Mass a true and real
sacrifice is not offered to God; or that to be offered
is nothing else than that Christ is given to us to eat, let him be
accursed." Trent Canon 1, 22nd Session.
"If anyone says
the sacrifice of the Mass
is one only of praise and Thanksgiving...and ought not to be
offered for the living and the dead for
sins, punishments, satisfactions, and other necessities,
let him be accursed." Trent Canon 3, 22nd Session.
"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,
and consequently the whole Christ, but says that He is in it only as a
sign, or a figure or force, let him be accursed." Trent Canon 1, 13th
"There is therefore,
no room for doubt that all the faithful of Christ may, in accordance
with a custom always received in the Catholic church, give to this most
Holy sacrament in veneration
the worship of latria, which is due to the true God."
Trent 13th Session, Chapter Five.
"For in virtue of
this rule of faith handed down from the apostles, even infants who could
not as yet commit sin of themselves, are for this reason
truly baptized for the remission of
sins, in order that in them, what was contracted by
generation, may be washed away be regeneration. For unless a man be born
again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of
God." Trent 5th Session, Paragraph Four.
"Hence, to those who
work well unto
the end and trust God, eternal life is to be offered, both as a grace
mercifully promised to the sons of God through Christ Jesus, and
as a reward promised by
God himself, to be faithfully
given to their good works and merits." Trent 6th
Session, Chapter 16.
"We must believe
that nothing further is wanting to those justified to prevent them from
being considered to have, by
those very works which have been done in God, fully
satisfied the divine law according the state of this life and
to have truly merited eternal life,
to be obtained in its [due] time, provided they depart [this life] in
grace,..." Trent 6th Session, Chapter 16.
"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 accursed." Trent 6th Session, Canon 12.
"Since the power of
granting indulgences was conferred by Christ on the Church, and she has
even in the earliest times made use of that power divinely given to her,
the holy council teaches and commands that the use of indulgences, most
salutary to the Christian people and approved by the authority of the
holy councils, is to be retained in the Church,
and it condemns with anathema those who
assert that they are useless or deny that there is in the Church the
power of granting them. Trent 25th Session, Chapter 21.
"Since the Catholic
Church, instructed by the Holy Ghost, has, following the sacred writings
and the ancient tradition of the Fathers, taught in sacred councils and
very recently in this ecumenical council
that there is a purgatory,
and that the souls there detained are aided by the suffrages of the
faithful and chiefly by the acceptable sacrifice of the altar, the holy
council commands the bishops that they strive diligently to the end
that the sound doctrine of
purgatory, transmitted by the Fathers and sacred
councils, be believed and
maintained by the faithful of Christ,
and be everywhere taught and preached."
Trent 25th Session, Decree on Purgatory.
ecumenical and general Council of Trent.....also clearly perceives that
these truths and rules are contained in the written books and
in the unwritten traditions,
which, received from the Apostles from the mouth of Christ Himself, or
from the Apostles themselves, the Holy Ghost dictating, have come down
to us, transmitted as it were from hand to hand. If anyone does not
accept as sacred and canonical the aforesaid books in their entirety and
with all their parts, as they have been accustomed to read in the
Catholic Church and as they are contained in the old Latin Vulgate
Edition, and knowingly and
deliberately rejects the aforesaid traditions, let him
be anathema." Trent 4th Session, Decree Concerning Canonical Scriptures.
"And since she
[Mary] has been appointed by God to be the Queen of heaven and earth,
and is exalted above all choirs of angels and saints, and even stands at
the right hand of her only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
she presents our petitions in a most
efficacious manner. What she asks, she obtains. Her
pleas can never be unheard." Pope Pius IX - Ineffabilis Deus, 1854.
"The Roman Pontiff,
by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ and as pastor of the entire
Church, has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church,
a power which he can always exercise unhindered."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 882.
"The Church affirms
that for believers the
sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 1129.
point is that Romanism is not Christianity. It is not an alternative
Christian worshiping community and cannot be construed as such by any
stretch of the imagination. When Rome renounces Trent and Sacramental
Salvation and embraces Sola Fide,
justification through faith alone in the finished work of Christ alone,
and Sola Scriptura, the
Bible alone for salvation and sanctification, then the Religion of Rome
can lay claim to the Christianity of Christ. Until then, we remain
separate religions despite all of ECT's protestations to the