“The Pope is of great authority and power, that he is able to modify, declare, or interpret even divine laws. The Pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts as vicegerent of God upon earth...” — Lucius Ferraris, in “Prompta Bibliotheca Canonica, Juridica, Moralis, Theologica, Ascetica, Polemica, Rubristica, Historica”, Volume V, article on “Papa, Article II”, titled “Concerning the extent of Papal dignity, authority, or dominion and infallibility”, #30, published in Petit-Montrouge (Paris) by J. P. Migne, 1858 edition.
If this were really possible then the Papal Church should have no problem in changing any of the Ten Commandments to whatever they want and whenever they want and just exhorting that they had the authority. I would have expected Catholics to have said the same thing in regards to the second Commandment but when it comes to idolatry, instead of stating they deleted the second Commandment and they were allowed to do this, some Catholics tend to get upset and say that there is no idolatry in the Catholic Church. Like most people, it seems easy to sweep the fourth Commandment under the carpet but not so easy when it comes to something like idolatry.
The Roman Catholics on Damian Thompson's site keep denying stbosco's claims of their idolatry.
And, as far as worship of the 'Virgin Mary' is concerned, they (and the Roman Catholic church itself nowadays) allege that she is not worshipped but only venerated (that's certainly jesuitical!).
But what would they make of the following:
It is dated 8 September 1953 and is the 'Encyclical of Pope Pius XII proclaiming a Marian Year to Commemorate the Centenary of the Definition of th Dogma of The Immaculate Conception.'
[Yes, the sex-obsessed Roman Catholic church had to dream up the idea of the mother of Jesus Christ being herself conceived immaculately i.e. without so-called 'Original Sin'. So-called 'Original Sin' is something to do with Adam & Eve who, the myths of the RC religion assert, were created without 'Original Sin' whatever that might mean - but obviously to do with sex. And the RCC obviously ignores the fact that 'Homo sapiens' had evolved from earlier versions of 'Homo'. Utter garbage on the part of the RCC].
With respect to the BVM, 'worship' or 'worshipped' is used 3 times in the Encyclical - twice by Pius XII, and once by him quoting Pius IX from a century earlier.
To be continued in Part 2
#15. Non-Catholics and reformers are therefore mistaken when because of this pretext they find fault with, or disapprove of, our devotion to the Virgin Mother of God, as if it took something from the worship due to God alone and to Jesus Christ. The contrary is true because any honor and veneration which we may give to our Heavenly Mother undoubtedly redounds to the glory of her Divine Son, not only because all graces and all gifts, even the highest, flow from Him as from their primary source, but also because "The glory of children are their fathers" (Book of Proverbs, XVII 6).ReplyDelete
#18. " ...so that to pastors and faithful there is nothing "more sweet, nothing dearer than to worship, venerate, invoke and praise with ardent affection the Mother of God conceived without stain of original sin ..."
#33. But where - as is the case in almost all dioceses, there exists a church in which the Virgin Mother of God is worshipped with more intense devotion, thither on stated days let pilgrims flock together in great numbers and publicly and in the open give glorious expression to their common Faith and their common love toward the Virgin Most Holy. We have no doubt that this will be done in an especial manner at the Grotto of Lourdes, where there is such ardent devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived without stain of sin.
Coninued in Part 3
#34. 'But let this holy city of Rome be the first to give the example, this city which from the earliest Christian era worshipped the heavenly mother, its patroness, with a special devotion. ...'
Certainly in practice RCs worship the BVM..
I saw this when I went to look at the RC church in Melbourne where my RC ancestors went some 150 years ago.
The main attention of the parishioners was to the statue of the BVM. It was worn from all the kissing. There were offerings. Heaps of candles lit to her. And a money box for donations.
I came across the following by someone who also ridiculed the pretence that the BVM isn't worshipped:
This site says:
"Catholic apologists will say worship does not mean worship and venerate does not mean worship and render homage does not mean worship and pray to does not mean worship and sacrifice to does not mean worship. As Bill Clinton once demonstrated in his infamous parsing of the word, "is", words can be used to convey many meanings that sometimes ignore the facts."
And then it has the following quote:
"The same worship is rendered to Mary as to Christ. Churches are built to her honour; her shrines are crowded with devotees; enriched with their gifts; and adorned with their votive offerings. To her prayers are addressed as to a divine being, and blessings are asked as from one, who has power to bestow them. Her votaries are taught to pray, 'Spare us, good Lady,' and 'From all evil, good Lady, deliver us.' Five annual festivals celebrate her greatness, and keep alive the devotion of her worshippers. In Roman Catholic countries the dawn is ushered in with hymns to her honour; her praises are again chanted at noon, and the day is closed with an Ave Maria sung to the Lady of Heaven."
[James A. Wylie, The Papacy: Its History, Dogmas, Genius, and Prospects , p. 370.]
The poor old RCs on the DT blogs are simply unable to face the truth. Whether it's to do with idolatry, or child rape ...