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"In the true nature of things every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver."

Martin Luther

1517 Martin Luther nails ninety-five theses to the Cathedral door condemning the Thirty Years' War giving rise the the Refomation and the Protestant Church.
"The Roman Catholic have, with great adroitness, drawn three walls round themselves. Firstly, if pressed by the temporal power, they have affirmed and maintained that the temporal power has no jurisdiction over them, but, on the contrary, that the spiritual power is above the temporal.

Secondly, if it were proposed to admonish them with the Scriptures, they objected that no one may interpret the Scriptures but the Pope.

Thirdly, if they are threatened with a council, they pretend that no one may call a council but the Pope. Thus they have stolen our three rods and intrenched themselves behind these three walls, to act with all the wickedness and malice, which we now witness.

If a little company of pious Christian laymen were taken prisoners and carried away to a desert, and had not among them a priest consecrated by a bishop, and were there to agree to elect one of them, born in wedlock or not, and were to order him to baptize, to celebrate the mass, to absolve, and to preach, this man would as truly be a priest, as if all the bishops and all the popes had consecrated him. That is why in cases of necessity every man can baptize and absolve, which would not be possible if we were not all priests. This great grace and virtue of baptism and of the Christian estate they have quite destroyed and made us forget by their ecclesiastical law.

It is, indeed, past bearing that the spiritual law should esteem so highly the liberty, life, and property of the clergy, as if laymen were not as good spiritual Christians, or not equally members of the Church. Whence comes this great difference among equal Christians? Simply from human laws and inventions.

It is a wickedly devised fable, they cannot quote a single letter to confirm it, that it is for the Pope alone to interpret the Scriptures or to confirm the interpretation of them. Though they say that this authority was given to St. Peter when the keys were given to him, it is plain enough that the keys were not given to St. Peter alone, but to the whole community. They must needs acknowledge that there are pious Christians among us that have the true faith, spirit, understanding, word, and mind of Christ.

As for their boasts of their authority, that no one must oppose it, this is idle talk. No one in the Christian Church has any authority to do harm, or to forbid others to prevent harm being done. There is no authority in the Church but for reformation. Therefore if the Pope wished to use his power to prevent the calling of a free council, so as to prevent the reformation of the Church, we must not respect him or his power; and if he should begin to excommunicate and fulminate, we must despise this as the doings of a madman, and, trusting in God, excommunicate and repel him as best we may. For this his usurped power is nothing; he does not possess it, and he is at once overthrown by a text from the Scriptures.

Let us now consider the matters which should be treated in the councils, and with which popes, cardinals, bishops, and all learned men should engage themselves day and night, if they compassion Christ.

Let us rouse ourselves, fellow Germans, and stand in awe of God more than man, that we be not answerable for all the poor souls that are so miserably lost through the wicked, devilish government of the Roman Catholic, and that the dominion of the devil should not grow day by day, if indeed this hellish government can grow any worse, which, for my part, I can neither conceive nor believe.If this resembles the poverty of Jesus and St. Peter, it is a new sort of resemblance.

The see of avarice and robbery at Rome is unwilling to wait for the benefices to fall in one after another by means of the Pope's month; and in order to get them into its insatiable maw as speedily as possible, they have devised the plan of taking living and benefices in three other ways:

First, if the incumbent of a free living dies at Rome or on his way thither, his living remains for ever the property of the see of Rome, or I rather should say, the see of robbers, though they will not let us call them robbers, as though no one has ever heard or read of such robbery.

Secondly, if a "servant" of the Pope or of one of the cardinals takes a living, or if, having a living, he becomes a "servant" of the Pope or of a cardinal, the living remains with Rome. Who can count the "servants" of the Pope and his cardinals, seeing that if he goes out riding, he is attended by three or four thousand mule riders, more than any king or emperor? For Jesus and Saint Peter went on foot, in order that their vice regents might indulge the better in all manner of pomp.

Thirdly, whenever there is any dispute about a benefice; and this is, I think, well nigh the broadest and commonest road by which benefices are brought to Rome. For where there is no dispute numberless knaves can be found in Rome who are ready to scrape up disputes, and attack the living wherever they like. In this way many a good priest loses his living, or has to buy off the dispute for a time with a sum of money. These benefices, confiscated by right or wrong of dispute, are to be forever the property of the see of Rome. It would be no wonder, if God were to rain sulphur and fire from heaven and cast Rome down into the pit, as God did formerly to Sodom and Gomorrah. What is the use of a Pope in the Kingdom of Christ, if the only use made of his power is to commit these supreme villainies under his protection and assistance?

Oh noble princes and sirs, how long will you suffer your lands and your people to be the prey of these ravening wolves?

Finally, the Pope has built a special house for this fine traffic the house of the Datarius at Rome. Thither all must come that bargain in this way, for prebends and benefices; from him they must buy the glosses and obtain the right to practice such prime villainy. In former days it was fairly well at Rome, when justice had to be bought, or could only be put down by money; but now she has become so fastidious that she does not allow anyone to commit villainies unless he has first bought the right to do it with great sums. If this is not a house of prostitution, worse than all houses of prostitution that can be conceived, I do not know what houses of prostitution really are.

- excerpt from Martin Luther's Address to the Christian Nobility of the German nation



Vatican arms dealerfaith in God

Roman Catholic Church

The pope is the head of the oldest monarchy on Earth

Institutionalized religion, like the Roman Catholic Church, turns away from the Creator and Sustainer by allowing expediency of continuing institutional functions to trump the natural moral law of the Creator and Sustainer.

Men and women that claim to work only for the Creator and Sustainer actually end up turning away by supporting a man made institution before following the natural moral law.

There is an extremely rich irony in that the claim that the Creator and Sustainer is being served while in truth there is actually a turning away from the Rainbow Light of Creator and Sustainer towards Pitch Black Darkness.

"On the evening of Saturday April 2, 2005, after receiving the Rite of Extreme Unction, Pope John Paul II passed away. At this time his chamberlain would have gone to the papal hospital bed and asked the Bishop of Rome a question, "Are you dead?" There would be no reply from the Pope. The chamberlain would then pick up a silver hammer and strike the Pope on the head and repeat his question, "Are you dead?" Again there would be no reply. The chamberlain would then thrice call out baptismal name of the Pope. He would then declare the Pope to be dead. This is the way the Church has determined papal deaths for centuries. This is the way of the world's oldest monarchy.

Since 1763 the august Almanach de Gotha has been the ultimate authority on the royal houses of Europe. Listed under 'Reigning Sovereign Houses' is the Holy See. Therein is stated, "the incumbent of the Holy See is considered by Christian sovereign families as the 'Father of the Family of Kings,' his Holiness represents the OLDEST MONARCHY on earth."

The triple sovereignty of the Pope-Person, Holy See & Vatican City - is distinct in fact and in law. Internationally, he is not subject to any authority on Earth. His Cardinals are considered to be Princes of the Church and peers of the sons of reigning monarchs. Each diocese is considered to be a royal fiefdom. The word 'diocese' originally signified an administrative unit devised by the Emperor Diocletian, a tyrant noted for his persecution of Christians." - Mark Owen



life vs death

Catholic doctrine of mental reservation

U.N. Report: Vatican Policies Allowed Priests To Rape Children

For over seven hundred years there has been a doctrine within the Catholic Church called "mental reservation." The idea of "mental reservation" harkens back to a time when there were two separate court systems - ecclesiastical courts run by the church and civil courts run be the state.

Over seven hundred years ago the idea of "mental reservation" was created to protect the Catholic Church in civil court. The doctrine of "mental reservation" claims that it is morally justifiable to lie in order to protect the reputation of the institutionalized Catholic Church.
The doctrine has been used quite extensively in modern times to protect the Catholic Church from civil allegations that the institution of the Catholic Church allowed recognized pedophiles to continue to work with children.

When a priest or nun is questioned about acts of clergy that would be considered heinous, such as pedophila, the priest or nuns are counseled by the institutionalized Catholic Church that lying is morally justifible, not a sin, under the doctrine of "mental reservation."
"I'm certain there are many Catholics who have never heard of the doctrine of mental reservation. Let's call it what it truly is. It is standing in a public forum, swearing to one's God to tell the truth and then lying." - Victoria Martin

"Lying to protect the church's reputation in sex abuse cases is a moral issue. Victims of sexual abuse by priests suffer lifelong trauma. Mental reservation to protect the church is immoral." - Marie Pietrasant

"As a Catholic, I am dismayed and ashamed to learn that cardinals vow that they will never tell secrets 'the revelation of which could cause damage or dishonor to the Holy Church.' There can be nothing more damaging to the church than to find that, for the Vatican hierarchy, the institution is more important than the well-being of children in the care of its priests. We can only wonder what other secrets are being kept that would cause damage and dishonor to the church." - Doris Isolini Nelson

2007 Los Angeles Archdiocese agrees to pay $660 million to settle claims of sexual abuse committed by priests on children.

"I am horrified and angered to tears at the hypocrisy and enormity of the sexual abuse that took place in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles over the last 70 years: 570 victims abused by 221 priests." - Jerry Mazenko

"Those who suffered this shameful abuse under the guise of religion will never be the same. I also suffered under a priest in Los Angeles. This man was a monster who beat children for the thrill of hearing them cry. I will never forgive and forget." - M.J. Fleming II

"Evidence doesn't line up with the ideology that it's always harmful for kids to have sexual relationships with adults and a boy's sexual experience with a priest could be positive. When I was a minor, I had sex with an adult. I'd say on balance that it was a perfectly good experience." - Judith Levine*, Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children From Sex, Minnesota Star Tribune, March 26, 2002

"Priests don't emerge from a vacuum; those growing up from the 1950s on have been exposed to a mass media culture with its pervasive "sex sells" mentality. I visited a Catholic monastery in Big Sur a few years ago and was impressed with its film library - it looked like a small Blockbuster. Watching these movies was among the monks' favorite pastimes, one monk said. "How can people be steeped in corporate media entertainment and sexuality from childhood and then turn off their basic human needs and desires for their entire adult lives?" - Laura Brown

"Most of the sex abuse cases documented in the Catholic Church scandal involved incidents between priests and boys. But I have read some of the grand jury documents and have been struck by the fact that many priests abused young schoolgirls as well. The only rational response is to reflect on how insane church leaders have become. In the last several decades they have failed miserably whenever they have been asked to solve problems."- R. John Kinkel

"Over the years, it has been clear to the Roman Catholic hierarchy that anything that undermines the confidence of the faithful in the church risks driving people away, thereby dooming them to hell. Therefore, the best thing to do about the misdeeds of priests is to cover them up. As the reasoning goes, the harm done to boys through molestation is far less than that through eternal damnation." - Rory Johnston

The Roman Catholic Church paid out more than $1 billion in claims to victims of sex abuse by clergy in the 1990s alone.

And then there was Dagoberto Valle Arriaga who killed his son in the hope that church authorities would not discover that he sired a child.



political expediency

changing words

"Every time the pope improvises the Vatican secretariat of state reviews and cleans up his remarks." - papal spokesman Federico Lombardi

"There is a point at which any religious institution loses sight of its reason for existence and becomes primarily interested in preservation, which leads to corruption." - Patrick Schulp

"A reporter who reports truth about those who claim to represent Jesus is closer to God's Kingdom than those who officially represent it." - Ken Savage

limbo

417 Council of Carthage defines Limbo. Limbo is the place where infants who have died without baptism spend eternity in a state of "natural happiness" but are excluded from the presence of God. The concept of limbo - from the Latin for "edge" - was meant to address the paradox that unbaptised infants could not go to heaven because their original sin had not been expunged.

2007 International Theological Commission of the Roman Catholic Church finds limbo reflects an unduly restrictive view of salvation and announces that unbaptised infants would now be allowed through the Pearly Gates.

"We can all breathe a sigh of relief now that the Catholic Church has abolished limbo and promoted babies that have not been baptized to heaven. Too bad it took the Catholic Church centuries to decide that helpless infants shouldn't be held responsible for their theological views." - James Underdown

"Wake me up when the Catholic Church acknowledges that the Kingdom of Heaven is within - and when it devotes itself to assisting individuals to be healthy enough to pursue a relationship with divine will, instead of to building bigger cathedrals and sending out updated bulletins on who gets to go to heaven." - Mary Anagnos



inquisition

Inquisition

The Inquisition lasted 782 years, from 1231 until March 13, 2013, when Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, Cardinal-Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (formerly known as the Holy Office and the Roman Inquisition), was confined to the monastery Mater Ecclesiae.

The pope appoints the first "inquisitors of heretical depravity" in 1231.

Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, Spain, is established in 1478.

Between 3000 to 5000 people died during 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition . Politically motivated, it aimed to use religion to foster national unity but later became the object of Protestant anti-Catholic propaganda.

Torture was an integral part of the inquisitorial process, mainly to extract confessions - just as it was part of the systems used by secular courts of the time.

Historians explain that the Church tried to regulate torture, establishing clear guidelines for its use. Unfortunately, limitations on torture never really work.


"A man is lying on a bed.

She moves about him carefully. He stirs faintly, says a few words, asks for a drink, smiles and then becomes silent. That morning she had seen him fold his hands, and she had asked him whether he wanted her to send for a priest. She goes out, and a few minutes later, a dark-robed priest enters.

"I am dying," says the man on the bed.

"What is your religion?" asks the priest.

"The religion of my own country, the Greek Orthodox Church."

"That is a heresy which you must instantly abjure. There is only one true religion, the Roman Catholic religion. Confess now. I will absolve you and baptise you."

"Tell me what sins you have committed. You will repent and everything will be forgiven you."

The sick man is bewildered and begins to get excited.

"Do not be surprised, my son, if my questions are direct and to the point. I ask you in all simplicity, as is my august duty as a priest. Answer me in the same simple spirit, and you will enter into communion with God."

The priest nods toward the door.

"Who is that person?"

"She is a young girl," says the dying man. "I took her under my protection when she was a child. She shared the hardships of my traveller's life, and took care of me. I married her before my death because I am rich and she is poor."

"I compassion her," says the dying man.

"At last, you are confessing!" cries the priest.

The two men scan each other's faces keenly and the misunderstanding grows.

"You desired this woman, the flesh of this woman, and for a long time committed a sin in spirit!"

The dying man draws himself up and becomes hardened, incredulous before this stranger, with the vulgar appearance, in whose mouth the words of God and truth assume a grotesque aspect.

However, he makes an effort:

"If I have sinned in spirit, to use your words," he said, "it proves that I have not sinned in reality, and why should I repent of what was suffering pure and simple?"

"A thought committed in spirit is committed in intention, and therefore in effect, and must be confessed and redeemed".

Very well," says the dying man. "I confess I have committed the sin, and I repent of it."
"Now tell me, under exactly what circumstances did you yield to temptation with that person, to the suggestions of the evil spirit?"

The man was swept by a wave of rebellion. He half rose and leaned on his elbow, glaring at the stranger, who returned his look steadily.

"Why have I the evil spirit in me?" he demanded.

"You are not the only one. All men have it."

The man sat up again, seized by a new fit of anger which consumed him like a fever.

"Then it is God who put it into them, since it is God who made them."

The priest looked at the rebellious man blankly.

"How else could souls be tried?" he said quite calmly.

"Nothing can excuse the suffering of the good."

"I have listened patiently to your ramblings and feel sorry for you. But there's no point arguing. You must prepare to appear before God, from whom you seem to have lived apart. Repent, and tell me that you believe in the Catholic religion, which will save you."

"Get out!" shouts the dying man. But the priest does not stir.

Goaded by the urgency of the case, impelled by the necessity of saving this soul in spite of itself, the priest becomes implacable.

"You are going to die," cries the priest, " You have only a few more minutes to live. Submit!"

"No," mumbles the dying man. The black-robed priest catches hold of both his hands.

"Submit. No discussion. You are losing precious time!"

"Ah!" muttered the priest between his teeth. He twists the man's hands in his.

The dying man tries to wrest himself free. There is a dry rattle of fury in his throat. With the remnant of his voice, in a low tone, he gasps, "No!"

"Scoundrel!" cries the priest. And he strikes him in the face. After that neither man moves for a while. Then the priest goes at it again.

"Simply say with me, 'Our Father, who art in heaven.' I do not ask you to do anything else."

The dying man moves not.

"At least you will die holding a crucifix," he snarls.

He draws a crucifix from his pocket, and puts it down hard on the dying man's breast. The dying man shakes himself in dull horror, as if the Roman Catholic religion is contagious, and sweeps the crucifix to the floor.

The dying man's face contorts. The priest stoops, mumbling insults.

"Carrion, you want to die like a dog, but I am here!"

The priest picks up the crucifix, and with a gleam in his eyes waits for his final chance.
The dying man pants, completely at the end of his strength. The priest, seeing him in his power, lays the crucifix on his breast as the last breath leaves his body. This time the dying man has no choice but to let it stay there, unable to do anything but look at it with dying eyes full of hate." - Henri Barbusse




Cesare Borgia

Godfather's

"In 964 Pope Benedict V raped a young girl and absconded to Constantinople with the papal treasury only to reappear when the money ran out.

In October 1032 the papal miter was purchased for the 11-year old Benedict IX. Upon reaching his 14th year, a chronicler wrote that Benedict had already surpassed in wantonness and profligacy all who had preceded him. He often had to leave Rome in a hurry.

Gregory VII was a master forger, surpassing even the great fraud known as the 'Donation of Constantine,' the document that created the Papal States. Gregory had an entire school of forgers turning out document after document bearing the papal seal of approval. These documents were later systematized in the mid-1100s in Bologna by Gratian, a Benedictine monk. He called his work the Decretum, or Code of Canon Law. It was peppered throughout with several centuries of forgeries along with Gratian's own fictional additions. Gregory also formalized the celibacy doctrine in order to curtail the many gifts of church lands being given away to all of the illegitimate children of priests and bishops. According to Catholic historian Peter de Rosa in his book Vicars of Christ: "Popes had mistresses as young as fifteen years of age, were guilty of incest and sexual perversions of every sort, had innumerable children, were murdered in the very act of adultery. In the old Catholic phrase, why be holier than the Pope?"
Alexander VI (formerly Rodrigo Borgia) reigned from 1492-1503. Alexander committed his first murder at the age of 12. Upon assuming the Papal miter he cried, "I am Pope, Vicar of Christ!" Like his predecessor Innocent VIII, Alexander sired many children, baptized them personally and officiated at their weddings in the Vatican. He had ten known illegitimate children (including the notorious Cesare and Lucrezia), by his favorite mistress Vannoza Catanei. When she faded, Borgia took the 15-year old Giulia Farnese. Farnese obtained a Cardinal's red hat for her brother who later became Paul III.

Alexander was followed by Julius II who purchased the papacy with his own private fortune. He didn't even pretend to be a Christian. A notorious womanizer who sired any number of bastards, Julius was so eaten away with syphilis that he couldn't even expose his foot to be kissed.

Under Leo X (1513-21) - who cursed and excommunicated Martin Luther - specific prices were enumerated by the Roman Chancery for every imaginable crime. For instance, a deacon accused of murder could be absolved for 20 crowns. Once he had paid his indulgence, he could not be prosecuted by civil authorities.

Two hundred years earlier, John XXII had done much the same thing, setting indulgence prices for crimes ranging from incest to sodomy. During his pontificate Innocent VIII (1484-92) granted a 20-year Butterbriefe indulgence (letters of indulgence allowing the enjoyment of butter, cheese, milk, etc., during Lent) to persons who met his price. For a sum, one could purchase the privilege of eating favorite dishes during Lent.

Leo X (Giovanni de Medici) commissioned the Dominican friar Tetzel to sell indulgences which released one from purgatory. Tetzel's famous refrain went, "As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, a soul from purgatory springs!"

Pope Sixtus IV charged Roman brothels a Church tax. According to historian Will Durant, in 1490 there were 6800 registered prostitutes in Rome. Pius II declared that Rome was the only city run by bastards (the sons of Popes and Cardinals)." - Mark Owen
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