The History of the Pope

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The New York Catholic Catechism, under:  Pope, says, “The Pope takes the place of Jesus Christ on earth…by divine right the pope has supreme and full power in faith and morals over each and every pastor and his flock.  He is the true Vicar of Christ, the head of the entire church, the father and teacher of all Christians.  He is the infallible ruler, the founder of dogmas, the author of and the judge of councils; the universal ruler of truth, the arbiter of the world, the supreme judge of heaven and earth, the judge of all, being judged by one, God himself on earth.”

In his encyclical, “The Reunion of Christendom” (1885), Pope Leo XIII stated that the pope holds “upon this earth the place of God Almighty.”

The present pope authored a book called “Crossing the Threshold of Hope”.  On the first page of his book he says, “The pope is defined by the faith as the Vicar of Christ and accepted as such by the believers.  The pope is the man on earth who takes the place of the second person of the omnipotent God of the trinity.”

“The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine” states on page 28, Chapter VI, The Pope:
Q.    Who is the Holy Father or Pope?
A.    The Holy Father or Pope is the Visible Head of the Church, the Successor of St. Peter and the Vicar of Christ on earth.

“Lucius Ferraris, in his Prompta Bibliotheca which the Catholic Encyclopedia refers to as “a veritable encyclopedia of religious knowledge” and “a precious mine of information,” declares, in its article on the pope, that “the pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were God, and the vicar of God. . . . The pope is of such lofty and supreme dignity that, properly speaking, he has not been established in any rank of dignity, but rather has been placed upon the very summit of all ranks of dignities. . . .The pope is called most holy because he is rightfully presumed to be such. . . . .

“The Pope alone is deservedly called by the name ‘most holy,’ because he alone is the vicar of Christ, who is the fountain and source and fullness of all holiness. . . . ‘He is likewise the divine monarch and supreme emperor, and king of kings.’ . . . Hence the pope is crowned with a triple crown as king of heaven and of earth and of the lower regions. . . . Moreover the superiority and the power of the Roman Pontiff by no means pertain only to heavenly things, to earthly things, and to things under the earth, but are even over angels, than whom he is greater. . . . So that if it were possible that the angels might err in the faith, or might think contrary to the faith, they could be judged and excommunicated by the pope. . . . For he is of great dignity and power that he forms one and the same tribunal with Christ . . . .

“The pope is as it were God on earth, sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, chief king of kings, having plentitude of power, to whom has been intrusted by the omnipotent God direction not only of the earthly but also of the heavenly kingdom. . . . The pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine laws.” (translated from Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Bibliotheca, art. “Papa,” II, Vol. VI, pp.26-29)

“God Himself is obliged to abide by the judgment of His priest, and either not to pardon or to pardon, according as they refuse or give absolution . . . The sentence of the priest precedes, and God subscribes to it.” (Dignity and Duties of the Priest  – Vol. 12, p. 2)

In Pope John Paul II’s March 25, 1996, “Apostolic Exhortation on the Consecrated Life and Its Mission to the Church and in the World”, it can be noted that John Paul II exhorts Catholics to exercise complete and unquestioning submission to the Catholic Church, especially to the Pope.  He calls for “allegiance of mind and heart” and “ready obedience.”  That is idolatry.  There is only one who can demand the complete and unquestioning submission of mind and heart, and that is Almighty God, the Lord Jesus Christ.  To give heart allegiance to sinful, error-prone men is idolatry.  The Apostle Paul warned that we are not even to follow a heavenly angel if he teaches contrary to the Scriptures (Galatians 1:8, 9).  John Paul II further encourages idolatry by urging Catholics to look upon the Pope as “the Lord Pope” and the “sweet Christ on earth.”  In truth, the pope is not any sort of Lord or Christ.  That is outright blasphemy.  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)

We urge you to ponder the following texts taken from the Holy Bible:

2 Thessalonians 2:3-11   Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;   Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

Revelation 18:4   And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Joe O’Brien
3ABN Pastoral Department

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