The Five
Cardinal Sins
of the Roman
Catholic Church

There are almost 3,000 "points" or paragraphs in the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" (CCC), dated 1997. It is constructed, like most legal documents, in such a convoluted fashion that ONLY the "initiated" can REALLY understand the OVERALL intent. Within this structure, more is hidden than revealed. Unfortunately -- just like too many non-Catholic Christians use the Bible, picking "here-and-there" to find what pleases THEM -- the Catechism is so involved that members of the RCC can use IT likewise.

You may say whatever you wish about the Roman Catholic Church, it's "reforms", and the "good" that has come out of it. It is similar to the "unsaved person" who believe that - having given up their adultery, their drinking, and now attending church services - that they are suddenly "right with God". They have NO understanding of the fact that their "old man" is corrupt to the core, and that it DOES NOT need reformation but rather death on the cross of Christ and regeneration to a NEW Life !!

The RCC STILL maintains FIVE immutable, unchangeable dogmas:

1. The Pope is the "Supreme Head" of the Church -- (CCC 882) here on earth (NOT Christ) and it is HE who rules it by his "infallible" decrees, subject to no other authority but himself (as the primary apostolic representative of Christ here on earth), deciding for himself the appropriate interpretation and application of scripture, and issues relating to doctrine and morals. He does this through a combination of Biblical Scripture, "tradition" and a petitioning by the RCC at large. Note that the dogma of infallibility was established in 1870 by the First Vatican Council. STRANGE --- it would seem that for 1800 years, the Pope WAS NOT "infallible" --- H-m-m-m-m (maybe their scientists developed an "infallibility vaccine")???

2. RCC is the only "TRUE" Church - In the eyes of the Pope (hence the Roman Church), it is THEY ALONE which constitute the TRUE Church or Body of Christ. Moreover, the Doctrine of Papal Supremacy declares that, "The Pope has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole 'Universal Church' - and universal power in the care of souls."

Although the RCC DOES acknowledge that those outside of its "organization" MAY find salvation, since the RCC is the ONLY "TRUE" representation of the Body of Jesus Christ, those outside of it are "second class" citizens AT BEST !! See CCC 837,838 (and be prepared to posse a laywer's skill to REALLY decipher what they are saying !!)

3. It is the earthly PRIEST who is the intercessor (mediator) between God and man -- and NOT Jesus Christ alone. No matter WHAT "word tricks" they may attempt to use (such as men are ONLY intermediate mediators or channels of God's grace), the TRUTH is that (under normal circumstances), if you fail to confess your (mortal ??) sins to a priest, there is NO forgiveness of them (CCC 1456). Moreover, Canon Law says that a Catholic MUST go to confession AT LEAST once per year - or you must abstain from receiving the Eucharist until you DO go to Confession (CCC 1457).

4. Holy Eucharist -- No matter HOW they endeavor to hide the fact behind MANY words, the answer to the question, "Does the Catholic Church believe Christ is really (LITERALLY) present in the Eucharist?" (according to CCC 1374) is: "The Catholic doctrine of the "Real Presence" is the belief that Jesus Christ is literally, not symbolically, present in the Holy Eucharist -- body, blood, soul and divinity." !! Although the RCC goes to great lengths to deny that they claim that in the Eucharist, Christ is again LITERALLY sacrificed -- obscured from plain sight among the many words of its Catechism (CCC 1367,1374,1410,1414) - one would certainly get the IMPRESSION that is EXACTLY what it is teaching ????

5. "Mariolatry" (the worship of Mary) -- CCC 966-975. Also, click [ Here ]. For example, in 1950, accompanying Pope Pius XII's infallible declaration regarding the "Assumption of Mary" -- Read [ Here ] -- (upon her death, Mary, mother of Jesus, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory), there are attached these words: "Hence if anyone, which God forbid, should dare willfully to deny or to call into doubt that which We have defined, let him know that he has fallen away completely from the divine and Catholic Faith."

The Roman Church has basically ONE purpose - to ensnare all mankind within its walls as "The ONE, True and ONLY Church" !!

If these points are incorrect, please furnish documented proof to the contrary, and I will be glad to stand corrected.

Click [ Here ] for MUCH more reference information regarding the RCC.

Click [ Here ] for an On-line, searchable copy of the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church.

The following relates to a pro/con discussion that took place on a forum on Facebook. It was (is) in regard to the place of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ -- According to the FLESH - within the RCC.

Much of the controversy in this thread seems to stem from WDZ's reference to, "The Demon of Guadalupe". Since many (or MOST) may not even be aware as to what he is referencing, a few facts might improve the discussion. See this link:

Two other "hot buttons" are two of the RCC's titles for Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ -- According to the FLESH:

1. "Queen of Heaven"

2. "Mother of God" (CCC 509, 963)

It was mentioned that MARY (nor Jesus nor the Scripture) never referred to herself as such. ABSOLUTELY RIGHT !!! However, the RCC certainly does, to the point of making it OFFICIAL dogma within their organization.

YOU research and judge for yourselves -- Do these doctrines (of demons) come from THE GOD, or do they not rather come from the "god of lies and deception" ??

It was also stated that to say such as is stated in this post (and other entries by other individuals) is to "dishonor and commit blasphemy" against Mary. I think that quite the contrary is true -- that to accept and propagate the lies of "Mariolatry" (the worship of Mary), as does the RCC, is to "dishonor and commit blasphemy" against God and His Son, Jesus.

To TRULY honor Mary and Jesus is to afford to her the place that He and Scripture does -- NO more and NO less !! Neither give to her ANY exalted place beyond her obedience to the voice of God, which is what He now expects from ALL of His children.

There are only four places where Jesus references His mother. [ Click Here ] In the two from John, where Jesus would have REALLY had a special opportunity to honor His mother (especially in His last hour as He hung upon the cross), He doesn't even call her "mother", but uses the generic term for a female -- "woman". This SAME word is used 200 times in the NT to refer to "women" in general.

[ Matthew 12:46-50; Luke 11:27,28; John 2:3,4; John 19:26,27 ].

The following comment appeared on Facebook in a thread discussing the "merits / demerits" of the RCC.

"Also- this may shock you - I don't believe in sola scripture. The NT was birthed out of Church Tradition, not the other way around. So yes the Church does carry a measure of teaching authority."

I found it rather interesting to consider, if the above statement was in fact TRUE -- and the Scripture was derived from existing practices or "traditions" within the existing Church -- WHY then did they write or adopt scripture that flatly CONTRADICTS many of their practices ??

In FACT, the first three Gospels were probably written sometime between 50-70 AD by the individuals bearing their names. Likewise for the Book of Acts. The Gospel of John is dated at 80-90 AD. Most of the Epistles were written by the Apostle Paul as letters to the various church groups that he visited and/or had charge over. They were obviously written while he was still alive and ministering. It is actually from Paul's letters that we derive the bulk of Church Doctrine, Teaching and Order.

So I fail to see HOW it can be said that, "The NT was birthed out of Church Tradition" ??

1. -- It is an already established FACT that the RCC derives its dogmas from a combination of edicts from the Pope, the traditions of the church, and biblical interpretation (as the Pope decrees it).

You have nullified the word of God on account of your tradition. Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said, "This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me, and they worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men." ** Matt 15:6-9

2. -- This requires NO explanation. The RCC' s "Fish Friday", Lent, celibate monks and nuns, and the often diabolical and inhumane asceticism practiced in some of the monasteries is certainly well known by the world.

Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the later times some will desert the faith and occupy themselves with deceiving spirits and demonic teachings, influenced by the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared. They will prohibit marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. ** 1Tim 4:1-3

If you have died with Christ to the elemental spirits of the world, why do you submit to them as though you lived in the world? "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!" These are all destined to perish with use, founded as they are on human commands and teachings. Even though they have the appearance of wisdom with their self-imposed worship and humility achieved by an unsparing treatment of the body – a wisdom with no true value – they in reality result in fleshly indulgence. ** Col 2:20-23

3. -- These Scriptures make it VERY clear (to those who have "eyes to see") that Jesus Christ offered ONE sacrifice for Sin, One time (NOT continuously). It has already been shown that the official RCC dogma is that Christ is LITERALLY (body and blood) present in EVERY Eucharist celebration ???

He did this in offering himself once for all. He did not enter to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own. Then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. Now he has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by his sacrifice. When this priest (Jesus Christ) had offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, he sat down at the right hand of God. ** Heb 7:27; 9:25,26; 10:12

4. -- Sacrament of Penance. Click [ Here ]. This topic would come under the heading of the "Works" (as opposed to pure Grace) mentality of the RCC. It was one of the points that Martin Luther (and the Lutheran Church) separated themselves over. One other was "Scripture Only", as opposed to the RCC's giving equal weight to oral tradition.

There is SO much written in the Scripture regarding this topic of "being saved by GRACE ALONE" (apart from WORKS) that only one who is either WILLFULLY blind or deceived could miss it. Most of the "Book of Galatians" is devoted to this topic.

True, people argue endlessly and futilely over the supposed contradiction of "Works vs. Grace" set forth in James Chapter 2, and yet the very arguing shows forth their "fleshly ignorance". For BOTH Jesus Himself and the Apostle Paul make the same point, namely -- IF you have been saved by God's Grace to a "LIVING FAITH", this Faith and transformed life will naturally manifest itself through the way that you live your life (your ACTIONS or your WORKS) !!

If it is by grace, it is no longer by works, otherwise grace would no longer be grace. ** Rom 11:6

Yet we know that no one is justified by the works of the law but by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. We have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by the faithfulness of Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. ** Gal 2:16

5. -- This point has also been previously addressed, and needs to further comment. It is also NOT Mary, the mother of Jesus, as according to the RCC's "Mariolatry" (Mediatrix and Redemptrix) !! Sadly, in some of the "backward" (and NOT so backward nations), it is Mary that the people (especially women) go to and NOT Jesus because, as they put it, "she is a woman and a mother and will better understand my needs".

There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. ** 1Tim 2:5

6. --This point is a classic !! For starters, the word "Pope" means "Father". The "faithful sheep", as a token of their honor and submission, are expected to bow and kiss the ring of "His holiness". Talk about elevating yourself to the "top of the heap" !! Jesus was content to wash HIS disciples feet.

Then there are ALL of the assorted titles within the ecclesiastical hierarchy - designed to SPECIFICALLY honor, elevate, distinguish, and to assign relative importance to the various individuals bearing them.

Talk about wanting applause and recognition, I am sure that you will not find more worldly ambition and "glory seeking" in Hollywood or in a major corporation than you find among the ecclesiastics in Vatican City and other large religious institutions.

The pomp and ostentatious glamor found in the Vatican and at RCC celebrations must make the humble carpenter weep with sorrow over those claiming to represent HIM !!

Finally, the constant pleading for money to build their gaudy shrines, worldly edifices, temples to mans folly and vanity, and finally - Vatican City, the center of the RCC's pomp, greed and worldly lusts - must cry out before God's throne for justice !! Often it seems that the poorer and more backwards the people are, the bigger shrines they are extorted to build. All the while, the ecclesiastics live in royal luxury --- and Jesus denounced the Scribes, Pharisees, and the money lenders ????

The experts in the law and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat. Therefore pay attention to what they tell you and do it. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy loads, hard to carry, and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing even to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by people, for they make their phylacteries wide and their tassels long. They love the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues and elaborate greetings in the marketplaces, and to have people call them "Rabbi." But you are not to be called "Rabbi," for you have one Teacher and you are all brothers. And call no one your "father" on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Nor are you to be called "teacher," for you have one teacher, the Christ. ** Matt 23:2-10

7. -- Observing man-ordained days, times, seasons and celebrations:

Now that you have come to know God (or rather to be known by God), how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless basic forces? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again? You are observing religious days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you that my work for you may have been in vain. ** Gal 4:9-11

8. -- Meaningless, vain, repetitious prayers (Rosary and Hail Marys):

When you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. ** Matt 6:7

9. -- Overseers being married and having children:

NOTE: In the New Testament, there was no heirachy of ecclesiastics (Priests, etc.). There were only Overseers, Bishops and Elders (so designated in Scripture and probably used interchangeably).

The overseer (bishop) then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife. He must manage his own household well and keep his children in control without losing his dignity. ** 1 Timothy 3:2,4

An elder must be blameless, the husband of one wife, with faithful children who cannot be charged with dissipation or rebellion. ** Titus 1:6

Peter (the first "Pope") was married:

Now Simon's mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever; and immediately they spoke to Jesus about her ** Mark 1:30

Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas (Peter)? ** 1 Cor 9:5

10. -- The fact that scripture makes reference to "brothers and sisters" of Jesus Christ:

Click [ Here ] for verses. The RCC gives THIS ridiculous rebuttal - CCC 499,500

A thought came to mind as I was writing this essay: That the RCC, with its temple (Vatican City) - high priest (Pope) - priesthood - ordinances - alter - sacrifices - elaborate, ostentatious, gilded, scarlet vestments - pomp, wealth, ceremony and worldly conceit - is nothing more than a perverted version of the OT Temple and Aronic Priesthood. It is as the Book of Revelations chapter 17 speaks of the "Scarlet Whore", fornicating and engaging in commerce with this World (system) by means of the souls of men (and women).

Just another thought - even Satan can appear as an "Angel of Light" and quote scripture, do "good works" and YES, even perform "signs and wonders" when it suits his purpose!!

As Satan used the serpent to ensnare Mankind through his smooth, "wise", "reasonable" sounding words and explanations (from a worldly point of view), so do his deceiving messengers continue to do today !!

Jacob Boehme writes of the two branches of the "Spiritual (hidden) Church" that separated in the beginning -- the TRUE or godly church descending through Abel and the false, worldly, diabolical church descending through the murderer, Cain. They have been at war ever since, with the "church of Cain" still trying to destroy the "church of Abel".

See below a few examples of God's PC (political correctness) and HIS answer to the sweet, sticky sentimentality that passes too often today for "Love" -- and the compromising, "accept-everything" mentality that masquerades under the banner of "Acceptance", "Inclusiveness", "NONjudgmentalism" and "Unity" !!

Such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself (masquerades) as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions. ** 2Cor 11:13-15

Understand this, that in the last days difficult (dangerous) times will come. Evil people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves. You, however, must continue in the things you have learned and are confident about. You know who taught you and how from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work. ** 2 Tim 3:1,13-17

Preach the message (the Word), be ready whether it is convenient or not - reprove, rebuke, exhort with complete patience and instruction. For there will be a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. Instead, following their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves, because they have an insatiable curiosity to hear new things. They will turn away from hearing the truth, but on the other hand they will turn aside to myths. ** 2Tim 4:2-4

Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them! For these are the kind who do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By their smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of the naive. ** Rom 16:17, 18

So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes. **** Eph 4:14

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