“If anyone says that the sacrifice of the mass is one only of praise and thanksgiving; or that it is a mere commemoration of the sacrifice consummated on the cross but not a propitiatory one; or that it profits him only who receives, and ought not to be offered for the living and the dead, for sins, punishments, satisfactions, and other necessities, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA” (Canons on the Sacrifice of the Mass, Canon 3).

Scripture says:
“whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed” -Romans 3:25

“Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people” -Hebrews 2:17

“and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world” -1 John 2:2

“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” -1 John 4:10

“If anyone says that it is a deception to celebrate masses in honor of the saints and in order to obtain their intercession with God, as the Church intends, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA” (Canons on the Sacrifice of the Mass, Canon 5).

Scripture says:
“and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” -Romans 8:27

“Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” -Hebrews 7:25

Explanatory Note: (Only One intercedes for us: Jesus Christ the Righteous. It is not Mary, the Saints, the Pope, or the Church. Why? It takes a perfect High Priest in heaven to intercede for us. Christ alone is worthy makes that intercession for He alone is sitted at the right hand of the throne of God–the place of rule and authority.)

“If anyone says that there is not in the New Testament a visible and external priesthood, or that there is no power of consecrating and offering the true body and blood of the Lord and of forgiving and retaining sins, but only the office and bare ministry of preaching the Gospel; or that those who do not preach are not priests at all, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA” (Canons on the Sacrifice of the Mass, Canon 1).

Scripture says:
“Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory” -! Peter 5:1-4

“If anyone says that the bishops who are chosen by the authority of the Roman pontiff are not true and legitimate bishops, but merely human deception, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA” (Canons on the Sacrifice of the Mass, Canon 8).

Scripture says:
“It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. These men must also first be tested -1 Timothy 3:1, 10a

“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” -2 Timothy 2:1-2

“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” -2 Timothy 4:1-5

“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.”

Scripture says:
“it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” -Hebrews 9:27

“The holy council commands all bishops and others who hold the office of teaching and have charge of the cura animarum, that in accordance with the usage of the Catholic and Apostolic Church, received from the primitive times of the Christian religion, and with the unanimous teaching of the holy Fathers and the decrees of sacred councils, they above all instruct the faithful diligently in matters relating to intercession and invocation of the saints, the veneration of relics, and the legitimate use of images, teaching them that the saints who reign together with Christ offer up their prayers to God for men, that it is good and beneficial suppliantly to invoke them and to have recourse to their prayers, assistance and support in order to obtain favors from God through His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who alone is our redeemer and savior; and that they think impiously who deny that the saints who enjoy eternal happiness in heaven are to be invoked, or who assert that they do not pray for men, or that our invocation of them to pray for each of us individually is idolatry, or that it is opposed to the word of God and inconsistent with the honor of the one mediator of God and men, Jesus Christ, or that it is foolish to pray vocally or mentally to those who reign in heaven.”

Scripture says:
“who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us” -Romans 8:34

“For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” -1 Timothy 2:5
(Highlights of Trent compiled by David W. Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061 – Scripture applications compiled by Steve Camp; additional notes by Steve Camp)

We Need to Test All Things
I don’t care the popularity of the Christian leaders and how many credentials they have, how great they are but we need to test all of them in the light of the only truth the Bible.
“Test all things; hold fast what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
Apostle Paul is telling that we ought to test all things; all means everybody, all preachers, evangelists and pastors. Be like the Bereans.
Ac 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Do not believe whatever that comes from the pulpit, radio or TV because of their popularity or they seem to be sincere or they quote scripture. Remember even Satan quoted scripture out of context to Jesus. A person can look nice but sincerely wrong.
Pr 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

The evangelical Church today do not want to expose the deceitfulness of Roman Catholicism, churches do not want to preach against the false doctrines of Romanism as they do not want to hurt the people and the church has become like a politician, wants to live in peace with everyone. The reformers are the first to expose the deceitfulness of Romanism, and today there are a few good reformed churches who are exposing the lies of Romanism, and on the other hand the majority of the Christian churches have abandoned her first roots of the Protestant Reformed faith.

The heart of the controversy between Rome and historic Protestants is a dispute over the way of salvation. Rome has a different salvation than the Protestants. But there is only one way of salvation. In John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Man is a sinner but God is infinitely holy and righteous, man has to be righteous to go to heaven. How can a man become righteous before God? “If you, O LORD, kept a record of our sins, O LORD who could stand?” (Psalm 130:3) In Short how can man go to heaven? This truth is at the foundation of historic Protestant theology; we are justified by faith alone. The sinner is declared righteous, based solely upon the righteousness of another that is of Christ’s righteousness, which is imputed or credited to the sinners account. even Christ Jesus. The righteousness of Christ is the ground of salvation. “This is why it is credited to him as righteousness. The words it was credited to him were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.” (Romans 4:22-25)
Rome absolutely denies the doctrine of justification by faith alone, pronouncing it is an anathema (Divine curse) upon those who hold to this principle. Rome said, in the 9th canon of the Council of Trent says: “If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified, in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to cooperate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will: let him be anathema.”

Rome killed the early Protestants; during the reign of Queen Mary 288 reformers were burned, why? Because these men held to the truth, and did not compromise with Rome but today Christians have forgotten the roots and joining hands with Rome and say, let us pray, love and embrace each other, let us pray for the Pope, and Roman Catholicism, yes says many ignorant Christians, and they join with Roman Catholics together and say, “we all believe in the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, the virgin birth Christ’s bodily resurrection and therefore Romanism is not a cult, she has errors, we need to pray for the Pope and instead of fighting with each other let us love them, embrace them.”

Let us see some of the most popular Christian leaders who have joined hands with Roman Catholic church for the sake of unity and are compromising the truth of the gospel.
Dr. Bill Bright (Campus Crusade for Christ)
Dr. Charles Colson (Prison Fellowship Ministries)
Rev. Max Lucado (Oak Hills Church of Christ, San Antonio, Tx)
Dr. J. I. Packer (Regent College, B.C.)
Dr. John Rodgers (Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry)
There are others who support Romanism. Billy Graham is one of them. Billy Graham said, “Many of the people who reach a decision for Christ at our meetings have joined the Catholic church.”
1978: “I found that my beliefs are essentially the same as those of orthodox Catholics.” ” (McCall’s, Jan. 1978).
What does Billy Graham thinks about the Pope?
1963: “I admire Pope John [XXIII] tremendously. I felt he brought a new era to the world” Chicago Tribune, June 8, 1963).
In 1980 he wrote an article, which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post (Jan.-Feb. 1980). He said: “Pope John Paul II is one of the greatest moral and spiritual leaders of this century. He is an evangelist.”
Hank Henegraff the host of the popular ‘Bible Answer Man’ program calls Roman Catholics, brothers and sisters.
Then many other modern evangelicals stay neutral, will not speak up against the Roman Catholics. It is interesting to go back to history and see why the believers wanted to stay silent and not speaking against the Pope. The man who is qualified to answer this question is Martin Luther, this is what Luther said, ” I have heard divers worthy doctors affirm, that the church has long since stood in need of reformation; but no man was so bold as to assail popedom; for the pope had on his banner, Noli me tangere; therefore every man was silent. Dr. Staupitz said once to me: “If you meddle with popedom you will have the whole world against you;” We believe there is no difference between the modern church and the church of Luther’s day. But Luther stood up for the truth and he continued on the truth, Luther was not looking for popularity as he was ex-communicated from the Roman Catholic church as a heretic, but he was God’s hero for standing for the truth.

Charles Spurgeon said on Roman Catholicism, “We must fight the Lord’s battles against this giant error, whichever shape it takes; and so must we do with every error that pollutes the church. Slay it utterly; let none escape. “Fight the Lord’s battles.” Even though it is an error that is in the Evangelical Church, yet must we smite it. Also he said, “No peace with sin, no peace with falsehood. War, war, war without deliberation: war for ever with error and deceit!”
Pope is an Antichrist.

The Greek word [anti] in scripture most nearly denotes something that is “in place of” another thing. The root meaning is, “instead of” or “in place of”. It is not the original but a substitution, not Christ but a substitute for Christ. Instead of Christ a false Christ an Antichrist.

For us to get a good picture let us read the following in 2 Thessalonians.
2Th 2:3 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;
4 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, shewing himself that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 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:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. ]

The early Christian church was persecuted heavily for the truth. Christians were publicly crucified, given to the Lions to be eaten and were burned. The year 311 AD, the persecution ended, when Constantine became the Roman emperor, he embraced Christianity. This was the beginning of the falling away of the church. The churches that began in homes disappeared as churches were built for worship, bishops and preachers received good salaries from the State. Now it was an honor to become a Christian, pagans were turned into Christianity not because of true repentance but to gain honor and popularity. Before the church was called Catholic, meaning the true universal church. Now the church was ruled by Rome and became Roman Catholic, the apostate church.

Let us examine the above scriptures we read. Christ is substituted, as Pope has taken the position of Christ Jesus. When Pope Pius IX was Archbishop of Venice, he stated: ‘the pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ Himself, hidden under the veil of the flesh. Does the pope speak? It is Jesus Christ who speaks. Does the pope accord a favour or pronounce an anathema? It is Jesus Christ who accords the favour or pronounces that anathema. So that when the pope speaks we have no business to examine.’
• ‘Vicar of Christ’ – Prior to the twelfth century the popes were styled ‘Vicars of Peter’. Since then they have called themselves ‘Vicars of Jesus Christ’. It should be noted that the word ‘vicar’ means ‘substitute’, i.e., one who takes the place of another. The Holy Spirit is the only ‘vicar’ of Christ. Read John 14:16,17; and 16:7,13,14.
Roman Catholicism believes it is the true church, as the scripture points out, the Antichrist, sitting in the temple of God and proclaiming to be God. Let us see how the Pope fits into this category.

• ‘Universal Bishop’ – This title was first assumed by Pope Boniface III in 606 AD. It was the first official claim to supremacy by any pope. It is also a theft from Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:25.
• ‘Our Most Holy Lord’ – Council of Trent, 1545. Christ alone is Lord. Revelation 17:14.
• ‘Most Holy and Blessed Father, Head of the Church, Ruler of the World, to whom the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven are committed, whom the angels in Heaven revere, and the gates of Hell fear, and all the world adores’ – used of Pope Innocent X at his ‘enthronement’, 1644. This is another usurpation – Matthew 23:9; Colossians 1:18; Revelation 1:18; Revelation 4:10.
• ‘Divine Monarch, Supreme Emperor, King of kings’ – Stolen from Christ. Revelation 17:14.
• ‘Head of the Church’ – Stolen from Christ. Colossians 1:18.
• ‘The Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world’ – stolen from Christ, John 1:29.
• ‘The Chief Shepherd’ – Stolen from Christ, 1 Peter 5:24.
• ‘Universal Priest’ – Stolen from Christ, Hebrews 2:17.
¬Contrast of the true Christ and the false Christ.
Christ wore a crown of thorns
The Pope wears a crown of jewels.
Christ carried on His shoulders the Cross
The Pope is carried on the shoulders of his servants in splendor.
Christ declared the laws of His Kingdom and urged His followers to do the same.
The Pope tramples them underfoot and substitutes his own in their stead.
Christ sent the Holy Spirit to be His Vicar on earth.
The Pope claims to be the Vicar of Christ on earth.
Christ is the Head of the Church.
The Pope claims to be the head.
Christ taught that sin should be confessed to God
The Pope teaches that sin should be confessed to the priests.
Christ taught that he alone is the Saviour.
The Pope teaches that the Church is the Saviour.
Christ taught that there was but one Mediator between God and man.
The Pope teaches that there are many mediators between God and man.
Christ taught that salvation was by grace.
The Pope teaches that salvation is by works.
Christ claimed infallibility for Himself and the Word of God alone.
The Pope claims infallibility for himself in matters of faith and morals.
Christ had no place to lay his head.
The Pope lives in a magnificent palace surrounded by wealth.
Christ gave his Gospel free to all.
The Pope sells his masses and other favours
Christ said “Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” (Matt. 23:9)
The Pope commands all to call him `Holy Father’, and his priests feel insulted if persons do not address them as `Father’
Christ was poor and lowly.
The Pope’s wealth is immense.
Christ washed His disciples` feet thus manifesting a spirit of humility worthy of emulation by his followers.
The Pope presents his foot to be kissed and requires genuflections and kneeling from those who have audiences with him.
Christ taught his followers to pray to God through Him.
The Pope teaches his followers to pray to the Virgin Mary.
We praise the Lord for using Martin Luther as an instrument who exposed the deceitfulness of Romanism.
What did Luther say of Pope?
Whence comes it that the popes pretend `tis they who form the church, when, all the while, they are bitter enemies of the church, and have no knowledge, certainly no comprehension, of the Holy Gospel? Pope, cardinals, bishops, not a soul of them has read the Bible; `tis a book unknown to them. They are a pack of guzzling, stuffing wretches, rich, wallowing in wealth and laziness, resting secure in their power, and never, for a moment, thinking of accomplishing God’s will.

Seeing the pope is antichrist I believe him to be a devil incarnate. Like as Christ is true and natural God and man, so is antichrist a living devil. It is true, too, what they say of the pope, that he is a terrestrial god, – for he is neither a real god nor a real man, but of the two natures mingled together.

He names himself an earthly God, as though, the only true and Almighty God were not on earth! Truly, the pope’s kingdom is a horrible outrage against the power of God and against mankind; an abomination of desolation, which stands in the holy place.

When I was in Rome a disputation was openly held, at which were present thirty learned doctors besides myself, against the pope’s power; he boasting that with his right hand he commands the angels in heaven, and with his left draws souls out of purgatory, and that his person is mingled with the godhead.

.” No human creature may criticize the pope; he only and alone has power to judge and criticize the whole universal world. I am persuaded, that in the pope’s spiritual laws it is written above one thousand times, that the pope’s actions may not be criticized by any man whatsoever.

The spiritual law of the pope is a filthy book, stinking of money. Take out of it covetousness and ambition, there remains nothing of its own proper substance, yet is has a great lustre, for all unhappiness must begin in nomine Domini. Like as all righteousness and saving health is only “in the name of the Lord, so, under the color and cover of God’s name, all idolatry and superstition come. Therefore the commandment fitly says: “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”

In popedom they make priests, not to preach and teach God’s Word, but only to celebrate mass, and to gad about with the sacrament. For, when a bishop ordains a man, he says: Take unto thee power to celebrate mass, and to offer for the living and the dead. But we ordain priests according to the command of Christ and St Paul, namely to preach the pure gospel and God’s Word. The papists in their ordinations make no mention of preaching and teaching God’s Word, therefore their consecrating and ordaining is false and unright, for all worshipping which is not ordained of God, or erected by God’s Word and command, is nothing worth, yea, mere idolatry.
The pope’s crown is named gegnum mundi, the kingdom of the world. I have heard it credibly reported at Rome, that this crown is worth more than all the princedoms of Germany.
If the pope were the head of the Christian church, then the church were a monster with two heads, seeing that St Paul says that Christ is her head. The pope may well be, and is, the head of the false church. I say, the pope is an arch heretic, for he is an adversary to my blessed Saviour Christ; and so am I to the pope, because he makes new laws and ordinances according to his own will and pleasure, and so directly denies the everlasting priesthood of Christ.
The question that I am going to ask you, is where do you stand? You may say, “I am a Christian and I do not believe in Roman Catholicism.” If you, claim to be a Christian do you read and study the word of God? Martin Luther said, ” If I do not study the word of God, Satan will have a lot of work for me to do.” The early church fell away as the church departed from the word of God. When you depart from the word of God, the devil will take you to the gray area of compromise. Luther is right the devil has the whole day planned for you with a busy schedule, and the devil whisper to your ears, “Yes, you can read and study the word of God, you can pray, but later.” Before soon you realize, that later is postponed to later.

Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Yes, we are working hard for the physical things of life, but neglect the spiritual, Jesus said, ” in John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life..”

Why Has The New Pope Called Himself Benedict XVI?
Benedict IX’s life offers clues to the new Pope’s intentions
OF THE 265 popes, nine chose the name Benedict (‘Blessed’) in the first millennium, and six in the second.
Christian names are given in the covenant hope that children will live up to them. Names are also significant in the realm of the occult. People take them to live up to the name’s associations. The modern Babylon, built on Rome’s seven hills, is “the hold of every foul spirit”. Here the Chilean Cardinal, Dean Jorge Arturo Medina Estivez, will have secretly asked the new pope: “Do you accept your canonical election as Supreme Pontiff? Ratzinger would next have been asked, “By what name do you wish to be called?” Ratzinger would then go to “The Room of Tears” to lament on the gravity of his responsibilities as Benedict The first thing the waiting world is told is the new Pope’s name: “I announce to you a great joy. We have a Pope. The most eminent and reverend Lord, the Lord Cardinal Ratzinger, Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, who takes to himself the name Benedict.”
Ratzinger will have taken that name for a reason.
Gigantic power struggle¬
Ratzinger’s election broke all the rules. He was the oldest Cardinal ever to become pope. Yet he went into the Conclave a likely candidate and, contrary to all protocol, emerged as Pope despite his age:
What is more, a run of two non Italian popes has not occurred since the so called ‘Babylonish captivity’, which still sends shudders around the Vatican. This was when 14th century European politics drove the papal epicentre, to Avignon.
Despite all the sophisticated Vatican anti-bugging devices, the Italian newspapers seemed to know that a gigantic power struggle was in progress on the second day of the conclave. The Ratzinger camp was pushing forward like a panzer brigade flattening eve¬rything before it. And whatever his travail in the “Room of Tears”, he duly emerged as pope that evening, grinning like a Cheshire cat.
Futures Market got it right
Stephen Evans, the BBC’s North America business correspondent gives us a clue to these events. “If you had wanted to know who was the most likely cardinal to be promoted to Pope you shouldn’t have relied on the pundits. Nor should you have taken any notice of the Vatican watchers who studied the arcane politics of the Catholic Church. Your best bet would have been … an investment in an online futures market. They got it spot on. The Intrade futures market had Cardinal Ratzinger well ahead of the field. On top of that, it or rather the tens of thousands of traders collectively reckoned there was a 60% chance of there being a European pope”.
Big business knew. Papal Europe must be resurrected. And who was better qualified to be the embodiment of a new Europe centred Vatican initiative than the middle European veteran of the fascist era, Joseph Ratzinger?
No to Turkey
Ratzinger’s definition of “Europe” as “a cultural and not a geographical continent,” is straight out of the Book of Revelation. So is his defining of its limits: “Turkey always represented another continent throughout history, in permanent contrast with Europe … so to equate the two continents would be a mistake,” he told Le Figaro in August 2004.
Challenged, he afirmed to Le Monde, “Turkey should seek its future among Islamic organizations, not in the Christian rooted EU”.
According to Zaman, the Turkish news agency, the dismayed Assembly Spokesman of the Catholic Bishops of Turkey, George Marovitch, retaliated, “I do not approve of Cardinal Ratzinger’s remarks about Turkey.
What Ratzinger’s did was only to state his views on a political matter. Catholics are not bound to, these views about Turkey’s EU memership.
They are now.
Financial considerations
Such a short conclave will already have been a welcome saving on housekeeping for a Vatican which is back in the red. Disgraced Vatican banker Paul Marcinkus observed “You can’t run a Church on Hail Marys”. Nor it seems on “arcane politics” nor the papal aspirations of the countless poor Roman Catholics of Latin America and Africa. The Time reports $840 million (£444 million) has already been paid out in the USA, historically the largest contributor to Peter’s pence, on paedophilia settlements. A host of irrefutably claims wait in the wings worldwide. But with the US dollar falling and US market supremacy threatened from the east, it is time for the, scarlet woman to dig her spurs firmly into the European beast and meet European secularism and indifference head on.
St Benedict of Europe
St Benedict is the papal saint of Europe. The shrine of Subiaco where Benedict founded an order of monks in AD 529 is near Rome. St Benedict’s monastic “rule” was like Ratzinger’s, conservative but not too austere. For a millennium, the Benedictines were responsible for keeping Europe in papal thraldom. Rome used the Benedictine network to influence medieval economic migration through Europe. In the same way, Rome seeks to maintain her influence, during today’s economic migration of Spanish, Portuguese, Poles and Eastern Europeans.
In passing, we note that Cardinal Hume was a Benedictine and embodied the Benedictine ideal. His was the iron hand in a velvet glove which Rome claimed, “personified the final healing of the wounds of King Henry VIII’s Reformation rule” in England.
St Benedict the Holy pilgrim
April 16th is Cardinal Ratzinger, Benedict XVI’s birthday and also of another Benedict, St Benedict Joseph Labre, known as the “Holy Pilgrim”. This delicate youth wandered about Europe and ended up in Rome, sitting in churches all day and sleeping rough in the Coliseum at night. He eventually collapsed in a church and, holy or not, was quickly removed to a nearby butchers to breathe his last. Ratzinger would presumably see little likeness between himself and St Benedict Joseph Labre, apart perhaps for the imminence of his own demise.
Pope Benedict XV
Friend Cardinal Meisner says Ratzinger chose the name Benedict because the last Benedict, Pope Benedict the XV, “did much for peace in the World”. He was a tiny cripple and sat on the papal throne like a child. The Vatican has attempted to cover up his disability. He was early swept away by pneumonia.
Ratzinger had a brain haemorrhage in 1991 and subsequent drop attacks. His time too is potentially short. Ratzinger’s brother thinks the conclave has signed his death warrant. If Ratzinger avoids an early stroke, he may nevertheless drag the Vatican for who can oppose him now into ever more fanatical stands through impaired judgement, from lack of blood circulation to the brain.
So what in Benedict XV’s life could be relevant to this pope?
Giacomo Della Chiesa (literally James of the Church) became Benedict XV on 3rd September 1914. Only at the end of the 20th century did it emerge that ten ballots over three days had relentlessly pushed Della Chiesa forward. This was no late compromise, contrary to what Rome has always insisted. Della Chiesa was unusual in not being the offspring of poor Italian Roman Catholic peasants made good, as were five of the 20th century Italian popes. Nor was he like the urban sophisticate who became the second world war pope; Pius XII. Della Chiesa was the real thing, a Genoese aristocrat, a bit down at heel, but with nearly a millennium of history, including the fact that his wife’s side had fielded a pope. Here was old Roman Catholic Europe writ large, as it was with Pius XII, and now once again in Ratzinger.
Chastising the Orthodox
Della Chiesa had to deal with a schism over modernism. This he handled with acts of compromise, always leaning to the conservative. He wooed back estranged France by canonising Joan of Arc. But his greatest challenge was reuniting the newly warring European powers under Vatican control. When Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria Hungary was assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serbian activist, Jesuit Cardinal Merry del Val had insisted that Serbia, which for him represented Rome’s mortal enemy the Eastern Orthodox ¬Church, be firmly “chastised”. Rome feared the waning Ottoman Empire would allow the emergence of the Orthodox church with a revitalisation of Istanbul as a new second Rome with St Andrew’s successor, backed by Russia, rivalling the successor of St Peter.
Today Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I, St Andrew’s 270th successor, still sits locked away in the Phanar district, of Istanbul. Visitors “cannot enter the Phanar’s main gate because it was welded shut in 1821 after the Ottoman Turks hanged Patriarch Gregory V from its lintel. The black doors have remained sealed ever since”. Benedict XVI, like Benedict XV before him, faces a threat from Eastern Orthodoxy. He needs a strong Rome centred Europe and Islamic Turkey to resist it, unles he can trick Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew into ecumenical compromise.
Benedict XV repreatedly made overtures for peace in the first World War. His encyclicals exuded emotion and were filled with generalities to avoid upsetting any one. They were reminiscent of those of Pius XII in the second war. Benedict XV’s peacemaking efforts have been described as follows: his “idea of a general Christmas truce in 1914 as en end to what he termed the suicide of Europe was initially accepted by the Germans but dismissed by the Allies”. What is more, “in Italy where his regular intervention was resented as potentially weakening national fighting resolve, (this interference) further diluted his influence from 1915 onewards … the 1915 Treaty of London included secret provisions whereby the Allies agreed with Italy to ignore papal peace moves towards the Central Powers. Consequently, the publicaiton of Benedict’s proposed seven-point Peace Note of August 1917 was roundly ignored by all parties except Austria-Hungary. Despite requesting a role in the definition of the pace the Vatican was excluded from the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.”
As he lay in his deathbed Benedict XV was attended by Monsignor Giuseppe Pizzardo, a young Vatican diplomat involved in getting Catholic Aid to the starving Soviets, secretly by-passing Lenin. Pizzardo was the Roman end of a conspiracy to proselytise the Orthodox wholesale. A ready trained army of missionaries, hyped to fever pitch by propaganda of an imminent “mass conversion to the Catholic church”, stood by. A reliable expert writes, “The hope that the Catholic church could still become the heir of the orthodox in Russia motivated this Pope to the very end. Even during the night when he died of sudden pneumonia on Jan 22nd 1922, Benedict XV called Msgr. Pizzardo to his bedside three times to ask him, ‘Have the Visas come yet from the Bolsheviks?’”
And now, nearly a hundred years after Benedict XV, another Benedict must seek to unite Europe under Roman Catholicism, build a bulwark against a renewed Eastern Orthodox church, keep Turkey Islamic and infiltrate Russia by fair means and foul. Meanwhile Latin America and Africa will have to grab attention as best they can.
Look at this : ‘Following the divinely inspired teaching of our holy Fathers and the tradition of the Catholic Church we rightly define with full certainty and correctness that, like the figure of the precious and life-giving figure of the cross, venerable and holy images of our Lord and God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, our inviolate Lady, the holy mother of God, and the venerated angels, all the saints and the just, whether painted or made of mosaic or another suitable material, are to be exhibited in the holy churches of God, on sacred vessels and vestments, walls and panels, on houses and on streets.’

HOW CAN THIS BE….[Note: there is no mention of following the divinely inspired teaching of the Bible] TO VENERATE MEANS TO WORSHIP…SO THE POPE MEANS THEM STUFFS CAN BE WORSHIPPED!!

Following is an excerpt from an address given by the Cardinals to Pope Pius III in 1503 A.D., and is preserved in the National Library of Paris, Folio No. 1068, Vol. 2, pp. 650 651:
‘Of all the advice that we can offer your holiness we must open your eyes well and use all possible force in the matter, namely to permit the reading of the gospel as little as possible in all the countries under your jurisdiction. Let the very little part of the gospel suffice which is usually read in mass, and let no one be permitted to read more. So long as people will be content with the small amount, your interest will prosper; but as soon as the people want to read more, your interest will fail. The scripture is a book, which more than any other, has raised against us the tumults and tempests by which we have almost perished. In fact, if one compares the teaching of the scripture with what takes place in our churches, he will soon find discord, and will realize that our teachings are often different from the scripture, and oftener still, contrary to it.’