The Table of Contents
1. Home Page (Introduction)
2. Catholicism and the Catholic Church
3. Rome today
4. The Eastern Orthodox Church
5. The Mass
6. Blessed Virgin Mary
7. The Holy Rosary
8. I AM
9. EENS & Baptism (email for password)
10. Reference Library
HUNTING FOR TREASURES
Matthew 7:7, "Seek and ye shall find."
My name is George and I welcome you on a journey with me. Although I'm not a historian or theologian, a priest or minister, I am however, a treasure hunter of historic truth and a seeker of the "logos", the words of God and what His purpose is for all mankind. I'm like an Indiana Jones of seeking answers about God and His purpose. Why are we here? What does God want of me? What does the future hold for us? What is God's plan to rectify the serious conditions that has evolved in our world particularly since the turn of the last century ushered in by World War I, pandemic pestilences like the Spanish Influenza, famines, earthquakes all over the world, etc.? Since World War II we see widespread Communism, Modernism, atheism, lawlessness and yes, the monumental crisis within the Catholic Church since Vatican II. Many wonder; "Are we living in the 'LAST DAYS' Jesus spoke about recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Revelations and many other books of the Bible. And yet I'm just one of millions of Catholics who have embarked on this same journey. Why? Because we believe what Jesus said at Matthew 7:7, "Seek and ye shall find." By the way, Jesus wasn't suggesting to seek; He was telling us that finding truth isn't just taking someone's word for something. We must search for it like hidden treasures. (Proverbs 2:4, Proverbs 8:17) In fact, Jesus said our very lives depend on our willingness to taking in all the knowledge of God. (John 17:3) One of the great sins spoken of in the scriptures is "slothfulness" (laziness), one of the seven deadly sins spoken of in scripture. Think about it, don'e we find time and energy to do and read the things we want most? Slothfulness!
What you read herein are not any man's my thoughts, certainly not my thoughts or so-called educated scholars. The treasures found have been deposited herein; that is, the teachings of Christ and His Church since He handed Peter the keys of His "heavenly" kingdom, the Holy Apostolic Catholic Church in 33 A.D.
This site is not intended to be a catechism of Catholicism or a commentary on scripture or Church teachings. Think of this as a depository of some of the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church. These findings are merely breadcrumbs that lead you to find answers on your journey to discover for yourself the central teachings of Christ, His apostles and His (universal) Catholic Church. You'll discover gems of truth that will fascinate you, perplex you and even disturb you but that's what great treasure hunters do; they follow the trail wherever it goes. You have to let go of preconceived notions based on what you've been told by others as you search for the right answers. This quest to find answers to questions is even more important now than ever since the Catholic Church is experiencing a crisis like no other time in history, particularly since the Second Vatican Council of 1962-1965. The evidence of this crisis is manifest on every level, from teachings of faith to the moral decay in the Church itself which has spilled over to society in general. The intention herein is not to denigrate or criticize Christ Church but rather to point to how the Church in Rome has been infected by a deadly modernist virus that has resulted in the fragmentation or scattering of those who cling to the traditions of the Catholic Church. (Click on each picture as you review each page)
A soldier doesn't go into battle just to defend himself; he must also carry a sharp-edged sword to cut into the heart of the enemy; that is, into the false teachings of the devil and his earthly minions. This "sword of the spirit" includes the teachings of Christ revealed by His Holy Church with Peter as His chief apostle, Vicar and His first Pope after Christ gave Peter the keys of the kingdom. Peter's primary mission was to "Feed the sheep" or teach Christ disciples, "the Church". John 21:17. It is key that Christians fully embrace this issue of "AUTHORITY" Christ passed on to Peter and his successors after Peter died a martyr's death in 67 A.D. Jesus promised He would remain with and guide His Church to the end of time. (Matt. 28:20), by sending another Paraclete to teach His disciples throughout the ages in the entire inhabited earth within the Holy Catholic Church.
What you read on this site will be like finding breadcrumbs, "nuggets of truth", like signs on the road that point to where to find answers about "the Church" and what happened to "the Church" over the last century, particularly since Vatican II. The reader must invest the time to dig in to find these great "hidden treasures", as God reveals it to you. Prov. 2:1-5 and Matt. 24:15.
What you read and see on this site come from two sources;
1.) Canon scripture; i.e., the 1582 Douay–Rheims Bible, translated directly from St Jerome's original Latin Vulgate of the 4th Century, re-affirmed by the Council of Trent, including all 73 books; and,
2.) Church tradition; both written and oral apostolic teachings. More on this throughout the site.
Why the Douay-Rheims? (click on picture below; it's well worth the time to read the small booklet)
"You shall not add to the word that I speak to you, neither shall you take away from it: keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you."
What is tradition?
"Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, (orally) or by our epistle. (written)" 2 Thessalonians 2:14
Christ's Church was established four centuries before there was a complete written "Bible" in existence when St. Jerome was commissioned under the authority of Pope St. Damasus I, the 37th in the year 384 A.D. Jerome was charged to translate and organize from the original canon writings from Hebrew and Greek, from Genesis to Revelations into Latin; there are 73 canon books in all; not 66.
Jesus sent forth His followers as apostles, as prophets, evangelists and doctors of His Church; for perfecting them all to become saints. (Ephesians 4:11-13) The Church has always taught that "tradition" includes both written and "oral" teachings of the apostles. The written epistles of the apostles and a few disciples, such as Mark and Luke who weren't apostles, weren't distributed at all in the first few centuries. When Peter and Paul wrote letters to the early Churches, there were no copies to pass around. The way the faithful learned what they taught was by word of mouth. Few had access to any actual writings. After Peter and Paul wrote their epistles, they would go into public places and "speak" orally what they were "inspired" to write, that would later be incorporated into Jerome's complete canon scriptures. This is also how Jesus taught; He preached publicly and taught His apostles privately; Mark 13:31, Mark 3:14, 16:15, Luke 10:16, Luke 24:47. Jesus didn't ask any of His apostles to write down His words and then read from a book or scroll. And yes, eventually, Jerome's Latin Vulgate canon text of 382 A.D. was meticulously copied by scribes and monks in the centuries that followed under direction of the Popes after the 4th century. Copies were passed on to bishops and priests. There was no need for all the laity (non-clerics) to have a copy of the Latin Vulgate Bible in the early Church since so few could even read, much less read Latin, outside of the priests and bishops. Latin was the language of the original Mass administered Peter and the other apostles confected in the first century after the Lord's Supper. Because the Mass was formed in Latin, a dead language, it never changed through the ages. The Latin Mass is still administered in the "traditional" Roman Catholic Churches around the world; ironically, outside Rome. More on that will be discussed on this website later on the "Vatican II" page.
Think about it; for 15 centuries, how would Christ's followers taught and guided without a Bible to read? As Christ promised, He gave them successors to Peter as well as bishops and priests to teach and serve the sacraments (the Mass) to the faithful in His Church. Centuries later, when Catholic families acquired their own copies of the Bible after the 15th century, they discovered for themselves that what the bishops and priests of the Catholic Church taught them was, in fact, in full harmony with the original scriptures St Jerome compiled in 382 A.D. They also discovered that the only deviations from the original scriptures came at the hands of the enemies of the Catholic Church, the religious organizations that protested against the Church; i.e., Protestants after 1610 A.D. One of the first thing Protestants did was to eliminate 7 of the original "deuterocanonical" books included in the first canon Bible. Protestants also removed words from sacred scripture and added words, something forbidden going back to the time of Moses. (Deuteronomy 4:2) More on this later.
You’ll discover further on this site that Jesus and His Church had enemies? and Why? You'll also learn why there have been many false teachers and heresies right from the start; right up until our time?
You’ll discover the truth of what lead up to the Vatican II Council in 1962 and why the vast changes that continue to occur take place including what happened in the recent Amazon Synod in late 2019. The leaders of this new "Conciliar church" in Rome departed from the faith and the traditions of Christ Church causing millions to abandon Rome and the "New Order" church (Novus Ordo) and instead carry on the traditional Latin Mass and teachings of Christ by meeting in smaller chapels around the the world where the traditional Latin Mass is conducted by ordained priests in the ancients rites. This demonstrates the serious crisis in the Catholic Church today.
This site makes no attempt to coerce, convince or persuade you to do anything but examine the facts by reading scripture and actual teachings of the Church before Vatican II. (1 Corinthians 15:33-34)
ABOVE ALL; remember, "your life is in your own hands." Psalms 119:109
TRUST ONLY IN THE LORD AS REVEALED BY "HIS CHURCH"
Some Basic Teachings of the Catholic Church
God is "one" God of three divine persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost; The Holy Trinity.
God created the universe including the heavens, angels, life on earth and humans.
God promised a Messiah to come to earth to save mankind from their sins.
God the Son incarnated on earth as Jesus Christ (Messiah) to offer salvation.
Jesus established His Church as the means save mankind.
Jesus fulfilled all 365 prophecies about the Messiah and created a new covenant.
Jesus’ mother Mary, was conceived by the Holy Spirit without sin (perfect) to give birth to Jesus into the world with not a mark of sin.
Jesus gathered apostles to carry on His work after He went back to heaven.
Jesus then appointed Peter to be chief apostle and the first Pope.
Jesus instructed His disciples to go into the whole world to preach the gospel of His kingdom baptizing men of good will.