The Table of Contents
1. Home Page (Introduction)
2. Catholicism and the Catholic Church
3. Vatican 1 & Vatican 2
4. The Eastern Orthodox Church
5. The Mass
6. Blessed Virgin Mary
7. Reference Library
8. The Holy Rosary
9. "I AM THAT I AM"
10. EENS & Baptism (email for password)
St Justin Martyr
First "Lay" Apologist
Tradapologia.com is dedicated to the countless soldiers of Christ through the ages who have gone into battle for Christ to defend His name and the teachings and traditions of His Holy Apostolic Church. Christ's soldiers have put on the suit of armor the apostle Paul spoke of at Ephesians 6:11-17; "Put on the (suit) of armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Gird your loins with truth, and the breastplate of justice, your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace: take up the shield of faith to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. and take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit." (the word of God)
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 through "the Church". John 21:17. It is key that Christians fully embrace this issue of "authority" that Christ passed it on to St Peter and the successors to St Peter after Peter died a martyr's death in 67 A.D. This was Christ arrangement as He promised, that He would guide His Church to the end of time. Matt. 28:20. The Holy Spirit guided these successors to teach the entire body of Church throughout the world; the Holy Catholic Church.
What you read on this site will be like finding breadcrumbs, nuggets of truth leading to answers about "the Church" and what happened to "the Church" over the last century, particularly since Vatican II. The material presented herein are not opinions or assertions; rather historic facts. The reader must invest the time to dig in to find "hidden treasures". God will reveal it. 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 Douay–Rheims Bible, translated directly from St Jerome's original Latin Vulgate of the 4th Century, re-affirmed by the Council of Trent in 1563; all 73 books; and
2.) Church tradition; both written and oral apostolic teachings. More on this below.
Why the Douay-Rheims? You will find this compelling. (click on picture below)
"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 does that mean?
"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 Pope in the year 384 A.D. Jerome was charged to translate and organize the original canon writings from Hebrew and Greek, from Genesis to Revelations into Latin; 73 canon books in the original canon.
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 (Mark and Luke, who weren't apostles) had limited to no distribution in the first few centuries. When St Paul wrote letters to the early Churches, there were no copies to pass around. The way they learned what Paul taught was by word of mouth, not by reading from a Bible. Few had access to the actual writings to even see them. After Paul wrote his epistles, he would also go into public places and "speak" orally what he wrote so all would know what he was "inspired" to write. So, he taught the word of God "orally". Notice, how that Jesus commanded them to preach and teach the gospel "orally"; Notice; Mark 13:31, Mark 3:14, 16:15, Luke 10:16, Luke 24:47. Not once did Jesus tell them the only way to teach is with a Bible in your hand. This is referred to as oral tradition of the Church. Eventually, copies of St. Jerome's Latin Vulgate of the scriptures were handwritten by scribes and monks under direction of the Popes to be handed to "bishops"(Greek word episkopos, meaning literally "overseer"; one in charge of carrying out Peter's commission to feed or teach Christ faithful. There was no need for everyone to have a copy of the Latin Vulgate Bible back then since so few could even read period, much less read Latin outside of priests and bishops. And it wasn't until the Gutenberg printing press was invented in 1455 that copies of St. Jerome's Latin Vulgate was printed. Think about it; for nearly 1500 years all priests and bishops taught the faithful in the Catholic Church from the original Latin that the early Church fathers spoke and conducted the original Latin Mass as did the apostles. Because Latin is a dead language, it has never changed. This is what made the Mass and the teachings of the Church "universal", "traditional"; it has never changed.
Think about it; for 15 centuries how were "the faithful" followers of Christ taught and guided without a Bible in their own language in their homes? As Christ promised, He gave them teachers (Popes and bishops) and priests to serve the sacraments in His Church. Once individual Catholic families acquired their own copies of the Bible after the 15th century, translated into their own languages from the Latin Vulgate, they discovered for themselves what the bishops and priests of the Catholic Church taught them was, in fact, in total harmony with the original scriptures Jerome compiled. They also discovered that the only deviations from the original scriptures came at the hands of the enemies of the Church, such as heretics, schismatics and later, the Protestants. The first thing Protestants did was to eliminate 7 of the original deuterocanonical books Jerome was instructed to include by Pope St. Damasus. Protestants also removed words from sacred scripture and added words, something forbidden going back to the time of Moses. (Deuteronomy 4:2)
You’ll discover further on this site that Jesus and His Church had enemies? and Why? You'll learn why there have been 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 Novus Ordo and seek smaller chapels around the the world where the traditional Latin Mass is conducted and traditional teachings are still taught, though they are few and far between. This demonstrates the severe crisis in Catholicism today.
This site makes no attempt to coerce, convince or persuade you to do anything but follow the facts of history and the tradition of the Church. Believe only what you read from sacred canon scripture and from actual teachings handed down by Christ's apostles. 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 of the basic teachings of "the Church":
God is "one" God, three Divine Persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost; the Holy Trinity; .
The Holy Trinity is a sacred divine mystery impossible for humans to fully comprehend
God created the universe including angels and humans.
God sentenced Adam and Eve to death due to their own sins.
God punished the world by flood in Noah’s lifetime due to man's great sins.
God saved Noah and his family, offering another chance of redemption.
God arranged for the Son to be born by "immaculate conception" of His mother Mary.
The Blessed Virgin Mary remained so her entire life and never had another child.
God arranged for redemption through the sacrifice of Christ the Son of God.
God setup a universal Catholic Church rules by St Peter and his successors.
God promised faithful ones would be raised to a heavenly life forever.
God warned that disobedient unbelieving souls would not inherit His kingdom.