21 General Councils
to deal with HERESIES and DOGMA.
1. How could the Catholic Church faithfully, consistently and infallibly teach the same faith for nearly 2000 years, and then suddenly, without apostolic authority, during the Second Vatican Council contradict everything the Church condemned by 272 Popes and Councils, prior to Vatican II?
2. How could the Catholic Church continuously renew the Sacrifice of Calvary in the Holy Mass and then abruptly substitute it with a Lutheran “memorial of the Last Supper”?
3. How could the Catholic Church so firmly taught against interfaith and ecumenism fostering religious indifferent-ism, suddenly permit these same undertakings after Vatican II?
4. Are we to suppose that the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth, has suddenly changed His Mind and allowed contradictions in matters of the Faith, the Mass, and her universal laws?
5. Are we to suppose Christ suddenly abandoned His Church and let her fall into error and heresy?
Is the Church "infallible"? And what does that mean?
“And when the days of Pentecost were drawing to a close, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as of fire, which settled upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit....” (Acts 2:1-4)
Almighty God arranged that the Apostles would receive the Holy Ghost to accomplish many things including “to preach to all nations all the things Christ commanded until the consummation of the world.” Christ also appointed Peter to be the primary apostle, the magisterium of Christ Church established on earth when He gave Peter to the keys as recorded by Matthew at Matthew 16:18-19, “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.”
The Catholic Church has the ever-abiding Presence of the Spirit of Truth. Christ promised that His Church would possess the attribute of infallibility. An attribute or a property is that which is inherent in the very nature of a thing and flows from its very nature. An excellent example of this is water. Water has the property of wetness. Wetness is inherent in the very nature of water; it is impossible to separate wetness from water. There are three attributes or properties in the Catholic Church: infallibility, indefectibility, and authority. These are inherent in the very nature of the Catholic Church and cannot be separated from her.
The attribute of infallibility means the inability and impossibility of the Teaching Magisterium to err when teaching the universal Church on matters of faith and morals. As Vatican Council I taught:
“Moreover, by divine and Catholic faith, everything must be believed that is contained in the written word of God or in tradition, and that is proposed by the Church as a divinely revealed object of belief either in a solemn decree or in her ordinary, universal teaching.”
The possessors of infallibility are:
a) the Pope (the Pope is infallible when he speaks ex cathedra),
b) the whole Episcopate (the totality of the bishops is infallible when they, either assembled in general council or scattered over the earth, propose a teaching of faith or morals as one to be held by all the faithful).
Many are familiar with the concept of infallibility in the ex-cathedra pronouncements of the Pope and also in the decrees of an Ecumenical Council, but they are not familiar with the concept of the infallibility of “the ordinary, universal magisterium of the Church.”
What is the ordinary, universal magisterium?
The Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, by Dr. Ludwig Ott: published 1952.
“The bishops exercise their infallible teaching power in an ordinary manner when they, in their dioceses, in moral unity with the Pope, unanimously promulgate the same teachings on faith and morals. The Vatican Council expressly declared that also the truths of Revelation proposed as such by the ordinary and general teaching office of the Church are to be firmly held with ‘divine and catholic faith’ (d 1792). But the incumbents of the ordinary and general teaching office of the Church are the members of the whole episcopate scattered over the whole earth. The agreement of the bishops in doctrine may be determined from the catechisms issued by them, from their pastoral letters, from the prayer books approved by them, and from the resolutions of particular synods. A morally general agreement suffices, but in this the express or tacit assent of the Pope, as the Supreme Head of the Episcopate, is essential.”
The object of the Church’s infallibility is two-fold:
a) The primary object of the Church’s infallibility is the formally revealed truths of Christian Doctrine concerning faith and morals.
b) The secondary object of the Church’s infallibility is truths of the Christian teaching on faith and morals, which are not formally revealed, but which are closely connected with the teaching of Revelation.
Included in the secondary object of infallibility are the following:
1) theological conclusions;
2) dogmatic facts
3) the general discipline of the Church;
4) approval of religious orders;
5) canonization of saints.
Why must these areas be objects of the Church’s infallibility?
Christ’s Church, by Monsignor G. Van Noort, S.T.D.: Published 1961.
“The charism of infallibility was bestowed upon the Church so that she could piously safeguard and confidently explain the deposit of Christian revelation, and thus could be in all ages the teacher of Christian truth and the Christian way of life.
“It is evident from Christ’s promises that the magisterium, the teaching office of the Church, was endowed with infallibility so that she might be able to carry out her mission properly, that is, to safeguard reverently, explain confidently, and defend effectively the deposit of faith.
“The security of the deposit requires the effective warding off or elimination of all error which may be opposed to it, even though only indirectly. This would be simply impossible without infallibility in the matters listed above.”
The secondary object of infallibility, in the area of the general discipline of the Church.
Once again, let us read from Christ’s Church by Van Noort: 1961.
“The Church’s infallibility extends to the general discipline of the Church. This proposition is theologically certain. By the term ‘general discipline of the Church’ are meant those ecclesiastical laws passed for the universal Church for the direction of Christian worship and Christian living.
“The imposing of commands belongs not directly to the teaching office but to the ruling office; disciplinary laws are only indirectly an object of infallibility, i.e., only by reason of the doctrinal decision implicit in them. When the Church’s rulers sanction a law, they implicitly make a twofold judgment: 1. ‘This law squares with the Church’s doctrine of faith and morals;’ that is, it imposes nothing that is at odds with sound belief and good morals. This amounts to a doctrinal decree.”
“Proof: 1. From the purpose of infallibility. The Church was endowed with infallibility that it might safeguard the whole of Christ’s doctrine and be for all men a trustworthy teacher of the Christian way of life. But if the Church could make a mistake in the manner alleged when it legislated for the general discipline, it would no longer be either a loyal guardian of revealed doctrine or a trustworthy teacher of the Christian way of life. It would not be a guardian of revealed doctrine, for the imposition of a vicious law would be, for all practical purposes, tantamount to an erroneous definition of doctrine; everyone would naturally conclude that what the Church had commanded squared with sound doctrine. It would not be a teacher of the Christian way of life, for by its laws it would induce corruption into the practice of religious life. 2. From the official statement of the Church, which stigmatized as ‘at least erroneous’ the hypothesis ‘that the Church could establish discipline which would be dangerous, harmful, and conducive to superstition and materialism.’”
“The well-known axiom, Lex orandi est lex credendi (The law of prayer is the law of belief) is a special application of the doctrine of the Church’s infallibility in disciplinary matters. This axiom says in effect that formulae of prayer approved for public use in the universal Church cannot contain errors against faith or morals.”
The reason for this lengthy explanation of the Church’s property of infallibility is that this is the strongest argument against the Conciliar religion of Vatican Council II.
Again, how could the Catholic Church faithfully, consistently and infallibly teach the same faith for 1900 years, and then suddenly propose, during the Second Vatican Council, false doctrines previously condemned by the past Popes and Councils (viz., ecumenism and religious liberty)? How could the Catholic Church continuously renew the unbloody Sacrifice of Calvary in the Holy Mass and then abruptly substitute it with a Lutheran “memorial of the Last Supper”? How could the Catholic Church so firmly legislate in her laws against interfaith and inter-communion, as these would foster religious indifferentism, and then suddenly abrogate these laws and permits these undertakings?
Are we to suppose that the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth, has suddenly changed His Mind and allowed contradictions in matters of the Faith, the Mass, and her universal laws? Are we to suppose that Christ suddenly abandoned His Church and let her fall into error and heresy?
Yet, it is primarily this issue of infallibility that divides those who call themselves traditional Catholics. Some traditional Catholics reject the errors of false ecumenism and religious liberty of the Second Vatican Council, the new Protestant memorial of the Last Supper — the Novus Ordo Missae — and the heresies of the New Code of Canon Law (1983) and yet insists that the very authors of these errors are still Christ’s representative here on earth. In reality, they say that the Living Magisterium of the Church has erred and has led the majority of Catholics into error and continues to err. Such a conclusion is nothing more than to deny the infallibility of the Church.
There can be no doubt that the Conciliar Church has erred. Not only in 1965 at the conclusion of Vatican Council II, but also for the past thirty years in its ordinary universal magisterium. How can it be any more clear, this Conciliar Church is not the Catholic Church!
As Pope Leo XIII taught in Satis Cognitum:
“If the living magisterium could be in any way false — an evident contradiction would follow, for then God would be the author of error.”
And also the First Vatican Council (1870), in the Dogmatic Constitution, Pastor Aeternus, reaffirmed the teaching of the Fourth Council of Constantinople:
“And their truth has been proved by the course of history, for in the Apostolic See, the Catholic religion has always been kept unsullied and her teachings kept holy.”
And again, in the same Dogmatic Constitution:
“Indeed, it was this apostolic doctrine that all the Fathers held, and the holy orthodox Doctors reverenced and followed. For they fully realized that this See of St. Peter always remains untainted by any error...”
For those who continue “to walk the fence” — with one foot in the traditional movement and the other in the Conciliar religion — face the reality: there are two different Churches today, the Catholic Church and the Conciliar religion. There is the Catholic Church, which possesses the attribute of infallibility, and there is the Conciliar religion, which does not.
On this feast of Pentecost, let us call upon the Holy Ghost and His Gift of Understanding to guide us in these times prophesied by St. Paul in 2 Thessalonians:
“Let no one deceive you in any way for the day of the Lord will not come unless the apostasy come first... and the man of sin is revealed... so that he sits in the temple of God and gives himself out as if he were God.” 2 Thess. 2:3.
There is little doubt we very may well be living in the time spoken of by St Paul, in the last days, during the time of the great apostasy of the Catholic Church Jesus spoke about.
The Popes after Peter convened ecumenical councils to deal with heresies, schisms and false teachings; things like Arianism, Gnosticism and Agnosticism to name a few . For more information on each of the 20 General Ecumenical Councils and some of the heresies they dealt with, link below. (Click the photo)
"The Church In Crisis" is one of many books outlining the ecumenical councils and the heresies the Popes had to deal with along with the betrayers Christ since Judas Iscariot. Click on the photo for a list of some of the main heresies these councils dealt with. (Click photo)
What is vital to realize and fully understand is that every ecumenical council since Nicaea up until the First Vatican Council in 1870 maintained all aspects of the entire traditions of the Catholic Church; remember the "only" reason for a Pope to call for an ecumenical council was when something outside Church teachings threatened the traditions of the Church. This all changed with Vatican II. (Ck Photo)
John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council on 11 October 1962 in a public session and read the declaration "Gaudet Mater Ecclesia" before the Council Fathers, in his opening address.
"What is needed at the present time is a new enthusiasm, a new joy and serenity of mind in the unreserved acceptance by all of the entire Christian faith, without forfeiting that accuracy and precision in its presentation which characterized the proceedings of the Council of Trent and the First Vatican Council. What is needed, and what everyone imbued with a truly Christian, Catholic and apostolic spirit craves today, is that this doctrine shall be more widely known, more deeply understood, and more penetrating in its effects on men's moral lives. What is needed is that this certain and immutable doctrine, to which the faithful owe obedience, be studied afresh and reformulated in contemporary terms. For this deposit of faith, or truths which are contained in our time-honored teaching is one thing; the manner in which these truths are set forth (with their meaning preserved intact) is something else."
General Ecumenical Councils were convened to deal with HERESIES being spread in the Church and/or to affirm infallible Catholic dogma. In 1958-1962 there were no reasons for a council.
So, this begs the question: Why would John XXIII call for Vatican II Council? SATAN
So, what did John XXIII attack first? A heresy, a false teaching? No. He attacked the Catholic Liturgy.
The Liturgy is the collection of symbols, chants and acts by means of which the Church expresses and manifests its religion towards God. In the Old Testament, in a very real way, God was the liturgist: He specified the most minute details of the worship to render to Him. But that was but a shadow of the sublime worship in the New Testament which Christ the High Priest wanted His Holy Catholic Church to continue until the end of the world. In the Liturgy of the Catholic Church, everything is important, everything is sublime, down to the tiniest details, a truth which moved St. Teresa of Avila to say: "I would give my life for the smallest ceremony of Holy Church."
Please review page 3 of this site, "The Mass" for more details.
In order to understand the impact of Vatican II, we first must explore a few details of Vatican I. (Click photo)
Pope Pius IX opened the First Vatican Council in 1869; cut short by French Revolution.
Pius IX at Vatican I needed to define, among other things, "INFALLIBILITY" of "ex cathedra" doctrinal definitions. Vatican I Council taught that Catholics must believe with divine faith everything whatever the Church teaches to be divinely revealed [Extraordinary Magisterium] or by the ordinary and "universal" Magisterium. (Denzinger 1792) They are equally infallible. Why? Gallicanism was being widely propagated in France and the entire Church in the 18th Century. (Wikipedia)
"Gallicanism was the theory that the power of monarchs is independent of the power of popes, and that the church of each country should be under the joint control of the pope and the monarch. The opposite doctrine is known as Ultramontanism."
"Ultramontanism is the teachings or 'magisterium of the Popes.'"
During the First Vatican Council in 1870, Pope Pius IX attacked and defended the authority and "infallibility" of the Papacy in direct contradiction to the heresy of Gallicanism. (Click photo)
Since all decrees and encyclicals of ecumenical councils by the Popes are "infallible", they become "Dogma of the Faith" and these pronouncements can never be changed by any future Pope since they represent the teachings of the successors of Peter who was given authority by Jesus Christ.
John XXIII in 1962 knew of these rules of faith and knew full well the teachings of Vatican I as being "infallibility" for all Popes. Therefore, John XXIII or any of his successors up to the present couldn't change or nullify any of the Dogma of Faith since Vatican I.
"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema. As we said before, so now I say again: If any one preach to you a gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema." Galatians 1:8-9
John XXIII died in 1963, then Cardinal Montinie became PAUL VI in 1963; father of the new Ecumenism.
Fast forward twenty years to John Paul II who said in the Angelus Address, Oct. 12, 1986:
“In a few days we shall go to Assisi, representatives of the Catholic Church, along with other Christian Churches and ecclesial communities, and of the great religions of the world. I issued this invitation to ‘believers of all religions.'”
On Oct. 27, 1986, John Paul II prayed with over 100 different religious leaders of various false religions, thereby repudiating the teaching of Scripture and the 2000-year teaching of the Catholic Church outlawing prayer with false religions. The entire day of prayer with the pagans, infidels, and heretics was John Paul II’s idea and they came at his invitation. During this meeting, the Dalai Lama placed a Buddhist statue on the tabernacle in the Church of St. Francis. Among the various false religious leaders at Assisi, there were rabbis, Islamic muftis, Buddhist monks, Shintoists, assorted Protestant ministers, Animists, Jainists and others. During the meeting, a member of each false religion came forward and offered a prayer for peace." Why did he do this? Read on~
Two months after the 1986 Assisi event, in a Christmas speech to his Cardinals published in the Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano, John Paul II said;
“The day of Assisi, showing the Catholic Church holding hands with our brothers of other religions, was a visible expression of [the] statements of the Second Vatican Council.”
Paul VI on 12th January 1966: "In view of the pastoral nature of Vatican II Council, it avoided any extraordinary statements of dogmas endowed with the note of infallibility but it still provided its teaching with the authority of the Ordinary Magisterium which must be accepted with docility according to the mind of the Council concerning the nature and aims of each document."
How could these statements be made? You need to read on to find out how it was SATAN.
Now, let us compare to what Pope Pius XI decreed in 1928; Mortalium Animos.
“For which reason conventions, meetings and addresses are frequently arranged by these persons, at which a large number of listeners are present, and at which all without distinction are invited to join in the discussion, both infidels of every kind, and Christians. Certainly such attempts can no wise be approved by Catholics, founded as they are on that false opinion which considers all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy. Not only are those who hold this opinion in error and deceived, but distorting the idea of true religion they reject it.”
“So, Venerable Brethren, it is clear why this Apostolic See has never allowed its subjects to take part in the assemblies of non-Catholics…”
"Those who hold such a view fall into an open error; they also reject the true Religion; they distort its tenets and fall gradually into Naturalism and Atheism. Therefore, it is perfectly evident that one who joins with the partisans and propagators of similar doctrine abandons entirely the divinely revealed Religion.”
Pope Pius XI was reiterating Magisterial teachings of the Church for centuries.
"If any ecclesiastic or layman shall go into the synagogue of the Jews or to the meeting-houses of the heretics to join in prayer with them, let them be deposed and deprived of communion. If any bishop or priest or deacon shall join in prayer with heretics, let him be suspended from communion.
(III Council of Constantinople)"
"No one shall pray in common with heretics and schismatics." (Council of Laodicea)"
"We decree that those who give credence to the teachings of the heretics, as well as those who receive, defend or patronize them, are excommunicated. [...] If anyone refuses to avoid such accomplices after they have been ostracized by the Church, let them also be excommunicated."
(IV Lateran Council)
"That Christians and ecclesiastics should pray for Christian unity under the direction of heretics and, what is worse, according to an intention which is radically impregnated and vitiated with heresy, is absolutely impossible to tolerate!" (Pope Pius XI)
"One must neither pray nor sing psalms with heretics, and whoever shall communicate with those who are cut off from the communion of the Church, whether clergy or layman: let him be excommunicated." (Council of Carthage)
DIVINE HOLY SCRIPTURE ON ECUMENISM
"Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with different seeds, lest both the seed that thou hast sown and the fruit of the vineyard be sanctified together." (Deuteronomy 22:9)
"And the good seed are the children of the kingdom; and the cockle are the children of the wicked one." (Matthew 13:38)
"Do not work together with unbelievers, for what does justice have in common with injustice?"
(2 Cor 6:14) (Click photo)
16 DOCUMENTS OF THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL
There are 16 documents contained in the Second Vatican Council edicts. What we just reviewed was one decree; UNITATIS REDINTEGRATIO.
WHY READ ALL THIS INFORMATION?
Today is unlike any time in history. Jesus foretold an apostasy would occur to His Church in the "last days", a term many refuse to acknowledge. At times likes like this "without" a legitimate magisterium, a properly consecrated infallible faithful Pope on St Peter's seat in Rome since the death of Pope Pius XII, Catholics must deal with this situation by girding themselves with knowledge and awareness of the times we live. Jesus said, "Amen I say to you, that this generation shall not pass away, till all these things are done." Matt. 24:34.
Click on the photos below to compare pre-Vatican II, Pius XII documents to post-Vatican II, Paul VI pronouncements as to the authority in the Church. Yes, it's lengthy, but this could mean your eternal soul if you're a Catholic and must follow St Peter's faithful successors.
Suffice to say, against a backdrop of centuries of "infallible" teachings of the Church, it's clear to see that the actions of the post Vatican II church are guilty of heresy, if not outright "apostasy". SATAN
Cardinal Walter Kasper, Prefect of Vatican Council for Promoting Christian Unity: “… today we no longer understand ecumenism in the sense of a return, by which the others would ‘be converted’ and return to being Catholics. This was expressly abandoned by Vatican II.” (Adista, Feb. 26, 2001)
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN IN CHRIST HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH?
Below is a 808 page book published in 2019 providing exhaustive details of the full historic account and proceedings of Vatican II from eyewitnesses and attendees. What's remarkable is how far back in time the events that lead to the infiltration of heretical teachings of Vatican II go and the diabolical nature of how these heresies were introduced. SATAN
There are many more books and articles available to offer full proof documentation on the things brought out on this site thus far. (Click on book below)
POPE PAUL III - Council of Trent
Who has the right or authority to judge anyone as a heretic?
WHAT CAUSED VATICAN II
Pope St Pius X - WARNED 1907
MODERNISM IS COMING TO ROME!
"He that scandalizes (stumbles) one of these little ones (the faithful), who believes in me, to fall into sin, it were better for him (the stumbler) that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea."
This is exactly what has happened leading up to, during and after
the Vatican II Council.
Pope St Pius X - On Modernism
Canon Gregory Hesse
Commentary on Modernism and Pope St Pius X - (video)
THIS MEANS ETERNAL LIFE
"This means eternal life; that they may know the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
St Thomas Aquinas, the angelic Doctor of the Church, one of, if not, the most revered theologians of the entire history of the Catholic Church made it clear in his work 'Catena Aurea" commenting on John 17:3 that it's not enough to just 'know' who God is, but that we know how to separate the wheat (truth) from the cockle (chaff) the false. (Matt. 13:24-25) Why? It literally means our everlasting life. We get one chance at this to get it right. The consequences for being wrong is far more dangerous then we an imagine.
ASK YOURSELF: Do you think it's remotely possible that we are, in fact, living during what Jesus called "THE LAST DAYS" before He comes again? He said there would not only be problems around the world with wars, famines, food shortage, lawlessness and even natural catastrophes like earthquakes and severe flooding around the world, but that there would be a GREAT APOSTASY within the very Church He established with Peter on earth. There would be a "man of sin and lawlessness" that would arrive to mislead Christ flock, a wolf in sheep's clothing; one who would look like a great shepherd-teacher like Peter but ultimately who's behind the man of lawlessness? SATAN. Could it be that we are experiencing this times Jesus spoke about?
If the answer is "YES!", next question; ARE YOU READY FOR IT?
Why not look for a priest who administers traditional Catholic sacraments mentioned on page 1.
Proverbs 119:109, "Our life is in our hands..." God gave us everything we need; His Word, His Holy Spirit, His Holy Church and a mind and free-will to choose. Find a traditional Catholic Church.
Our own eternal destiny is in our hands.
Ask yourself the following probing questions:
1. Who do you rely on for final authority on these matters?
2. How many quotes are necessary to make it clear what Our Lord Jesus said and the Holy Fathers that it’is absolutely necessary to be baptized into His Holy Apostolic Catholic Church in order to be saved and enter the kingdom of God?
3. A parent shouldn't have to tell his child more than one time to obey them in crossing the street lest they put their lives in danger. Why is it any different with our heavenly Father? Did our Lord not admonish us to be like little children, not haughty self-important "adults"?
4. One scripture and one Papal decree lead by Holy Spirit telling us we must be baptized into Christ Church to be saved should be enough. If it's not enough, we really need to ask ourselves why, if we are truly a Catholic Christian trying to follow Our Lord’s commands. Do we truly trust Our Lord and the traditions of the Church He established with Peter as the first father of the Church, the Pope?
Footnote: Jesus made it clear that SATAN the devil is a demon and a god of this world who has blinded people's minds to his ways. To dismiss the reality of this would be a fatal mistake.
Read 2 Corinthians 4:4 & 1 Peter 5:8-10 for starters.