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Dictionary of Roman Catholic Quotes

Catholic Sources:  Blasphemous Titles of the Pope and Priests

"This judicial authority will even include the power to pardon sin"
Source: Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 12, art. "Pope" P. 265

"Seek where you will, through heaven and Earth, and you will find the one created being who can forgive the sinner, who can free him from the chains of Hell. That extraordinary being is the priest, the Roman Catholic Priest."
Source: The Catholic Priest p. 78

"Thou art a priest forever: says the ordaining Bishop... He is no longer a man, a sinful child of Adam, but an 'Alter Christus', another Christ... Forever the Most High with power over the Almighty."
Source: Priest Ordination

"The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ himself, hidden under the veil of flesh."
Source: The Catholic National July 1895

"God Himself is obliged to abide by the judgment of His priests, and either not to pardon or to pardon, according as they refuse or give absolution... The sentence of the priest pre-cedes, and God subscribes to it."
Source: Dignities and Duties of the Priest vol. 12, p. 27

"All names which in the scriptures are applied to Christ, by virtue of which it is established that he is over the church, all the same names are applied to the Pope."
Source: Cardinal Bellarmine "On the Authority of Councils" Vol. 2, p.266

"Given in Rome from our palace, the 10th of February, 1817, the XIV jurisdiction of the most holy Pontiff and Father in Christ, and our Lord our 'god' the Pope, Leo XII ..."
Source: Rome as It Is p.180

"We hold upon this Earth the place of God Almighty."
Source: "The great Encyclical Letters" of Pope Leo XIII Encyclical Letter, June 20, 1894

"There is no graver offense than heresy...and therefore it must be rooted out with fire and sword."
Source: The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911 Vol. 14, p. 766-768.

"For every human creature it is necessary for salvation to be subject to the authority of the Roman Pontiff."
Source: The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. XV, p. 126.

"This judicial authority will even include the power to pardon sin"
Source: The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 12, art. "Pope" P. 265

"The Church does not, and cannot accept, or in any degree favor, liberty in the Protestant sense of liberty"
Source: Catholic World April, 1870

"The Catholic Church is the medium and channel through which the will of God is expressed. While the state has rights, she has them only in virtue and by permission of the Superior Authority, and that authority can be expressed only through the Church."
Source: Catholic World July, 1870

"The unrestrained freedom of thinking and of openly making known one's thoughts is not inherent in the rights of citizens and is by no means to be reckoned worthy of favor and support."
Source: Pope Gregory XVI

"The Church has the right to require that the Catholic religion shall be the only religion of the State, to the exclusion of all others."
Source: Pope Pius IX

"All Catholics should exert their power to cause the constitution of states to be modeled after the principles of the Catholic Church."
Source: Pope Leo XIII Papal Encyclical

"The Church of Rome is one monarchy over all the kingdoms of the earth, and is, among temporal bodies, as the mind or the soul of the body of man, or as God in the world. Therefore the Church of Rome must not only have the spiritual power, but also the supreme temporal power."
Source: Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII 1879

"We hold upon this Earth the place of God Almighty."
Source: Pope Leo XIII "The great Encyclical Letters" Encyclical Letter, June 20, 1894

"Twenty years ago, Father Joseph A. Ratzinger said the "methods and behavior" of the Holy Office--which descended from the medieval Inquisition--were "outdated [and]...a source of scandal to the world." Pope Paul VI renamed it the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Today Cardinal Ratzinger heads the organization and has shaped the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith into a powerful weapon against dissent. The church and society once saw eye-to-eye, Ratzinger said, but society has pulled away from that consensus and the church must reassert its teachings."
Source: Father Joseph A. Ratzinger Los Angeles Times, 11-7-86

"It must always be clear the one, holy, catholic and apostolic universal church is not the sister, but the mother of all churches."
Source: Cardinal Ratzinger 9/4/2000

"Dominus Iesus"
"Other churches are no sisters of ours, the Vatican insists."
Source: The independent September 5, 2000

The Lawfulness of Persecution
"The Catholic has some reason on his side when he calls for the temporal punishment of heretics, for he claims the true title of Christian for himself exclusively, and professes to be taught by the never-failing presence of the Spirit of God... It is not more 'morally' wrong to put a man to death for heresy than for murder... [And] in many cases persecution for religious opinions is not only permissible, but highly advisable and necessary."
Source: The Lawfulness of Persecution The Rambler, 4, June, 1849, pp. 119, 126 [Roman Catholic journal]

"You ask if he [the Roman Catholic] were lord in the land and you were in a minority, if not in numbers yet in power, what would he do to you? That, we say, would entirely depend upon circumstances. If it would benefit the cause of Catholicism, he would tolerate you: If expedient, he would imprison you, banish you, fine you; possibly, he might even hang you. But be assured of one thing: He would never tolerate you for the sake of 'the glorious principles of civil and religious liberty'... Catholicism is the most intolerant of creeds. It is intolerance itself, for it is truth itself."
Source: The Rambler "Civil and Religious Liberty," 8, Sept., 1851, pp. 174, 178.

"The Roman Pontiff judges all men, but is judged by no one. We declare, assert, define and pronounce: To be subject to the Roman Pontiff is to every creature altogether necessary for salvation… that which was spoken of Christ 'thou has subdued all things under his feet' may well seem verified of me… I have the authority of the King of kings. I am all and above all so that God himself and I, the Vicar of God, have but one consistency, and I am able to do all that God can do. What therefore, can you make of me but God?"
Source: Pope Boniface VIII in his "BULL UNAM SANCTAM"

"Long ages ago, when Rome through the neglect of the Western emperors was left to the mercy of the barbarous hordes, the Romans turned to one figure for aid and protection, and asked him to rule them; and thus, . . . commenced the temporal sovereignty of the popes. And meekly stepping to the throne of Caesar, the vicar of Christ took up the scepter to which the emperors and kings of Europe were to bow in reverence through so many ages."
Source: American Catholic Quarterly Review April, 1911

    On December 8, 1864, Pius IX issued the encyclical "Quanta Cura," and with it the now famous "Syllabus of Errors."...
    In order that no violence may be done to the facts involved in this matter there will be here quoted a few of the "errors" which are set forth in the syllabus. And the reader must bear in mind that that which is set forth is the error to which the Vatican is opposed, and not the thing which the Vatican endorses:
  • Section 3:15 "Every man is free to embrace and profess the religion he shall believe true, guided by the light of reason."
  • Section 3:16 "Men may in any religion find the way of eternal salvation, and obtain eternal salvation."
  • Section 5:24 "The church has not the power of availing herself of force, or any direct or indirect temporal power."
  • Section 5:27 "The ministers of the church and the Roman pontiff, ought to be absolutely excluded from all charge and dominion over temporal affairs."
  • Section 6:39 "The commonwealth is the origin and source of all rights, and possesses rights which are not circumscribed by any limits."
  • Section 6:55 "The church ought to be separated from the state, and the state from the church."
  • Source: Dr. Percy T. Magan. (Excerpted from The Vatican and the War, © 1915 by Dr. Percy T. Magan.)

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Article 3
2030 " It is in the Church, in communion with all the baptized, that the Christian fulfills his vocation. From the Church he receives the Word of God containing the teachings of "the law of Christ." 72 From the Church he receives the grace of the sacraments that sustains him on the "way." From the Church he learns the example of holiness and recognizes its model and source in the all-holy Virgin Mary; he discerns it in the authentic witness of those who live it; he discovers it in the spiritual tradition and long history of the saints who have gone before him and whom the liturgy celebrates in the rhythms of the sanctoral cycle."

2031 "The moral life is spiritual worship. We "present (our) bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God," 73 within the Body of Christ that we form and in communion with the offering of his Eucharist. In the liturgy and the celebration of the sacraments, prayer and teaching are conjoined with the grace of Christ to enlighten and nourish Christian activity. As does the whole of the Christian life, the moral life finds its source and summit in the Eucharistic sacrifice"

Source: Part Three - Section One - Chapter 3 - Article 3 http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P73.HTM

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2089 Incredulity is the neglect of revealed truth or the willful refusal to assent to it. "Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same; apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith; schism is the refusal of submission to the Roman Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him."

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