MEA CULPA


I'm the Culprit-
Admission of guilt, yes.
Confession of sin, NO!

 

 



The Pope's alleged confession of sin has come and gone. I waited on purpose to deal with this so that the feely feely dust could settle. The Pope did NOT confess sin. He admitted he and the Mother Whore Church are culpable and guilty. The Pope did NOT list any sins the Whore Church has committed over the past 1700 years.

Saint Alphonsas Ligouri, in his instructions to the priest in conducting a confessional, told the Roman priest that he must extract the confession of the penitent in the same degree of feeling and detail as the sin was committed. In this regard, Ligouri required, for example, that the priest demand that the penitent Catholic adulteress even tell how far her illicit sexual partner's penis penetrated, and if a seminal discharge took place.

Even allowing for much less detail, we at Balaam's Ass Speaks, insist that the Pope's confession was totally defective and incomplete, BY CATHOLIC DEFINITION. The Pope simply brushed off millions of sins of incest, rape, murder, torture, church burnings, infiltration and mayhem, and anarchy with a few blithering remarks. I knew exactly what was happening. Roman Catholics have been very liberated in recent years, and among other things, they have heard and read about the Inquisition and many other wicked sins of the Old Mother Whore. They are now hearing about the thousands of pedophiles and sodomite priests.

So, the Pope's alleged confession was for one purpose alone-- To give the Average Catholic the warm fuzzies. This confession was not intended to answer Protestant questions and complaints. I have already had Catholics tell me how wonderful the Pope's confession was. This would be like me confessing to my wife that I stole a car and not naming the sin to the owner of the car. AND, in such a case, it would be like my wife fawning over me for admitting I did something wrong. The owner of the car remains out one car, and I won't deal with him about it. THAT is exactly what the Pope did with his guilt. It is a cool public relations trick for Catholics.

I intend to give you some thoughts from other Bible believers first, then I will suggest how John Paul II can finally clear the record once and for all. I will not do this in a coy of facetious manner, though some of you readers may think this is my intent. I shall simply take a purely biblical approach to the thousands of treacherous sins of the Old Mother Whore.


The wimpy and defective "confession" reviewed

Dressed in the purple vestments of Lenten mourning, the 79-year-old pope addressed an audience at St Peter's Basilica on the Catholic Church's "Day of Forgiveness" for the 2000 Holy Year. He and his top cardinals grouped the past sins of their church into seven categories. "We forgive and we ask for forgiveness," the pope said in a clear voice. The pope's homily did not name groups or historical events, but prayers during the Mass were more specific. On behalf of the church, five Vatican cardinals and two bishops made a confession of sin, with a response from the pope.

Cardinal Edward Cassidy read the prayer for forgiveness for sins against Jews, saying: "Christians will acknowledge the sins committed by not a few of their number against the people of the covenant."

Editor: This viper has limped all Christians into this comment. Cardinal Cassidy, YOU take responsibility for the Roman Whore-- Leave Bible believers OUT of this disgusting display, for we have loved the Jews for centuries.

The pope, bishops and cardinals spoke of seven categories of forgiveness: general sins; sins in the service of truth; against Christian unity; against the Jews; against respect for love, peace and cultures; against the dignity of women and minorities, and against human rights.

"We ask forgiveness for the divisions among Christians, for the use of violence that some Christians used in the service of the truth and for the behavior of diffidence and hostility sometimes used toward followers of other religions," the pope said in his homily before the prayers.

The words "violence in the service of truth" is an often-used reference to the treatment of heretics during the Inquisition, the Crusades and the forced conversions of native peoples. "For the role that each one of us has had, with his behavior, in these evils, contributing to a disfigurement of the face of the church, we humbly ask forgiveness," he said.

The prayer for forgiveness from women and minorities said Christians had been "guilty of attitudes of rejection and exclusion, consenting to acts of discrimination on the basis of racial and ethnic differences."

The prayer for forgiveness for human rights abuses said Christians had not recognized Christ in the poor, the persecuted and imprisoned and had too often committed "acts of injustice by trusting in wealth and power." Referring to abortion, the pope said Christians had not defended the defenseless, "especially in the first stages of life."

The pope said Christians had "violated the rights of ethnic groups and peoples and shown contempt for their cultures and religious traditions." A prayer mentioned sins against gypsies.

The pope often has said Catholics should start the new millennium by seeking forgiveness for past sins, including those of the church.

He calls this a "purification of memory" necessary for the church to move forward. The pope also said Christians were ready to forgive others for abuse suffered by Christians over the centuries.

Editor: This proves me correct. This "confession" is ONLY a way to give Roman Catholics deliverance from the record of history against them. This has NOTHING to do with repentance and confession, for if it did, the Pope would have NAMED those the Whore Church sinned against, and he would now be busy seeking them out and confessing sin to their face. This whole exercise is damage control so that the Pope can take over Jerusalem before he dies. Will the Zionist dead men in Israel go for it? If we are at the very end of the Church age, the answer is YES.

Source-- CNN


Comments By a Bible believer on Mea Culpa

Pastor Joey Faust

  STAGE-SETTING FOR ANTICHRIST?

"God of our fathers, you chose Abraham and his descendants to bring your name to the nations. We are deeply saddened by the behavior of those who in the course of history have caused these children of yours to suffer, and asking your forgiveness, we wish to commit ourselves to genuine brotherhood with the people of the Covenant." -Prayer of forgiveness from Pope John Paul II at the Western Wall of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem.

Comments: Here the Pope admits that the present Jews is Israel are indeed descended from Abraham (many go to great lengths to deny this). The "those in history" that have persecuted Jews (and born again Christians) were the various Popes, though we do not get so honest a confession. Now what I want to know is what does John Paul II mean by "people of the Covenant"? What "covenant"? Is the Pope referring to the LAND covenant that God made with Abraham and his descendants (Gen. 12:7, etc.)? It appears the stage is being set in the Catholic Church, more and more, for the fulfillment of Tribulation prophecy:

Daniel 9:27 And he shall CONFIRM THE COVENANT with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.


From: "DAVID MCALLISTER" belfastberean@freenetname.co.uk
Subject: POPE "APOLOGISES" FOR CHURCH'S ERRORS
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000

The Belfast Berean 2000

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NEWSDESK 2000

 POPE "APOLOGISES" FOR CHURCHES ERRORS

POPE SAYS "SORRY" FOR CATHOLICS' SINS

POPE "APOLOGISES" FOR CHURCHES PAST SINS

 The Pope has made an unprecedented public apology for the past sins and errors of the Roman Catholic Cult. "The act of penitence covered events such as the "excesses" of the Inquisition." But the BBC Rome correspondent said he failed to be specific on the Medieval Crusades or the failure of Pope Pius XII to speak out against the Holocaust. It was the first time in the church's history that one of its leaders had sought such a sweeping pardon.

 NEWSDESK 2000

 The truth is that we Bereans are not fooled by such "apologises" by the antichrist Pope. The truth is that the teachings of the Council of Trent, that made the Inquisition & Holocaust possible are still in place to this day with Vatican II reconfirming Trent. These teachings are still being used to kill Bible Christians all over the world even today, and will be used in the new Inquisition that Rome is secretly planning.

 The Pope states that "The act of penitence covered events such as the "excesses" of the Inquisition " So the Pope does not think the Inquisition was a really a sin but only the "excesses." The Inquisition was the wholesale slaughter of millions of people, not just some "excesses" and the false doctrine of the "act of penitence" does not cover such evil and horrible deeds. What we have from the Pope is a clever act of damage control, and at the same time will be used to suck people back to Rome.

 We are told in Revelation 17-19 that the Vatican is a whore, who has commited fornication with the  kings of the earth. That the Vatican is "drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus" and that "her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities", so this apology by the Pope is another attempt to make the inhabitants of the earth drunk with the wine of Rome's fornication.

Rome thinks she will not be judged but it is written "How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously.....for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow." God commands "Come out of her, my people, that ye  be not partakers of her sins, and that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."  Because in one day, yes one day, the Vatican will be utterly burned with fire.

Christian people do not be decieved by this so called "apology" from the Pope but at least be aware of the crimes and sins of the Vatican! Roman Catholic Apologist will still try to claim these things never happened. Be strong reject the Pope and call people out of this false system.

"REWARD HER EVEN AS SHE REWARDED YOU AND DOUBLE UNTO HER DOUBLE ACCORDING TO HER WORKS" [Rev 18:6]

For more details on the crimes and sins of the VATICAN read A WOMEN RIDES THE BEAST by DAVE HUNT [http://www.thebereancall.org]


Richard Bennett and Michael de Semlyen Speak out

The Day of Pardon and Papal Penitence Century 21: Biblical Unity or Papal Conformity?
by Richard Bennett and Michael de Semlyen

Papal Penitence

On Sunday, March 12, the first Sunday of Lent, the Pope presided over a solemn ceremony called �The Day of Pardon� in St. Peter�s Basilica, Rome, in which he asked God for forgiveness for the historical wrongs of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). The ceremony was presented as another profoundly significant event in the RC Church�s �Millennium Jubilee Holy Year� and a further step, unprecedented but necessary, in the process of unity. It was a modern media event staged for maximum impact to encourage �unity�. The impression given is that it is a genuine attempt to wipe the slate clean and to apologize for the past wrongs of the Church.

Careful examination, however, shows that the Pope�s �Day of Pardon� was in fact not an apology, but rather a day of deception. In this service, the Pope continually prayed, purportedly as a Christian, while never admitting any of the horrendous sins of the Church of Rome. An egregious example from the prepared text that was used is found in Section III, �Confession of Sins Which Have Harmed the Unity of the Body of Christ�.(1) The set prayer of the representative of the Roman Curia was as follows, �Let us pray that our recognition of the sins which have rent the unity of the Body of Christ and wounded fraternal charity will facilitate the way to reconciliation and communion among all Christians.� This was followed by silent prayer, and then the prayer of �The Holy Father� addressed to the �Merciful Father�,

�Merciful Father, on the night before his Passion your Son prayed for the unity of those who believe in him: in disobedience to his will, however, believers have opposed one another, becoming divided, and have mutually condemned one another and fought against one another. We urgently implore your forgiveness and we beseech the gift of a repentant heart, so that all Christians, reconciled with you and with one another will be able, in one body and in one spirit, to experience anew the joy of full communion. We ask this through Christ our Lord.�

If the Pope and the Roman Curia were really serious about their prayer offered to Holy God, they must face the fact that condemning curses of their Council of Trent were not mentioned nor repented of, including the condemnation of the Biblical Gospel and historical biblical Christianity, which led to the wholesale slaughter of millions of Christians during the 667 years of the Inquisition, and which have never been revoked, Vatican Council II notwithstanding. If this prayer were answered, it would be necessary to dismantle the RCC with its false gospel, papal infallibility, and �irreformable�(2) ways, which clearly the Pope and his Curia have no intention of doing.

�The Week of Christian Unity�

The gathering of mainstream churches at St. Paul�s Basilica in Rome earlier this year is thought to have been the largest assembly of Christian leaders with a Pope since the Vatican Council II in the early 1960s. On January 18th, the Tuesday of the week which had been designated �The Week of Christian Unity� in the �Holy Year, 2000�, leaders representing four fifths of Eastern Orthodoxy gathered alongside Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Pentecostals. They were participating in celebration of the opening of the �Holy Door at St. Paul Outside the Walls�. Archbishop George Carey, Primate of the Church of England, and Metropolitan Athanasius, representing Bartholomew, Patriarch of Constantinople and head of the Orthodox Church, knelt on either side of Pope John Paul II before the newly opened door. Only one cushion had been provided as it was thought that only the Pope would kneel, but when they both fell to their knees, too, the Pope called out, �Unity! Thank you!� It was a highly symbolic moment.

The Pontiff had every reason to express his gratitude to the Churches represented and the two men flanking him. After all, in May 1999, the joint Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) had issued a statement �recognizing the Pope as the overall authority in the Christian World� and describing him as �a gift to be received by all Churches�, (a gift yet to be accepted by the Synod of the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion, however). Five months later in October, 1999, on Reformation Day, the Roman Catholic and Lutheran Churches had signed a joint declaration announcing that their opposing views on justification have been reconciled.(3) With this declaration of reconciliation and unity, the way seems clear for the Lutherans to join the Anglicans in accepting Papal primacy. The frosty relationship of earlier years with the Russian Orthodox Church has warmed up and a Papal visit to Moscow and a meeting with Patriarch Alexy II is being discussed. Pentecostals and Charismatics have accelerated their Romeward journey and Evangelical leaders who have signed ECT (�Evangelicals and Catholics Together�) have led very large numbers of Evangelicals to kneel before the open �holy� door that the Roman Catholic Church offers them.

The Pope�s words that day were couched in the language associating equality with freedom. Carefully concealed in his response was the non-negotiable agenda of the Roman Catholic Church, for rather than looking for unity based on truth, the Papacy, as ever, is seeking to secure conformity through compromise. The �ecumenical dialogue� referred to by the Pope during the January 18th ceremony, is clearly governed by a special set of rules. Vatican Council II�s post conciliar Document No. 42 on ecumenism states that ��dialogue is not an end in itself�it is not just an academic discussion.�(4) Rather, �ecumenical dialogue...serves to transform modes of thought and behavior and the daily life of those [non-Catholic] communities. In this way, it aims at preparing the way for their unity of faith in the bosom of a Church one and visible.�(5)

That the papacy expects this process of dialogue to take time to accomplish its stated aim of bringing all Christian churches under its authority is clear when she says, ��.little by little, as the obstacles to perfect ecclesial communion are overcome, all Christians will be gathered, in a common celebration of the Eucharist [the Mass] into that unity of the one and only Church.�This unity, we believe, dwells in the Catholic Church as something we can never lose.�(6)

The �little by little� approach of the Vatican II document are now giant steps.

How many present at the January 18th gathering understand what is really happening? The Pope�s official position is that �ecumenical encounter is not merely an individual work, but also a task of the [RC] Church, which takes precedence over all individual opinions.�(7) Thus the opinions of others present on January 18th are �individual opinions� and worthless. The final goal of any dialogue with the RCC is, first and foremost, �unity� in a visible and specific ritual under the authority of the Roman Catholic Church, �all Christians will be gathered, in a common celebration of the Eucharist into that unity of the one and only Church�.unity we believe dwells in the Catholic Church as something she can never lose.� She could hardly state it more clearly.

Unity: true and false

Very different from this man-made spurious unity is the true unity of believers in Christ. The foundation of Christian unity is the position of believers �in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ.�(8) The Lord�s prayer in John 17:21 for unity is answered in the life of an individual who is justified by God�s saving grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. The fact that the Lord Jesus Christ prayed for unity means that unity of believers is actual. God, the Father of His people, Who before the world existed chose the believers to be in Christ His Son, justified them through His righteousness, and upon saving them, places them in Him, and will preserve them in that unity unto the culmination of all things. Believers are placed into the unity which is in Christ Jesus, a unity which they themselves did not establish, but which they are commanded to maintain. In the words of the Apostle Paul, they are �to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.�(9)

True ecumenism

The same Apostle shows clearly the ground of true unity: �There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.�(10) Believers, therefore, who adhere to God only and His Written Word, as did the Lord and the Apostles after Him (�Sola Scriptura�) are one in body, in Spirit, and in truth. They are saved before the all-Holy God by grace alone (�Sola Gratia�), through faith alone (�Sola Fide�), and in Christ alone (�Solo Christo�) and all glory and praise is to God alone (�Soli Deo Gloria�). These five biblical principles together show the foundation of true unity in the Lord. They have helped the persecuted church through the centuries to hold fast to the simplicity of the Gospel. True ecumenism is fellowship or working together in adherence to the five basic biblical principles that maintain the foundation of true unity in the Lord. To the degree to which these key basic biblical standards are embraced, true unity will be evident.

False ecumenism

On the other hand, false ecumenism, typically institutionalized, is the joining together for common causes of professing Christian groups, when in fact one or more of the parties involved are unconverted. While purporting to confess the Lord Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures, for the most part the five biblical principles that display the basis of true unity in the Lord are compromised. The extent to which these principles are not upheld usually shows the inclination of the church or group to submit to Rome. The World Council of Churches is such an institution. Within it, there is no agreement on any of the five principles that demonstrate the fact that the foundation of true unity is in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. The Pope and his Church, likewise in apostasy from the true Gospel, are also without any of the five biblical standards. Counterfeiting the body of the Lord Jesus Christ, they are intent on finding successful ways to bind all to the very visible, active and attractive pontifical throne.

Pope defines conformity

In his official letter, �That they May Be One�, the Pope defines full unity,

�The Catholic Church, both in her praxis and in her solemn documents, holds that the communion of the particular Churches with the Church of Rome, and of their Bishops with the Bishops of Rome is, in God�s plan, an essential requisite of full and visible communion.� (11)

To arrive at that point of full unity, a different set of five principles must be adopted, principles that actually deny all five parameters of biblical truth. According to the Pope, �It is already possible to identify the areas in need of fuller study before a true consensus of faith can be achieved:

(1) the relationship between Sacred Scripture, as the highest authority in matters of faith, and Sacred Tradition, as indispensable to the interpretation of the Word of God;
(2) the Eucharist, as the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, an offering of praise to the Father, the sacrificial memorial and Real Presence of Christ and the sanctifying outpouring of the Holy Spirit;
(3) Ordination, as a Sacrament, to the threefold Ministry of the episcopate, presbyterate and diaconate;
(4) the Magisterium of the Church, entrusted to the Pope and the Bishops in communion with him, understood as a responsibility and an authority exercised in the name of Christ for teaching and safeguarding the faith;
(5) the Virgin Mary, as Mother of God and Icon of the Church, the spiritual Mother who intercedes for Christ�s disciples and for all humanity.� (12)

The Pope�s objective in declaring his five principles is that a ubiquitous visible conformity to the Church of Rome should be forged in accordance with and manifested through her institution alone. Thus the Pope decrees, ��it is now necessary to advance towards the visible unity which is required and sufficient and which is manifested in a real and concrete way, so that the Churches may truly become a sign of that full communion in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church which will be expressed in the common celebration of the Eucharist.� (13)

The RCC is attempting to forge a man-made unity, visible by means of an institution to which all must conform. Such a conception stands in direct contradiction to the reality of believers who, having been placed invisibly in Christ by God, are to maintain the bond of unity given them by the Holy Spirit.

External Unity to be Attained by Power and Penalty

What is this conformity now so passionately advocated by the Pope? How would it be applied in practice? From all previous experience, and the official teaching of the same Pope in his Canon Law, those fully participating will be obliged to submit their faculties of both mind and will to �the Holy Father� [the Pope], to his decrees, and to the dogma of his Church. Thus present day Roman law decrees, Canon 752 �A religious respect of intellect and will, even if not the assent of faith, is to be paid to the teaching which the Supreme Pontiff or the college of bishops enunciate on faith or morals when they exercise the authentic magisterium even if they do not intend to proclaim it with a definitive act...�

In this official law Rome enunciates, in clearer terms than any cult states, the necessity of suppressing one�s God given faculties, that of mind and will. This is not only demanded, the new Canon Law, the �Papal Code� codified by the present Pope, includes a section entitled �Punishment of Offenses against Ecclesiastical Authorities and the Freedom of the Church�. Under the heading, �The Punishment of Offenses in General�, the Inquisition appears again as from old times, for Canon 1311 states, �The Church has an innate and proper right to coerce offending members of the Christian faithful by means of penal sanctions.�(14)

A brief acquaintance with history readily reveals that coercion is a term that the Roman Church understands very well. Naturally, when ushering all comers into her big tent, she makes light of its implications; but when once again in direct control of the levers of political power (which may well be provided by the fast advancing European superstate), Canon 1311 could acquire that same notoriety as those which have so darkened the pages of history.

It is important to remember always that the Roman Papacy is an absolute monarchy and also a secular government. Enormously wealthy, it has territorial sovereignty, its court, nobles, and diplomatic corps; its detective force and secret service; its laws, advocates, and system of jurisprudence as well as prison; taxes, bank, foreign treaties and concordats, enormous political influence, ambitious plans and policies, all as much as any secular kingdom. And it still has the Inquisition, now styled the Office of the Doctrine of the Faith, headed by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.

Bride of the Lamb understands Apostate Church

Believers of old were clear to call the Roman Catholic Church�s imposed conformity �Satan's seat� or the Antichrist. This was known and spoken of even through the Middle Ages by Dante Alghieri (d. 1321), John Wycliff (d. 1384), John Huss (d. 1415), Savonarola (d. 1498), and William Tyndale (c. l536). So Rome�s conformity was described as Antichrist from the time of Reformation by Martin Luther (d. 1546), Nicholas Ridley (d. 1554), John Bradford (d. 1555), and John Foxe (d. 1587), and in more recent times by Isaac Newton (d. 1727) and Jonathan Edwards (d. 1758). Now as the �Holy� Roman Empire revives in the European Superstate, can believers afford to remain ignorant of both history and Biblical prophecy as understood throughout the centuries? Confident believers of old saw that unity is in Christ and, consequently, warned of the conformity with Rome. They both knew the true church in Christ, and recognized the apostate Church in Rome. Understanding that unity with the Roman Catholic Church always meant submission to her traditions and finally obedience to her Pope, they rejoiced that their unity was in the Beloved, rather than dallying with sin.

Pope Identified

Extravagantly, apparently without trembling, the Pope has again fulfilled the Lord�s prophetic Word (II Thessalonians 2:3-12) depicting the Man of Sin and Son of Perdition. The sitting Pope purports to take for himself a Divine position. Thus in Section III of the prepared program for the �Day of Pardon�, �The Holy Father� is mentioned eight times. Nonetheless in the RCC, this title does not denote the All Holy One in heaven, but rather the sitting Pope. Seen in the light of Scripture, the RCC Pope who claims to be Christian, clearly is one "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, showing himself that he is God� (v. 4) The Pope of the RCC goes further when by taking to himself the title of �The Vicar of Christ�, he presumes to take the place of Christ Himself, teacher, shepherd, and priest. This also is clearly tantamount to �as God sit[ting] in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.� The assertion is not simply made, for the Pope's law gives it teeth in exacting submission of mind and will and promising punitive action against those who fail to obey, as Canon 752 and 1311 document. He is the worst and greatest enemy of Christ who under the pretence of service to Christ, presumes to undermine His unique offices by covertly usurping His position and power.

C. H. Spurgeon clearly understood these things. His timely words still apply,

Since he was cursed who rebuilt Jerico, much more the man who labors to restore Popery among us. In our fathers� days the gigantic walls of Popery fell by the power of their faith, the perseverance of their efforts, and the blast of their gospel trumpets; and now there are some who would rebuild that accursed system upon its old foundation. O Lord, be pleased to thwart their unrighteous endeavors, and pull down every stone, which they build. It should be a serious business with us to be thoroughly purged of every error which may have a tendency to foster the spirit of Popery; and when we have made a clean sweep at home we should seek in every way to oppose its all to rapid spread abroad in the church and in the world.(15)

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Footnotes

(1) www.vatican.va/jubilee_2000/jubilevents/events_day_pardon
(2) �This infallibility, however, with which the divine redeemer wished to endow his Church in defining doctrine pertaining to faith and morals...the Roman Pontiff...enjoys...when...he proclaims in an absolute decision...For this reason his definitions are rightly said to be irreformable by their very nature...� No. 28, Lumen Gentium, in Vatican Council II The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, Austin Flannery, Ed., 1981 ed. (Northport, NY: Costello Publ. Co., 1975) p. 380.
(3) See Richard Bennett�s analysis, �The Roman Catholic-Lutheran �Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification�: A Denial of the Gospel and the Righteousness of Christ�.
(4) Flannery, No. 42, �Reflections and Suggestions Concerning Ecumenical Dialogue�, S.P.U.C., 15 August 1975, p.549.
(5) Ibid., pp. 540-1. Bolding in any quotation indicates emphasis added in this paper.
(6) Ibid., p. 541.
(7) Ibid., p. 545.
(8) 1 Thessalonians 1:1.
(9) Ephesians 4:3.
(10) Ephesians 4:4-6.
(11)Ut Unum Sint, �That They May Be One: On Commitment to Ecumenism�, John Paul II (Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference) Publ. No. 5-050, Para. 97.
(12)Ibid., Para. 79.
(13) Ibid., Para. 78.
(14) Code of Canon Law, Latin-English Edition (Washington, DC: Canon Law Society of America, 1983).
(15) Morning and Evening, on Joshua 6:26


A Writer from the Secular Press Speaks

A PENITENT POPE
By John Leo (US News Online)
From: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/000327/27john.htm

Note: I have taken the liberty of replacing the word "Christian" with "Roman Catholic" throughout this document. To blame Christians for the sins of the Papacy, as the Pope does, is scandalous - Tony P.

The Vatican confesses, but is it enough?

The Catholic Church has been confessing its faults and sins for many years now, particularly its treatment of Jews. By one count, Pope John Paul II alone has made over a hundred confessions of Roman Catholic failure. Many Catholics are now weary and wary of the apology process, and non-Catholics who comment on all the apologizing are tired of saying, in effect, "That's nice, but can you please be a bit more specific?"

The Vatican effort this time is the strongest and most solemn to date, a formal theological statement, "Memory and Reconciliation," combined with a confession on behalf of all Catholics by the pope and various cardinals built into the liturgy of a papal mass.

In the twilight of his papacy, Pope John Paul II clearly wanted to make an impact. We can assume that he was also trying to commit the next pope, who is very likely to be an aged and cautious member of the Vatican bureaucracy, to his own active policy of reconciliation.

Yet the Vatican's statement and liturgy have many of the same flaws as earlier efforts. Once again, a Catholic expression of regret relies too heavily on the passive voice, always a sign that we are about to swerve away from candor. We read about "the suffering endured by the people of Israel" rather than the Roman Catholics who helped the Nazis impose all the suffering. Still, the document is better than "We Remember," the Vatican's 1998 effort, which abstractly lamented anti Semitic slanders that "have circulated" and catastrophes that "befell the Jewish people." (Mistakes were made.)

"Memory and Reconciliation," the new document, tiptoes gingerly up to Roman Catholic complicity in the Holocaust by saying that the behavior of Roman Catholics "was not that which might have been expected from Christ's followers." No, I guess not.

Baffling language. Some of the misty abstractions are baffling. "Purification of memory," which the pope keeps calling for, might make sense in Latin or Italian but fails to register at all in English. "Methods of violence and intolerance used in the past to evangelize" is probably a good enough short label for the forced conversions of native peoples, but "force in the service of truth," a reference to the Inquisition, doesn't really capture the flavor of people being tortured and burned at the stake. Can't we just have more plain talk?

Referring to the Crusades and the Inquisition, the document says: "Isn't it a bit too easy to judge people of the past by the conscience of today... almost as if moral conscience were not situated in time?" Correct answer: No. Many of the valiant crusaders used to warm up for their long trip to the Holy Land by butchering some local Jews, just for practice. The Roman Catholic moral conscience should have judged acts like these just as clearly in 1099 as the pope and most of the world would today. Yes, some moral norms change over time, but Catholics are not famous for their belief in moral and cultural relativism. An unsuspected respect for relativism really shouldn't show up in the middle of a confession for the Crusades and the Inquisition.

The document says the Holocaust "was certainly the result of the pagan ideology of Nazism." The Vatican has to stop inserting this line into its expressions of sorrow to the Jews. It's a way of discounting Roman Catholic anti Semitism as a major factor in the extermination of Europe's Jews. Apart from the scale of the killings, there was nothing in the Nazi program for the Jews that hadn't been pioneered by centuries of Roman Catholic practice: from the forced wearing of a yellow badge, isolation, and rituals of humiliation to expropriation of property, banishment, and pogroms. The Nazis may have drawn their direct inspiration from a post-Roman Catholic version of purely racial anti Semitism. But Roman Catholicity clearly prepared the way and lit the fuse.

It's true that popes and Roman Catholic princes intervened periodically over the centuries to protect Jews and usher in periods of relative tolerance. But it is also true that contempt, hatred, and vilification of Jews have been at or near the heart of Roman Catholic experience for most of two millennia. It is the longest record of sustained oppression in human history. The anti-Jewish message was carried not just by excitable mobs and popular prejudice but by theologians, popes, bishops, saints, and official pronouncements and councils of "the church."

Under this remarkable pope, the Catholic Church is trying hard to come to terms with its anti Semitic tradition. But its official statements are still pockmarked by verbal diversions, fears about the reputation of Pius XII, legends of (virtually non-existent) church resistance to the Nazis, and odd claims that the Roman Catholics and Jews of Germany were somehow equal victims of Hitler. This won't do.

Jewish critics seem like terrible nags to so many Catholics, after all these apologies. But the critics know, as most Catholics do not, that Roman Catholics are nowhere near getting to the bottom of their anti Semitic tradition. This is why Catholic-Jewish relations still have a quality of polite unreality about them.


What the Bible says about Mea Culpa

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

CATHOLIC, THEOLOGICAL DOUBLESPEAK "...Pope John Paul II is expected to continue his practice of asking forgiveness for the sins committed by Catholics over the past 2,000 years. ...This year's Lent is special for the pope. For years, he has been asking Catholics to repent, pray and prepare the church to begin a fresh springtime of evangelism in 2000...The pope, a former theology and philosophy professor, is precise in his language. He never apologizes for the church but for the actions of its human leaders and followers, including popes. This theological distinction demands some attention. The pope talks about the sins of the 'sons and daughters of the church' because the church is more than just its human element, according to Catholic theology...The Second Vatican Council called upon the people to reform the church, while stressing that the church is 'a sacrament of communion with God, and, unity with humanity,' said the Rev. Thomas Esselman, a systematic theology professor at Aquinas Institute of Theology in midtown St. Louis....Esselman understands that this theological language can confuse those who don't know Catholic theology..." (Baptist.org - St. Louis Post, March 11, 2000 AD)

Editor: "Confess," as used in the Word of God, means "say the same thing." The Pope is in fact trying to pass the buck and cover the sin of the Whore. He is making unspoken people the wicked, and the Whore is reserved as pure. We are calling his bluff, and we declare his confession void. Te non absolvo you phony fake!

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James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another,

Sin is to be confessed personally, not in mass rallies. Sin is to be named, not generalized. The confession of the Pope was not based in repentance and shame for offending any one victim, and there have been millions whom the Whore destroyed.

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John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

The Pope has been campaigning for appearance. He wants a new perception. His confession was precisely the same bilge the Clinton dumped on us over his whorelette, Monica. The Pope must be judged for what he is-- A false witness and antichrist.

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2 Corinthians 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

The Pope takes not revenge on evil. He calls for us all to just drop all the issues and say it is OK. Well, not yet buster. AFTER you have named the sins of the ages, and sought out the people offended, and made reparations, you will be forgiven. If this is too big a thing to ask, then this alone shows how awfully monstrous the sins of the Whore really are.

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Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments:

We refuse to allow the offender to broker and define the confession and the offense. The righteous are those who must speak and name the offense. Then, if the Pope is truly repentant, he will "confess" or agree with the righteous. Until then, the Whore, the Pope, and all Catholics who are part of the offense remain unforgiven.


Tom Lamb from New Zealand on Mea Culpa

Whitewashing a criminal past by saying sorry


Dubbed "Operation Old Friend" (That's Israel referring to it's old time worse enemy the Pope of Rome) we read:
"JERUSALEM, March 16 (Reuters) - Israel will mount the biggest security operation for a foreign dignitary in its 52-year history next week to guard the life of Pope John Paul."
Incredible but true; and over the last few years the Vatican has been pulling every string to make this tour possible in preparation for him to become the international Shepherd / Guardian of the city it acknowledges as the eternal capital of the world.  Think about it!?  This will mean the Pontiff will officially become the first universal leader of the world. This is why it was imperative (as we warned everyone last year) for the Vatican to make an official declaration of forgiveness:
"One leader who has faced up to the real challenge of the Millennium is Pope John Paul II. He has called on all Christians (not just Roman Catholics) to
make a 'collective examination of conscience' about acts committed in the first two millennia, before entering the next.
According to this stimulating book* by Luigi Accatolli, the Vatican correspondent of Corriere della Sera, the Pope has apologized publicly 94 times as head of the Catholic Church. These apologies cover events far back in history, such as the split with Eastern Christians, the Crusades and the Catholic Church's condemnation of Martin Luther, and more recent ones, such as Catholics' involvement in the Rwandan genocide. John Paul II had no personal part in these events, but as representative of his Church, he feels a duty to offer an apology for these times when her children strayed far from God's path. Accatolli describes these different apologies in detail. Of the Inquisition, for instance, the Pope wrote in his encyclical on the advent of the third Millennium, 'The sons and daughters of the Church must return with a spirit of repentance... [to] acquiescence given... to intolerance and even to violence in the service of truth.' In his Memorandum to Cardinals in 1994, he reflected on the 'violence perpetrated in the name of faith: religious wars, the courts of Inquisition and other forms of violation of the rights of individuals. From these kind of coercive measures came the crimes of Hitler's Nazism and Marxist Stalinism.'"

Same old story ...   "Sorry I got found out, not sorry for the wrong of what I done!" The scriptures speak of two types of 'sorrys' (sorrowfulnesses, regrets, changing of minds): 2 Cor. 7: 8-9.  Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. One comes from genuine, fair dinkum, repentance; which is an innermost remorse for what one has done, along with a willingness to put right no matter the cost.  The other "sorry" comes from a regret for the misjudgements one has done in the past, as it became evident it left details, undeniable acts, and loose ends, to be unravelled, exposed and highlighted when it would resurface at a later date as historical facts, through better enlightenment and education. This is why some of the information of this character is timely ...  because some discerning saints who see scripture as their final backup in everything, believe the Holy Spirit to be the only true agent for truth, and are not influenced by the programming methods of censored/rewritten history, who choose to study to show themselves approved unto God. How do we know whether it is a godly sorrow or worldly sorrow?  Answer ...  motive!! 

The scriptures speak of bringing forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.  In other words ...  what is answerable to repentance, whether there is no hidden guile or hidden agenda. Everything about Rome appears to be calculated, schemed, delivered at an expedient time.  Nothing to do with acting out of deep shame or remorse, with repentance towards a holy God with whom we have to do.  The latter has nothing to do with timing and agenda.  But everything to do with urgency and falling on our faces before an all consuming God who is both our Maker and Judge. The Pope apologizing publickly the other day was again premeditated, calculated, and made in advance of his coming March 22 visit to Israel as part of the Jubilee 2000 campaign

A New Age manoeuvre, where the last 2000 years are going to be buried and the next 1000 years universally committed to a new beginning where all religions unite as one under the Pope, or an "elected" predecessor.  This man will no doubt be the antichrist, who signs a final seven years of peace in the "Holy Land". The conditions of this peace will be the internationalization of Jerusalem, the surrender of all nonnegotiable land (like the Golan Heights) and national security, to be replaced by an international peace keeping force to secure "questionable" boundaries.  In other words ...  the destruction of Israel: 1 Thessalonians 5:3.  For when they shall say, Peace and safety (security); then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  Verse 9.   For God hath not appointed us (both Jew and Gentile in Christ) to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. Remember Judas (the son of perdition) repented too!  A type of the antichrist (the son of perdition).  But what did he do with the Son of God?  For the only repentance the Lord acknowledges is repentance towards God through His Son Jesus.
 
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The confessional is open

From: "DAVID MCALLISTER" belfastberean@freenetname.co.uk
Subject: JEWS CHALLENGE VATICAN OVER HOLOCAUST
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000

Jeremiah  31:35-37 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, [and] the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts [is] his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, [then] the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.

JEWS CHALLENGE VATICAN OVER HOLOCAUST

British Jews have called upon the Vatican to change its policy and open up its records on the Holocaust. The call, by the chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust, follows an apology by the Pope for Catholic's mistreatment of people of other faiths. Lord Janner said the Pope's speech - part of a unprecedented Day of Pardon Mass - was "worthy and generous." However he urged the Vatican to follow others in being open about the Nazi era.

Adolph Hitler said "As for the Jews, I am just carrying on with the same policy which the Catholic Church has adopted for 1500 years.....when it regarded the Jews as dangerous and pushed them into ghettos, etc., because it knew what the Jews were like..."

Because of the Council of Trent, laws were set forth to establish who was a heretic and history shows us that the Vatican legally slaughtered "heretics" to cleanse the Land of Christians and Jews. As the Second Vatican Council commenced in 1963, Pope John XXIII declared, "I do accept entirely all that has been decided and declared at the Council of Trent"  and this includes the 100 or so anathema's against Bible Christians.

The truth is that the teachings of the Council of Trent, made the Inquisition & Holocaust possible and these teachings are still being used to kill Bible Christians all over the world even today. Adolph Hitler was never excommunicated as a Catholic for his crimes against the Jews. Instead, the Vatican considered him to be a hero. Hitler, Mussolini and Franco were backed by the Vatican and this is what a Catholic newspaper in Spain said about Hitler the day he died:-

"Adolph Hitler, son of the Catholic Church, died while defending Christianity. [Roman Catholicism] It is therefore understandable that words cannot be found to lament over his death, when so many were found to exalt his life. Over his moral remains stands his victorious moral figure, with the palm of the martyr; God gives Hitler the laurels of victory."

The world media is very pro-Catholic and Bible Christians are portrayed as narrow minded bigots and people believe their can't be another Inquisition. They say Rome has changed sure Vatican II changed everything. Sorry not so they have claimed to have made tremendous changes, but its the same system under a new coat of paint. The Pope is portrayed as a man of peace however the Scriptures warn that Antichrist will by peace destroy many.

The truth is that Rome is secretly planning another Inquisition they are getting their people into powerful positions history is being re-written and covered up. Because of the popular roman false teaching that the church has replaced the nation of Israel as the true people of God, and that God has no more dealings with the Jews, it will make it even easier for Satan through the Vatican to stir up more violent aggressive anti-Semitism. And who will care enough to resist them? 



The Holocaust

The Roman Whore wrote a Concordat with Adolph Hitler, and the reigning Pope during Hitler's Reich exalted the Nazis, and the Ustachi troops in Poland and Serbia were 100% Catholic Priests. They wore the uniform of Hitler, but they gave the two finger Papal salute rather than the common Nazi salute. Hitler loved it. Also, in the USA, Roman Catholic priests preched Nazism on the radio and exalted Hitler. Roman priests openly demanded that the US stay out of the WW II and demanded Hitler be given all of Europe. The Jews in Israel DO have reason for the following thoughts.

Jewish leaders have welcomed the Pope's apologies for the past misdeeds of the Catholic church - but expressed disappointment that he did not make specific mention of the church's role during the Holocaust.

Israel's Chief Rabbi, Israel Meir Lau, said he hoped the Pope would make a more specific apology during his pilgrimage to Israel later this month, when he is due to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Lau said he was "a little bit disappointed" that the Pope had made no mention of the Holocaust or the controversial role of Pope Pius XII, who many Jews believe turned a blind eye to the Nazi death camps.

In the United Kingdom, the chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust, Lord Greville Janner, said the Pope's apology represented a "worthy" sentiment which now had to be turned into action. He called on the Vatican to open its archives to allow investigation of the church's role during World War II.

Editor: I now challenge the Pope to explain why he worked in a gas plant and helped deliver the gas to be used to kill Jews. This is the reason the Pope will never open the archives. It would make all the scandels of history seem small peanuts. See our article on the Pope and Hitler's Nazism.

The Pope Attacks Bible believers

Why isn't the pope blasted as "intolerant" when he warns against the danger of various doctrines defended by Bible believing Christians?

The Salt Lake Tribune (Oct.17, 1998), in regard to a recent encyclical letter of the pope, reported: "The pontiff is especially worried about what he sees as a form of fideism labeled 'biblicism,' in which study of the Bible becomes 'the sole criterion of truth.'"

The Pope must confess the sin of questioning the Word of God as the sole authority of the Lord Jesus Christ's Church.

A Small Handful of Offenses by old Mother Whore

1. The Crusades against the Arabs in Israel where thousands were massacred and raped.

2. The killing and hunting of the Donatists in North Africa

3. The murder of Anabaptists

4. The attempt at genocide with the Waldenseans, Serbians, Hus and King Wenseslaw, and England.

5. The assassination of Abraham Lincoln

6. All the pedophile priests who have made lust nests and tea houses of their rectories.

7. The Jesuits and Dominicans and others who have tried to sabotage the preaching of the Gospel in virtually every missionfield of the world where the Gospel was preached.

8. The tormenting and reduction to poverty of Mexico, South and Central America, and the Indians of California.

9. The infiltration of Bible believing churches by Jesuits and Opus Dei in order to destroy them. This happened to me personally.

10. The dumbing down of millions of Catholics by withholding the Word of God from them for centuries.

11. The destruction of thousands of woman's' minds in nunneries, as well as the torture and rape of these women.

12. The massacre of untold thousands of babies at birth by dropping them into lime pits under monasteries and convents.

13. The corruption of the Word of God by soliciting Satanic Greek texts from the Gnostics of Egypt.

14. The evil of teaching that man cannot be saved by faith alone and know that he is destined to be with Christ at death.

There are just a handful. Many thousands more offenses need to be named. Is it fair to ask this? Well, old Mother Whore took 1700 years to pervert the truth, massacre millions of her victims, and try to bury the evidence. It most certainly IS appropriate to suggest that the alleged "Holy Office' look in the mirror of history and list her sins and confess them publicly. Until this is done, there will be NO forgiveness.

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