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Vatical Council II (Official Teachings Of Roman Catholicism)

Vatican Council II "Proposes Again" The Decrees of Trent

The following statements can be verified by consulting volumes 1 and 2 of the book, Vatican Council II printed by Costello Publishing Co., Northport, New York. Austin Flannery, O. P., is the general editor and each volume contains the Nihil Obstat and the Imprimatur. The editions are: 1984 (Vol. 1) and 1982 (Vol. 2). This most recent Roman Catholic Council, which closed on December 8, 1965, is the current official stand of Roman Catholicism. The following quotes are that official stand. (All bold print has been used for emphasis. Furthermore, brackets have been used to increase clarity.) 1. "Hence, both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal feelings of devotion and reverence." (Vol. 1, page 755) 2. "But the task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone." (Vol. 1, p. 755) 3. "But by divine institution it is the exclusive task of these pastors alone, the successors of Peter and the other Apostles, to teach the faithful authentically, that is with the authority of Christ ...." (Vol. 2, p. 430) 4. "... it [the Roman Catholic Church] condemns with anathema those who say that indulgences are useless or that the Church does not have the power to grant them." (Vol. 1, p. 71) 5. "An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain defined conditions through the Church's help when, as minister of Redemption, she dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfaction won by Christ and the saints." (Vol. 1, p. 75) 6. "An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin." (Vol. 1, p. 75) 7. "Partial as well as plenary indulgences can always be applied to the dead by way of prayer." (Vol. 1, p. 75) 8. "... the Church in its pilgrim members, from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, has honored with great respect the memory of the dead; and because it is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins' (2 Mac. 12:46) she offers her suffrages for them." (Vol. 1, p. 410) 9. "The faithful who use with devotion an object of piety (crucifix, cross, rosary, scapular or medal) after it has been duly blessed by any priest, can gain a partial indulgence." (Vol. 1, p. 77)

2. Confession presupposes in the penitent the willingness to open his heart to God's minister." (Vol. "Further." (Vol. 38) 15." (Vol. This may be done on this earth through the sorrows. through death.. 63) 12. he instituted the sacrament of penance. or whether from the moment they leave their bodies they are received by Jesus into Paradise like the good thief -. 1. By these latter the social aspect of sin and of its forgiveness are set in relief..go to form that People of God . "When the Mass is to be offered for a dead person." (Vol. It presupposes in the minister spiritual judgment. punishment for it or the consequences of it may remain to be expiated or cleansed. 2." (Vol. p. 65 and 66) 14. It issues from true self-knowledge and sorrow for sin. 64) 13. above all. "The doctrine of purgatory clearly demonstrates that even when the guilt of sin has been taken away. through prayer. but also of the Church. 103) 19. 2. p. who ever enjoys the dignity of virginity. 1. For in it Christ perpetuates in an unbloody manner the sacrifice offered on the cross. "The celebration of the Eucharist which takes place at Mass is the action not only of Christ. 394) 11. pp. acting for Christ and having the power of the keys. "Sins must be expiated. This is the very ancient dogma called the Communion of Saints. They have carried their crosses to make expiation for their own sins and the sins of others. 1. 1. one can insert into this prayer a special formula just before the Memento. p. 36) 16. p. 393) 20. when our Saviour Jesus Christ gave the power to forgive sins to the apostles and their successors. offering himself to the Father for the world's salvation through the ministry of priests... p. 43) 17. so that the faithful who had committed sin after baptism could be restored to grace and reconciled to God. Such interior heartsearching and external accusation ought to be done in the awareness of God's mercy. p. 114) 18. miseries and trials of this life and.10. "We believe that the Blessed Mary. but especially of service of the neighbour and works of mercy. "We believe that the souls of all those who die in the grace of Christ -. 1. of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ.. and that in view of her Son's merits she was redeemed in a more exalted manner and preserved from all . 1." (Vol. was the Mother of the Incarnate Word. "In the sacrifice of the Mass in fact. Christ offers himself for the salvation of the entire world. They were convinced that they could help their brothers to obtain salvation from God who is the Father of mercies. p. or self-denial." (Vol. "We believe that the Mass which is celebrated by the priest in the person of Christ in virtue of the power he receives in the Sacrament of Order . 2.whether they must still make expiation in the fire of Purgatory. the exchange of spiritual goods and penitential expiation . p. the power to forgive and to retain sins. "Confession of sins is part of the sacrament of penance." (Vol. 2.. p. pronounces judgment. for it is he who. "Following in Christ's steps. is indeed the Sacrifice of Calvary sacramentally realized on our altars. those who believe in him have always tried to help one another along the path which leads to the heavenly Father." (Vol. 202) 21.. p." (Vol." (Vol.. "The penance imposed may fittingly take the form of prayer.

with which the divine redeemer wished to endow his Church in defining doctrine pertaining to faith and morals. pp. is co-extensive with the deposit of revelation. whose protection the faithful take refuge together in prayer in all their perils and needs. hope and burning charity in the work of the Savior in restoring supernatural life to souls. though born deprived of supernatural grace. Thus. "We believe that the multitude of those souls gathered around Jesus and Mary in Paradise forms the Heavenly Church. "She conceived. Jn. Hence. 2. who cannot as yet be guilty of any personal sin. 418) 24. however. when." (Vol. "Basing itself on scripture and tradition. "Having entered deeply into the history of salvation. they may be reborn of water and the Holy Spirit to divine life in Christ Jesus." (Vol.stain of sin. which frees us from original sin and communicates to us a share in divine life.. when her earthly life was over. in a way." (Vol. 2. p. was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory. 420 and 421) 26. "The infallibility. 111 and 112) 31. 2. in a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience." (Vol. she presented him to the Father in the temple. 2. 1. to his sacrifice and to the love of the Father. pp. "We believe in one baptism instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through baptism as through a door. p. which must be religiously guarded and loyally and courageously expounded. brought forth and nourished Christ." (Vol. 1. or to remain in it. 1. is the sign and the means of God's prevenient love. 391) 30.. p. "Baptism. "By baptism men and women are cleansed from original sin and from all personal sins. 365 and 366) 32." (Vol. 390 and 391) 22. The Roman Pontiff. 419) 25. is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is mediator and the way of salvation.. enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office. he is present to us in his body which is the Church. 2. outstripping in excellence all other creatures by reason of the grace given her. 421) 27. faith. would refuse either to enter it. "Finally the Immaculate Virgin preserved free from all stain of original sin." (Vol." (Vol. a pilgrim now on earth. 417 and 418) 23." (Vol. head of the college of bishops. pp. p. 1. 16:16." (Vol. 561) 29. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and baptism (cf." (Vol. shared her son's sufferings as he died on the cross. pp. 1. 1. For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace. 394 and 395) 28. are made part of the Church and are made holy by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. p. which is necessary for salvation. Mk. pp. 3:5). they could not be saved who knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ. Mary. "Taken up to heaven she [Mary] did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us gifts of eternal salvation. they are born again as children of God. in order that. it teaches that the Church. Baptism is also to be given to infants. pp. "From the earliest times the Blessed Virgin is honored under the title of Mother of God. as supreme . unites in her person and re-echoes the most important doctrines of the faith: and when she is the subject of preaching and worship she prompts the faithful to come to her Son. and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things .

"The practice of placing sacred images in churches so that they [the images] be venerated by the faithful is to be maintained. Our sons and brothers: as We come to the end of this letter which We have addressed to you. p. 301) 44. 1. 2.. p. 2.. p. 392) 35. p. p.' " (Vol. 72) 34.. as the bread and wine consecrated by the Lord at the Last Supper were changed into his Body and Blood which were to be offered for us on the Cross." (Vol. 290) 43. and that one sincerely adhere to decisions made by him. sacred and providential present law of priestly celibacy. in a special way. 75) 38.. Nor is it to be adored any less because it was instituted by Christ to be eaten. and which is offered by him in the name of Christ and of the members of his Mystical Body. 1.. "From the very earliest days of the Church there has been a tradition whereby images of our Lord. "He [the celibate priest] will not be lacking the protection of the Virgin Mother of Jesus nor the motherly solicitude of the Church. "There is no doubt that . 193) 41.35) 40. "There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that all the faithful ought to show to the most holy sacrament the worship which is due to the true God. with a soul responsive to Christ's great love. "This loyal submission of the will and intellect must be given. 104) 37. 1. conformably with his manifest mind and intention ." (Vol.. We invite you. "Venerable brothers. "Above all. his holy Mother.he proclaims in an absolute decision a doctrine pertaining to faith and morals. even when he does not speak ex cathedra in such wise. they acknowledge the authority of the successor of Blessed Peter. the Rosary should be considered as one of the best and most efficacious prayers in common that the Christian family is invited to recite." (Vol. 1. p. to whom he has given himself in service." (Vol. We believe that." (Vol. and dearly beloved priest. 393) 39.who confirms his brethren in the faith (cf. p. "But at the same time the [Second Vatican] Council did not hesitate to confirm solemnly the ancient. to turn your . as has always been the custom of the Catholic Church.. 2. 1. "We believe that the mass which is celebrated by the priest in the person of Christ in virtue of the power he receives in the Sacrament of Order. that his supreme teaching authority be acknowledged with respect. It is the sacrifice of the Redemption and also the sacrifice of the New Covenant . indeed. To them the Savior himself entrusted the task of feeding his flock and ruling his Church. "We believe in the infallibility enjoyed by the Successor of Peter when he speaks ex cathedra as shepherd and teacher of all the faithful. to the authentic teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff. p. p. p. 1. p. 380) 33. 865) 42." (Vol. 22:32) -. pastors of God's flock throughout the world." (Vol." (Vol 2. "The Eucharist is above all else a sacrifice. the key bearer of heaven. 379) 36." (Vol. so likewise are the bread and wine consecrated by the priest changed into the Body and Blood of Christ now enthroned in glory in heaven. Lk." (Vol. and of saints are displayed in churches for the veneration of the faithful. p." (Vol.. is indeed the Sacrifice of Calvary sacramentally realized on our altars. 2. 2. an infallibility which the whole Episcopate also enjoys when it exercises with him the supreme magisterium.pastor and teacher of all the faithful -.

. And who can better communicate to you the truth about him than his mother? It is your task to nourish men's hearts with Christ. However. "And so I [Pope John Paul.) A.' There is a wonderful dimension to our ministerial priesthood: it places us near the mother of Christ. "This sacred council accepts loyally the venerable faith of our ancestors in the living communion which exists between us and our brothers who are in the glory of heaven or who are yet being purified after their death. great profit is derived from all holy images. decades after Vatican Council II. There were over 100 anathemas written against true. you must look to her with exceptional love and hope. 1. brackets have been used to increase clarity. 360) 46. p 313) 45. among the people of God which look to Mary with immense love and hope. 2.. p. that by means of the images which we kiss and before which we uncover the head and prostate ourselves. ". certain evangelical terms (like "hallelujah. the Mass has been changed from Latin to English.. of the Council of Florence." (Vol. 412) Vatican Council II "Proposes Again" The Decrees of Trent [return to top] Of all the official declarations that you just read. this is NOT true! Of course.. And who can make you more aware of what you are doing than she who nourished him? Hail. and to invoke for the Catholic priesthood her powerful and maternal intercession." "amen" and "praise the Lord") are spoken by Catholics from time to time and certain evangelical songs are sung on occasions. wrongly think the Catholic Church is changing its teachings." therefore are just surface changes! Statement #46 mentions that Vatican Council II concurs with and reaffirms again "the decrees" of Trent (1545 to 1563). her Son. true Body. Bible-believing Christians at that Catholic council! Listed below are a few of Trent's decrees that will help some understand that the Catholic Church will NOT and can NOT change their unique teachings. and of the Council of Trent. born of the Virgin Mary. and it proposes again the decrees of the Second Council of Nicea. 2." (Vol.. All these "changes. with me. the MEANING of the Mass today is IDENTICAL to its meaning in the days BEFORE the dawn of the Protestant Reformation. Furthermore. all bold print has been used for emphasis. Furthermore." (Vol.eyes and heart with renewed confidence and filial hope to the most loving Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church. it is your task to proclaim Christ. we adore Christ and venerate the saints whose likeness they bear .. II] desire that all of you should. However. not only because the people are thereby reminded of the benefits and gifts bestowed on them by . #46 is most significant and comprehensive! Many people in our day. as you have just read. p. (Again. Indeed. find in Mary the mother of the priesthood which we have received from Christ ..

" (ibid. Canon 3) F. Tan Books and Publishers. is at variance with the institution and command of Christ and is a human . Inc." (H.. Canon 6) D. 79 -Thirteenth Session. "If anyone says that after the reception of the grace of justification the guilt is so remitted and the debt of eternal punishment so blotted out to every repentant sinner. Sacrament Of Baptism. which is the mother and mistress of all churches. "If anyone says that in the holy sacrament of the Eucharist. so that they may give God thanks for those things. Christ. p. also outwardly manifested. which change the Catholic Church most aptly calls transubstantiation. is not to be adored with the worship of latria. Canon 30) E. and denies that wonderful and singular change of the whole substance of the bread into the body and the whole substance of the wine into the blood. 80 -. But if anyone should teach or maintain anything contrary to these decrees.. Sacraments In General.. that no debt of temporal punishment remains to be discharged either in this world or in purgatory before the gates of heaven can be opened. 216) B. p. p. and that without them or without the desire of them men obtain from God through faith alone the grace of justification. the only begotten Son of God. 1978. Canon 2) C." (ibid. Chapter VIII. 46 -. J. nor to be solemnly borne about in procession according to the laudable and universal rite and custom of holy Church. Chapter XVI. though all are not necessary for each one. Schroeder. let him be anathema. "If anyone says that in the Roman Church. there is not the true doctrine concerning the sacrament of baptism.. Canon 4) G. p. 52 -. but also because through the saints the miracles of God and salutary examples are set before the eyes of the faithful.. The Canons And Decrees Of The Council Of Trent. which the Catholic Church has always observed from the beginning and still observes.Christ.Seventh Session." (ibid.. "If anyone denies that sacramental confession was instituted by divine law or is necessary to salvation. or says that the manner of confessing secretly to a priest alone. the appearances only of bread and wine remaining. let him be anathema. Chapter VIII." (ibid." (ibid.Sixth Session. let him be anathema. p.. p. P. may fashion their own and conduct in imitation of the saints and be moved to adore and love God and cultivate piety. let him be anathema. "If anyone says that in the sacred and holy sacrament of the Eucharist the substance of the bread and wine remains conjointly with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. let him be anathema.Seventh Session. "If anyone says that the sacraments of the New Law are not necessary for salvation but are superfluous. let him be anathema. O. or is not to be set publicly before the people to be adored and that the adorers thereof are idolaters. and is consequently neither to be venerated with a special festive solemnity. 53 -.Thirteenth Session.

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