This is a post from a Yahoo! group that I’ve joined that has former Catholics in it who think they know what they need to know about the Catholic Church, but from what I’ve learned about the Catholic Church, I don’t think they know what they think they know. So please, take a look at this and if there are any logical refutations that I can give them, can you give them to me, because I don’tk know exactly how I can answer this with proof of the untruth of this. Here goes . . .
THE Following is an article written by an ex catholic preist who i
know. I think you all will find it interesting…
The entire structure of the Roman Church is built on forgeries,
spurious epistles, spurious sermons, spurious miracles, spurious
relics, spurious councils, and spurious papal bulls. The Catholic
Encyclopedia admits the existence of thousands of forgeries and
divides the works of nearly every Father into (1) genuine, (2)
dubious, and (3) spurious. Roman inventions as Peter’s martyrdom at
Rome (2nd cent.), Assumption of Mary (6th cent.), Temporal power of
the bishop of Rome (8th cent.), Primacy of Rome (11th cent.), Seven
Sacraments (13th cent.), etc., can only be proved by forgeries.
Example: Cyprian (d. 258), like his predecessor, Tertullian,
ridiculed the pagan system of a Supreme Pontiff, a Pope (pater
patrum, bishop of bishops), a primacy, etc. Where his oldest MSS
read: “The other apostles were indeed what Peter was: endowed with
the same share of honor and jurisdiction,” we now have texts which
read: “The other apostles were indeed what Peter was, but the Primacy
is given to Peter.” The Catholic Encyclopedia comments that this
conflated form is, of course, spurious (C. E. 4, 585).
Catholic theologians claim that with the development of the primacy
in the Middle Ages, the papal letters grew enormously in number (C.E.
6, 202). “There can be no doubt that during a great part of the
Middle Ages papal and other documents were fabricated in a very
unscrupulous fashion” (C.E. 3, 57). Speaking of the thousands of
miraculous relics of Rome, the same scholars admit that “the majority
of which no doubt were fraudulent,” a “multitude of unquestionably
spurious relics” (C.E. 12, 737). The same scholars admit the
following Roman frauds: the origin of the Rosary and the apparition
of Mary to St. Dominic, the Scapular and the apparition of Mary to
Simon Stock, the Santa Scala, the legends and relics of Veronica, the
Holy Lance, and St. Longinus, the Robe, the Sabbatine Privilege, etc.
Yet these same scholars are bound to confess that the written Word of
God is not superior to these Roman traditions. The life stories and
writings of the early popes are spurious, as the Catholic
Encyclopedia often admits under their names. The earliest Roman
rituals (8th cent.) are spurious, falsely attributed to Popes Leo,
Gelasius, and Gregory (Migne P.L. 55 & 74 & 78).
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