Vatican II Sect celebrates Protestant Reformation
Vatican releases Postage Stamp honoring Martin Luther
Today is Reformation Day. In Germany, that’s a quasi-holiday. What makes it worse this year is that it’s the 500th anniversary. That’s right: It was on Oct. 31, 1517 that a priest named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The errors of Luther were solemnly condemned by Pope Leo X in the bull Exsurge Domine in 1520, and Luther’s excommunication followed a few months later.
In 1545, the Church convened the all-important Council of Trent, which ushered in the Catholic Counter-Reformation, and also led to the publication of the Roman Catechism, also known as the Catechism of the Council of Trent. Important saints during this troublesome period include Pope St. Pius V, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Thomas More, St. John Fisher, St. Robert Bellarmine, and St. Francis de Sales. The Protestant Revolution has caused unspeakable damage to souls since its inception and is the philosophical and theological forerunner of such errors as Naturalism, Liberalism, Modernism, and even Communism, as wonderfully explained by Bp. Donald Sanborn in his History of Christendom video series.
The Novus Ordo Sect, of course, sees cause to celebrate the Protestant Revolt, and so they have now issued a postage stamp commemorating the arch-heretic Martin Luther by placing him at the foot of the Crucified Christ, together with his protégé Philipp Melancthon. This abominable blasphemy looks like this (source: Rorate Caeli):
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“Pope” Francis’ affection for Lutheranism — in addition to all sorts of other heresies and errors — is well known.
In January of this year, the Vatican issued a document which called Luther a “witness to the Gospel”. In our extensive post on this curious news item, we applied the much-touted “hermeneutic of continuity” to the document by replacing every reference to Martin Luther in Pope Leo X’s bull Exsurge Domine with the phrase “witness to the Gospel”. The results tell an interesting story:
You may recall that a year ago, Francis traveled to Lund, Sweden, to begin the 500th anniversary celebrations for the Reformation. Predictably, that turned out to be a theological disaster and a half, which you can review in our coverage here.
We also remember Francis’ delight at being given an oversize edition of Luther’s 95 Theses, and we shan’t forget his display of a chocolate statue of Luther at the Vatican audience hall. Francis topped it all off by telling his hapless followers that “it is not right to convince others of our faith” — unless, of course, it’s about recycling, climate change, racism, etc., but that’s another topic. If you haven’t seen the pictures, check them out:
Oh, and remember too that as far as ecumenism goes, “Cardinal” Kurt Koch recently had to admit that the various parties cannot even agree on so much as the point of it all.
Whoever still thinks that this apostate establishment in the Vatican is the Roman Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ, is out of his mind:
Indeed one simple way to keep men professing Catholic truth is to maintain their communion with and obedience to the Roman Pontiff. For it is impossible for a man ever to reject any portion of the Catholic faith without abandoning the authority of the Roman Church. In this authority, the unalterable teaching office of this faith lives on. It was set up by the divine Redeemer and, consequently, the tradition from the Apostles has always been preserved. So it has been a common characteristic both of the ancient heretics and of the more recent Protestants — whose disunity in all their other tenets is so great — to attack the authority of the Apostolic See. But never at any time were they able by any artifice or exertion to make this See tolerate even a single one of their errors.
(Pope Pius IX, Encyclical Nostis et Nobiscum, n 17)
So, dear Novus Ordos and Semi-Traditionalists, who like to accuse us sedevacantists of Protestantism: Who is the Protestant here?