Being Catholic means searching for the Truth that has miraculously existed for centuries within the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. The Church started by Jesus Christ in which he gave the keys to Peter to be Christ’s visible head. We need a papacy – we need a leader.
With today’s confusion from the penetration of the enemy within the walls of the Church, this question of “How to Be Catholic” is a pertinent one. Do you know that the laws and doctrines of God are fixed and unchangeable? Do you know that such Divine law and doctrine cannot be reformed, changed, mutilated, or abrogated by mere human creatures? They can be violated, of course, but never with impunity. The “Reformation” of Martin Luther spawned a chaotic confusion of THOUSANDS of divided and conflicting new “Christian” sects. Where did all this chaos of thought, of belief, of religions and of sects originate? Human rebellion against the divinely established authority and divinely bestowed teaching office of the papal Church, which had been in existence since Peter. We must believe in all that Christ taught – in its entirety.
There have been enemies against the Papacy always. The first 30 or 33 Popes were martyred. I would say that was a hatred. Yet, the Church prevailed! Well, in case you may have had your head in the sand – the hatred continues. This hatred and rebellion has penetrated the walls of the Catholic Church -- not just yesterday or even 50 years ago –but continue to read on to find out when. It is very sad but let us not despair -as St. Augustine says, “God in His Wisdom has deemed it better that good should come out of evil than that evil should never have been.” WOW – Really!
Holy Mother Church, like the loving mother she is, has provided us with the necessary guidelines on how to think and behave in the present circumstances. These are provided for us in what is called her teaching Magisterium – the Authentic Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
The Church by God’s will is a hierarchical institution. The ecclesiastical hierarchy was instituted by God to teach, that is to say, to transmit the deposit of faith. At the head of this teaching Church, Christ appointed a Vicar to whom He gave full powers to “feed the faithful and the shepherds” (John 21:1-17) Consequently, it is within the bounds of this function, the transmission of the deposit of the faith, that the Pope has “full powers”. Vatican I expresses in (Pastor Aeternus, Denziner, 1836) “The Holy Spirit has not been promised to Peter’s successors in order that they might reveal, under His inspiration, new doctrine, but in order that, with His help, they may carefully guard and faithfully expound the revelation as it was handed down by the Apostles, that is to say, the deposit of the faith.” A Pope who presumed to abrogate the smallest iota of dogma, or even attempted to change the meaning of the Church’s constant teaching, would step outside the bounds of orthodoxy and outside the limits of his function of preserving the deposit of the faith. He would in doing so, teach a new doctrine and a “new gospel”, and as such would be subject to the anathema pronounced by St. Paul in his Epistle to the Galatians (1:8-9). Of course, the source of this infallibility is Christ, and indeed, it could not be otherwise. For the Church to claim infallibility on any other grounds would be absurd. There is only one source – Jesus Christ and therefore there is only one Magisterium.
According to Vatican I – a Pope speaks infallibly or ex cathedra within these four conditions:
One orthodox bishop. St. Anthony Mary Claret – was present and was so distressed by these attempts to thwart the truth that he died of a heart attack during the Conciliar debate! The liberals were supported in this by the secular press, by world leaders and even by governments. It is of interest to note that the Freemasons held a simultaneous “anti-Council” in Naples which proclaimed several principles as essential to the dignity of man – principles which later were incorporated into the documents of Vatican II.
All this brings to light the present situation in the Church with clarity, It is clear that the Freemasonic clerics that were involved with Vatican II taught a host of doctrines under the cover of magisterial infallibility that directly contradict what the Church has taught through the ages as true. If one accepts the teaching of Vatican II and the definition of the Mass that is promulgated in the General Instructions of the Novus Ordo Missae – one is forced to deny previously taught truths which is to apostatize from the Catholic faith as it has always existed. Catholics today are forced to choose between two different Magisteriums; and as stated earlier – there is only one.
The four marks of the Catholic Church are: One Holy Catholic and Apostolic. We have many versions of Catholicism today all over the world since the Second Vatican Council. We have Protestantism. Here lies the answer of what to do: we have the Magisterium as it existed up to the death of Pope Pius XII which can be called authentic. We are not called to be sedevacantists but we are to recognize and resist the errors of the present Magisterium. Pray for the visible Pope and pray that Catholics will all recognize and resist the teachings that are causing the faithful and our children to lose their faith and consequently their souls.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Our Lady of Fatima – pray for us! Good St. Joseph – pray for us. St. Anthony Mary Claret – pray for us.
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!