Seeks to Subvert Catholic Church

“Only a blind man can deny that there is great confusion in the Church.”
- Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, April 22, 2017

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“My greatest pleasure is to serve the Lord in His poor children rejected by other people."
-St. Damien of Molokai



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"Not to oppose error is to approve it; and not to defend truth is to suppress it; and indeed to neglect to confound evil men, when we can do it, is no less a sin than to encourage them."
-Pope St. Felix III



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“Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops, and your religious act like religious."
-Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, 1972

“While the world changes,
the cross stands firm.”
- St. Bruno

Does Robert Jeffress Think That the Antichrist Evangelized His Ancestors?

Published on October 23, 2017

In response to this video:

Does anyone really believe this guy? In a 2011 interview, which is beginning to regain traction, Pastor Robert Jeffress shares that he thinks Satan created the Catholic Church—but where could this be coming from? As I wrote in The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Catechism, if Jeffress is right, and the Roman Catholic church was the Antichrist from the beginning, then…

"How do we explain ... the evangelization of the still mostly pagan west? On this account, it was the Whore of Babylon, ruled over by the Antichrist, that brought the Gospel to France, Spain, England, Ireland (north and south!), Germany, Hungary, Poland, Scandinavia, Russia… you get the idea. Indeed, every one of the countries where the founders of the Reformation was born was converted after the Church embraced 'the dark side.' Furthermore, most Protestant churches still accept the decisions of Church councils held after this dark event—beginning with Nicaea. Were the bishops who reaffirmed the full divinity of Christ doing so in service to Satan?

People who open themselves to the power of evil do not, as a rule, continue to:

  • open hospitals for the poor,
  • preach the New Testament to hostile pagans,
  • confess the faith in the face of death at the hands of Muslim conquerors, or
  • painstakingly recopy the great works of antiquity while leading lives of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

What is more, it was the dark, perverted, post-Constantinian Church that converted St. Augustine—the very man whose theology of grace John Calvin took to its logical extreme. Logically, [Jeffress] should toss out St. Augustine, too.

It’s the central assertion of Protesantism (why else protest?) that the visible Church turned evil at some particular date, and passed her mantle to tiny groups of proto-Baptists or embryonic Pentecostalists for whom there is no historical evidence. To students of the Bible this ought to seem kind of strange. Whenever the Israelites committed some act of apostasy, God always sent a prophet to call them back, and punishments to remind them Who was in charge. There was always a clearly identifiable “remnant” keeping the faith, holding fast to the faith of Abraham and the law of Moses. Where were those people all through Dark Ages (500-1000)? If they were good Protestants, why didn’t they spread that faith (instead of the Roman corruption) through Western and Eastern Europe? Why do the oldest churches outside the Roman communion, in Ethiopia and India, have shockingly similar sacraments and nearly identical creeds (apart from a Christological heresy here or there), none of which reflect Luther’s or Calvin’s (or Zwingli’s or George Fox’s) supposedly apostolic doctrines?

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