In 1979, Protestant magazine Christianity Today published an article proposing that Sunday laws be legislated on the grounds of energy conservation. Author Harold Lindsell wrote, "All businesses, including gasoline stations and restaurants, should close every Sunday by force of legislative fiat through the duly elected officials of the people."

Harold Lindsell, "The Lord's Day and Natural Resources," Christianity Today (May 7, 1976).
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A group of people who support the enemy from within their own country. During World War II, many European nations were betrayed by a fifth column within their borders while being invaded by Nazi troops.

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Caritas in Veritate: The Pope’s Plans on Organizing Political, Economic and Religious Activities Worldwide
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Summary: Reprinted from The Beacon, October 2009 www.bereanbeacon.org

On June 29, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI published a new encyclical entitled “Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth).”1 After a list of Roman Catholic people to whom the document is addressed, it inclusively states, “and [to] all people of good will.” The Pope’s audience is to be not only the adherents of the Church of Rome, but also all those who claim to believe that justice, integrity, and love are the ethical foundations of human well-being. Thus to induce others into his line of thinking, the Pope includes leaders and followers of every religious creed, social dogma, economic and political persuasion. Many who purport to be Evangelical are already actively endorsing Papal Rome. For example, a Presbyterian conference held in January 2010 offered “insight into some of the factors involved in Protestants converting to the Roman Church” and a study of the influence of the Vatican Council II in order to learn from the Roman Catholic communities.2 One of fifty books offered on the Internet explains how you can accept Roman Catholicism. It states, “If you are of a Baptist or Evangelical persuasion…get an understanding of how Catholicism corrects and fulfills many of the strands of theology.”3 Thus the Papacy moves ahead with strategic dialogue for enlisting every civil regime and all major religious establishments worldwide to its viewpoint.

The Pope’s latest encyclical does not stand alone. Rather it is only the most recent addition to the corpus of Roman Catholic social doctrine. This social doctrine has been and is being carefully honed and directed toward gaining total global religious and temporal control.

Historic Obsession with World Control

Historically the Papacy has been obsessed with world control. It could not and did not arise until after the power of the Imperial Roman Empire had disintegrated. The horrendous persecutions of Bible believers in earlier centuries did not cause them to give up their faith but instead created turmoil within the authority structure of the Imperial Roman Empire. Consequently, the Emperor Constantine in 313 AD declared Christianity to be the official state religion. This gave Christians legitimate status within the Imperial Empire. Accordingly, Constantine organized the newly designated official religion under four districts, very much as was his military. Thus he replaced the biblical structure of the church with a new military style structure. In the fifth century, as the Imperial Roman Empire destabilized, the bishops of the realm, particularly the Bishop of Rome, were called on for advice. Gradually through this setting they gained legal authority in the civil arena. In the sixth century, the Emperor Justinian sought the (sic) use the “Christian” state church as a stabilizing force to thwart the further disintegration of the Imperial Roman Empire, which had been established and held together by military might. Justinian’s edict in 538 AD proclaimed the bishop of Rome “the Head of all the holy churches.”4 Thus he declared the Bishop of Rome head of the state church over all four districts of the Imperial Roman Empire. By 800 AD, the shoe was on the other foot, for the Pope as religious leader of the Holy Roman Empire crowned Charlemagne as its Emperor.

It was Hildebrand, Pope Gregory VII, in the eleventh century who nailed down the legal power base of papal canon law so that it became incorporated into Western civilization in the legal system. Through Hildebrand’s claim of divine authority for his teaching, the Papacy in the succeeding centuries was able to surpass the kings and princes with whom it fought for supreme authority in the Holy Roman Empire. It was through Popes Innocent III and Boniface VIII that Hildebrand’s strategy was fully implemented throughout the Holy Roman Empire. Innocent III’s contribution was principally to turn the Crusades from being used against Islam to being used against those whom the Papacy termed “heretics.” The Roman Catholic Church as part of the civil state had the authority to define and teach the Christian faith. Therefore, whatever the Papacy called heresy was a civil offense, and civil authority could be used to enforce conformity to the state religion. Thus the infamous Inquisition began in 1203 against the prosperous Bible-believing Albigenses.5 The Inquisition, the Papacy’s bloody tool for enforcing submission to its dictates by both kings and common people, lasted over 600 years across Europe. Upwards of fifty million people were tortured and killed, their goods and lands confiscated to the papal treasury.6 Nobody was exempt.

The beginnings of the breakup of the Holy Roman Empire manifested in the sixteenth century and seemed complete at the end of the eighteenth century. The power of the Papacy with its enforcer, the Inquisition was broken by the recovery of the Bible and the true biblical Gospel, which were the power of the Reformation of the sixteenth century. Apparent final demise of the Holy Roman Empire and the Inquisition occurred when Napoleon’s army entered the Vatican and removed Pope Pius VI from his throne. With that, the destruction of the Holy Roman Empire per se was complete, for the Papacy had lost the last vestige of its basis as a civil power. The Papacy at that point had neither military might nor civil authority infrastructure by which to enforce its rule through its Inquisitors.

Current Papal Progress towards Moral and Judicial Authority

The kind of world government Pope Benedict XVI is seeking to advance is one over which the Papacy would again sit as moral and judicial authority. It is to be a one-world civil body composed of member nations, all of whom are equal in status and power. Over the civil body of member nations is to be a political governing body that in turn will enforce through civil law the ideas of Catholic social doctrine. While papal plans for accomplishing this agenda are still being formulated, much of their strategy and practice is already at work in the world.

First, the Roman Catholic Church still claims that its popes, who sit in the Chair of Peter, are each in his time “the Vicar of Christ.”7 As such he claims the right and the duty to judge everybody and every institution of whatever kind and magnitude. In present day canon law, Canon 1405 states that it is the right of the Pope to judge those in highest civil offices.8 Canon 333, Sect. 3 states, “There is neither repeal nor recourse against a decision or decree of the Roman Pontiff.” Pope Pius XI’s 1931 encyclical “Quadragesimo Anno,” is part of the corpus of Roman Catholic social doctrine. It states “[T]hat principle which Leo XIII so clearly established must be laid down at the outset here, namely, that there resides in Us [the Papacy] the right and duty to pronounce with supreme authority upon social and economic matters.”9 These documents, and many others, state emphatically that the modern-day Papacy has right and duty to pronounce with supreme authority upon social and economic matters.

[EDITOR’S COMMENT: In his encyclical, Benedict emphasizes that Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Populorum Progressio “deserves to be considered ‘the Rerum Novarum of the present age.’” Rerum Novarum, as we will remember from previous issues of Faith on the Line, is one of the Roman Church’s most influential statements on economic matters, in which Rome lays down for all humankind its goals of government intervention in the 20th century. Pius XI, in his encyclical Quadragesimo Anno, said that Rerum Novarum was instrumental in destroying capitalism in the West through the infiltration of “picked men” into society who introduced Catholic principles of sociology in the intellectual heritage of the whole human race. As a result, Roman Catholic policies and principles have penetrated secular venues to such an extent that individuals who otherwise have no allegiance to or connection with Rome are promoting its agenda.

In Caritas in Veritate, Benedict tells us that Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Populorum Progressio deserves to be considered the Rerum Novarum of the present age. So we can expect that this encyclical will contain updated plans and ideas to bringing about Roman Catholic economic ideals. Populorum Progressio we noted in previous articles endorses theft and further emphasizes the redistribution of wealth.

As Benedict states in Caritas in Veritate, “Paul VI in Populorum Progressio called for the creation of a model of market economy capable of including within its range all peoples and not just the better off.” He called for efforts to build a more human world for all, a world in which “all will be able to give and receive, without one group making progress at the expense of the other.”10 In this way he was applying on a global scale the insights and aspirations contained in Rerum Novarum, written when, as a result of the Industrial Revolution, the idea was first proposed—somewhat ahead of its time—that the civil order, for its self-regulation, also needed intervention from the State for purposes of redistribution11 (emphasis added).]

Second, the papal plan will require a new social order as defined by Roman Catholic social doctrine. The new social order does not apply to the Papacy itself, which is claimed to be divinely instituted, or in their terminology “from above.” It does apply to all peoples, all lay Roman Catholics, all civil and secular structures. These all are designated as temporal, or “from below.” This distinction is absolutely primary to the Papacy.

The new social structure will include every human person of the temporal realm. In his latest encyclical, Benedict, citing Pope Paul VI, states, “authentic human development concerns the whole of the person in every single dimension.”12 And, “The truth of development consists in its completeness: if it does not involve the whole man and everyman, it is not true [authentic]...development.”13 What many true Bible believers may not understand is that “the whole man and every man” in the temporal realm will be required to conform to the goals of the world administration devised by the popes of Rome and enforced by the nation states and the governing body superior to them.

The Conformity that will be Mandatory

In order to implement this agenda, the Compendium of [Roman] Catholic Social Doctrine has already spelled out some of the necessary compliances. For example, nobody will be allowed to refrain from cooperating in “the common good.” “The common good” is officially defined as follows,

The principle of the common good, to which every aspect of social life must be related if it is to attain its fullest meaning, stems from the dignity, unity and equality of all people...the common good indicates the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfilment more fully and more easily...The common good, in fact, can be understood as the social and community dimension of the moral good.14

Benedict’s encyclical makes much of requiring freedom for the individual “human person” and for the Papacy. This is totally a ploy as there is no freedom allowed for anyone in the temporal realm. Thus, Compendium states, “The common good therefore involves all members of society, no one [in the temporal realm] is exempt from cooperating, according to each one’s possibilities, in attaining it and developing it.”15

Further, all private property and goods are to be subject to papal ruling on whether it is being used for “the common good.” The Compendium, of which this latest papal encyclical is a part, states the position to which Benedict holds. Its directive is the following,

Putting the principal of the universal destination of goods into concrete practice...means that methods, limits and objects must be precisely defined...If it is true that everyone is born with the right to use the goods of the earth, it is likewise true that, in order to ensure that this right is exercised in an equitable and orderly fashion, regulated interventions are necessary, interventions that are the result of national and international agreements, and a juridical order that adjudicates and specifies the exercise of this right.16

While this is astonishing, the directives become worse,

Christian [i.e. Roman Catholic] tradition has never recognized the right to private property as absolute and untouchable: ‘On the contrary, it has always understood this right within the broader context of the right common to all to use the goods of the whole of the creation: the right to private property is subordinated to the right to common use, to the fact that goods are meant for everyone.’17

The idea that “goods are meant for everyone” is a principal that inspired Marxism and has been practiced in all the communist regimens of the Soviet Union, North Korea, China, Yugoslavia, Cuba, Hungary, etc.  The Compendium continues,

The Church’s social teaching moreover calls for recognition of the social function of any form of private ownership that clearly refers to its necessary relation to the common good...The universal destination of goods entails obligations on how goods are to be used by their legitimate owners...From this there arises the duty on the part of owners not to let the goods in their possession go idle and to channel them to productive activity, even entrusting them to others who are desirous and capable of putting them to use in production.18

New technological and scientific knowledge must be placed at the service of mankind’s primary needs, gradually increasing humanity’s common patrimony. Putting the principle of the universal destination of goods into full effect therefore requires action at the international level and planned programmes on the part of all countries.19

Whatever Papal Rome teaches on economics, redistribution of wealth, and social justice, it does so even while seated as a primary player in international industry and banking. Being international itself, the Papacy wants increasing influence on an international level.

Clearly Roman Catholic social doctrine envisions neither a communist nor a welfare state because it holds that all goods, including private property, are to be at the service of civil authorities. These authorities will direct how, when, and by whom all goods are to be used. Further, the Papacy understands that people do not come easily or willingly to accept governmental authority over the use of their privately owned goods. But it is expected that over time, with education as to their duty to provide for “the common good,” they should do so.

Therefore, bad attitudes concerning participation continue to be tolerated, but presumably only until effective measures to correct them can be instituted. Thus the Compendium continues,

The overcoming of cultural, juridical and social obstacles that often constitutes real barriers to the shared participation of citizens in the destiny of their communities’ calls for work in the areas of information and education. In this regard, all those attitudes that encourage in citizens an inadequate or incorrect practice of participation or that cause widespread disaffection with everything connected with the sphere of social and political life are a source of concern and deserve careful consideration.20

In spite of its incessant talk of freedom, the new Roman Catholic social structure imposes many parameters that interfere with the individual’s exercise of choices regarding every area of his life.

Revamping of the Structure of the United Nations

The envisioned new social structure also has an agenda for the highest governing bodies, which are part of the temporal sphere. To this end, Pope John Paul II, in his address to the United Nations in 1995, called for that body to revise its thinking. Rather than to understand its function as mostly administrative, it ought to promote all nations not as a collection of nations but as a family of nations, a much different concept.21 Implicit in the idea of family is the understanding of a governing body, the parents, who train, oversee, and guide the development of each individual member. The same idea is implicit in the concept of the family of nations. In 1995, Pope John Paul II publicly set the stage for Benedict’s latest encyclical.

Further, all member nations are to be of equal status with a civil governing body over them. This equality rests on the concept of “the dignity of the human person” and therefore “human rights.” Indeed “the dignity of the human person” is the foundation, about which the whole corpus of Roman Catholic social doctrine continually speaks. The Compendium has described the Roman Church’s social doctrine,
The permanent principles of the Church’s social doctrine [are]...the dignity of the human person...which is the foundation of all the other principles and content of the Church’s social doctrine; the common good; subsidiarity; and solidarity.22

Further, the true concept of subsidiarity is that matters ought to be handled by the least centralized competent authority. It means that a central authority should have a subsidiary function, performing only those tasks which cannot be performed effectively at a more local level. This principle in the society of the Western world acknowledges the rights and freedom of the individual through self-government, generally called self-control.23 The principle recognizes the next layer of society, the freedom of the husband with the help of his wife24 to manage his household, including his financial interests. Last, society acknowledges civil government.25 According to the Bible, civil government is given the power to enforce its nation’s laws by coercion and to protect its citizens by making war against the nation’s enemies. Issues of charity, therefore, are not the legitimate concern of civil government. Rather, they are the legitimate concern of individuals and of the church.

In his latest encyclical, however, the Pope makes use of the concept of “subsidiarity,” a concept that does not apply to the Papacy. He writes,

A particular manifestation of charity and a guiding criterion for fraternal cooperation between believers and non-believers is undoubtedly the principle of subsidiarity, an expression of inalienable human freedom. Subsidiarity is first and foremost a form of assistance to the human person via the autonomy of intermediate bodies. Such assistance is offered when individuals or groups are unable to accomplish something on their own, and it is always designed to achieve their emancipation, because it fosters freedom and participation through assumption of responsibility. Subsidiarity respects personal dignity by recognizing in the person a subject who is always capable of giving something to others.26

The Pope gives the impression that the Papacy itself accepts and lives by the principle of subsidiarity. In its official teaching and practice it does no such thing. Regarding individual persons and the basic rights of families, the Papacy claim and exercises its power. It claims to have absolute authority over families in its legislation over marriage, even its validity and unmaking.27 In its present Code of Canon Law, Canon 1671 states, “Marriage cases of the baptized belong to the ecclesiastical judges by the proper right.” In Canon 1142, the Pope legislates, “For a just cause, the Roman Pontiff can dissolve a non-consummated marriage between baptized persons or between a baptized party and a non-baptized party at the request of both parties or of one of them, even if the other party is unwilling.” These are just two of the more than one hundred ten canon laws that Church of Rome legislates on family life for Catholics around the world.28

Thus the Pope’s statement concerning subsidiarity and “inalienable human freedom” is simply a ruse and strategy to conceal his true intentions. In a similar way, while speaking of the sovereignty of governments, the Papacy claims authority over all nations across the world. Pope Benedict, in speaking of the principle of subsidiarity, uses it to fashion a façade under which he operates to capture power over families and nations. Thus the Pope with many long sentences of many words attempts to entice authorities worldwide to institute the Vatican’s policies.

The thrust of the latest encyclical is to promote the “reform” of the United Nations, economic institutions and international finance so that a newly established authority will be able legally to enforce papal social doctrine among nations that belong to this world body. This is what is being articulated in its Section 67,

In the face of the unrelenting growth of global interdependence, there is a strongly felt need...for a reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth...Such an authority would need to be regulated by law, to observe consistently the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity, to seek to establish the common good, and to make a commitment to securing authentic integral human development inspired by the values of charity in truth. Furthermore, such an authority would need to be universally recognized and to be vested with the effective power to ensure security for all, regard for justice, and respect for rights. Obviously it would have to have the authority to ensure compliance with its decisions from all parties, and also with the coordinated measures adopted in various international forums...The integral development of peoples and international cooperation...also require the construction of a social order that at last conforms to the moral order, to the interconnection between moral and social spheres, and to the link between politics and the economic and civil spheres, as envisaged by the Charter of the United Nations.29

The papal call for reforming the United Nations, economic institutions and international finance under a new universal authority has come a little over a century since the public advent of the new Roman Catholic social doctrine. Strong nations still have to be leveled to be economically equal with the third world nations. Capitalists still abound and stand in the way of redistribution of their goods. National governments throughout the world continue to be regulated by internal laws and accountability measures. As such, they are not so quick to give over their national sovereignty. Thus the Papacy wants a world civil authority that is able “to ensure compliance with its decisions from all parties.” It means that the Papacy, in spite of all its talk of peace, understands red-letter perfect the necessity of a new universal civil authority that possesses coercive powers to enforce effectively its decisions on every nation. Finally, it is the Pope, as the purported “Vicar of Christ,” and his Vatican that will declare what is the correct “interconnection between moral and social spheres.” Regarding politics, economics, and civil governments of all levels — or the temporal sphere — the new universal temporal authority will enforce these papal declarations. Section 67 of the latest encyclical, when placed in the context of the corpus of Roman Catholic social doctrine, shows that the Papacy is very much obsessed with gaining the power to have all the world under its control.

“Pincer Tactic”

The Papacy is engaged in applying a classic pincer tactic of squeezing from the top and the bottom to capture its objective. It is employing both the civil governments, as shown above, and the Catholic lay faithful to achieve its objective. The Pope as the “supreme teaching authority” of the Roman Catholic Church has decreed the following for its lay people.

In the tasks of evangelization, that is to say, of teaching, catechesis and formation that the Church’s social doctrine inspires, it is addressed to every Christian [i.e., Catholic]… This social doctrine implies as well responsibilities regarding the building, organization and functioning of society, that is to say, political, economic and administrative obligations—obligations of a secular nature—which belong to the lay faithful, not to priests or religious (sic). These responsibilities belong to the laity in a distinctive manner, by reason of the secular condition of their state of life, and of the secular nature of their vocation. By fulfilling these responsibilities, the lay faithful put the Church’s social teaching into action and thus fulfil the Church’s secular mission.30

Testimony to Christ’s charity, through works of justice, peace and development [as defined by Roman Catholic social doctrine]...form the basis for the missionary aspect of the Church’s social doctrine, which is an essential element of evangelization. The Church’s social doctrine proclaims and bears witness to faith [in the Roman Catholic Church].31 It is an instrument and an indispensable setting for formation in faith.32

The Papacy has put real teeth into its dictates on this issue:

Insofar as it is part of the Church’s moral teaching, the Church’s social doctrine has the same dignity and authority as her moral teaching. It is authentic Magisterium, which obligates the faithful to adhere to it.33

The duty of all lay Catholics to evangelize by teaching and implementing Roman Catholic social doctrine everywhere in secular society is obligatory on pain of excommunication. This means that the Papacy has a dependable fifth column in every nation where Catholics are found.

The Papacy’s Vision

The Papacy’s vision is this: It claims the divine right to organize the whole human race by whatever means necessary to participate in its “divine vision” because “Man’s earthly activity, when inspired and sustained by charity, contributes to the building of the universal city of God, which is the goal of the history of the human family. In an increasingly globalized society, the common good and the effort to obtain it cannot fail to assume the dimensions of the whole human family, that is to say, the community of peoples and nations, in such a way as to shape the earthly city in unity and peace, rendering it to some degree an anticipation and a prefiguration of the undivided city of God.”34


To organize “the community of peoples and nations, in such a way as to shape the earthly city” is to work to implement a terrible snare. The Lord Jesus clearly proclaimed, “My kingdom is not of this world.”35 Plainly, the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ is heavenly, not a “globalized society” on earth. True believers in the Lord Jesus Christ live in the world as He did. They are in the world, but they are not of the world.

In contrast, the kingdom of the Pope of Rome is very much of this world. Papal Rome binds men in political, economic and religious activities. Papal pronouncements documented here can only be understood in the light of the Pontiff’s continued plans for world government. His presupposition is that the kingdom of God already exists in the Roman Catholic Church. This is consistent with his teaching in his new Catechism, “The [Roman Catholic] Church is the seed and beginning of this kingdom. Its keys are entrusted to Peter.”36 His documented statements are an affront to the Lord Jesus Christ in His work of redemption. Likewise they are an affront to the Holy Spirit in His ministry of convincing the world of sin, righteousness and judgment.

The Apostle Paul wrote under the direction of the Holy Spirit, “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.”37 Who can bear with the devouring fire of God’s wrath? The good news is that personal faith and salvation are also from His hand, “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sin.”38 The Scripture proclaims, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” The Lord Himself declared, “He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved; he that believeth not shall be damned.” The Lord will always be merciful to those who turn to Him in faith for the remission of sins. He clearly said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest to your souls.” Before the all-holy God, according to the Bible, an individual is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. All glory and praise is due to God alone!



1. www.vatican.va/.../encyclicals/.../hf_be-xvi_enc_20090629_caritas-in-veritate_en.html

2. www.auburnavenue.org/pastorsconference/index.html

3. www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/.../3MNVUEOHW2NSR

4. LeRoy Edwin Froom, The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers volume 1 (Hagerstown, MD: Review & Herald, 1950, 1978): 511-513.

5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx8PdvOELvY

6. John Dowling, The History of Romanism book 8 (Vance Publications, 2002, 1845): 542-543.

7. Catechism of the Catholic Church Paragraph 882 (1994).

8. Code of Canon Law, Latin-English ed. (Washington DC: Canon Law Society of America, 1983). All canons are taken from this source unless otherwise stated.

9. Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno (May 15, 1931). www.vatican.va/../pius_xi/encyclicals/.../hf_p-xi_enc_19310515_quadragesimo-anno_en.html

10. Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth Section 94 (June 29, 2009).

11. Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth Section 39 (June 29, 2009).

12. Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth Section 11 (June 29, 2009).

13. Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth Section 18 (June 29, 2009).

14. Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the [Roman Catholic] Church Section
164. www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/

15. Compendium, Section167. Throughout this article, emphasis in original is marked by underlining. This article’s emphasis is marked by bolding.

16. Compendium, Section 173.

17. Compendium, Section 177.

18. Compendium, Section 178.

19. Compendium, Section 179.

20. Compendium, Section 191.

21. Pope John Paul II, Address to the General Assembly of the United Nations (5 October 1995). Online at http://www.vatican.va/holyfather/john_paul_ii/speeches/1995/october/documents/hf_jp-ii_spe_5101995_address-to-uno_en.html

22. Compendium, Section 160.

23. Timothy 3:4-5; 2 Peter 1:5-8; Proverbs 16:32.

24. Psalm 101; Ephesians 6:1-4; 1 Timothy 3:4-5.

25. Romans 13:1-4; 1 Peter 2:13-14. It is God’s perogative to make His laws bind the conscience so that men “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17).

26. Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth Section 57 (June 29, 2009).

27. Pope Leo XIII’s decree, as quoted in Neuner and Dupuis (eds.), The Christian Faith in the Doctrinal Documents of the Catholic Church paragraph 1821 (Cork: The Mercier Press, 1967).

28. So comprehensive are these laws that they are organized into chapters. Canon 1055-1165.

29. Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth Section 67 (June 29, 2009).

30. Compendium, Section 83.

31. Catechism, Paragraphs 168,169, 181.

32. Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth Section 15 (June 29, 2009). See also “Justice
in the World,” World Synod of Catholic Bishops, 1971, Sect 58 “The liturgy which we preside over and which is the heart of the Church’s life, can greatly serve education for justice...The liturgy of the word, catechesis
and the celebration of the sacraments have the power to help us to discover the teaching of the prophets, the Lord and the Apostles on the subject of justice. The preparation for baptism is the beginning of the formation of the Christian conscience. The practice of penance should emphasize the social dimension of sin and of the sacrament. Finally, the Eucharist forms the community and places it at the service of people.” Online at http://catholicsocialservices.org/au/print/49.

33. Compendium, Section 80.

34. Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth Section 7 (June 29, 2009).

35. John 18:36.

36. Catechism, Paragraph 567.

37. Romans 1:18.

38. Acts 5:31.

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Introduction to the Reformation
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The Pope Claims to be God on Earth
Read proof that throughout the Roman Church's history, the Papacy has often claimed that the Pope is divine.
The Bloody History of Papal Rome - A Timeline
The oppression of Protestants is widespread and consistent throughout history.
The Bloody History of Papal Rome - Quotes
It was once written in America's oldest Catholic newspaper, the Boston Pilot, that "No good government can exist without religion, and there can be no religion without an Inquisition, which is wisely designed for the promotion and protection of the true faith.”

Read several authors' thoughts on papal Rome's history.
Catholic Councils
What happened at the Council of Trent? The First Vatican Council The Second Vatican Council
The Jesuits
Learn what people throughout history have had to say on the reputation, history, and political nature of the Jesuit Order.
An Introduction to the Jesuits Jesuits and the Hippie Movement Ignatius of Loyola and Martin Luther "Caring" and a New Morality Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises Ignatius Loyola and Spiritual Formation Protestantism Destroyed The Jesuit Superior General
Cross and Crown
This book "Cross and Crown" is a powerful and thrilling recital of the most romantic and dramatic incidents in history to be found on record, told in the simplest, most graphic, and entertaining form.
The Aggressive Intentions of the Papacy
The historian Ranke says this about Protestant-Catholic relations: "In the year 1617, everything betokened a decisive conflict between them. The Catholic party appears to have felt itself the superior. At all events it was the first to take up arms."

This article highlights quotes from historical and Catholic sources proving the Papacy's aggressive nature.
Christianity and Violence
Would the world be a safer place without Christian fundamentalism?
Stories of the Reformation
Dive into history to uncover the remarkable stories of faith and passion in early Protestantism.
An Italian mystic. A minister to a British king. An Augustine monk. A Swiss farmer's boy. What do these men have in common? They were used by God in powerful ways to bring about the Protestant Reformation. Enter into the lives of these ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
Inspiration for these articles comes from Gideon and Hilda Hagstoz' Heroes of the Reformation
Philipp Melanchthon John Laski Jerome of Prague John Wycliffe Louis De Berquin Gaspard De Coligny
Religious Doublespeak
Language can be used to communicate both truth and lies. Learn about the religious doublespeak being used to pull the wool over the eyes of the world.
Hegelian Thinking and World Politics
Hegelian dialectic thinking is applied in many situations in world politics. Often the ordinary people are used as pawns in the game of Hegelian psychology played by those who pull the strings of world control.
The Great Controversy
Read this classic work by Ellen G. White.
The Destruction of Jerusalem Persecution in the First Centuries An Era of Spiritual Darkness The Waldenses John Wycliffe Huss and Jerome Luther's Separation From Rome Luther Before the Diet The Swiss Reformer Progress of Reform in Germany Protest of the Princes The French Reformation The Netherlands and Scandinavia Later English Reformers The Bible and the French Revolution The Pilgrim Fathers Heralds of the Morning An American Reformer Light Through Darkness A Great Religious Awakening A Warning Rejected Prophecies Fulfilled What is the Sanctuary? In the Holy of Holies God's Law Immutable A Work of Reform Modern Revivals Facing Life's Record The Origin of Evil Enmity Between Man and Satan Agency of Evil Spirits Snares of Satan The First Great Deception Can Our Dead Speak to Us? Liberty of Conscience Threatened The Impending Conflict The Scriptures a Safeguard The Final Warning The Time of Trouble God's People Delivered Desolation of the Earth The Controversy Ended
Who is Jesus?
Is Jesus really who He says He is?
Did Jesus Ever Exist? Was Jesus the Messiah? Is What Christianity Teaches True? The Godhead and the One True God Movement Is Jesus God? Jesus: The Mercy Seat Why Did Jesus Have To Die? Six Purposes for Christ's Life and Death on Earth What Day Did Jesus Die? The 70-Week Prophecy Jesus, the Recycled Redeemer Names of Christ in Revelation
How will Christ return, and what will it mean for His people?
The First Beast—Comparing Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 Revelation Identifies End-Time Babylon The Second Beast of Revelation 13 Identifying the Antichrist The Final Confederacy Walking Through Daniel The Seven Plagues Walking through Revelation
Religious Trends
What are the trends in the religious world today? Sun Worship, The UN and the One World Religion, Eastern Mysticism and Spiritism... Just what do all these things mean in light of Bible prophecy?
Babylonian Religion Sun Worship The Charismatic Movement Politics and the Papacy Paganism and Mary Wealth Redistribution Spiritism throughout Religions Catholic Pentecostalism Unity at All Cost? Sustainability Pentecostalism The Charismatic Movement and Spiritual Gifts Paganism and Christmas Manifesting the Charismatic Spirit The New Age Movement Paganism in our Culture The United Nations' Global Government The History of Tongues Secret Societies Revival and the "Power of God" Signs and Wonders What’s So Bad about Spiritual Formation? Zionism
Most people can understand the reasoning behind nine of the Ten Commandments—don't kill, don't lie, don't steal. But what about the Sabbath Commandment? Why would God give such a law? Why should we follow it?
What is the Seventh-Day Sabbath? Creation and the Sabbath The Weekly Cycle Why Sunday? Sabbath FAQ
The Second Coming of Christ
How will Christ return, and what will it mean for His people?
Signs of The Second Coming of Christ The Second Coming of Christ Viewpoints How Christ will Return What will Happen to God's People? What will Happen to the Rejecters of God? Will there be a Secret Rapture? The Millennium of Peace
The Bible
Can the Bible be trusted to provide answers to our questions? Does it contain truth? Learn about the evidence that proves the Bible's authenticity.
Archaeology Confirms the Bible Choosing the Books of the Bible Studying Scripture Scripture is Inspired by God Testing the Gospel of Thomas Testing the Gospel of Judas The Spirit in Scripture The Lost Books of the Bible The Gospel Story Spiritual Gifts
Christian Living: Sin and Salvation
Consider the crucial points of the Christian life.
Christian Living Good God, Bad World. Why? God's Plan to Eradicate Sin Salvation By Faith The Ceremonial Feasts Pointed to Christ
Is there more to death than the fact that it is the opposite of life? What are the false doctrines involving the immortality of the soul?
Death: Understanding the Terminology A Biblical Understanding of Death The Resurrection of Lazarus Spiritism Hell and Purgatory An Immediate Afterlife? The Parable of Lazarus