Roman Catholicism

General Notes From a Variety of Sources

-  "... Rome's false religion is worse than no religion because Rome substitutes religion for truth. ... Hinduism is so parallel to Romanism [as to the common idolatry] that many Hindus can become Catholics and not need to give up Hinduism. ..." (3/1/91, Calvary Contender). During the past fifty years, at least three important trends in the Roman Catholic Church are clearly observable. These are: (1) a greater emphasis upon the place of Mary; (2) the acceptance of the so-called Charismatic renewal within the Church with new emphasis upon the claimed "ministry of the Holy Spirit"; and (3) a major emphasis upon ecumenical activities with a view to seeking the full visible unity of all religions. Concerning the latter item, the 3/97 C.E.C. Journal had an ad from the 3/96 New Covenant (Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio). It read (emphasis theirs):

"The Holy Father has a sweeping vision for the new millennium: a Church HEALED of division, BOUND together by love, and celebrating a Eucharistic unity ... See how Mary, the Mother of Mercy, is leading the Church into the third millennium."

-  The long-held claim that the Roman Catholic Church was the only unchangeable church is not supported by church history -- not even Roman Catholic history. How sad to realize that this false claim influenced so many to join or to stay in this false church, which actually is the product of centuries of changes. Most of these changes resulted from the Roman Catholic Church's yielding to heathen customs and practices that were subsequently incorporated into Roman Catholic teachings and worship. The following is a partial list of heathen, unscriptural practices that became a part of Roman Catholic dogma over a period of seventeen centuries. Some of the dates given are approximate. In many cases, these heresies were even debated for years before being given the status of required beliefs. Although some of these heresies are now being questioned by many individuals inside and outside the Roman Catholic Church, none have been officially repudiated and all continue to be practiced by millions of Catholics around the world (Source: "The Truth About Roman Catholicism," September-October 1996, Foundation magazine, pp. 5-16.):

1.   Prayers for the dead -- 300 AD
2.   Making the sign of the cross -- 300 AD
3.   Veneration of angels & dead saints -- 375 A.D.
4.   Use of images in worship -- 375 A D.
5.   The Mass as a daily celebration -- 394 AD
6.   Beginning of the exaltation of Mary; the term, "Mother of God" applied at Council of Ephesus -- 431 AD.
7.   Extreme Unction (Last Rites) -- 526 AD
8.   Doctrine of Purgatory (Gregory I) -- 593 AD
9.   Prayers to Mary & dead saints -- 600 AD
10. Worship of cross, images & relics -- 786 AD
11. Canonization of dead saints -- 995 AD
12. Celibacy of priesthood -- 1079 AD
13. The Rosary -- 1090 AD
14. Indulgences -- 1190 AD
15. Transubstantiation (Innocent III) -- 1215 AD
16. Auricular Confession of sins to a priest -- 1215 AD
17. Adoration of the wafer (Host) -- 1220 AD
18. Cup forbidden to the people at communion -- 1414 AD
19. Purgatory proclaimed as a dogma -- 1439 AD
20. The doctrine of the Seven Sacraments confirmed -- 1439 AD
21. Tradition declared of equal authority with Bible by Council of Trent-- 1545 AD
22. Apocryphal books added to Bible -- 1546 AD
23. Immaculate Conception of Mary -- 1854 AD
24. Infallibility of the pope in matters of faith and morals, proclaimed by the Vatican Council -- 1870 AD
25. Assumption of the Virgin Mary (bodily ascension into heaven shortly after her death) -- 1950 AD
26. Mary proclaimed Mother of the Roman Catholic Church -- 1965 AD

-  Rome has a long history of persecuting Protestants, not hesitating to put to death all who oppose her. During the latter years of the Inquisitions, no fewer than 900,000 Protestants were put to death in the pope's war to exterminate the Waldenses (1450-1570). In the Netherlands, over 100,000 were massacred. In St. Bartholomew's Massacre (August 24, 1572, lasting for five or six days), approximately 50,000 Huguenots were killed; in the Huguenot Wars, 200,000 perished as martyrs, and another 500,000 fled for their lives. In Bohemia, a country with a population of four million by the year 1600, 3.2 million of which were Protestant, only the 800,000 Catholics were left alive by the time the Hapsburgs and Jesuits were through. The list of Catholic burnings and torture of Protestants is almost endless. (Reported in the 3/1/91, Calvary Contender.)

Actually there were three Inquisitions. The first was to suppress people like the Catharists by both church and state between 1231 and 1400. Pope Innocent IV authorized the use of torture in 1251, and religious leaders were quite forward in their participation. The second was the Roman Inquisition established by Pope Paul III in 1542 to defeat Protestantism, and continued until 1572. The torture used was so notorious that even the Turks and Saracens were repulsed by what they observed to be "Christian" barbarity. The third was "The" Inquisition. Pope Sixtus IV issued a bull in 1578 authorizing Roman Catholic kings to establish what they called the "Tribunal of the Holy Office." By 1500, the Inquisition had extended to the New World, especially Peru and Mexico. Countless lives were snuffed out, often without cause. Catholic friars reportedly would baptize babies and children and throw them to starving dogs. All totaled, the Inquisitions claimed 68 million victims!

Yet Rome, never noted for her toleration, has never acknowledged her sin of killing these Protestants -- calling Protestants "separated brethren" is just an accommodation to gain acceptance. Rome would like to whitewash it out of history. Indeed, she has been quite successful at doing so. The blame for such atrocities has now been shifted from Roman Catholic religious leaders to the state. But it must be remembered that the state was controlled by the religious leaders! During the Tribulation, with Rome back in power as the religious authority in the world, we can expect additional Inquisition-like outbreaks of terror. (Sources: J.B. Wilder, The Other Side of Rome, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, p. 153; and 2/94, Mission to Catholics CHALLENGER, pp. 1-2.)

-  Some reports have stated that the Pope has apologized for the Catholic Church's persecution of the saints. This is only a half truth. While the Pope has uttered some regrets of sorts, referring to certain "weaknesses" and "mistakes" and "harmful acts" of the past, he has not plainly admitted that the Roman Church has butchered millions of humble Christians, and he has not plainly apologized for Rome's bloody history. He has not acknowledged that the Roman papacy has been one of the bloodiest and most inhumane institutions in human history. He has not acknowledged that the papacy, through its blasphemous claims and sacramental gospel, has led multitudes to eternal Hell. In a 5/96 encyclical, for example, Pope John Paul II refers to certain "painful recollections" which some Protestants have in regard to the history of the papacy. He then says, "To the extent that we are responsible for these, I join my predecessor Paul VI in asking forgiveness." Is that a genuine apology over Rome's bloody history? No, it isn't. He cleverly leaves it up to his hearers to decide to what extent Rome is responsible for any "painful recollections." That is a sorry excuse of an apology for one who sits in the seat of the men who were responsible for the murder and torment of MILLIONS of humble, Bible-believing children of God.

What would the Bible require of the Pope if he were truly to repent of Rome's error? Repentance means a change of mind which results in a change of action. In the Pope's case, this would involve a great many things. A repentant Pope would cast aside his blasphemous position and titles in fear and trembling. Instead of "holy father" he would desire to be called "lowly sinner." A repentant Pope would reject heretical Roman Catholic dogmas such as the Mass, the Priesthood, the Sacraments, and the intercession of Mary and the Saints. He would reject the damnable sacramental gospel of Rome (Galatians 1:6-9) and joyfully confess that salvation is the free gift of God to everyone that believeth (Romans 1:16,17; 3:23-25; 10:9-13) and that eternal life is the present possession of every child of God (1 John 5:11-13). (Source: David Cloud, 5/16/96, FBIS.)

-  Mexico is another case in point concerning Catholicism's lack of toleration of non-Catholic faiths -- Mexico is over 90% Catholic and the Roman Catholic hierarchy is generally hostile toward evangelicals. A large Pentecostal denomination was notified in March of 1991 that all churches not registered with the government would be closed within three months; in one Pentecostal group, over 30 churches were closed due to threats of violence by radically-minded Catholics. Two evangelicals were also stoned to death by Catholics. As has occurred throughout history, "ecumenical" Roman Catholicism shows a different face when it is in the majority. (Reported in the 7/1/91, Calvary Contender.)

-  The Roman Catholic hierarchy is pressuring Nicaragua's public schools to use textbooks which promote Catholicism and which blame racial tension and other societal problems on Protestants. The textbooks are produced by the Catholic archdiocese of Managua. A textbook for fourth grade of secondary school has a picture of Pope John Paul II on the cover and warns Protestants not to criticize Catholic devotion to the Virgin Mary: "To scorn Mary is an absurdity, something only the devil can incite," the textbook states. "Be careful, Protestant brothers. You're playing with fire. If you want to increase your numbers by misleading unprepared Catholics, don't mess with Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our mother. It's something serious for which you'll pay heavily." (Ecumenical News International, 4/28/97).

-  "To deny that Roman Catholicism is a cult is to repudiate the reformation and mock the millions of martyrs who died at Rome's hands. ... The 'Christ' of Roman Catholicism is just as false as its 'Mary' -- as much 'another Jesus' as that of Mormonism or any other cult" (June 1991, CIB Bulletin). Yet charismatic and neo-evangelical cult "experts" continue to omit Roman Catholicism from their lists of cults, and even explicitly approve it (e.g., Walter Martin's Christian Research Institute; Josh McDowell's Understanding the Cults; J. Oswald Sander's Cults and Isms; and J.I. Packer, who calls Catholics "brothers in Christ" and has signed the "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" accords).

-  A Roman Catholic pamphlet entitled, "A Pastoral Statement For Catholics On Biblical Fundamentalism," is a warning from Catholic Bishops to Catholics "who may be attracted to Biblical Fundamentalism without realizing its serious weaknesses." It criticizes Fundamentalists for "rigid doctrinal and ideological positions" and for interpreting the Bible to be literally true. It says: "We do not look upon the Bible as an authority for science or history." And: "The gospel comes to us through the Spirit-guided Tradition of the [Catholic] Church and the inspired books. ... The Church produced the New Testament, not vice versa." It said Fundamentalists "try to find in the Bible all the direct answers for living. ... We look to both the Church's official teaching (or Magisterium) AND [our emphasis] Scripture for guidance in addressing life's problems." The pamphlet emphasizes the necessity of the seven sacraments, the "veneration of the Blessed Mother," etc. (4/1/95, Calvary Contender).

In 1994, the Vatican officially criticized a literal interpretation of the Bible and said the fundamentalist approach to Scripture was "a kind of intellectual suicide." The document said fundamentalism "refuses to admit that the inspired Word of God has been expressed in human language ... by human authors possessed of limited capacities and resources." The 125-page document, "The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church," was written by the Pontifical Biblical Commission, a group of scholars who assist the pope in the study of Scripture. "The fundamentalist approach is dangerous, for it is attractive to people who look to the Bible for ready answers to the problems of life," the document said. "Fundamentalism actually invites people to a kind of intellectual suicide."

A source of further confusion for many is the fact that for centuries Roman Catholics were taught that all those outside their membership were heretics to be shunned, persecuted, or even killed. It was not until the middle of this century that the Roman Catholic Church modified and softened its stand by calling non-Catholics, "separated brethren." More recently, even that negative connotation has been eliminated. Today, Catholics are taught to consider "all Christians" to be "brothers and sisters in Christ." (Source: "The Truth About Roman Catholicism," September-October 1996, Foundation magazine, pp. 5-16.)

-  The Bible contains much fiction, myth, and embellishments, says an early-1997 issue of Notre Dame Magazine. The publication of the (Roman Catholic) University of Notre Dame quotes various Notre Dame professors as attacking such crucial doctrines of historic Christianity as the deity of Christ. The publication is in general agreement with the Roman Catholic professors. Kerry Temple, managing editor of Notre Dame Magazine, claims that the story of Jesus in the Bible "is more like poetry" than "a news report or documentary film that presents historical events literally and factually." Terry quotes Father Edward Schillebeeckx, a liberal Roman Catholic theologian who rejects historic Christianity: "The New Testament is the testimony of the believing people, and what they are saying is not history but expressions of their belief in Jesus as Christ." She also quotes Albert Schweitzer: "The Jesus of Nazareth who came forward publicly as the Messiah, who preached the ethic of the Kingdom of God, who founded the Kingdom of Heaven upon earth, and died to give his work its final consecration never had any existence."

"Less credence is given to claims for other kinds of miracles. 'Anything involving changes of nature,' says Notre Dame's John Collins, 'we are more inclined to regard as theological fictions.' The purposes of these legends, scholars believe, are to give insight into Jesus's teachings, to demonstrate his supernatural powers, to affirm his divinity and to reinforce faith. Among theologians today the consensus seems to be: Don't count on the miracles to prove that Jesus was God. 'These nature miracles,' says Thomas Sheehan in the highly controversial book The First Coming, 'are simply legends which arose among early Christians and which were projected backward, under the impact of faith, into the life of the historical Jesus.'" (Source: "RC Publication and Professors Attack Deity of Christ," Christian News.)

-  Pope John Paul II's devotion to Mary is without question. In 1984, he dedicated the whole earth to Mary. His motto is "Mary, I'm all yours." In a visit to Portugal in May of 1991, he attributed the fall of communism in Europe to the intervention of the Virgin Mary of Fatima. He has also credited her with saving his life in the 1981 assassination attempt. Contrary to what some Catholics will publicly admit, they do continue to pray to and worship Mary -- an 1854 papal decree (Pope Pius IX) on the Immaculate Conception of Mary, that has never been revoked, states, "Let all the children of the Catholic Church ... continue to venerate, invoke, and pray to the most blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God, conceived without original sin." (Reported in the 7/15/91, Calvary Contender).

Moreover, in "The Holy Father's Prayer for the Marian Year [1987]," John Paul II asks Mary to do what only God can do -- comfort, guide, strengthen, and protect "the whole of humanity ..." His prayer ends: "Sustain us, O Virgin Mary, on our journey of faith and obtain for us the grace of eternal salvation." What blasphemy to ask Mary to obtain what God offers freely by His grace through Christ! (4/97, Berean Call).

-  Contrary to what many Catholics will publicly admit, Catholics do continue to pray to the "patron saints" -- in fact, some of the causes eliciting such prayer would be comical were it not tragic for those souls caught up in it. For example, in preparing for an expected earthquake in December, 1990, in the Saint Louis area, parishioners at St. Agatha Roman Catholic Church turned to St. Agatha, "the patron saint of protection from the devastation of volcanoes, earthquakes, fire, and all kinds of violence." The Church reported in the St. Louis Southwest City Journal of 10/21/90 that a novena was to be held, including a recitation of the rosary, a prayer to St. Agatha, and a closing benediction. (Reported in the November/December 1990, Foundation.)

Another example of the superstitious idolatry of Catholicism would be the "good" Catholic's ritual for selling his home: Put a statue of St. Joseph in a bottle or mason jar and bury it in the front yard (head first), thereby guaranteeing a quick sale of the home. After the sale, the seller is to dig up St. Joseph, put him in a prominent place in the new residence, and pray to him (Mother Angelica, EWTN Catholic TV, 10/95).

-  Pope John Paul II on his 10th African tour in 2/93, told about 75 "colorfully garbed voodoo worshippers [in Benin] that they would NOT have to forsake all of their culture [nor their voodoo faith] in order to convert" to Catholicism (2/13/93, World). The conciliatory pope noted that even as Africans look to their ancestors as objects of worship, Catholics also revere "ancestors in the faith, from the Apostles to the missionaries." "I have never seen God, but today when I have seen the pope, I recognize that I have seen the good God, who prays for all the voduns," said Sossa Guedehoungue, head of Benin's vodun community. Voodoo leader Senou Zannou gave a formal speech in which he announced his son was becoming a Roman Catholic priest. But he also offered a defense of his faith: "God knows that the vodun has nothing to do with the devil or Satan." (Africans passing from Benin into slavery brought vodun worship to Haiti and Brazil, where it mixed with Catholicism and came to be called voodoo.) Other instances of Catholicism's cooperation with the occult and false religions:

(a) In 1986 in Assisi, Italy, John Paul II joined in a circle to pray and meditate with snake handlers from Togo, shamans and tribal witchdoctors from West Africa, Hindu gurus from India, Buddhist monks from Thailand, and liberal protestant clergymen from Great Britain, as all joined hands in "pray[ing] to their gods for 'peace'." The Pope also announced in Assisi that there are "many paths to God." (Sources: Christian News in a reprint of a 1993 article by Michael A. Hoffman in Researcher, Vol. 4, No. 3; and the 4/93, Flashpoint.)

(b) Again in 1986, in Fiji, "the Pope quaffed a potent island liquor, accepted three whale's teeth and watched a spear dance during an ancient welcoming ceremony dating back to when the Fijians practiced cannibalism. ... [Fijian tribal] chiefs handed the Pope a mud-colored, alcoholic drink called kava [a drink condemned by early missionaries to Fiji as devil worship] ... [which] he downed in a single gulp." At the Pope's next stop in Auckland, New Zealand, 15 elders of the Maoris tribe pressed noses with the Pope, "to exchange each other's breath, which is the life force." (Source: 11/22/86, Chicago Tribune.)

(c) Throughout Central and South America, Catholicism is in the most blatant partnership with spiritism and paganism. In Brazil, Aparecida is the largest cathedral in the world next to St. Peters in Rome. It is dedicated to a small idol of a "Black Virgin" -- pulled from a nearby lake in a fishing net -- that now performs "miracles." The Pope came to honor this idol in 1991. At the mass, the priest led the people in prayers and songs to the idol, asking it for salvation and dedicating their lives to it. Aparecida's large bookstore also carries many of the same "positive" books that delude Protestants -- books in Portuguese by American authors, from Norman Vincent Peale to "Christian psychologists." (Reported in the October 1991, CIB Bulletin.)

(d) In his visit to Senegal in 1992 where, instead of calling the heathen African religions by their proper and accurate name, Pope John Paul II referred to "African customs" and urged Senegal's Roman Catholics to "strike the right balance between African customs and church requirements." But there is no "right balance" between truth and error -- they are mutually exclusive. Yet the Pope said that the "blending of authentically African fruits in union with the universal church was essential to the spread of Catholicism on the continent." (Source: 4/93, Flashpoint.) [Contrast such statements with the Word of God: "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isa. 8:20). God says: "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil..." (Isa. 5:20). All idolatry is an abomination to God and needs to be recognized as such. Of course, since the Roman Catholic Church actually worships idols while claiming to be "Christian," it is understandable that they will not rebuke heathen idolaters who make no profession of faith in Christ.]

(e) On January 9-10, 1993, the Pope again hosted the Dalai Lama of Tibetan Buddhism and representatives of many other false and ungodly religions. It was an incredible sight to see these weird persons, "holy books" in hand, all standing serenely, side-by-side with the Pope. In the 2/10/93 issue of the official Vatican newspaper, L 'Osservatore Romano, the Pope said he recognizes within the devil worship sect of Voodoo, "God's riches ... the seed of the Word ... solidarity among believers ... for ... human liberation." (Sources: Christian News in a reprint of a 1993 article by Michael A. Hoffman in Researcher, Vol. 4, No. 3; and the 4/93, Flashpoint.) [The whole testimony of the Bible is that consorting with such hellish works is, in fact, the same as being in league with the devil. The Bible says we are to have no spiritual fellowship with the false cults. The Pope says we can. Those interested in a history of Voodoo and its curse upon the black people of Africa for a thousand years, should read the 1989 book by former high priest of African Voodoo Isaiah Oke, Blood Secrets: The True Story of Demon Worship and Ceremonial Murder.]

(f) The Philippine Star of 8/25/94 reported that Jos Silva, founder of the world-famous Silva Method, received the Special Apostolic Blessing bestowed on him by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Reports reaching Silva International say the Vatican has given its approval to the Silva training course.

(g) Although it passed completely without notice in the U.S. press, a bombshell that was dropped in Rome in November of 1996 continues to send shockwaves that are being felt in political and religious circles worldwide. The explosive charge was released by Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo in an address to the Fatima 2000 International Congress on World Peace held in Rome 11/18/96-11/23/96. Addressing an international audience of bishops, priests, nuns, and laity, the archbishop charged that there are members of the Catholic Church hierarchy in Rome who are secretly involved in formal satanic worship. He accused fellow Roman Catholic clergymen of protecting Satan and his minions:

"The devil in the Catholic Church is so protected now that he is like an animal protected by the government; put on a game preserve that outlaws anyone, especially hunters, from trying to capture or kill it. The devil within the Church today is actually protected by certain Church authorities from the official devil-hunter in the Church -- the exorcist. ... To the question, 'Are there men of the curia who are followers of Satan?' Milingo responded, 'Certainly there are priests and bishops. I stop at this level of ecclesiastical hierarchy because I am an archbishop, higher than this I cannot go.' Milingo cited papal statements to back up his charges. 'Paul VI said that the smoke of Satan had entered into the Vatican.'" (Reported in the 3/3/97, The New American.) [Archbishop Milingo, an exorcist, is the author of the book, Face to Face With the Devil.]

(h) In a 4/3/91 letter written by Pope John Paul II, addressed to "my beloved Muslim brothers and sisters," the Pope said, "I close my greeting to you with the words of one of my predecessors Pope Gregory VII, who in 1076 wrote to Al-Nasir, the Muslim ruler of Bijaya, present day Algeria: 'We believe in and confess one God, admittedly in a different way, and daily praise and venerate him, the creator of the world and the ruler of this world.'" The name Allah, was not invented by Muhammad, but was the name of a pagan god, long known and worshiped in the Middle East. In pre-Islamic days, Allah worship was on par with Baal worship, both originating in the Babylon region and both being Astral religions: the Sun, Moon, and Stars were the objects of worship. An Allah idol was one of some 360 idols in the Kabah, the sacred building at Mecca, now containing the famous black stone, a place of Islamic prayer and pilgrimages., the place to which the faithful turn to pray, again not new to Islam, but a practice of very ancient origins. The tribe into which Muhammad was born was devoted to the god Allah, Allah being the personal name of the Moon god. That the Pope worships a god other than the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ ought not surprise us when one considers that both Islam and Romanism come from the same Babylonian stock. (Source: 8/94, Perilous Times.)

-  The Catholic Church is teaming up with America's space agency to search for extra-terrestrials. Jesuit priests who run the Vatican Observatory near Rome say they are joining forces with the NASA agency to hunt for UFOs and signs of life on planets in solar systems similar to Earth's. NASA's job will be to monitor for "alien" communications signals; the Vatican, which has helped to build a new reflector telescope in Tucson, Arizona, would search for planets displaying conditions for life. "Father" George Coyne, director of the Vatican Observatory, said that should intelligent alien life be found, "the Church would be obliged to address the question of whether extra-terrestrials might be brought within the fold and baptized." (Reported in the 2/93, O Timothy.)

Similarly New Ageish in his celebrated book, Crossing The Threshold of Hope (Knopf:1994), Pope John Paul II explains that "salvation and divinization" are the "ultimate purpose" of man's life: "The divinization of man comes from God" (p. l95). Likewise, the new universal Catechism of the Catholic Church, quoting St. Athanasius and St. Thomas Aquinas, declares, "For the Son of God became man so that we might become God. ... The only begotten Son of God ... assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods" (par 460).

-  Pope John Paul II, in a 10/96 message to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, stated that the theory of evolution is more than a hypothesis and that it must be taken seriously by Christians (Vatican Information Service, 10/23/96). In 1/97, after considerable heat on the Pope for his statement, the Vatican news service issued a statement that it had "mistranslated" the Pope's evolution statement, now saying that John Paul II said there is "more than one hypothesis in the theory of evolution," not that evolution is "more than a hypothesis" (World, 1/25/97). In light of the following statements by this and other popes, as well as other official Roman Catholic organizations, this explanation is not credible:

(a) The pope reminded the Academy that the Roman Catholic Church has long given tentative approval to the theory of evolution. He cited a 1950 papal encyclical entitled "Humani Generis" by Pius XII, which "considered the doctrine of 'evolutionism' as a serious hypothesis, worthy of a more deeply studied investigation and reflection on a par with the opposite hypothesis. ... Today, more than a half century after this encyclical, new knowledge leads us to recognize in the theory of evolution more than a hypothesis. ... The convergence, neither sought nor induced, of results of work done independently one from the other, constitutes in itself a significant argument in favor of this theory."

(b) In May of 1982, honoring Charles Darwin on the 100th anniversary of his death, the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences issued this statement: "[M]asses of evidence render the application of the concept of evolution ... beyond serious dispute" [Edward Daschbach, S.V.D., "Catholics and Creationism," Visitor (Oct. 21, 1984)]. The New Catholic Encyclopedia says, "[S]pecialists ... over a period of 100 years, have assembled the necessary evidence ... evolution has been established as thoroughly as science can establish facts ..." [New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 5 (McGraw-Hill, 1967), p. 689]. To the contrary, the Apostle Paul says that sin entered the world through Adam, and death by sin (Rom 5:12). If Adam and Eve had ancestors who had lived and died during thousands (or millions) of years of evolution until God humanized them, death would have operated on earth before Adam sinned -- a clear contradiction of Genesis, of Christ's teaching, of Paul's preaching, and of the gospel. (New York's Cardinal O'Connor says Adam and Eve may have been "lower animals.")

(c) The pope attempts to reconcile the Bible with evolution by claiming that while the world was made by the process of evolution, the soul of man was "directly created by God." Pius XII described this theory in these words: "If the origin of the human body is sought in living matter which existed before it, the spiritual soul is directly created by God." This is an impossible position. It is impossible to reconcile the modern theories of evolution with the Biblical account of creation. If one is true, the other is a myth. (Excerpted and/or adapted from the 2/97, Berean Call.)

Beardsley Ministries - Revised 9/2011