LIVING OUR FAITH (nov3liv.htm)

November 3, 2004
vol 15, no. 178

The Marks of the True Church CATHOLIC

    Contrary to what many may think, nothing in Holy Mother Church's teaching has changed and therefore we feel confident that these "points of enlightenment" will help more Catholics better understand their faith, especially those who were not blessed with early formation of the faith in the home and their parish school. Regardless of where any Catholic is in his or her journey toward salvation, he or she has to recognize that the Faith they were initiated into at the Sacrament of Baptism is the most precious gift they have been given in life. If they truly want to live their Faith as it was taught from Peter to Pius XII, they must know the Faith and live it as Traditional Catholics. That is the only way to KEEP THE FAITH!

      "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations." Our Lord's charge in Matthew 28: 19

    It was through a common bond of faith that the faithful throughout the world were to be united in one body, the Church, their heritage from the Son of God. Our Lord therefore before His Ascension made the necessary provision so that all men might from thenceforth recognize the Church which He established, and which He commanded all to join.

    The history of the Catholic Church gives evidence of miraculous strength, permanence, and unchangeableness, thus showing the world that it is under the special protection of God. The Catholic Church has proved itself indestructible for almost two thousand years, against every variety and number of formidable enemies. The Church suffered from persecution and outside attacks, and from schism and heresy within its own ranks, yet still lives, is still universal.

    The chief marks of the Church are four. We have covered ONE and HOLY so far, today we cover CATHOLIC.

    Christ intended His Church to be universal, that is, catholic from the Greek word katholicos, the etimology of which is derived from kata meaning "concerning" and holos meaning "whole," hence: universal. Therefore the True Church must be Universal, or Catholic. It must be for all peoples of every nation and for all times and teach the same faith everywhere in the world.

    Christ commanded His disciples in Matthew 28: 19, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations."

    He reinforced this in Mark 16: 15, "Go into the whole world, and preach the Gospel to every creature."

    Jesus again foreteld the power of the Word in reaching the world in Matthew 24: 14, "And the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world, for a witness to all nations; and then will come the end."

    Finally, in Acts 1: 8, Saint Luke wrote what Christ intended by universality, "You shall be witnesses for Me...even to the very ends of the earth."

    Outside of the Church Christ founded, no denomination is catholic or universal. These non-Catholic churches are everywhere, sprouting up on every corner, but different everywhere. A regional or national church cannot be the true Church, since it cannot teach all nations, as Christ commanded. The Church of England cannot be the universal Church. Its very name declares it a national and not universal or true Church. The Catholic Church is catholic or universal because, destined to last for all time, it never fails to fulfill the divine commandment to teach all nations all the truths revealed by God.

    That is another proof that the conciliar church is not the Catholic Church for it is no longer universal and has adopted most of the heresies of not only the Church of England, but Lutheranism and other false sects. This is only too evident in the attempt to destroy the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, a divinely ordained rite which Paul VI dared to tamper with, fully knowing he was incurring the wrath of Almighty God and the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul as previous Popes had decreed, specifically Pope St. Pius V in his infallible Apostolic Constitution Quo Primum. Cardinal Montini forced on the faithful a heretical service that went further than Martin Luther or Thomas Cromwell ever hoped. Yes, the Modernists usurped the universal Church but that does not mean that, even though they are in the vast majority, that they have destroyed the true Church for she lives on in those chapels who have been loyal to Christ's command to convert, not compromise and to hold fast to Tradition.

    The word "Catholic" first came into prominence when Saint Ignatius, appointed Bishop of Antioch by Saint Peter, first used the the word Katholicos when referring to the Church founded by Christ. He used this term in order to distinguish the True Church, already being preached throughout the world, from heretical churches that had arisen. In the 4th century certain sectarians protested against the True Church, yet still called themselves Christians. And so Catholics began calling themselves "Catholic" to differentiate. In that same century Saint Augustine said: "All heretics wish to call themselves Catholics; yet if you ask any of them to direct you to a Catholic church, he will not direct you to his own." So also today the Traditional Catholic Church remains the Church founded by Christ with fidelity to Eternal Rome, while the "Catholic Church" of Modern Rome is, in effect, not Catholic in the least, even though they have retained the name and the mask.

    In order to be truly Catholic, wherever you go in the world there must be the mark of unity. Otherwise it would not be the same body, but many separate bodies. That is why the Latin Mass is a mark of the Catholicity of the Church for wherever you would go in the world, no matter the language, all would universally be praying together in Latin - the mother tongue of Holy Mother Church. Some heretical churches have branches in different countries, but they are really different bodies, because they change doctrines under different conditions; so also the church of Vatican II. Whereas the true Church teaches all the doctrines that Christ commanded His Apostles to teach and it is taught everywhere in the world. No one may veer even one iota from the truths. In the Catholic Church is fulfilled the prophecy of Malachi "From the rising of the sun to the going down, My name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to My name a clean oblation; for My name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord of Hosts" (Malachi 1: 11).

    The True Church must be so organized that it can admit all men into its communion who desire to be saved as Jesus commanded in Mark 16: 15-16. This the Catholic Church does. Christ founded the Church for all men, not only for a selected few. It is man who rejects God, not God Who rejects man. He died for all men, and wishes the fruits of His death to do good for all men. But it is only for the "many" that His death on the cross is efficacious and the main purpose behind the vital importance of the words of the Consecration in confecting the wine into the Blood of Christ - pro multis. Only the true Catholic Church is to be found all over the world, ministering to all races and peoples, to all classes of the population, poor or rich, wise or ignorant, saint or sinner. The Catholic Church is the only Church for Everyman.

    Yet everyman must adhere to all the doctrines and dogmas of Holy Mother Church, including the dogma, Extra Ecclesiam Nullam Salus - Outside the Church, there is No Salvation! Because John Paul II and his bishops promote universal salvation in Canon Law, the Catechism and elsewhere, they cannot possibly be part of the true Catholic Church for they deny this vital dogma and to do so is heresy, pure and simple. The church which Karol Wojtyla heads does not contain the Four Marks of the Church, especially the third indelible mark - Catholic.

    Next issue: The Marks of the True Church APOSTOLIC

    November 3 2004
    vol 15, no. 178