Coming just four days after the reinstatement of the Latin mass, yesterday's document left no doubt about the Pope's eagerness to back traditional Roman Catholic practices and attitudes, even at the expense of causing offence.Yeah, that's the thing. We Protestants have a whole different view on the Trinity. We believe the Holy Trinity to be GOD the Father, GOD the Son, and GOD the Holy Spirit. Meanwhile, Rome worships the trinity of statues, trinkets, and dead bones.
The view that Protestants cannot have churches was first set out by Pope Benedict seven years ago when, as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he headed the Vatican "ministry" for doctrine. A commentary attached to the latest text acknowledged that his 2000 document, Dominus Iesus, had caused "no little distress".
But it added: "It is nevertheless difficult to see how the title of 'Church' could possibly be attributed to [Protestant communities], given that they do not accept the theological notion of the Church in the Catholic sense and that they lack elements considered essential to the Catholic Church."
Hmmm, what saith the Scriptures about statues? Exodus 20:4-5--"You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them." Oh, that's right, I forgot. The Catholic Church decided some time back to just kinda snip that little passage out of their Bibles. Or did they put it back in?
Well, at any rate, what saith the Scriptures about the Rosary, and praying to Mary and the dead saints? Isaiah 8:19-20--"...should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony!" So, what does the Law say about this? Deuteronomy 18:10-11--"There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead." Notice how GOD lumps in those who call upon the dead with those who sacrifice their children to Molech?
Oh, and then there's that little matter about paragraph 841 of their Catechism.
But, yeah, I can see why "Il Popa" would have a problem with those of us who don't bow down and kiss his feet, and give our money to this harlot (Revelation 17) so they can keep that golden dome sparklin' in the Roman sun.
841 The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan
of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."