Despite these efforts to defend the Church, deceitful men have persisted in their efforts to infiltrate the Catholic Church for the purpose of changing its teaching to something it can never be. Pope St. Pius X, among other holy popes, saw this danger and issued his Oath Against Modernism in 1910. This Oath, which was sworn by all clergy, pastors, confessors, preachers, religious superiors, and professors in philosophical-theological seminaries until it was abrogated by Pope Paul VI, clearly set forth one of the most fundamental realities of the Catholic Faith:
“I sincerely hold that the doctrine of faith was handed down to us from the apostles through the orthodox Fathers in exactly the same meaning and always in the same purport. Therefore, I entirely reject the heretical misrepresentation that dogmas evolve and change from one meaning to another different from the one which the Church held previously. I also condemn every error according to which, in place of the divine deposit which has been given to the spouse of Christ to be carefully guarded by her, there is put a philosophical figment or product of a human conscience that has gradually been developed by human effort and will continue to develop indefinitely.”
Although it is self-evident that truth cannot contradict truth, we now face an increasingly nonsensical situation in which those occupying the highest positions of the Catholic Church, including Pope Francis, routinely promote ideas that have been long-condemned by the Catholic Church.
With this Oath, St. Pius X simply made clear what no Catholic can logically doubt. Indeed, in his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul unambiguously presented the same principle: “But though we or an angel from heaven preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema” (Gal. 1:8). If dogmas of the Faith could change meaning over time, the Faith could not possibly be from a God who, as we say in the Act of Faith, “can neither deceive nor be deceived.” As such, a religion that would change in such a manner could in no way command the assent of a well-formed conscience, for it would be based on fleeting sentiment and evolving understanding rather than the truth of God.
Although it is self-evident that truth cannot contradict truth, we now face an increasingly nonsensical situation in which those occupying the highest positions of the Catholic Church, including Pope Francis, routinely promote ideas that have been long-condemned by the Catholic Church. All people of sound mind can readily discern that these usurpers cannot possibly speak for a Church that has claims to inerrancy when they set forth ideas that boldly and unambiguously contradict what the Church has always taught. Either these men are deceivers or the entire Faith is man-made with no legitimate claims to divine origin. There is no other possibility.
Because these infiltrators understand the implications of their anti-Catholic novelties, they likewise understand that they are perpetrating an enormous fraud on the entire world, particularly those who seek to practice the Faith as it has been practiced for nearly two thousand years. Even if the Catholic Faith were false, this deception would immediately strip these men of all legitimate claims to moral authority. They are, indeed, using the reputation, property, funds, and membership of the Catholic Church to promote ideas that have been consistently rejected by the Catholic Church since its inception. These men are frauds and criminals.
As Catholics wishing to remain faithful to the immutable Catholic Faith, we implore the deceivers to reject their impious errors and clearly teach the actual religion they pretend to represent.
Faced with such a grave situation, we affirm, and call on all faithful Catholics to affirm, the following Catholic beliefs that are today under unparalleled assault from the deceivers:
- The Catholic Faith was established by Jesus Christ and can never change.
- All Catholics must believe every dogma of the Catholic Church.
- Membership in the Church is necessary for all men for salvation. Although God, in His infinite mercy, may save those who are non-Catholic, such men are saved in spite of their religion rather than by it.
- All men will be judged upon their death and those who die in a state of sanctifying grace will go to Heaven (even if they spend time in Purgatory) and those who die in a state of mortal sin will go to Hell.
- Sexual relations outside of marriage (which is always between a man and woman) are always offensive to God and mortally sinful.
- Reception of Holy Communion by those who are in a state of mortal sin is always offensive to God and itself mortally sinful.
- As set forth by Pope St. Pius V in Quo Primum, the Tridentine Mass can never be abrogated and anyone pretending to do so should, in the words of that great saint, “know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.”
As Catholics wishing to remain faithful to the immutable Catholic Faith, we implore the deceivers to reject their impious errors and clearly teach the actual religion they pretend to represent. If they refuse to reject their errors, we insist that they immediately cease representing themselves as leaders of the Catholic Faith. Because, however, we recognize that many of these deceivers are deliberately seeking to destroy the Catholic Church and will not cease until forced to do so, we beg God to intervene to cast these imposters from the places in the Church they occupy through malice and deception.
And as we know that some evils are not cast out but by prayer and fasting, we join our prayers, especially the Rosary, and penance to this declaration.
We beg the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces, to intercede for us so that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
The Remnant Editorial Staff
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