How the American Church went wrong
July 2, 2019
Last month we began a simple examination of the roots of the American Catholic Church so as to better understand the history of the apostasy of the United States from the vicar of Christ. The hope is that we may gain a deeper understanding of the great gift of faith we have received in spite of the great obstacles that stood in the way. Perhaps it will enable us to help save a soul.
The Baltimore Catechism was created and used to inculcate great truths required for one’s salvation. Eventually, however several dubious phrases were added that lead to beliefs which ultimately led to the destruction of whole Catholic communities and their families. Additional background on this matter can be found on our website under the Section Heresy and article Heresy: the Belief ‘Invicible Ignorance Saves.’
Some of us who know of the rampant false Catholicism in this country and who find weekly evidence of it in the jammed-packed parking lots of Novus Ordo meeting halls each Sunday, periodically ask ourselves how this apostasy could possibly come to be.
Those false Catholics who receive the lamb outside the true Catholic house, are made unholy, so says St. Pope Gregory the Great; but the ungodliness of those who do was indeed proceeded by their willful ignorance of the faith. For it had been made possible for them to know, if they had so desired to do so. Ignorance is said by great saints to be the reason for many sins.
Augustine says (De Nat. et Grat. lxvii) “that some sin through ignorance.” Aquinas says, “It is thus that ignorance is the cause of sin: for instance, when a man knows that what he is killing is a man, but not that it is his own father; or when one knows that a certain act is pleasurable, but not that it is a sin.”
Therefore, not to know one must know the faith to be saved, is for some, the cause of sin. Not knowing the true Faith due to ignorance and the perpetuation of false teachings is also what makes holding the true Faith impossible, a faith without which one cannot be saved.
Pope Eugene IV at the Council of Florence, Session 8, Nov. 22, 1439 declared, “The Athanasian Creed”, ex cathedra: “Whoever wishes to be saved, before all things it is necessary that he holds the Catholic faith. Unless a person keeps this faith whole and undefiled, without a doubt he shall perish eternally.”
It turns out to be the subject of ignorance by which Catholics in America were easily lured.
After its first major revision, the Basic Catholic Doctrine: Baltimore Catechism No. 2, Lessons 11-20, Revised Edition; Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, 1941 begin teaching this: “168. How can persons who are not members of the Catholic Church be saved? Persons who are not members of the Catholic Church can be saved if, through no fault of their own, they do not know that the Catholic Church is the true
Church, but they love God and try to do His will, for in this way they are connected with the Church by desire.”
The problem with this language, as its authors well-knew, is the ambiguity that it embodies. There is no greater impediment to the advancement of knowledge than the ambiguity of words. Emo Phillips astutely noted, “Ambiguity is the devil’s volleyball.” This ball call ‘ignorance’ got volleyed about until most all those in the ‘game’ were worn out. The apostate Vatican II architects and their freemason overlords were masters in the art of ambiguity. Edward Schillebeexks, the schismatic and progressive peritus of Vatican II wrote, “We have used ambiguous phrases during the Council (Vatican II) and we know how we will interpret them afterwards.”
They certainly did know. And now, we have what they delivered.”