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* Greetings

* MCS News & Notes

* The Month of September: Dedicated to the Seven Dolors of Mary / The Sorrowful Mother

* Reflection of Fr. Faber on the Dolors of Mary

* Setting the Record Straight About Luther (Part 1)

* Liturgical Feasts in September

* 'Catholic Trivia'

* Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Didn't the Catholic Church Burn Bibles?

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Dear Friend,

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Prayer of Veneration of the Sorrowful Mother: "O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of sorrow pierced the most sweet soul of the glorious Mary, Mother and Virgin: grant in thy mercy, that we who call to mind her sorrows with veneration, may obtain the happy effect of thy Passion. Who livest." (Collect)

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MCS News & Notes

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The Month of September: Dedicated to the Seven Dolors of Mary / The Sorrowful Mother

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"And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many is Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed." (Lk. 2:34-35)

"[W]hat anguish unutterable must have filled the soul of this Mother, when raising up her eyes, she sees the mangled Body of her Son, stretched upon the cross, with His face all covered with blood, and His head wreathed with a crown of thorns!" (Gueranger)

"Oh! In what floods of tears, in what an abyss of sorrow is she whelmed, that Virgin Mother, as mourning she beholds her Son taken down from the blood-stained tree and laid in her arms!" (Liturgical Year)

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"In martyrs, the intensity of their love mitigated their sufferings, but with Mary it was different; the more she loved, the more she suffered, and the greater was her martyrdom." {Richard of St. Victor}

"Nor was Mary less than was befitting the Mother of Christ. When the apostles fled, she stood before the Cross and with reverent gaze beheld her Son's wounds, for she waited not for her Child's death, but the world's salvation." (St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church, 396 A.D.)

"Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own." (Jn. 19:25-27)

"Look at the holy and immaculate Mother; she holds in her lap the lifeless body of her divine Son. Could you possibly imagine that the sorrowful Mother would murmur against God? That she would ask the reason for such suffering? We would not have been redeemed, if that Mother had not seen her Son die in torment and there would not have been for us any possibility of salvation." (Pope Pius XII)

"The silence is again broken: Jesus speaks His third word, and it is to His Mother; but He does not call her by that dear name, for it would redouble her pain: 'Woman!' He says, 'behold thy son!' Then looking upon John, He says to him: 'Son! Behold thy Mother!' What an exchange was here for Mary! But oh! What a blessing it brought upon John, and through him to all mankind: The Mother of God was made our Mother!...[L]et us, today, gratefully receive this last testament of our Jesus, who, having by His Incarnation made us the adopted children of His heavenly Father, now, in His dying moments, makes us children of His own blessed Mother." (Gueranger)

"In the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus is in an agony; in the judgment-hall, where He is scourged, crowned with thorns, condemned to death, not there do we find Mary. But she knew beforehand all these agonies; she knew and saw them. When she professed herself the handmaid of the Lord for the mother's office, and when, at the foot of the altar, she offered up her whole self with her Child Jesus - then and thereafter she took her part in the laborious expiation made by her Son for the sins of the world. It is certain, therefore, that she suffered in the very depths of her soul with His most bitter sufferings and with His torments. Moreover, it was before the eyes of Mary that was to be finished the Divine Sacrifice for which she had borne and brought up the Victim. As we contemplate Him in the last and most piteous of those Mysteries, there stood by the Cross of Jesus His Mother, who, in a miracle of charity, so that she might receive us as her sons, offered generously to Divine Justice her own Son, and died in her heart with Him, stabbed with the sword of sorrow." (Pope Leo XIII, "Iucunda Semper Expectatione", 1894 A.D.)

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Reflection of Fr. Faber on the Dolors of Mary

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The following is taken from Fr. Frederick William Faber's work entitled "The Foot of the Cross, or the Sorrows of Mary". [Note: We have made some changes to the original text (e.g. spelling changes, some changes to paragraphing)]

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It was another fountain of peculiar sorrow to [the Blessed Virgin Mary] that she was an eye-witness of the Passion. We learn from the revelations of holy persons that, though she was absent in body, she was present in spirit at the sufferings of Gethsemane, and even followed in her soul with mysterious and supernatural sympathy the various phases of our Savior's agony. She was present bodily at the scourging, at the Ecce Homo, along the way of the Cross, and for the whole time on Calvary. It appears most probable that she was not in the houses of Annas and Caiaphas, but that she was at the doors, and heard not only the insults, but even the blows, which were given to Jesus, and that she suffered an especial torture in the separation from Him at those moments. Yet it was a fearful thing for a mother, particularly one of such exquisite sensibilities and profound love as Mary, to have to follow her only child through every step of that bloody drama. It would have been a terrific martyrdom, if she had spent those hours retired in the women's apartments of an oriental house, hearing the distant cries of the raging multitude, or listening to the mournful intelligence which would be brought her from time to time. Still she could better have collected herself there to suffer in quietness and peace. Others at least could have spent the time all the more undistractedly in prayer. But it was not so with her. Her Son was God. It was better to be nigh Him. The nigher God the better, always, for all of us; but for God's Mother most of all. Unbroken as was her union with the invisible God at all times and in all places, she would pray better when she saw Jesus. Besides, she had not the helpful distraction which Christian women have in their afflictions. She was not divided between the dear Child who was being taken from her, and the all-holy God who was inflicting this blow upon her. Her grief and her religion did not fall two different ways. The suffering Child and the all-holy God were one and the same. This was the overpowering unity of her dolours.

She must go forth therefore, and follow the footsteps of Jesus, and wet her feet in the blood He has left behind Him. She must listen to the fierce singing of the scourges as they cleave the air, and count the stripes, and take into her heart the variety of deadly sickening sounds they made as they lit on this or that part of His Sacred Body. She must see the mocking of Jews and Gentiles, as Pilate half in worthless pity, and half in merciless derision, exposed Him to the crowd, and she alone adored His royal majesty almost out of the very annihilation of herself by the violence of grief. She must hear the dull hammering of the nails on Calvary, whose sounds, muffled by the soft flesh of His Hands and Feet, pierced her soul through and through. She must listen to the seven beautiful words upon the Cross, as if He Himself were singing His own dirge, with such melancholy sweetness as was enough to have drawn her living soul out of her weak, worn, and aching body. All this was terrible. Yet she was a true mother. Not for one instant would she have consented to have it otherwise. It was a portion of the royalty of her heart.

Nevertheless, it was an unspeakable aggravation of her suffering. It was true that the whole of it had lain before her in clearest prevision, at least since the hour of Simeon's prophecy. But sense is something more than prevision, something different from it. The senses "betray the succors which reason gives." They interrupt that interior tranquility in which the darkest visions may possess the soul, without disturbing it. Sight interferes with that self-collection, which is our attitude of strength in the endurance of interior pains. It throws the soul off its guard, or elicits from it a painful strain of inward fortitude in order to preserve its guard. Moreover the senses have special things of their own in sights and sounds and touches of grief; and they pierce the flesh causing it to tremble with chilly pains, torturing the nerves, freezing and firing the blood by turns, stabbing the brain like daggers, and nipping the convulsed heart as if it were within an iron vice. It was this eye-witnessing of the Passion, which made Mary's martyrdom to be in her body as well as in her soul, and which was something more than the aching physical exhaustion in which excess of mental effort leaves the frame, because it laid each limb upon the rack, and made every pulse a beating instrument of pain.

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"As the sun surpasses all the stars in luster, so the sorrows of Mary surpass all the tortures of the martyrs." (St. Basil)

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Setting the Record Straight About Luther (Part 1)

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As we approach the 500th anniversary of the so-called "Reformation", it is unfortunately to be expected in our age that much misinformation concerning the events and the person of Martin Luther will be disseminated. Sadly (scandalously!), certain prelates in the Church have already hailed the arch-heretic as a "Gospel witness and teacher of the Faith". Therefore, it seemed appropriate to counter such assertions with facts concerning Martin Luther, a prideful, vile, insidious, excommunicated, vow-breaking apostate priest, lying, hypocritical, hater of the Church, whose doctrines (which were approved by Satan) and whose warfare against the Church caused bloodshed, harmed families, led to a widespread loss of morality, and has subsequently led to a loss of countless eternal souls.

[Note: Adjectives above may be based on writings of Catholic priests who have studied and written about Luther. See below for sources.]

Advisory: The following may contain adult language/content. Note also that Luther's vileness/coarseness can be quite offensive, especially to those with delicate sensibilities. Regrettably, however, we find it necessary to include such material here (occasionally in a masked fashion, to avoid email filtering) in order paint a more accurate picture of Luther. We apologize for any offense and advise younger persons & sensitive persons to skip this section and *not* read the material below. Also, those who are not well-grounded in the Catholic faith should not read the following in order to avoid being confused/led astray by the arch-heretic.

Note to readers: This is part 1 of 2 parts. We plan to include the second part of this article in the October 2016 newsletter. Although both parts of this article are longer than we normally prefer for our newsletters, we think the content is important to disseminate. Therefore, please pardon the length of this article. Also, please be advised that we had to prepare this article (both parts) in an unusually rapid manner, so we regret that it has not been checked over as we would normally prefer to do. We regret if we have missed any issues/errors. Also, please note that we have made various changes to applicable items below (e.g. punctuation, capitalization, spelling, paragraphing, wording changes, exclusion of special characters/footnotes, etc.). A brief outline of the article appears below.

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1. Introduction (above)

2. Some quick facts concerning Luther, which demonstrate that he was not sent by God

3. Some results of Luther's teachings

4. Some papal quotes regarding Martin Luther

5. More on Luther, his teachings/practices/behaviors, and their results [Note: This section to be continued in a subsequent newsletter]

6. Conclusion [Note: This section to appear in subsequent newsletter]

Note: Sources appear at end.

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* Rejected parts of scripture on his own authority

* Blasphemously charged Jesus with sin! (adultery) [Online Ref.: Trishreden, Weimer Edition, Vol. 2, Pg. 107]

* Had a hatred of the Church and the Mass ["A satanical hatred of the Pope and of all Roman Catholics is one of the characteristic features in the history and character of Luther." (1)]

* Encouraged others to sin ["Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly... No sin will separate us from the Christ, even though we commit fornication and murder a thousand times a day." (Letter from Luther to Philip Melanchthon, August 1, 1521)]

* Purposely mistranslated scripture to promote his doctrines

* Regularly mocked / ridiculed / insulted the Pope, Bishops, priests, faithful, etc. and believed that "the true Antichrist, according to Paul, reigns in the Roman Court" (1)

* Wanted churches & convents destroyed

* Promoted bloodshed

* Permitted polygamy

* Sanctioned adultery & s*xual license

* Failed to condemn concubineage

* 'Raged war' against the Church

* Encouraged religious to break their vows

* Was an "agitator, an overthrower, to whom no sophistry is too audacious, no artifice too bad, no lie too strong, no calumny too great, to justify his apostasy from the Church and from his own earlier principles." (2)

* Mercilessly insulted his opponents ["His opponents were *sses, pigs, dolts, &c., and were assailed with still viler epithets." (4)]

* Use coarse invective ["Where he failed in argument he took refuge in invective, often of the coarsest kind." (4)]

* Made use of "vile illustrations to caricature the Pope, the monks, and the teachings of the Church." (4)

* PURPOSELY lied/deceived/misled and intentionally misrepresented/falsified/perverted/distorted/garbled Church teachings ["as Luther falsified Catholic teaching in general, so also did he falsify it in respect to the commandments, the counsels, and the vows." (2)]

* Promoted his dangerous conception of 'Christian liberty' [an "unbounded and unbridled licentiousness" (2)]

* Received satanic approval of his doctrines ["Luther assures us that Satan argued in favor of some of the principal doctrines of his new Creed. Now, it is beneath the dignity of God to allow His chosen legate to appeal to the testimony of Satan in support of his teaching." (1)]

* Used fraud to promote his teachings

* Engaged in calumny

* Was "a master in sophistry"

* Contradicted himself

* Taught false doctrines, endangering souls & resulting in a widespread moral decline (e.g. leading to corruption of manners, laxity in discipline, immodesty, unchastity, adultery, licentiousness, drunkenness, gluttony, cursing, lying, cheating, degradation of marriage, contempt for the sacraments, lessening of charity, shamelessness, ruination of family life, loss of fear of the Lord, etc.)

* Wanted the Ten Commandments to be removed "out of sight and heart". He called them "stupid" and said that, "If we allow them - the Commandments - any influence in our conscience, they become the cloak of all evil, heresies and blasphemies." (Comm. ad Galat., p. 310)

* Agitated the people (resulting in tumult, rebellion, riots, murder, reviling of/contempt for priests, hatred of the Church, disregard for authority, destruction of convents, altars & holy images)

* Showed contempt for women

* Spoke in a vulgar manner [he made regular use of vulgar terms (e.g. f*rt, f*rt-*ss, excrement, urine, an*s, etc.)]

* Admitted he was "consumed by the fires of [his] unbridled flesh" and "consumed by the flesh and by lasciviousness" (De Wette, 2, 22)

* Was admittedly impure: "I burn with a thousand flames in my unsubdued flesh: I feel myself carried on with a rage towards women that approaches madness. I, who ought to be fervent in spirit, am only fervent in impurity." (Table Talk)

* Was "exceedingly wanton" ["Luther", as his associate Melanchthon writes, "was an exceedingly wanton man" (2)]

* Broke his vows and married an 'ex-nun' that he had previously lived with "in open and flagrant immorality", and he did so "out of contempt for the Papists" (2)

* Behaved badly personally (e.g. indulgent drinking & eating, insolence, laxity in prayers, blasphemy, outbursts of rage, mordacity, lust, etc.)

* Acted like a 'buffoon' ["He, Melanchthon, and his associates had often rebuked him on account of his buffoonery." (2)]

* Thought he was superior and falsely imagined he was infallible

* Ultimately entertained doubts/regrets after seeing the terrible results of his teaching, yet did not recant

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Some further thoughts...

* Luther does NOT meet the criteria of a holy man, his doctrine is NOT holy, and the results of his doctrine are NOT holy. People did NOT become more devout, pious, or holy under his teachings - quite the opposite.

* "A man who pretends to be a Reformer is sent either by God or by Satan. Now, every single sign of a Divine mission is utterly wanting, both in Luther's teaching, and in the results of his teaching." (1)

* "Every reasonable person will agree with me, that Luther can only have been a Reformer chosen by Almighty God, if his teaching caused an increase of virtue and a decrease of vice. If, however, it can be plainly shown, that in consequence of his teaching there was, on the contrary, an increase of vice and a decrease of virtue, we must come to the conclusion, that Luther had not the sanction of God for the work which he undertook." (1)

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"Luther was the author of the...texts for the violation of the vows, the wiving of priests and monks. He put the words on the prohibition of the vow of chastity into the large catechism. He set up the principle that God imposed an impossible thing upon us, that the (s*xual) instinct of nature cannot be resisted, that it must be satisfied. He depicted himself as burning with carnal concupiscence, although some years before he had condemned it and discovered its genesis in the lack of communion with God; he admitted that his own fervor of spirit was decreasing and that he was neglecting prayer.

As his teachings were depopulating the monasteries, so he himself furnished the incentive to the abduction of the consecrated virgins, the perpetrator being called by him a 'blessed robber,' and compared with Christ, who robbed the prince of the world of what was his. [From footnote: The rape and abduction of the consecrated nuns was carried out by the burgher Koppe in the night of Holy Saturday, 1523. Luther carried his blasphemy so far, that he wrote to the abductor: 'Like Christ you have also led these poor souls out of the prison of human tyranny at just the appropriate time of Easter, when Christ led captive the captivity of His own.'] He took one of the abducted nuns, put up for sale, as a witness of his gospel, as his concubine, and called her his wife.

He severed the bonds of marriage and destroyed its indissolubility by his theory, which in practice found expression in the wh*redoms and adulteries so bitterly complained of. He did not forbid the taking of several wives and declared that polygamy was not strictly opposed to the word of God.

As a panacea for all sin, he prescribed only trust in Christ's forgiveness, without requiring love. He condemned the contrition, confession, and penance of the Catholic Church, reviled the Pope as Antichrist, rejected the priesthood, the Mass, the religious state and every good work. It was his teaching that good works, even at their best, are sins, and even that a just man sins in all good works. As he had imposed sin upon Christ, so also did he put the fulfillment of our prayers upon Him. And with all of that, he extols himself as a saint, and presumes, if he did not do so, he would be blaspheming Christ.

If ever a doctrine had to lead to the acme of wickedness, it was such a one as this. It is not to be wondered at, that more than elsewhere, this became manifest to all eyes at Wittenberg, Luther's residence. As early as 1524, a former Wittenberg student, the Rottenburg German grammarian, Valentine Ickelsamer, wrote to Luther: 'What Rome had to hear for a long time, we say of you: 'The nearer to Wittenberg, the worse the Christians.' Luther's teaching brought the current of decline down to a state which he himself recognized and openly proclaimed to be far worse than that under the Papacy. Of this he could make no concealment, for the facts spoke too loudly, no matter what ridiculous pretensions he might allege in explanation or extenuation of them. Not once merely, but often he says that his Lutherans were seven times worse than before. 'There was indeed one devil driven out of us, but now seven of them more wicked have gone into us.' Even in 1523, he had to acknowledge that he and his followers were become worse than they had been formerly. This he later repeats. 'The world by this teaching becomes only the worse, the longer it exists; that is the work and business of the malign devil. As one sees, the people are more avaricious, less merciful, more immodest, bolder and worse than before under the Papacy. He perceived that 'wickedness and wanton license are increasing with excessive swiftness,' and this indeed, 'in all states,' so that 'the people are all becoming devils,' but he meant knavish, 'only to spite our teaching!' 'Avarice, usury, immodesty, gluttony, cursing, lying, cheating are abroad in all their might,' yes, more than of old under the Papacy; such disordered conduct on the part of almost everybody, causes gossip about the gospel and the preachers, it being said: 'if this teaching were right, the people would be more devout.' 'Therefore it is that every one now complains that the gospel causes much unrest, bickering and disordered conduct, and, since it has come up, everything is worse than ever before,' etc.

Despite his assurance that his teaching was the genuine gospel, he still had to acknowledge that 'the people opposed it so shamefully that the more it is preached, the worse they become and the weaker our faith is.' He and his followers with their preaching, he says, cannot do so much as make a single home pious; on the contrary, 'if one had now to baptize the adults and the old, I think it probable that not a tenth of them would let themselves be baptized.'

Apart from Erasmus and Pirkheimer, others no, less impartial than Luther also pronounced the same judgment. The blustering apostate Franciscan, Henry Von Kettenbach, in 1525, preached: 'Many people now act as if all sins and wickedness were permitted, as if there were no hell, no devil, no God, and they are more evil than they have ever been, and still wish to be good Evangelicals.' Another fallen Franciscan, Eberlin Von Gunzburg wrote similarly that the Evangelicals, in their riotous living, since they became free from the Pope, were become 'doubly worse than the Papists, yes, worse than Tyre, Sidon, and Sodom.' If, according to the admission of Luther himself and his followers the moral condition of Lutheranism was far worse than that under the Papacy, the blacker the epoch before Luther is painted, the blacker must Lutherdom appear.

The condition was indeed such that, as early as 1527, Luther expressed a doubt whether he would have begun, had he foreseen all the great scandals and disorders.' 'Yes, who would have wanted to begin preaching,' said he eleven years later, 'had we known beforehand that so much misfortune, factiousness, scandal, calumny, ingratitude and wickedness were to follow. But now that we are in it, we have to pay for it.''' (2)

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"Rise, Peter, and fulfill this pastoral office divinely entrusted to you as mentioned above. Give heed to the cause of the holy Roman Church, mother of all churches and teacher of the faith, whom you by the order of God, have consecrated by your blood. Against the Roman Church, you warned, lying teachers are rising, introducing ruinous sects, and drawing upon themselves speedy doom. Their tongues are fire, a restless evil, full of deadly poison. They have bitter zeal, contention in their hearts, and boast and lie against the truth." (3)

"Rebuking them, in violation of your teaching, instead of imploring them, he is not ashamed to assail them, to tear at them, and when he despairs of his cause, to stoop to insults. He is like the heretics 'whose last defense,' as Jerome says, 'is to start spewing out a serpent's venom with their tongue when they see that their causes are about to be condemned, and spring to insults when they see they are vanquished.'" (3)

"Some, putting aside her true interpretation of Sacred Scripture, are blinded in mind by the father of lies. Wise in their own eyes, according to the ancient practice of heretics, they interpret these same Scriptures otherwise than the Holy Spirit demands, inspired only by their own sense of ambition, and for the sake of popular acclaim, as the Apostle declares. In fact, they twist and adulterate the Scriptures. As a result, according to Jerome, 'It is no longer the Gospel of Christ, but a man's, or what is worse, the devil's.'" (3)

"Their talkativeness, unsupported by the authority of the Scriptures, as Jerome says, would not win credence unless they appeared to support their perverse doctrine even with divine testimonies however badly interpreted. From their sight fear of God has now passed." (3)

"In virtue of our pastoral office committed to us by the divine favor we can under no circumstances tolerate or overlook any longer the pernicious poison of the above errors without disgrace to the Christian religion and injury to orthodox faith." (3)

"Moreover, because the preceding errors and many others are contained in the books or writings of Martin Luther, we likewise condemn, reprobate, and reject completely the books and all the writings and sermons of the said Martin, whether in Latin or any other language, containing the said errors or any one of them; and we wish them to be regarded as utterly condemned, reprobated, and rejected." (3)

"As far as Martin himself is concerned, O good God, what have we overlooked or not done? What fatherly charity have we omitted that we might call him back from such errors? For after we had cited him, wishing to deal more kindly with him, we urged him through various conferences with our legate and through our personal letters to abandon these errors. We have even offered him safe conduct and the money necessary for the journey urging him to come without fear or any misgivings, which perfect charity should cast out, and to talk not secretly but openly and face to face after the example of our Savior and the Apostle Paul. If he had done this, we are certain he would have changed in heart, and he would have recognized his errors. He would not have found all these errors in the Roman Curia which he attacks so viciously, ascribing to it more than he should because of the empty rumors of wicked men. We would have shown him clearer than the light of day that the Roman pontiffs, our predecessors, whom he injuriously attacks beyond all decency, never erred in their canons or constitutions which he tries to assail. For, according to the prophet, neither is healing oil nor the doctor lacking in Galaad. But he always refused to listen and, despising the previous citation and each and every one of the above overtures, disdained to come. To the present day he has been contumacious. With a hardened spirit he has continued under censure over a year." (3)

"Hence it befits the Pontiff, lest the vessel of Peter appear to sail without pilot or oarsman, to take severe measures against such men and their followers, and by multiplying punitive measures and by other suitable remedies to see to it that these same overbearing men, devoted as they are to purposes of evil, along with their adherents, should not deceive the multitude of the simple by their lies and their deceitful devices, nor drag them along to share their own error and ruination, contaminating them with what amounts to a contagious disease." (5)

"Nevertheless Martin himself - and it gives us grievous sorrow and perplexity to say this - the slave of a depraved mind, has scorned to revoke his errors within the prescribed interval and to send us word of such revocation, or to come to us himself; nay, like a stone of stumbling, he has feared not to write and preach worse things than before against us and this Holy See and the Catholic faith, and to lead others on to do the same." (5)

"He [Luther] has now been declared a heretic; and so also others, whatever their authority and rank, who have cared nought of their own salvation but publicly and in all men's eyes become followers of Martin's pernicious and heretical sect, and given him openly and publicly their help, counsel and favors, encouraging him in their midst in his disobedience and obstinacy, or hindering the publication of our said missive: such men have incurred the punishments set out in that missive, and are to be treated rightfully as heretics and avoided by all faithful Christians, as the Apostle says (Titus iii. 10-11)." (5)

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"Now, I do not, say that Luther here for the first time learnt the doctrine of justification by faith alone, or that he was taught for the first time on this occasion to do away with Mass, with Mary and the Saints. It is quite possible that some, or all of these doctrines, were preached by Luther before this celebrated disputation. But this I do say, and I say it most distinctly and most emphatically: Luther received the full and unqualified approval of the Devil for these new doctrines. It was the Devil who spoke in favor of the doctrine of justification by faith alone, and against Mass, Mary, and the Saints...Luther himself believed that it was the Devil, and the Great Reformer of Germany continued preaching, although he firmly believed that the Devil had spoken in favor of the principal articles of his new Creed... Luther's book against Private Mass may be divided into two parts; in the first, Luther gives the Devil's reasons; in the second he gives his own. This extraordinary arrangement of a work containing about one hundred pages, shows us how fully Luther agrees with the Devil's teaching concerning Mass." (1)

"Having rejected the authority of the Pope, he admits the authority of Satan; for he informs us in plain, unmistakeable words, that the Devil argued in favor of his doctrine of justification by faith alone, and against Mass, Mary, and the Saints." (1)

"Read Luther's work against 'the Mass and the Ordination of Priests' where he tells of his famous disputation with the 'Father of Lies' who accosted him at 'midnight' and spoke to him with a 'deep, powerful voice', causing 'the sweat to break forth' from his brow and his 'heart to tremble and beat.' In that celebrated conference of which he was an unexceptionable witness and about which he never entertained the slightest doubt, he says plainly and unmistakingly that 'the devil spoke against the Mass, and Mary and the Saints' and that, moreover, Satan gave him the most unqualified approval of his doctrine on 'justification by faith alone.' Who now, we ask in all sincerity, can be found, except those appallingly blind to truth, to accept such a man, approved by the enemy of souls, as a spiritual teacher and entrust to his guidance their eternal welfare?" (O'Hare)


"Only one year before his death, Luther published a famous work against the Pope. This work is so satanical in its title ["Against the Popery of Rome, instituted by the Devil"], so satanical in its beginning, so satanical in its almost every page, so super-satanical in its conclusion, that it could have only been written by a man with a thoroughly satanical spirit. It is marvelous how anyone should have been able to fill one hundred and fifty-seven printed pages with such a number of satanical expressions that must have been borrowed from the very depths of Hell." (1)


"The founder and primus inter pares ('first among equals') of this priesthood, Martin Luther, was originally a servant of the Church, though not out of a sense of fidelity or spiritual calling. He became a monk to escape and affront his abusive parents - both of whom beat him severely. Luther's father was not a Catholic, but an occultist who believed in darker Germanic witches, hobgoblins, and demons. These would also haunt the imagination of Martin Luther who had visions, which he believed to be actual physical occurrences, of the devil hurling 'sh*t' at him and his hurling it back. Indeed, in one of his many an*l combats with the devil - in which Luther would challenge the devil to 'lick' his posterior - Luther thought the best tactic might be to 'throw him into my an*s, where he belongs.' .... Luther's mind and manner, needless to say, were not those of a noble, polished Renaissance courtier, but those of a rough, gnarled, hamfisted working-class northern German. Being, in the words of the historian William Manchester, 'the most an*l of theologians,' it is not surprising that, like the American President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Luther conducted his business while defecating. His 'thunderbolt' idea that faith alone was sufficient for salvation came, in his own words, as 'knowledge the Holy Spirit (!) gave me on the privy in the tower.'... [Also,] Luther was prone to panic attacks. He could not look upon a crucifix. He tried to avoid performing a Mass or being in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. His life was one continual terror of damnation. " (Crocker, "Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church")


"Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly... No sin will separate us from the Christ, even though we commit fornication and murder a thousand times a day." (Letter from Luther to Philip Melanchthon, August 1, 1521)


"Let us hear the 'Reformer': 'As often as the devil vexes you with those thoughts, seek immediately the company of people, or drink harder, joke, make fun or get jolly. At times one has to drink more copiously, jest, play the fool, and commit some sin or another out of hatred and contempt of the devil, so that we leave him no room to create a conscience in us on the least things, otherwise we are beaten, if we wish too anxiously to make provision lest we sin. Therefore if the devil says: 'drink not,' answer him: 'precisely because you forbid it, will I particularly drink, yes, and all the more copiously.' Thus must one always do the opposite of what the devil forbids.' To arouse the troubled one's courage, Luther sets himself up as an example: 'What else do you think were the reason why I drink so much harder, prate the more loosely, gormandize the more frequently, if not to mock and vex the devil who set about mocking and vexing me? Oh, if only I could point out something particular about sin, merely to mock the devil, so that he might be aware that I recognize no sin and am not conscious of any! The entire decalogue is wholly to be dismissed from sight and mind by us, whom the devil so threatens and vexes.'" (2)


"If we punish thieves with the gallows, robbers with the sword, heretics with fire, why do we not still more attack with every kind of weapon these teachers of perdition, these Cardinals, these Popes, and that whole abomination of the Romish Sodom, which, without ceasing, corrupts the Church of God, and why do we not wash our hands in their blood?" (Luther) (1)

"Whereas I have said...that Popery and the clerical body will not be upset by the hand of man, nor by rebellion, but that its wickedness is so abominable that no punishment is sufficient for it, except only the anger of God, without any (human) intervention; I have never yet been induced to keep those back who threaten with the fist and with flails..." (Luther) (1)


"Therefore, whoever can, ought to strike in here, to strangle and stab, secretly or openly, and he ought to remember that there is nothing more poisonous, disastrous, diabolical than a man in rebellion" (Luther) (1)


"God's work and word lie before our eyes; women must be used either for marriage or for wh*rishness." (Luther) (2)

"Contempt for woman began then, when Luther coarsely and unfeelingly degraded her to the level of a breeding cow: 'If women breed themselves sick and eventually to death, that does no harm; let them breed themselves to death, that is what they are for. It is better to live a short time in health than a long time in sickness." (2)


"Behold now a part of the misery. The greater part of our lasses are in monasteries, they are fresh and healthy, created by God to be wives and to bear children, are not able, either, willingly to put up with their state; for chastity is a grace above nature, if it were equally pure...Now if you had a daughter or a friend, gone into such a state, you ought, if you were honest and devout, to assist her out of it, even if you had to apply for the purpose all your goods, your body and life." (2)


Luther instructs that Jews "houses are likewise to he broken down and destroyed", that "Jews are to be entirely denied legal protection when using the roads in the country", and that "all their cash and their treasures of silver and sold are to be taken away from them". He also instructs: "Force them to work, and treat them with every kind of severity" (1)


"In his writing on the monastic vows, Luther wishes to prove that they are null and void and contradict the teaching of Christ and His Gospel. In his judgment they are heathenish, Jewish, blasphemous, founded on lies, erroneous, devilish, hypocritical; members of religious orders can therefore, with a good conscience, abandon their monasteries and marry." (2)


"Luther says: 'The Pope's Christ is the mother of the Devil.' That is to say, the Christ, in whom the Pope and the Catholics believe, is the mother of the Devil. Again: 'The Pope, the Cardinals, and the whole Romish Court and, mob, are nothing else but a stable full of big, coarse, stupid, disgraceful donkeys.' There is no mistaking the meaning of the following passage: 'You are indeed a coarse donkey, and you remain a donkey, you donkey of a Pope.'" (1)

Luther says: "The Pope, the Cardinals ought to be taken and (as they are blasphemers) their tongue ought to be torn out through the back of their neck and nailed to the gallows..." (1)

One author (a priest) states the following regarding Luther's works: "I have come across several such utterly vulgar, coarse, and disreputable expressions in this work of Luther, that I would not venture to give them, even in the original German. I can only say in conclusion, that I believe this is one of the most monstrous books that has ever been written. In satanical expressions it will never be surpassed, except, perhaps, by Antichrist himself. If this book were accurately translated into English, extensively published, and carefully read by every Protestant Englishman, the whole nation would turn away with horror and disgust from the monster, who was capable of writing such a scandalous work" (1)

Note: Above is only a tiny sample. Insulting/offensive quotes from Luther may be multiplied many times over.


"And in order to return to the point. If your Papist makes much unnecessary fuss about the word (Sola, alone), say straight out to him. Doctor Martinus Luther will have it so, and says, Papists and donkeys are one and the same thing. Thus I will have it, thus I order it, my will is reason enough (trans.). For we will not be the scholars or the disciples of the Papists, but their masters and judges. We must once in a way act a little haughtily and noisily with these jack-*sses." (Luther) (1)

"This is my answer to your first question; and as to their unnecessary noise about the word Sola, I beg of you not to give those donkeys any other or further answer, but simply this much: D. Luther will have it so, and says he is a Doctor above all Doctors in the whole of Popery." (Luther) (1)

"I knew very well that here, Rom. III., the word (Sola) is not in the Latin and Greek text, and it was not necessary for the Papists to teach me that. It is true, these four, letters, S O L A, are not in it, which letters the jack-*sses look at as a cow looks at a new gate..." (Luther) (1)


"Whoever teaches differently from what I have taught herein, or condemns me for it, he condemns God, and must be a child of Hell." (Luther) (1)

"I herewith let you know that in future, I will no longer do you the honor of allowing, you, or even an Angel from Heaven, to judge my doctrine... There has been enough of this stupid humility now for the third time at Worms, and, nevertheless, it was of no use; but I will make myself heard, and, as St. Peter teaches, I will prove the motives and reasons for my teaching before the whole world, and I will not allow it to be judged by anybody, not even by any of the Angels. For, since I am certain of it, I intend, by means of it, to be your judge and also (as St. Paul says), that of the Angels; so that whoever does not accept my teaching, cannot be saved. For it is God's and not mine. Therefore, my judgment is at the same time God's and not mine." (Luther) (1)


"All those that step in to defend the authority of the Bishops and are subject to them with willing obedience are the real servants of the Devil, and fight against the order and law of God." (Luther) (1)

"Nobody can be a Papist, without being at least a murderer, a robber, a persecutor... It is clear enough that they (the Papists) are the Christians of the Devil." (Luther) (1)

"Luther says that Bishops under the Pope are 'Wolves, tyrants, murderers of souls, and the Apostles of Antichrist to corrupt the world. And, not to mince matters, everybody ought to know that the Bishops who now rule over many towns are not Christian Bishops according to Divine order, but according to devilish order and human wickedness. It is also certain that they are the messengers and vicars of the Devil.'" (1)

"From the end of 1518, he [Luther] had regarded the Pope as Antichrist." (2)

"When he [Luther] concludes 'Thus let the *ss-pope and the Pope-*ss and his juristic *sses be welcomed this time,' the 'Reformer' brands himself, as so frequently he does, a low blackguard." (2)


"Clement VII. died in 1534, and was succeeded by Paul III., who was anxious to convene a council, that the Protestants might attend. But they rejected all overtures. The League of Smalkald was renewed (1535) for ten years. In 1534 Luther completed his translation of the whole Bible, and in 1537 issued the Articles of Smalkald, which were accepted by the League, and which embodied a spirit of deep hostility to the Catholic Church. 'May God fill you with hatred of the Pope!' was his parting benediction to the League, and thenceforth the League refused to attend any council of the Church." (4)


"The 'Reformer' and his followers were the very ones who conducted themselves as though the Divine Redeemer had positively commanded revenge and forbidden the love of one's enemy. To be convinced of this, one needs but read any book whatever by Luther, that hatred-filled and most biting of men.'' (2)


Scandalously (and quite contrary to Christ's teachings), Luther says: "Nevertheless, in certain cases there is room for dispensation. If a person were a prisoner among foreign nations, and were to take another wife, for the welfare and health of his body, or if a person had a wife suffering from leprosy, we do not know on what ground it would be justifiable to condemn such a man, were he, in these cases, to marry another woman, with the advice of his pastor, having no intention to introduce a new law, but (only) seeking a remedy for his necessity."' (1)

"Finally, if your Highness has altogether made up your mind to marry another wife, we declare under an oath that it ought to be done secretly... No contradictions or scandals of any importance will be the consequence of this (of keeping the marriage secret), for it is nothing unusual for princes to have concubines; and although the reason could not be understood by ordinary people, nevertheless, more prudent persons would understand it, and this modest way of living (!!!) would please more than adultery...nor are the sayings of others to be cared for, if our conscience is in order. Thus and thus far only do we approve of it." (Luther) (1) [Note here how the arch-heretic counsels secrecy for the scandalous deeds, fails to condemn concubineage, scandalously says bigamy is a 'modest way of living', and claims one's conscience can be in order while intending to engage in bigamy - clearly this is NOT God's teaching.]

"Kostlin, Luther's most prominent German champion, confesses that 'this double marriage' [bigamy] is the 'greatest blot in the history of the Reformation and in the life of Luther." We may add that the blot is so great, as to blot out every possibility of our ever looking upon Luther as a Reformer sanctioned and commissioned by Almighty God. For marriage is one of the most important and most essential elements both of the social and of the religious order. And God would not allow a Reformer really chosen by Himself to trample under foot the law concerning the unity of marriage, which was promulgated by Christ, the first-born Reformer of the World." (1)

"He [Luther] writes in such a strain that, after receiving an 'exemption' in 'confession,' it scarcely any longer appears to be adultery for a married man, in 'necessity,' to keep a concubine. As Luther terms it, the concubine then becomes a 'conjugal concubine,' with whom the married man 'may sleep as with his wife, and whom he need not put away.'" (2)

"As early as 1520, he had set up the proposition: 'I abhor divorce so greatly that I prefer bigamy to it, but whether it be allowed, I do not venture to decide.' After setting up the principle, however, that there is no resisting the s*xual instinct, he did not hit upon the decision, when he found that polygamy was not against the Scriptures; he himself, he said, could not forbid it, although on account of the scandal, and for the sake of honor, he was unwilling to counsel it to anyone. 'The husband himself must be sure and certain in his own conscience, by the word of God, that this is allowed him.' He may therefore look up such as 'by God's word make him positive.' The husband naturally found them at once! In 1526, Luther repeats that the husband 'must have a divine word for himself, making him certain, just as the old fathers (of the Old Testament) had it.' In 1527, likewise, he finds that it is not forbidden that a man is allowed to have more than one wife; 'I could not now forbid it, but I would not wish to counsel it.'" (2)

Note: "... Luther was the first to grant a dispensation in respect to polygamy, while no medieval theologian maintained it was allowed in the New Testament." (2)


"The year following he wrote: 'Spite of the praise of married life, I do not wish to have given to nature that there is no sin there, but I say: flesh and blood are there, corrupted by Adam, conceived and born in sin (Ps. 50:7), and that no conjugal debt takes place without sins; but God spares them of His grace, because the marital order is His work and, in the midst of and throughout sin, preserves all the good which He therein implanted and blessed.' The next year he repeats that God blessed marriage, although he knew that 'nature, corrupted, full of evil passion, cannot consummate such a blessing without sin.' 'God covers up the sin without which the married cannot be,' he writes later. Now who reduces marriage to a merely tolerated, yes, to a sinful state? The Church? No. The monk Luther has quite sufficiently enlightened us [i.e. misled us] on the matter. The Church does not teach 'that no conjugal debt takes place without sin.' Rather is that taught by the apostate monk Luther, who at the same time, by his low conception of it, degrades marriage to such a degree that, according to him, there were no difference between the married state and wh*redom, were God not willing to close His eyes to it. He stated this expressly...and he repeats it frequently, and in a manner even more drastic. The conjugal act, according to him, is materially the same as the act of wh*rishness; it is only 'per indulgentiam' that no adultery, no pollution occurs. 'Because the commerce is of God's ordaining, He does not impute what is odious and impure in it.' The mutual commerce is only a concession 'per indulgentiam divinam,' says Luther, yet there is sin in the flesh on both sides. Who, then, makes the conjugal act materially the same as the act of wh*rishness? The Church? Scholasticism? Just the contrary. Scholasticism never departed from the principle uttered by St. Augustine: 'The conjugal act for the sake of begetting children or of rendering the marriage debt entails no fault or sin.' For God Himself instituted marriage for the propagation of the human race, and after the fall He also gave the commandment of the procreation of children, which commandment, however, cannot be kept without the conjugal act. From this alone it follows that if everything is done in the proper manner and in the order instituted by God, sin is excluded." (2)

"Luther did indeed put marriage in a new light, but only in this that he stripped it of honor." (2)

"Consistently Luther had to divest matrimony of its sacramental character and to degrade it to the level of 'an external bodily thing, like any other secular affair,' so that a Christian can marry a heathen, a Jew, or a Turk. The results of such teachings are known." (2)

"As a matter of fact, as early as 1520, Luther advised the woman who could get no children by her husband but could not keep continent, to seek a divorce from him, so as to be free to marry another. If the husband was unwilling, she should get his consent - for after all he was no longer her wedded spouse [according to Luther] - to her cohabiting (misceatur) with another or with his brother, in secret marriage, and the child should be ascribed to the first husband. If he is unwilling to give such consent: 'Rather than permit her to burn (with lust) or to commit adultery, I would advise her to marry another and to flee to some unknown place. What else can be advised to one who continually suffers from the danger of carnal lust?' To fly into a strange country, and there, should he be unable to keep continent, to marry, is likewise Luther's advice to an adulterer, if he is not killed. If a wife is unwilling to do her marriage duty, let the husband think 'that his wife has been abducted from him by robbers, and he must set about getting another.' To marry again is generally permitted to the one who, after the separation of a couple, wishes to be reconciled to the other, the other not consenting to the reconciliation. The ground of another marriage on the part of the one willing to be reconciled, according to Luther, is, as always, the same: if such a one cannot keep continent, the impossibility, to which God will force no one.'" (2)

"'How, if one party (husband or wife) was unwilling to be reconciled with the other (after they had separated), and simply desired to remain apart, and the other could not keep continent and had to have a consort, what should the latter do? Is there any change possible? Yes, without doubt. For, since it is not commanded that they live chastely, and one has not the grace either, and the other is unwilling to come and thus deprives the consort of the body which the consort cannot do without, God will not compel the impossible for the sake of another's misdeed; the (injured) party, not being to blame that they do not come together, must then act as if the other were dead. But the unwilling party is to remain without marriage, as St. Paul here says.' But I Cor. 7, 10 and 11, run quite otherwise." (2)

"Luther's confession counsel is absolutely his own creation, a sequel to his unblushing and wanton undertaking to rob marriage of its sacramental character. It was accordingly given out that now and then a second wife was even for Christians a wholesome medicine, a sacred remedy against wh*rishness.'" (2) [Refresher: "Christ Himself taught and required this indissolubility [of marriage], whereas Protestantism teaches the dissolubility of marriage, and permits the divorced to marry again accordingly. More than from anything else, from the sacramental character of marriage and from its likeness to the covenant between Christ and His Church, there follows its monogamic character, i.e., the complete exclusion of polygamy; for Christ cleaves only to the one Church and bestows His whole love upon her. In like manner man and wife become one flesh and are one in love like Christ and His Church." (2)]

"What Luther knavishly charged against Catholics was itself verified in Lutherdom: it seemed almost to belong to perfection to go from the marriage-bed to the wh*re house. Luther's degradation of marriage to an external, bodily thing, like any other secular affair, was everywhere put into practice. Like an artisan not seldom abandoning his present occupation and turning to another, or even to two or three together, for the sake of the advantage or on account of the cares of his maintenance, so in Lutheranism husbands left their wives or wives their husbands to try another; nay, more, 'and a shame it is to say it, they have not only given two wives to one man, but, what the world has never heard and heathens never permitted, they have given two men to one woman; they have allowed the man, when the wife was refractory, to go to the maid-servant, and where the man was impotent, the wife might go to another,' as the Dominican, J. Mensing, writes. Things of this kind and even worse occurred likewise among the Protestant 'clergy' and preachers. And Luther's principles were to blame. The first preachers were mostly 'married' priests and religious, who, with Luther, held the oath they had once sworn to God to be nothing. Were they to have more regard for the oath they swore to their wives? Why should one be astonished if, in the end, such a 'clergyman' had three living 'wives,' like ['Pastor'] Michael Kramer? Why should one marvel that Luther, in his decision of August 18, 1525, approved Kramer's second divorce and his 'marriage' to another woman, just as he had approved the first divorce and his 'marriage' to his second wife? Principles of that kind led the one-time Lutheran preacher, Sebastian Flasch, a native of Mansfield, to complain in 1576: "Although even the preachers are 'married,' they are nevertheless so little contented with their better halves that, under Luther's guidance, to satisfy their insatiable desire, they often misuse their maid-servants, and, what is shameful, they do not blush to do violence to the wives of others, and to arrange among themselves for an exchange of wives (commutationem uxorum). I should not make bold openly to assert and write this about them if, during my long association with them, I had not had frequent and certain experience of this and much else." (2)

"From this [false teaching] it necessarily follows that, when a woman releases her husband, he is also set free with God; both are lawfully divorced! Rightly therefore does the famous Pistorius [once a Protestant, Pistorius later became the 'feared, invincible opponent of the Protestant pastors and theologians after his return to the Church.'] say: 'All external sins therefore depend solely on the consent of that person against whom the act is committed. If this person is satisfied, it is no sin before God or the world to take many wives, to divorce wives from one's self, to violate an oath, to murder, wh*re, or steal!' The above teaching of Luther's is also at the same time the best commentary on his proposition, that marriage is an external thing like any secular affair. The readers now also understand that, by such principles, all fear of God was violently torn from the hearts of the married and consequently the door to all vices was opened to them." (2)

"What indeed could more weaken the marriage bond than such a hair-raising doctrine? If the fear of God has disappeared from the hearts of the married, the one will not even await the other's consent to the dissolution of the marriage tie. Whether the latter be obstinate or not, the former will go the ways forecast by lust. That is quite logical, however, if marriage is looked upon as an affair like any other. In 1522, Luther knows no higher point of comparison for it than that of eating, drinking, sleeping, walking, riding, buying, talking, and trafficking. But something else follows from this. If the chief principle for the permissibility of a marriage was, that one could marry the person with whom he could eat, drink, sleep, walk, etc., then the marriage impediments, recognized up to that time, had to fall as the work of fools, and one would wonder greatly if Luther had not allowed the marriage bond between brother and sister. But to this proposition he likewise agreed. In 1528, all the marriage impediments juris ecclesiastici were declared by him to be dead, i.e., set aside; also even such as are juris naturalis, or nearly akin to it, consanguinitas, affinitas, and publicae honestatis." (2)

"Moreover, the lawfulness of marriage between brother and sister according to Luther is a consequence of his principles, and only the imperial law would have been able to determine him for its unlawfulness. From his 'tod' ['dead, i.e., set aside'] on proposition a, it would also have been possible to prove that, according to him, even marriage between father and daughter, mother and son was lawful." (2)

"It has been kept unaware [from some people] of how unjust and fallacious Luther's warfare was against the marriage laws of the Church and against marriage as a sacrament, and how disintegrating his principles were in their effect upon marriage and the family life of his time and the time immediately following." (2)


"To test his objections as to their correctness or better to instruct himself in Catholic doctrine was not a matter of need to one who...looked upon lying as a serviceable expedient." (2)

"If Luther wanted to set up an argument against 'monkery' from baptism, he had perforce to lie, for the true Catholic doctrine gave him no foothold. And he did simply lie, and it was just he, who, like no other before him, debased the dignity of baptism." (2)

"To cover his own lies and his own contradictions, he accuses the Church of lying and of contradiction." (2)

"His [Luther's] sources, however, are very suspicious, for in part he fabricated them himself." (2)

"Luther also exempted himself from a literal interpretation of the commandment against lying, for he publicly averred that it was perfectly acceptable to 'tell a good thumping lie' if it (supposedly) benefited Christianity." (Crocker, "Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church")

"He who tells a falsehood and lies, does not afterwards know what he had earlier asserted. Thus it was with Luther. He himself set up his trap and was caught in it." (2)

" [Luther's] his hatred of, and warfare against, the Church, he unscrupulously assumes the blame for his immeasurable distortions of Catholic doctrine and for the gravest calumnies against Catholic antiquity. He did this when he held 'everything (!) to be permissible against the insidiousness and wickedness of Popedom, for the salvation of one's soul,' even lies of utility, which, particularly from this point of view, he allows and defends." (2)

"Luther...often defended the permissibility of lies of utility." (2) [Refresher: "Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who are truthful are his delight." (Prov. 12:22)]

"Luther made use of sophistries, distortions, and lies in order to set hated celibacy free. This was the aim of the conspiracy upon which he entered with Melanchthon. He knew well that if he adhered to the truth he could not accomplish his purpose." (2)

"Luther does not stop at sophistry. The [so-called] Reformer betrays his followers into becoming hypocrites. He counsels restrictio mentalis (mental reservation) in its worst sense of dissimulation, in which he himself was a master." (2)

"It is not another but Luther who drives the monks into hypocrisy, into lying, into deception. One thing is said with the lips, another is meant in the heart within... [A]ccording to Luther, a secret 'yes' may be, aye, must be an open 'no,' and that it doesn't signify if one compasses a good strong lie for something better and for the sake of the Christian Church..." (2)

"...[Luther] is always falsifying Catholic teaching." (2)

"It has repeatedly struck our attention that Luther was a master in sophistry. His talent was of service to him in its formulation and after his apostasy, in his warfare against the Church, he made use of it to deceive others and to tear them away from her." (2)

"Catholic opponents...were unable to draw enough attention to Luther's cunning and lying." (2)

"Luther, when he called [St.] Thomas the inventor of 'monastic baptism,' either deceived his readers or he only evidenced his ignorance. Likely he did both. Moreover he knew the 'Vitae Patrum,' he knew [St.] Bernard's work 'de praecepto et dispensatione,' both of which he otherwise frequently cites. Why, then, these subterfuges of his, and, besides, a wholly erroneous exposition of the doctrine itself?... As Luther shrank from no means, if it availed to fight the Church, so did he stop at nothing to belittle [St.] Thomas..." (2)

An example of one of Luther's lies about Catholic doctrine: "The Papists hold marriage to be out-and-out impurity and sin, in which one cannot serve God." (2)

"His [Luther's] insidious character, with which and against which he never busied himself, least of all after his apostasy, entered essentially into his deceptions in respect to St. Bernard, his perversions with regard to the essence of the vows and to the form of profession, his sophisms...his counsel to priests and religious to put their own mental construction on their vows, as he proposes, and the rest. What was quite his own he ascribed to the Church. Naturally he then says: Everything is allowed against the deception and wickedness of the Papal chair, therefore also a good, stout lie; for if this was allowed for the sake of his Church, as we heard him say, it was also above all permitted against its adversary. Of what is a person not capable who takes lies of necessity, lies of utility, helping lies upon his conscience? He will use them as his most powerful allies against his enemies. The apostates from the orders and from the Church made and still make use of them. 'To the first of the devil's weapons belongs that one which is called a lie, which he adorns with the sacred name of God, of Christ, and of the Church, and precisely with which he damns the truth and seeks to turn it into a lie.' Thus runs Luther's own admission. It is no wonder, then, that Duke George, on the occasion of the Pack affair, described Luther, December 19, 1528, as 'the most coldblooded liar that ever got among us.' 'We must say and write of him that the recreant monk lies to our face like a despairing, dishonorable, perjured scoundrel.' 'We have hitherto not found in the Scriptures that Christ used so open and deliberate a liar in the apostolic office, allowing him to preach the gospel.' Others who knew Luther spoke to the same effect.' I [the priestly author of the work] also shall venture to say the same of him without reserve. To that I am determined by my exhaustive and wholly unbiased studies of Luther." (2)

"It is significant for the 'Evangelical Church' that in it this wholly corrupt treatise [of Luther], filled with sophisms, contradictions, lies, and calumnies, enjoys so much repute, and that its confession, the Augustana, is built up on this work, so far as its contents are concerned. He who makes free and agile use of guile and lying, like Luther, verifying, as rarely another did, the proverb he quoted: 'He who willingly lies, must also lie when he tells the truth'; he to whom hardly a means is too evil to procure the admission among others of his propositions against the Church - is not such a one also capable, if it answers his purpose, of lying about his own earlier life?" (2)

"If we put everything together, we see, as a result amounting almost to certainty, that Luther's later utterances on his one-time immoderate self-chastisements and on the purpose he had had in performing them, belong to the intentional lies of utility, which, not even excepting big ones, he holds to be permissible and which he defends for the weal of his 'church' and of his doctrine." (2)

"...[Luther] shrank from no means of calumniating the Church and of making her hated, so that thereby his own doctrine might be exalted!" (2)

"It was precisely in respect to the Evangelical counsels that Luther, in his book on the vows, rendered himself guilty of the greatest contradictions and sophisms. Never in his life a theologically trained and disciplined scholar, he exceeded all bounds and bearing after his apostasy. Moreover, he knew that his victims, whether those already apostatized or the dissolute monks in the monasteries, were concerned not in contradictions or sophisms but rather in having the rejection of all restraints and their wiving made plausible. Luther who was burning with carnal lust during the composition of his book at the Wartburg, no longer observed his contradictions and sophisms." (2)

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Primary Sources:

(1) "Luther's Own Statements Concerning His Teaching and its Results. Taken Exclusively From the Earliest and Best Editions of Luther's German and Latin Works." By Henry O'Connor, S.J.

(2) "Luther and Lutherdom (From Original Sources)" [I] by Heinrich Denifle, O. P.

(3) "Exsurge Domine" (On Condemning The Errors Of Martin Luther), Pope Leo X, 1520 A.D.

(4) "A Catholic Dictionary" by Rev. W. E. Addis

(5) "Decet Romanum Pontificem" (Papal Bull on the Excommunication of Martin Luther), Pope Leo X, 1521 A.D. (Online Source)

Note: Other sources may appear with passages.

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Liturgical Feasts in September

The following is a listing of all liturgical feast dates for September as they appear at

Note: (T) = Traditional, (N) = New (Novus Ordo)

Reminder: Feasts may be superseded / transferred / etc.

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September 1 - St. Giles (T)

September 1 - Twelve Holy Brothers (T)

September 2 - St. Stephen, king of Hungary (T)

September 3 - St. Pius X, pope (T)

September 3 - St. Gregory the Great, pope (N)

September 5 - St. Laurence Justinian (T)

September 7 - St. Cloud (T)

September 8 - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T)

September 8 - St. Adrian (T)

September 8 - The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (N)

September 9 - St. Gorgonius (T)

September 9 - St. Peter Claver (T)

September 9 - St. Peter Claver (N)

September 10 - St. Nicholas of Tolentino (T)

September 11 - Sts. Protus & Hyacinth (T)

September 12 - The Most Holy Name of Mary (T)

September 12 - The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary (N)

September 13 - St. John Chrysostom (N)

September 14 - Exaltation of the Holy Cross (T)

September 14 - The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (N)

September 15 - Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T)

September 15 - St. Nicomedes (T)

September 15 - Our Lady of Sorrows (N)

September 16 - Sts. Cornelius (pope) & Cyprian (T)

September 16 - Sts. Euphemia, Lucy & Geminianus (T)

September 16 - Sts. Cornelius (pope) & Cyprian (N)

September 17 - Stigmata of St. Francis of Assisi (T)

September 17 - St. Robert Bellarmine (N)

September 18 - St. Joseph of Cupertino (T)

September 19 - St. Januarius & others (T)

September 19 - St. Januarius (N)

September 20 - St. Eustace & others (T)

September 20 - Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & companions (N)

September 21 - St. Matthew, apostle & evangelist (T)

September 21 - St. Matthew, apostle & evangelist (N)

September 22 - St. Maurice & others (T)

September 22 - St. Thomas of Villanova (T)

September 23 - St. Linus, pope (T)

September 23 - St. Thecla (T)

September 23 - St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) (N)

September 24 - Our Lady of Ransom (T)

September 26 - Sts. Cyprian & Justina (T)

September 26 - Sts. John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues & companions (T)

September 26 - Sts. Cosmas & Damian (N)

September 27 - Sts. Cosmas & Damian (T)

September 27 - St. Vincent de Paul (N)

September 28 - St. Wenceslaus (T)

September 28 - St. Lawrence Ruiz & companions (N)

September 28 - St. Wenceslaus (N)

September 29 - Dedication of the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel (T)

September 29 - Sts. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, archangels (N)

September 30 - St. Jerome (T)

September 30 - St. Jerome (N)

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9/21/16 - Ember Wednesday (T)

9/23/16 - Ember Friday (T)

9/24/16 - Ember Saturday (T)

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'Catholic Trivia'

1. What is the meaning of "Hosanna"?

2. Complete the passage... "Do not lacerate your bodies for the dead, and do not ___ yourselves. I am the LORD." (Lev. 19:28)

3. What are Scripture 'senses'?

4. What do the scripture passages Ex. 20:5 and Deut. 5:9 have in common?

5. How does St. Cyril interpret the Apostles' names?

6. Complete the passage... "You shall not lie with ___; such a thing ___." (Lev. 18:22)

7. It is acceptable to attribute dogmatic changes to a "deeper understanding"?

8. Complete the passage... "A woman shall not wear an article ___, nor shall a man ___; for anyone who does such things is an abomination to the LORD, your God." (Deut. 22:5)

9. What do the following saints have in common? St. Clotilde, St. Thomas More, and St. William of Rochester

10. Does St. Paul tell us to remain yoked with unbelievers?



1. Hosanna means "Save!" or "Give salvation!"

2. "Do not lacerate your bodies for the dead, and do not tattoo yourselves. I am the LORD." (Lev. 19:28)

3. "In the interpretation of the Bible the Church recognizes two senses: (a) the literal sense, which is the objective, actual and immediate truth which God prompted the writer to convey; (b) the typical sense (also called mystical or spiritual, which is the truth intended by God to be expressed by means of a figure or type) which itself must be a matter of historical fact; this must be distinguished from any subjective or symbolical sense. It is the office of the Church to declare the sense of any given scriptural passage; according to St. Thomas [Aquinas], the literal sense alone can be used for purpose of argument from the Scriptures." (Catholic Dictionary) An "accommodated sense" refers to the sense "given to a scriptural text other than that originally intended" (Catholic Dictionary). Also, note that when persons speak of "four senses of Scripture", they are actually referring to the two senses (literal and spiritual), but have subdivided the spiritual sense into the allegorical sense, the moral sense, and the anagogical sense.

4. They contain the same text...

" shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their fathers' wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation" (Ex. 20:5)

" shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishments for their fathers' wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation" (Deut. 5:9)

5. "But if we may learn the interpretation of the Apostles' names, know that Peter means, 'loosening or knowing'; Andrew 'glorious power', or 'answering'; James, 'apostle of grief'; John, 'the grace of the Lord'; Matthew, 'given'; Philip, 'large mouth', or the 'orifice of a torch'; Bartholomew, 'the son of him who lets down water'; Thomas, 'deep or twin'; James the son of Alphaeus, 'supplanter of the step of life'; Judas, 'confession'; Simon, 'obedience'." (St. Cyril, Doctor of the Church)

6. "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination." (Lev. 18:22)

7. No. As the First Vatican Council has stated: "Hence, too, that meaning of the sacred dogmas is ever to be maintained which has once been declared by holy mother church, and there must never be any abandonment of this sense under the pretext or in the name of a more profound understanding." And: "May understanding, knowledge and wisdom increase as ages and centuries roll along, and greatly and vigorously flourish, in each and all, in the individual and the whole church: but this only in its own proper kind, that is to say, in the same doctrine, the same sense, and the same understanding." And: "If anyone says that it is possible that at some time, given the advancement of knowledge, a sense may be assigned to the dogmas propounded by the church which is different from that which the church has understood and understands: let him be anathema."

8. "A woman shall not wear an article proper to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's dress; for anyone who does such things is an abomination to the LORD, your God." (Deut. 22:5)

9. St. Clotilde, St. Thomas More, and St. William of Rochester are all patrons of adopted children.

10. No. He says, "Do not be yoked with those who are different, with unbelievers. For what partnership do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What accord has Christ with Beliar? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said: 'I will live with them and move among them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Therefore, come forth from them and be separate,' says the Lord, 'and touch nothing unclean; then I will receive you and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.'" (St. Paul, 2 Cor. 6:14-18)


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Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Didn't the Catholic Church Burn Bibles?

It is good for Catholics to be able to defend their faith against attacks (or even simple questions) from those outside the Church. We therefore hope you may find the following "apologetics brief" helpful.

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Topic: Didn't the Catholic Church Burn Bibles?

Consider: This question is commonly put forward by those outside the Catholic Church who are attempting to portray the Church as an enemy of the Bible. In reality, the Church is the Bible's greatest friend - it was her children (under the influence of the Holy Spirit) who wrote the Bible, it was she who gathered and preserved the books, and it was she who determined which books comprise the bible. And, when poor translations have arisen, she has taken steps to prevent her children from reading these corrupt versions. The Church has not burnt bibles to keep Scripture away from people. The Church has burnt bibles - that is, poorly translated bibles - to protect her flock. Remember that St. Peter says that scripture can be distorted to one's destruction (see 2 Pt. 3:16*), and that history proves that corrupted scriptures can have dangerous consequences. Further, remember that the burning of dangerous books is biblical (see Acts 19:19**). Finally, ask yourself, does not the Church that wrote, determined, preserved and protected the Bible have a right to dispose of poor translations as she deems appropriate?


* "And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation, as our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, also wrote to you, speaking of these things as he does in all his letters. In them there are some things hard to understand that the ignorant and unstable distort to their own destruction, just as they do the other scriptures." (2 Pt. 3:15-16)

** "Moreover, a large number of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them in public." (Acts 19:19)

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In Closing...

Virgo dolorosíssima, ora pro nobis. [Latin for: Virgin most sorrowful, pray for us.]

"Being the sure means and the straight and immaculate way to go to Jesus Christ and to find Him perfectly, it is by [the Blessed Virgin Mary] that the souls who are to shine forth especially in sanctity have to find Our Lord. He who shall find Mary shall find life (cf. Prov. 8:35), that is, Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn. 14:6). But no one can find Mary who does not seek her; and no one can seek her who does not know her; for we cannot seek or desire an unknown object. It is necessary, then, for the greater knowledge and glory of the Most Holy Trinity, that Mary should be more than ever known." (St. Louis Marie de Montfort)

"The blood of Christ shed for our sake, and those members in which he offers to his Father the wounds he received as the price of our liberty are no other than the flesh and blood of the Virgin: 'The flesh of Jesus is the flesh of Mary, and however much it was exalted in the glory of his resurrection, nevertheless the nature of his flesh derived from Mary remained and still remains the same.' (St. Augustine)" (Pope Leo XIII)

Memorare: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

"Can we say that we are walking in His footsteps if we are not on the road to Calvary?" (Liturgical Year)

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