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* Greetings

* MCS News & Notes

* The Month of October: Dedicated to the Holy Rosary

* Reflection: The Generosity of the Angels

* Setting the Record Straight About Luther (Part 2)

* Liturgical Feasts in October

* 'Catholic Trivia'

* Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Think Religious Truths Can Change Over Time?

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Dear Friend,

Greetings! We hope Fall has gotten off to a good start for you and that it will continue to be a happy & holy season.

This issue marks the eighth anniversary of the 'official unveiling' of in late October 2008 (the site was in development since 2001). Thank you for your support over the last eight years. We have enjoyed the opportunity to bring 'safe Catholic content' to what can all too often be an anti-Catholic Internet. We've enjoyed chatting with visitors, answering questions, and providing a wealth of resources & information to Catholics. The past years have also brought significant challenges (especially concerning shortages of time & funds with our very limited staff, health issues, and the poor economy), yet somehow we have managed to keep the site up, by the grace of God.

We hope you will join us in celebrating our eighth anniversary by joining us for Rosary Week. Participation is easy, free, and takes only a little time - yet the rewards you receive may be great! Since we plan to have a Traditional Latin Mass said for all Rosary Week participants, you'll also get to share in the benefits of the Holy Mass in addition to the rewards already to be had for praying the holy rosary. We invite everyone to join us even if they can say just one rosary during that week. We believe prayer is very needed - and very powerful. As Archbishop Fulton Sheen said regarding the holy rosary, "The power of the rosary is beyond description." Please also invite your friends & fellow parishioners to join. If you have already signed up, thanks for your participation! If not, please sign up today at

Lastly, please know that we value you as a subscriber and thank you very much for your kind support of our newsletter & for your prayers. If you have any comments, questions, suggestions, etc. please use our special subscriber feedback form at . We would love to hear from you.

May the glory of the Lord always shine upon you and may His light always guide your steps,

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"I beheld, therefore, in the vision of the night, and lo, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and he came even to the ancient of days: and they presented him before him. And he gave him power, and glory, and a kingdom: and all peoples, tribes, and tongues shall serve him: his power is an everlasting power that shall not be taken away: and his kingdom that shall not be destroyed." (Dan. 7:13-14)

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MCS News & Notes

* Last chance to sign up for our Eighth Annual Rosary Week (10/24/16 - 10/30/16): Don't miss out! Please sign up today for this FREE event at . Don't pray the rosary? Why not start now? Already pray the rosary? Why not join us for a few extra rosaries? We're confident that you'll be glad you participated in this powerful, yet easy & 'hassle-free' Catholic event. Why not also invite your friends to join? The rosary is very powerful, the intentions are worthy, the participants are dear... In fact, the only thing we know of that could possibly make Rosary Week even better would be for you to join us! [Note: If you'd like help praying the rosary, please visit .] Sign up today at . For more information, please visit

* Reminder: There will be an interruption in many of our services in early October due to vacations. Services affected may include: live chat, post & ad processing, subscription processing, blog updates, lending library, and various e-mail responses. Applicable news updates will also be affected. Although you may notice delays in the above services, access to the website itself should NOT be affected. For details, please visit

* IMPORTANT: Apple may pull our iOS apps from the App Store starting in October 2016. Please see ' App News' below for additional information.

* Feast of St. Francis (10/4): Why not celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi by reviewing biographical information on this great saint, reading some of his inspiring writings, or praying some of his beautiful prayers? You can find this and more at the St. Francis Section at . And while you're there, why not add your pet's name to the list of special pets? This is a must-see section for animal lovers.

* October 28 marks the eighth anniversary of the official unveiling of We send our thanks to all visitors for their support over these past eight years. We hope, by God's grace, to be able to continue to remain online for years to come. Prayer of Thanksgiving: "With all our heart and voice, we acknowledge, we praise, and we bless Thee, God the Father unbegotten, Thee, the only-begotten Son, Thee, the Holy Ghost the Paraclete, O holy and undivided Trinity." (Raccolta)

* Reminder: October 30 is the traditional feast of Christ the King. As you may know, the motto of our site, "Christ the King", took root from the encyclical of Pope Pius XI entitled "Quas Primas". This encyclical makes great reading for the month of October. To view Quas Primas, please visit . [Note: For information on the timing of this feast (October vs. November), please see Guest Article: 'Should the Feast of Christ the King Be Celebrated in October or November?' at ]

* For centuries, numerous popes, saints, and others have strongly encouraged all to pray the rosary. In fact, the Blessed Virgin herself has urged us to pray the holy rosary. We would also like to encourage all subscribers to pray the rosary daily - and October is a great month to start. Please see for reasons to pray the rosary daily. "I beg of you to beware of thinking of the rosary as something of little importance - as do ignorant people and even several great but proud scholars. Far from being insignificant, the rosary is a priceless treasure which is inspired by God." (St. Louis de Montfort) For additional information on or assistance with the holy rosary, please visit

* Special prayers for the U.S.A. on 10/30/16: Please join us in prayer for America on 10/30/16, the traditional feast of Christ the King & a few days before the U.S. election. Even if you don't live in the United States, we encourage you to pray for America as the ramifications of our elections may reverberate throughout the world. There is no need to sign up. Simply say any appropriate prayer(s) of your choice+ on this day and unite them with all others who are praying for the U.S.A. If possible, consider staying for an extra moment after Mass to offer silent prayers in front of the Tabernacle. We hope you will join us. Please mark your calendar for Sunday 10/30/16.

+ Note: Appropriate prayers include the Lord's Prayer, the Hail Mary, the holy rosary, etc. For prayers specifically for the U.S., consider the links at the top of this page: . We have also found the following couple of prayers to be popular online...

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary: "O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, at this most critical time, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care. Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim this land for the glory of your Son. Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our nation, we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek refuge in your motherly protection. Look down with mercy upon us and touch the hearts of our people. Open our minds to the great worth of human life and to the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Free us from the falsehoods that lead to the evil of abortion and threaten the sanctity of family life. Grant our country the wisdom to proclaim that God's law is the foundation on which this nation was founded, and that He alone is the True Source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. O Merciful Mother, give us the courage to reject the culture of death and the strength to build a new Culture of Life. Amen."

Election Prayer of Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.: "Lord Jesus Christ, You told us to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God. Enlighten the minds of (the American people). May we choose a President of the United States, and other government officials, according to Your Divine Will. Give our citizens the courage to choose leaders of our nation who respect the sanctity of unborn human life, the sanctity of marriage, the sanctity of marital relations, the sanctity of the family, and the sanctity of the aging. Grant us the wisdom to give You, what belongs to You, our God. If we do this, as a nation, we are confident You will give us an abundance of Your blessings through our elected leaders. Amen."

* Medical Update / Service Delays: Since October marks one year since we experienced some major medical issues, it seems opportune to provide an update. First, we thank all who have prayed for us and sent their good wishes. Secondly, we'd like to share that, although the healing process has been long and is still not complete, we are doing fairly well. Unfortunately, however, to maintain good health requires we work at a slower/less intense pace than previously. Therefore, please continue to expect some sporadic delays in all correspondence & services (including processing of posts) for the foreseeable future. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for any prayers.

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* Important Notice Regarding Our iOS Apps: On 9/1/16, Apple informed developers that they would be pulling apps that had not been updated "for a long time". As you may remember, our apps experienced various issues with the introduction of iOS7 ("the most significant update since the original iPhone" according to Apple). At that time, we looked into possible resolutions for the issues, but found that the required fixes were more extensive than we had hoped and we could not justify the expense of re-coding our apps for Apple's new iOS. We therefore we suspended iOS app development indefinitely. With the release of iOS 8, some of the functionality was restored, leaving most of our apps fully functional (although some had cosmetic issues).

Since we suspended iOS app development, we have focused on Android app development and had hoped to roll out some new Android app(s) in the near future and also consider the possibility of returning to iOS development in the future. Unfortunately, however, we were notified by Apple on 9/14/16 that one of our apps would be pulled from the App Store within 30 days. We expect to receive additional notices shortly regarding our other apps. After long consideration, we have decided to refocus on iOS development for the time being in the hope that we will be able to keep (or reinstate) our apps on the App Store. This is no small undertaking as there have been MANY changes in iOS app development since we first released our iOS apps several years ago (including a brand new programming language). Although we have started the learning process, it will be no small feat for us to make even minor compatibility updates to our existing apps.

Regrettably, this likely means that our apps will disappear from the App Store until such time as we are (hopefully) able to release updated versions. We do not know with certainty at this time whether or not we will be able to reinstate any of our app(s) or not. Therefore, you may want to purchase them now while they are still available (see links below). Or, if you have already purchased our apps, be sure to have a backup in case they are no longer available on the App Store.

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The Month of October: Dedicated to the Holy Rosary

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"Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood." (St. Louis de Montfort)

"Next to the holy sacrifice of the Mass, there is, indeed, nothing more terrifying to [the devil], nor does he bear a more implacable hatred to anything than to the devotion of the Rosary." (Muller)

"Of all the prayers, the Rosary is the most beautiful and the richest in graces; of all it is the one most pleasing to Mary, the Virgin Most Holy." (Pope St. Pius X)

"The power of the rosary is beyond description." (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)

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"Always pray the rosary." [St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)]

"[M]ay the beads of the Rosary be in the hands of all" (Pope Pius XII, "Ad Caeli Reginam", 1954 A.D.)

"It is impossible to meditate with devotion upon the mysteries of the Rosary and live in a state of sin." (St. John Vianney)

"If you want peace in your heart, in your home, in your country, assemble together every night and say the Rosary." (Pope St. Pius X)

"[E]xperience shows that no sooner do the people commence to practice this devotion that they open their hearts to the largest channel of grace, so as to be flooded with heavenly gifts." (Muller)

"If you wish to convert anyone to the fullness of the knowledge of Our Lord and of His Mystical Body, then teach him the Rosary. One of two things will happen. Either he will stop saying the Rosary - or he will get the gift of faith." (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)

"We desire very earnestly, Venerable Brethren, that the Holy Rosary should be recited in a special manner in the month of October and with increased devotion both in the churches and in homes." (Pope Pius XI, "Ingravescentibus Malis", 1937 A.D.)

"How great is the power and mercy of the Blessed Virgin for those who are faithful in the practice of the Rosary! If you wish then, to save your soul, practice the devotion of the Rosary with fervor and perseverance. If you wish to save the souls of those who are near and dear to you, try to introduce this devotion without delay into your family." (Muller)

"Now, to appease the might of an outraged God and to bring that health of soul so needed by those who are sorely afflicted, there is nothing better than devout and persevering prayer, provided it be joined with a love for and practice of Christian life. And both of these, the spirit of prayer and the practice of Christian life, are best attained through the devotion of the Rosary of Mary." (Pope Leo XIII, "Magnae Dei Matris", 1892 A.D.)

"There is a certain curious instrument which marks with great accuracy the different degrees of temperature. It contains a fluid which rises when the weather is warm, and falls again as the weather grows cold. You have seen, no doubt, the instrument of which I speak: it is called a thermometer. Now, there is another kind of thermometer, not indeed of the natural, but of the supernatural life - a thermometer which indicates very correctly the warmth of faith in a Catholic, in a family, in a community; and this instrument is the Rosary. It is a well-known fact that wherever the Devotion of the Rosary is practiced, there faith is warm and active." (Muller)

"For as the disastrous condition of the Church and of Society proved to Us the extreme necessity for signal aid from God, it was manifest to Us that aid should be sought through the intercession of His Mother, and by the express means of the Rosary, which Christians have ever found to be of marvelous avail. This indeed has been well proved since the very institution of the devotion, both in the vindication of Holy Faith against the furious attacks of heresy, and in restoring to honor the virtues, which by reason of the Age's corruption, required to be rekindled and sustained. And this same proof was continued in all succeeding ages, by a never failing series of private and public benefits, whereof the illustrious remembrance is everywhere perpetuated and immortalized by monuments and existing institutions. Likewise in Our age, afflicted with that tempest of various evils, it is a joy to Our soul to relate the beneficent influence of the Rosary." (Pope Leo XIII, "Iucunda Semper Expectatione", 1894 A.D.)

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Reminder: The My Catholic Eighth Annual Rosary Week will be held this year from 10/24 - 10/30. Please join us! Sign up today at

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Reflection: The Generosity of the Angels

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The following is taken from Fr. Paul O'Sullivan's work entitled "All about the Angels".

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What is of paramount importance to us is that the Holy Angels seek in every possible way to share with us this immense ocean of love and happiness which they themselves enjoy. Their generosity knows no bounds. This is a truth that we must do our best to understand fully and clearly. Were a very rich man to say to us, "Ask me for everything you wish and I will most readily give it to you," how happy we should be! Certainly we would not hesitate to ask for all we need. This is exactly what the Angels say to us: "Ask us and we will give you a share of all our treasures, all our graces, all our happiness, and we will give you some of all we have." Their goodness and generosity are immense. Unfortunately, so far from corresponding with their efforts for our welfare, we constantly impede them by our sins and imperfections. If only we knew them better and loved them more, and were more docile to their constant whisperings, our happiness would be unspeakably great.

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Setting the Record Straight About Luther (Part 2)

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INTRODUCTION [Note: Introduction reprinted (in part) from 9/16 newsletter]

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 to 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 2 of 2 parts. The first part of this article appeared in our September 2016 newsletter (see ). 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 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 [Note: This section appeared in our 9/16 newsletter (see )]

3. Some results of Luther's teachings [Note: This section appeared in our 9/16 newsletter (see )]

4. Some papal quotes regarding Martin Luther [Note: This section appeared in our 9/16 newsletter (see )]

5. More on Luther, his teachings/practices/behaviors, and their results [Note: The first part of this section appeared in our 9/16 newsletter (see ), the second part appears below]

6. Conclusion (below)

Note: Sources appear at end.

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[Note: Continued from 9/16 newsletter (see )]

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"But, from 1520 on, what means did Luther employ against the Church, the orders, and the priesthood? Words of contempt, abuse, calumnies were with him the order of the day." (2)

"U. Zasius had already said: 'I must first say that Luther with brazen shamelessness interprets the whole Scripture of the Old and New Testament, from the first book of the Bible to the end, against popes and priests, as if God, from the beginning of the world, had had no other business than to thunder against the priesthood." (2)

"To him priests and monks are 'devils in disguise,' 'coarse, fat *sses, adorned with red and brown (i.e. violet) birettas, like the sow.''' (2)

"Why, I will clothe an *ss with such a frock, gird him with a rope, shave a tonsure on him, stand him in a corner, and he shall also fast and celebrate (in honor of) the saints." (Luther) (2)

"It was this vulgar, ribald character that, as early as 1521, inspired the 'Reformer' to utter the counsel: 'I consider it the best that, in the future, the priesthood be called not priests but shavelings ('Plattentrager,' wearers of a bald pate), and that the useless folk be driven out of the land. Of what use to us is the shaveling-gang, priests neither spiritually nor corporeally? And what need have we of them, since we ourselves are all corporeal, spiritual, and every kind of priests? Like alien useless guests, they gobble our bread. Therefore out with them, out with the rascals'. Hence, in 1540, he could say in his foul manner: 'Where, in the long run, will the Papists get monks and priests? Here in Wittenberg there are many students, but I do not believe a single one would let himself be anointed and hold his mouth open for the Pope to void his dirt into it..' (The original German here, as in many other places, is too vulgar to be tolerated in its corresponding equivalent in English. -- Translator's note.)" (2) [Note: Translator's note above appears in the source publication.]

"A ribald, whose only concern is to make a whole state of life ridiculous, must needs have recourse to lies, if he is to succeed. For, that one cannot and may not condemn a whole state of life, Luther himself in his better days proved with drastic effect. Now what a higgledy-piggledy of ribaldry, trifling, and lying do not the above-cited words of Luther contain? We find him therein in his own true humor to deliver priesthood and monasticism over to the mockery of the world and to do everything to vex the hated Papists. 'The while they, in their judgment, are triumphing over one of my heresies, I, in the meantime, will produce a new one.' It is that humor in which he acted on the principle of making a 'counter-play', of doing the precise opposite of the 'mad laws of the Pope', even of scheming what scandal he might set up, in order to anger them and at the same time to [supposedly] please God!" (2)

"In his warfare against the orders (especially the Franciscan and the Dominican), Luther desired to deal a blow to the Papacy. He knew well that precisely the orders, especially the mendicant, and among them again the Franciscans and the Dominicans, are the most powerful auxiliary forces of the Church, as Luther himself confesses. To hit the Church most effectively, he had to make an end of the orders. This could succeed only if, on the one side, the religious could be brought to violate their vows and to abandon their monasteries and, if on the other hand, they could be made hateful to the people, who clung more to the religious, especially the mendicants, than to the pastoral clergy." (2)

"'Happy are you that, by honorable marriage, you have overcome that unclean celibacy, which, partly on account of constant s*xual desire and partly immundis fluxibus, is to be condemned...I hold marriage to he a paradise.' Thus did he [Luther] write as he was about to compose his treatise on the monastic vows, after at the same time acknowledging that in the Wartburg he 'was exposed to a thousand devils' and that he came 'frequently to fall'. Some months previous, before he had published his theses on the vows, Luther writes: 'I also wish to set celibacy free, as the Gospel requires, but how to accomplish that I do not yet sufficiently know' But if he was already convinced that the Gospel demanded the liberty of celibacy, how could he say that he did not yet know how to bring it about that celibacy might be set free? All he needed to do was to step forward with those words of the Gospel which in his opinion demanded the liberty of celibacy, and the thing was done. But therein lay the difficulty. Well did Luther know that the Gospel, the sacred Scripture, was not on his side. So he considered how he might get it on his side. This he did in the same wise as in the case of the utterances of [St.] Bernard, of the constitutions of his Order, of the teachings of the Church, namely, by falsification and contradictions, by trickery and sophistries. On this head I need not in any particular manner waste further words. We find the evidences at every crook and turn. 'Luther is ashamed of no lie,' wrote the Dominican John Mensing of his time. He made no scruple of misleading priests and monks into dissimulation, into restrictio mentalis (mental reservation) in the worse sense of the word, and finally of expressly declaring a lie permissible. It is evident what one can expect of such a man and what one can think of him. He falsifies and distorts ideas, and then assails the caricature he has made, as Catholic doctrine." (2)

"First Luther distorted the doctrine on the counsels and vows and their relation to the commandments. He did this in such wise as to make the vows appear to be contrary to faith. At the same time he aroused carnal lust in the dissolute monks, and especially the nuns, mirrored to them the impossibility of resistance, and the uselessness of prayer, which they had neglected anyhow, and deceived them with the thought that God could not even help them to be continent, since He had instituted marriage as a remedy against 'impossibility.' He represented the violation of the vows as a work pleasing to God, marriage as God's commandment. His conclusion was: 'It is wholly and completely evident that your vows are null, not permitted, godless, running counter to the Gospel. Therefore one may not even debate whether you took them with a devout or with a godless intention, since it is certain that you vowed godless things. Consequently you must put your trust in the Gospel, abandon your vows, and turn back to Christian liberty.' Those who were ripe for their fall heard this gladly." (2)

"Yet he [Luther] spoke in a manner entirely different, before satanic hatred of the Church, whose ruin he had sworn, guided him. Above I have already quoted his words out of the year 1516, to the effect that religious could be the happiest, the most blessed (of people), if they wished, i.e., if they lived like true religious. According to even Luther's admission, therefore, the religious life was able to afford true satisfaction and peace of soul. As a true religious, one has but 'to take upon one's self the sweet cross of Christ, obedience according to the rule, to follow His will and Him whom the heart desires, not like a cross that the thief on the left bore with murmuring, but like the one which St. Andrew received...The mouth of truth promised you it will be light and joyous, when He spoke: 'my yoke is sweet and my burden light, and you shall find rest to your souls.' Believe those who have experienced it. If there is a paradise in this world, it is either in the cloister or in studying.' Such also was once the judgment of Luther, when he still grasped the idea of the religious life; but now he held marriage to be paradise, as we saw above, i.e., the giving up of the monastic life by the violation of the vows and by wiving. For he was already mired. He had fallen away from the idea of the true religious. Through his own fault he now found everything that was once a pleasure to him burdensome, and he cast it off for the gratification of the lusts of the flesh.'' (2)

"There is nothing to be done without the people. If they were fond of the orders, they would also be fond of the Church, whose destruction Luther bad sworn. It was therefore necessary to cause the Church to be hated by the people. The means to this end varied according to circumstances." (2)

"Luther bluntly calls the monks, nuns, and priests, 'belly-servers,' 'greedy guts.' 'Nasty sows are they altogether. ' In the Tabletalk the language is even worse." (2)

He [Luther] calls the Catholic celibates ...'a class of men most abandoned to libidinousness, wh*rishness, and adultery, who day and night only dream of their lustful diversions, and imagine what they would do, if such privilege were granted to them (as to the patriarchs), so that they could exchange consorts every night, and could sport with them according to the flames and ardor of the flesh, as they sport with their wh*res.'" (2)

"From Luther's lips the people had already heard the calumny that the papistical doing of good works took place irrespective of Christ, that it aimed to effect salvation, attain to forgiveness of sin, and to merit heaven without Christ. Since therefore this doing of works was directed against the Savior, Who anyhow had abrogated all law, there was no state of life that gave better occasion for Luther's blustering against Catholic holiness-by-works, as he called it, than the religious state with its laws. The more he piled up the 'holy-by-works' in it, the more merry and urgent his blustering became. Consequently it did not abash him in the slightest degree at such an opportunity and for the purpose named, to depict all, or most, or many religious of his time who lived strictly according to their rule, as holy by works, and self-justified. On the contrary, that served him before the people for the conclusion: they all, because being deniers of Christ, belong to the devil." (2)

"To make the Church and her monasticism the victim of contempt, no means was too evil for Luther." (2)

"Luther and his following fed on the lie that the Pope sets up, 'without the word of God, new orders and new modes of life, ascribing to them the same as to Christ, namely, that by them eternal salvation may be obtained.' 'When I have reached the judgment that there is nothing that justifies before God, save the blood of Christ, I at once conclude: therefore are the statutes of the popes, the rules of the fathers a leading astray.' This is reason enough, he opines, 'to have all monasteries razed to the ground.' And so by force of arms after all? It was his wish." (2)

"Nevertheless only a few lines farther on he urges that 'the secular authorities and the nobility should bring their regular power to bear upon the case as a matter of duty (i.e., to set upon the Papacy and the priesthood), each prince and lord in his country. For, that which is done by regular power is not to be held as an uprising!' And so the secular authorities, i.e., the hand and power of men, are to destroy the Papal ecclesiastical state! Such was Luther's fundamental view from the time of his apostasy until his death. 'All monasteries' he says in 1523, 'and all cathedrals and similar abominations in the holy place are to be wholly annihilated or abandoned, since they persuade men into open dishonor of the blood of Christ and of the faith, into putting trust in their own works in seeking their salvation, which is nothing else but denying the Lord, Who purchased us, as Peter says.' In 1545 he wishes only some monasteries to remain - as an object of shame. All the others are to be razed... 'I would that all the pulpits in the world,' he preached several years earlier, 'lay in fire with monasteries, foundations, churches, hermitages, and chapels, and that all were idle dust and ashes, because of the horrible misleading of poor souls.' The great misleader of Germany, Luther, dares to write this!" (2)

"More important and wholly pertinent to the matter is what Luther writes in the same year, 1521, in his treatise on the monastic vows: 'Because of this abomination alone, (the wounding of filial charity by the religious), I would that all monasteries were blotted out, done away with, and uprooted, as they should be too...if only God would exterminate them to the very root, as He did Sodom and Gomorrah, with fire and sulphur, so that not even the memory of them might be left!' In 1529, he likewise urges that 'we should destroy the Pope's idolatry and false divine service and abuses.' 'We must do with the Papacy what Moses did with the golden calf - annihilate it into dust. God is so hostile to the (Papal) divine service, that it is not His will that a single atom of it should be left over.' Foundations and monasteries, writes Luther the next year, 'should be smashed into smithereens.' In 1531, he wishes hell-fire upon the heads of Kaiser, King, Pope, and Papists, or that the Papacy and all its appurtenances may go into the abyss of hell. In 1532: 'Oh, how much have I yet to preach and to talk that the Pope with his triple crown and with the cardinals and bishops, priests and monks who follow him...may go down to the devil.'" (2)

"What he [Luther] said in general, 1540, 'We shall accomplish nothing against the Turks unless we smite them with the priests at the right time, and hurl them even unto death,' was leveled in particular against the religious. Luther forthwith took up every anecdote, every suspicion against them as facts, e.g., that they were the instigators of the incendiary fires of that time. He did this that he might vent his deadly hatred upon them in the reminder: 'If the matter comes to light, there will be nothing left but in common to take arms against all monks and priests; and I will go along, too, for one should strike the rascals dead...' 'If I had all the Franciscan monks together in one house, I would set the house on fire. For the kernel is gone from the monks, only the chaff is still at hand. So into the fire with them!' And what of that? The religious 'are not worth being called human beings; they should not so much as be called swine.'" (2)

According to Luther, "Monks are always priests of the devil, for they keep up a vain devilish doctrine." (2)

"Luther's gospel with its fundamental thought, justification and forgiveness of sin by faith alone, led both theoretically and practically to the consequent proposition: therefore all the good works and everything we impose upon ourselves and do, are useless for salvation. Nay more, he who considers works as a necessary factor on the way of salvation exercises them 'without the blood of Christ,' consequently denies the Savior and Redeemer, puts his own work in the place of Christ, and is 'drowned' in a service of works. In consequence of this, Luther had to condemn, as justification by works and holiness by works, not only all Christian life in general, but above all its religious life. There is no life that possesses so many works and exercises as the religious state. And since a religious binds himself to this life by vow, the 'Reformer' naturally came to hold the religious life as a seat of unbelief, a den of cut-throats, a life accursed." (2)


"When from the beginning the people heard celibacy, not only as it was observed here and there in practice, but in general, decried as 'impure, godless, and abominable,' they held that to apply to chastity as well, the more so as they had to hear from the same lips that the s*xual instinct is irresistible and that, to the Papists, celibacy and chastity meant the same thing. Once the heart has simply lost its regard for chastity, conjugal chastity dies out also, and there is an end to the dignity of matrimony. But woe if there are still added to that doctrines making for the dissolution of the marriage bond, affirming Christian liberty, denying free will, and asserting the nothingness of works, etc., as Luther gradually developed them. As a matter of fact the 'Reformer' wrote in 1523: 'Christian liberty makes it possible that all outer things are free before God and a Christian can use them as he will; he may accept them or let them pass. And Paul adds: 'with God,' i.e., as much as matters between you and God. For you render no service to God because you marry or stay single, become a servant, free, this or that, or eat this or that; again you do Him no annoyance nor sin if you omit or put off one of those things. Finally, you do not owe it to God to do anything but to believe and confess (Him). In all other things He sets you unbound and free, so that you may do as you will, without any peril to conscience; nay more, so that, on His own account, He asked no questions whether you let your wife go, ran from the Lord, and kept no covenant. For what is it to Him that you do or do not do such things?' According to Luther, then, God makes no inquiry about us, whether we are wh*ring or murdering. This of itself does not concern Him! Of the contradiction in which he thus entangled himself, Luther was unaware. If God has joined a married couple together - which Luther must admit on the authority of Christ's words: 'What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder,' (Matt. 19:6) - how is it conceivable that an adulterer, as such, is not to be thought sinning against God?" (2)


"[Luther] knew how his followers lived and that, for the most part, they had gone over to him only for the sake of carnal liberty." (2)

"Piercing beneath the motivations of Luther's followers, Erasmus saw that for them, the overthrow of the terrestrial power of the Church was motivated by a greed for Church property and a lust to break the bonds of celibacy. Lutheranism had 'but two objects at heart,' Erasmus said, 'money and women.'" (Crocker, "Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church")

"In truth, who were those who had apostatized from their orders to Luther? By those who were left, who knew them well by years of association with them, they were called the rabble, the chaff; they were knaves in the sense of wh*remongers, of whom the Dominican, Johann Mensing, gives judgment: 'Alas, knaves are knaves, in whatever state of life, profession, or order they may be. And we hope that, where hitherto they have been in the Papacy, they will nearly all have escaped and run over to Luther. Would to God, Who perhaps will clean up His threshing-floor and separate the wheat from the chaff, that he (Luther) now had them all, who wish to do no good among us! For it is manifest that no one (not gulled out of simplicity) takes refuge in the Lutheran sect to become more pious and of better mind, but that he may live free and unpunished and without reserve do all that he pleases.'" (2)

"As is evident, it was genuine good fortune for the Church, to get rid of these unclean subjects and to have the atmosphere purified. But so much the more impure did it become within the domain of Lutheranism. For those unhappy apostates did not go over to Luther to do penance and in the future to bring themselves under subjection. On the contrary, it was just Luther's doctrine on the impossibility of resisting carnal lust that attracted them. Their longing centered on a free life and a wife! Those, especially the secular priests, who had already been living in immorality, (which Luther and his fellows had so often charged against them whilst they were still under the Papacy) went over to him, not to put away their concubines, but to be able to continue living with them with a conscience freed by Luther. Hence the great swarm of concubinaries who swelled Luther's society. They went over to Luther, as we heard Mensing say, to live free and unpunished, and without reserve to do what they pleased, or as was written by Usingen, Luther's former professor, to whom Luther once had so commended the religious life: 'All who wish to lead a dissolute life join the Evangelicals.' What greater encouragement, besides, could have been given to them than Luther's opinion, expressed as early as 1520, that the Christian could commit as many sins as he liked, could not lose his salvation, so long as he was not without faith, etc.? Was it not the right gospel and glad tidings to those godless souls, when they heard from the lips of the father of the 'Evangelical Reformation' that sin does not separate from God? If 'you acknowledge the Lamb, which beareth the sins of the world, sin cannot tear you from Him, even though you do wh*rishness a thousand times a day, or deal as many death-blows.' 'One must sin as long as we are in this existence. This life is not the dwelling place of justice.' A complacent trust in the forgiveness of sin through Christ does everything! No wonder his former superior could write to him in the year 1522: 'Your case is continually spoken of and extolled by those who frequent the wh*re-houses.'" (2)

"The others, on the contrary, received from the father of the 'Evangelical Reformation' the wholly unevangelical encouragement: 'Be a sinner and sin stoutly, but more stoutly trust in Christ, the conqueror of sin.' In the face of such subjects and of such cheering exhortations, what sort of organization could arise, especially when they further heard that the moral law, as such, did not concern Christians, that every man by nature, even in Christianity, is at heart at least, an adulterer? Add to this that these subjects, Luther included, lived their lives without prayer, without fasting, without chastisement...''' (2)


"...nobody doubted Luther's too pronounced intimacy with women before his wiving." (2)

"One needs not therefore urge the words written August 10, 1528 by Joachim von der Heyden to Catherine Bora, to the effect that she had betaken herself to Wittenberg like a dancing girl and had lived with Luther in open and flagrant immorality before taking him as her husband." (2)


"In August, 1525, [Luther] writes that he took the Bora woman to wife out of contempt for the Papists, and that, if he can, he will do more to spite them and that they may confess the word. On January 5, 1526, writing to Marquard Schuldorp, who had married his sister's daughter, he gives expression to these hair-raising words, which manifest the state of his soul to the whole world: 'I also took a nun to wife, however I might have been able to arrange and had no particular reason except that I did it to spite the devil with his scabs, the big Jacks, princes, and bishops, who are like to be downright crazy because ecclesiastics are to be free. And I would gladly set up more scandal, if only I knew of something more that pleased God and annoyed them. For thereby do I vent my feeling at their raging against the Gospel that they are angered, and I do not care and always keep on and do it all the more, the more they do not want it." (2)


"By this marriage I have made myself so mean and despicable that I hope the angels will laugh and all devils weep." (Luther) (2)

Luther is fully deceived: "He further states that God had wonderfully thrown him into marriage with the nun...and that one must confess his wiving to be a 'work, a thing of God'." (2)


"Luther said in a letter to Bora, July 2, 1540: 'I gorge like a Bohemian and guzzle like a German.'" (2)

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

"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." (Luther, Table Talk)

"'Luther,' as his associate Melanchthon writes, 'was an exceedingly wanton man'" (2)

Luther was admittedly 'lazy in prayer': "On Sept. 9, 1521, he writes to Spalatin: 'Poor man that I am, I grow cold in spirit. I am still snoring on, and am lazy in prayer.'" (2)

"...Luther was never a man of prayer. In at least his better period, however, he understood its great utility. After his apostasy, he lost even the notion at times, and he was obliged repeatedly to acknowledge that, under the Pope, he and his following had been more frequent, more zealous, more earnest, and more diligent in prayer than now; they were now much more remiss than under the Papacy. However much he might otherwise speak of prayer, in himself it was largely hypocrisy." (2)

"He, Melanchthon, and his associates had often rebuked him on account of his buffoonery." (2)

"...we see him [Luther], from 1520 on, treating the gravest affairs of the soul, decisive for time and eternity, with incredible levity and buffoonery." (2)

"...[Luther] gradually got to the proposition that concupiscence is irresistible, and then, in much grosser fashion, saddled his own unchastity upon all." (2)

"Is one to seek Luther's 'earnest sense,' his 'profoundly earnest spirit,' the evidence 'that he was too sober for trifling,' in the fact that, from the beginning of his warfare against the Church and the theologians, he takes pains to make his opponents ridiculous and to expose them to mockery?" (2)

"Luther, who, as we saw, had no mind for tomfoolery four years before, was now pleased with it in his warfare against the Church and made use of its antics to ridicule Pope, bishops, priests, and monks." (2)

"Like another Don Quixote, the 'Reformer' fights a phantom, in order then to blare himself the victor. In the end, he, who had broken his vows and had misled others to do the same, assumes the role of great gravity: 'The word and the commandment of God stands for eternity. It suffers no jest nor perversion and distortion.' He perverts and distorts everything. He does it intentionally, and the very ones whose teachings he has perverted and distorted, he censures for perversion and distortion!" (2)

"I cannot deny I am more violent than is becoming; since my opponents know this, they ought not to excite the dog." (Luther) (2)

"Almost all condemn in me my mordacity." (Luther) (2)

"Once Luther's setting forth the abuses in the Church proceeded from the endeavors which he in common with many of his contemporaries made to fight against degeneration for a better condition. Now, since 1520, their setting forth was solely a means of agitation with him, in order to make the hated Papists the object of universal mockery and to divert eyes from the far worse corruption, the boundless immorality, and the unchristian life of his own house." (2)

"...Luther hid for a year in a castle in Wartburg, Germany, where he lost himself in massive bouts of eating and drinking, pausing occasionally to wrestle with the devil in a paroxysm of delusion, engaging him in battle by f*rt. He also translated the Bible into German, rewriting passages so that they expounded Lutheran doctrine - for instance by adding the word 'alone' after the word 'faith' in Romans 3:28. His daily prayers were rather unique as well. In Luther's words, 'I am unable to pray without at the same time cursing. If I am prompted to say: 'hallowed be Thy name,' I must add: 'cursed, damned, outraged be the name of the papists.' If I am prompted to say: 'Thy Kingdom come,' I must perforce add: 'cursed, damned, destroyed be the papacy.'" (Crocker, "Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church")

"The older Luther got to be, the more outrageous he was. We hear from his lips: 'Nuns are so called from a Germanism: for that is what castrated sows are denominated, as monks from horses (i.e., castrated ones.) But they are not yet healed. They have to wear breeches as well as other people.' What vulgarity!" (2)

"As the apothecary was applying the tube [to Luther's dead body], he heard several loud winds discharged into the clyster-bag. In consequence of his intemperate eating and drink, Luther's body was wholly bloated with cachectic humors." (2)

"Looking over the...[material discussed], we get worse than a bad impression of Luther's principles, demeanor, and character. We hit, not upon a man who even half deserved the title of a reformer, but upon 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. The entire Catholic doctrine on the counsels, on the vows, in a word, on the whole religious state was distorted by him and made contemptible before the whole world. The hearts of the religious were thus to be estranged from their state, to be incited to the violation of their vows and to marriage, or, if they had already ventured upon that step, to be confirmed in it. Luther does not shrink even from giving himself the lie by the statutes of his own Order, to ascribe words and views to himself as a young monk which he had never entertained; he does not disdain to falsify Catholic doctrine, even to hold up to his contemporaries as universally valid, propositions which not a soul either then or earlier had even thought of. The better to draw priests and religious, already decadent, into his toils, he represents to them the 'impossibility' of resisting their s*xual instinct, and marriage as a conscientious duty. And what principles he developed on the latter, i.e., on marriage! The more his following increased, the more boldly and audaciously he took his stand." (2)

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"People have now so little esteem for the Holy Sacrament of the Body and Blood of our is as if there was nothing on earth that they were less in want of." (Luther) (1)

"Formerly under the Pope, when we were forced and urged to receive the Sacrament, we went in behavior towards it is as disgusting and shameless, that it is as if we were not human beings (still less Christians), but only sticks and stones, that stand in no need of it." (Luther) (1)


"The complaints of the priests in Eberlin von Gunsburg are wholly in accord with Luther's words: 'A priest absolutely dares not show his tonsure any longer, for the commoner is quite heated against the priesthood. In their case a mountain is made of a mole-hill, and the anger of God breaks over them. And all that do the priests an injury get to thinking they are thereby doing God a service.' It is a wonder, it was said, the people do not stone them to death. 'Before forty years pass, the very dogs will void their urine on us priests.'" (2)


"Formerly, under the Pope people gave very largely indeed and beyond measure...then they gave in heaps for they looked...upon the reward...But now that with the light of the Gospel [of Luther] we are told nothing about our merits, nobody is willing to give and to help." (Luther) (1)

"Formerly, when we served the Devil under Popery, everybody was merciful and kind; then they gave with both hands, joyfully and with great devotion... Now that we ought to be merciful, to give willingly, and to show ourselves thankful to God for the Holy Gospel [of Luther] nobody is willing to give, but only to take." (Luther) (1)


"[Drunkenness] has spread...among the that now the greater part of the finest, most talented young men (especially among the nobility and at Court), undermine their health, their body and their life..." (Luther) (1)

"We have now got so far that coarse vices, excessive drinking, rioting are no longer looked upon as a disgrace, but...drunkenness must now be called hilarity." (Luther) (1)

"Drunkenness has now, I am sorry to say, come down upon a deluge." (Luther) (1)

"The people are like pigs, so to speak, dead and buried in constant drunkenness." (Luther) (1)

"Sarcerius finds a chief cause of the prevalent wh*rishness and many adulteries of his time in the circumstance that 'there was neither limit nor measure to drinking and gormandizing.' It is justly said: a drunken man, an unchaste man; a drunken woman, an unchaste woman. And Luther had it: 'a drunken sow cannot have Christian life.' Unfortunately, however, it was just under Luther's gospel that in Germany, the demon of drink, though he did not come into existence, nevertheless attained his growth. 'Every country must have its own devil... Our German devil will be a good wine-bibher and must be named Guzzle (Sauf), being so dry and thirsty that he cannot be refreshed with such great guzzling of wine and beer. Guzzle will remain an almighty idol among us Germans, and he acts like the ocean and like dropsy. The ocean does not get full on all the waters that flow into it; dropsy gets thirstier and worse by drinking.' That the 'man of God' was a child of the times in the matter of drinking, as in others, has already been noted. Even his father was given to drunkenness, but it made him jolly, not rabid, as it did Luther's sister's son, Hans Polner, pastor of Jessen. But Luther did not want everyone to follow him in his potations...Soon there was talk in Germany of an Order of Guzzlers." (2)


"The lewd and adulterous life, the contempt of the marriage state at that time, are consequences of Luther's course and teachings." (2)

"From such a state of affairs, it was only a step farther to polygamy. Several of these apostles of the flesh did go to that length, inasmuch as, faithful to their principles, they allowed, at times, two and three wives. Some, indeed, of these fallen priests and monks themselves had several women at the same time. Later it was their own leader who accounted polygamy among the ultimate and highest things of Christian liberty; he would not forbid 'that one take more wives than one, for,' he says, 'it is not contrary to Holy Writ.' 'Only to avoid scandal and for the sake of decency one should not do it.''' (2)

"Luther's doctrine on faith was also a contributing factor to adultery. The Protestant rector, J. Eivius, writes in 1547 'If you are an adulterer, say the preachers, or one given to wh*rishness,...only believe and you will be saved. You need not let yourself be frightened by law, for Christ fulfilled it and made satisfaction for man... Such talking misleads to a godless life,' etc. Such was also the case when a common man heard Luther preaching: 'No work is evil enough to be able to damn a man (only) disbelief damns us. If one falls into adultery, that action does not damn him'; he only evidences his fall from faith." (2)

"One who returned to the Mother Church, the Lutheran Professor Fr. Staphylus, wrote in 1562: 'As long as marriage was regarded as a sacrament, chastity and honorable marriage-life were held dear and of worth, but since the people have read in Luther's books that the marriage state is a human invention, Luther's counsels...have at once been carried out to such a degree that there is absolutely more chastity and honor in the married state in Turkey than among our Evangelicals in Germany.'" (2)

"The most distinguished of the Danish theologians, Nicholas Hemming, thus expressed himself in 1562: 'Once modesty was the most precious treasure of the young women, but now in dress and demeanor they betray all shamelessness.' Indeed, 'when unchaste pleasure has brought them to their downfall, or they live otherwise in shameless licentiousness, they become so bold that they allege Luther's law as a pretext; a chaste, continent life is impossible to man, the gratification of the s*xual instinct is as necessary as food and drink.'" (2)

"Whilst the 'Reformer' is seeking to rid himself of one blame, he incurs another. Duke George of Saxony complains of the increase of adulteries in consequence of Luther's teaching. This teaching was to blame that man took more than one wife, inasmuch as they 'absconded to parts unknown, and let themselves be given other wives. A number of women do the same. Hence there is no end nor limit to the runaways of husbands and wives.' But this occurred not only after emigration to 'parts unknown,' but in the very place and spot, and generally in Germany; it even, or rather naturally, was rampant in Luther's own district, where he was born, where he died, in the county of Mansfeld. Touching this matter the superintendent of the place wrote: 'In many places there is fearful wh*rishness and adultery going on, and so common have these vices become that a number do not consider them sins.' 'Hence there is everywhere a disorderly and scandalous fashion at the beginning and carrying out of marriage, so that the holy marriage state is dishonored and trampled under foot.' 'And thus almost everywhere there are now secret betrothals, aye, one is engaged to more than one person.' 'Of adultery, unchastity, and incest there is no end.'" (2)

"Now who was the spiritual father of that generation? Was it not Luther? Who invited priests, religious, and nuns to violate their God-sworn vows? Was it not he? But that was paving the way to the violation of the matrimonial vows as well, and to general unfaithfulness, about which Luther later so complained, without making himself responsible therefore. He himself, by his wiving in 1525, only set a seal on his infidelity to God." (2)


"As soon as our Gospel began...decency...and modesty were done away with, and everybody wished to be perfectly free to do whatever he liked." (Luther) (1)

"After one Devil (Popery) has been driven out of us, seven worse ones have come down upon us" (Luther) (1)

"In all classes frivolity and every kind of vice, sin, and disgrace are now much greater than formerly." (Luther) (1)

"The more and the longer we preach, the worse matters grow." (Luther) (1)

" are now more avaricious, unmerciful, impure, insolent...than formerly under the Pope."' (Luther) (1)

"About a year before his death, Luther confesses: 'We are living in Sodom and Babylon...everything is daily getting worse." (1)


"Lutheranism now began to be intruded into various places by force of arms. Luther saw the seeds of religious dissolution already at work. His health was broken and his spirit, save as against Rome. He entertained grave doubts about the efficacy of his work. The reform he saw to be a reform downwards. Public morals were at a lower grade than they had been before. 'Since we began to preach our doctrine,' he said in his pulpit at Wittenberg in 1532, 'the world has grown daily worse, more impious, and more shameless. Men are now beset by legions of devils, and, while enjoying the full light of the Gospel, are more avaricious, more impure and repulsive, than of old under the Papacy. Peasants, burghers, and nobles-men of all degrees, the highest as well as the lowest-are all alike slaves to avarice, drunkenness, gluttony, and impurity, and given over to shameful excesses and abominable passions.' 'Let us go from this Sodom,' he wrote to Catharine in 1545, and quitted Wittenberg in disgust, only returning at the demand of the elector and of the university. At Eisleben he died shortly after delivering a most violent sermon against the Jews." (4)

"In a word, the entire concubinage of the fifteenth century and its congeneric continuation in the sixteenth, with all its abominations, pale before the doings and the teachings of the fallen priests and monks who, in the third decade of the sixteenth century, had branched off from the old movement. 'Monasticism now truly lies stretched out on the ground' writes Erasmus, who certainly was not less than edified by the earlier condition, 'but if the monks had only put off their vices with their cowls!' ... 'It seems to me there is a new kind of monks arising, much more wicked than the former, bad as these were. It is folly to substitute evil for evil, but it is madness to exchange the bad for even worse.' This, according to Luther, is what heretics do generally. 'They exchange the evils in the Church for others greater. Often we are unwilling to tolerate a trivial evil and we provoke a greater one.' Like many others, Pirkheimer, who once had even joined the movement, wrote shortly before his death: 'We hoped that Romish knavery, the same as the rascality of the monks and priests, would be corrected; but, as is to be perceived, the matter has become worse to such a degree that the Evangelical knaves make the other knaves pious,' that is, the others still appear pious in comparison with the new unbridled preachers of liberty. But did not the father of the new movement himself acknowledge that 'our (people) are now seven times worse than they ever were before. We steal, lie, cheat, cram, and swill and commit all manner of vices.' 'We Germans are now the laughing-stock and the shame of all the countries, they hold us as shameful, nasty swine.' The same one that said this regrets to have been born a German, to have written and spoken German, and longs to fly from there, that he may not witness God's judgment breaking over Germany." (2)

"Merely with reference to the universal corruption among their own fellow believers, the very preachers and reformers of the Lutheran denomination had pronounced the judgment: 'We must in truth...confess: that, as every possible thing that means and can be called sin, vice, and shame has risen to its highest in Germany, it is much to be presumed that the evil spirits are nowhere else in the world Germany alone.' 'The people would simply have to turn into devils; in human form there is no getting any worse.'" (2)


"Luther's advocates might, if their eyes are not filmed, read with profit the following words which their master penned when he had genuine misgivings at the outset of his apostasy. 'How many times,' he writes, 'have I not asked myself with bitterness the same question which the Papists put me: Art thou alone wise? Darest thou imagine that all mankind have been in error for so long a series of years? I am not so bold as to assert that I have been guided in this affair by God. How will it be, if, after all, it is thou thyself who art wrong, and art thou involving in error so many souls who will then be eternally damned?' (Latin Works, Weim. ed., 8, p. 411 seq.)." (O'Hare)

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Rather than engaging in an 'ecumenical celebration'* of 500 years of heresy (a Revolution or Deformation, NOT a Reformation!), and rather than lavishing praise on a lying heresiarch who destroyed families, emptied monasteries, laid waste to virtue, and waged unremitting war against Christ's Church (a vow-breaking apostate and true enemy of the Church who caused bloodshed, promoted sin, spread dangerous errors - doctrines approved by Satan! - and someone who has fostered the ruin of eternal souls), we should rightly be stepping up efforts at reparation & seeking ways to put an end to the damaging heresies of this 'Teacher of a Satanic Faith'. The lying teacher of the devil's doctrines should be rejected, not praised. To do otherwise, seems akin to aligning oneself with Judas, does it not? If such an enemy of truth is to be lauded by our prelates, we are indeed in a very sorry state. Keep in mind that any true doctrines that Luther may have taught, he learned from the very Church he so virulently hated and warred against. It is not to these that we have any objection. Yet we do not praise him for such either. Who praises any qualities of Lucifer since he fell? If the state of things today has Catholic bishops praising Luther, we may fear that praise for Lucifer may be next. God help us.

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"I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking the one who called you by (the) grace (of Christ) for a different gospel (not that there is another). But there are some who are disturbing you and wish to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach (to you) a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you received, let that one be accursed! Am I now currying favor with human beings or God? Or am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ." (St. Paul, Gal. 1:6-10)

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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 October

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

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

Reminder: Feasts may be superseded / transferred / etc.

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October 1 - St. Remigius (T)

October 1 - St. Theresa of the Child Jesus (N)

October 2 - The Holy Guardian Angels (T)

October 2 - The Guardian Angels (N)

October 3 - St. Teresa of the Child Jesus (T)

October 4 - St. Francis of Assisi (T)

October 4 - St. Francis of Assisi (N)

October 5 - St. Placid & companions (T)

October 6 - St. Bruno (T)

October 6 - St. Bruno (N)

October 7 - Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T)

October 7 - St. Mark, pope (T)

October 7 - Sts. Marcellus & Apuleius (T)

October 7 - Sts. Sergius & Bacchus (T)

October 7 - Our Lady of the Rosary (N)

October 8 - St. Bridget of Sweden (T)

October 9 - St. John Leonardi (T)

October 9 - Sts. Denis, Rusticus & Eleutherius (T)

October 9 - St. Denis & companions (N)

October 9 - St. John Leonardi (N)

October 10 - St. Francis Borgia (T)

October 11 - The Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T)

October 13 - St. Edward, king of England (T)

October 14 - St. Callistus I, pope (T)

October 14 - St. Callistus I, pope (N)

October 15 - St. Teresa of Avila (T)

October 15 - St. Teresa of Avila (N)

October 16 - St. Hedwig (T)

October 16 - St. Hedwig (N)

October 16 - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (N)

October 17 - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (T)

October 17 - St. Ignatius of Antioch (N)

October 18 - St. Luke the Evangelist (T)

October 18 - St. Luke the Evangelist (N)

October 19 - St. Peter of Alcantara (T)

October 19 - St. Paul of the Cross (N)

October 19 - Sts. Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf & companions (N)

October 20 - St. John Cantius (T)

October 21 - St. Hilarion (T)

October 21 - St. Ursula & companions (T)

October 23 - St. John of Capistrano (N)

October 24 - St. Raphael the Archangel (T)

October 24 - St. Anthony Claret (N)

October 25 - Sts. Chrysanthus & Daria (T)

October 26 - St. Evaristus, pope (T)

October 28 - Sts. Simon & Jude, apostles (T)

October 28 - Sts. Simon & Jude, apostles (N)

October 31 - Vigil of All Saints (T)

Please Note: Above may exclude moveable feasts. For moveable feasts, see below and try here: . For other feasts, try the MCS Daily Digest each day at


10/30/16 - Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ (T) [Refresher re: traditional timing of this feast: "It is not necessary, Venerable Brethren, that We should explain to you at any length why We have decreed that this feast of the Kingship of Christ should be observed in addition to those other feasts in which his kingly dignity is already signified and celebrated. It will suffice to remark that although in all the feasts of our Lord the material object of worship is Christ, nevertheless their formal object is something quite distinct from his royal title and dignity. We have commanded its observance on a Sunday in order that not only the clergy may perform their duty by saying Mass and reciting the Office, but that the laity too, free from their daily tasks, may in a spirit of holy joy give ample testimony of their obedience and subjection to Christ. The last Sunday of October seemed the most convenient of all for this purpose, because it is at the end of the liturgical year, and thus the feast of the Kingship of Christ sets the crowning glory upon the mysteries of the life of Christ already commemorated during the year, and, before celebrating the triumph of all the Saints, we proclaim and extol the glory of him who triumphs in all the Saints and in all the Elect." (Pope Pius XI, "Quas Primas", 1925 A.D.)]

Note: The Feast of Christ the King is celebrated "after the triumph of all the Saints" in the Novus Ordo calendar, on the Sunday before Advent. [For more on the timing of this feast (October vs. November), please see Guest Article: 'Should the Feast of Christ the King Be Celebrated in October or November?' at . For more on Christ the King (incl. Act of Consecration), please try the Topic Page at ]


=> Looking for more recently added feasts?

The Vatican announced that the following feast days have been added to the general Roman calendar...

Pope John XXIII - October 11

Pope John Paul II - October 22

While the feast days have been added to the (Novus Ordo) calendar, they are "optional and not obligatory memorials."

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'Catholic Trivia'

1. Which is the highest of the nine choirs of angels?

2. Of the sins opposed to religion, which are most grievous?

3. Which is the "most ancient & tallest obelisk in Rome"?

4. What does St. John Vianney say are the three conditions of an undertaking which is pleasing to God?

5. Which was the seventh ecumenical council?

6. What term refers to a penalty which is automatically incurred upon committing a particular offense?

7. According to Pope Pius XII, which items "of their very nature" must remain together?

8. Which apostle is invoked against arthritis?

9. Which apostle tells us that if we greet those with strange doctrine we share in their evil works?

10. Besides the Psalms, which book of the bible has the most chapters?



1. Seraphim are the highest of the nine choirs of angels.

2. "Among sins opposed to religion, the more grievous is that which is the more opposed to the reverence due to God." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

3. The Obelisk of Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano is the "most ancient & tallest obelisk in Rome".

4. "An undertaking to be pleasing to God must have three conditions: It must be sincere, selfless, and persevering." (St. John Vianney)

5. Nicaea II (Second Council of Nicaea) was the seventh ecumenical council.

6. Latae Sentiae penalties are penalties which are automatically incurred upon committing particular offenses.

7. "To separate the Tabernacle from the Altar is tantamount to separating two things which, of their very nature, must remain together." (Pope Pius XII)

8. The apostle St. James (the Greater) is invoked against arthritis.

9. St. John the Apostle tells us that if we even greet those with strange doctrine we share in their evil works (see 2 Jn. 1:10-11).

10. Besides the Psalms, the Book of Isaiah has the most chapters (66 chapters).


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Like trivia? You might enjoy our crossword puzzles located at

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Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Think Religious Truths Can Change Over Time?

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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Note: Text below is taken from

The following may be used as discussion points when discoursing with those outside the Church (or even among Catholics).

Topic: Do You Think Religious Truths Can Change Over Time? (Note: Topic is directed at certain Protestants)


* Since God is perfect, and therefore unchangeable, how can you imagine that His truths can change?

"God is not man that he should speak falsely, nor human, that he should change his mind. Is he one to speak and not act, to decree and not fulfill?" (Num. 23:19)

"Of old you laid the earth's foundations; the heavens are the work of your hands. They perish, but you remain; they all wear out like a garment; Like clothing you change them and they are changed, but you are the same, your years have no end." (Ps. 102:26-28)

"He plumbs the depths and penetrates the heart; their innermost being he understands. The Most High possesses all knowledge, and sees from of old the things that are to come: He makes known the past and the future, and reveals the deepest secrets. No understanding does he lack; no single thing escapes him. Perennial is his almighty wisdom; he is from all eternity one and the same, with nothing added, nothing taken away; no need of a counselor for him!" (Sirach 42:18-22)

"Even to your old age I am the same, even when your hair is gray I will bear you; It is I who have done this, I who will continue, and I who will carry you to safety." (Isa. 46:4)

"Surely I, the LORD, do not change, nor do you cease to be sons of Jacob." (Mal. 3:6)

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Heb. 13:8)

"Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers: all good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change." (Jms. 1:16-17)

* The dogmas of faith are God's revealed truths. How do you suspect mere persons on earth could ever have the power or authority to change them?

* Why does Scripture specifically tell us to guard what has been received if religious truths are subject to change?

"Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made us: eternal life. I write you these things about those who would deceive you." (1 Jn. 2:24-26)

"If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house or even greet him; for whoever greets him shares in his evil works." (2 Jn. 1:10-11)

"Anyone who is so 'progressive' as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son." (2 Jn. 1:9)

"Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teaching." (Heb. 13:7-9)

"Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of gain." (1 Tm. 6:3-5)

"O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid profane babbling and the absurdities of so-called knowledge. By professing it, some people have deviated from the faith. Grace be with all of you." (1 Tm. 6:20-21)

"I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking the one who called you by (the) grace (of Christ) for a different gospel (not that there is another). But there are some who are disturbing you and wish to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach (to you) a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you received, let that one be accursed! Am I now currying favor with human beings or God? Or am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ. Now I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel preached by me is not of human origin. For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you heard of my former way of life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it, and progressed in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my race, since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions." (Gal. 1:6-14)

* Where did you get the idea that religious truths can change over time?

* Considering that "continuity with the apostolic witness is the safeguard of right belief", why are you not troubled by changes in doctrine (e.g. by those outside the Church)?

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"Truth...cannot change from day to day." (Pope Pius XII)

"Those who wage war against the truth are powerless to win; rather, they wound themselves, like those who kick against spikes." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

"There is only one way of standing in the truth; many and various of not standing in it." [Origen ("the greatest scholar of Christian antiquity" - although he would eventually be excommunicated and be regarded as a heretic), 3rd century A.D.]

"Eternity itself is the substance of God, which has nothing that is changeable. There is nothing there that is past, as if it were no longer; nothing there is future, as if it not yet were. There is nothing there except 'is'." (St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church, c. 5th century A.D.)

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In Closing...

"He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever." (Lk. 1:32)

"I have no better way of knowing if a man is for God than if he likes to say the Hail Mary and the Rosary." (St. Louis de Montfort)

"It is apparent from these considerations that true peace, the peace of Christ, is impossible unless we are willing and ready to accept the fundamental principles of Christianity, unless we are willing to observe the teachings and obey the law of Christ, both in public and private life." (Pope Pius XI, "Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio", 1922 A.D.)

"Were a good friend to present us several times with a thousand dollars, we would not object to such a sum, but rather wish the amount to be increased. The good Christian, in like manner, never finds the repetition of the prayers of the Rosary tedious, but rather truly delightful. He knows that one single prayer of the Rosary, which is recited with devotion is of more value than all the money, than all the riches, in the universe. What will money, what will all the riches of this world, avail us after death? But the prayers of the Rosary will then be of more help to us than all the honors and earth in the world." (Muller)

"If, therefore, the rulers of nations wish to preserve their authority, to promote and increase the prosperity of their countries, they will not neglect the public duty of reverence and obedience to the rule of Christ." (Pope Pius XI)

"In every place show respect to thy angel. Let gratitude for his benefits incite thee to honor his greatness. Love this thy future coheir, the guardian appointed for thee by the Father during thy childhood. For though we are souls of God, we are as yet but children, and long and dangerous is our journey. But God hath given His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear thee up, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone...Yes; where the road is smooth enough for a child they will content themselves with guiding thee, and sustaining thy footsteps, as one does for children. But if trials threaten to surpass thy strength, they will bear thee up in their hands. Oh those hands of angels! Thanks to them, what fearful straits we have passed through, as it were without thinking, and with no other impression left upon us, than that of a nightmare suddenly dispelled!" (St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church)

"O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, His death and His resurrection hath purchased for us the reward of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating on these mysteries in the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Lord." (10/7 Collect)

Prayer to Christ the King: "O Christ Jesus, I acknowledge Thee to be the King of the universe; all that hath been made is created for Thee. Exercise over me all Thy sovereign rights. I hereby renew the promises of my Baptism, renouncing Satan and all his works and pomps, and I engage myself to lead henceforth a truly Christian life. And in an especial manner do I undertake to bring about the triumph of the rights of God and Thy Church, so far as in me lies. Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer Thee my poor actions to obtain the acknowledgement by every heart of Thy sacred kingly power. In such wise may the kingdom of Thy peace be firmly established throughout all the earth. Amen." (Raccolta)

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