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Reminder: While we must hate sin, we must simultaneously love sinners. Do not inflict or wish harm on anyone.

"[E]very true Christian detests heresy, and all that savors thereof!" (Liturgical Year)

"After a first and second warning, break off contact with a heretic, realizing that such a person is perverted and sinful and stands self-condemned." (St. Paul, Ti. 3:10-11)

"For not every sin, however grave and enormous it be, is such as to sever a man automatically from the body of the Church, as does schism or heresy or apostasy." (Pope Pius XII)

"No one shall pray in common with heretics and schismatics." (Council of Laodicea, 365 A.D.)

"Can. 731 § 2 It is forbidden that the Sacraments of the Church be ministered to heretics and schismatics, even if they ask for them and are in good faith, unless beforehand, rejecting their errors, they are reconciled with the Church." (1917 Code of Canon Law)

"None must either pray or sing psalms with heretics; and whomsoever shall communicate with those who are cut off from the Communion of the Church, whether clergymen or laic, let him be excommunicated." (Council of Carthage, 398 A.D.)

"Can. 2316 Whoever in any manner willingly and knowingly helps in the promulgation of heresy, or who communicates in things divine with heretics against the prescriptions of Canon 1258, is suspected of heresy." (1917 Code of Canon Law) 

"Can. 1325 § 2 After the reception of baptism, if anyone, retaining the name of Christian, pertinaciously denies or doubts something to be believed from the truth of divine and Catholic faith, [such a one is] a heretic; if he completely turns away from the Christian faith, [such a one is] an apostate; if finally he refused to be under the Supreme Pontiff or refuses communion with the members of the Church subject to him, he is a schismatic." (1917 Code of Canon Law)

"Our Lord Jesus Christ, when in His Gospel He testifies that those who are not with Him are His enemies, does not designate any special form of heresy, but declares that all heretics who are not with Him and do not gather with Him scatter His flock and are His adversaries: He that is not with Me is against Me, and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth" (St. Cyprian)

"Has the truth so failed you that you have not recognized yourself as a schismatic when you withdrew from the Apostolic See? Have you not even read that the Church was founded by Christ Our Lord upon the chief of the Apostles? If you had read this, where did you believe the Church to be? Outside of him in whom alone are clearly all the Apostolic Sees? Why, therefore, did you wander away? What hope did you have for your salvation?" (Pope Pelagius I)

"I have learned however, that certain persons from elsewhere, who have evil doctrine, have stayed with you; but you did not allow them to sow it among you, and you stopped your ears so that you would not receive what they sow... Do not err, my brethren: the corrupters of families will not inherit the kingdom of God. And if they who do these things according to the flesh suffer death, how much more if a man corrupt by evil teaching the faith of God, for the sake of which Jesus Christ was crucified? A man become so foul will depart into unquenchable fire; and so also will anyone who listens to him." (St. Ignatius of Antioch, hearer of St. John the Apostle, c. 110 A.D.)

"And yet this same gentle and loving Saint [John the Evangelist] was the inflexible enemy of heresy; for heresy, by destroying Faith, poisons Charity in its very source. It is from this Apostle that the Church has received the maxim she gives to us, of shunning heresy as we would shun a plague: If any man come to you and bring not the doctrine of Christ, receive him not into the house, nor say to him 'God speed thee', for he that saith unto him 'God speed thee', communicateth with his wicked works (2 Jn. 1:10-11). St. John having one day entered one of the public baths, he was no sooner informed that the heresiarch Cerinthus was in the same building, than he instantly left the place as though it were infected. The disciples of Cerinthus were indignant at this conduct of the Apostle, and endeavored to take away his life by putting poison into the cup from which he used to drink; but St. John having made the sign of the cross over the cup, a serpent was seen to issue from it, testifying both to the wickedness of his enemies and to the divinity of Christ, This apostolic firmness in resisting the enemies of the Faith made him the dread of the heretics of Asia; and hereby he proved how justly he had received from Jesus the surname Son of Thunder" (Dom Gueranger)

"Now We consider another abundant source of the evils with which the Church is afflicted at present: indifferentism. This perverse opinion is spread on all sides by the fraud of the wicked who claim that it is possible to obtain the eternal salvation of the soul by the profession of any kind of religion, as long as morality is maintained. Surely, in so clear a matter, you will drive this deadly error far from the people committed to your care. With the admonition of the apostle that 'there is one God, one faith, one baptism' (Eph. 4:5) may those fear who contrive the notion that the safe harbor of salvation is open to persons of any religion whatever. They should consider the testimony of Christ Himself that 'those who are not with Christ are against Him,' (Lk. 11:23) and that they disperse unhappily who do not gather with Him. Therefore 'without a doubt, they will perish forever, unless they hold the Catholic faith whole and inviolate.' (Symbol S. Athanasius) Let them hear Jerome who, while the Church was torn into three parts by schism, tells us that whenever someone tried to persuade him to join his group he always exclaimed: 'He who is for the See of Peter is for me.' (St. Jerome, epistle 57) A schismatic flatters himself falsely if he asserts that he, too, has been washed in the waters of regeneration. Indeed Augustine would reply to such a man: 'The branch has the same form when it has been cut off from the vine; but of what profit for it is the form, if it does not live from the root?' (St. Augustine, in psalm. contra part. Donat)" (Pope Gregory XVI, "Mirari Vos", 1832 A.D.)

"Let them abandon heresy and return quickly to the Catholic Church. Let them neither doubt the possession of their inheritance nor despair of the forgiveness of their sins. For anyone who does not believe that within the Catholic Church all sins can be loosed deprives himself of the forgiveness of sins if, persevering the same hardness of an impenitent heart, he departs from this world alienated from the Church's society." (St. Fulgence of Ruspe, 6th century A.D.)


 

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Christ Founded Only One Church

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Novel Teachings Are Forbidden

One Cannot Find the Way to Salvation in Just Any Religion

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Protestant Bibles Rejected

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Protestantism is Not Another Equally Pleasing Form of the Same Christian Religion

Recognizing the True Religion

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Some Considering Their Deserved Punishment Would Prefer That There Be Nothing After Death 

Some Don't Want To Convert Because They Want to Continue in Their Sinful Ways

The Spirit of Christ Refuses to Dwell Through Sanctifying Grace in Those Severed From the Church

Those Gathered Outside the Church of Christ

Those Not United to the Body of the Church Are Not Her Members or in Communion With Christ

Those Outside the Church

Those Who Leave the Church

Those Who Make Scripture Mean What They Want it to Mean

Those Who Mention Only Jesus' Clemency

Those Who Reject the Church Reject Christ

Those Who Say They Are Not Confided to Peter Confess That They Are Not Christ's Sheep

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True Holiness Belongs to the Catholic Church Alone

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On The Nullity Of Anglican Orders (Apostolicae Curae), Pope Leo XIII, 1896

On Liberalism And Religious Indifferentism (Mirari Vos), Pope Gregory XVI, 1832

On Promotion Of False Doctrines (Quanto Conficiamur Moerore), Pope Pius IX, 1863

Syllabus Condemning The Errors Of The Modernists (Lamentabili Sane), Pope St. Pius X, 1907

On The Doctrines Of The Modernists (Pascendi Dominici Gregis), Pope St. Pius X, 1907  

The Oath Against Modernism (Sacrorum Antistitum), Pope St. Pius X, 1910

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