I like that the new Pope Francis has elected a popmobile without the bullet proof fish tank. Not because I’m looking forward to his successor, but because I think it’s a great statement of faith in God’s sovereignty: Catholic by theology, Calvinist by practice.
Since Steve’s radio interview about Cripplegate’s polemic posts (not that we’ve said anything fresher than what Luther said 500 years ago), I thought I’d bring back to our attention some quotes from Vatican II to remind us, basically, that “they started it.”
From October 1962 until December 1965, the Second Vatican Council was held to address the Catholic Church’s relationship to the Modern world (read: update God’s revelation to deal with the Pill, etc.)
The authority of the documents published by this council—known in Catholic shorthand as “Vatican II”—are considered to be on par with Scripture. This would have been an ideal time to rectify some of the issues Luther had with his mother church. But alas Vatican II made the Roman Catholic Church more Roman and less catholic (universal) than ever.
To help you decide if Protestantism is outmoded, pertinacious or passé, I offer a few lines from the horse’s own vocal chords for your consideration.
The section titled, “Apostolic Constitutions on the Revision of Indulgences” is dated 1 January 1967. This would be the most opportune place to denounce the crass practice of indulgences (manmade ways of expiating sin) which was addressed by Luther’s first thesis. Instead Pope Paul VI subtitled the first chapter “Indulgence are Founded in Divine Revelation” and writes,
If we wish to understand exactly the doctrine of indulgences and its benefits in practice, we must remember truths which the whole Church, enlightened by God’s word, has always believed. These truths have been taught by the bishops, who are the successors of the apostles…throughout the centuries to this day.” (Sect 6, chapt 1, para 1).
Sins must be expiated. This may be done on this earth through the sorrows, miseries, trials of this life and, above all, through death. Otherwise the expiation must be made in the next life through fire and torments or purifying punishments… The doctrine of purgatory clearly demonstrates that even when the guilt of sin has been taken away, punishment for it or the consequences of it may remain to be expiated or cleansed. They often are. In fact, in purgatory the souls of those who died in the charity of God and truly repentant, but who had not made satisfaction with adequate penance for their sins and omissions are cleansed after death with punishments designed to purge their debt.”( (Sect 6, chapt 1, para 3).
So, even the truly repentant sinner still needs to be punished, contra Rom 5: 6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly…6: 10For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.
The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by Mary’s obedience: what the virgin Eve bound through disbelief, Mary loosened by her faith…death through Eve, life through Mary,” (Para 56).
In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the work of the Savior in restoring supernatural life tot souls,” (Para 61).
Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside her saving office, but by her manifold intercession continues to bring gifts of eternal salvation…, Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles Advocate, Helper, Benefactress and Mediatrix.” (Para 62).
Rom 5: 19For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
1 John 2: 1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
1 Tim 2: 5For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
Methinks Martin Luther would in this modern era drive his VW Beetle (or other German car) straight to Home Depot, purchase a mallet and some 2 inch nails, and find the closest door to start pounding on.
The Protestant church is hoarse from protesting the same issues for 500 years. But the YRR crowd are reviving a new generation of Reformers. And theCripplegate.com is one of many new Wittenberg doors.