PopeWatch: Stamp

 Is the Pope Catholic?  Remember when that was an adage to indicate the affirmative of a statement?
Antonio Socci:“The Vatican in a complete mess with its celebration of Luther the Heretic in the place of Our Lady.  Never-ending shame in the dark age of Bergoglio.
November 1, 2017
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own”. (John 19,25-27).
This is one of the most fundamental moments in the Life of Jesus, the very apex of His redeeming mission. Mary is there and right next to Her is John. From that moment on Mary is the Mother of all those who are to come into the Church: Mater Ecclesiæ, as Paul VI called Her at the closure of the Second Vatican Council.
However,  Holy Mother Church, to commemorate the event of the 95 theses nailed by Martin Luther to the great door of the Wittenberg Church 500 years ago, thought well about issuing a fine stamp, through the Vatican Post Office. It is described like this in the official presentation:
“It depicts Jesus Crucified in the foreground on a gold, timeless background showing Wittenberg city. In an attitude of penance, on their knees respectively on the left and the right of the the Cross, Martin Luther holds a Bible, source and purpose of his doctrine, while Philip Melanchthon, theologian and a friend of Martin Luther’s, one of the most important protagonists of the Reformation, holds in his hand the Augsburg Confession, Confessio Augustuana, the first official exposition of the principles of Protestantism  which were drawn up by him.
Go here to read the rest at Rorate Caeli.  The Church is being led by fools and worse.

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  1. So what was the Vatican’s point? To show that both Martin Luther and Philip are kneeling in repentance for their split from the Church many moons ago? Or is it to “commemorate” a particular event in Church’s history? If it’s the latter, why elevate this event by putting it on a stamp, a Vatican stamp? It is a dark period in the Church’s history….Or is it the Vatican’s way of (again) opening their arms to anybody the Church may have “offended”… I don’t understand the point of this stamp!

  2. A different take.

    It’s fitting that Mary is no where to be seen in this monumental disgrace of Church history.
    Thank goodness that she is not included in this graffiti.

    The artist is capturing a factious moment.
    A celebration of a split..and Our Lady would only wish to unite; “And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, as we also are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me; that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast also loved me.” -John 17:22,23

    To substitute Luther and Philip for Our beloved St. John and Our Mother Mary is expected from a Lutheran Church. To see that this is from the Vatican. (?)

    What next?

    A defilement of the Pieta substituting Our Blessed Mother for Margaret Sanger?
    In Wally’s World anything is possible.

    The Masonic elite have strived for one of there own to be in the Chair of Peter.

    Maybe they hit the jackpot with Francis;

  3. It’s always darkest before dawn, but there is more here that meets the eye.
    The devil has painted himself into a corner…. no wonder there’s a ruckus.
    All other Christian churches have accepted the world’s contraception, except the Catholic Church. Founded by Christ.
    his head crushed, the devil must get the Church to accept contraception. Must. But that’s not going to happen!
    This is all about Humanae Vitae: the destruction of the family in modern world, the failure of so many clergy to believe and Teach, the failure of the Synod, our present debacle with the Pope.
    How can it be that a celibate male clergy can be so terrified in asking married men and women to abstain during 7-10 day’s a month if it’s not time for a child….?? “An Enemy has done this.”
    (When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, stated by Sherlock Holmes)

  4. This stamp would only make sense if the entire Lutheran establishment renounced it’s heresies. Instead we have the opposite. Pope Francis embracing and promoting them. We are surely entering the last days when Christ will find little faith on earth.

  5. NOVEMBER 9, 2017
    The Holy Spirit cannot make a mistake and there is a fundamental mistake in Vatican Council II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

    Compendium : Catechism of the Catholic ChurchThe Catechism of the Catholic Church(1994) is based on Vatican Council II and this is a limitation.Since a foundational theme in Vatican Council II is assuming hypothetical cases are non hypothetical.This is a mistake.It is assumed hypothetical cases are known examples of salvation outside the Church, when there are no such known cases in our reality.It concludes that these hypothetical cases are explicit exceptions to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus(EENS).The error is clear in Lumen Gentium 14 which does not state that everyone needs to enter the Church with no exceptions for salvation but only those who know.In other words, unknown cases of being saved in invincible ignorance are known examplesof salvation outside the Church.

    So everyone does not need to enter, at least not ‘the known cases’ who are saved in invincible ignorance etc.The new doctrinal teaching is onlythose who know need to enter the Church.This is now part of the new ‘developed’ ecclesiology approved in Redemptoris Missio,Dominus Iesus, Balamand Declaration, Christianity and the World Religions, of the International Theological Commission etc.

    This is a subtle error in Vatican Council II which was picked up from the Letter of the Holy Office 1949 to the Archbishop of Boston.In 1949 they tried to eliminate traditional EENS by assuming unknown cases of the baptism of desire(BOD), baptism of blood(BOB) and being saved in invincible ignorance(I.I) were known examples of salvation outside the Church.
    Cardinal Ratzinger instead of correcting the error, if he knew about it, repeated it in the Catechism(1994) in CCC 846,1257 etc.

  6. Lionel Andrades

    As Bl John Henry Newman explained, “One of the most remarkable instances of what I am insisting on is found in a dogma, which no Catholic can ever think of disputing, viz., that “Out of the Church, and out of the faith, is no salvation.” Not to go to Scripture, it is the doctrine of St. Ignatius, St. Irenæus, St. Cyprian in the first three centuries, as of St. Augustine and his contemporaries in the fourth and fifth. It can never be other than an elementary truth of Christianity; and the present Pope has proclaimed it as all Popes, doctors, and bishops before him. But that truth has two aspects, according as the force of the negative falls upon the “Church” or upon the “salvation.” The main sense is, that there is no other communion or so called Church, but the Catholic, in which are stored the promises, the sacraments, and other means of salvation; the other and derived sense is, that no one can be saved who is not in that one and only Church. But it does not follow, because there is no Church but one, which has the Evangelical gifts and privileges to bestow, that therefore no one can be saved without the intervention of that one Church. Anglicans quite understand this distinction; for, on the one hand, their Article says, “They are to be had accursed (anathematizandi) that presume to say, that every man shall be saved by (in) the law or sect which he professeth, so that he be diligent to frame his life according to that law and the light of nature;” while on the other hand they speak of and hold the doctrine of the “uncovenanted mercies of God.” The latter doctrine in its Catholic form is the doctrine of invincible ignorance—or, that it is possible to belong to the soul of the Church without belonging to the body; and, at the end of 1800 years, it has been formally and authoritatively put forward by the present Pope (the first Pope, I suppose, who has done so), on the very same occasion on which he has repeated the fundamental principle of exclusive salvation itself. It is to the purpose here to quote his words; they occur in the course of his Encyclical, addressed to the Bishops of Italy, under date of August 10, 1863.

    “We and you know, that those who lie under invincible ignorance as regards our most Holy Religion, and who, diligently observing the natural law and its precepts, which are engraven by God on the hearts of all, and prepared to obey God, lead a good and upright life, are able, by the operation of the power of divine light and grace, to obtain eternal life.”

    Who would at first sight gather from the wording of so forcible a universal, that an exception to its operation, such as this, so distinct, and, for what we know, so very wide, was consistent with holding it?”

    “But that truth has two aspects” – That is the key to understanding this doctrine and many others.

  7. Ezabelle wrote, “I don’t understand the point of this stamp!”
    Like many small states, the Vatican Post Office derives a considerable revenue from the purchase of its stamps by collectors, anxious to acquire a complete set.

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