Here I sit again, wondering where to go with all of this. The historically verifiable facts are so staggering against the Roman Catholic Church as an institution that I can’t possibly give my readers a complete summary of all the damage that has been done to humanity in general due to the corrupt natures of many unbelievably powerful men, beginning with the Church’s inception, some 200 years after Peter’s martyrdom. The papacy very simply did not exist in the first few centuries of Christianity. And it most definitely did not have the blessings of Jesus or Peter, whom they claim as their first pope!
We know that:
- CONSTANTINE ruled as the Roman emperor from AD 306 to 337. As a political maneuver, he gave freedom to Christians — who up to that point had suffered deadly persecution — but he also gave official status to paganism alongside Christianity. Constantine called himself Vicarius Christi, Vicar of Christ, which when translated into Greek literally means “Antichrist” or “another Christ.”
- “In the Middle Ages, the bishops of Rome began to claim that they were the sole representatives of Christ upon earth.” (Source: A Woman Rides the Beast, by Dave Hunt) They demanded that the entire church worldwide must be subject to their rule and took the name ‘papa’ or pope for themselves. They claimed absolute power over kingdoms, people and property, and at that point, extreme corruption entered the Roman Catholic Church.
- The R.C. Church was guilty of torturing and killing Christians who refused to honor them above Jesus Christ. “… even Catholic historians admit that among the popes were some of the most degenerate and unconscionable ogres in all of history. Their numerous outrageous crimes, many of which are almost beyond belief, have been recited by many historians from preserved documents that reveal the depths of papal depravity … To call any of these men ‘His Holiness, Vicar of Christ’ makes a mockery of holiness and of Christ. Yet the name of each one of these unbelievably wicked popes — mass murderers, fornicators, robbers, warmongers, some guilty of the massacre of thousands — is emblazoned in honor on the Church’s official list of popes.” (Dave Hunt)
- From the archives of all of the Catholic tribunals, it has been reported that during the Roman, Medieval and Spanish Inquisitions — the institution of the Catholic Church for combating” heresy” — hundreds of thousands of people were tortured and killed. One Catholic historian wrote: “When Napoleon conquered Spain in 1808, a Polish officer in his army, Colonel Lemanouski, reported that the Dominicans [in charge of the Inquisition] blockaded themselves in the monastery in Madrid. When Lamanouski’s troops forced entry, the inquisitors denied the existence of any torture chambers. The soldiers searched the monastery and discovered them [the torture chambers] under the floors. The chambers were full of prisoners, all naked, many insane. The French troops, used to cruelty and blood, could not stomach the sight. They emptied the torture-chambers, laid gunpowder to the monastery and blew the place up.” (History of the Inquisition by Canon Llorente) The remnants of some of the chambers of horror can still be visited today.
- “Beside those victims of the Inquisition, there were Huguenots, Albigenses, Waldenses, and other Christians who were massacred, tortured, and burned at the stake by the hundreds of thousands SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO ALIGN THEMSELVES WITH THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND ITS CORRUPTION AND HERETICAL DOGMAS AND PRACTICES. Out of conscience they tried to follow the teachings of Christ and the apostles independent of Rome, and for that crime they were maligned, hunted, imprisoned, tortured and slain.” (Dave Hunt)
- The current Pope Benedict cannot apologize for historical atrocities because it will undermine the Church’s claim that the Pope is infallible and must be obeyed.
The Catholic Church’s treatment of the Jews has been somewhat more humane. But the popes went to great lengths to separate Catholic Christians from the chosen people of God, claiming that the Church replaced Israel when Christ was crucified.
We’ll look at that next …