Thursday, December 12, 2019

Is "Roman Catholic" a Protestant slur?

In addition to their objections to virtually anything that impugns their self-proclaimed elitist "one true church,"  whose  distinctives are not what is manifest in the only wholly inspired record of what the NT church believed, Roman Catholics also object to the very use of "Roman Catholic"  as being an invented Protestant slur to make Catholics foreigners in their English-speaking countries. " 

However, if this is true than then their church is guilty of making that distinction, even if usually, but not always, adding commas and "apostolic:"
 
Ubi Primum, Pope Leo XII, May 5, 1824: "“By heart we believe and by mouth confess the one Church, not of heretics but the Holy Roman, Catholic , and Apostolic Church outside which we believe that no one is saved.”
Vatican Council I (1870): "The holy, Catholic, Apostolic, Roman Church ..." 
 
Pope Pius XII Mystici Corporis Christi (June 29, 1943): "this true Church of Jesus Christ - which is the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church ..." 
 
Pope Pius XII, Humani Generis (12 August 1950): "the Mystical Body of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church are one and the same thing" 
 
The "Roman" distinction even preceded the Reformation, and continued after it began: 
 
Dictatus Papae (1075): "That the Roman church has never erred; nor will it err to all eternity, the Scripture bearing witness.”

Pope Innocent III profession required of the Waldensians: “With our hearts we believe and with our lips we confess but one Church, not that of the heretics, but the Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church, outside which we believe that no one is saved.” (Denzinger 423) 
 
Bull Cantate Domino, by Pope Eugene IV, 1441: "The most Holy Roman Church..." 
 
Exsurge Domine1 promulgated by Pope Leo X against Martin Luther: "the eminent cardinals of the holy Roman Church ."

QUO PRIMUM TEMPORE, 4 July 1570 "the Holy Roman Church .." Pope Paul IV, Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio of 1559: "the Holy Roman Church ..." 

However, contrary to what the deformation  called Catholicism asserts, the church which the Lord promised to overcome the gates of Hell was not one organic organization outside of which no believers were to be found, but the one true church was and is the body of Christ that the Spirit baptizes every believer into, (1Co. 12:13) and to which He is married. (Eph. 5:25)   "the household of faith."  (Galatians 6:10)

For it uniquely only and always consists 100% of true believers, while organic fellowships in which they express their faith inevitably become admixtures of wheat and tares, with Catholicism and liberal Protestantism being mostly the latter.

No comments:

Post a Comment

I will try to respond to comments within one or two days after I see a response, however, this has not been where I usually engage in dialogue.
Please try to be reasonable, willing to examine things prayerfully and objectively, and refrain from "rants" and profane language, especially regarding God and the Christan faith. The latter type are subject to removal on this Christian blog, but I do try to help people no matter who they are. May all know the grace of God in truth.