The Catechism of the Catholic Church v Dom Lefebvre on Original Sin.

II. ORIGINAL SIN

Freedom put to the test

396 God created man in his image and established him in his friendship. A spiritual creature, man can live this friendship only in free submission to God. The prohibition against eating “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” spells this out: “for in the day that you eat of it, you shall die.”276 The “tree of the knowledge of good and evil”277 symbolically evokes the insurmountable limits that man, being a creature, must freely recognize and respect with trust. Man is dependent on his Creator, and subject to the laws of creation and to the moral norms that govern the use of freedom.

Man’s first sin

397 Man, tempted by the devil, let his trust in his Creator die in his heart and, abusing his freedom, disobeyed God’s command. This is what man’s first sin consisted of.278 All subsequent sin would be disobedience toward God and lack of trust in his goodness.

398 In that sin man preferred himself to God and by that very act scorned him. He chose himself over and against God, against the requirements of his creaturely status and therefore against his own good. Constituted in a state of holiness, man was destined to be fully “divinized” by God in glory. Seduced by the devil, he wanted to “be like God”, but “without God, before God, and not in accordance with God”.279

399 Scripture portrays the tragic consequences of this first disobedience. Adam and Eve immediately lose the grace of original holiness.280 They become afraid of the God of whom they have conceived a distorted image – that of a God jealous of his prerogatives.281

400 The harmony in which they had found themselves, thanks to original justice, is now destroyed: the control of the soul’s spiritual faculties over the body is shattered; the union of man and woman becomes subject to tensions, their relations henceforth marked by lust and domination.282 Harmony with creation is broken: visible creation has become alien and hostile to man.283 Because of man, creation is now subject “to its bondage to decay”.284 Finally, the consequence explicitly foretold for this disobedience will come true: man will “return to the ground”,285 for out of it he was taken. Death makes its entrance into human history.286

401 After that first sin, the world is virtually inundated by sin There is Cain’s murder of his brother Abel and the universal corruption which follows in the wake of sin. Likewise, sin frequently manifests itself in the history of Israel, especially as infidelity to the God of the Covenant and as transgression of the Law of Moses. And even after Christ’s atonement, sin raises its head in countless ways among Christians.287 Scripture and the Church’s Tradition continually recall the presence and universality of sin in man’s history:

What Revelation makes known to us is confirmed by our own experience. For when man looks into his own heart he finds that he is drawn towards what is wrong and sunk in many evils which cannot come from his good creator. Often refusing to acknowledge God as his source, man has also upset the relationship which should link him to his last end, and at the same time he has broken the right order that should reign within himself as well as between himself and other men and all creatures.288

The consequences of Adam’s sin for humanity

402 All men are implicated in Adam’s sin, as St. Paul affirms: “By one man’s disobedience many (that is, all men) were made sinners”: “sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned.”289 The Apostle contrasts the universality of sin and death with the universality of salvation in Christ. “Then as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men.”290

403  Following St. Paul, the Church has always taught that the overwhelming misery which oppresses men and their inclination towards evil and death cannot be understood apart from their connection with Adam’s sin and the fact that he has transmitted to us a sin with which we are all born afflicted, a sin which is the “death of the soul”.291 Because of this certainty of faith, the Church baptizes for the remission of sins even tiny infants who have not committed personal sin.292

404 How did the sin of Adam become the sin of all his descendants? The whole human race is in Adam “as one body of one man”.293 By this “unity of the human race” all men are implicated in Adam’s sin, as all are implicated in Christ’s justice. Still, the transmission of original sin is a mystery that we cannot fully understand. But we do know by Revelation that Adam had received original holiness and justice not for himself alone, but for all human nature. By yielding to the tempter, Adam and Eve committed a personal sin, but this sin affected the human nature that they would then transmit in a fallen state.294 It is a sin which will be transmitted by propagation to all mankind, that is, by the transmission of a human nature deprived of original holiness and justice. And that is why original sin is called “sin” only in an analogical sense: it. Still, the transmission of original sin is a mystery that we cannot fully understand. But we do know by Revelation that Adam had received original holiness and justice not for himself alone, but for all human nature. By yielding to the tempter, Adam and Eve committed a personal sin, but this sin affected the human nature that they would then transmit in a fallen state.294 It is a sin which will be transmitted by propagation to all mankind, that is, by the transmission of a human nature deprived of original holiness and justice. And that is why original sin is called “sin” only in an analogical sense: it is a sin “contracted” and not “committed” – a state and not an an act.

405 Although it is proper to each individual,295 original sin does not have the character of a personal fault in any of Adam’s descendants. It is a deprivation of original holiness and justice, but human nature has not been totally corrupted: it is wounded in the natural powers proper to it, subject to ignorance, suffering and the dominion of death, and inclined to sin – an inclination to evil that is called concupiscence”. Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ’s grace, erases original sin and turns a man back towards God, but the consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summon him to spiritual battle.

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Dom Lefebvre on Original Sin

What is dignity? According to Catholic tradition, man derives dignity from his perfection, i.e, from his knowledge of the truth and his acquisition of the good.  Man is worthy of respect in accordance with his intention to obey God, not in accordance with his errors, which will inevitably lead to sin. When Eve the first sinner succumbed, she said, “The serpent deceived me.” Her sin and that of Adam led to the downfall of human dignity, from which we have suffered ever since.

Firstly, it is NOT Catholic teaching that man derives dignity from his perfection! Man’s dignity according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church is solely due to the fact that of all created visible beings he is the only one ‘ to know and be able to love his Creator’

. “IN THE IMAGE OF GOD”

356 Of all visible creatures only man is “able to know and love his creator”.219 He is “the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake”,220 and he alone is called to share, by knowledge and love, in God’s own life. It was for this end that he was created, and this is the fundamental reason for his dignity:

What made you establish man in so great a dignity? Certainly the incalculable love by which you have looked on your creature in yourself! You are taken with love for her; for by love indeed you created her, by love you have given her a being capable of tasting your eternal Good.221

357 Being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone. He is capable of self-knowledge, of self-possession and of freely giving himself and entering into communion with other persons. And he is called by grace to a covenant with his Creator, to offer him a response of faith and love that no other creature can give in his stead.

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Secondly, Adam’s disobedience, his distrust in God, his scorning of God and his preference for himself over God and the resulting tragic consequences for mankind is reduced by Dom Lefebvre to a mere loss of dignity? That the dogma of the Immaculate Conception simply means that Our Lady retained her dignity on conception whereas the rest of fallen mankind lost it?

And then in Chapter 8 of the “Letter”, Dom Lefevbre criticises one of the new catechisms by saying :-Orignal sin (printed between quotation marks) is “an illness from birth,” “an infirmity going back to the origins of humanity,” something very vague and inexplicable. 

I cannot imagine anything more vague or inexplicable as Dom Lefebvre’s contention that the result of Adam’s disobedience was the downfall of human dignity!

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Thus Dom Lefebvre, complying with the strategy marked out by God’s enemies, minimises the gravity of Original Sin to mankind’s mere loss of dignity and consequently negates the enormity of Our Lord God, Jesus Christ’s redemptive sacrifice.

To be continued.

He who wishes to persuade men, is led to act tortuously and insincerely, and to employ deceit and falsehood, in order to engage the assent of his hearers. But he who addresses himself to God, and desires to please Him, needs simplicity and purity of mind, for God cannot be deceived. St. John Chrysostom Homilies on the Epistle to the Galatians.

The tortuous logic and deceit of Dom Lefebvre.

I groaned inwardly when I realised I would have to read Dom Lefebvre’s ” An Open Letter to Confused Catholics ” again to write this post. The idea of having to wade through that verbiage of obsfucations, sophistry, logical fallacies, half truths, downright lies and bad arithmetic again, repelled me. If you were not a Confused Catholic at the beginning of the book, you certainly are at the end! When reading his deceitful words and sly, dissembling sentences and paragraphs, I get the impression that Satan is whispering in my ear and I feel physically sick. His modus operandi is to cite the doctrines of the Church which he claims to uphold and which he then goes on to attenuate, qualify or deny outright a few paragraphs or pages later, or sometimes even in the same sentence!

What particularly disgusts and angers me, are his humbugging lamentations, hand wringing and crocodile tears over the state of the Church today, coupled with his refusal to identify clearly and condemn severely the cause of this destruction which were the heretical teachings of the documents produced in Vatican II; Link ; heresies which, he mendaciously affirms in his ‘Letter’, were always the doctrines of the Church. He describes meetings with Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II, purportedly lamenting the state of the Church, when in reality they must have been congratulating each other on the success of their strategy to destroy the Catholic Church, the Catholic Faith and hoodwink the faithful.

to be continued.

The War Against God

The Military Strategy of God’s Enemies.

What truly is the point of departure of the enemies of religion for the sowing of the great and serious errors by which the faith of so many is shaken? They begin by denying that man has fallen by sin and been cast down from his former position. Hence they regard as mere fables original sin and the evils that were its consequence. Humanity vitiated in its source vitiated in its turn the whole race of man; and thus was evil introduced amongst men and the necessity for a Redeemer involved. All this rejected it is easy to understand that no place is left for Christ, for the Church, for grace or for anything that is above and beyond nature; in one word the whole edifice of faith is shaken from top to bottom.  Link

The Weapons of Mass Destruction.

The HERETICAL doctrines of  salvation by Baptism of Desire, Blood and Invincible Ignorance

Hence heretical doctrines, and works inspired by them, constitute the greatest of all sins with the exception of the formal hate against God, of which only the demons in hell and the damned are capable.

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The Means of Delivery.

To effect a confusion of ideas is an old scheme of the Devil. Not to understand clearly and precisely is generally the source of intellectual error. In time of schism and heresy, to cloud and distort the proper sense of words is a fruitful artifice of Satan, and it is as easy to lay snares for the intellectually proud as for the innocent. Every heresy in the Church bears testimony to Satan’s success in deceiving the human intellect by obscuring and perverting the meaning of words. Arianism was a battle of words and owed its long continued success to its verbal chicanery. Pelagianism and Jansenism showed the same characteristic, and today Liberalism is as cunning and obscure as any of its heretical predecessors. (64)

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‘Hence they regard as mere fables original sin and the evils that were its consequence’ Pius X. Ad Diem Ad Laetissnum. Feb 2nd 1904

When I started defending the doctrine of EENS, I had assumed that the heresies of salvation by desire, blood and invincible ignorance had been propagated to appease the sentimental sensibilities of those Catholics and followers of other religions who could not believe that God would be so MEAN as to condemn so many people to eternal perdition.

But on further reflection I realised that these heresies were the chosen weapons of God’s enemies to destroy the whole foundation on which the Catholic Faith was built, that of the reality of Original Sin and the necessity our Lord Jesus Christ, God Incarnate’s, redemptive sacrifice.

By affirming that men in a state of Original Sin could go to heaven they negate the gravity of Original Sin. By negating the gravity of Original Sin they debase, demean and diminish the enormity of God’s loving sacrifice to redeem fallen mankind and in doing so deny the Unity and Trinity of God, God the Creator, God The Redeemer and God the Sanctifier, they deny God Himself. Link

Our Lord Jesus Christ is reduced to a mere mythical figure like any other god in the pantheon of gods invented by mankind to make sense of our existence; His Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection reduced to the level of a mere fable.   Since Vatican II, the Popes have reinforced this idea with their ecumenical prayer meetings; God is now just one of the many gods on offer from which to pick and choose.

I used to be bemused by so many Catholics who would put on their facebook page a prayer to Our Lady, followed by a reflection from Buddhism, or Hinduism, or Gandhi, Martin Luther King or any other self-help guru. I now understand that they are only following the example set by the post-Vatican II Popes.

This policy of the deliberate negation of the gravity of Original Sin has been so successful that even a devout, pious, intelligent Catholic had been led to believe that mortal sin was more serious than Original Sin.

Ironically however, with the the negation of the doctrines of Original Sin and EENS at Vatican II, the FACT and the REALITY of Original Sin has never been more evident. As Joe Sobran put it, after Vatican II, the world seems to have lost its centre of gravity. Abortion has been legalised in many countries; euthanasia has been legalised in some ex-Catholic countries, whose example the rest of the world is now determined to follow; sodomy has become generally accepted and homosexual marriage been pushed down the throats of many people whose faith and ability to resist has been severely compromised by the inaction of religious leaders; pornography is ubiquitous; they are pushing for the legalisation of polygamy and incest; environmental and ecological legislation means we worship at the temple of Gaia. Every single government, both national and supranational, is corrupt. Every single arm of government, eg. the police and military is corrupt. Every single profession, the legal, medical and the teaching, has been corrupted.  Our world today must be very similar to the world that existed before the Incarnation and I am sure worse is to come.

 

 

 

 

Original Sin, Mortal Sin and the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

I was trying to convince one of the members of the community I used to belong to, of the Church’s dogmas regarding baptism, faith and salvation, when I had this, initially perplexing, but, ultimately illuminating, exchange with him.

This man asked me if an unbaptised person (i.e. someone who was in a state of original sin) who had not committed a mortal sin would not be saved? I replied, quoting the dogmas, with excerpts from scripture, the Church Fathers etc. saying that No, he wouldn’t be saved. Obviously, my explanations were unsatisfactory because he kept coming back to me with the same question and I kept repeating the same answer. This man is a very intelligent and pious man for whom I have an enormous respect, and I knew that something was really bugging him otherwise he wouldn’t keep insisting with the question, but for the life of me, I couldn’t understand what it was.

Then, (I remember clearly because it was the eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception), the light dawned, that for this Catholic, a mortal sin was more serious than original sin!

Obviously, this was the rational conclusion to arrive at given the FSSPX’s teachings that a man in a state of original sin could be saved if he were ‘invincibly ignorant’ or had the ” implicit desire to do God’s will”, whereas a baptised Catholic in a state of mortal sin would go to Hell.

And this too is the only conclusion to be drawn from this statement by Dom Lefebvre:- Baptism of desire can be explicit. Many times in Africa I heard one of our catechumens say to me, “Father, baptize me straightaway because if I die before you come again, I shall go to hell.” I told him “No, if you have no mortal sin on your conscience and if you desire baptism, then you already have the grace in you.”

To demonstrate the difference in the severity of the two states, I reminded him that a Catholic in a state of mortal sin can be absolved by a priest, through the sacrament of Confession, by an act of sincere repentance and a desire to amend, but the redemption of mankind from original sin required the humble Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Our Lord God, Jesus Christ.

Then it occurred to me that if, as the Church and the ‘traditional sects’ now believe and teach, that men in a state of original sin, who are ‘invincibly ignorant’ or have ‘the desire to do God’s will’, can go to Heaven without being baptised and professing the Catholic faith, then the Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ was totally unnecessary; for what was the state of mankind before the Incarnation of Our Lord but of invincible ignorance?

These heresies also have implications for the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, because, if original sin is not as bad as mortal sin and men in a state of original sin can go to Heaven because of their ‘invincible ignorance’ or ‘desire to do God’s will’, whilst men in a state of mortal sin are condemned to Hell, then the fact that Our Lady, Mother of God Incarnate, was conceived without the stain of original sin is not such a unique distinction!

The Diabolical Implications of Dom Lefebvre’s Heretical Teachings

Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:5

 Dom Lefebvre:- This consists in doing the will of God. God knows all men and He knows that amongst Protestants, Muslims, Buddhists and in the whole of humanity there are men of good will. They receive the grace of baptism without knowing it, but in an effective way. In this way they become part of the Church.

  1. Dom Lefebvre here affirms that Our Lord Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, lied or, at least, didn’t really mean what he was saying, when he taught that to enter the Kingdom of God a man needs to be born again of water and the Holy Ghost. Dom Lefebvre denied the dogmas of the faith:- that God is absolute veracity and that baptism of water (baptismus fluminis) is, since the promulgation of the Gospel, necessary for all men without exception for salvation. Link
  2. If men in a state of original sin, can be saved through the ‘desire to do God’s will’ or ‘invincible ignorance’, then the Incarnation, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Our Lord, God Incarnate, was totally unnecessary, for what was the state of mankind before the Incarnation of Our Lord but of ‘invincible’ignorance’ and original sin.  These heresies negate the whole of the Church’s teaching regarding Original Sin and the humble, redemptive sacrifice of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, God Incarnate.
  3. The martyrs were complete and utter fools! They could have recanted their faith in order to save their lives, because if it were true that God knows that “amongst Protestants, Muslims and Buddhists and in the whole of humanity there are men of good will” who deserve to be saved, it would surely not be beyond His powers to identify those baptised Catholics amongst them, who were only pretending to follow the faith of idolaters but who sincerely, in their heart of hearts, believed and professed the Catholic faith and thus merited salvation?
  4. Most Protestant sects with their heretical belief in Sola Scriptura believe that baptism with water is necessary for salvation and all believe that Buddhists, Muslims and animists are idolaters. Dom Lefebvre not only denied the dogmas of the Faith but the First Commandment ‘Thou shalt not have other Gods before me.’
  5. According to Dom Lefebvre a person can hold the following beliefs all his life and still be saved by the implicit desire to do God’s will:-  amongst other heretical beliefs, Buddhists are pantheists and they believe in karma and the transmigration of souls and that the material world is intrinsically evil; Muslims, amongst other heresies, deny the Trinity, the Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ,  believe in predestination and deny that man has been given free will; Protestants believe in the heresies, Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide, amongst others. They deny the primacy of the Pope, the authority of the Church as the deposit of faith, the institution of the priesthood , the Mass and the Sacraments and oppose the veneration of Our Lady, the Mother of God.
  6.  Ironically, the only belief that Dom Lefebvre does not accept is that of EENS!  Does that mean that no Protestant, no Muslim, no Buddhist or animist will be saved? No, it would be a second error to think that. Link

But beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but within are ravening wolves. Matt 7:15

Dom Lefebvre, the FSSPX, the CMRI, the FSSP and the ‘Resistance’ and, of course, all the Vatican II Popes, Bishops and clergy.

“We must say it clearly: such a concept is radically opposed to Catholic dogma. The Church is the one ark of salvation, and we must not be afraid to affirm it.  You have often heard it said, “Outside the Church there is no salvation”–a dictum which offends contemporary minds. It is easy to believe that this doctrine is no longer in effect, that it has been dropped. It seems excessively severe.

Yet nothing, in fact, has changed;  nothing can be changed in this area. Our Lord  did not found a number of churches: He founded only One.  There is only one Cross by which we can be saved, and that Cross has been given to the Catholic Church. It has not been given to others.  To His Church, His mystical bride, Christ has given all graces.  No grace in the world, no grace in the history of humanity is distributed except through her.

Does that mean that no Protestant, no Muslim, no Buddhist or animist will be saved? No, it would be a second error to think that. Those who cry for intolerance in interpreting St. Cyprian’s formula, “Outside the Church there is no salvation,” also reject the Creed, “I confess one baptism for the remission of sins,” and are insufficiently instructed as to what baptism is. There are three ways of receiving it: the baptism of water; the baptism of blood (that of the martyrs who confessed the faith while still catechumens) and baptism of desire.

Baptism of desire can be explicit. Many times in Africa I heard one of our catechumens say to me, “Father, baptize me straightaway because if I die before you come again, I shall go to hell.” I told him “No, if you have no mortal sin on your conscience and if you desire baptism, then you already have the grace in you.”

The doctrine of the Church also recognizes implicit baptism of desire.  This consists in doing the will of God. God knows all men and He knows that amongst Protestants, Muslims, Buddhists and in the whole of humanity there are men of good will. They receive the grace of baptism without knowing it, but in an effective way. In this way they become part of the Church.

The error consists in thinking that they are saved by their religion.  They are saved in their religion but not by it. There is no Buddhist church in heaven, no Protestant church. This is perhaps hard to accept, but it is the truth. I did not found the Church, but rather Our Lord the Son of God.  As priests we must state the truth.’

From “An Open letter to Confused Catholics”

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 I am a ‘frozen in time’ Catholic. I was catechised before Vatican II and until a few years ago, I hadn’t realised that the Church had changed it’s teachings regarding baptism and salvation because I been taught that such a thing was impossible. When I read this for the first time, I had been a member of an FSSPX/Resistance community for four years and I had been led to believe that Dom Lefebvre had almost single-handedly saved the Catholic Church, the Catholic Faith and the Mass from annihilation. My first reaction on reading this was to almost faint with shock that any Catholic, never mind a Catholic Bishop, could believe and propagate such vile heresies regarding Baptism of Desire, implicit and explicit, and salvation.

My second reaction was pure outrage at the egregious insult these heresies represent to all the Holy Martyrs; Irish, English, Spanish, Italian, American, German, French, Japanese, Mexican etc. who had died at the hands of Protestants, Muslims, Buddhists, even animists(!) because they had refused to deny the Catholic Faith. Martyrs who had willingly and often joyfully gone to their deaths because they were firm in their conviction that the Catholic faith was the only means of salvation.