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The Aggressive Intentions of the Papacy
Summary: The historian Ranke says this about Protestant-Catholic relations: "In the year
1617, everything betokened a decisive conflict between them. The Catholic party
appears to have felt itself the superior. At all events it was the first to take
Many Americans would be surprised to learn that one of the greatest opponents
of civil and religious liberty is the Roman Catholic Church.
Here are several quotes highlighting the Papacy's aggressive intentions:
Hector MacPherson, The Jesuits in History (Edinburgh: Macniven and Wallace, 1914): 52, 85, 100:
...that the Jesuits were actively plotting for the extermination of Protestantism was no fiction of Oates, but a most certain and deadly fact...
At the Reformation the Irish race remained Romanist ; and the miseries which came upon it must be in the main traced to the Jesuits, who used Ireland as a factor in their scheme of overthrowing the Protestantism of England and establishing a Roman Catholic dynasty completely under the control of the Papacy.
...wherever the Jesuits went, they placed the worldly prosperity and the political influence of their Order above all religious considerations. In accordance with their secret policy they set themselves to gain influence at Court; and, in order to carry their point, they were willing to countenance assassination, sedition, etc.
Pope Nicholas I in a letter to the King of Bulgaria in 860 AD:
I glorify you for having maintained your authority by putting to death those wandering sheep who refused to enter the fold; and you not only have not sinned, by showing a holy rigour, but I even congratulate you on having opened the kingdom of heaven to the people submitted to your rule. A king need not fear to command massacres, when these will retain his subjects in obedience, or cause them to submit to the faith of Christ; and God will reward him in this world, and in eternal life, for these murders.Pope Urban II's address in Clermont, France in November 1095:
If you must have blood, bathe in the blood of infidels. Soldiers of hell, become soldiers of the living God!Pope Gregory XVI, Immortale Dei (November 1, 1885):
The unrestrained freedom of thinking and of openly making known one’s thoughts is not inherent in the rights of citizens and is by no means worthy of favor and support.Pope Pius IX, Quanta Cura (December 8, 1864):
Which false and perverse opinions [of democracy and individual
freedom] are on that ground the more to be detested, because they chiefly tend
to this, that that salutary influence be impeded and (even) removed, which the
Catholic Church, according to the institution and command of her Divine Author,
should freely exercise even to the end of the world -- not only over private
individuals, but over nations, peoples, and their sovereign princes; and (tend
also) to take away that mutual fellowship and concord of counsels between Church
and State which has ever proved itself propitious and salutary, both for
religious and civil interests...
15. Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which,
guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true.
Shall I hold out hopes to the Protestant that I will not meddle with his creed, if he will not meddle with mine? Shall I lead him to think that religion is a matter for private opinion, and tempt him to forget that he has no more right to his religious views than he has to my purse, or my house, or my life blood? No! Catholicism is the most intolerant of creeds. It is intolerance itself, for it is the truth itself. We might as rationally maintain that two and two does not make four as the theory of Religious Liberty. Its impiety is only equaled by its absurdity.”Catholic World (August 1871): 735:
We do not accept it [i.e., the Constitutional Republic of the United States of America], or hold it to be any government at all…If the American Republic is to be sustained and preserved at all, it must be by the rejection of the principle of the [Protestant] Reformation, and the acceptance of the Catholic principle...Civilta Cattolica (House organ of the Jesuits):
Fascism is the regime that corresponds most closely to the concepts of the Church of Rome.Western Watchman (A Roman Catholic publication out of St. Louis):
The [Roman Catholic] church has persecuted. Only a tyro [i.e., novice] in church history will deny that…one hundred and fifty years after [Roman Emperor] Constantine, the Donatists were persecuted and sometimes put to death…Protestants were persecuted in France and Spain with the full approval of the [Roman Catholic] church authorities…When she [i.e., the Roman Catholic Church] thinks it good to use physical force, she will use it.”Father Charles Chiniquy, The Priest, The Woman and the Confessional (BiblioBazaar, 2007): 104:
Have not the popes publicly and repeatedly anathematized the sacred principle of Liberty of Conscience? Have they not boldly said, in the teeth of the nations of Europe, that Liberty of Conscience must be destroyed – killed at any cost? Has not the whole world heard the sentence of death to liberty coming from the lips of the old man of the Vatican?”David Hunt, A Woman Rides the Beast (Harvest House, 1994): 126:
The Constitution of the United States was condemned by the Papacy because it separated church and state and prohibited the establishment of any religion by the government. The popes, on the other hand, had long required governments to make Roman Catholicism the official religion and to prohibit the practice of any other.Dr. William P. Grady:
During a sermon in 1850, [Roman Catholic] Archbishop John Hughes of New York, the nation’s leading Vatican spokesman, acknowledged that a conspiracy to subjugate free America did exist after all. The Catholic press was ecstatic. An excerpt from ‘Shepherd of the Valley’, the official journal of the [Roman Catholic] Bishop of St. Louis, declared, ‘If Catholics ever gain a sufficient numerical majority in this country, religious freedom is at an end. So our enemies say, so we believe.’ [Catholic Archbishop] Hughes’ own paper, the ‘New York Freeman’ brazenly announced, ‘No man has a right to choose his religion.’Bill Hughes, The Secret Terrorists (Truth Triumphant Ministries): 138:
For over 200 years, the goal [of the Jesuits] has been the complete destruction of the United States Constitution…In the religious arena, the goal of the Jesuits is to wipe out any trace of Protestantism and other religions, and to restore worldwide domination by the pope.