Vatican: Priests Have ‘More Power Than God Himself’

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Neon Nettle: Power of Consecrating: The supreme power of the priestly office is the power of consecrating. ‘No act is greater,’ says St. Thomas, ‘than the consecration of the body of Christ.’ In this essential phase of the sacred ministry, the power of the priest is not surpassed by that of the bishop, the archbishop, the cardinal or the pope. Indeed it is equal to that of Jesus Christ. For in this role the priest speaks with the voice and the authority of God Himself. When the priest pronounces the tremendous works of Consecration, he reaches up into heavens, brings Christ down from His throne, and places Him upon our altar to be offered up again as the victim for the sins of man.

“It is a power greater than that of monarchs and emperors: it is greater than that of saints and angels, greater than that of Seraphim and Cherubim. Indeed it is greater even than the power of the Virgin Mary. For, while the Blessed Virgin was the human agency by which Christ became incarnate a single time, the priest brings Christ down from heaven, and renders Him present on our altar as the eternal Victim for the sins of man – not once but a thousand times! The priest speaks and lo! Christ the Eternal and Omnipotent God, bows His head in humble obedience to the priest’s command.” Of what sublime dignity is the office of the Christian priest who is thus privileged to act as the ambassador and the vicegerent of Christ on earth! He continues the essential ministry of Christ; he teaches the faithful with the authority of Christ, he pardons the penitent sinner with the power of Christ, he offers up again the same sacrifice of adoration and atonement which Christ offered on Calvary. No wonder that the name which spiritual writers are especially found of applying to the priest is that of ‘alter Christus.’

For the priest is and should be another Christ” (Faith of Millions, John O’Brien, Ph.D., LL.D., 268-269, “nihil obstat” by Rev. T. E. Dillon-Censor Librorum and “imprimatur” by John Francis Noll, D.D. -Bishop of Fort Wayne). more …

Opinion: First, I want to encourage you to click on the ‘more’ link above because this blasphemous quote by John A. O’Brien is followed by two equally troubling quotes by church leaders.

Second, John A. O’Brien was a highly esteemed Catholic professor who wrote 45 books and hundreds of pamphlets and articles. In 1973, the University of Notre Dame awarded him the Laetare Medal. He died April 18, 1980 in South Bend, Indiana.

Third, we need to pray that the 1.2 billion souls who remain faithful to this church receive the truth of the Gospel and place the name of Jesus above all names:

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

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  1. Author: Very interesting and very enlightening!

    First: This is more proof that the RC church considers itself the “doxological centrality” of Scripture and not God’s plan, purpose, and pleasure. The RC church is the very pinnacle of this blasphemous self projected and narcissistic perception. However, many Protestant denominations, movements, and cults are just a bit further down from the top of the pinnacle. Starting during the Augustinian era, much of Christendom has evolved into a self absorbed fetid pot of nonsense and heresy. As George Peters notes in his work “The Theocratic Kingdom,” if we are the kingdom then which denomination, movement, or cult is the true representative of this kingdom?

    Second: In my thesis, I coin the concept of “endogamous scholarship” – that of keeping knowledge, through written work and research, within a modest “family” of self imposed doctrine and presupposition, and the “cherry picking” of certain Bible passages (and ignoring or spiritualizing others) that perpetrate a tainted heretical view of truth thus abrogating the true meaning of Scripture. This endogamous form of scholarship is prevalent in many of our seminaries. Graduates, post graduates, and PhD degrees are awarded and cycled within the confines and restraints of these bastions of “religious” thought. Dare you not deviate from the protocols of our belief and faith! A good analogy of this “process” is found in the movie “The Truman Story” staring Jim Carey and Ed Harris. Truman is never allowed to leave his neighborhood and is kept from leaving to seek his own way by constant diversions and manipulation. Hence, his truth is stunted and is a product of his endogamous environment – he is not allowed to break free to see total truth and reality. PhD William Hendriksen and his early 1900s Princetonian amillennial clique are a stark example of this phenomenon. Many other examples can be cited.

    Last: Tragic is the fact that over a billion souls are “captured” by RC nonsense perpetrated by an endogamous clique of RC PhDs and by church hierarchy and tradition. Since before the time of Augustine, man has become the basis of interpreting Scripture, not God. The very early church was the church of prayer and persecution. After Constantine and Theodosian made Christianity the state “religion,” the church became one of power, position, and prosperity dictating what is truth and what is not. “Sola Scriptura” fell by the wayside and the church declared itself the “kingdom (Augustine’s “City of God,” book 17 and book 20).” And at the Council of Ephesis in 431, the premillennial view was abolished. 1600 years later, most of Christendom still holds to this jaded Augustinian view. Bottom line, beware of the gobbledygook that some PhDs babble.

  2. Well I clicked on more and once again I see the RC church talking about purgatory. Did they get this from the book of Enoch or is there another reason that they talk about it?
    Other than that question, I agree with Centurion and Author. They should be careful when they make themselves as important if not more important than God. They should try a dose of humility.

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