Daily Mail: ‘In the Closet of the Vatican‘ claims homophobic priests are most likely to be gay
- 570-page expose to be released next week as Pope holds sex abuse summit
- Author Frederic Martel said book exposes double life of some senior clerics
- Found some had discreet relationships with men, while others used prostitutes
French sociologist and journalist Frederic Martel, who spent four years conducting 1,500 interviews for the book, found that some priests maintained discreet long term relationships, while others lived double lives having casual sex with gay partners and using male prostitutes. more …
(‘In the Closet of the Vatican’ claims Colombian Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo was an arch-defender of the church’s teaching on homosexuality while using male prostitutes)
Opinion: Catholic faithful have gone silent. Editor and I have family that remain Catholic, still following Biblical errors that were taught to us in Catholic elementary school. There is an eerie code of silence even among themselves.
The teaching that there is no salvation outside the Roman Catholic church is straight out of the Catholic Catechism 846, and is very powerful and hard to undo without sound Biblical teaching.
“Outside the Church there is no salvation”
846 How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers?335 Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body: Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: The one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in His body which is the church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men can enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic church was founded as necessity by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or remain in it.”
Corporate salvation is part and parcel of Replacement theology. By transferring the promises of the Abrahamic Covenant to the church, Romans 9:26, “all Israel will be saved” is transferred as well.
The early church fathers beginning with Origen and later given authority by Augustine taught that the Scriptures and prophecies are to be read allegorically. That the Old Testament is a collection of stories that were simply meant to teach us how to live. Certainly not actual events.
Once a child is immersed in teachings that the Bible is best read only by church leaders (Magisterium) and salvation comes only through the Catholic church, that child as an adult has no Scriptural framework with which to grasp Ephesians 2:8-9.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
I know, I was one.
In fact, the Catechism teaches that grace through faith is an anathema, here.
And since this has been going on from the time of Constantine (1700 years), a Biblically dead church makes all kinds of rules that the faithful follow blindly.
It was not until ecumenical meetings of the Catholic Church at the First and Second Lateran councils in 1123 and 1139 that priests were explicitly forbidden from marrying, which also has no Biblical support.
Writing in 1 Corinthians 7:7-9 on the matter of celibacy, the great apostle Paul said this:
“For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that. 8 But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; 9 but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion”.