against the Pope would swiftly crumble and instead of contempt for him, they would develop a great love for him, just as do Catholics.stating that that was Luther's position
As for the Protestants ……
Because the Protestant form of Christianity is every changing and multiplying, so that each Protestant, in effect, has his own form of Christianity, today one thing, tomorrow another - today 30,000 denominations, tomorrow 31,000 - who can you talk to about unity?
Who has any power to make decisions in the Protestant quadrant, when their own faithful are ever-changing?
Take for example, the Anglicans. Is there some agreement possible between them and Catholicism regarding the Priesthood when Anglicans, in direct opposition to their position fifty years ago, now approve, for all intents and purposes, priestesses and homosexual pastors!
Some years ago I began to publish a little newsletter in which I selected a religious subject, say, The Divinity of Christ, or perhaps, Mary's Position in Christianity.
I intended to put the beliefs of the different Christian denominations side by side on the same page, for the reader to consider and compare.
I invited various pastors of several denominations to give me the stands of their professions.
On the second publication, the Lutheran pastor did not get his input to me in time. I therefore looked up the position as described by Luther himself and printed that.
The Lutheran pastor, on reading this publication objected to me strongly in writing,
on the particular subject,
but that it no longer applied today!
I realised then the impossible task I had set myself and I printed no further newsletters of that purpose.If they hear not Moses and the prophets,
How can you come to any compromise with a community who's doctrine of morals and faith are inconsistent and variable?
It seems to me that the Protestants will continue to develop wider and wider parameters of beliefs so that anything will become acceptable and that the genuine believers in Christ will be forced to separate and turn to Truth - just has been happening in Anglicanism when great numbers have objected to homosexual pastors and/or priestesses and turned to Catholicism.
Again we perceive the absolute necessity of Truth. The fact is that The Truth is already there, in the Treasury of Catholicism, but unfortunately, massive numbers do not have access to it and another massive number have been turned from Catholicism believing The Church - even - to be part of the anti-christ!!
Such is the sweeping force of deception!
Fortunately the power of Truth is far greater and is destined to conquer all evil - all evil.
Even though The Universal Church is emerging from the dead, so to speak, the forces of evil seem to retain a grip - everywhere, in everything.
What would it take to convert just one little township to Truth and Love? Even if a living Saint arrived at that village, working miracles curing the sick, healing the broken-hearted, preaching the Gospel? Even if Jesus Himself arrived there performing miracles of all sorts?
Would the Saint be received any better then God's Own people received the Prophets of old? Would they receive Jesus better and more permanently then His own people, 2000 years ago?
Or would they be overnight sensations as was the voyage to the moon and inter-planetary travel or the so-called miracles of science and medicine?
Are we trained to view the horrors of the world of daily television news, then passing on to a sports programme and a beer without further thought, so that nothing disturbs our little worlds except for our own on-the-spot personal agonies or passions?
P 49 16 24 And he cried, and said: Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, to cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame.
49 16 25 And Abraham said to him: Son, remember that thou didst receive good things in thy lifetime, and likewise Lazareth evil things, but now he is comforted; and thou art tormented.
49 16 26 And besides all this, between us and you, there is fixed a great chaos: so that they who would pass from hence to you, cannot, nor from thence come hither.
49 16 27 And he said: Then, father, I beseech thee, that thou wouldst send him to my father's house, for I have five brethren,
49 16 28 That he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torments.
49 16 29 And Abraham said to him: They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
49 16 30 But he said: No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will do penance.
49 16 31 And he said to him:
neither will they believe,
if one rise again from the dead. P(Luke)
Well, Jesus rose from the dead!
The world has had innumerable Saints working miracles beyond compare.
The Universal Church is a living miracle, surviving 2,000 years of uncontrolled evil attacks, infiltration and deception; physically, mentally and spiritually.
It seems to me then, that this village visited by Jesus Himself, might repent and join His Mystical Body for a time - perhaps as long as He remained there. But afterwards, old and bad habits would return - no different from the Israelites of ancient times or from every people since. The Faith of the town would begin to fade and divisions would occur.
What then would it take to bring a city to repentance embracing Goodness?
Or a nation? Or the whole world?
It is a pessimistic painting I am displaying simply because that is the real situation!
In spite of The Son of God's personally visiting His creation, the world is actually worse then it has ever been!