A Collection of Authentic Catholic Magisterial Documents on Scripture and Related Topics

Understanding the written decrees of various Church Councils and Synods, which date all the way back to the original Council of Jerusalem, in the 1st century, along with the many succeeding generations of papal documents and decrees, is the key to knowing and practicing the authentic Catholic faith.

Without this key understanding, Catholics are easily led astray by liberal modernists (including many of today’s priests, theologians, catechists, college professors … and even … some bishops.)

Fact is … ONCE the Catholic Church officially declares something to be true … particularly when that truth has been declared through authentic conciliar documents and/or decrees, or by Ex Cathedra dogmatic papal statements … such truth cannot EVER be denied … even by latter-day popes or councils.

These days, there’s precious little truth being proclaimed … and even that is often deliberately obscured/twisted, or intentionally misappropriated by those spouting lies and evil nonsense.

Barack Obama, gay rights promoters, pro-aborts, women-priesters, Oprah, and many Catholic politicians immediately come to mind!

So, in order to avoid being led astray … it remains essential for every Catholic to know and to be able to identify the authentic Catholic truth … and then, act accordingly.

Why not spend some time studying, and then reflecting, upon some of the documents in this comprehensive list?

Pius IX. Quanta Cura (Condemning Current Errors) — December 8, 1864.

_____. Syllabus Errorum (The Syllabus of Errors) — December 8, 1864.

_____. Dei Filius (Vatican I’s Dogmatic Constitution On the Catholic Faith) — April 24, 1870.

_____. Pastor Aeternus (Vatican I’s First Dogmatic Constitution On the Church of Christ) — July 18, 1870.

Leo XIII. Aeterni Patris (On the Restoration of Christian Philosophy) — August 4, 1879.

_____. Arcanum Divinae Sapientiae (On Christian Marriage) — February 10, 1880.

_____. Providentissimus Deus (On the Study of Holy Scripture) — November 18, 1893.

_____. Apostolicae Curae (On the Nullity of Anglican Orders) — September 13, 1896.

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Professor Warren H. Carroll comments on issues of papal fidelity in the Catholic Church

… Popes are not infallible when making excommunications, or any disciplinary judgment, for they are limited by the information they have on the individual or situation in question. They are only infallible in making doctrinal pronouncements ex cathedra.

It is vitally important always to remember that the Pope has two kinds of authority, magisterial (when he is speaking ex cathedra, that is, in a way intended to be binding on the faithful), in which he is infallible; and administrative, as head of the Church appointed by Christ to govern it (which would include excommunications).

The Pope is not infallible when exercising his governing authority, but still must be obeyed when he does so, as long as his orders apply clearly to the Church rather than to temporal affairs … for the Pope’s authority over the Church is God-given and there is no appeal from it on earth.

Read more on this wide-ranging topic

Sign the Pro-Life Petition for Pope Benedict XVI


Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The anti-life forces in the Catholic Church have found one way or another to discount and/or disregard all the authentic Church teachings, regarding abortion and other life issues.

There are a number of excellent magisterial documents and papal encyclicals out there,  but they are simply not getting the job done.

The only way I can see to finally eliminate the debate and end the subterfuge is for the Holy Father to make an explicit, dogmatic, Ex Cathedra statement that clearly and infallibly “lays down the law” on the matter, once and for all.

Catholic Canon Law 212 permits the use of thoughtful and respectful petitions, such as this one.

Should the Pope grant our request, such a dogmatic statement would provide a solid base for all  pro-life efforts at every level, and perhaps begin to turn the tide against the forces of death in the Church … and in the world.

Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput explains at length how and why we got into this mess, and what else might need to be done:
Click here to read it
Here’s a couple of recent letters by Bishop Martino of Scranton, Pennsylvania to Catholic Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey, regarding his pro abortion vote to overturn the Mexico City Policy: 

Click here to read the first one

Click here to read the last one

Exporting abortion and paying for it with U.S. dollars is not only an affront to all Americans, it is a crime against the universal Church, which exists in virtually every country of the world. The Senator remains unrepentant. 



Here’s the text of the petition:

Dear Pope Benedict XVI,

In light of the recent widespread confusion regarding the official Catholic Church position on the issues of abortion, stem cell research, cloning, birth control and euthanasia, we respectfully request that you prepare and issue without delay, a dogmatic Ex Cathedra statement clearly defining the beliefs which must be held and affirmed by every Catholic,  in regard to these most fundamental human rights issues.

Specifically, we need a precise definition of  when life begins and ends, along with an absolutely clear definition of the essential duties of Catholic voters; of bishops, priests, deacons and religious; of politicians, government workers, teachers, lawyers, judges, and police; of scientists, nurses, pharmacists, and physicians; as well as hospitals, universities, seminaries, primary and secondary schools, and other types of Catholic institutions.

Click here to sign the petition

Thank you for your help!

U.S. Bishops “Disappointed” by Obama’s Abortion Policies


Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Until Catholics everywhere, including both laity and clergy, start acting like Catholics again, we can expect more of the same from the Obama administration.
Obama’s changes to the Mexico City policy affect Catholics all around the world. What are we doing in response? Our USCCB bishops sent Obama a letter stating that they are “disappointed”.
There’s heroic virtue for you. No wonder Catholics get no respect, deferring to limp-wristed “leadership” such as this!
Francis Cardinal George is the head of the USCCB. The Chicago Archdiocese, of which he is also the head, recently managed to cobble together a Chicago March for Life that included some 40 people, and about half of those 40 were from other dioceses.
Forty people … from one of the largest “Catholic” Archdioceses in the world! Not one priest or bishop from the Chicago Archdiocese was present. Not one!
When asked why HE wasn’t there, the good Cardinal explained that he “had to be in Rome”. Maybe he ought to stay in Italy! I heard that Cardinal Law has an opening available for an assistant. 
Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral:
For one thing, the inside of the cathedral is ugly … more like a Presbyterian church than anything authentically Catholic.
The stained glass is plain, and tells us nothing about the great truths and traditions of the Catholic faith.
The statuary is sparse, and done in a motif that is most reminiscent of the “Clay People” from the old “Flash Gordon” series. Nobody can be sure WHAT the statues actually represent.
There is no real crucifix. Instead, we have some sort of a “hybrid” floating Christ, surrounded by floating rock, in the shape of a cross. It also is ugly.
The sanctuary itself is dank and dark. Sparsely furnished, with chairs for the presider and a couple of assistants, backed by dark wood paneling. Nothing of beauty to be seen. Nothing else there, other than  a very large, stone altar.
The most common decorative feature of the cathedral  appears to be a series of big, dark grey … almost black, marble panels, with a lighter shade of  “marbling” throughout.
They look like those ink blot tests. Rorschach tests. I call them “Saint Rorschach”.
Then there’s the tabernacle, situated to the left of the sanctuary. It’s shaped like a bowling ball, only bright silver in color. Surrounded by ugly, squiggly, wrought iron work that’s vaguely reminiscent of hell.
Nothing in that cathedral serves to proclaim anything at all that might be authentically Catholic. People seem to like the carved wood ceiling. I say, “What a waste!” Many of  the priest’s homilies are also at least moderately heretical.  Perhaps the place is a shrine to ecumenicalism.
It should be noted that, over the last couple of years, some strange things have been occurring at Holy Name Cathedral, which is the Cardinal’s “home” church.
While processing up to the altar at the start of the Easter Mass, the Cardinal inexplicably lost his footing and ended up flat on the floor.
A short while later, the roof of the cathedral fell in.
Just last week, the place burned. Fortunately, the structure was saved.
That cathedral seems to be a microcosm for the entire archdiocese, not to mention the USCCB, and perhaps, today’s world-wide Catholic Church!
It’s probably redundant to point out that Chicago is also the home town of the Daley Political Machine, Barack Obama, and Rod Blagoyevich. All of whom are great friends with the Cardinal. All are also solidly pro-abortion. Many are Catholic.
This is a great scandal!   
We need to call an end to this post-Vatican II era and initiate a world-wide Catholic Renaissance, without delay. And the very first priority of this Catholic Renaissance must be life.
Fifty million have died from abortion in this country since Roe vs. Wade became the law of the land, and our bishops have progressed from being confused, to unconcerned, to aware, and recently, to disappointed.
Perhaps after another fifty million die, we’ll actually start to DO something about the problem.  If we had responded to Pearl Harbor in this manner, we would all be speaking Japanese, today.
Ladies and gentlemen: we’ve prayed, we’ve counseled, we’ve demonstrated, we’ve sent letters and postcards. Nothing has really worked, and the enemy is beginning to consolidate his evil power.
If the Catholic Church can spend 2.5 billion dollars paying off the victims of abuse, we should be able to scrape together a couple of hundred million each year to fund an anti-abortion campaign that has some “teeth” in it.
The first thing we need is a sweeping, dogmatic, Ex Cathedra statement from the Pope on life issues, defining without exception, the responsibilities of every Catholic lay person, clergyman, politician, doctor, lawyer, judge, soldier, and law enforcement officer.
Nothing less will do.
If they don’t want to live up to their responsibilities as Catholics, let them go somewhere else. We don’t need them. They’re just another part of the problem. Excommunicate the bastards! All of  them. Then we remaining Catholics will need to reallocate and retask all the resources of the Church, solely towards promoting life, and to making more good Catholics.
Let the government feed, clothe, and house the poor. Let the government provide for the health care needs of the masses.
We need to focus all our resources on preventing abortion and euthanasia, and fighting embryonic stem cell research, invitro fertilization, cloning, and other, similarly evil and immoral activities.
We need to be prepared to spend whatever it costs to save babies from abortion, whether we have to “ransom” them, support them (and their moms), or adopt them.
The situation calls for unrestricted pro-life spiritual and temporal warfare, and nothing less!
What would Jesus do?
  John 10:10
 “The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy:
I came that they may have life,
and may have it abundantly.”

 Canon 212.3 states: “According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, [the faithful] have the right and even the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of the faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.”

Please pray about it … and pray hard … then let’s all get together and DO something!

Homosexual Priests OK. Homosexual Marriage Is Not. A Catholic Double Standard?


Q: If I understand things correctly, according to the grace of the sacrament of Holy Orders, priests are called to be “other Christs” giving their lives for the Church, just as Jesus laid down his life for us, while bishops are supposed to be the living images of God the Father. 

Women (of any persuasion)  and homosexual men (chaste or not) can’t possibly conform to these images of God.

Why does the Catholic Church continue to permit homosexual men to be deacons, priests, and bishops, even at the same time that it denies the sacrament of matrimony to homosexuals? Is this not a double standard and a continuing scandal?

A: Two wrongs certainly would not make a right. Homosexual marriage and/or homosexual priests are two sides of the same abominable “coin”.  Both are seriously disordered and sinful, and neither conforms to the image that God has ordained for them.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

1548In the ecclesial service of the ordained minister, it is Christ himself who is present to his Church as Head of his Body, Shepherd of his flock, high priest of the redemptive sacrifice, Teacher of Truth. This is what the Church means by saying that the priest, by virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, acts in persona Christi Capitis:23

It is the same priest, Christ Jesus, whose sacred person his minister truly represents. Now the minister, by reason of the sacerdotal consecration which he has received, is truly made like to the high priest and possesses the authority to act in the power and place of the person of Christ himself (virtute ac persona ipsius Christi).24 Christ is the source of all priesthood: the priest of the old law was a figure of Christ, and the priest of the new law acts in the person of Christ.25    

1549 Through the ordained ministry, especially that of bishops and priests, the presence of Christ as head of the Church is made visible in the midst of the community of believers.26 In the beautiful expression of St. Ignatius of Antioch, the bishop istypos tou Patros: he is like the living image of God the Father.27 

I suggest you forward a copyof this post to your bishop, to the USCCB, and to the Vatican, along with your questions and your concerns.

While you’re at it, mention the fact that, in light of all the confusion and demagoguery that went on during the last election cycle, the Church needs the Pope to issue a comprehensive, explicit, and dogmatic “Ex Cathedra” statement on the evils of both homosexuality and abortion.    

Nothing less will do.

Looking Back: The 2009 March For Life


Photo by Barbara Curtis

Hi Doug,

The photo spread was awesome! My favorite is of the little girl in the pink hat on her mom’s shoulders holding the sign.

Looking for you was like looking for Waldo!  I didn’t find you…are you in any of the pics and I just didn’t see you?

How was it? I’m sure it was a great experience.  I was really looking forward to possibly taking some of the youth this year, but God had a different plan for me!!

We had a very large sign and all four of us we were loosely “attached” to a big oak tree that was situated at the very start of the march, staying put until all of the other marchers had stepped off. Only then did we make our way over to the Supreme Court.
I think Barbara the “photo lady” was all through by then.
My friend David S. and his family crafted the sign. It was about 5 feet by 10 feet in size. Once assembled it tended to blow around, so it was a handful for three or four people. Great sign, though!
An interesting march. Very well attended, where a number of specific needs of the Pro-Life movement became painfully apparent, mainly due to the new and overtly hostile political climate towards life these days, in Washington.
I removed my “Ask Me About God” button and infiltrated the little pro-death demonstration team that Planned Parenthood sponsors near the end of the march, each year.
Making small talk and asking questions, it quickly became clear that these guys have no regard for anything except themselves.
They are really depraved. Purely political. Blood means nothing to them, nor does the wholesale death and destruction of innocents. No humanity at all. No regard for God, and nothing but scorn for the Church.
The “older” women (those over 30 or so) all had rather dark mustaches! These were the “handlers”. A mustache must be some sort of a “secret” badge of rank. 
The rest (all 20 of them) were young people … paid demonstrators from local colleges … and they knew little about what they were doing, or why.
They seemed to hate all things male (unless the “male” happened to be homosexual) and they just want to do what they want to do, without any interference from anyone.
All the more reason to repeal Roe vs.Wade, and to protect society from senseless death and destruction at the hands of these wanton killers.
The Cult of Obama will not survive the Pro-Life movement. These guys should surrender, before their decrepit position on this issue leads to their own destruction.
The Pharaoh of Exodus comes to mind, as do the Nazis, along with the Antichrist of the Book of Revelation.
If Obama turns out to be true to his word on abortion, I predict the current economic problems he’s facing will seem like “a walk in the park” before it’s all over.

Look for a dogmatic, “Ex Cathedra” statement from the Pope on abortion, in the near future. It’s certainly about time!

Click to View the 2009 March for Life Photos, and Barbara’s other galleries