Vocabulary of Terms Commonly Used by Dissenters

by Bruce Sabalaskey
Copyright 1999. All Rights Reserved.


To better understand how the dissenters attack Church teachings and attempt to undermine them for replacement by their own man-made (or woman-made) faith, it is very helpful to be aware of the vocabulary (or vernacular) used. When one belongs to a particular group, one generally takes on the terminology used by that group. To illustrate, a practicing Catholic would speak of God the Father, Jesus, God the Son, Sacraments (e.g. Confession and Holy Communion), Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Eucharist, holiness, Our Lady, saints, virtue, beatitudes, charity, devotion, prayer, the Rosary and such. Therefore, one way to help discern if a person is a dissenter is to listen how they speak or read how they write. Such discernment is necessary because the dissenters work via verbal subterfuge rather than clearly and openly as Jesus taught [8]. This article intends to act as a guide to help in such discernment. Prayer, of course, along with study of the Catholic Faith, and most importantly actual practice of the Faith are the only practical means by which accurate discernment becomes possible.

Methods of Dissenter "Newspeak" [1]

There are several ways in which dissenters market their plot for the destruction of Truth. As the Church was warned millennia ago, the darkness masquerades as light and truth [9]. Since error spouted by dissenters would be obvious to those practicing their Catholic Faith, they carefully package their opinions into nicely sounding words to convince one of their positions. Discourses from "experts" who make (secular) rationalistic arguments intend to convince one of the relativistic truth of a matter are widely promulgated. Essentially, dissenters market error (e.g. heresy) and sin, all under the guise of good. Unfortunately, many Catholics do not practice their Faith, and therefore being partially blinded by lukewarmness (which Jesus does not approve [4]), may fall for the cleverly marketed dissident beliefs. However, it is one's duty to know truth from error and to avoid being part of a dissenting organization. Some dissenters say that it is appropriate to fight against the teachings of the Church. This is patently false, as shown by the Church's response in Biblical times:

Ephesians 5:6-10 "Let no one deceive you with empty words, for it is because of these things that the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not associate with them, for once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord."

1 Timothy 6:3-5 "If any one teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching which accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit, he knows nothing; he has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions,  and wrangling among men who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain."

Galatians 5:19-21 "Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit,  envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."

Acts 15:1-11 "But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved." And when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question.  ...  The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. And after there had been much debate, Peter rose and said to them, "...  Now therefore why do you make trial of God by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will." (the Pope settles the doctrinal matter with a declaration!)

1 Corinthians 5: 9-13 "I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with immoral men; not at all meaning the immoral of this world, or the greedy and robbers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.  But rather I wrote to you not to associate with any one who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber--not even to eat with such a one.  For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. "Drive out the wicked person from among you."

Commonly used dissenter "Newspeak" vocabulary tactics include:

Commonly Used Vocabulary and Their Meanings (in Alphabetical Order)

The following listing of terms that have been gathered from various dissenter produced materials. By no means is this intended to be a complete list, or if the term is found in spoken or written material, certainty of the author's dissension from Catholic teaching is not guaranteed. In some cases, the term itself is more obviously related to dissent, such as feminist theology, while other terms depend on their context of use, such as the term rights. If you find a term not listed here, please document its usage and send it to the author so that this list may be updated.

See Freedom of Conscience.
Common Ground
Common Ground is closely associated with dialogue, that being a set of compromise beliefs where we all just try to get along. This is catch-phrase for a false ecumenism built on a platform of pluralism.
Dialogue is a term that dissenters twist from its true meaning in Vatican II teachings regarding ecumenism. The dissenters intent is to modify the Truths of the Catholic Faith, via dialogue with other religions, to support their belief in pluralism. One well known forum for such dialogue is the "Common Ground" project by the late Cardinal Bernardin of Chicago. Other common phrases along this line are "can't we all just get along?" and "I'm OK, you're OK." Vatican II teaches that dialogue is the method by which Catholics are to better understand the non-Catholic Christians' point of view specifically to be better able to explain the fullness of the Catholic Truth. By no means is dialogue intended to change the Catholic Truth, but rather to help our separated brethren understand the real Truth. [14] As the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen so succinctly states; " Not 100 in the United States hate the Roman Catholic Church, but millions hate what they mistakenly think the Roman Catholic Church is."
Dignity is a word whose definition has been usurped and re-marketed to commonly mean support of homosexual behavior. In fact, the name of an active homosexual dissenter group is called Dignity/USA. In the more general case, dissenters use of the term dignity has been to support pluralism via uninhibited freedom of conscience. It is true that persons have dignity as taught by Vatican II (see Dignitatis Humanae), however this does not mean that a person's behavior is at all dignified. What does Vatican II teach?

It is in accordance with their dignity as persons--that is, beings endowed with reason and free will and therefore privileged to bear personal responsibility--that all men should be at once impelled by nature and also bound by a moral obligation to seek the truth, especially religious truth. They are also bound to adhere to the truth, once it is known, and to order their whole lives in accord with the demands of truth.

True dignity then means to learn the Truth and live your life according to it. Homosexual acts degrade the dignity of the person and have been condemned by the God and His Church, going back thousands of years to the Old Testament Biblical times.
Ecofeminism is a Wicca-like belief system which worships Mother Earth and nature. According to one ecofeminist, it is: "Feminist environmental philosophy that draws parallels between the oppression of women and the oppression of Nature by patriarchy and which advocates the spiritual and political liberation of both." This self-definition makes it obviously pagan, and Liberation Theology borrows the Marxist liberation concept. The Catholic Church tells us to worship God, and not the earth (with a lowercase 'e').
Ecumenism, which is focused on unifying the Christian churches, has been twisted by the dissenters into meaning support of pluralism. Vatican II (Unitatis Redintegratio) defines Ecumenism thusly: "The restoration of unity among all Christians is one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council. Christ the Lord founded one Church and one Church only." While dissenters pursue a Protestantization of the Catholic Church, where "democratically" elected clergy and women priestesses run rampant along with voting on doctrine, Vatican II pursues ecumenism as God wants it, that being according to Catholic principles. Vatican II succinctly warns us about the fundamental problem of Protestantism:

"However, many Christian communions present themselves to men as the true inheritors of Jesus Christ; all indeed profess to be followers of the Lord but differ in mind and go their different ways, as if Christ Himself were divided. Such division openly contradicts the will of Christ, scandalizes the world, and damages the holy cause of preaching the Gospel to every creature."

What are the Catholic principles? Essentially they are to bring the separated brethren into the one true Catholic Faith [13]. Dissenters instead practice pluralism in which dialogue is pushed to compromise the Truth of the Catholic Faith with that of the Protestants. Rather than help the Protestants understand the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, the dissenters promote that Catholics should accept errors from Protestant (or other) faiths in the spirit of compromise, as if the doctrine of the Church is a result of human reasoning or democratic vote. Vatican II, then, defines true ecumenism as working to incorporate all people into the Catholic Faith:

"For it is only through Christ's Catholic Church, which is 'the all-embracing means of salvation,' that they can benefit fully from the means of salvation. We believe that Our Lord entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant to the apostolic college alone, of which Peter is the head, in order to establish the one Body of Christ on earth to which all should be fully incorporated who belong in any way to the people of God."

Note that true Catholic ecumenism is also directed at achieving unity with the Eastern Churches, the Orthodox Christians, who split from the Church of Rome in 1054. However, dissenters are not generally concerned with them.
Empower is a term focused on the ability to choose, that being closely tied to a person's right. The typical dissenter usage focuses on the ability to choose error, that being pluralism via uninhibited freedom of conscience. As Vatican II teaches (see Dignity), Catholics are obligated to search for the Truth, and once found, live their lives by it. The Catholic Church possesses said Truth and therefore all Catholics are obligated for their very salvation to live their lives in the Truth (singular, not pluralism).
Feminist / Feminism
A feminist is a person, usually female but not necessarily, who believes in the concept of feminism, which is a belief that a fundamental principle of all human societies, sex-role differentiation, is essentially an arrangement by which some human beings oppress others. The oppressors are men in power, via a patriarchal society. Its aim is thus to create a new kind of human being living in a new form of society based on new ties among men, women and children, reconstituted in accordance with their ideological demands. This is the Feminism itself is a divisive belief since it flows from the concept that patriarchal men have for thousands of years oppressed women who must now fight to claim their rights at any cost. Feminism inherently pits woman against man, rather than following the Catholic teaching that men and women are of equal dignity, but do have different roles in society. What is important to understand is that feminism does not equate to femininity.
Feminist Theology
Feminist theology emerged with the assertion that traditional theology is grounded in the experience of socially and politically dominant men. As such, traditional theology is believed to assume that men's experience is normative for all of humanity. Their claim that the existence of an "andocentric" bias is a serious theological problem and feminist theologians attempt to develop alternatives for theological reflection. There is no one predominant feminist theology, but rather a variety of feminist theologies based upon women's experience of life and God. Given that feminist theology is experience oriented, that is a creation of humans, it clearly goes against the teachings of the Catholic Church which, in Vatican II, states that the Catholic Faith has been Divinely revealed by God [10]. Experience-based religious belief systems always demand the concept of pluralism and its sister tolerance because everyone has different experiences, and therefore these different experiences lead to different views of theology, i.e. each to her own. Feminist theology is also behind the promotion of goddess, a long-time pagan concept, and seeks to remove the so-called andocentric theological bias through implementation of "inclusive language," "God the Mother" and "SophiaChrist."
Freedom of Conscience
Freedom of Conscience is a term that dissenters twist from its true meaning as described in Vatican II. They would have you believe that freedom of conscience means that a person can choose to do anything they want. Essentially, freedom of conscience is a means to practice pluralism. Although some dissenters also add the qualifier of "without harm to the other person," that is clearly false. For example, abortionists and women who choose abortion purportedly claim their right as enabled by freedom of conscience but it is obvious that an innocent unborn baby is killed. This is a real example of [16] whereby those in power - the adults - force their erroneous belief on a person incapable of defending himself at the cost of his very life - the baby. Dissenters always quote the Vatican II Dignitatis Humanae opening statement:

"A sense of the dignity of the human person has been impressing itself more and more deeply on the consciousness of contemporary man, and the demand is increasingly made that men should act on their own judgment, enjoying and making use of a responsible freedom, not driven by coercion but motivated by a sense of duty."

Does this mean that anything goes, as long as one acts on his or her own judgment? That is what dissenters want, who further claim that the "restrictive old-fashioned" teachings of the Church are coercive and oppressing their right to choose. Of course, Vatican II teaches otherwise. Dissenters fail to - or most likely refuse to - heed the remainder of #1 of Dignitatis Humanae:

First, the council professes its belief that God Himself has made known to mankind the way in which men are to serve Him, and thus be saved in Christ and come to blessedness. We believe that this one true religion subsists in the Catholic and Apostolic Church, to which the Lord Jesus committed the duty of spreading it abroad among all men. Thus He spoke to the Apostles: "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have enjoined upon you" (Matt. 28: 19-20). On their part, all men are bound to seek the truth, especially in what concerns God and His Church, and to embrace the truth they come to know, and to hold fast to it.

This Vatican Council likewise professes its belief that it is upon the human conscience that these obligations fall and exert their binding force. The truth cannot impose itself except by virtue of its own truth, as it makes its entrance into the mind at once quietly and with power.

Lumen Gentium #36 explicitly requires the conscience to be Catholic and for the Catholic conscience to guide every action of the person all the time - no exceptions:

"Because of the very economy of salvation the faithful should learn to distinguish carefully between the rights and the duties which they have as belonging to the Church and those which fall to them as members of the human society. They will strive to unite the two harmoniously, remembering that in every temporal affair they are to be guided by a Christian conscience, since not even in temporal business may any human activity be withdrawn from God's dominion."

So how are Catholic consciences formed? Vatican II Dignitatis Humanae #14 tells us clearly:
"In the formation of their consciences, the Christian faithful ought carefully to attend to the sacred and certain doctrine of the Church. [Cf. Pius XII, radio message, March 23, 1952: AAS 44 (1952) pp. 270-278] For the Church is, by the will of Christ, the teacher of the truth. It is her duty to give utterance to, and authoritatively to teach, that truth which is Christ Himself, and also to declare and confirm by her authority those principles of the moral order which have their origins in human nature itself."

So Vatican II states obviously that humans can know how to behave via the Truths taught by the Church, that they are obligated to learn said Truths, and to live their lives - via a properly formed and informed Catholic conscience - according to those Truths.

Sedevacantists often pick on one point that they use to claim that the Vatican II Council is invalid, that being on religious freedom. They believe that in the past, many Popes have taught that religious freedom is against the teachings of the Church. Quoting again Dignitatis Humanae:

Religious freedom, in turn, which men demand as necessary to fulfill their duty to worship God, has to do with immunity from coercion in civil society. Therefore it leaves untouched traditional Catholic doctrine on the moral duty of men and societies toward the true religion and toward the one Church of Christ.

Simply put, what Vatican II teaches is that the unchanging Catholic doctrine is still, has always been, and always will be - in effect. Vatican II is by no means inconsistent with past Church teachings. What is made crystal clear is that civil society may not coerce a religious belief, such as forced in atheistic communist China, and that individuals cannot be forced to believe the Truth, even the Catholic Faith of the One True God. The Catholic Church is obligated to teach the Truth to the best of its ability, but the bottom line is that God endowed each person with a free will, and that person must - by that same free will - accept the Truth. Faith is a gift which must be accepted by the person, and it cannot be shoved down their throat. A person can refuse the gift of Faith, and their soul will suffer the consequences of their choices for all eternity after their particular judgment after death.

Those dissenters who want to "change the Catholic Faith" are really people who reject the gift of Faith and want to take others down with them - misery loves company as they say. Here we learn how totally hypocritical are the dissenters. True Catholics have the right to the Truth as taught by the Church. Dissenters are trying to coerce the Church to accept their errors and opinions which thereby pollutes the Catholic Faith. Therefore, by oppressing the Truth, the dissenters deny a true Catholic's right to a pure and proper Catholic Faith, which leads to eternal salvation. Obstinate dissenters should convert to the Truth or, failing that, just leave the Church and go find a religion which suits their pluralistic fancy. Of course, the father of lies, the author of dissension, [17] doesn't want dissenters to leave because his plan is to destroy Jesus Christ's Church. (interesting side thought: do feminists want a female devil too? We never hear about that!) Just remember that your soul has eternal consequences to pay for its choices.

Gaia is another name for Mother Earth. The name "Gaia" refers to an ancient Greek goddess of the earth who was the mother of the Titans that ruled the universe until overthrown by Zeus. Some have proposed a "Gaia Hypothesis" as first stated by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in 1972 and now considered, by some, to be the "Gaia Theory." This theory states, in harmony with Wicca and pantheism, that that the dense network of mutual interactions between the organic and inorganic portions of the earth's surface form a single system, a kind of mega-organism, a living planet, named after the Greek goddess recognizable as an archetype (Jung) of the earth mother. According to the Gaia hypothesis, we are parts of a greater whole. Purportedly science is underway to prove this theory. In Catholic doctrine, nothing can be found about the earth being alive, rather it was created by God to support life, plant, animal, and human.
Gender equality
Gender equality is a feminist misnomer erected as a divisive barrier to pit men against women. The typical dissenter usage focuses on the feminist's desire to become a priestess. They purport a belief that disallowing women as priests is oppression, discrimination and gender inequality, therefore the only way for gender equality is to have women priestesses. The Holy Father has made an infallible declaration that women can never be priests in Jesus Christ's Catholic Church, but that has not stopped the feminist dissenters from whining. Their latest tactic has been to try and breach the Church's teaching by pushing women deacons, who feminists claim where ordained in the early Church. What feminists refuse to acknowledge is the actual role for women "deacons" as defined in the early Church. Women were never ordained in any manner in the Church. At that time, Baptism was done via full immersion of the person, so a woman "deacon" was used to assist a woman who was getting baptized to avoid any scandals with male priests and Bishops. Since Baptism no longer requires full immersion, the woman "deacon" role is no longer needed.
This is an invented word which asserts that anyone who does not accept active homosexuality as "proper" or "normal" (rather than the grave sin that it really is) has a problem. Notice the use of "homo" combined with the suffix "phobia" which is intended to increase credibility by implying this is a scientifically researched medical term. It is not. The suffix "phobia" imposes a problem on the person who believes what the Catholic Church teaches since that implies the person is "sick" and needs to be "healed" of his apparently deplorable "condition." Furthermore, the true Catholic believer is pressured to feel guilty if he doesn't accept the blatant homosexual "healing" agenda.
Inclusive / Inclusiveness
The dictionary defines inclusive as "taking everything into account, comprehensive, or including the limits specified." Dissenters distort the meaning to one that, as usual, creates divisiveness by implying any person who does not agree with the dissenters' position is practicing "exclusiveness," that meaning the disagreeing person is oppressing the dissenters' rights or looking to withhold some rights from the dissenter. The usual topic hidden within this is the feminist drive for women priestesses, and is just another coercive angle for the gender equality divisive argument. The other dissenter topic hinged on inclusiveness is the feminist plot to change the very name of God, which is covered in the Inclusive Language article. What the dissenters refuse to take into account when considering everything - the proper definition of inclusive - is God's Will and His plan. God speaks to us through His Church, and His Church requires a Christo-centric priesthood. Vatican II Lumen Gentium states:

#12. "By this appreciation of the faith, aroused and sustained by the Spirit of truth, the People of God, guided by the sacred teaching authority (Magisterium), and obeying it, receives not the mere word of men, but truly the word of God (cf. 1 Th. 2:13), the faith once for all delivered to the saints (cf. Jude 3). The People unfailingly adheres to this faith, penetrates it more deeply with right judgment, and applies it more fully in daily life."

Inclusive Language
The term inclusive as applied to Liturgical language is actually a misnomer, an invention of the feminists who want to change the very name of God. Instead of God the Father, feminists want "God the Mother" and to erase all references to masculine pronouns with reference to God. This is all consistent with Feminist Theology. For an in-depth discussion, see the Vertical Inclusive Language article.
See Tolerance.
Liberate / Liberation / Liberty
Liberty in the dissident sense has been to obtain freedom from oppression via unrestricted rights as choices with total freedom of conscience. The dissenter cry of liberty is marketed to help obtain their practice of pluralism, after all who could argue against liberty? This freedom from oppression concept is woven throughout the Church condemned Liberation Theology. Vatican II does speak of liberty. Starting with Chapter IV - The Laity in Lumen Gentium, Vatican II tells us that true Catholic liberty are the following freedoms: [18]
Marriage is a term that dissenters have quietly twisted to mean something quite abnormal in two ways. First, that marriage is just another matter of choice such that divorce and remarriage is allowed by said choice. Second, and much more disgusting, is that marriage is defined as any "union" between two consenting people, whether of the same sex of not. One dissenter organization called Rent-a-priest performs "ceremonies" for such abominable homosexual unions. Those supporting such homosexual unions further demand that children be part of the so-called "family." Obviously, adoption is the only choice here since homosexual unions cannot beget children naturally. Of course, one can imagine that gene manipulation and cloning will be used in the future to "create" children for such a "couple." The Church teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman, and that it is indissoluble. Jesus Himself said in Matthew 19:5-6 "For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder."
Mother Earth
Mother Earth is a personified, deified name for our planet that is one instance of Sacred Creation - the essential phrase which embodies ecofeminism. One will notice the capitalization of the words which confirms the naming aspect. The 'Mother' reference pleases the feminists while the term itself shares a belief consistent with pagan religions of Wicca and Taoism. While creation is good because it comes from God, creation itself is not a person nor is it sacred. Jesus tells us how much more important are people than creation in Matthew 12:12; "How much better is a man than a sheep?" While dissenters reverence the creation of "Mother Earth," true Catholics specially venerate (hyper-dulia in Latin) our Blessed Mother Mary (see Chapter VIII of Lumen Gentium, starting with #52). Lastly, one will notice that dissenters always downplay or ignore, whether in their theology or beliefs, Our Lady as our true Mother.
Oppression is the sword wielded by dissenters to cut through the Church teachings - which come from God Himself - and enter into realm of error. Dissenters inherently believe that God's Commandments and morality are oppressive and want the freedom to choose sin, although they claim to choose personal good via freedom of conscience as their true guide. The condemned Liberation Theology is also driven by the freedom from oppression concept. What is true oppression? It is the obscuring of the Truths of God, such that a person becomes spiritually blind and falls into sin. The world, and the prince of this world, satan, has always wanted to oppress God's Truth. Vatican II tells us in Lumen Gentium that:

#7. " On earth, still as pilgrims in a strange land, following in trial and in oppression the paths he [Jesus] trod, we are associated with his sufferings as the body with its head, suffering with him, that with him we may be glorified (cf. Rom. 8:17)."

#8. " Just as Christ carried out the work of redemption in poverty and oppression, so the Church is called to follow the same path if she is to communicate the fruits of salvation to men."

#27. " [the Bishop] taken from among men and oppressed by the weakness [towards sin] that surrounds him, he can compassionate those who are ignorant and erring (cf. Heb. 5:1-2)."

Papist is a denigrating term invented to describe anyone who obeys the Pope and his rightful promulgation of the teachings of the Church. Prior to the modernist infection of the contemporary Church, a person who obeys the Pope would simply be called "Catholic." The hidden and implicit underpinning of such a term is one of "choice" whereby obeying the Pope is just one "choice" from many beliefs (see pluralism). This term also imposes a defensive position on faithful Catholic who is required to obey the Pope since "choice" via " freedom of conscience" is implicitly marketed as a better method of Faith. Vatican II clearly states that all the faithful are always to obey the Pope - see Lumen Gentium #25.
Patriarchal is another denigrating term promoted by feminists who cause division between men and women. Dissenters typical usage of Patriarchal is to simultaneously attack the all-male priesthood and the hierarchical nature of the Church leadership. The former is viewed by feminists as an affront to women since their self-proclaimed 'right' to "priestess-hood" is being 'oppressed.' The Church teaches infallibly that the priesthood is a male-only role because Jesus Christ is male and the priest acts "in personna Christi" which means in the very person of Christ. Of course the feminists are pursuing the 'female christ' called "SophiaChrist." The latter attack against the hierarchical nature of the Church is to push a "democratic version" of the Catholic Church. What is clear is that such dissenters, while spouting the Spirit of Vatican II, refuse to accept the direct teaching of Vatican II in that the Church is hierarchical! Begin with Chapter III #18 of Lumen Gentium or see the shorter subset reference [12] for proof. Many Protestant churches support both women clergy and doctrine by democratic vote - why don't the dissenters move into those churches?
Pluralism is the concept whereby many belief systems exist and that each one, with its set of rules, is equivalent to another. Popular belief systems hatched from pluralism include "situation ethics" and the modernistic, but false, version of ecumenism whereby "one religion is as good as another." Co-dependent with pluralism is " freedom of conscience " since with many belief systems to choose from, a person requires " freedom of conscience " to pick what belief system best suits that person, which is considered their "right." Vatican II specifically teaches that the Catholic Church has the complete fullness of Truth, and that it is the (singular!) Church founded personally by Jesus Christ [11]. There is one true Church and one true Faith. Pluralism has clearly been condemned throughout Church history, all the way back to Biblical times as shown by the Scripture at the start of this article (see also Unity). In the dissenter view, pluralism is proposed as a good concept and positions those that deny its validity as "oppressive" or "intolerant" or "denying persons their rights." Usually, pluralism is not spoken of directly, but is instead peddled primarily through the indirect means of "freedom of conscience." The Church teaches that pluralism, which inherently lacks the concept of a transcendent unchanging Truth, leads to a totalitarian society. [16]
Pro-Choice is the innocent sounding term for support of abortion, which is the killing of an innocent unborn child. As any true Catholic knows, abortion is clearly against the teachings of the church. In fact, what may be less well known is that anyone who obtains or actively participates in performing abortions is automatically excommunicated (Canon 1398), which also means that they do not have access to the Sacraments except for Confession to obtain forgiveness (after true repentance from their grave sin). As with the other "choice" related dissident terms, pro-choice is marketed as as positive, which cleverly reinforces the other dissident beliefs of "rights" and " freedom of conscience " (pluralism). Pro-choice inherently establishes a divisive atmosphere since dissidents utter negatives of "anti-choice," "oppressive" or "denying their rights" against anyone who disagrees with support of abortion.
Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights
Reproductive health is the innocent sounding term for artificial birth control. Some artificial birth control methods are actually abortions in disguise, such as the "morning after pill." Reproductive rights is simply the assertion that Catholics can choose to use artificial birth control, which is directly against Church teachings.
The dissenter clamor for Rights is their basis for a pluralistic religion via uninhibited freedom of conscience. God our Father did create us with a right to choose - that being called our free will. With this free will, each of us is expected to choose good, that is to obey God's rules as taught by His Church. Jesus says quite plainly; "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. ... He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him."  ... "If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me." (John 14:15,21,23-24). While an individual can choose error and evil, with a consequence of eternal hell for unrepentant dissenters, the demand of dissenters is to force the Church to sanction such error and evil by changing it's teachings to conform to such error. They do this by twisting the real meaning of Vatican II, which teaches many things about human rights. The primary teaching distorted by dissenters is the right to religion freedom as described in Dignitatis Humanae. See the discussion under freedom of conscience for details.
Sacred Creation
Sacred Creation is the dissenter's phrase for raising creation to a level of deification. This concept is consistent with Pantheism and Wiccan belief systems. While creation is good because God made it (Genesis 1:31), reverencing or worshipping it is simple idolatry. Bringing nature to the same level as humans is just as bad. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) #343; "Man is the summit of the Creator's works, as the inspired account expresses by clearly distinguishing the creation of man from that of the other creatures (Genesis 1:26)." CCC #342 tells us clearly "the hierarchy of creatures is expressed by the order of the 'six days,' from the less perfect to the more perfect. God loves all his creatures (Psalm 145:9) and takes care of each one, even the sparrow. Nevertheless, Jesus said: 'Of how much more value is a man than a sheep!' (Mt 12:12, Lk 12:6-7)"

The way such subtle idolatry is peddled is cleverly disguised under the "eco" (ecology) label. Eco-concerns are pushed and blown out of proportion. For example, such dissenters spend much time supporting whale saving while at the same time support child killing via abortion. "Eco" is also a key driver in the belief system of eco-feminism or the more general eco-spirituality. It is true that humans, as the stewards of the earth, are to take care of it. Unnecessary pollution or destruction of the environment are not good. However, the earth is not sacred, nor does it take priority over the salvation of human souls.

Spirit of Vatican II
Spirit of Vatican II has become an infamous phrase that has become the mantra of modernist dissenters everywhere who pretend that Vatican II supports their beliefs. Many dissenters use this mantra without any specific backing behind it, while others quote various texts of Vatican II which, taken in isolation and on the surface, appear to support the dissenting beliefs. Some also claim that certain non-Vatican II documents, such as those which "require" Church building "modernization" to be completed, including the moving (or hiding) of the the Tabernacle from the most conspicuous place in Church and removing Communion rails or kneelers to prohibit kneeling. In fact, some of these documents are nothing more than an internal Bishops committee document which have no binding weight or authority. A real Catholic follows the actual Vatican II teachings, not the "Spirit of Vatican II."
Spirituality is a generic term of worship that pagan religions also have. True Catholics pursue spirituality that brings holiness.
Tolerance and its flip-side intolerance are often-used terms. Dissenters market tolerance as a good quality that all persons should have, while they label as intolerant those who do not accept their dissenting views. One would expect this because obstinate sinners do not like their sinfulness exposed to the light of Truth [5]. Therefore, anyone possessing the Truth as revealed by God through His Catholic Church is to be denigrated so as to silence them. A good Catholic knows that fraternal correction is not only an act of genuine love for the sinner, but an actual obligation as revealed to us by Jesus Himself [2] [3]. Further looking into the Bible also shows the only time that tolerance is used is for the negative sense, that being where wickedness (i.e. sin) is not tolerated [6]. Pluralism requires "tolerance" because, given that anyone can choose any belief, a relative "truth" defined for one person is different than a relative "truth" for another.
Unity as used by dissenters is twisted to mean acceptance of pluralism, whereas in Catholic teaching unity means that all have the same beliefs. The CCC explains the real meaning of Catholic unity:
CCC #815  What are these bonds of unity? Above all, charity "binds everything together in perfect harmony." [Col 3:14] But the unity of the pilgrim Church is also assured by visible bonds of communion: profession of one faith received from the Apostles; common celebration of divine worship, especially of the sacraments; apostolic succession through the sacrament of Holy Orders, maintaining the fraternal concord of God's family. [Cf. Unitatis Redintegratio 2; Lumen Gentium 14; CIC, can. 205.]

Jesus asks God our Father that we may all be unified and tells us that division brings down the house of God.

John 17:11  "And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one."

Luke 11:17  "But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls."

Mark 3:24-25   "If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand."

Matthew 12:25  "Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand;"

Vocabulary Noticeably Absent in Dissenter Material (in Alphabetical Order)

The following listing of terms is noticeably absent in any material available from dissenters. The Truth of these words are oppressed because they remind one of the call to truly live the Catholic Faith which would result in salvation, that being with God in Heaven for all eternity. But it is the method of the prince of this world, the father of lies [17], satan, to oppress Truth and introduce error instead.

To a dissenter, Confession is an old-fashioned Sacrament which is no longer needed. Of course, when one doesn't worry about sin, there is correspondingly no need for Confession or repentance. How many dissenters at a Call to Action conference go to Confession? What's even worse, how many priests at a Call to Action conference even believe in or offer individual Confession? Typically, dissenting laity who still think that some form of Confession is necessary go to dissenting priests who offer invalid "general absolutions."
The devil, also known as satan or the father of lies [17], is our adversary, our mortal enemy. He lives in hell and wants to drag us down there with him so that we are prevented from living with God in Heaven. With such an enemy, it's no wonder that knowledge of the devil is oppressed by dissenters. It has been said that the devil's greatest victory is convincing us that he doesn't exist. After all, how can one fight an unknown enemy? 
CCC #392  "Scripture speaks of a sin of these angels. [Cf. 2 Pet 2:4] This 'fall' consists in the free choice of these created spirits, who radically and irrevocably rejected God and his reign. We find a reflection of that rebellion in the tempter's words to our first parents: 'You will be like God.' [Gen 3:5] The devil 'has sinned from the beginning'; he is 'a liar and the father of lies.' [Jn 3:8; Jn 8:44] ."
CCC #409  "This dramatic situation of 'the whole world which is in the power of the evil one' [1 Jn 5:19; cf. 1 Pet 5:8] makes man's life a battle: The whole of man's history has been the story of dour combat with the powers of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day. Finding himself in the midst of the battlefield man has to struggle to do what is right, and it is at great cost to himself, and aided by God's grace, that he succeeds in achieving his own inner integrity. [Gaudium et Spes 37 2]"
Heaven is our true home for all eternity, where we live with God in perfect happiness. But we do have to work for it, as the Bible tells us: "Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" (Matthew 22:37-39). By the suppression of Heaven, dissenters help us to forget our true goal for life on earth. After all, one doesn't work towards something one doesn't know. The CCC explains:
CCC #1023 Those who die in God's grace and friendship and are perfectly purified live for ever with Christ. They are like God forever, for they "see him as he is, "face to face:[596]
By virtue of our apostolic authority, we define the following: According to the general disposition of God, the souls of all the saints ... and other faithful who died after receiving Christ's holy Baptism (provided they were not in need of purification when they died, ... or, if they then did need or will need some purification, when they have been purified after death, ...) already before they take up their bodies again and before the general judgment - and this since the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into heaven - have been, are and will be in heaven, in the heavenly Kingdom and celestial paradise with Christ, joined to the company of the holy angels. Since the Passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, these souls have seen and do see the divine essence with an intuitive vision, and even face to face, without the mediation of any creature.[597] 
CCC #1024 This perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity - this communion of life and love with the Trinity, with the Virgin Mary, the angels and all the blessed - is called "heaven." Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness.
Hell is the dreadful place where unrepentant sinners, those that hate God, choose to spend their eternity after death. Some dissenters maintain the belief that God is too kind to send anyone to hell. They are partly correct, since God does not send anyone to hell, but rather the sinful soul chooses hell by its own free will. The reality of hell is suppressed so that a person living do-what-you-feel-like life based on uninhibited freedom of conscience is not reminded of the eternal consequences. The CCC explains:
CCC #1033  "We cannot be united with God unless we freely choose to love him. But we cannot love God if we sin gravely against him, against our neighbor or against ourselves: He who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.' [1 John 3:14-15] Our Lord warns us that we shall be separated from him if we fail to meet the serious needs of the poor and the little ones who are his brethren. [Cf. Matthew 254:31-46] To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God's merciful love means remaining separated from him for ever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called 'hell' ."
Holiness / Holy
Holiness is a term never seen in dissenter material. Rather it has been replaced by the generic term Spirituality. Holiness is totally focused on becoming like Christ by perfecting our charity and practicing the Virtues, that is Christ-centered. Spirituality of dissenters is instead a self-centered focus, that being self-improvement via occult concepts like the Enneagram.
CCC #2013 "All Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of charity." [Lumen Gentium 40 2] All are called to holiness: "Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." [Mt 5:48]
In order to reach this perfection the faithful should use the strength dealt out to them by Christ's gift, so that ... doing the will of the Father in everything, they may wholeheartedly devote themselves to the glory of God and to the service of their neighbor. Thus the holiness of the People of God will grow in fruitful abundance, as is clearly shown in the history of the Church through the lives of so many saints. [Lumen Gentium 40 2]
CCC #2014  Spiritual progress tends toward ever more intimate union with Christ. This union is called "mystical" because it participates in the mystery of Christ through the sacraments - "the holy mysteries" and, in him, in the mystery of the Holy Trinity. God calls us all to this intimate union with him, even if the special graces or extraordinary signs of this mystical life are granted only to some for the sake of manifesting the gratuitous gift given to all.
CCC #2015  The way of perfection passes by way of the Cross. There is no holiness without renunciation and spiritual battle. [Cf. 2 Tim 4] Spiritual progress entails the ascesis and mortification that gradually lead to living in the peace and joy of the Beatitudes:
He who climbs never stops going from beginning to beginning, through beginnings that have no end. He never stops desiring what he already knows. [St. Gregory of Nyssa, Hom. in Cant. 8: PG 44, 941C]
Redemption allows us to obtain salvation. The redemption satisfied God's justice for our sins by the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ on the Cross and gained grace for humans. Since redemption was necessary based on our sin and the concept of sin is oppressed by dissenters, it is no wonder why the term redemption is also oppressed.
Repentance means to feel contrition for our sins and to renounce our sinful behavior. Given that dissenters don't pay attention to sin, there is no pressing need for repentance in their typical belief system. With pluralistic beliefs of relative "truths," there is nothing to repent from - everything is "OK!" - we "need to be tolerant." Because sin is a reality, repentance is required.
CCC #1439  The process of conversion and repentance was described by Jesus in the parable of the prodigal son, the center of which is the merciful father:[37] the fascination of illusory freedom, the abandonment of the father's house; the extreme misery in which the son finds himself after squandering his fortune; his deep humiliation at finding himself obliged to feed swine, and still worse, at wanting to feed on the husks the pigs ate; his reflection on all he has lost; his repentance and decision to declare himself guilty before his father; the journey back; the father's generous welcome; the father's joy - all these are characteristic of the process of conversion. The beautiful robe, the ring, and the festive banquet are symbols of that new life - pure, worthy, and joyful - of anyone who returns to God and to the bosom of his family, which is the Church. Only the heart of Christ who knows the depths of his Father's love could reveal to us the abyss of his mercy in so simple and beautiful a way.
A declared saint is a person officially recognized by the Church as one who lived a heroically virtuous life and achieved a great degree of holiness. The Church declares a person to be a saint through the process of canonization. Obviously then, a saint lives in Heaven with God. Since Holiness is oppressed, anyone reminding them of such a goal - the saint - is also oppressed. The other key loss resulting from such oppression is that of intercession and assistance. Some might remember patron saints, whereby various saints offer assistance via our prayer to them for particular issues. For example, St. Anthony helps find lost items, St. Christopher helps assure safe travel, and St. Thomas More helps with legal matters.
CCC #828  By canonizing some of the faithful, i.e., by solemnly proclaiming that they practiced heroic virtue and lived in fidelity to God's grace, the Church recognizes the power of the Spirit of holiness within her and sustains the hope of believers by proposing the saints to them as models and intercessors.[303] "The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church's history."[304] Indeed, "holiness is the hidden source and infallible measure of her apostolic activity and missionary zeal."[305]
Saints are an important part of the Church. The constant cry for renewal comes from the mouths of the dissenters, yet true renewal in the Church is derived from saints that God has raised up. If you want to renew the Church, get holy, live in Virtue, and only then get into the renewal process. Since dissenters skip the holiness requirement, their renewal is nothing more than a false man-made corruption, inspired by satan.
The saints in the Church Triumphant are in Heaven, where we are the Church Militant still living on earth working out our salvation, while the holy souls in Purgatory are the Church suffering.
CCC #1949  "Called to beatitude but wounded by sin, man stands in need of salvation from God. Divine help comes to him in Christ through the law that guides him and the grace that sustains him:  Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. [Phil. 2:12-13]"
Salvation essentially means to obtain Heaven and live with God forever, which is the purpose for which we were created (to know, love and serve God forever). Salvation is possible only because of the redemption by Jesus Christ. Salvation is oppressed by dissenters, yet it is our first and foremost goal on this earth, to obtain Heaven, and it reminds us of our sin and required redemption by Jesus Christ. By oppressing the very truth of our existence, the dissenters have an easier time also oppressing the idea of sin and holiness. The CCC explains:
CCC# 54  God, who creates and conserves all things by his Word, provides men with constant evidence of himself in created realities. And furthermore, wishing to open up the way to heavenly salvation, he manifested himself to our first parents from the very beginning." [Dei Verbum 3; cf. Jn 1:3; Rom 1:19-20] He invited them to intimate communion with himself and clothed them with resplendent grace and justice.
CCC# 55  This revelation was not broken off by our first parents' sin. "After the fall, [God] buoyed them up with the hope of salvation,  by promising redemption; and he has never ceased to show his solicitude for the human race. For he wishes to give eternal life to all those who seek salvation by patience in well-doing." [Dei Verbum 3; cf. Gen 3:15; Rom 2:6-7]
Even when he disobeyed you and lost your friendship you did not abandon him to the power of death .... Again and again you offered a covenant to man. [Roman Missal, Eucharistic Prayer IV, 118]
Satan is one of several names for the chief devil, the others being the father of lies [17] or Beelzebub. See the devil section for the discussion.
Sin is practically impossible to a dissenter. This is because when one follows the belief system of pluralism, there is no absolute right or wrong, no objective Truth by which to measure anything. Without absolute standards or rules for behavior, sin, which is defined as choosing to go against God's absolutely objective and good teachings, becomes irrelevant. As Pope John Paul II keenly notices today, society has lost the sense of sin. However, sin is very real. The CCC makes it perfectly clear that those who deny the Revelation of God, as dissenters do as shown above, will not recognize sin. The dissenter clamor for freedom to exercise their rights is actually an abuse of the freedom God gives us.
CCC #386-387  Sin is present in human history; any attempt to ignore it or to give this dark reality other names would be futile. To try to understand what sin is, one must first recognize the profound relation of man to God, for only in this relationship is the evil of sin unmasked in its true identity as humanity's rejection of God and opposition to him, even as it continues to weigh heavy on human life and history.

Only the light of divine Revelation clarifies the reality of sin and particularly of the sin committed at mankind's origins. Without the knowledge Revelation gives of God we cannot recognize sin clearly and are tempted to explain it as merely a developmental flaw, a psychological weakness, a mistake, or the necessary consequence of an inadequate social structure, etc. Only in the knowledge of God's plan for man can we grasp that sin is an abuse of the freedom that God gives to created persons so that they are capable of loving him and loving one another.
The dissenters clearly oppress anything in which they do not believe. The Bible reminds us very specifically that anyone who claims they do not sin is a liar and will not go to Heaven.
1 John 2:4-5 "He who says 'I know him' but disobeys his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps his word, in him truly love for God is perfected."
The soul is the spirit part of a human, who has also a body, which is the material part. The soul lives after death, while the body decays into dust. At the end of the world in the final resurrection, our soul will be reunited with our body, making it glorified, and we will live forever either in Heaven if we have followed God, or in hell if we have followed satan. By oppressing discussion of the soul, it is much easier to divert a person's attention to live for the experiences of the world and for their feelings rather than on the difficult spiritual battle to become holy.
CCC #1702-1703  The divine image is present in every man. It shines forth in the communion of persons, in the likeness of the union of the divine persons among themselves (cf. chapter two). Endowed with "a spiritual and immortal" soul, [Gaudium et Spes 14 2] the human person is "the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake." [Gaudium et Spes 24 3] From his conception, he is destined for eternal beatitude.
Virgin Mary
The Virgin Mary, our Mother and perfect model for living in virtue to achieve holiness. As discussed in the Vertical Inclusive Language article, dissenters oppress our true Mother to replace Her with a pagan "Mother Earth." It is Our Lady who gives birth - via Her charity - to the believers in the Church.
CCC #829 "But while in the most Blessed Virgin the Church has already reached that perfection whereby she exists without spot or wrinkle, the faithful still strive to conquer sin and increase in holiness. And so they turn their eyes to Mary": in her, the Church is already the "all-holy."
CCC #963 Since the Virgin Mary's role in the mystery of Christ and the Spirit has been treated, it is fitting now to consider her place in mystery of the Church. "The Virgin Mary ... is acknowledged and honored as being truly the Mother of God and of the redeemer.... She is 'clearly the mother of the members of Christ' ... since she has by her charity joined in bringing about the birth of believers in the Church, who are members of its head." [Lumen Gentium 53; cf. St. Augustine, De virg. 6: PL 40, 399] "Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church." [Paul VI, Discourse, November 21, 1964.]
A virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions (See Corporal Works of Mercy and Spiritual Works of Mercy). The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God. See the Faith section on Virtues for details. Dissenters do not focus on becoming more Christ-like, but instead just want their opinions stated as "faith facts," and hence oppress this knowledge as well.

Obtaining Your Consent

Once the seed of accepting error and its resulting sin has been planted using the deceptive vocabulary, the dissenters then work on getting your buy-in. They will use whatever methods are believed to obtain the maximum impact, especially those that appear to increase their own credibility. They use many tactics for this, as shown below. However, there are always defenses against such error, that being the Truth taught by the Church. Dissenters:

The bottom line is that your Catholic consent is to be given to the Church teaching, and to the Church alone, [10] since the Church truly speaks for God. [15]


One will notice that the thread of "choice" runs through many of the terms and related concepts used. Given that God the Father has created us with free will, He expects us to make choices everyday. The difference between God's version of choice and the dissenter view is the object of the choice, e.g. what we choose. God expects us to choose His Will, His way and His law, and will judge us as such. Choices pleasing to God are following the 10 Commandments, summed up in the two greatest Commandments, love God above all and your neighbor as yourself. Obstinate sinners, however, demand to choose sin and error and to walk in the darkness.

Given the dissenters' sophisticated marketing of sin and error, today's practicing Catholic cannot just accept anything at face value. Digging into the details is critical to understanding, and such understanding can only come with proper discernment, which in turn requires prayer and actual knowledge of the Catholic Faith. Learn your Faith! As the Bible clearly tells us in Hosea 4:6; "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."

Dissenters should carefully heed the words of Jesus Christ, since they place their souls in danger:

Mark 9:42 "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea."


George Orwell, "1984." 'Newspeak' was the official term for the new vocabulary carefully designed to manipulate public opinion into big brother's manner of thinking. 'Newspeak' was a concoction of the "Ministry of Truth," which was concerned with "news, entertainment, education, and the fine arts," all of which definitely influence public opinion.
Matthew 18:15-17 "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector."
Ephesians 5:11-13 "Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in secret; but when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible."
Apocalypse 3:15 "I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot!  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth."
John 3:20 "For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed."
Psalm 101:4 "I shun the devious of heart; the wicked I do not tolerate."
Apocalypse 2:2 "I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate the wicked; you have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and discovered that they are impostors."
2 Timothy 4:3 "For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths."
Esther 3:8 "they do not keep the king's laws, so that it is not for the king's profit to tolerate them."
Daniel 13:57 "This is how you acted with the daughters of Israel, and in their fear they yielded to you; but a daughter of Judah did not tolerate your wickedness."
Luke 6:39 "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?"
Matthew 5:37 "Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from evil."
2 Corinthians 11:14-15 "And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light. So it is not strange that his ministers also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds."
Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum)

#5. "'The obedience of faith' (Rom. 13:26; see 1:5; 2 Cor 10:5-6) is to be given to God who reveals, an obedience by which man commits his whole self freely to God, offering the full submission of intellect and will to God who reveals," and freely assenting to the truth revealed by Him. To make this act of faith, the grace of God and the interior help of the Holy Spirit must precede and assist, moving the heart and turning it to God, opening the eyes of the mind and giving "joy and ease to everyone in assenting to the truth and believing it." To bring about an ever deeper understanding of revelation the same Holy Spirit constantly brings faith to completion by His gifts.

#6. "Through divine revelation, God chose to show forth and communicate Himself and the eternal decisions of His will regarding the salvation of men. That is to say, He chose to share with them those divine treasures which totally transcend the understanding of the human mind. As a sacred synod has affirmed, God, the beginning and end of all things, can be known with certainty from created reality by the light of human reason (see Rom. 1:20); but teaches that it is through His revelation that those religious truths which are by their nature accessible to human reason can be known by all men with ease, with solid certitude and with no trace of error, even in this present state of the human race."

Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium)

#5. "... The mystery of the holy Church is already brought to light in the way it was founded. For the Lord Jesus inaugurated his Church by preaching the Good News, that is, the coming of the kingdom of God, promised over the ages in the scriptures: 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand' (Mk. 1:15; Mt. 4:17)."

#14. "... Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it, or to remain in it."

#19. "... By preaching everywhere the Gospel (cf. Mk. 16:20), welcomed and received under the influence of the Holy Spirit by those who hear it, the apostles gather together the universal Church, which the Lord founded upon the apostles and built upon blessed Peter their leader, the chief corner-stone being Christ Jesus himself (cf. Apoc. 21:14; Mt. 16:18; Eph. 2:20)."

Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium)

#18. "In order to shepherd the People of God and to increase its numbers without cease, Christ the Lord set up in his Church a variety of offices which aim at the good of the whole body. The holders of office, who are invested with a sacred power, are, in fact, dedicated to promoting the interests of their brethren, so that all who belong to the People of God, and are consequently endowed with true Christian dignity, may, through their free and well ordered efforts towards a common goal, attain to salvation.""

"This sacred synod, following in the steps of the First Vatican Council, teaches and declares with it that Jesus Christ, the eternal pastor, set up the holy Church by entrusting the apostles with their mission as he himself had been sent by the Father (cf. Jn. 20:21). He willed that their successors, the bishops namely, should be the shepherds in his Church until the end of the world. In order that the episcopate itself, however, might be one and undivided he put Peter at the head of the other apostles, and in him he set up a lasting and visible source and foundation of the unity both of faith and of communion. This teaching concerning the institution, the permanence, the nature and import of the sacred primacy of the Roman Pontiff and his infallible teaching office, the sacred synod proposes anew to be firmly believed by all the faithful, and, proceeding undeviatingly with this same undertaking, it proposes to proclaim publicly and enunciate clearly the doctrine concerning bishops, successors of the apostles, who together with Peter's successor, the Vicar of Christ and the visible head of the whole Church, direct the house of the living God."

#19. "The Lord Jesus, having prayed at length to the Father, called to himself those whom he willed and appointed twelve to be with him, whom he might send to preach the kingdom of God (cf. Mk. 3:13-19; Mt. 10:1-42). These apostles (cf. Lk. 6:13) he constituted in the form of a college or permanent assembly, at the head of which he placed Peter, chosen from amongst them (cf. Jn. 21:15-17). He sent them first of all to the children of Israel and then to all peoples (cf. Rom. 1:16), SO that, sharing in his power, they might make all peoples his disciples and sanctify and govern them (cf. Mt. 28:16-20; Mk. 16:15; Lk. 24:45-48; Jn. 20:21-23) and thus spread the Church and, administering it under the guidance of the Lord, shepherd it all days until the end of the world (cf. Mt. 28:20). They were fully confirmed in this mission on the day of Pentecost (cf. Acts 2:1-26) according to the promise of the Lord: "You shall receive power when the Holy Ghost descends upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the remotest part of the earth" (Acts 1:8). By preaching everywhere the Gospel (cf. Mk. 16:20), welcomed and received under the influence of the Holy Spirit by those who hear it, the apostles gather together the universal Church, which the Lord founded upon the apostles and built upon blessed Peter their leader, the chief corner-stone being Christ Jesus himself (cf. Apoc. 21:14; Mt. 16:1118; Eph. 2:20)."

#20. "That divine mission, which was committed by Christ to the apostles, is destined to last until the end of the world (cf. Mt. 28:20), since the Gospel, which they were charged to hand on, is, for the Church, the principle of all its life for all time. For that very reason the apostles were careful to appoint successors in this hierarchically constituted society."

"In fact, not only had they various helpers in their ministry, but, in order that the mission entrusted to them might be continued after their death, they consigned, by will and testament, as it were, to their immediate collaborators the duty of completing and consolidating the work they had begun, urging them to tend to the whole flock, in which the Holy Spirit had appointed them to shepherd the Church of God (cf. Acts 20:28). They accordingly designated such men and then made the ruling that likewise on their death other proven men should take over their ministry. Amongst those various offices which have been exercised in the Church from the earliest times the chief place, according to the witness of tradition, is held by the function of those who, through their appointment to the dignity and responsibility of bishop, and in virtue consequently of the unbroken succession, going back to the beginning, are regarded as transmitters of the apostolic line. Thus, according to the testimony of St. Irenaeus, the apostolic tradition is manifested and preserved in the whole world by those who were made bishops by the apostles and by their successors down to our own time."

"In that way, then, with priests and deacons as helpers, the bishops received the charge of the community, presiding in God's stead over the flock of which they are the shepherds in that they are teachers of doctrine, ministers of sacred worship and holders of office in government. Moreover, just as the office which the Lord confided to Peter alone, as first of the apostles, destined to be transmitted to his successors, is a permanent one, so also endures the office, which the apostles received, of shepherding the Church, a charge destined to be exercised without interruption by the sacred order of bishops. The sacred synod consequently teaches that the bishops have by divine institution taken the place of the apostles as pastors of the Church, in such wise that whoever listens to them is listening to Christ and whoever despises them despises Christ and him who sent Christ (cf. Lk. 10:16)."

Vatican II, Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio)

#2. In order to establish this His holy Church everywhere in the world till the end of time, Christ entrusted to the College of the Twelve the task of teaching, ruling and sanctifying. (Cf. Mt. 28, 18-20, collato Jn. 20 21-23.) Among their number He selected Peter, and after his confession of faith determined that on him He would build His Church. Also to Peter He promised the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Cf. Mt. 16, 18, collato Mt. 18, 18.), and after His profession of love, entrusted all His sheep to him to be confirmed in faith (Cf. Lc. 22, 32.) and shepherded in perfect unity. Christ Jesus Himself was forever to remain the chief cornerstone (Cf. Eph. 2, 20.) and shepherd of our souls. (Cf. 1 Petr. 2)

Jesus Christ, then, willed that the apostles and their successors - the bishops with Peter's successor at their head - should preach the Gospel faithfully, administer the sacraments, and rule the Church in love. It is thus, under the action of the Holy Spirit, that Christ wills His people to increase, and He perfects His people's fellowship in unity: in their confessing the one faith, celebrating divine worship in common, and keeping the fraternal harmony of the family of God.

The Church, then, is God's only flock; it is like a standard lifted high for the nations to see it: (Cf. Is. 11, 10-12.) for it serves all mankind through the Gospel of peace (Cf. Eph. 2, 17-18, collato Mc. 16, 15.) as it makes its pilgrim way in hope toward the goal of the fatherland above. (Cf. 1 Petr. 1, 3-9.)

Vatican II, Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio)

#4. The term "ecumenical movement" indicates the initiatives and activities planned and undertaken, according to the various needs of the Church and as opportunities offer, to promote Christian unity. These are: first, every effort to avoid expressions, judgments and actions which do not represent the condition of our separated brethren with truth and fairness and so make mutual relations with them more difficult; then, "dialogue" between competent experts from different Churches and Communities.

#9. We must get to know the outlook of our separated brethren. To achieve this purpose, study is of necessity required, and this must be pursued with a sense of realism and good will. Catholics, who already have a proper grounding, need to acquire a more adequate understanding of the respective doctrines of our separated brethren, their history, their spiritual and liturgical life, their religious psychology and general background. Most valuable for this purpose are meetings of the two sides-especially for discussion of theological problems-where each can treat with the other on an equal footing-provided that those who take part in them are truly competent and have the approval of the bishops. From such dialogue will emerge still more clearly what the situation of the Catholic Church really is. In this way too the outlook of our separated brethren will be better understood, and our own belief more aptly explained.

#11. The way and method in which the Catholic faith is expressed should never become an obstacle to dialogue with our brethren. It is, of course, essential that the doctrine should be clearly presented in its entirety. Nothing is so foreign to the spirit of ecumenism as a false irenicism, in which the purity of Catholic doctrine suffers loss and its genuine and certain meaning is clouded.

Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium)
#12: By this appreciation of the faith, aroused and sustained by the Spirit of truth, the People of God, guided by the sacred teaching authority (Magisterium), and obeying it, receives not the mere word of men, but truly the word of God (cf. 1 Th. 2:13), the faith once for all delivered to the saints (cf. Jude 3). The People unfailingly adheres to this faith, penetrates it more deeply with right judgment, and applies it more fully in daily life.
Encyclical letter of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II on the Hundredth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum (Centesimus Annus)
#44. "If there is no transcendent truth, in obedience to which a person achieves his full identity, then there is no sure principle for guaranteeing just relations between people. Their self-interest as a class, group or nation would inevitably set them in opposition to one another. If one does not acknowledge transcendent truth, then the force of power takes over, and each person tends to make full use of the means at his disposal in order to impose his own interests or his own opinion, with no regard for the rights of others. People are then respected only to the extent that they can be exploited for selfish ends. Thus, the root of modern totalitarianism is to be found in the denial of the transcendent dignity of the human person who, as the visible image of the invisible God, is therefore by his very nature the subject of rights which no one may violate--no individual, group, class, nation or State. Not even the majority of a social body may violate these rights, by going against the minority, by isolating, oppressing, or exploiting it, or by attempting to annihilate it. (Cf. Leo XIII, Encyclical Letter Libertas Praestantissimum: loc. cit., 224-226.)"
John 8:44 "You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies."

Luke 11:17 "But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls."

Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium)
#36. " Christ, made obedient unto death and because of this exalted by the Father (cf. Ph. 2:8-9), has entered into the glory of his kingdom. All things are subjected to him until he subjects himself and all created things to the Father, so that God may be all in all (cf. 1 Cor. 15:27-28). He communicated this power to the disciples that they be constituted in royal liberty and, by self-abnegation of a holy life, overcome the reign of sin in themselves (cf. Rom. 6:12)-- that indeed by serving Christ in others they may in humility and patience bring their brethren to that king to serve whom is to reign. The Lord also desires that his kingdom be spread by the lay faithful: the kingdom of truth and life, the kingdom of holiness and grace, the kingdom of justice, love and peace. In this kingdom creation itself will be delivered from the slavery of corruption into the freedom of the glory of the sons of God (cf. Rom. 8:21). Clearly, a great promise, a great commission is given to the disciples: "all things are yours, you are Christ's, and Christ is God's" (1 Cor. 3:23).

The faithful must, then, recognize the inner nature, the value and the ordering of the whole of creation to the praise of God. Even by their secular activity they must aid one another to greater holiness of life, so that the world may be filled with the spirit of Christ and may the more effectively attain its destiny in justice, in love and in peace. The laity enjoy a principle role in the universal fulfillment of this task. Therefore, by their competence in secular disciplines and by their activity, interiorly raised up by grace, let them work earnestly in order that created goods through human labor, technical skill and civil culture may serve the utility of all men according to the plan of the creator and the light of his word. May these goods be more suitably distributed among all men and in their own way may they be conducive to universal progress in human and Christian liberty. Thus, through the members of the Church, will Christ increasingly illuminate the whole of human society with his saving light.

Moreover, by uniting their forces, let the laity so remedy the institutions and conditions of the world when the latter are an inducement to sin, that these may be conformed to the norms of justice, favoring rather than hindering the practice of virtue. By so doing they will impregnate culture and human works with a moral value. In this way the field of the world is better prepared for the seed of the divine word and the doors of the Church are opened more widely through which the message of peace may enter the world.

Because of the very economy of salvation the faithful should learn to distinguish carefully between the rights and the duties which they have as belonging to the Church and those which fall to them as members of the human society. They will strive to unite the two harmoniously, remembering that in every temporal affair they are to be guided by a Christian conscience, since not even in temporal business may any human activity be withdrawn from God's dominion. In our times it is most necessary that this distinction and harmony should shine forth as clearly as possible in the manner in which the faithful act, in order that the mission of the Church may correspond more fully with the special circumstances of the world today. But just as it must be recognized that the terrestrial city, rightly concerned with secular affairs, is governed by its own principles, thus also the ominous doctrine which seeks to build society with no regard for religion, and attacks and utterly destroys the religious liberty of its citizens, is rightly to be rejected.

37. Like all Christians, the laity have the right to receive in abundance the help of the spiritual goods of the Church, especially that of the word of God and the sacraments from the pastors. To the latter the laity should disclose their needs and desires with that liberty and confidence which befits children of God and brothers of Christ. By reason of the knowledge, competence or pre-eminence which they have the laity are empowered--indeed sometimes obliged--to manifest their opinion on those things which pertain to the good of the Church. If the occasion should arise this should be done through the institutions established by the Church for that purpose and always with truth, courage and prudence and with reverence and charity towards those who, by reason of their office, represent the person of Christ.

The pastors, indeed, should recognize and promote the dignity and responsibility of the laity in the Church. They should willingly use their prudent advice and confidently assign duties to them in the service of the Church, leaving them freedom and scope for acting. Indeed, they should give them the courage to undertake works on their own initiative. They should with paternal love consider attentively in Christ initial moves, suggestions and desires proposed by the laity. Moreover the pastors must respect and recognize the liberty which belongs to all in the terrestrial city. "

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