Cannons, Cathechism or both?

Are Catholics bound by the Roman Catholic Catechism alone or must they also bow the knee at Rome’s Cannon Law? Has the Roman Catholic State Church changed or softened its basic doctrinal position towards Protestants in this present ecumenical era? The answers are NO & NO, it hasn’t. The Council of Trent, the 18 year Catholic council held from 1545-1563, attempting to harm the progress of the Protestant Reformation devised numerous statements condemning Christians that sought to find Christ outside the tyranny and abuses of the Roman State Church.

The Council of Trent denied every Reformation doctrine, including 2 of the most important Solas: namely Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone) and Sola Gracia (by grace alone). Trent established 125 anathemas (ecclesiastical curses) against Bible-believing Christians. The enforcements of these proclamations and anathemas were realized in the murderous persecutions acted upon Bible-believing Christians by Rome. The solemn fact is that the Council of Trent has never been renounced or annulled.

The Vatican II Council of the mid-1960s referred to Trent on numerous occasions, quoting Trent’s proclamations as authority, and reaffirming Trent on every hand. The New Catholic Catechism cites the council of Trent no less than 99 times. There is not even the slightest hint that the proclamations of the Council of Trent have been abrogated by Rome or that Rome has repented of her anti-protestant proclamations. At the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII stated, “I do accept entirely all that has been decided and declared at the Council of Trent.” Every cardinal, bishop and priest who participated in the Vatican II Council signed a document affirming Trent. It thus follows that since the following Cannons proceed from the Catholic Council of Trent and since Catholics are bound by the Cannons (cannon law), they are obligated to adhere to the following statements made regarding Christians that belive in justification by faith alone regardless of whether these canons are contradicted in the catholic cathecism (which incidentally is supposed to be a derivative of the cannons).

I believe that the whole Catholic faith is one big contradiction. Once again, these Canons have NEVER been retracted or renounced and are thus still binding. The entire list is located here: http://www.ewtn.com/library/COUNCILS/TRENT6.HTM

Below I have listed some of the Cannons and their scriptural refutations.

  1. CANON 9:“If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema.”
    1. “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Rom. 3:20).
    2. “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:24).
    3. “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law” (Rom. 3:28).
    4. “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Rom. 4:3).
    5. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).
    6. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8).
    7. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5).
  2. CANON 12:“If any one shall say that justifying faith is nothing else than confidence in the divine mercy pardoning sins for Christ’s sake, or that it is that confidence alone by which we are justified … let him be accursed.”
    1. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).
    2. “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law” (Rom. 3:28).
    3. ‘For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Rom. 4:3).
    4. “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 27Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the peoples’: for this he did once, when he offered up himself” (Heb. 7:25-27).
    5. “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Tim. 1:12).
  3. Canon 14: “If any one saith, that man is truly absolved from his sins and justified, because that he assuredly believed himself absolved and justified; or, that no one is truly justified but he who believes himself justified; and that, by this faith alone, absolution and justification are effected; let him be anathema.”
    1. “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Rom. 4:3).
    2. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).
  4. Canon 23: “lf any one saith, that a man once justified can sin no more, nor lose grace, and that therefore he that falls and sins was never truly justified; or, on the other hand, that he is able, during his whole life, to avoid all sins, even those that are venial,- except by a special privilege from God, as the Church holds in regard of the Blessed Virgin; let him be anathema.”
    1. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).
    2. “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40).
    3. “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28).
    4. “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 5:21).
    5. “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us” (1 John 2:19).
    6. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).
  5. Canon 24:“If any one saith, that the justice received is not preserved and also increased before God through good works; but that the said works are merely the fruits and signs of Justification obtained, but not a cause of the increase thereof; let him be anathema.”
    1. “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:1-3)
    2. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law” (Gal. 5:1-3).
  6. Canon 30:“If any one saith, that, after the grace of Justification has been received, to every penitent sinner the guilt is remitted, and the debt of eternal punishment is blotted out in such wise, that there remains not any debt of temporal punishment to be discharged either in this world, or in the next in Purgatory, before the entrance to the kingdom of heaven can be opened (to him); let him be anathema.”
    1. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).
    2. “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” (Col. 2:13-14).
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