Wearing Out the Saints of the Most
And it was given unto him to make war with the
saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all
kindreds, and tongues, and nations. (Revelation 13:7)
We quote from Evangelist Austin Cooke’s pamphlet,
The Antichrist 666—His Rise, Reign, Ruin
and Restoration, pages 12, 13, to confirm that
the Papacy amply fulfills this criterion which was also specified of the
little horn. (See Daniel 7:25.)
Has the Papacy employed physical force against
dissenters? Let Professor Baudrillart, rector of the Catholic
Institute of Paris and later a cardinal, reply.
"The Catholic Church . . . loudly proclaims that
she has, a ‘horror of blood.’ Nevertheless when confronted by heresy
she . . . has recourse to force, to corporal punishment, to torture.
She creates tribunals like those of the Inquisition . . . encourages a
crusade, or a religious war . . . Especially did she act thus in the
sixteenth century with regard to Protestants. . . . She lit in Italy,
in the Low Countries and above all in Spain the funeral piles of the
Inquisition. In France . . . and in England . . . she tortured the
heretics whilst both in France and Germany . . . she encouraged and
actively aided, the religious wars. No one will deny that we have here
a great scandal to our contemporaries . . .
"Indeed, even among our friends and our brothers we
find those who dare not look this problem in the face. They ask
permission from the Church to ignore or even deny all those acts and
institutions in the past which have made orthodoxy compulsory."
[Professor Alfred Baudrillart, The Catholic Church, the Renaissance
and Protestantism, London, 1908, pages 182—184]
This book bears the sanction of the Roman Catholic
authorities, and of their "censor."
Dr. J. Dowling says:
"From the birth of Popery in 606, to the present
time, it is estimated by careful and credible historians, that more
than fifty millions of the human family, have been slaughtered for the
crime of heresy by popish persecutors, an average of more than forty
thousand religious murders for every year of the existence of Popery."
[History of Romanism, pages 541, 542]
W.E.H. Lecky says:
"That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent
blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind,
will be questioned by no Protestant who has a competent knowledge of
history. The memorials, indeed, of many of her persecutions are now so
scanty, that it is impossible to form a complete conception of the
multitude of her victims, and it is quite certain that no power of
imagination can adequately realize their sufferings." [History of
the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe,
Volume II, p. 32]
The Anglican Scholar, Dr. H. Grattan Guiness, says:
"It has been calculated that the Popes of Rome have
directly or indirectly slain . . . fifty millions of men and women who
refused to be parties to Romish idolatries, who held to the Bible as
the Word of God." [The Approaching End of the Age, p. 212]
These distasteful accounts of history abundantly
confirm that the Papacy fulfills this tenth specification of the
Persecution of those deemed "heretics" by the Roman
Catholic Church has ever been its doctrine. Indeed it developed a
theology of persecution.
Thomas Aquinas stated in Summa Theologeia (The
Whole of Theology),
With regard to heretics . . . on their own side
there is sin, by which they deserve not only to be separated from the
church by excommunication, but also to be severed from the world by
death. ( Part II of second part, Question 11, Article 3, Volume 2,
Aquinas was a renowned medieval theologian and was
canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.
This theology makes Pope John Paul II’s threat to
heretics most disturbing. In his Apostolic Letter, Ad Tuendam Fidem
(To Protect the Faith), John Paul II inserted on May 23, 1998, into
Canon Law, Canon 1436,
Whoever denies a truth which must be believed with
divine and catholic faith, or who calls into doubt or who totally
repudiates the Christian faith, and does not retract after having been
legitimately warned, is to be punished as a heretic.
It would seem that this spirit of persecution is
Roman Catholic priest Phelan, writing in The
Western Watchman, December 24, 1908, stated,
When she [the Roman Catholic Church] thinks it good
to use physical force, she will use it. . . . But will the Catholic
Church give bond that she will not persecute at all. . . . The
Catholic Church gives no bonds for her good behaviour.
Such statements in the twentieth century are most troubling and
certify Rome’s fulfillment of clue 10. The Papacy has an appalling
record of putting to death faithful Christians.