1600 Years of the Catholic Church


I have been researching what dates certain “doctrines and dogmas” were instituted in the catholic church. I stand amazed how some of these can be accepted by faithful catholic church goers – without question! But in the same breath, I can understand why they accept what magisterium and traditions dictate. They date back so long ago and are just “part of who they are,” in essense. Unless a catholic does his homework by comparing tradition and magisterium with God’s Word, he will never find the error of catholic doctrine!

Event/Dogma

Approx. Year

Prayers for the dead and the sign of the Cross

310

Wax Candles introduced in church

320

Veneration of angels and dead saints

375

The Mass, as a daily celebration

394

The worship of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the use of the term, “Mother of God”, as applied to her, originated in the Council of Ephesus 431

500

Priests began to dress differently from the laity

500

Extreme Unction (praying over the sick)

526

The doctrine of Purgatory was first established by Gregory the Great

593

The Latin language, as the language of prayer and worship in churches, was also imposed by Pope Gregory I

600

The Bible teaches that we pray to God alone. In the primitive church never were prayers directed to Mary, or to dead saints. This practice began in the Roman Church

600

The title of pope or universal bishop, was first given to the bishop of Rome by the wicked emperor Phocas. This he did to spite Bishop Ciriacus of Constantinople, who had justly excommunicated him for his having caused the assassination of his predecessor emperor Mauritius. Gregory 1, then bishop of Rome, refused the title, but his successor, Boniface III, first assumed title “pope.” Clement, 3rd bishop of Rome, remarks that “there is no real 1st century evidence that Peter ever was in Rome.”

610

The kissing of the Pope’s feet

709

The Temporal power of the Popes

750

The Temporal power of the Popes

750

Worship of the cross, images and relics was authorized

788

Holy Water, mixed with a pinch of salt and blessed by the priest, was authorized

850

The veneration of St. Joseph began

890

The baptism of bells was instituted by Pope John XIV

965

Canonization of dead saints, first by Pope John XV

995

Fasting on Fridays and during Lent were imposed

998

The Mass was developed gradually as a sacrifice; attendance made obligatory in the 11th century.

11th Century

The celibacy of the priesthood was decreed by Pope Hildebrand, Boniface VII

1079

The Rosary, or prayer beads was introduced by Peter the Hermit, in the year 1090. Copied from Hindus and Mohammedans

1090

The Inquisition of heretics was instituted by the Council of Verona in the year 1184. Jesus never taught the use of force to spread His religion 1190 – The sale of Indulgences, commonly regarded as a purchase of forgiveness and a permit to indulge in sin.

1184

The dogma of Transubstantiation was decreed by Pope Innocent III

1215

Confession of sin to the priest at least once a year was instituted by Pope Innocent III., in the Lateran Council

1215

The adoration of the wafer (Host), was decreed by Pope Honorius

1220

The Bible forbidden to laymen and placed in the Index of forbidden books by the Council of Valencia – If what the Pope and magisterium state is from God and God never changes, then why is it OK for catholics to read the Bible today?

1229

The Scapular was invented by Simon Stock, and English monk. It is a piece of brown cloth, with the picture of the Virgin and supposed to contain supernatural virtue to protect from all dangers those who wear it on naked skin.

1287

The Roman Church forbade the cup to the laity, by instituting the communion of one kind in the Council of Constance

1414

The doctrine of Purgatory was proclaimed as a dogma of faith by Council of Florence

1439

The doctrine of 7 Sacraments affirmed

1439

The Ave Maria – was completed 50 years afterward and finally approved by Pope Sixtus V, at the end of the 16th century.

1508

The Council of Trent, declared that Tradition is of equal authority with the Bible

1545

The apocryphal books were added to the Bible also by the Council of Trent. These books were not recognized as canonical by the Jewish Church.

1546

The Creed of Pope Pius IV was imposed as the official creed 1560 years after Christ and the apostles. True Christians retain the Holy Scriptures as their creed. Hence their creed is 1500 years older than the creed of Roman Catholics.

1560

The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary was proclaimed by Pope Pius IX.

1834

Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of Papal Infallibility.

1870

Pope Plus X condemned together with “Modernism”, all the discoveries of modern science which are not approved by the Church.

1907

In the year 1930 Pius XI, condemned the Public Schools.

1930

Pope Pius XI reaffirmed the doctrine that Mary is “the Mother of God”.

1931

The last dogma was proclaimed by Pope Pius XII, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

1950

God’s Word is clear, my friend!

(Psa 119:89) LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

(Psa 119:160) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

(Isa 40:8 ) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

(1 Pe 1:23) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

(1 Pe 1:25) But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

If God’s Word abides forever, then why would God allow changes to it?

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5 Responses to 1600 Years of the Catholic Church

  1. Joseph A. says:

    Interesting. I am interested in the doctrines and history of the Catholic church. Thanks for the info.

  2. Lisa says:

    Thanks for sharing what you learned. Many in my family are catholics and I’ve also wondered how they can so blindly accept many of the teachings.

  3. Jerry says:

    You still have a lot to learn so I pray you will continue your research. The words you use are inaccurate and contain a tinge of anti-Catholicism, if not outright falisity. As an example – Worship Mary – never has been taught and never will.

    Jerry

  4. Kate says:

    Jerry,

    I do not hate catholics. My heart aches that catholics blindly follow a religion without question or research. You are very wrong when you say that the catholic church does not teach Mary worship.

    On May 7, 1997, Pope John Paul II dedicated his general audience to “the Virgin Mary” and urged all Christians to accept Mary as their mother. He proclaimed that because of John 19:26-27, it is possible to understand the authentic meaning of Marian worship in the ecclesial community … which furthermore is based on the will of Christ” (Vatican Information Service, May 7, 1997).

    John Paul II underlined that “the history of Christian piety teaches that Mary is the path that leads to Christ, and that filial devotion to her does not at all diminish intimacy with Jesus, but rather, it increases it and leads it to very high levels of perfection.” He concluded by asking all Christians “to make room (for Mary) in their daily lives, acknowledge her providential role in the path of salvation. (Ibid.).

    Sir, you must do your research on what your popes and magisterium teach and practice. Your head is in the sand, Sir.

    • Evgenia says:

      You are right Kate…I do not hate catholics either…just lot’s of blindness..my heart aches about this too…here is my researches…lot’s of linked to worshiping /i’d say following Mary

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