Return to Traditionalism
In trawling through them I found that quite a number of the "quotes" are distortions and that others seem to be nothing more than inventions. I have not checked more than a small minority, after finding so much distortion I didn't think it worth pursuing the matter more rigorously. The reader is warned. Moreover some of the sources (e.g. [LOR], the L'Observatore Romano Newspaper!) are of little authority. Other sources are recognizibly partizan and antagonistic to the Contemporary Church - like me! The "heresies" were all supposed to be those of John Paul II. In fact many of them are (mis)quotes from documents of the Second Vatican Council.
A bibliography is appended. I have found a number of errors in it and have corrected them. I doubt that it is even now accurate. I have refrained from editing down the list of "heresies" so as to avoid the accusation that I wanted to evade answering some of the points. I am sorry that this unavoidably makes this text tedious. Somewhere along the way, I have lost a few "heresies". This is partly intentional, partly an accident.
Just because a Pope or Council positively teaches something, even solemnly, does not mean that it is orthodox or helpful. There are countless examples to the contrary. Many statements have to be taken in their historical context in order for their intended import to be understood. Others are simply inaccurate or premature attempts to articulate imperfectly understood doctrine. Negative, anathematised, teaching is a different matter: this is presumably definitive and its content "de Fide".
The main value in this exercise has been to allow me to express my own views by implication and in contrast. My comments are in bold face. On those occasions where I largely agree with the compiler of the original list, my comments are in bold red. It has also made me more aware of the extreme danger involved in taking short phrases and "proof texts" out of context. Lastly, it has confirmed me in my view that Sacred Tradition is a dynamic process, not a static monolith.
Those readers who like this sort of thing may care to peruse my brief treatment of Pius IXth's landmark encyclical Quanta Cura.
"John Paul II publicly kissed the koran on several
occasions. In the hope of encouraging Christian-islamic fellowship, many
bishops have also kissed the koran. In April 2002 the Bishop of Hildesheim
in Germany met the official representative of the local muslim community.
The imam gave the bishop a copy of the koran as a gift, for which the bishop
duly and delightedly thanked him. The bishop was then handed a Bible by
his assistant and offered it to the imam. The imam recoiled in horror,
(shreckte empoert zurueck) and refused the gift of the Bible with the words:
I cannot touchit. The Bibel is unclean (Das fasse ich nicht an. Die Bibel
This was reported by a German-muslim intellectual, Prof Bassam Tibi, who witnessed it."
[A German-Turkish apostate (from Islam) in hiding, quoting "A Christian magazine";
Numerous sites refer to this incident, for example:
The incident is reported under "Das islamische Selbstverstaendnis" (muslim self-conception, self-image).]
|AAS||Acta Apostolicae Sedis. Commentarium officiale, Rome, 1909 (Tomus I) ff.|
|ACA||Ad Catholicos Angliae, Pope Paul IV|
|ALL||Allocution (a private audience with the Roman Curia)|
|C.||Canon number cited from 1917 Code of Lanon Law of Pope Benedict XV|
|CCC||Catechism of the Catholic Church, issued by John Paul II 1992, Liguori Publications|
|CCT||Catechism of the Council of Trent, Pope St. Pius V, TAN Books, Rockford, IL|
|CH||Crossing the Threshold of Hope, by John Paul II, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1994|
|CN||Communionis Noito, Letter to Bishops on "Communion," May 28, 1992|
|CT||Catechesi Tradendae, Exhortation of John Paul II, Oct. 16, 1979, Pauline Books|
|D.||Enchiridion Symbolorum, "The Sources of Catholic Dogma,"
edited by Fr. Henry Densinger, B. Herder Book Co., Imprimatur, 1955
|DJP||De Jejun. Pent., sermon 129, II:3, of Pope St. Leo the Great|
|DM||Dives in misericordia, Encyclical of John Paul II, Nov. 30, 1993, Pauline Books|
|EIC||Epistle to the Corinthians of Pope St. Clement I|
|EDA||Ecclesia Dei Afflicta, motu proprio of John Paul II, Jly 2, 1988, Pauline Books|
|ENL||Exima Nos Laetitia, Decree of Pope Leo XIII|
|EP5||Exposition on Psalm V Poenit., tom. 3 of Pope St. Gregory the Great|
|ETC||Epistle to the Cledonius, of Pope St. Gregory the Great|
|ETN||Epistle to the Count of Nevers, 1208 AD, of Pope Innocent III|
|EV||Evangelium Vitae, Encyclical of John Paul II, March 25, 1995, Pauline Books|
|GOH||Gate of Heaven, Sister Catherine Clarke, MICM, Boston: Ravengate Press, 1952|
|FC||Familiaris Consortio, Encyclical of John Paul II, Nov. 22, 1981, Pauline Books|
|FCR||The Freedom of Conscience and Religion, letter of John Paul II
to those heads of state who signed the Helsinki Final Act.,
Sept. 1, 1980, Pauline Books
|LC||La Croix, a French Periodical|
|LFH||Letter to the French Hierarchy of Pope St. Pius X in 1910, C.M.R.I. Center|
|LG||Lumen Gentium: A Vatican II Council Decree, Nov. 21, 1964|
|LOR||L'Osservatore Romano, Vatican City, Italy, English edition|
|MA||Mortalium Animos, Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius XI on Fostering True
Jan. 6, 1928, AAS 20 (1928), 5ff. Angelus Press
|MC||Mystici Corporis, Encyclical of Pius XII, June 29, 1943, AAS 35 (1943), 202ff.|
|P||Pascendi, the Encyclical of Pope St. Pius X, Sept. 8, 1907, AAS 40 (1907), 593ff.|
|PA||The Pope Comes to America, Publications International, Ltd. Stokie, IL, 1987|
|PM||Peter Lovest Thou Me? Abbe Daniel Le Roux, Angelus Press|
|PP||Path to Peace: A Contribution. Liturgical Publications Inc., Brookfield, WI, 1987|
|QA||Quod Aliquantulum, of Pope Pius VI|
|RCH||Readings in Church History, Fr. Barry, Westminster, MD, Newman Press, 1965|
|RH||Redemptor Hominis, Encyclical of John Paul II, March 4, 1979, Pauline Books|
|Rmi||Redemptoris Missio, Encyclical of John Paul II, Dec. 7, 1990, Pauline Books|
|SC||Sacrosanctum Concilium, Vatican II Council Decree, Dec. 4, 1963|
|SCG||Satis Cognitum, Encyclical of Leo XIII, June 29, 1896, AAS 28 (1896/96), 711 ff.|
|SCN||Sacrorum Conciliorium, Archbishop John Mansi, Thomas Florentiae: 1759|
|SJS||Summo Jugiter Studio, Encyclical of Pope Gregory XVI, May 27, 1832|
|SQSQ||Singulari Quidem and Singulari Quandem, Encyclical of Pope Pius IX|
|SME||Syllabus of Modern Errors: Papal Series, 1996, Michael Malone.
Sacred Heart Press, 1419 Springcrest, Mesquite, TX 75149
|UR||Unitatis Redintegratio, Vatican II Council Decree, Nov 21, 1964|
|UUS||Ut Unum Sint, Encyclical of John Paul II, May 25, 1995, Pauline Books|
|VS||Veritatis Splendor, Encyclical of John Paul II, Aug. 1993, Pauline Books|