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Dissent from the Creed: Heresies Past and Present [Paperback]

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Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   1.17 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 17, 2001
Publisher   Our Sunday Visitor
ISBN  0879734086  
EAN  9780879734084  

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"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"--George Santayana Nowhere is this more true than in matters of faith and religion. And nowhere are the errors of the past more elusive than in heresies. In order that we not be caught unawares in a web of false teaching, Father Richard Hogan presents a non-technical history of false teachings from the time of the Ascension to the present. Using the Creed as a basis, this urgently needed book: Clearly explains the difference between heresy and schism Thoroughly covers all major and minor heresies Serves as a quick reference for teachers, students, and historians A "must-have" for anyone serious about their Faith, Dissent from the Creed is a vital resource for the propagation of the Faith. Do You Know? -Why Gnosticism has had a recent resurgence in New Age thinking -Which first century sect still exists today -Which heresy counted St. Augustine as a member -Why Arianism may be the greatest of all heresies -What makes Nicea revolutionary in Church history

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Here is a scholarly but very readable one-volume guide to the heresies, including the ones that gave birth to the major Protestant denominations.

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Heresy Defined  Dec 7, 2006
'Dissent from the Creed' is an excellent resource that explains how heretical leaders and their groups had disregard for the orthodox position of the church throughout history. In doing a research work on Gnosticism, it helped in defining how groups like gnostics denied the full divinity and humanity of Christ. It defines these groups and how they historically came to be.(ie. gnostic, montanist, manicheism, arianism, pelagianism, etc....) The author's message is simple, these groups simply denied the creeds and councils of the church. The conclusion of part one affirms the Nicene Creed and Council of Chalcedon, to which I am in full agreement myself. The conclusion to part two also affirms the true nature of Christ and largely discusses iconoclasm, an internal church debate between the eastern and western churches. I might make the point that: the catholic church is viewed throughout the book to have existed and has no explanations concerning the early church, the rise of papacy, or the rule of the papacy. In historical chronological fashion; the author defines heresies, explains the council decisions, along with the catholic postions all throughout the rest of the book. He even upholds the position of the church that the reformists were heretical. The consistent strand throughout the book is the dissent from the authority of the church. Certainly, the early church had to fight heretical views concerning Christ....I am in total agreement! But, the progressing church began to make theological rulings to ensure not only theological correctness; but political power, which culminated in papal rule. The problem is not a 'dissent from the creed', so much as it is, 'a dissent from scripture.' Not only have heretics deviated from the orthodox church, but from scripture as well. Many of these book reviews have catholics arguing about a multitude of issues in this book, but most importantly the issue of salvation! It pains me to see that a once vibrant and theologically true church has deviated from the authority of Scripture itself. A reviewer is talking about church authority and 'No salvation apart from the church!' "Excuse me?" Is that what Scripture says?? What ever happened to no salvation apart from Christ? Does the Scripture teach that Christ is the Mediator of God and men?...or is it the Catholic Church or Pope? Read the Book of Hebrews! Anyway, this book is a good reference for this discussion and not only shows how heretics dissented from the creed, but how supposed orthodox christians have too!
Catholic Faith and Baptism and Pope  Feb 7, 2004
"Whoever wishes to be saved, needs above all to hold the Catholic faith; unless each one preserves this whole and entire, he will without a doubt perish in eternity... This is the Catholic faith; unless everyone believes this faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved." -Athanasian Creed (ca. 400)

Original families of Protestantism:
1)Lutheran 2)Calvinist 3)Zwinglian 4)Anglican 5)Free Church or Congregational
Council of Trent (1545-1549) condemned the heresies of Luther, Calvin, and others.

Syllabus of Modern Errors:
Category III - Indifferentism, Latitudinarianism.
15.Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which he, led by the light of reason, thinks to be the true reason.
16.In the worship of any religion whatever, men can find the way to eternal salvation, and can attain eternal salvation.
17.We must have at least good hope concerning the eternal salvation of all those who do not at all dwell in the true Church of Christ.
18.Protestantism is nothing else than a different form of the same true Christian religion, in which it is possible to serve God as well as in the Catholic Church.
These four propositions are errors that were rejected, proscribed, and condemned in his full Apostolic authority, by Pope Pius IX. Therefore, any interpretation of his earlier remarks concerning invincible ignorance which supports or affirms any one of these propositions is also rejected, proscribed, and condemned.

Requirements for Salvation:
a)FAITH - belief in all things the Catholic Church teaches, which are ... all things whatsoever I have commanded you.
All infidels are excluded, as well as those who have never been in the Church, Such as Jews, Mohammedand, and pagans, and such as have been in the Church but fallen away, such as heretics and apostates. (Prots reject the true faith.)
b)Baptism - sacramental incorporation into the Body of Christ, which is His Church. This enables the benefits of all the other sacraments necessary for salvation.
Catechumens and excommunicates are excluded, because the former are not to be admitted to the communion of the Sacraments and the latter have been cut off from them.
In terms of a syllogism we have the infallible major premise: "Baptism is necessary for salvation," the infallible minor premise: "True and natural water is necessary for Baptism," and the infallible conclusion: "True and natural water is necessary for salvation!"
Justification can be attained by a person with the Catholic Faith together with at least a desire for the Sacraments. He cannot attain Salvation unless he receives the Sacraments. Justification is the road to salvation, and NOT salvation itself. After all we are Catholics who believe in a dogmatic faith, good works, and sanctifying grace, NOT Protestants who believe in confidence alone!
c)Pope - Subjection to the proper authority of the Church, especially the person of the reigning Roman Pontiff. Anyone who rejects this authority is to be treated as "the heathen and the publican."
However, the Pope is also a human being and possesses the gift of free will, and in non-infallible matters, that is, when the Pope does not speak "ex cathedra," he is quite capable of sin, even grave sin. But this neither diminishes, nor nullifies his office and authority.
Schismatics are excluded, who have faith and sacraments, but are not subject to the lawful pastor, the Roman Pontiff; therefore, they profess faith and receive sacraments outside the Church. (Prots reject the Pope.)

No Salvation Ouside the Catholic Church  Dec 9, 2002
Fr. Feeney is Not the Heretic but The "Hoganites" are.

Ex Cathedra: There is but one universal Church of the faithful, outside of which no one at all is saved. (Pope Innocent III, the Fourth Lateran Council, 1215)

Ex Cathedra: We declare, say, define, and pronounce that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff. (Pope Boniface VIII, the Bull Unam Sanctam)

A doctrine or dogma of the Church is a truth which has been revealed by God and must be believed by all Catholics.

When the Pope speaks Ex Cathedra, or "from the Chair" he has invoked his highest teaching authority. An Ex Cathedra pronouncement is a dogma that is absolutely immutable and unquestionable.

Saint Benedict Center has been insisting since its foundation over fifty years ago that all the evils plaguing the world today are the result of a weakness within the Catholic Church. And that weakness is precisely that our pastors are no longer preaching the NECESSITY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH FOR SALVATION.

Please read The Devil's Final Battle:

We are living in the most sinful era in history, worse than the days of Noah.

No one on this earth is exempt from the Chastisement about to befall us if the Catholic Church does not obey the Fatima Message very soon.

This does effect YOU, your life, your family, your freedom and your salvation NOW!

"In the Third Secret it is foretold, among other things, that the great Apostasy in the Church will begin at the top."

These are the very words of Cardinal Ciappi (personal Papal Theologian to Pope John Paul II). The result of "the great Apostasy" starting "at the top" is corruption of the clergy and the laity in doctrine, in morals and in liturgy.

Today, the Church is in great crisis. Its very leaders - priests, bishops, and even Cardinals - cause scandal within and without the Church; heretical statements are proclaimed and immorality practiced - such as HOMOSEXUALITY, pedophilia, abortion, contraceptives, and divorce, just to mention a few.

The fact that bad priests are a chastisement is testified to by St. John Eudes. We recall that he told us God will send bad priests when He is angry. God is very angry with His people because He is not only sending us bad priests, He also apparently sent us bad bishops and bad Cardinals too.

The Holy Father is telling us that one-third of the clergy (who are the stars of Heaven) have been dragged down by the devil and his co-workers - the Masons, communists, homosexual networks - and are now working for the devil himself; not for God, not for the Church of Christ, but for the devil.

Father Feeney is Not a heretic  Sep 14, 2002
Richard Hogan says that:"Father Feeney and his followers were not mistaken in upholding the principals that outside the Church there is no salvation." Then he condems Fr. Feeney for following The dogma saying that an individual can't interpret what the Church taught!!!! "This heresy taught that all those who are not full members of the Roman Catholic Church are condemned to hell." Such double talked!!! The Church refutes Hogan-
ExCathedra:"There is but one universal Church of the faithful, outside of which no one at all is saved." (Pope Innocent III, the Fourth Lateran Council, 1215).

This seems totally clear, and it is but this is one of those statements which liberals try to "explain away" by arguing that it does not mean what it says. This HERETICAL approach usually goes like this: "Oh yes, there is no salvation outside of membership... but there are different forms of membership...implied, specific, induced, electromagnetic,honorary,retired, animal, vegetable, and mineral among hundereds of others." The liberal (Richard Hogan)holds that EVERYONE is a member "somehow" of the Church. Therefore, EVERYONE can (and does!) go to heaven. Isn't that Nice?

Rather than point out that the word "outside" as used above in an Ex Cathedra infallible statement could ONLY have meaning if it actually conveyed a meaning, let me take a slightly different approach.

The "Church of the Faithful" MUST mean a certain organization and institution and no other. The Church does a number of unique things. One is to offer Mass for the remission of sins;another is teach the Marian dogmas. If one give his "loyalty to any other organization, THEN one is not in the one Church of the Faithful.

The one true Church is that which is united by dogma and morality. There are not two "Catholic" positions on abortion, nor on the Real Presence, nor the Assumption. Nor are these dogmas "optional." So if part of the "church" (sic) holds other than the truth on these matters, then this part is not part of the true Church, and those who are members of this "part" are NOT members of the true Church.

To put is slightly differently, if the words "Church," "one," and "outside" means anything at all, then the statement MUST be understood as it reads--clear, distinct, and dogmatic. If these words are so open to interpretation that one can define "church" as including Protestants, Rabbinical Jews, Mohammedans, etc, then language has been destroyed and real communication is impossible. Yet this is exactly what happens if the clear teachings of the Church are denied. EVERY word thereby becomes open to "alternative" understandings.

If Joe Prot who denies the perpetual virginity of the Blessed Mother is "somehow" a real member of the "church" so that salvation is "possible" for him as he now believes, then the teachings of the "church" are on both sides of this (and every other) issue.

Jesus told us that a kindgom divided against itself can not stand. To us faithful the Blessed Sacrament is Jesus. To the others it is a piece of bread. This DIVIDES us; therefore, both sides can NOT be within the same kingdom of Christ. This principle is true with regard to EVERY dogma.

Therefore, if the above statement does not mean exactly, precisely, clearly what it "says," then there is no "Church of the Faithful."

Lumen Gentium#16. "But in their sincere search of the truth of God they 'are ordained to' or 'ordered to' Christ and to its Body, the Church. They are found however in a deficit situation,..."

Please note that the Pope is not saying that these non-Christians are "related to" the Church, but are in fact "ordained to" and still in a "deficit situation" as regards their eternal salvation. By saying thus, the Pope refute's the translation placed on the Encyclical Mystici Corporis by the 1949 Protocol Letter of the Holy Office, which Letter uses the erroneous translation of "related to" instead of the correct "ordained towards". ...
Father Feeney and the Truth About Salvation, Chapter 9, wherein the Holy Office letter and the Encyclical Mystici Corporis are discussed.]

The reader must keep in mind that "Our Sunday Visitor" is a LIBERAL publication and they quote the so-called new catechism of the catholic church.

"The three Ex Cathedra definitions by three different popes are objective truths applicable for all time, and not subject to interpretations which contradict the obvious, literal meaning intended by the popes who defined them, nor subject to the vicissitudes of history or cultures."

"Any contrary opinions which have been expressed by popes who were not defining, or by the private speculations of saints or theologians, ought to be rendered null and void by the three solemn definitions of the popes on Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, and by the Decrees of the Council of Trent."

Fr. Feeney can't be accused of heresy because "Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus" is what the Church has always taught.

Fr. Feeney was and remain until his death a faithful Catholic and that in essence it was the political correct thing to Slander his good name.

Fr. Feeney was never tried by any Church Tribunal on his procedure, doctrines, or any of the other things that are associated with his name. Neither Fr. Feeney nor the Cardinal was ever tried on the issue of heresy. It was Fr. Feeney who accused them of heresy NOT the other way around. Fr. Feeney was NEVER publicly accused of anything except disobeying the order of going to Holy Cross. His actions was justified on two basis: 1)the compulsion of conscience 2)The Cardinal was wrong and Fr. Feeney was FACTUALLY RIGHT.

Great Book  Sep 5, 2002
A very thorough book on the many heresies that have been produced in the last 2000 years of Christianity. Detailed and informative enough to give you a good perspective on what was happening but not so "heady" that normal people can't understand it. The end of each chapter has a brief summary of the heresy and what it consisted of which is a really nice way to wrap it up.

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