Heresy of the Week, Week of 12/26/03
By Bro. Michael Dimond and Bro. Peter Dimond
For more see: Heresies of the Week of John Paul II and the Vatican II sect regarding Heretics and Schismatics
Preliminary Comment: The following is an excerpt from a document issued by the Vatican, and approved by “Cardinal” Ratzinger and John Paul II, on whether Chaldean Eastern Rite Catholics are permitted to have inter-Communion with the Assyrian Schismatics of the East (non-Catholics who reject the Catholic Church). The document says yes; and therefore, according to the document, the Assyrian schismatic non-Catholics are allowed to receive Holy Communion from Catholic ministers, while the Chaldean “Catholics” are allowed to receive Communion at the Assyrian Schismatic churches. Besides the obvious sin of heretical inter-Communion with non-Catholics, there is an additional problem. These Assyrian Schismatics – unlike most Eastern Schismatics – don’t have any words of Consecration in their liturgy! Their liturgy doesn’t even have “This is My Body” or “This is My Blood, etc.”; it doesn’t have the words of Institution, as the words of consecration are frequently called! Thus, the Assyrian Schismatic Liturgy isn’t even valid. But the following document of the Vatican tells us: no words of consecration, no problem! It tells us, incredibly, that their liturgy is nevertheless valid – despite no words of consecration – and that “Catholics” can receive “Communion” at such a liturgy.
“PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN UNITY- GUIDELINES FOR ADMISSION TO THE EUCHARIST BETWEEN THE CHALDEAN CHURCH AND THE ASSYRIAN CHURCH OF THE EAST, July 20, 2001:
“The present guidelines subsequently have been elaborated by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in agreement with the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and the Congregation for the Oriental Churches…3. … The principal issue for the Catholic Church in agreeing to this request, related to the question of the validity of the Eucharist celebrated with the Anaphora of Addai and Mari, one of the three Anaphoras traditionally used by the Assyrian Church of the East. The Anaphora of Addai and Mari is notable because, from time immemorial, it has been used without a recitation of the Institution Narrative. As the Catholic Church considers the words of the Eucharistic Institution a constitutive and therefore indispensable part of the Anaphora or Eucharistic Prayer, a long and careful study was undertaken of the Anaphora of Addai and Mari, from a historical, liturgical and theological perspective, at the end of which the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith on January 17th, 2001 concluded that this Anaphora can be considered valid. H.H. Pope John Paul II has approved this decision … the words of Eucharistic Institution are indeed present in the Anaphora of Addai and Mari, not in a coherent narrative way and ad litteram, but rather in a dispersed euchological way, that is, integrated in successive prayers of thanksgiving, praise and intercession.”
Comment: Here the official Vatican document, approved by John Paul II, is admitting that the words of “Eucharistic Institution” (the words of Consecration which Christ Himself instituted as necessary for the confection of the Eucharist) are not present in this Assyrian liturgy. After admitting this fact, it tries to explain it away by asserting that the words of consecration are present in a “dispersed euchological way,” which is a neat way of saying that they are not actually present at all, but are somehow accounted for in other “prayers of thanksgiving, praise and intercession” which mention nothing of them! How convenient! The words of Consecration, instituted by Christ as part of the substance of the Sacrament of the Eucharist, are accounted for in other prayers of thanksgiving, praise and intercession which don’t mention them, according to this absurd document. But the reader should see the significance of this amazing heresy. This heresy devastates all Catholic sacramental teaching; it bluntly rejects Catholic dogma on the necessity of the words of Consecration for a valid Eucharist.
Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Session 8, Nov. 22, 1439, “Exultate Deo”: “All these sacraments are made up of three elements: namely, things as the matter, words as the form, and the person of the minister who confers the sacrament with the intention of doing what the Church does. If any of these is lacking, the sacrament is not effected.”
Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Session 8, Nov. 22, 1439, “Exultate Deo” Decree: “THE FORM OF THIS SACRAMENT [THE EUCHARIST] ARE THE WORDS OF THE SAVIOR WITH WHICH HE EFFECTED THIS SACRAMENT.”
Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Session 11, Feb. 4, 1442, “Cantate Domino”: “However, since no explanation was given in the aforesaid decree of the Armenians in respect to the form of words which the holy Roman Church, relying on the teaching and authority of the apostles Peter and Paul, has always been wont to use in the consecration of the Lord’s Body and Blood, we concluded that it should be inserted in this present text. It uses this form of words in the consecration of the Lord’s Body: FOR THIS IS MY BODY. And of His blood: FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD, OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT: THE MYSTERY OF FAITH, WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS.”
Pope St. Pius V, De Defectibus, chapter 5, Part 1:
“The words of Consecration, which are the FORM of this Sacrament, are these: FOR THIS IS MY BODY. And: FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD, OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT: THE MYSTERY OF FAITH, WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS. Now if one were to remove, or change anything in the FORM of the consecration of the Body and Blood, and in that very change of words the [new] wording would fail to mean the same thing, he would not consecrate the sacrament.”
We can see from these infallible statements that the words instituted by Christ – the words of Consecration – are necessary for a valid confection of the Holy Eucharist. And while the Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church don’t all possess the exact same formula of consecration as the Roman Rite, all the Catholic rites effect the Sacrament of the Eucharist with the words instituted by Christ Himself. In light of these facts, one can see that this heresy of Antipope John Paul II and the Vatican is equivalent to saying that one can validly baptize without water – it is a rejection of the substance of the sacraments, those things specifically instituted by the Lord Himself as necessary for the confection of the Sacraments, and over which no man – even a true Pope – has any power to change or alter.
Pope Pius XII, Sacramentum Ordinis (# 1), Nov. 30, 1947:
“… the Church has no power over the ‘substance of the sacraments,’ that is, over those things which, with the sources of divine revelation as witnesses, Christ the Lord Himself decreed to be preserved in a sacramental sign…”
Pope St. Pius X, Ex quo, Dec. 26, 1910:
“it is well known that to the Church there belongs no right whatsoever to innovate anything touching on the substance of the sacraments” (Denz. 2147a)
I continue with another excerpt from the Vatican document approved by Antipope John Paul II, explicitly allowing “Catholics” to receive the invalidly consecrated piece of bread that the Assyrian schismatics think is Holy Communion.
“4. Guidelines for admission to the Eucharist- …1. When necessity requires, Assyrian faithful are permitted to participate and to receive Holy Communion in a Chaldean celebration of the Holy Eucharist; in the same way, Chaldean faithful for whom it is physically or morally impossible to approach a Catholic minister, are permitted to participate and to receive Holy Communion in an Assyrian celebration of the Holy Eucharist. 2. In both cases, Assyrian and Chaldean ministers celebrate the Holy Eucharist according to the liturgical prescriptions and customs of their own tradition. 3. When Chaldean faithful are participating in an Assyrian celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the Assyrian minister is warmly invited to insert the words of the Institution in the Anaphora of Addai and Mari, as allowed by the Holy Synod of the Assyrian Church of the East.” (Rome, July 20th, 2001)
Notice how the Vatican document “warmly invites” the Assyrian schismatics to use the words of Institution. What a bad joke! They are “warmly invited” to use the words instituted by Christ as the absolutely essential form for confecting this sacrament; but if the schismatics aren’t “warmed up” to this idea, no problem – presto: it’s somehow valid anyway according to Antipope John Paul II and the Vatican II sect. In light of these facts, how is affirming communion with these men (Antipope John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger, etc.) any different from affirming communion with Protestant ministers?