Heresy of the Week, Week of 3/5/04
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
Fr. Donald Bolen, Vatican Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Feb. 2004: “2003 was an eventful year in relations between the Catholic Church and the World Methodist Council… In June 2003, Methodists worldwide celebrated the 300th anniversary of the birth of John Wesley, and in small but significant ways, invited the Catholic Church to join in these celebrations… Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, preached at the Methodist Church in Rome on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the birth of John Wesley. Later in the year, he sent a message to a celebration marking both the anniversary of Wesley’s birth and that of the Chapel Wesley opened in London 225 years ago.
“Cardinal Kasper made use of the opportunity provided by these occasions to contribute to a Catholic reassessment of John Wesley, particularly attentive to ‘his wholehearted commitment to spreading the good news of salvation, his fostering of Scriptural holiness and structuring of communities of Christians for witness and mission.’
“Cardinal Kasper noted that ‘We must also seek a wider view, to see what dynamized Wesley’s ministry, to see the evangelical passion which gave direction to his life and the movement he started.’
“Kasper stressed that this reassessment of Wesley, which was ‘rich with possibilities,’ was possible because Catholics could now look to Wesley through eyes educated by our international dialogue and by the emergence of friendship and shared mission in various local contexts throughout the world, wherein ‘we have come to recognize each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.’
“Addressing the congregation of Methodists Cardinal Kasper noted that just as Methodists ‘continue to turn to the ministry of John Wesley for inspiration and guidance, we can look to see and find in him the evangelical zeal, the pursuit of holiness, the concern for the poor, the virtues and goodness which we have come to know and respect in you. Cardinal Kasper’s homily and message were warmly received and much appreciated. (L’Osservatore Romano, Feb. 18, 2004)
Comment: John Wesley was a non-Catholic heretic, and the founder of his own religion! He started out as an Anglican and then formed Methodism. He denied the Papacy; he denied all of the dogmatic Councils of the Catholic Church; he denied apostolic succession; he denied all but two of the seven sacraments, admitting only Baptism and the Eucharist, but he rejected that Baptism confers sanctifying grace and he denied that Our Lord is truly present in the Eucharist. He denied Purgatory, and he held that man is justified by faith alone and thereby assured of his salvation. How is that for “wholehearted commitment to spreading the good news of salvation”? How is that for “fostering of Scriptural holiness and structuring of communities of Christians”? How is that for “evangelical zeal, the pursuit of holiness… the virtues and goodness which we have come to know and respect in you”? Yes, heresy, schism and the spreading of false doctrines of the worst kind – including the evil doctrine of faith alone – are “virtues” that the Vatican II sect wants to come to know and respect in everyone.
To praise and commemorate the founder of this sect is a complete rejection of the Catholic faith! This article, I remind the reader, appeared in the official Vatican newspaper, because it is perfectly in accord with the mind and teaching of Antipope John Paul II.
The article also calls for the Methodists to affirm the Joint Declaration with the Lutherans on Justification, which totally repudiates the Council of Trent.
Fr. Donald Bolen, Vatican Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Feb. 2004: “In June 2003, Methodists worldwide celebrated the 300th anniversary of the birth of John Wesley, and in small but significant ways, invited the Catholic Church to join in these celebrations. It was also a year in which a promising initiative took important steps forward – towards a Methodist affirmation of the agreement reached by Lutherans and Catholics in the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.” (L’Osservatore Romano, Feb. 18, 2004)
All of this is total heresy and schism. And those who affirm communion with these men, after being aware of the facts, are heretics.
Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, 1215, Constitution 3:
“We excommunicate and anathematize every heresy raising itself up against this holy, orthodox, and Catholic faith which we have expounded above. We condemn all heretics, whatever names they may go under. They have different faces indeed but their tails are tied together in as much as they are alike in their pride.”
Pope Pelagius II, epistle (1) Quod ad dilectionem, 585:
“If anyone, however, either suggests or believes or presumes to teach contrary to this faith, let him know that he is condemned and also anathematized according to the opinion of the same Fathers.” (Denz. 246)
Pope St. Martin I, First Lateran Council, 649, Can. 17:
“If anyone in word and mind does not properly and truly confess according to the holy Fathers all even to the last portion that has been down and preached in the holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church of God, and likewise by the holy Fathers and the five venerable Councils, let him be anathema.” (Denz. 270)