We hear a call to embrace Catholic social doctrine in almost every crisis we see today. Rome is not allowing a good crisis to go to waste. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, told four separate newspapers on Monday, February 28, 2022, that Rome is ready to resolve the political and theological conflicts between Russia and Ukraine. The Vatican has devised a strategy to radically transform the world’s political and religious systems. They believe that the best approach to resolve society’s political difficulties is to eliminate all religious differences.
The Vatican has just stated that it wants to put an end to both Russia and Ukraine’s military conflicts as well as their religious differences. The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is the country’s most popular religion. They recognize the Pope as their leader and are in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. The Russian Orthodox Church is the dominant religion in Russia and has special status within the Russian state, despite not being in full communion with Rome. The Russian Orthodox Church recognizes Pope Francis as a religious leader, but they reject the doctrine of papal supremacy, which holds that he is the spiritual leader of all Christians.
The most disturbing thing about this is when they claim that in order to stop wars and conflicts, diverse belief systems must be united and that there can be no church divisions. To put it another way, these political wars exist because we are not one. The Pope’s universal fraternity has not been accepted by us. And the longer the churches are separated, the worse these political conflicts will get. #sda #adventist #adventista
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Popery had become the world’s despot. Kings and emperors bowed to the decrees of the Roman pontiff. The destinies of men, both for time and for eternity, seemed under his control. For hundreds of years the doctrines of Rome had been extensively and implicitly received, its rites reverently performed, its festivals generally observed. Its clergy were honored and liberally sustained. Never since has the Roman Church attained to greater dignity, magnificence, or power.
But “the noon of the papacy was the midnight of the world.”—J. A. Wylie, The History of Protestantism, b. 1, ch. 4. The Holy Scriptures were almost unknown, not only to the people, but to the priests. Like the Pharisees of old, the papal leaders hated the light which would reveal their sins. God’s law, the standard of righteousness, having been removed, they exercised power without limit, and practiced vice without restraint. Fraud, avarice, and profligacy prevailed. Men shrank from no crime by which they could gain wealth or position. The palaces of popes and prelates were scenes of the vilest debauchery. Some of the reigning pontiffs were guilty of crimes so revolting that secular rulers endeavored to depose these dignitaries of the church as monsters too vile to be tolerated. For centuries Europe had made no progress in learning, arts, or civilization. A moral and intellectual paralysis had fallen upon Christendom.
The condition of the world under the Romish power presented a fearful and striking fulfillment of the words of the prophet Hosea: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee: … seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” “There is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.” Hosea 4:6, 1, 2. Such were the results of banishing the word of God GC 60.1 – GC 60.3