Category Archives: Rome

Shaun Willcock’s regular analysis of news about Roman Catholicism.

Rome Triumphs Over Canterbury Again: John Henry Newman Made a “Saint”

Rome Triumphs Over Canterbury Again – Newman, PDF format

Cardinal John Newman
Cardinal John Newman

by Shaun Willcock

Bible Saints and Romish “Saints”

  John Henry Newman was canonised (“made a saint”) by Francis I, pope of Rome, on 13 October 2019.

  The Bible says that all true living Christians are the Lord’s saints (e.g. Acts 9:32,41; Rom. 1:7; 15:25; 1 Cor. 1:2; 14:33; etc.).  But according to Rome, the only “saints” are certain dead Papists whom Rome officially pronounces to be so.  Papists are permitted to pray to them, seeking their aid and intercession with God, which is heretical as the Lord Jesus Christ alone is the only Mediator between God and men (Jn. 14:6; 1 Tim. 2:5).  This is the evil and ancient practice of praying to the dead, forbidden in Scripture, for only God can hear and answer prayer (Deut. 18:10-12)!  It is nothing but the ancient heathen belief in demigods, but under a “Christian” name.  It is rank heathenism with no basis in the Bible. Continue reading

An Archbishop in Hiding, And a Pope Denying Everything

An Archbishop in Hiding and a Pope Denying Everything, PDF format

The Open Letter that Shook the Vatican

  Readers will recall that in August 2018, the global Roman Catholic institution was shaken by the revelations and allegations of a retired archbishop, Carlo Maria Viganò, who wrote an open letter accusing the Jesuit pope, Francis I, of a cover-up of priestly sexual abuse scandals rocking the Vatican. Continue reading

The Next Great Priestly Scandal: Priests Who Have Fathered Illegitimate Children

The Next Great Priestly Scandal, PDF format

Lawsuits against Priests by Their Lovers and Children

As everyone knows, Roman Catholic priests are forbidden to marry, but have to take a vow of perpetual celibacy.  This unnatural and unbiblical vow (see 1 Tim. 4:1-3) has been the root cause of innumerable sexual sins and crimes throughout Rome’s long history.  The international scandal of tens of thousands of priests being exposed as child sexual abusers in the past few decades has focused the attention of millions on one of the great evils which the taking of such a vow has done so much to promote.

But the sins and crimes go far beyond even this abomination: Roman Catholic priests have also committed sexual sins with other men, particularly other priests, in unnatural sodomite acts; with nuns in convents; with women who confess to them in the confessional; and – not surprisingly – their sexual activity has resulted in the fathering of illegitimate children all over the world.[1] Continue reading

Francis I Should be Removed from Office for Heresy, Say Priests and Other Papists

Francis I Should be Removed from Office Say Priests and Others, PDF format

Priests and Academics Accuse the Pope of Rome of Heresy

It has happened before.  And now it has happened again.

With the sweeping changes which the first-ever Jesuit pope, Francis I, has been seeking to make to both the doctrine and practice of the Roman Catholic religion, it was inevitable that conservative Roman Catholics, firmly committed to orthodox Popish doctrine, would accuse him of being a heretic. Continue reading

The Vatican Archives on Pius XII to be Opened

The Vatican Archives on Pius XII to be Opened, PDF format

Francis I Announces the Opening of the Files on Pius XII

Pius XII
Pius XII

It was a long-awaited announcement.  On 4 March 2019 the pope of Rome, Francis I, said:

“I have decided that the opening of the Vatican Archives for the Pontificate of Pius XII will take place on 2 March 2020, exactly one year after the eightieth anniversary of the election to the See of Peter of Eugenio Pacelli.”[1] Continue reading

Vindicated: Vatican Insider who Accused Francis I of a Cover-Up

Vindicated – Vatican Insider who Accused Francis I of a Cover Up, PDF format

Some six months ago in September 2018, I wrote an article entitled Top-Ranking Vatican Insider Accuses Francis I of a Cover-Up,[1] about the allegations made by retired Roman Catholic archbishop, Carlo Maria Viganò, against his pope, Francis I, in August 2018.  Viganò, a former Vatican nuncio (ambassador) to the United States under popes Benedict and Francis, described as a top-ranking Vatican “insider”, released an open letter alleging that Francis had known, at least five years before, about the sexual molestation of seminarians (young male students for the priesthood) by a former cardinal named Theodore McCarrick, because he (Viganò) had told him about it in June 2013; and yet Francis had done nothing about it. Continue reading

The Grand Old Papal Duke and the March Up and Down the Hill

The Grand Old Papal Duke and the March Up and Down the Hill, PDF format

Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.

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This old children’s nursery rhyme sums up the recent Vatican summit on the sexual abuse of children by priests and bishops.  Substitute “Francis, Pope of Rome” for the “grand old Duke of York”, and it says it all.  Francis marched his cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests up to the top of the seven hills of Rome (Rev. 17:3,9) – and then?

Then he marched them down again. Continue reading

The Vatican-China Accord Betrays Chinese Roman Catholics

The Vatican China Accord Betrays Chinese Roman Catholics, PDF format

In September 2018, after a long period of contact between the two, came the news that the Vatican and Red China had signed an agreement which would permit the Chinese Communist government to have the final say in the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops in China.

Expressing what millions of Roman Catholics felt, the signing was described as “a shocking development to many” by a Roman Catholic source.[1]  An understatement of note.

Just what was going on?

For many decades, the Chinese Communist government has claimed the right to control all religious activity in China, and has brutally clamped down on all who dissent: Protestants, Papists and others.  This approach to religion is of course in accordance with old-style Communist principles, to which China subscribes wholeheartedly.  The State must be all-powerful, according to Communist ideology; and in Communist countries like China and Russia (the old USSR), not to mention many others, the only religions permitted by the State to exist are State-sanctioned, State-controlled ones.  In this way the Reds give the appearance of permitting religious freedom while simultaneously controlling religions with an iron fist.

Following its anti-religious policy, China claimed the right to appoint Chinese Roman Catholic bishops, as well as Protestant ministers and all other religious leaders.   The Vatican strongly opposed the State appointment of bishops for all these years.  As a consequence, two “Catholic Churches” existed in China: the official, State-controlled one, known as the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, the priests and bishops of which were not in subjection to the Vatican and were in fact Communist agents; and an underground, illegal one, the priests and bishops of which remained loyal to the Vatican.  The latter, being orthodox Roman Catholics, suffered persecution at the hands of the Chinese government for many years.

But with the signing of this agreement, all future bishops of the Chinese Roman Catholic “Church” would first be approved by the Chinese government – with the blessing and co-operation of the Vatican!

The Most Comprehensive Indictment Yet of Priestly Sex Abuse: the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

The Most Comprehensive Indictment Yet of Priestly Sex Abuse, PDF format

The Grand Jury and Its Findings

In August 2018 a grand jury report revealed that over three hundred priests had abused over a thousand children in just six dioceses in Pennsylvania, over a number of decades – and that senior Roman Catholic officials did what they could to cover it up.  This was the most damning, most comprehensive indictment to date of the massive scale of the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests. Continue reading

Top-Ranking Vatican Insider Accuses Francis I of a Cover-Up

Top Ranking Vatican Insider Accuses Francis I of a Cover Up, PDF format

A Bombshell Allegation against the Roman Pope – from One of His Own

As the massive global scandal of thousands of Roman Catholic priests having sexually abused tens of thousands of children and adults continues to grow, a potential bombshell has been dropped by an archbishop against his pope, Francis I.  On 25 August 2018, Carlo Maria Viganò, a retired 77-year-old archbishop who had been the Vatican nuncio (ambassador) to the United States under popes Benedict and Francis, a man who has been described as a top-ranking Vatican “insider”, released an open letter in which he alleged that Francis knew, five years ago already, about the sexual molestation of seminarians (young male students for the priesthood) by a former cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, because he himself (Viganò) had told him about it in June 2013. Continue reading