When I talk to fellow Catholics, I often like to know where they stand on their faith. I throw out a standard question: Who is your favorite Pope in the last 200 years?
I recall one time eating brunch after Church with some Traditional Catholics, one of whom was a seminarian. I asked my standard question about their favorite Pope in the last 200 years. The answer was a unanimous Pius IX. I knew that I was in good company. Pius IX is famous for many things. He defined the doctrine of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, presided over the First Vatican Council, and was the last Pope of the Papal States. Despite all of this, he’s probably most famous for his brilliant document called The Syllabus of Errors.
Along with it’s accompanying document Quanta Cura, the Syllabus condemns many of the abominations of the modern West and at the heart of these is religious liberty. Calvinist apologist James White recently debated Catholic apologist Peter Williams on if the Protestant reformation was necessary.
It was on Unbelievable and the official title was The Reformation: Return to Truth or Tragic Mistake? Anyone who reads this blog can only guess what my answer would be to that question. Regardless, what caught my ear more than anything in that debate was James White’s comments at around 48 minutes in where he half-jokingly said: “I would like to talk about the Papal Syllabus of Errors and its denial of religious freedom sometime.”
It’s quite funny, being in the pro-life movement, I talk to a lot of Protestants. Many of them are starting to realize that religious liberty is bogus. Often, I invite my Protestant friends to read Quanta Cura and the Syllabus of Errors. Many Protestants that I know who have taken me up on the offer to read these documents have been quite impressed by them. Both Catholics and Protestants who take their faith seriously are starting to realize that Democracy is dead. In fact, it was dead on arrival and one of the reasons why was the idea of religious freedom.
At my old job I was talking with a friend of mine who was a Calvinist. I started talking with him about these issues and the conversation went like this:
Me: The two biggest errors of democracy that have ruined our civilization are freedom of speech…
Calvinist: …and freedom of religion.
He actually finished the sentence for me. More and more Protestants are starting to realize that Pope Pius IX and the Syllabus of Errors were correct. Freedom of religion has failed because it was an empty shell.
It is unfortunate that James White would prefer to side with freedom of religion which was ironically promoted by Freemasonry to weaken Christianity. Freedom of speech and freedom of religion have led to the rise of demons in the West. These demons are abortion, homosexual “marriage”, rampant pornography, feminism, Darwinism and a truckload of other plagues. These were unheard of in Spain during the Holy Inquisition or in the Papal States.
I would invite James White to join the small but growing number of Protestants who are waking up to the disasters of the French Revolution. Jesus Christ is King, and he shares His crown with no one. Religious liberty contradicts this across the board. We need this movement to pick up steam. It would really help if White came on board.
The dialogue with White and Williams can be found here:
To learn more about Pope Pius IX, one can go to http://piustheninth.com/