St. Alphonsus writes: "a single bad book will be sufficient to cause the destruction of a monastery." Pope Pius XII wrote in 1947 at the beatification of Blessed Maria Goretti: "There rises to Our lips the cry of the Saviour: 'Woe to the world because of scandals!' (Matthew 18:7). Woe to those who consciously and deliberately spread corruption-in novels, newspapers, magazines, theaters, films, in a world of immodesty!" We at St. Pius X Press are calling for a crusade of good books. We want to restore 1,000 old Catholic books to the market. We ask for your assistance and prayers. This book is a photographic reprint of the original The original has been inspected and many imperfections in the existing copy have been corrected. At Saint Pius X Press our goal is to remain faithful to the original in both photographic reproductions and in textual reproductions that are reprinted. Photographic reproductions are given a page by page inspection, whereas textual reproductions are proofread to correct any errors in reproduction.
In the eighteenth century the Mexican Church experienced spiritual renewal and intellectual reform. The establishment of Franciscan missionary colleges, of the Oratory, and of convents and sisterhoods was to the great benefit of the diocese of Michoacan. Thriving confraternities demonstrated the vigour of parochial life. But the secular clergy remained divided between a wealthy elite and an impecunious mass of curates and country vicars, with the cathedral chapter dominated by a group of enlightened peninsular canons. Charles III and his successor expelled the Jesuits, secularised mendicant parishes, investigated closely popular religion, stripped the clergy of their immunity from royal courts and then seized their wealth. In 1810 priests from the Michoacan diocese led the popular Insurgency which challenged Spanish rule. Here therefore is a rounded portrait of the Mexican Church at its meridian, touching upon virtually all aspects of religious life. At its core is the clash between post-Tridentine baroque Catholicism and enlightened despotism.
The author, Professor Hester said, "I want people to draw their own conclusion, based on the actual facts; I want people to draw their own conclusion, based on real logic. And, I want people to draw their own conclusion based on real history, without their intellect being clouded by some other person's opinion and interpretation. If you cannot approach this question with an open mind, if I were you, I would set this book down and read no further. If you are a person who can think for yourself, think logically, read the facts, and then come up with your own conclusion, then maybe reading this book will help you find the truth." There are conflicting opinions within the Mormon community between liberal members and conservative members, concerning the identity, of which church of our day, is The Great and Abominable Church that is mentioned in the Book of Mormon and the D&C. Liberals whether or not they are members of the Mormon faith, tend to re-write history and cast it a manner that makes it easier to deal with. Taking the liberal's point of view, no one church would ever be identified as The Great and Abominable Church; thus, rendering Nephi's prophecy impudent and turning God into a rather whimsical character who, at best, is tolerated by mankind. The true nature of God, is a God of consistency with immutable laws that do not change from one generation to the next. He is a God of justice and mercy; justice and punishment and mercy, and forgiveness. Mercy cannot rob justice and in this case God promises to destroy The Great and Abominable Church on the Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord. Liberals may agree that some church will probably be destroyed, but which church, is the question. The Great and Abominable Church's name is identified by reviewing the early history of all Christian religions. When that is done by an unbiased mind it becomes very clear that the Catholic Church is The Great and Abominable Church. The author explains, "According to the Plan of Salvation, men are judged according to their "own" sins; they cannot be punished for the sins of someone else. To do so would pervert the Plan of Salvation as we know it. But we, the LDS members of the Church have long condemned the Catholic Church of today for the sins committed by the Roman Catholic Church of the Dark Ages. And, The author explains, "According to the Plan of Salvation, men are judged according to their "own" sins; they cannot be punished for the sins of someone else. To do so would pervert the Plan of Salvation as we know it. And the author insists, "Our actions as, members of the LDS Church, has been reprehensible and we collectively need to repent and make amends to our Catholic neighbors."
China's Roman Catholic Underground Church, of what do we really know? The phrase "Once I was blind but now I know comes to mind". One would have to be quite naive to not understand the power that the Chinese government has over its people. This book brings to light much that is never mentioned about the world's most powerful government. There is much happening in China that is now and will in the not to distant future effecting the world.
Jesus said, "I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Yet, statistics show that Americans do not give much value to the church anymore! Perhaps American Christians don't love to hate the church but research suggests that they sure do hate to love it!The United States Census Bureau Records give some startling statistics, backed up by denominational reports from major denominations: Every year more than 4000 churches close their doors compared to just over 1000 new church starts! Every year, 2.7 million church members fall into inactivity. Research suggests that they are leaving churches as hurting and wounded victims of some kind of abuse, disillusionment, or neglect. From 1990 to 2000, the combined membership of all Protestant denominations in the USA declined by almost 5 million members (9.5%), while the US population increased by 24 million (11%). Between 1992 and 2002, 77% to 87% (160 million in 1992) of Americans identified themselves as Christians. Yet only 22% of Americans "frequently" attended church in 1992 20.5% of Americans "frequently" attended church in 1995 19% of Americans "frequently" attended church in 1999 18.0% of Americans "frequently" attended in church in 2002 The Church: The family we hate to love is a quick read that examines why God chose the metaphor of a family to describe important aspects of its nature.Without a doubt, many sad and bad things happen in churches! However, Christians today should learn to consider the church through the eyes of its founder. Could Christ have made a mistake when he established his church and called it the family of God? Read about this family that too many Christians hate to love. Perhaps you have missed something. Perhaps we all have!
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