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by Wayne Blank
Condemning Martin Luther
In 1520, Pope Leo X issued Exsurge Domine that condemned Martin Luther (see Luther's 95 Theses) and the millions of others who listened to his sermons or read his work. It was perhaps the most widespread decree of religious censorship ever issued:
"we likewise condemn, reprobate, and reject completely the books and all the writings and sermons of the said Martin, whether in Latin or any other language, containing the said errors or any one of them; and we wish them to be regarded as utterly condemned, reprobated, and rejected. We forbid each and every one of the faithful of either sex, in virtue of holy obedience and under the above penalties to be incurred automatically, to read, assert, preach, praise, print, publish, or defend them. They will incur these penalties if they presume to uphold them in any way, personally or through another or others, directly or indirectly, tacitly or explicitly, publicly or occultly, either in their own homes or in other public or private places."
The Roman Calendar
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued Inter Gravissimas that enforced his new calendar on the world and completely erased 10 days from history (see Pope Gregory's Calendar):
"We thus remove and absolutely abolish the old calendar and we want that all the patriarchs, primacies, archbishops, bishops, abbots and other leaders of Churches put into force for the reading of the divine office and the celebration of the festivals, each one in his Church, monastery, convent, command, army or diocese, the new calendar, to which was adapted the martyrology, and make use only of this one, as well as all the other priests and clerks, secular and regular, of the both genders, as well as soldiers and all Christians, this calendar whose use will start after the ten days removal of October 1582."
Claiming To Have The Power Of Salvation Over All Humanity
In 1302, Pope Boniface VIII issued Unam Sanctam that declared that the pope was the head of the church and that he had the power of salvation over every human being - a power that was never given to any mere human, but which belongs to Jesus Christ alone: "He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything He might be pre-eminent." (Colossians 1:18 RSV)
"Furthermore, we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff."
Fear Of The Word Of God?
In 1844, Pope Gregory XVI issued his encyclical Inter Praecipuas that expressed fear of the publishing and public distribution of The Holy Bible:
"Among the special schemes with which non-Catholics plot against the adherents of Catholic truth to turn their minds away from the faith, the Biblical societies are prominent. They were first established in England and have spread far and wide so that we now see them as an army on the march, conspiring to publish in great numbers copies of the Books of Divine Scripture."
Fact Finder: Just before The Return Of Jesus Christ, will some great human leader "take his seat in the Temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God"?