The Pope's public demonstration of contrition on March 12 and during his subsequent visit to Israel is in reality a carefully contrived deception. The world is being led to believe that he is begging forgiveness for the persecution, torture and slaughter of literally hundreds of millions of innocent human beings – crimes which he described during his special mass in St. Peter's Basilica as "violence in the service of truth".
The observant Rome-analyst will recognise, however, that the deceit is already inherent in choice of language: "truth" refers to the "faith" outside which Rome claims there is no salvation, so that in fact the Pope has not admitted an ounce of guilt by the Roman Catholic Church itself, but merely confessed past excesses by his Church's sons and daughters.
Actually, this pretence of penance is nothing new (but then Rome never changes). In 1542, Pope Paul III (1534-49), under the spotlight of the Reformation, was similarly forced to stage an 'official' Vatican inquiry into the excesses of the mediaeval and Spanish Inquisitions (inaugurated respectively by Gregory IX in 1231 and Sixtus IV in 1478), but, like the present Pope, he refused to condemn the "one true Church" and relegated the excesses of a few of its extremists. The investigating body at that time was known as the "Congregation of the Inquisition", but, far from repenting of the horrors perpetrated, this farcical commission was actually charged with justifying what had been done as commensurate with supposedly Christian "truth". It was neither an admission of guilt, nor an expression of willingness to change, but a masquerade designed to give the impression of both. It became, in practice, the third stage of the Inquisition.
Remember: Paul III was the Pope of the Counter-Reformation, the Pope who instigated the Council of Trent, the purpose of which was to reaffirm and strengthen the doctrines of the Roman Church while sitting under the pretence of carrying out reforms. It never condemned the Inquisition as such, nor has John Paul II done so today. Its purpose was to reverse the Reformation and restore to Rome what she had lost in the sixteenth century. This is precisely the goal of the Ecumenical Movement, which, as such, is not genuinely concerned with inter-faith dialogue at all, but may be regarded as a sort of modern Council of Trent.
In fact, the Inquisition was never rejected or abandoned, but is still alive and well today. It is simply masquerading under another name. Don't take our word for it: read the Modern Catholic Dictionary published in 1980 by Doubleday, and you will discover from the mouth of Rome herself the real reason why the Pope is jaunting around the world at the dawn of this new Millennium. The article on the Inquisition states:
"In its present form, established by Pope Paul VI in 1965. It began in 1542, under Pope Paul III as the Congregation of the Inquisition to defend the Church against heresy. In 1908, Pope St. Pius X reorganized the Inquisition, changed its name to the Congregation of the Holy Office, and united to it the Section for Indulgences. In 1965, Pope Paul VI once more reformed the Holy Office and changed its name to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, noting: 'We now provide better for the defence of the faith by promoting doctrine.' Its competence covers a wide area, including whatever concerns the Catholic faith, such as new theological theories, writings contrary to the faith, the privilege of faith in marriage cases, and the judgement of crimes against the faith. Plenary sections of the congregation decide major questions by deliberative vote and are proposed to the Pope for approval."
The year 1965, described here in no uncertain terms by the Modern Catholic Dictionary as the year of the establishment of the "present form" (i.e. fourth stage) of the (please note carefully) "Inquisition", coincided with the last sessions of Vatican II (1962-65).1 Significantly, it was Pope Paul VI's Decree on Ecumenism at Vatican II that called for "dialogue" and "unity" and coined the term "separated brethren" to replace "heretics", while obstinately persisting with the claim that "Christ's Catholic Church alone" is the "all-embracing means of salvation".2 Hence the Congregation of the Inquisition established by Paul VI had nothing to do with genuine dialogue, but was formed in order "to defend the Church against heresy" – a purpose identical to that of the Inquisition. The graciously compromising external veneer of the modern Ecumenical Movement thus demonstrably conceals all the characteristics of subtle inquisitorial subterfuge.
The man who heads the so-called "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith" (i.e. misnomer for the Inquisition of today) is Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. His official title is "Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith". He is the modern Grand Inquisitor, the successor to such monsters as Grand Inquisitors Cardinal Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros, who forced the conversion of the Spanish Moors and promoted the crusades to conquer North Africa, and the evil Cardinal Fernando Niño de Guevara (the subject of a famous painting by El Greco).
Significantly, Ratzinger is also President of the International Theological Commission, which is vigorously propagating Romanism world-wide under the cloak of ecumenical compromise. The declared goal of the Vatican is to subjugate the whole world to the authority of the Pope, and what is John Paul doing? He is posing, like Paul III, as a reformer, while seeking to assimilate non-Roman Catholics to Popery without changing one iota of Romanist doctrine. The Archbishops of Canterbury and Armagh, in their recent declaration of the Pope's ultimate authority on all matters of faith and morals, are either dupes or collaborators in this subterfuge.
On March 7, 2000, the Roman Catholic Zenit News Service3 reported on a document written by the International Theological Commission and presented by Ratzinger, entitled "Memory and Reconciliation: The Church and the Faults of the Past". Interestingly, Ratzinger says that the Pope's "mea culpa […] does not represent a radical break from Church tradition". The document also contains a concerted attack on the Reformation, claiming:
"Protestantism has created a new historiography of the Church for the purpose of demonstrating that the Catholic Church not only is stained by sin, but is totally corrupt and destroyed. Therefore, it is no longer an instrument of Christ but of the anti-Christ; it is not a Church but an anti-Church."
The document then goes on to whitewash Rome's bloody history, while actually refusing to condemn her past crimes:
"Out of necessity, a Catholic historiography emerged by way of contrast [i.e. to Protestantism], to show that, in spite of the Church's sins, it continues to be the Church of the saints: the Holy Church. […] The Church at present cannot constitute itself as a tribunal that passes sentences on the past. "
Rome, by her own double-talk, has condemned herself. She is staging a massive whitewash of her bloody past in order to deceive Protestants into believing that she is admitting guilt. The deception is aimed at convincing the gullible that she has changed.
- Called by Pope John XXIII and continued by Pope Paul VI.
- The Documents of Vatican II, London: Chapman, 1967, p. 346.