Within the Catholic Church, the priest holds a high and important office. However, only in the self-understanding of the Church of Rome. Meanwhile, the position of the priesthood is judged to be too exalted. But that does not change the dogmas and thus the unspeakable blasphemy of this ecclesiastical institution.
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Rome will not change the rules
Before the Roman Catholic Church changes any of its ever “ex cathedra” established dogmas and laws, waters are more likely to flow upstream and mice chase elephants. A good example of this is given by the head of the office for men’s pastoral care and men’s work in the German dioceses in Düsseldorf, Dr. Andreas Heek. He also held the chair for pastoral theology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. The pastoral theologian is concerned about the well-being of the priests in the self-understanding of the role they play. In addition, the theologian recognizes an imbalance in the priesthood today, but thereby raises the still comprehensive views and teachings of the Catholic Church. church out.
Skills shortage in the Church
In his article, Heek initially criticizes the shortage of skilled workers that is also prevalent in the Catholic Church. Admittedly, the prospect of suitable immigration from the Middle East for qualified Church workers is vanishingly small. Above all, there was a lack of young people for the priesthood. The people, at least according to the ideas of the Catholic Concerning the church, the status of a priest holds an exceedingly elevated position.
The role played
Heek compares the role of a priest to children who like to dress up as Apache chief Winnetou for carnival. You play the role of the fantasy figure of Karl May. The author obviously feels compelled to justify himself to “woken” groups and their views on “cultural appropriation” within society, since he emphasizes deliberately using the term “indigenous natives of the American continent”. It’s about the ideal of “the just man ready to die for good things”. Nevertheless, such role-playing games would be very important for children, since they can grow mentally in this way. The fate of Winnetou can therefore probably not be compared to Jesus by chance, according to Heek.
Priests take on a role similar to that of children. They slipped into the role of Jesus. “They perform Jesus in the service”. Priests disguise themselves and identify with Jesus. The author refers to the provisions of the Code of Law of the Catholic Church (Codex Iuris Canonici, can. 232-293).
For example, in Can. 252 to read:
Once priests have slipped into the role of Jesus, according to Can. 284 do not leave these at any time. Priests must always be recognizable as such. That is the difference to the playing children in their role as Winnetou.
Exaltation of the priesthood
With the ordination to the priesthood, the man receives a charisma. With this “official charisma” the man acts “in persona Christi”, as instead of Jesus Christ, according to Heek. Jesus Christ is the personification of the morally perfect King. However, today only very few Christians still believe in the special nature of the priest. The most succinct proof of the overstretching of the content of the doctrine of the “essential difference of the priest” is the abuse scandals that have been made visible, even if the clan liability of the many “priests of integrity” is wrong. “For the sake of the church’s credibility alone, church teaching must therefore downgrade its understanding of the priest’s office,” says Heek. The “in-person-Christ-being” of the priest no longer fits into today’s world.
Priest is “for Jesus Christ”
An interesting insight to designate the priest “in place of Jesus Christ”. The word “instead” also has a term in ancient Greek, namely “anti“. Even for this, the Bible has a prophecy ready:
1 John 2:18: “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.”
1 John 2:22: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.”
Priesthood has long since been abolished
The term “priest” needs to be examined once. Priests in the Bible, which the Catholic Church subjects to its own catechism anyway, were commissioned to offer the atonement and gift offerings. All of the priests of the people of Israel came from the tribe of Levi. On the one hand they were responsible for the offerings of the people and on the other hand also for the ceremonies in dealing with showbread and incense. They also ensured the constant supply of oil for the 7-armed candlestick (menorah).
The ministry of the priests began in the initial tabernacle after the Exodus and continued in the later built Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. The sacrifices by the priests (actually) came to an end with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Finally, the atonement sacrifices symbolized the sacrificial lamb of Jesus. With His death on the cross, the promise was fulfilled and the sacrificial service ended forever. So auch schon rund 650 Jahre vorher angekündigt in Daniel 9:27. It was also known in advance that “One” would come who would simply ignore this unique and constant (permanently valid) sacrifice of Jesus Christ and continue the sacrifices:
Daniel 11:31: “And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.”
Daniel 12:11: “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.”
After the resurrection of Jesus and His ascension, the one-time and final sacrifice himself became the high priest (in the manner of Melchizedek), who now performs the ministry of forgiveness of sins for us in the heavenly sanctuary. Jesus Christ Himself is now the spotless, perfect High Priest. He does not need a sacrifice for himself, since he is sinless, but brings in his own blood for the forgiveness of people’s sins.
Eucharist is an expression of mockery of Jesus Christ
The Roman Catholic Church’s consistent offering of Jesus in the Eucharist is nothing more and nothing less than a denial of Jesus’ one-time and final self-sacrifice. Instead, the priest sacrifices Jesus Christ constantly anew and this also with the eating of His flesh. The Church claims in all seriousness that this circular disc of dough, which the priest worships (as a Babylonian sun symbol), is truly transformed into the body of Christ (transubstantiation) in the mouth of the host recipient. All this in the presence of Jesus and the spirits of the long dead “saints”. According to the church, the whole magic can only work if parts of corpses or their legacies (also called relics) are attached near the altar (place of sacrifice). The Eucharist performed by the priest thus practices idolatry, mockery of Jesus, spiritualism and cannibalism. More blasphemy is no longer possible.
But that’s not enough. Because the author makes it clear that, according to church dogma, the priest slips into the role of Jesus Christ and thus embodies His holiness. Ultimately, the Catholic teaches Church that Jesus’ sacrificial death was not necessary for the forgiveness of sins, but to establish the priesthood. God even has to submit to the decisions (forgiveness of sins or not) of the priest. An excerpt of the teachings of this blasphemy institution is available here.
Recognizing the excessive arrogance of the priesthood is at least a start in the right direction, but only a fraction of what is necessary. The priesthood, including the Eucharist, is superfluous like a goitre and, according to the gospel, should disappear from this earth completely. One day this will also happen (see Revelation 18), but by then it will already be too late for a way out.
Everyone is strongly advised to take the Bible in their own hands and study the words of God. It is now time to hear the “constant bang” and draw the conclusions from it. In Revelation 18, verses 4 and 5 are addressed to the members and responsible persons of the Catholic and Protestant churches (for example EKD):
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”
* Babylon consists of three parts: The dragon (Satan), the beast (political and ecclesiastical power Rome) and the false prophet (fallen Protestantism and world power USA). This affects the Catholic and Protestant churches and their affiliated institutions in both religious and secular areas. More info.
Bible verses from King James Version