Friday, February 5, 2016



The Council of Florence decrees that the Church: “Firmly believes, professes, and proclaims that those not living within the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics cannot become participants in eternal life, but will depart “into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels” [Matt. 25:41], unless before the end of life the same have been added to the flock*; and that the unity of the ecclesiastical body is so strong that only to those remaining in it are the sacraments of the Church of benefit for salvation, and do fastings, almsgiving, and other functions of piety and exercises of Christian service produce eternal reward, and that no one, whatever almsgiving he has practiced, even if he has shed blood for the name of Christ, can be saved, unless he has remained in the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church.” (Denz 714).

Before discussing this news, we have waited a sufficient period of time, as it is our custom in such cases, waiting for any clarification on the part of the Holy See, or a papal censure of the terrible incidents that took place in the Vatican, which we will mention here. Unfortunately, neither one thing nor the other has happened. Only the director of the Catholic Information Center of the Diocese of Helsinki (Finland) has issued a release in which he reminds that only Catholics who are in a state of grace may receive the Catholic Sacrament of the Eucharist, he also states that “not every person distributing the Holy Eucharist knows every point of teaching and practice of the Church so well that mistakes won’t happen.”, referring to the events.

So, what happened in the Vatican?

Some Catholic priests offered Holy Communion to a group of Finnish Lutherans at a Mass held in the Vatican, following a meeting of the group with Pope Francis. After the personal audience with the Pope, the delegation was present at a celebration of the Catholic Mass. According to the Lutheran “bishop” (let us remember that they are not really bishops, but ordinary people, since they do not have Apostolic Succession), Samuel Salmi, who was present at the time of Communion, the non-Catholics placed their right hands on their left shoulders, a traditional way of indicating that they did not meet the requirements to receive the Eucharist (i.e. being Catholic, having Catholic Faith in the Eucharist, and being in a state of sanctifying grace after having gone to Confession). However, the priest or priests that were celebrating the Mass insisted on giving them Communion, and so the Lutherans agreed.

Lutheran delegation in Rome headed by Samuel Salmi 
This means that the Catholic priests forced the Body of Christ on those who not only do not belong to the Catholic Church, but also deny the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist as well as transubstantiation. Furthermore, they were exempted from a requirement that every Catholic must comply with in order to receive Communion (otherwise, it would be a sacrilege): the state of sanctifying grace maintained since the last good Confession, and Lutherans neither believe in nor practice the Sacrament of Penance.

The Lutheran “bishop” Samuel Salmi told the newspaper Kotimaa 24 that at the insistence of the celebrant or celebrants (he does not specify how many they were): “I myself accepted it [Holy Communion] and considers the fact, just like Protestants, as an “ecumenical progress”. Salmi was visiting the Vatican as the head of a delegation that included a youth choir that was to perform there (see picture above).

The Catholic Ministers Administer the Sacraments Legally Only to Catholic Faithful

The Catholic Church teaches that only to those remaining in it are the sacraments of the Church of benefit for salvation (Council of Florence. Denz. 714). In addition, it is necessary to have faith in what is being received, and Lutherans do not believe that Christ is truly present with His body, His blood, His soul, and His divinity in the consecrated Host, since they deny transubstantiation. Why are they invited to receive something in which they do not believe and to commit such a sacrilegious act? All of the above added to the fact that they had not received the Sacrament of Penance before, in which they do not believe either. This caused the Abomination of Desolation at the very heart of the Church.

They cannot use, in an attempt to justify what has happened, the crack that unfortunately opened during the pontificate of Pope Paul VI, which was a disposition only to be used in “extraordinary” cases (applicable only to a few non-Catholics, mainly Orthodox, who do believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ, and under very specific and precise conditions), that also contravenes what was established in the Council of Florence and everything done and said by the Church for the past 2,000 years. This disposition was wisely rejected mainly by the very Orthodox (non-Catholics). Every door open enough to allow the entrance of error ends up opening completely, as is now the case. It is the inevitable consequence of error.

Nor can they invoke the principle of one faith, because Lutherans do not believe in the Real Presence to start with, and even if they did it could still be applicable unto them what was stated by the Council of Trent: “lf any one saith, that faith alone is a sufficient preparation for receiving the sacrament of the most holy Eucharist; let him be anathema.”

In that same Council we are reminded that: “No one, conscious to himself of mortal sin, how contrite soever he may seem to himself, ought to approach to the sacred Eucharist without previous Sacramental Confession.” Otherwise they would be receiving Him “unworthily, and so unto death and condemnation.” And “if any one shall presume to teach, preach, or obstinately to assert, or even in public disputation to defend the contrary, he shall be thereupon excommunicated.” In fact, the Sacred Council is only reiterating the doctrine established in the Word of God, which was duly explained by Saint Paul. In the First Letter to the Corinthians we read: “Therefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord… For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.” (11: 27-29)

Therefore, if Lutherans do not believe in the Sacrament of Penance, they were exempted from a law that has been imposed upon everyone who wishes to receive Communion. Or are they going to say that a non-Catholic is exempted from what it is demanded of a Catholic? If that were the case, then the condition of non-Catholic would be better, and that is completely absurd. Furthermore, the Council of Trent teaches dogmatically the following: “If any one denieth, either that sacramental confession was instituted, or is necessary to salvation, of divine right… let him be anathema.” (Denz. 916). And that “If any one saith, that, in the sacrament of Penance, it is not necessary, of divine right, for the remission of sins, to confess ALL and SINGULAR the mortal sins, which after due and diligent previous meditation are remembered, even those (mortal sins) which are secret… as also the circumstances which change the species of a sin; let him be anathema.” (Denz. 917).

More than a week has gone by, and the Holy See has remained silent about this most grievous sacrilege committed at the very heart of the Church, and it has not disciplined the person/persons who encouraged it either. Unbelievable! The world ought to have been outraged in the face of such a barbaric desecration of the Body of Christ handed over sacrilegiously, however, other than the statements provided by the Diocese of Helsinki, there was no official comment and no one was reprimanded or severely sanctioned. Why!?

The ingenuous apology from the Diocese of Helsinki claiming that “Not every person distributing the Holy Eucharist knows every point of teaching and practice of the Church so well that mistakes won’t happen”, is ridiculous and it does not excuse anything.

Father Amorth was certainly right in saying that: “The smoke of Satan has entered everywhere. Everywhere! Perhaps we were excluded from the audience with the Pope because they were afraid that such a large number of exorcists might succeed in chasing out the legions.” (Click HERE).

Indeed, there may not be a great substantial difference between this “present” and the one that Judas gave to the Supreme Pontiffs; a gift that dishonored both grantor and receiver. In the case of sacrilegious Communion, the grantors made the receptors eat judgment to themselves, who in turn accepted the gift without believing in it and knowing that they were unworthy of receiving it, as they themselves initially recognized it.

This whole situation serves as a reminder of the important words of Jesus Christ: “But yet the Son of man, when he cometh, shall he find, think you, faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8)

Forgive us for these offenses and sacrilegious acts, and come soon, Lord!

*Note: It should be recalled that there are some extraordinary cases (invincible ignorance) of those who belong to the soul of the Church and could attain salvation through her (for more information on this topic and what the doctrine of the Church teaches about this subject, click HERE)

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Source of information: Blog CATOLICIDAD Translated from Spanish by: Fabiola Lozano.