Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


SAINTS FROM HELL 
THE DUBIOUS SAINTS OF CATHOLICISM

INTRODUCTION

The Roman Church says miracles, especially in the form of the miraculous holiness of the saints, are evidence for the existence of God, the love of God and its being the true religion. For example, God sends the mother of Jesus to appear to people to tell them that the Catholic Church is God’s true Church.

The bizarre Catholic practice of honouring saints has aided that religion to have such tremendous clout over the world because it offers divine beings to its audience which they can identify with. The lack of saints in Protestantism has led to that faith not being as successful as Catholicism.

The Church declares that somebody is a saint through a process called canonisation. Canonisation does not make anybody a saint. It only recognises them as a saint.

Everything about saint-worship smacks of ignorance and superstition. The whole way saints are produced smacks of tremendous dishonesty and the pious fraud involved is astounding in its daring and testifies to the irrationality that reigns over the world. The Church has lied about evil people and made saints of them. In some branches of Catholicism, Pontius Pilate who Christians believe slew their nebulous Jesus is honoured as a saint along with his wife, Claudia Procula!

The Catholics believe the saints help them with their prayers. But they claim to believe that it is really God who helps and not the saints. So why pray to the saints then? Why pray, "Mary be thou my salvation!" instead of praying, "God hear the prayers of Mary for me to save me." The reason is because you are satisfying your desire for a new deity - Mary!
   

DUBIOUS SAINTS

The Church advocated the murder of so-called witches and heretics and sanctioned the mental illness, self-inflicted violence and anorexia suffered by many saints notably St Margaret Mary Alaqoue. The saints are the Church's chief argument that it is God's organisation and family. You would expect the holiest masterpieces of God to be members of his one true religion. Most of the saints and miracles that were used to convince Catholics that the Church was true appeared when the Church dared to be more vicious than it does now.

Saint Don Bosco said, “There will be chaos in the Church. Tranquillity will not return until the Pope succeeds in anchoring the boat of Peter between the Twin Pillars of Eucharist Devotion and devotion to Our Lady. This will come about one year before the end of the century.” (The Thunder of Justice. Flynn Ted and Mary, MaxKol Communications, Inc. Sterling (VA), 1993, p. A213). This prophecy by the Catholic saint Don Bosco did not come to pass when he said it would. Hence, he is a false prophet, yet he is still a Roman Catholic saint. The Church makes the excuse that the prophecy is conditional. But a date was given. God may know what will happen if people do x or don't do x but he cannot know the time or year. God can only make clever guesses about what will happen in a future that will not take place. But these guesses are not prophecies!

St John Mary Vianney the patron saint of parish priests is one of Catholicism’s best-known saints. He ascribed the miracles that are now attributed to him to St Philomena (page 77, Church and Infallibility). He should be taken at his word for he would know best. The trouble is that it became so clear that this child-martyr saint never existed that the Church recently dropped her from the list of saints though Leo XII made her a saint and Pius XI created a Mass in her honour (another warning that the Church approval for a cult be it based on a saint or an apparition is not necessarily well-founded). It is not so keen however to see his miracles as satanic fakes or at least as evidence that miracles cannot prove any religious thesis which would be the logical conclusion. It uses them as proof that Vianney was a saint.

A young man fell from a window of a high building and should have been killed or very seriously injured but just had grazes. This became the miracle accepted by the Church for the canonisation of Juan Diego the fictitious seer of the blessed virgin of Guadulupe. The pope canonised the seer on account of this miracle for the lad’s mother had invoked Juan the moment the lad had fallen out. Had there been a real miracle there would have been no grazes. Are we to believe that God can’t do miracles properly? The event is inexplicable but everything inexplicable doesn’t have to be a miracle or supernatural. The mother was probably lying that she said she invoked Juan. When things like that happen you will automatically invoke God, Jesus or Mary and not some obscure person who isn’t a saint. You will invoke the highest authority that comes to mind in that moment of terror. And wouldn’t it be dangerous to invoke somebody who might not be a saint in such a circumstance? Better to invoke somebody who is a saint and who certainly can do a miracle. If this is a miracle then God doesn’t mind people being reckless!  

St Monica, the mother of St Augustine told him on her deathbed, "This body of mine, lay it just anywhere. Let not the care of it in any way disturb you. I request one thing only of you, that you would remember me at the altar of God no matter where you be" (page 254, THE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS, James Cardinal Gibbons, Forty Ninth Edition, John Murphy and Co Publishers, Baltimore, London, New York, 1897 (TAN Books keep this book in print). Clearly she was saying faith comes before doing right on earth such as burying the dead!

The pope’s schedule to canonise Isabella of Spain in 1992 had to be halted. Had it not been for Jewish and Muslim protests, this evil woman would have been made a saint though she drove Jews and Muslims out of Spain and established the Spanish Inquisition.

There was no stopping of the 1987 canonisation of Fr Junipero Serra who was a member of the Spanish Inquisition. He started the Catholic missions in California. He deployed baptism as a means of enslaving the Indians who were treated like dirt (page 155, All Roads Lead to Rome?).   Serra's evil was first popularly exposed by Rupert Costo, a Cahuilla Indian,  He and his wife created the American Indian Historical Society in 1950.  A book telling the real hideous truth about Serra, Missions of California: A Legacy of Genocide appeared in 1987 to collate and publish their findings.

St Augustine of Hippo advocated converting heretics and Donatists by coercion.  Firmicus Maternus came along and wanted paganism suppressed by violence so that his Christian faith overcome it and destroy it.  He wrote On the Error of Profane Religions about 346 AD and used the Bible to argue for persection.  Augustine came along roughly the same time and used his horrendously great influence to force conversion on others on the basis that to be killed was better than to be given the freedom to err in religious matters.   He denied that God would be so evil as to predestine people to eternal damnation and yet he inconsistently claimed that God predestines some not all to everlasting life which amounts to saying the same thing. This dollop of hypocrisy and hatred and blasphemy was at the root of his theology and his spiritual life which shows that if he is a saint Karl Marx has more right to be one. Augustine believed that the doctrine he believed as a Manichaean that evil was a real thing which proved there had to be a bad God and a good one was wrong for evil was just the absence of good and not a power. The man was saying then that God was not doing wrong by making poisonous snakes for evil is just a falling short of good! He was a major promoter of the lie that you love the sin and hate the sin as if to say that an act is hateful is not the same thing as to say the person that freely creates the act is not though it clearly is. The person would be hateful in so far as they are sinful. All the saints, miracles and apparitions of the Catholic support this lie for it is a bedrock of the Church and to support the Church is to support it.

St Alphonsus De Ligouri, a bishop who founded the Redemptorists, was notorious for wresting the Bible out of context to fool his naïve flock. For example, he said once that King David stated in Psalm 20:10 that the bodies of the damned will be like furnaces of fire (page 91, Sermons of St Alphonsus Liguori) though there is no evidence that the Psalm had Hell in mind at all. Countless examples could be given. He also interpreted Ecclesiastes 7:19 as saying the vengeance on the wicked will be worms and fire as referring to Hell (page 90) which is out of context for never does the Old Testament mention the everlasting burning Hell of the Christians. The man who twists the word of God would twist anything.

St Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897) was a Carmelite nun who was canonised in 1925. She is nicknamed The Little Flower. Her book, Story of a Soul, is the reason for the fame she has and she has been proclaimed patroness of missionaries even though she never worked as a missionary. She boasted contradicting the Bible which says that everybody sins that she never committed even a venial sin since she was three. She was no saint. Yet her autobiography speaks of her terrible depressions and fits of crying and her temptation to commit suicide due to her conviction that she would never get into Heaven. Her spirituality did this to her and we are led to believe that this was not sinful! Of course if sin is possible it would have to be. Her example to the world is worrying. Life comes first and it is better to be a sinner in the world than a suicidal nun than to take the risk of a mental or spiritual breakdown that may result in suicide. Her appeal lies in her detailing how she struggled against temptation. She had very human temptations which she claimed to have resisted. She boasted that friendship based on affection though she had a very affectionate nature was something she avoided for she was bad at attracting friends and that affection of this kind for others was a poison. She said that feelings for others are always bad for they block or reduce one’s intimate union with God (Autobiography of a Saint, Translated by Ronald Knox, 1:13).

She wrote, “Okay then, okay, long for death. But death will make nonsense of your hopes. It will bring you the darkest night of all, mere non-existence”. Though this madam said she believed in life after death and in divine providence, the doctrine that God always looks after you even when it seems he has left you, she clearly did not. Death according to Christianity is the gateway to a better life and does not make nonsense of your hopes. Your hopes should be according to Christianity to serve God as if he were the only living being in existence and others for his sake and not their own and to live with him as a servant forever. Since only the perfect get into Heaven, according to Roman Catholicism, then death cannot be said to make nonsense of your hopes but to be the fulfilment of your hopes. And death does not take you into night but to the light of God. The Church says Teresa meant that you cease to exist on earth when you die and in this sense death is the darkest night of all which does not deny the view that the soul goes to Heaven and goes to the brightest day of all. The girl is talking about what death does to your hopes so the Church is pretending the context does not exist. Death is the night of your hopes and it cannot be that if your soul goes to Heaven for then your hopes still exist for you still exist and they are fulfilled in Heaven.

She was only canonised as an example for people to follow of how obedience to Rome’s interpretation of the gospel should be maintained no matter what and that normality should be despised. She was another pawn in papal power games.

Saint Nicholas Carruti of Tolentine (1245-1305) was an Augustinian priest. The big devotion of his life was to pray for the souls in Purgatory. His fasts were so long that he ended up getting visions of the dead. His friends said these visions were caused by these long fasts. The Church through Pope Leo XIII canonised this man in 1884 despite knowing that somebody who starves themselves until they hallucinate is not a good role model for believers. It gives the message that such behaviour is sanctioned by God.

On one occasion, Nicholas heard the voice of a dead friar calling upon him to celebrate Mass for seven days for him and other souls in Purgatory so that they would be released. Upon the completion of the seven days, the friar spoke to Nicholas and thanked him for getting himself and a large number of souls out of Purgatory with his observance of the request. Nicholas was saying Mass anyway every day so the request makes little sense. Nicholas made all his prayers for the souls. Nicholas did not have the right to decide that his experience was real. Many people have revelations that contradict the revelations of others. The friar might have went to Hell or to Heaven. If he went to Heaven and Nicholas thought he was in Purgatory then Nicholas was demeaning and slandering him. And Nicholas saying that the friar and a large company of others got release because of his paltry seven Masses is just Nicholas boasting that his prayers were better than the prayers and Masses of other priests. It seems monstrous to suggest that if prayer is acceptable, that praying for the souls all the time is a great thing. Why assume there is a Purgatory where people suffer when most people don't believe in it and it has no credibility? Why not pray for the suffering you see every day on the streets and in the world instead? Put reality first.

There is a bigger holocaust today in the world than abortion. That is the concentration camps we create to cruelly raise animals and fatten them with no regard for their happiness so that we can kill them cruelly for food.

We buy meat in supermarkets of animals that have been treated this way. The saints did that too. St Josemaria Escriva and his Opus Dei did that and yet he is a saint. If that is not proof that we should be sceptical about the miracles worked by these monstrous saints and their canonisations then what is? The God that declares them saints is to be reviled.

Link: John Paul 2 makes a fake saint http://www.odan.org/tw_opposition_to_canonization.htm

CONCLUSION

Making saints is a business that is rife with fraud. It makes money for the Church and makes good politics in Church politics. Many of the saints were bad news. Rather than being icons of human greatness they are icons of how easily the Church can pull on peoples’ heart strings and exploit them.
 
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