CATHOLICISM MIXED WITH SUPERSTITION
The teachings of the Catholic Church
have remained clear and distinct and well founded from the beginning
until now. If you ask the Church what her teachings are, it
remains pure. But when you question the faithful and the
clergy, their answers are overlaid with superstition.
For example, the teaching on the
Invocation of Saints is clear. But, today, there is so much
emphasis on visiting the saint's image here and there when it is
sufficient to invoke them at home.
Again, the efficacy of the mass for the
souls in purgatory is well-founded. But to believe that the
mass said here is more efficacious than the one there is pure
superstition. Belief is placed on mechanical observance rather
than in the spiritual force.
Our Lady will hear our prayers at home;
we don't have to go to Lourdes or Fatima.
One teaching that was greatly overlaid
with superstition that caused the final catastrophe in the middle
ages is the attitude toward Indulgence.
The concept of Indulgence is clear.
Holy men and women have, sort of, surpluses in their good deeds, as
Christ, Himself, had an infinite amount of surpluses which Church
authorities can apply for the benefit of others. This concept
is basic in the act of Redemption in that this is how others are
saved by the merits of Christ. To apply the merits of
surpluses for the benefit of others is an indulgence.
By the middle ages, the true concept of
indulgence was completely dead; and it turned into superstitious
mechanical service. For example, if you give money to
build a church, you can obtain spiritual benefits for the salvation
of your soul without having to repent.
Attacks on the Church are attacks on these
superstitious practices. If these are removed, there will be
nothing to attack except the truth and the beauty in the Catholic