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How Plato’s Philosophy and Papal Doctrines led the Catholic Church into Abuse, Misogyny and Anti-Semitism
Based on 10 attached Discussions published by the International Australian website for English speaking Catholics
This condensed commentary is a brief explanation of the little known years in early Christian history before the New Testament was known to exist, a time of change that has divided the Catholic Church today. Shrouded in second century apocryphal literature, this was a period that changed Christianity after the death of Jesus and, having orally preached the Christian message the apostles had passed from the scene, only to encounter events which soon led to chaos. Thirty two years after Jesus’ crucifixion His older brother, James the Just – the only Christian leader ever elected by the apostles – was assassinated by Jewish Temple authorities. Five years later in 67 AD St. Peter, his wife Perpetua, and St. Paul were executed in Rome. In 70 AD the great Jewish Temple was destroyed by Roman Forces, ending Jewish- Christian Temple-worship, and in 135 AD Jews and Christian-Jewsforever separated; this last Jewish uprising against Rome left Judea razed to the ground with more than half a million Jews slaughtered, forcing both Jews and Jewish-Christians to flee their Judea homeland into the Roman Empire, where the threat of Gentile/pagans awaited. As one Catholic historian said of this chaotic period “The new religion of Christ the Lord, from the moment it moved outside the Jewish milieu in which it was first preached, was thus immediately brought up against the influence of world-wide religious activities. In every city there were philosophical mystics and moral teachers ready, with their list of disciples and adepts, to see affinities between their own beliefs and teachings of the new arrival.
In this confused and disrupted time Christianity was aware of but three authorities: First, the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures; second, the spoken word of Jesus; and third, the oral testimony and teaching of the apostles during their lifetime, defined as: “The Deposit of Faith is the body of saving truth entrusted by Christ to the apostles and handed on by them to be preserved and proclaimed” and as explained by Pope John Paul II in Vatican Council II, 1965, “Guarding the Deposit of Faith is the mission which the Lord has entrusted to the Church and which she fulfills in every age.”
Forced to separate from the Jews early in the second century the majority of new converts and leaders were prevailing Gentile-Gnostics, who knew only of the risen Jesus’, and nothing of the Old Testament which had formed first Christianity. As converted pagans expecting Christ to soon return they rejected the material world as evil, and the Jewish God, but accepted Christ as a flesh-enrobed god who did not suffer death on the cross. When this confusing period had diminished the original Christians-Jews were gone within a generation, and anti-Semitism arose among non-Jewish converts; this change lead to Christianity’s greatest loss, the loss of understanding Jesus Christ’s Jewish nature. Condemning all Jews for having rejected the Son of God anti-Semitism would later increase with St. Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho the Jew.
Christians today have difficulty understanding this pagan world, without exception all Gentile belief-systems of that time ardently followed Plato’s ascetic philosophy which taught the soul was prisoner of the sinful flesh, and must be controlled else the soul was condemned. Forbidden for pagan priests and philosophical leaders were sex, consumption of animal flesh and alcohol, and most threatening was the misogynistic fear of female sexual temptation. Seemingly absurd today, it is difficult for Christians to understand a belief-system so vastly different from the Jews could affect Christianity; more surprising for Catholics today, there was no pope or other individual Christian authority after the death of Jesus’ brother James; Christians followed only their individual community leaders – there were no Christian priests in the second century. This was a period of change which historians now debate whether it was the highly venerated Gnostic-Christian Bishop Valentinus, or the converted Greek philosopher from Athens Bishop Hyginus, who was elected Bishop of Rome c.136 AD? Original Jewish-Christianity had existed one century after Jesus’ crucifixion, by that time in the second century original Jewish-Christianity no longer existed, and there would be no Monarchial Popes until after Emperor Constantine appeared two centuries later.
Also unknown by Christians today is that during the second century the New Testament did not yet exist, and its various individual texts were no more authorative than apocryphal literature when Christian groups were individually expanding as a virus across the Roman Empire, and beyond. Absorbing Gentile converts during this period a plethora of apocryphal “Christian” literature was individually created by newly converted bishops, each describing his personal understanding of Jesus and original Christian beliefs. By 230 AD in the next century these newly created Apocryphal documents, composed by unknown authors, became the important but non-authorative Didascalia Apostolorum; widely accepted as legitimate Christian literature this document required chastity for married bishops and his wife, as well as restrictions on women; this Didascalia was more authorative than the unrecognized New Testament, only some of which was by then in circulation. Fortunately, by the end of the second century the Gnostics had fallen by the wayside with the arrival of esteemed scholarly Hellenistic philosophers, enamored by the risen Son of God Jesus of Nazareth. These pagan scholars converted, became Christian bishops in the major cities, and today are termed Patristic Fathers. They were lifelong acetic Platonic and Stoic philosophers, all of whom were celibate when converted to Christianity; but unfortunately for Christianity they brought with them their lifelong commitment to Plato’s ascetic belief of celibate priests and Hellenistic trepidation of women. Historically, Patristics understood the Old Testament was a part of Jesus’ Jewish tradition, but believed it too mundane to explain the true divinity of Christ, and with that understanding they accepted the Old Testament only as Jewish spiritual beliefs expressing ancient Jewish aspirations for the Jewish Messiah.
Before Constantine there were no authorative universal doctrines, Christianity remained unorganized until 313 AD when an axis of cooperation had developed among the Patristics, a cooperative understanding that forever transformed the original Christian-Jewish movement with their ascetic Hellenistic-Christian beliefs, which remain with us today. Only after Constantine did Bishops of Rome become official representatives of the Roman government, and Imperial-enforcement of Papal teachings then became unchallengeable. With that change pseudo-Christian documents became authorative. Succeeding the apocryphal Didascalia Apostolorum, the apocryphal Apostolic Constitutions c.380 AD was copied verbatimfrom the apocryphal Didascalia, which then became Pope Siricius’ Platonic Sword to end Sacramental Matrimony for priests vs competing pagan priests. This document became Catholicism’s first infallible nullification of Sacramental Matrimony that had been granted to all Christians by Christ.
On February 10, 385 AD Siricius issued his ex-cathedra infallible
Today Vatican apologists attempt to defend the concept of papal infallibility, a concept which can alter Christ’s teaching without specifically using obligatory terms of infallible Papal intent; employing such malleable defense are meaningless. Since Siricius’ nullification of Christ’s teaching from the Deposit of faith all future infallible Papal attempts are mute, especially those now described as Creeping Infallibility. With this Papal Doctrine Catholicism was changed, and with that transformation the gates of papal apostasy were opened for all future Popes, and remains so today. The Church today is again facing Platonic scandals and is again at a crossroad. Today apocryphal Papal Doctrines have again created chaos.
In 2002 the Catholic world was stunned with public revelation of child sex abuse committed by celibate priests who are denied Sacramental Matrimony, bringing suspicion on all priests and the church itself. Sexually abused young boys and women were first recorded among celibate pagan converts as early as the first century Didache, “You must not abuse young boys”; and just before Constantine, the independent Bishops of Elvira, Spain 306 AD denied priestly marriage, and Canon 71 decreed, “To defilers of boys, communion is not to be given even at death”. Earlier addressing pagan converts St. Ignatius c.108 AD, the last Apostolic Father, said “those who believe celibacy is superior are condemned”. It was such shocking discoveries of sexual abuse through two millennium in all Catholic countries, which influenced Catholic historians to review the failure of Vatican Council II in 1965, called by Pope John XXII. Historically he was the first pope to seek change and the removal of oppressive ancient doctrines which developed over centuries but have no place in Christianity. Tragically, he died, and was replaced by Pope Paul VI, an apologist of the medieval Vatican which reorganized Catholic teaching into the infallible Byzantine legal system of today. It is designed to infallibly protect the popes theologically, as explained by Cardinal Yves Congar, O.P. to Fr. Hans Kung during Vatican Council II.
For this reason Catholic historians today have revisited ancient Catholic doctrines first taught by ascetic third century Patristics, including the denial of female ordination and condemnation of female contraception, each failed to be rejected by Vatican Council II.
In 1968: Soon Pope Paul VI issued an infallible Papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae, denying contraception for women as it was accepted and practiced by the first Jewish-Christians in the Deposit of Faith, during the life of Jesus and His apostles. Unable to demand celibacy for married Christians in the second and third century, Patristic Law fallibly attempted to enforce contraception; it became sin for married couples to have intercourse when the wife was pregnant or for conjugal love alone. Predictably, the pope’s Humanae Vitae enforced the Patristics’ illicit ascetic Law with a new doctrine, again nullifying a teaching of Christ which was already condemned by the First Dogmatic Constitution of the Church of Christ in Vatican Council I. All attempts to deny this Papal Doctrine is creeping infallibility have failed.
“For the Holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they might, by his revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by his assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the revelation or deposit of faith transmitted by the apostles.” Vatican Council I.
In 1994: Once more an Infallible Papal Doctrine – Ordinatio Sacerdotalis – was issued by Pope John Paul II denying ordination of women to leadership positions, stating: “Priestly ordination, which hands on the office entrusted by Christ to his Apostles of teaching, sanctifying and governing the faithful, has in the Catholic Church from the beginning always been reserved to men alone.”
Here the pope once more intractably violates Christian history in the Deposit of Faith. There were no Christian priests as we are taught today. The apostles were not priests and men and women clerics often served in the same leadership positions. Also supported by Professor Gary Wills, Sacerdotal Priests as defined today did not exist before the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215 AD, the century in which women were intentionally disenfranchised from positions of authority they occupied during the Deposit of Faith.
Known only to the few, such duplicity will continue to mislead the Faithful. Over 17 centuries clandestine Papal Doctrines have nullified infallible teachings of Christ in order to control Catholic thought, and protect a medieval Hierarchy which history has overcome, a power structure which had no place in first Christianity. Throughout the centuries papal changes have covertly succeeded via apocryphal literature which changed the natural law of human reproduction, and was achieved only by presenting a mythical history of change unknown by the Laity. Today our bishops, priests, deacons, theologians and canon lawyers are unaware of ancient changes unless they individually and privately invest years of personal research into the historically recorded origins of early Christianity. Modern Christianity cannot be fully understood until we acknowledge the platonic changes which were first introduced during the shrouded second and third century, and continue to scandalize the Church today. These illicit doctrines of today must be acknowledged and attributed to events and individuals that changed our history.
Denied access to the Bible for centuries, Catholics today must consult the Catechism in order to understand Catholic teaching. The doctrine of Original Sin was initially taught as Eve’s concupiscence leading to Adam’s fall, during a time when 5% of Christians were literate. For such reasons the Catholic Laity remain uninformed of Jesus’ scriptural teachings, on matters such as divorce. Today a Monarchial Papacy, that did not exist in the first century, is defined as the only human graced by God with divine authority to speak infallibly for God; with assistance of the Holy Spirit he alone can infallibly define, explain and defend all Christian beliefs of Faith and Morals.
Therefore, we must acknowledge that should any pope ever have nullified or altered a teaching of Christ from the Deposit of Faith, the belief of an infallible Catholic Church also becomes untrue. Infallible teaching is now approved only by a fallible human, the pope. Whether it is an infallible Papal Doctrine ex cathedra, or from an Ecumenical Council, or from the Ordinary and Universal Magisterium, doctrines rests only on human fallibility. For this reason, all Hierarchical positions of Christian authority that did not exist in the beginning must then be approved by our Diocesan bishops, first elected by the Faithful (Sensus fidelium) as originally required by first Christianity recorded in the Didache.
This author does not intend here to issue an apologia; rather, he issues an objective historical article. The anomalie of our ancient Catholic changes are known, and will ultimately change the Hierarchy when universally understood via media documentaries, they are historically recorded and this truth is becoming apparent to faithful Catholics. Today, as we know, Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II knowingly assisted covert efforts denying historical justice for women in Papal Doctrines, and for children, thus subverting teachings assured by Jesus and the apostles. Does our conscience compel us to negotiate for justice or do we remain in silent subservience, or do we publicly speak the truth?
Within the year Pope Francis’ second Synod on the Family will be reassembled, so it must be asked, what will be the position of Catholic Church Reform International, who’s stated mission is,
“OUR MISSION is to embrace our baptismal rights and responsibilities by speaking out with a united voice, thereby actualizing transformative change in the Catholic Church, returning to the values and spirit that Jesus modeled” [F] Then, which path will Pope Francis take regarding Sensus fidelium?
St. Thomas Aquinas defined: Heretic, One who having accepted the faith of Christ corrupts His doctrines.