The Roman Catholic Church, worldwide, has a severe heresy problem. The vast majority of persons who call themselves Catholic have accepted heretical ideas, in contradiction to definitive Church teaching. Common heresies among the laity include:
* the claim that the Bible contains errors
* the rejection of the Magisterium as an authoritative teacher
* the rejection of the indefectibility of the Church
* a failure to believe in the Real Presence
* acceptance of same-sex marriage as if it were a real type of marriage
* acceptance of many different types of grave sexual sins, as if these were moral acts
* acceptance and use of contraception and abortifacient contraception
* acceptance of legalized abortion, as if it were a right
* and many other errors on faith, morals, and salvation
One source of this error is the refusal of the average ordinary layperson to accept the Church as Teacher and Shepherd. Instead, each person believes whatever sinful secular society teaches and/or whatever their own mind and heart tells them. And this rejection of the teaching authority leads to many other heresies.
A second source of this error is the many false teachers in the Church, who not only undermine, but also contradict magisterial teaching. Sometimes they claim that their false teachings are really just the correct understanding of Jesus’ teaching or of Church teaching, but this claim is not true. And these false teachers find many willing listeners among the unfaithful members of the Church.
It has reached the point where most Catholics can’t distinguish between heresy and dogma. Present dogma to them, and they never heard of that idea and it doesn’t seem right to them. Present heresy to them, and they think it is Church teaching. Teachers of heresy are extolled as if they were faithful Catholics, and truth is trampled to the ground.
What Happens Next?
First, there will be a conservative schism. We can already see the schism beginning to unfold, in the determined opposition to Pope Francis by many conservatives.
Second, there will be a liberal schism, under the next conservative Pope.
Then, heresies will increase among the schismatics, but decrease among those who remain faithful.
Third, the tribulation will strike the faithful and unfaithful with fear and confusion, leading many to fall away from Christianity altogether.
Finally, after much suffering, many of those persons who are guilty of apostasy, heresy, or schism will repent and convert and return to the one true Church. After the first part of the tribulation, the Church will be very holy. Anyone who teaches heresy will be sharply rebuked. And those who remain unrepentant after the first rebuke will be expelled from the Church.
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