Mystery Babylon is Mecca, NOT Vatican

By Walid Shoebat

When it comes to Mystery Babylon, the common tendency amongst many Protestant theologians is to liken it to Rome. According to them, Rome is the city of seven hills. Others even equate it with Iraq, since this was home to the original Babylon. Years ago, many books were written about Saddam Hussein, who was allegedly hard at work, rebuilding Babylon. Christians gobbled up the books without truly examining the evidence. Saddam was simply rebuilding a tourist attraction where Nineveh once stood, the project was later abandoned and Saddam died on the gallows along with the prophecy books that included his name.

But when presenting a multitude of biblical evidence, people still angrily deny this interpretation because they have etched in their minds a verse or two insisting it’s still Rome, while adhering to a centuries-old theory initiated by Martin Luther. That plus today’s Catholics do not bite. In fact, a clue to the real Babylon was just presented in an article by Aaron Klein when he stated this week that:

“Forces in the Persian Gulf and Arab intelligence services have noted the establishment of Iranian missile launch sites aimed in the direction of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, according to Egyptian and Jordanian intelligence officials speaking to WND.”

Yet, no one in the prophecy arena has even raised a single red flag about the significance of this report; Iran (biblical Elam) must destroy Arabia. In Isaiah 21:9, Isaiah levels a prophetic oracle against Babylon using the same announcement in Revelation 18:1-2 and Revelation 14:8: “Babylon is fallen, is fallen”:

“The burden against Dumah” (Isaiah 21:11)
“The burden against Arabia” (Isaiah 21:13)
“All the glory of Kedar will fail” (Isaiah 21:16)

These are all in Arabia, which is destroyed by Iran “Elam” (Isaiah 21:2)

There has been an immense oversight by many in the field of biblical eschatology; that when it comes to the destruction of end-days Babylon, Scripture makes no mention of any of the ancient Babylonian cities: Nineveh, Ur, Babel, Erech, Accad, Sumer, Assur, Calneh, Mari, Karana, Ellpi, Eridu, Kish, or Tikrit. All of the literal references in Scripture are in Arabia.

The use “MOTHER OF HARLOTS”, while it is commonly attributed to the Vatican’s Mariology with the worship of Ishtar, history records that the worship of Ishtar “Kilili”, or “Queen of Harlots” [1] originated from Arabia, not Rome. In fact, when Muslims roam roundabout the black stone, it is a throwback to the worship of Ishtar, whom they called Athtar and Allat.

When it comes to the Harlot woman, the Kaaba is a perfect match. The black tarp is considered by Muslims to be a woman’s dress (Kiswa) as Edward Gibbons elaborated:

“…the kuswa of the magnificent Kaaba, is what is used for clothing of a [virtuous] covering, on top of it, it is written, the Kaaba’s dressing, meaning ‘we have dressed her her dress.” [2]

Everything that the harlot is described it fits the Ka’ba; dress, pearls, jewels, gold, silver and even the blasphemies etched in silver threads with golden inlays across her attire. Just the doors of the Ka’ba alone has 280 kilograms of pure gold.

The reference to a prostitute in Revelation 17 regarding the “Whore of Babylon” is no coincidence:

“And the woman (whore) was arrayed in purple and scarlet color” (v. 17)…

…resembles the near copulating with the Ka’ba’s Black Stone, which historically was dedicated to Aphrodite, the prostitute goddess that was called “Aphrodite Porne” (Aphrodite the Prostitute), “the goddess adorned in purple”, similar to the depictions given in Revelation 17:4, which the Ka’ba has a scarlet-colored inner garment. John of Damascus notes:

“After the Hajj was preformed by Muhammad, the ‘rubbing and kissing the [of the Black Stone]…was extremely passionate.’”

Muslim tradition even perpetuates the blasphemy that:

“Abraham had sexual intercourse with Hagar on it” (Sahas. Heresy, Pages 88-89).

Francis Burton writes regarding the Ka’ba:

“the part of the cover (Kiswa), covering the door, is called [a Burka] just like the veil the Arabic women are wearing in front of their face…in fact, Arab mystics even compare the Ka’ba to a virgin, adorned with her finest wedding dress.” (Vol 3, page 295)

Even today during their Hajj pilgrimage, Muslims kiss, rub and caress the Black Rock.

Furthermore, it is impossible to even consider that Isaiah 21 was referring to an historic battle between Persia and ancient Babylon since the multiple references throughout are not connected to ancient Iraq but to Kedar, Tema, Dedan and Dumah, which are all in Saudi Arabia near Yathrib (Medina), and today is known as “Dumat el-Jandal.” Dumah, one of the sons of Ishmael, is also associated with Edom and Seir in Isaiah 21:11. It is believed by many that Kedar, Ishmael’s son, is the line from which Muhammad descended.

Even Muslims recognize when they read Isaiah 21, they see Isaiah 21:14-15 as the story of Muhammad when the Muslims emigrated from Mecca to Medina (Tema) in which they were fed and rescued from the sword. No westerner was able to interpret:

“The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled. For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.” (Isaiah 21:14-15)

The Bible depicts that in this time, it will not be like the time when Muhammad fled; all Arabia – including the Glory of Kedar (Mecca) – will be destroyed. How else can anyone interpret:

“No Arab will pitch his tent there, no shepherd will rest his flocks there” (Isaiah 13:20)

Arabs pitch tents in Arabia, not Rome. The ultimate fulfillment of this verse is the destruction of the Last-Days Babylon. We know this because the passage speaks about: “the day of the Lord” (v. 9) with the “heavens not giving light” (v. 10). This is not historical, but End-Times related.

Then we have the Red Sea:

“The earth is moved at the noise of their fall, at the cry the noise thereof was heard in the Red sea.” (Jeremiah 49:21)

The Red Sea is a geographic indicator as to where the Last-Days Babylon will be located. Look at Mecca on any map and you will see that it sits near the Red Sea. Some may object, saying that Jeremiah 49 is speaking about Edom, which was primarily located in modern day Jordan. Yet, in Ezekiel 25, “Edom” stretches from Teman (Yemen) to Dedan (Saudi Arabia)” (v. 13). Greater Edom included all of the west coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

Notice the description of her destruction:

“‘As Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown, along with their neighboring towns,’ says the LORD, ‘so no one will live there; no man will dwell in it,’” (Jeremiah 49:18).

It is no surprise that Iran is focused on Saudi Arabia, since the Bible predicted that the harlot is destroyed by the beast she rides, that is, the nations she deceieved with her spiritual harlotry—Islam.

This is the first installment in a two-part (maybe more) series about prophecy.

To be continued…

[1] Patricia Turner and Charles Russell Coulter, Dictionary of Ancient Deities, Page 242, Ishtar, Oxford University Press US, 2001.

[2] Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire, Volume 6, Chap. 1, Page 211., Little, Brown, and Company, 1855.

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  • citizen622

    When the EU started to be formed the bible prophesy people got all excited. It certainly seemed that everything was falling into place according to their way of thinking. Now the EU is falling apart. It is broke and with no real powerful military. I don’t know what they are thinking now but obviously the EU and the Vatican are not looking much like a powerful beast that Rome once was.
    Sadly, many Christians have so much hate, and resentment for the Catholic Church that they are blinded to the truth about what is actually happening in the middle east. They know nothing of world history. They just obsess about the Vatican, their idea of a one world religion and the renewed Roman empire. These resentments blind them to the truth.
    I never really studied the end time prophesies until I saw a video by Mr Shoebat where he went in depth into the old testament prophesies and the new testament prophesies and how they relate to each other. I watched it several times and wrote down all his references. I looked all these things up for myself. I also started studying the biblical names for the nations of prophesy that we see today. It is an eye opening experience. I am so thankful to Mr Shoebat for making that video and for all of his studies into bible prophesy.
    Islam is certainly the beast that is already raging and destroying in the middle east. The saints of God are already suffering and dying in the area.
    Pray that God will open the eyes of true believers to recognize that we are not standing against the EU or the Vatican. It is Islam that is our true enemy and a tool of Satan for the end days.

    • Shirley Anne

      You have stated all this revelation so succinctly. I had also learned about all this nonsense about the vatican being the end time beast…. bec. of the the 7 hills and scarlet and red that the Bishops and Cardinals wear…. this was through Herbert W. Armstrong and the World Wide Church Of God. That church has long been dismantled. most of the congregants formed a Grace church….. with all of the sunday and pagan feasts being observed now.. there is a small branch that have formed the Living Church Of God. They continue to observe the Lord’s appointed times… however, they have disseminated all kinds of literature on this Vatican business. there is another teacher, Joel Richardson that teaches, Islam is the true enemy. It is not a religion but a political system , Sharia Law , operating in the guise of religion. Which of course we know is a tool for satan , in the last days ! Be Blessed. shalom.

    • AndrewIsrael

      Actually the EU/UN/NATO makes sense from an Allies/Axis Standpoint if WW3 were to break out. I would not say its biblical rather a smart move by the Vatican and its alliances for it keeps Adolf Putin in check from invading other countries with his Fascist Totalitarian dream of a revived USSR.

      Walid Shoebat is so right with regards to Mystery Babylon=Mecca. Rome is undergoing a progressive Unitarian transformation for the better with Pope Francis. He actually sounds like Yeshu/Jesus would with his humility and standing up against Global Capitalism and what Francis calls “the Tyranny of the 21st Century”.

      For the love of G-d look at Saudi Arabia’s Net Worth! Talk about “for the love of money is the root of all evil”…Saudis are soaking in it!

      Also never forget Hitler was a Muslim. His closest alliance was with the Mufti of Jerusalem who was a SUNNI MUSLIM and he killed 4/5 Catholics in Europe therefore debunking all this Evangelical Cultic Crap that Hitler was a Catholic!

      “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”–Thomas Jefferson

      “The perfect type of fascist throughout recent centuries has been the Prussian Junker (Koch Brothers), who developed such hatred for other races and such allegiance to a military clique as to make him willing at all times to engage in any degree of deceit and violence necessary to place his culture and race astride the world. In every big nation of the world are at least a few people who have the fascist temperament. Every Jew-baiter, every Catholic hater, is a fascist at heart. The hoodlums who have been desecrating churches, cathedrals and synagogues in some of our larger cities are ripe material for fascist leadership.”–Henry Wallace, The Dangers of American Fascism

  • Winston

    Finally someone gets it right! But, that does not excuse the Roman Catholic cult of working with Islam to create a coming one-world religion which the Anti-Christ will control.

    • Shirley Anne

      Yes, after all, it was the catholic church at the root of the creation of Islam !!!!!! I wonder how many know this piece of history ???? satan is working on chrislam…… A pernicious cult leading to eternal death and separation from the one and only True Yahweh / Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…. the Elohim of the Bible……. B = BASIC ; I = INSTRUCTION ; B = BEFORE ; L = LEAVING ; E = EARTH. Shalom.

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    Great article, Walid. For other thoughts along the same vein, I’d like to recommend a few articles I’ve written over on MidnightWatcher’s Blogspot that many of your readers may also find interesting:

    Unsealed: A Closer Look At Revelation 6 And ‘The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse’ (http://wp.me/p1qlPa-51F)

    The ‘Perfect Human Being’: How Can An Islamic Antichrist Present Himself As God And Receive Worship, Yet Remain A Servant Of ‘Allah’? (http://wp.me/p1qlPa-48w)

    The Mark of the Beast – What Your Church May Not Be Telling You (http://wp.me/p1qlPa-gC)

    I look forward to reading Part 2. God bless and keep up the great work.

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  • Grace

    Thought for sure I had left a question on this two weeks ago but will try again…
    Regarding the Kaaba as stated:

    “When it comes to the Harlot woman, the Kaaba is a perfect match. The black tarp is considered by Muslims to be a woman’s dress (Kiswa) as Edward Gibbons elaborated:

    “…the kuswa of the magnificent Kaaba, is what is used for clothing of a [virtuous] covering, on top of it, it is written, the Kaaba’s dressing, meaning ‘we have dressed her her dress.” [2]

    Everything that the harlot is described it fits the Ka’ba; dress, pearls, jewels, gold, silver and even the blasphemies etched in silver threads with golden inlays across her attire.”

    If the Harlot is suppose to be dressed in scarlet, I’m just not seeing it here. Is there another reference?

    I understand the Kiswa was at one time red and maybe perhaps it will be in the future, but it is black and so does not fit with the Scripture of the Harlot in vs 4 (not vs 17 as noted in article).

    Thank you for all this amazing information on Islam. It has been real eye opener. The LORD God of Israel bless, guide and protect you.

    • citizen622

      I know some think the scarlet refers to the robes of some of the Catholic ministers but that does not even begin to make sense. Scarlet in the bible sometimes references sin. “Your sins may be as scarlet…” I don’t really know about the Kaaba being what Revelation is referring to in Revelation. To be being robed in scarlet refers to the sin of the harlot. I’m sure there are many others with different ideas ideas on the subject. I do believe that Islam is the beast that is rising in the middle east.

      • http://midnightwatcher.wordpress.com/ MidnightWatchers Blogspot

        citizen622, “Scarlet in the bible sometimes references sin. ‘Your sins may be as scarlet…’”

        That is a good point to make with respect to scarlet. The “harlot” is, after all, filled with abominations.

        Additionally, the color was also one that was associated with the fine materials used in the construction of the Temple, the dwelling place of God (cf. Exodus 26:1). In light of the full canvas of Scripture we now understand that the New Testament writers no longer defined the temple of God in terms of one that was made of stone, but rather as one made of people — the Ekklesia (the Church):

        1 Corinthians 3:17, “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, WHICH TEMPLE YOU ARE.”

        1 Peter 2:5, “And now God is BUILDING YOU, AS LIVING STONES, into HIS SPIRITUAL TEMPLE. What’s more, you are God’s holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please him because of Jesus Christ.” (NLT)

        Ephesians 2:19-22, “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner[stone], in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into A HOLY TEMPLE in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

        However, the “Babylonian Harlot” — the counterfeit of the Church — is Satan’s platform upon which he is attempting to exalt himself and become like the God of Heaven. The Ummah is a means to an end.

        As the Prophet Isaiah tells us, Satan has explicitly declared his intention to rise above the stars of God and to become like Him:

        Isaiah 14:12-14, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation … I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

        The Prophet Isaiah exposes Satan’s own corrupted ambitions, to magnify himself above everything that is called god, above everything that is associated with the God of gods, to be like God Himself. And the Ummah of Islam is the “throne” upon which Satan sits and intends to accomplish this. Exalting his throne above the “stars of God” may even be referring to the people of God, the Ekklesia:

        Deuteronomy 1:8-11, “‘See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to your fathers–to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob–to give to them and their descendants after them.’ … ’The LORD your God has multiplied you, and here you [are] today, AS THE STARS OF HEAVEN in multitude. ’May the LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you as He has promised you”

        The name of Satan in Isaiah 14:12 (Lucifer) is “heylel,” which means “light-bearer”. The Arabic equivalent of Satan’s name is “hilal,” which means “crescent moon.” Also consider the “Takbir” of Islam, the victory cry of “Allahu Akbar.” What are they saying? It doesn’t mean “God is great” as it is often translated in the West. It actually means “Allah is greater.” Greater than who? If it is Satan’s intention to be like the Most High and to exalt his throne above the stars of God and sit upon the mount of his own congregation, it only stands to reason that Satan will seek to accomplish these things and perform these blasphemies through the religious system to which he has given power and authority — Islam. After all, those who marvel and follow the Beast “worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast” (Rev 13:4), and Satan knows that when they are worshipping “Allah” and the image of the Beast, they are worshipping him. Satan is therefore working to exalt and magnify himself as the Prophet Isaiah described through his own “temple” and the religious ideology of Islam that diametrically opposes everything that the Judeo-Christian faith represents and stands for. But although the enemy will try to destroy what God has created, he cannot and will not prevail against the Ekklesia of God. All he can do is create his own corrupted version of God’s elect, to wage war against God’s elect, in an effort to replace God’s elect with one that is “arrayed in purpe and scarlet” and created in his own image. Just as the Ekklesia of YHWH is the “Body of Christ” (and also referred to as His Bride), Satan’s counterfeit of the Church — the Ummah — is the “Body of Antichrist” (and is referred to as the Harlot):

        * Yahweh has the Ekklesia (The congregation of God).
        * Satan has the Ummah (The congregation of Allah).

        * Yahweh’s Ekklesia is “as a bride adorned for her husband” and filled with “the glory of God”.
        * Satan’s Ummah is a harlot “decked with gold and precious stones and pearls” filled with abominations.

        * Yahweh has given the Ekklesia His Word, the Bible.
        * Satan has given the Ummah its corruption, the Qur’an.

        * Yahweh’s Ekklesia is the multitude of the Lamb, whom they follow.
        * Satan’s Ummah is the multitude of a man, the “prophet” Muhammed, whom they follow.

        * Yahweh’s Ekklesia comes out of Great Tribulation.
        * Satan’s Ummah is responsible for it.

        * Yahweh’s Ekklesia receives the seal of God upon their foreheads and are redeemed.
        * Satan’s Ummah receives the Mark of the Beast upon their foreheads and are condemned.

        * Yahweh’s Ekklesia will be lead to springs of living waters.
        * Satan’s Ummah will drink of the wine of the wrath of God.

        In the “theatre” of Biblical eschatology, the stage is already set. It is ready for the final act. All “props” are in position. The “characters” are in full costume. And the world is watching in attendance. Very soon we will witness the final act begin, and through Islam Satan will make his final stand against the Prince of princes.

    • http://midnightwatcher.wordpress.com/ MidnightWatchers Blogspot

      The “harlot” is described figuratively by John in Revelation 17, and the Kaaba is merely a physical representation or manifestation as it were of the figurative “harlot”. Since the harlot is not a literal woman, it only stands to reason that words used to describe her in Revelation 17 be understood symbolically or metaphorically as well.

      So what is she? She is a counterfeit and perversion of the Bride of Christ (the Church). Whereas the Bride of Christ is described as “a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev 21:2) who is filled with “the glory of God” and is “like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal” (Rev 21:11), the “harlot” counterfeit of the Church is described figuratively by John as “full of names of blasphemy” and as being “arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness” (Rev 17:3-4). We will never see a figurative “harlot” physically clothed in purple and scarlet any more than we would see a precious jasper stone adorned on the Bride of Christ. These terms are used not to describe what they are, but rather what they are like, and the “harlot” being “arrayed in purple and scarlet colour” should be understood in the sense that she is treated like “royalty” – which these colors are representative of.

      If she is the antithesis of the Bride of Christ, who could she be specifically? She is the greatest of all “harlots” that the world has ever seen or will ever see. John’s description of the “harlot” describes Islam as it exists today perfectly. More specifically, he is describing the Islamic Ummah (the Muslim “church” if you will), the direct counterfeit of the Bride of Christ. She is the “harlot” of a man (the false prophet Mohammed) who is himself regarded as a “king” and is characterized as “the crown of all creation” by the Muslim world (see http://wp.me/p1qlPa-51F). The “harlot” demands that she herself be therefore treated and revered as royalty over all the kingdoms of the earth, and this is something that the West is doing today in increasing measure at its own peril.

      Revelation 18:3, “For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries …”

      • citizen622

        Excellent ideas and references. You are right that both purple and scarlet often refer to riches and/or royalty.

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  • David McDougall

    The Vatican also has a role in world monetary laundering …and the apostasy of the church was clearly to come from within the church, reading in 2Thes 2, Acts 20, and other places. Still, Walid makes some undeniably parallel observations …and this too is a pattern of prophecy throughout the scriptures. If systems, rulers, patterns of behavior, etc. mirror that which is evil …it’s still ‘not a good thing’ …

    • Julie LaBrecque

      You think the printing press is what “exposed and defeated the church”? You must grab a little bit here and there from good anti-Catholic sources, because Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press was Catholic and the first book he published was The Bible, the whole bible, all 73 books. Did your church canonize the Bible? Besides historical evidence against your theory, Jesus promised that His church would always exist, never would the gates of hell prevail against it. You would probably be shocked and ashamed to find out the Christopher Columbus was Catholic, and the ship, the Santa Maria’s full name is The Holy Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Do yourself a favor, read the early church fathers who were taught by the very apostles themselves, read their writings that declare their beliefs and practices. In case you don’t know who the “church fathers’, here’s a short list. Ignatius of Antioch, Iranaeus of Lyon, Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Clement. If you don’t understand “the keys” that Jesus gave to Peter, read Isaiah 22 to learn what keys and binding and loosing are. Jesus left us a Kingdom, not a democracy. Through all salvation history, the Good Father in heaven has never left His children on earth without a shepherd on earth to guide them.

  • AndrewIsrael

    Mystery Babylon is Mecca NOT America. 9-11 was caused by Islamic extremists. Only Islam has ever succumb to terrorism considering it is a cult of hate.

    Adolf Hitler is considered the most evil man of the 20th century and his actions proved he was a secret Muslim because he made a pact with the SUNNI Mufti of Jerusalem so that he would make an Arab army in the Middle East. Hitler also seduced the idiot Protestants into his Nazi Cult because they were easy suckers since they rejected Pope Pius XII warnings condemning Hitler as a “Nordic Pagan”.

    Muslims are Pagans not Monotheists. Islam has spread more violence, bloodshed, intolerance, arrogance, and deceit wherever it goes. It does not tolerate religious freedom and hence is Fascistic by nature. Look at all the Islamic countries that surround Israel and all you see is Totalitarianism.

    SO much so that the Saudi Royalty bath in their luxury at the expense of the poor Muslims who have been suckered into worshipping their pagan cult. I feel so sorry for Muslims for not understanding how obvious all of this is to the rest of the world. They must repent and convert to Roman Catholicism in order to be saved. Only through Jesus shall one be saved and understand the love that he brought to the world. Jesus brought peace, love, tolerance, mercy, charity unlike Islam which is Satanic and Barbarian since Mohammed.

    “He who hears you (Peter) hears me, and he who rejects you, rejects me, and he who rejects me, rejects him who sent me (Lk 10:16).” It could not be clearer: the Protestant who rejects the head, rejects Christ himself, and should not be granted the name Christian.

    Christ establishes one Church with a single head: “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matt 16:19).

    St. Paul is severe in his condemnation of false teachers, e.g. Protestants: “If any man preaches any other Gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed” (Gal 1: 9).

    In another passage he instructs Catholics to remove themselves from the bad society of non-Catholics: “And we charge you, brethren, in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ that you withdraw yourselves from every brother walking disorderly and not according to the Tradition which they have received of us” (2 Thess 3:6).

    The Apostle St. John forbade any intercourse with heretics: “If any man come to you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house or welcome him” (2 Jo 1:10)”Holy Scriptures are clear on the point that only those who belong to the one Church founded by Christ, the Catholic Church, can rightfully be considered Christians.

    Pius XII stated unequivocally: “To be Christian one must be Roman. One must recognize the oneness of Christ’s Church that is governed by one successor of the Prince of the Apostles who is the Bishop of Rome, Christ’s Vicar on earth” (Allocution to the Irish pilgrims of October 8, 1957). How is it possible to be clearer than this about those who can be called Christian?

    Leo XIII makes it plain that separated members cannot belong to the same body: “So long as the member was on the body, it lived; separated, it lost its life. Thus the man, so long as he lives on the body of the [Catholic] Church, he is a Christian; separated from her, he becomes a heretic” (Encyclical Satis cognitum of June 29, 1896).

    Emphasizing the fate of those who break away from the one Faith, he says: “Whoever leaves her [the Catholic Church] departs from the will and command of Our Lord Jesus Christ; leaving the path of salvation, he enters that of perdition. Whoever is separated from the Church is united to an adulteress” (ibid.). Certainly, they do not share with us the same title of Christian.

    Pope Pius IX stated: “He who abandons the Chair of Peter on which the Church is founded, is falsely persuaded that he is in the Church of Christ” (Quartus supra of January 6 1873, n. 8).

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