“And she’s buying a stairway to Heaven.”

Members of a legalistic, works-righteous religious system like Catholicism can never truly rejoice about their spiritual state. It’s a never-ending treadmill; do good works, sin, confess, do good works, sin, confess, etc., etc., right up to the day they die. Catholics hope they time it right by dying immediately after confession when their slate will supposedly be clean.

Praise the Lord Jesus Christ Who takes ALL the sin away of those who accept Him.

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” – Romans 8:1

Catholics differentiate between “venial” and “mortal” sin although they would be hard pressed to tell you where one ends and the other begins. Catholics are taught that when they confess their sins to a priest the eternal punishment is removed but even after saying the prescribed rote penitential prayers some of the “temporal” punishment remains. Catholics can reduce the temporal punishment they’ve accumulated through good works in this life. But whatever temporal punishment remains at the time of death will be meted out in “purgatory” (as long as there was no “mortal” sin on the soul). Somebody call a canon lawyer!

Catholics can erase big chunks of temporal punishment by doing good works, doing penance, and receiving indulgences. The Catholic system says its members can take years off or even wipe away all temporal punishment accumulated up to that point by receiving prescribed indulgences. Where’s that canon lawyer!!! Catholicism has more rules than Carter has pills. Believe me when I tell you that 95% of Catholics would be clueless if you asked them what “temporal punishment” was.

But let’s take a look at one particular indulgence. There is a Catholic myth that “Saint” Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, removed the 28 marble steps, the “Scala Sancta” (Holy Stairs), leading to Pontius Pilates’s praetorium in Jerusalem and had them brought to Rome. Jesus supposedly descended these steps after being judged by Pilate and there are 4 places on the stairs, encased in gold-framed glass, where drops of Jesus’ blood allegedly fell. Take note that Helena is said to have transported these steps to Rome 300 years after the death of Christ.

In 1908 pope Pius X granted a “plenary” (full) indulgence to all who ascended the stairs on their knees after confession and communion. Indulgences were a HUGE money-making machine for the church for centuries. The church claims they never officially “sold” indulgences but contributions were always STRONGLY recommended. Pilgrims continue to flock to Rome to climb these 28 steps on their knees.

Incidentally, biographers state that it was while climbing these steps on his knees in 1511 that a particular Bible verse flashed through Martin Luther’s mind: “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). Praise God!

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12 thoughts on ““And she’s buying a stairway to Heaven.”

  1. My friend, all Christian churches are filled with people who only go so far. They get comfortable. I are this in evangelical churches, Baptist churches, the Catholic Church, etc…
    Your post reflects the outlook of one who stopped, gave up on listening to the deep teachings of Christ in His bride; perhaps, like many, never really attempted to study the Church’s teachings. The world is full of churches with comfortable people. In many ways non Catholic churches are easier to digest, like baby food or ice cream. I write this not to put you down. I have heard many expressions of misunderstanding by people -often ex Catholics. This Catholic Church is messy. It is not what I would like (from what I can see and hear). Yet, the Catholic Church is the bride of Christ. The most profound way that this can be understood is to accept on faith, and allow andexperience the deepest truths of the Mass: that experience so described in John’s book: Revelation. The Lamb of God; the banquet table: the angels song: holy, holy, holy; the liturgy of the Word (practiced in the 1st century and ever since; and most profoundly, honoring the command of Christ to eat his body and drink his blood. The Mass is not some twisted made up ritual created by a corrupt church in the dark ages. A serious study of the customs and teachings of the earliest church, back to the 1st century will reveal this to be that which the Holy Spirit inspired and lead the florets of Christ to do. Good bless you.

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  2. You state in your “About” page that “Catholics aren’t generally encouraged to read the Bible and relatively few do.” Actually, my pastor encouraged me to get a master’s degree in theology after I entered the Catholic Church. Also, Catholics here at least 1 reading from the Old Testament, a Psalm, and one reading from the Gospel EVERY DAY at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which they are certainly encouraged to attend. They get THREE readings from Sacred Scripture on Sundays. Catholics are encouraged to pray the Liturgy of the Hours daily (read Sacrosanctum Concilium to see what it says). Your postings are misleading. Why? What happened to you that you have turned against the Faith?

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      1. But to be clear, that is not because the Church is discouraging them…It is because some or many laity are not exerting their own free will to go and listen or read the Word.

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  3. “The just shall live by faith” was appropriate in that setting because Luther was, at the moment, just and acting on his faith by believing in the power of the Church to grant an indulgence. But then Luther had an emotional breakdown and began to “rant” instead of seeking knowledge and understanding. He actually lost much of his faith for a good while it seems.

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    1. Francis, Catholics give lip service to grace but it’s all about works and merit. Your own pope declared even atheists will go to Heaven if they are “good.” Why do you waste even another second on your works-righteousness idolatry religion?

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    1. sdcharg,

      It is true that the church lost its voice for a while. This was true throughout the history of the church, going back to the crucifiction. Can you be so sure you would have been there with Mary and John at the cross? but the church always has and is coming back, due to the guidance of the “helper” who guides her in all things (just quoting Our Lord there). For example, consider this email I received just today, from one of the laity in my parish:

      God bless you all and may the Holy Spirit enlighten you and give you the spirit of courage and perseverance to witness to the truth, goodness and beauty of our Catholic faith in such challenging times!

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  4. Peace, sdcharg.
    No advertisement here. No one knows what town this is. Please feel free to email me. I would like to understand what is troubling you m

    Your brother in Christ,

    Bob

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