Catholic dioceses continue to battle over corpse of Fulton J. Sheen

Centuries ago, it was very popular for Roman Catholics to make pilgrimages to designated “holy” sites and shrines as part of a spiritual/penitential exercise or in an effort to obtain indulgences to shorten time spent in Purgatory after death. Catholic churches across Europe competed with each other to obtain the best “relics” (body parts or personal effects of “saints”) in order to attract potential pilgrims. The pilgrimage busine$$ is definitely not what it used to be, but devotees still flock to various sites.

I’ve previously posted a number of messages regarding the strange, ongoing legal tug-of-war over the corpse of former archbishop, Fulton J. Sheen. Sheen was one of the first Catholics to use the new media of radio and television to propagate the Catholic religion and became a national celebrity in the 50s and 60s. Sheen died in 1979 and is on the fast-track to sainthood because of his celebrity except for one huge snag. As we see in the recent news article below, the dioceses of Peoria, Illinois and New York City continue to fight over the final “resting place” of Sheen’s remains. He was born in El Paso, Illinois near Peoria but earned his great fame in New York as auxiliary bishop from 1951 to 1966. Both dioceses desperately want to be “home” to the crypt of this soon-to-be-canonized saint, but the Vatican won’t canonize Sheen until his “resting place’ is settled once and for all. They surely don’t want the negative publicity that would follow if he were canonized in the middle of this squabble.

None of this has anything to do with Christianity.

  • “Holy” sites and relics impart no blessings.
  • Natural man glories in the creature rather than the Creator. Can anyone imagine a passage in the New Testament in which two churches were fighting over the remains of a deceased believer? The veneration/worship of Sheen’s earthly remains is idolatry.
  • According to the New Testament, saints are all those who accept Jesus Christ as Savior by faith alone, NOT some subgroup of super-sanctified “holy” people.
  • Sheen proclaimed Catholicism’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit rather than the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” – 1 John 5:20-21

Bishop Fulton Sheen’s bones at center of raging court case

See my previous post on the fight over Sheen’s corpse here.


Canadian Catholics flocking to venerate Francis Xavier’s arm?

I was perusing through Catholic news over the weekend and came across the articles far below, which mention the tour of a “relic” of “saint” Francis Xavier, specifically his right arm (see photo above), across Canada this month. Xavier was a co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), which was created in 1534 to counter the growing Reformation movement in Europe. Xavier spent the years 1541 to 1552 in India and the Far East, converting tens of thousands of souls to Catholicism’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit. Today he is one of Catholicism’s most celebrated “saints.”

The church defines a relic as “a piece of the body of a saint, an item owned or used by the saint, or an object which has been touched to the tomb of a saint.”

The Catholic church has been collecting relics of “saints” for centuries. Catholics are encouraged to make pilgrimages to sites where relics are displayed in order to venerate and pray to the saint.

The purpose of relics, according to the church, are to “remind (Catholics) of the holiness of a saint and his cooperation in God’s work. At the same time, relics inspire (Catholics) to ask for the prayers of that saint and to beg the grace of God to live the same kind of faith-filled live.”

None of the above is Scriptural. We are to pray to God alone. There’s not one instance in the New Testament when a believer prayed to a dead believer or venerated one of their body parts or personal belongings. Praying to dead people and worshiping aka “venerating” their body parts is blasphemy. See the article, “How should a Christian view relics?,” here.

Xavier’s right arm will be presented for veneration/worship at 26 churches in 15 Canadian cities from Wednesday, January 3rd to Friday, February 2nd.

Not to beat a dead horse, but I wonder what Stephen J. Nichols of Ligonier Ministries thinks about the tour of Xavier’s right arm across Canada? Nichols betrayed the Gospel of grace when he included Xavier as one of the 26 “Heroes of the Faith” in his children’s book, “The Church History ABCs: Augustine and 25 Other Heroes of the Faith.” See here.

Catholic friend, praying to dead saints or their body parts won’t save you. Repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior by faith alone. He is the only way to Heaven.

Question: “Is Jesus the only way to Heaven?”

The holy and uncorrupted arm of St. Francis Xavier is crossing Canada for a two-week tour
The holy and uncorrupted arm of St. Francis Xavier is crossing Canada for a two-week tour

Canadian cities and churches where the relic is scheduled to visit:

Back from the dead?


I was a member of the Roman Catholic church beginning in 1956, when I was baptized as an infant, until 1983 when I left the church and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. As a young person, I can remember the rampant superstition and the reports of supernatural phenomena that were rife in the church. We constantly heard tales of eucharistic hosts bleeding and statues of saints either moving, weeping, or bleeding. The nuns at our grammar school loved to pass along these tales to their young charges.

As I was scanning the news the other day, I came across the report below. The body of saint Inocencia is on display at the cathedral of Guadalajara in Mexico. The story goes that 300 years ago, Inocencia was stabbed to death by her father because she disobeyed his order not to join the Catholic church. Like many Catholic saints, Inocencia’s corpse went on display to attract pilgrims who were eager to pray to the saint and contribute monetary offerings. Only Inocencia’s mummified hands are exposed. The rest of her body is covered with a wax casing.

In the 40-second video above, a recent visitor to the relic supposedly records the saint’s eyes opening. Take a look. How do we explain this? Well, it’s either video tricks or demonic activity. In the past, I used to completely dismiss such Catholic miracles as religious hysteria, but the Bible says the evil one is capable of impressive  signs and wonders.

“The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:9

How can we be confident that all of the supernatural phenomena that bolsters Catholic superstition and idolatry can either be attributed to religious hysteria or demonic activity? I think I just answered my own question.

Back from the dead? A Catholic child saint who was stabbed to death by her father 300 years ago ‘blinks’ during tourist’s terrifying footage

What does the Bible say about demonic/satanic miracles?

The “Holy Lance” of Longinus?

I was watching an episode of The Borgias on Netflix yesterday and reference was made tohofburg-spear the “Holy Lance” of Saint Longinus, which sparked my curiosity.

Clerics of the increasingly institutionalized church competed with each other to stock their churches with famous relics connected to the New Testament. There were churches claiming to have splinters of Jesus’s cross, thorns from His crown, vials of His blood, and even His infant foreskin. Great powers were attributed to these relics and credulous pilgrims flocked to see them and receive blessings.

One of the more famous relics to appear was the “Holy Lance” of Saint Longinus. Catholic tradition has it that Longinus was the Roman soldier who pierced the side of the crucified Jesus’ body with a lance to verify His death and eventually converted to Christianity. See here for more information. The Vatican claims it has the genuine lance in its possession at St. Peter’s Basilica but like all of the relics associated with Christ, there are several other versions in existence, each one claimed to be the original by its possessor.

This is all sheer nonsense my friends. The Roman soldier who lanced the body of Jesus was not named Longinus. The “Holy Lance” in the Vatican is a fake as are all the other alleged “relics” associated with Jesus. The institutionalized church turned simple, saving faith in Jesus Christ into superstition and idolatrous worship of physical objects.

Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and come out of superstition and gross fraud. Seek an evangelical church in your area that preaches God’s Word without compromise and worships the Lord in spirit and in truth.

“(Hezekiah) removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan.” – 2 Kings 18:4


Pittsburgh chapel boasts of more relics than anywhere outside of Rome

St. Anthony’s Chapel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania boasts that it has 5000 religious relics,SAC the largest collection of relics in the world outside of Rome. Included in the collection are alleged splinters from Jesus’ cross, a fragment of the column of His flagellation, a stone from the Garden of Gethsemane, a nail that held Christ to the cross, material from Jesus, Mary and Joseph’s clothing, and a piece of bone from each of the twelve apostles.

Read how “father” Suitbert Mollinger amassed the collection in the story below.

The word “relic” comes from the Latin, “reliquus,” meaning “left behind.” The Catholic church teaches “relics do not have power in and of themselves,” but God works miracles in the presence of saints’ bodies/bodyparts or their material possessions or items they came in contact with even after their deaths. Catholics “venerate” relics while praying for physical healings or blessings.

There was considerable traffic in relics throughout Europe in the Middle Ages as churches competed for these highly prized religious souvenirs. Unscrupulous merchants and dealers were more than happy to satisfy the demand. There is certainly no evidence for the authenticity of many Catholic relics including some of the more outlandish ones like those mentioned above as well as claims to the thorns from Jesus’ crown, Mary’s breast milk, Jesus’ umbilical cord and foreskin, and the house Jesus grew up in.

Everyone must accept Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith. Venerating/worshipping material objects is idolatry. If I had the ENTIRE cross that Jesus died on standing in my backyard it would not do me any good.

“The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” – John 6:63

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” – Romans 1:25

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” – John 4:23-24

For more of my postings on relics see here.


The bizarre tale of 5000 relics finding a home in a Pittsburgh chapel

By Adelaise Mena

St. Maria Goretti on last “leg” of American tour

Only 17 stops remain on the St. Maria Goretti tour. The bones of the revered “saint”MGT continue to make the rounds of American Catholic parishes. “Saint” Maria will be flying back to Italy on November 13th. See my earlier write-up here.

Catholics are taught the veneration of the relics of “saints” will result in blessings and answers to prayer. Of course, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in Scripture to suggest God desires anyone to pray to dead people’s bones. In contrast, God’s Word distinctly warns against praying to the dead:

“When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?” – Isaiah 18:19

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.” Matthew 23:17

Flee from man-made religious traditions and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.

Body of popular “saint” to tour U.S.

The Catholic church has announced the body of “saint” Maria Goretti will soon be touring the U.S. There are currently forty-seven tour stops scheduled in 25 Catholic dioceses spanning 18 states.

Maria Goretti was a young, Italian Catholic girl who was fatally stabbed after resisting a rape attempt. She survived long ST MARIA GORETTI 7enough to forgive her attacker and died in 1902 at the age of 11. She was canonized in 1950, becoming Catholicism’s youngest “saint.”

Catholicism teaches miracles, favors, and healings are possible through the intercession of a “saint” and the “veneration” of his or her “relics.” Appeals are made to Acts 19:11-12 where handkerchiefs and aprons touched by Paul were used to heal the sick.

Most Evangelicals would consider the Catholic practice of venerating dead bodies or body parts to be unscriptural vestiges of medieval superstition. Why not go directly to the Lord for all spiritual and physical needs? But the Catholic system is based precisely on the mediation of the church – through its priests, sacraments, saints, Mary, etc., etc. Catholics are taught the church is the channel of God’s sacramental grace and they must then “cooperate” with that grace in order to merit their salvation.

Maria Goretti is very popular among Catholics these days and the church venerates her as the “Patroness of Mercy,” “Patroness of Purity,” and “Model of Chastity.” But not everyone agrees that Maria is a helpful role-model for women. Women’s advocates deplore the clerical misogynist concept popularized by the Maria Goretti legacy that death is a more honorable alternative than the “loss of sexual purity.”

I’m so grateful to the Lord that He freed me from the chains of Catholic ritual, superstition, and legalism. Praise the Lord for salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE! The ONLY purity I can boast about is the purity of Jesus Christ, my sinless Lord and Savior.

400-197Above: “Saint” Maria Goretti with compulsory “halo.”

Some Catholics visiting Maria’s “relics” normally displayed in a basilica south of Rome mistakenly believe her body is “incorruptible” like some other “saints.” But what they see is a wax statue containing the majority of her bones. Her right arm, the most treasured “relic” because it was used to “defend her purity,” was given to the church of her small hometown.



“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” – Romans 1:25.

“As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.” – Acts 10:25-26.


Confirmed: The Body of St. Maria Goretti Will Soon Be Brought to the U.S.

St. Maria Goretti will be coming to the USA in September and stay until early in November

by Joseph Pronechen, National Catholic Register, 8/7/15


Angels carried Jesus’ house from Nazareth to Europe!?!?

I touched on “relics” and how much they’re venerated within Catholicism a few posts ago and I’d like to share some additional thoughts.

As early Christianity became increasingly institutionalized and began to adopt many of the concepts of paganism, there was a frenzied race to acquire items mentioned in the Bible or the alleged personal effects of Jesus and his family. Centuries before scientific authentication, churches vied against each other for the most valuable “relics.” Making their appearance, sometimes at multiple sites, were pieces of the “true cross,” the crown of thorns, the water pots of Cana, the crib of Jesus, the baby clothes of Jesus, Jesus’s foreskin, Joseph’s carpenter tools, the cup used at the Last Supper, the empty purse of Judas, Pilate’s basin, nails from the cross, Mary’s breast milk, etc., etc. The focus of Catholicism has always been on the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25).

Perhaps the most audacious claim for a relic (besides Jesus’s foreskin) is the Holy House of Nazareth located inside the Basilica at Loreto, Italy (see photos). Catholic tradition claims Mary grew up in this small 13′ by 31′ house and Jesus was raised in it also. According to Catholic apologists angels carried the house from Palestine to Croatia in 1291. Not content with that site, they moved the house to Recanti, Italy and finally to Loreto in 1295.

Lest anyone think the grizzled Catholic hierarchy just winks at these ridiculous medieval relics, both “Saint” Pope John XXIII and Pope Benedict XVI visited the house signifying their stamp of approval.

Catholic friends, having faith in Jesus as personal Savior is the thing, NOT collecting and venerating bogus religious relics!

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Every Catholic church has a sacrificial altar and a sacrificing priest. The Bible says sacrifice for sin ended with Christ’s death on the cross but Catholics offer up sacrifice for sins at their masses hundreds of thousands of times each day throughout the world.

Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.” – Hebrews 10:11-12

But do Catholics know that every Catholic church altar contains the relic of a “saint”? So what’s a relic? The Baltimore Catechism says a relic is “the body, or part of the body, of a saint which the Church venerates because of the sanctity of the person while on earth.” Like all “sacramentals” relics are suppose to prepare the faithful to receive sacramental grace and then dispose them to cooperate with that grace so they can merit their way to Heaven.

There are actually three official classes of Catholic relics:

First class – the body or a portion of the body of a saint (bone, flesh, or hair). You’ll only find these in Catholic churches. (See accompanying photo: The hair of “Saint” Claire)relic_stclair

Second class – an item or piece of an item used by a saint (clothing, vestments, personal item). These also can only be found exclusively in the hands of the church.

Third class – an item that touched a first or second class relic or the “shrine” of a saint. The church has done BIG business over the centuries selling these items to the faithful (rosaries, cloths, medals, etc.).

Do Catholics ever stop and wonder whether God approves of their veneration of physical objects? Many Catholics view their third class relics as good luck charms that bring blessings and ward off evil and the church does little to discourage this kind of pagan, anti-Scriptural superstition.

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” – John 4:23-24