Catholic Doctrine of Atonement and Forgiveness

The following is a summation of the Catholic Doctrine of Atonement and Forgiveness. This is in answer to those who wonder why Pope Francis, during his homily in Philadelphia, said that Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross was a waste of time.

The facts below were mentioned in a presentation given by Walter Veith and verified by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Catholic Encyclopedia. I am not a practicing Seventh-Day-Adventist but ‘the truth is the truth’ as the Forerunner says.

So, the Catholic Doctrine of Atonement and Forgiveness is:


Jesus did not come to earth as fully human. He is too Holy to be defiled by humanity.

Mary is the special, immaculate (born of a virgin, gave birth as a virgin), vehicle God created to bring Jesus to Earth.

(That is why Mother Teresa said ‘No Mary, no Jesus’, ‘Know Mary, Know Jesus’.)

Because Jesus did not come fully down, He needs mediators (or, in the case of Mary, mediatrix).

Vehicles for mediation include the Catholic Church and the Sacraments. The Saints and Mary are co-mediators, co-redeemers.

Because God declared Mary as sinless, He could have done it for anyone, if so, there is no point to the Cross.

Because Mary was sinless she did not have to die, and she did not, she fell asleep and ascended into heaven just like Jesus, where she serves as co-redeemer.

The Church is the one who hands out grace. (Pope Francis has declared this the Year of Grace, in which the Church hands out indulgences, see Luther, Martin).


{In Protestantism, Jesus came to this world, took on humanity in its fullness yet without sin. He linked His divinity with humanity and is the ladder which links fallen humanity to divinity and deity to fallen humanity.}

In Catholicism, Jesus only comes down to the level of intermediaries, with Mary at the head.

In Catholicism, Jesus did not have to die for you. He saves you by His good works. His death on the cross is considered ‘over and above the call of duty’. He did not have to die, and He did not die for you, He was murdered.

His death was unnecessary, there are other means to salvation.

God links Jesus good works to you because God was so pleased by Jesus actions that He (God) forgives the sinner as a consequence, the Blood not being the medium by which our sins are washed clean, but by the good intentions of Jesus.

In Catholicism, merit is transferable (much like a living Mormon getting baptized in the name of his deceased, non-Mormon, ancestors), whether from Jesus, Mary, or a Saint.

Merit is transferable only by the Pope in his priesthood. Where no merit exists, he draws from a ‘treasury of merit’, in which is the extra, ‘left over’ merit of Jesus, Mary and all the Saints.


Because Jesus did not really die for us, nor take responsibility for our sins, we are still responsible for our sins.

We can be forgiven by merit (good works), but because we are still responsible for our sins, we cannot enter into heaven, even as a forgiven sinner.

God sends us to Purgatory so we can pay the consequence of our sin by suffering.

The death of Jesus is looked at as a good work by God, who sends you to purgatory so you have the possibility of atoning for your own sins, but intercession by saints, Popes and Mary can speed up the process.

Conclusion: not only did Jesus not die for you, he did not take the consequence of your sin.

Only the Church, through the Pope can hand out grace (forgiveness).

Only the Pope has the power to release you from purgatory, based on your good works and the merit of those he can draw from.

This denies Christ in his humanity, on the cross, in the atonement, in his meeting out of grace.

The Pope, when speaking ex cathedra (on doctrinal issues), is infallible and therefore is the source of truth.

The Pope, not the Bible, is the final word.

-(Special thanks to: Walter Veith; the Catechism of the Catholic Church; and Catholic Encyclopedia Online)


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