The following is a list of some very important quotes that every Catholic should know. There is so much
misinformation these days that these little snippets will serve as a welcome
and refreshing "reality check" against the errors and problems of our times. Be sure to share them with friends!
- “Reveal to the faithful the wolves which are demolishing the Lord's vineyard.”
—Pope Clement XIII, Encyclical Christianae Reipublicae, 1766
- "We must remember that if all the manifestly good men were on one side and all the manifestly bad men on the other, there would be no danger of anyone, least of all the elect, being deceived by lying wonders. It is the good men, good once, we must hope good still, who are to do the work of Anti-Christ and so sadly to crucify the Lord afresh…. Bear in mind this feature of the last days, that this deceitfulness arises from good men being on the wrong side."
—Fr. Frederick Faber, Sermon for Pentecost Sunday, 1861; qtd. in Fr. Denis Fahey, The Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World (text here)
- "Everyone should avoid familiarity or friendship with anyone suspected of
belonging to masonry or to affiliated groups. Know them by their fruits and
avoid them. Every familiarity should be avoided, not only with those impious
libertines who openly promote the character of the sect, but also with those who
hide under the mask of universal tolerance, respect for all religions, and the
craving to reconcile the maxims of the Gospel with those of the revolution.
These men seek to reconcile Christ and Belial, the Church of God and the state
—Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Custodi di Quella Fede, par. 15, Dec. 8, 1892
- "It is impious to say, 'I respect every
religion.' This is as much as to say: I respect the devil as much as God, vice
as much as virtue, falsehood as much as truth, dishonesty as much as honesty,
Hell as much as Heaven."
—Fr. Michael Müller, The Church and Her Enemies (source here)
- "The Papacy will be attacked by all the powers of hell. In consequence the Church will suffer great trials and afflictions in securing a successor upon the throne of Peter.... It is a matter of history that the most disastrous periods for the Church were times when the Papal throne was vacant, or when anti-popes contended with the legitimate head of the Church. Thus also shall it be in those evil days to come."
—Fr. E. Sylvester Berry, The Apocalypse of St. John (1921), pp. 121, 124
- "Our Apostolic Mandate requires from Us that We watch over the purity of the
Faith and the integrity of Catholic discipline. It requires from Us that We
protect the faithful from evil and error; especially so when evil and error are
presented in dynamic language which, concealing vague notions and ambiguous
expressions with emotional and high-sounding words, is likely to set ablaze the
hearts of men in pursuit of ideals which, whilst attractive, are nonetheless
—Pope St. Pius X, Apostolic Letter Notre Charge Apostolique, 1910
- "[According to the doctrine of the Modernists] it is necessary that the primitive [religious] formulas be accepted and sanctioned by
the heart; and similarly the subsequent work from which are brought forth the secondary formulas must proceed under the guidance of the heart. Hence it comes
that these formulas, in order to be living, should be, and should remain,
adapted to the faith and to him who believes. Wherefore, if for any reason this
adaptation should cease to exist, they lose their first meaning and accordingly
need to be changed. In view of the fact that the character and lot of dogmatic
formulas are so unstable, it is no wonder that Modernists should regard them so
lightly and in such open disrespect, and have no consideration or praise for
anything but the religious sense and for the religious life. In this way, with
consummate audacity, they criticize the Church, as having strayed from the true
path by failing to distinguish between the religious and moral sense of formulas
and their surface meaning, and by clinging vainly and tenaciously to meaningless
formulas, while religion itself is allowed to go to ruin."
—Pope St. Pius X, Encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis, par. 13, 1907
- "Therefore the whole and entire Catholic doctrine is
to be presented and explained: by no means is it permitted to pass over
in silence or to veil in ambiguous terms the Catholic truth regarding
the nature and way of justification, the constitution of the Church, the
primacy of jurisdiction of the Roman Pontiff, and the only true union by
the return of the dissidents to the one true Church of Christ."
—Holy Office of Pope Pius XII, "On the Ecumenical Movement", 1949
- "Even on the plea of promoting unity it is not allowed to dissemble one
single dogma; for, as the Patriarch of Alexandria warns us, 'although the desire
of peace is a noble and excellent thing, yet we must not for its sake neglect
the virtue of loyalty in Christ.' Consequently, the much desired return of
erring sons to true and genuine unity in Christ will not be furthered by
exclusive concentration on those doctrines which all, or most, communities
glorying in the Christian name accept in common. The only successful method will
be that which bases harmony and agreement among Christ's faithful ones upon all
the truths, and the whole of the truths, which God has revealed."
—Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Orientalis Ecclesiae (1944), par. 16
- "Now you know well that the most deadly foes of the Catholic religion have
always waged a fierce war, but without success, against this Chair [of St. Peter]; they are by
no means ignorant of the fact that religion itself can never totter and fall
while this Chair remains intact, the Chair which rests on the rock which the
proud gates of hell cannot overthrow and in which there is the whole and
perfect solidity of the Christian religion."
—Pope Pius IX, Encyclical Inter Multiplices (1853), par. 7
- "...[I]t is not allowable for anyone to produce another faith, that is,
to write or to compose or to consider or to teach others; those who
dare to compose another faith, or to support or to teach or to hand on
another creed to those who wish to turn to knowledge of the truth,
whether from Hellenism or Judaism or indeed from any heresy whatsoever,
or to introduce novelty of speech, that is, invention of terms, so as to
overturn what has now been defined by us, such persons, if they are
bishops or clerics, are deprived of their episcopacy or clerical rank,
and if they are monks or layfolk they are excommunicated."
—Pope St. Leo II, Third Council of Constantinople (681)
- "The declared enemies of God
and His Church, heretics and schismatics, must be criticized as much as
possible, as long as truth is not denied. It is a work of charity to
shout: 'Here is the wolf!'
when it enters the flock or anywhere else."
—St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life, Part III, Chapter 29
- "We ought to remember that Catholics are, far more than the Jews were, the chosen people of God...."
—Fr. Richard F. Clarke, "The Ministry of Jesus: Short Meditations on the Public Life of Our Lord", in Beautiful Pearls of Catholic Truth, p. 542)
- "Trusting in God and relying on His ever present help, [St. Benedict] went south and arrived
at a fort 'called Cassino situated on the side of a high mountain...; on this
stood an old temple where Apollo was worshipped by the foolish country people,
according to the custom of the ancient heathens. Around it likewise grew groves,
in which even till that time the mad multitude of infidels used to offer their
idolatrous sacrifices. The man of God coming to that place broke the idol,
overthrew the altar, burned the groves, and of the temple of Apollo made a
chapel of St. Martin. Where the profane altar had stood he built a chapel of St.
John; and by continual preaching he converted many of the people
—Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Fulgens Radiatur, n. 11, March 21, 1947; showing the anti-ecumenical nature of Roman Catholicism and that the true path to the conversion and salvation of people is not to respect their false religions but to lead them out of them into the True Faith
- "In the Third Secret [of
Fatima] it is foretold, among other things, that the great apostasy in
the Church will begin at the top."
—Mario L. Ciappi, Novus Ordo cardinal and household theologian to John Paul II; quoted in The Devil's Final Battle, p. 33
- “As we said earlier, I repeat once more: If anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you have received, let him be accursed. …The heretic, even though he has not been condemned formally by any individual, in reality brings anathema on himself, having cut himself off from the way of truth by his heresy. What reply can such people make to the Apostle when he writes: As for someone who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned. It was in the spirit of this text that Cyril of holy memory, in the books which he wrote against Theodore, declared as follows: ‘Whether or not they are alive, we ought to keep clear of those who are in the grip of such dreadful errors. It is necessary always to avoid what is harmful, and not to be worried about public opinion but rather to consider what is pleasing to God’.”
—Pope Vigilius, Second Council of Constantinople (553)
- "...diabolical error, when it
has artfully colored its lies, easily clothes itself in the likeness of truth
while very brief additions or changes corrupt the meaning of expressions; and
confession, which usually works salvation, sometimes, with a slight change,
inches toward death."
—Pope Clement XIII, Encyclical In Dominico Agro (1761), par. 2
- "Protestants don't accept the Second Vatican Council, either."
—Fr. Franz Schmidberger, SSPX, Interview September 2012, in response to "Archbishop" Gerhard Muller's stubborn resistance to the SSPX while at the same time maintaining the most friendly ecumenical relations and frequent common prayer with Protestants
entire force of the Conciliar revolt comes from the fact that it has
apparently been imposed by the authority of the Church. How many
bishops, priests, religious, and laymen, would have swallowed the
lies of the heretics if they had not believed themselves bound to do
so by the voice of Christ’s Vicar on earth? Questioning the
authority of these men renders their revolution of doubtful
—John Lane, "Concerning an SSPX Dossier on Sedevacantism" [PDF], p. 65
- "For the mystery of iniquity already worketh; only that he who now holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way. And then that wicked one shall be revealed whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth; and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming, him, Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders, And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying: That all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity."
—St. Paul the Apostle (2 Thess 2:7-11)
- "Compromise with those not of the Faith is at all times the deadliest of errors. Here precisely is the danger of religious indifferentism. Here is the danger of socialism. Here is the danger of mixed marriages. Here is the danger of seeking to keep at all costs the golden opinion of the world and fearing its contempt. Here is the danger of education in non-Catholic schools, no matter how innocent they may seem to be."
—Fr. Joseph Husslein, The Catholic's Work in the World (Imprimatur 1917), pp. 93-94
- "Let no Christian therefore, whether philosopher or theologian,
embrace eagerly and lightly whatever novelty happens to be thought up from day
to day, but rather let him weigh it with painstaking care and a balanced
judgment, lest he lose or corrupt the truth he already has, with grave danger
and damage to his faith."
—Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Humani Generis, par. 30, 1950
- "These moderns, forever prattling about culture and civilization, are undermining the Church's doctrine, laws, and practices. They are not concerned very much about culture and civilization. By using such high-sounding words they think they can conceal the wickedness of their schemes. All of you know their purpose, subterfuges, and methods. On Our part We have denounced and condemned their scheming. They are proposing a universal apostasy even worse than the one that threatened the age of Charles [Borromeo]. It is worse, We say, because it stealthily creeps into the very veins of the Church, hides there, and cunningly pushes erroneous principles to their ultimate conclusions."
—Pope St. Pius X, Encyclical Editae Saepe, par. 17-18, May 26, 1910
- "The Church will be
punished because the majority of her members, high and low, will become
so perverted. The Church will sink deeper and deeper until she will at
last seem to be extinguished, and the succession of Peter and the other
Apostles to have expired. But, after this, she will be victoriously
exalted in the sight of all doubters."
—St. Nicholas of Flue, in Catholic Prophecy, edited by Yves Dupont, p. 30
- "In our time more than ever
before, the chief strength of the wicked, lies in the cowardice and
weakness of good men... All the strength of Satan’s reign is due to the
easy-going weakness of Catholics. Oh! if I might ask the Divine
Redeemer, as the prophet Zachary did in spirit: What are those wounds in
the midst of Thy hands? The answer would not be doubtful: With these was
I wounded in the house of them that loved Me. I was wounded by My
friends, who did nothing to defend Me, and who, on every occasion, made
themselves the accomplices of My adversaries. And this reproach can be
levelled at the weak and timid Catholics of all countries."
—Pope St. Pius X, Discourse at the Beatification of St. Joan of Arc, Dec. 13, 1908
- "The apostles and their
successors are God's vicars in governing the Church which is built on
faith and the sacraments of faith. Wherefore, just as they may not
institute another Church, so neither may they deliver another faith, nor
institute other sacraments."
—St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, III, 64, art. 2, ad. 3
- "I hear around me reformers
who want to dismantle the Holy Sanctuary, destroy the universal flame of
the Church, to discard all her adornments, and smite her with remorse
for her historic past."
—Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, later Pope Pius XII, to Count Enrico P. Galeazzi
- "Pope Gelasius in his ninth
letter (chap. 26) to the bishops of Lucania condemned the evil practice
which had been introduced of women serving the priest at the celebration
of Mass. Since this abuse had spread to the Greeks, Innocent IV strictly
forbade it in his letter to the bishop of Tusculum: 'Women should not
dare to serve at the altar; they should be altogether refused this
ministry.' We too have forbidden this practice in the same words...."
—Pope Benedict XIV, Encyclical Allatae Sunt, July 26, 1755
- "On December 8, 1869, the
International Congress of Freemasons imposed it as a duty on all its
members to do all in their power to wipe out Catholicity from the face
of the earth. Cremation was proposed as a suitable means to this end,
since it was calculated to gradually undermine the faith of the people
in 'the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.'"
—Fr. John Laux, Catholic Morality (Imprimatur 1932), p. 106
- “...the liberty of thinking, and of publishing, whatsoever each one likes, without any hindrance, is not in itself an advantage over which society can wisely rejoice. On the contrary, it is the fountain-head and origin of many evils. Liberty is a power perfecting man, and hence should have truth and goodness for its object. But the character of goodness and truth cannot be changed at option. These remain ever one and the same, and are no less unchangeable than nature itself. If the mind assents to false opinions, and the will chooses and follows after what is wrong, neither can attain its native fullness, but both must fall from their native dignity into an abyss of corruption.”
—Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Immortale Dei (1885), n. 32
- "It is impossible to approve
in Catholic publications a style inspired by unsound novelty which seems
to deride the piety of the faithful and dwells on the introduction of a
new order of Christian life, on new directions of the Church, on new
aspirations of the modern soul, on a new social vocation of the clergy,
on a new Christian civilization, and many other things of the same
—Pope Leo XIII, Instruction to the Sacred Congregation of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, January 27, 1902; quoted by Pope St. Pius X in Pascendi Dominici Gregis, par. 55, 1907
- "...the great movement of
apostasy being organized in every country for the establishment of a
One-World Church which shall have neither dogmas, nor hierarchy, neither
discipline for the mind, nor curb for the passions, and which, under the
pretext of freedom and human dignity, would bring back to the world (if
such a Church could overcome) the reign of legalized cunning and force,
and the oppression of the weak, and of all those who toil and suffer.
[...] Indeed, the true friends of the people are neither
revolutionaries, nor innovators: they are traditionalists."
—Pope St. Pius X, Apostolic Letter Notre Charge Apostolique, 1910
- "When other Christian bodies
are licensing as preachers young men who have abandoned the foundations
of Christian belief, the Church would rather face the threatened
defection of thousands of minds reputed brilliant or learned, than
sacrifice one iota of the Truth confided to her by her Founder."
—America Magazine, July 24, 1909, p. 110
- "The Son of Man, when He
cometh, shall He find, think you, faith on earth?"
—Blessed Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 18:8)