Table of Contents

Preface p. xi
Introduction p. xiii
Part I Twenty General Councils of the Church
Section I - Eight Councils of the East
Chapter 1 First Council of Nicaea p. 3
Chapter 2 First Council of Constantinople p. 13
Chapter 3 Council of Ephesus p. 31
Chapter 4 Council of Chalcedon p. 39
Chapter 5 Second Council of Constantinople p. 47
Chapter 6 Third Council of Constantinople p. 57
Chapter 7 Second Council of Nicaea p. 67
Chapter 8 Fourth Council of Constantinople p. 75
Section II - Twelve Councils of the West
Chapter 9 First Lateran Councils of the West p. 85
Chapter 10 Second Lateran Council p. 93
Chapter 11 Third Lateran Council p. 99
Chapter 12 Fourth Lateran Council p. 105
Chapter 13 First Council of Lyons p. 117
Chapter 14 Second Council of Lyons p. 123
Chapter 15 Council of Vienne p. 127
Chapter 16 Council of Constance p. 139
Chapter 17 Council of Florence p. 161
Chapter 18 Fifth Lateran Council p. 177
Chapter 19 Council of Trent p. 185
Chapter 20 Vatican Council p. 229
Part II Vatican II and its Aftermath
Commentary on the Present Crisis in the Church p. 282
A. The History and Origin of Vatican II p. 283
B. The Heresies of Vatican II p. 343
C. The Tridentine Latin Mass and the New Mass p. 373
D. The Seven Sacraments and the New Sacraments p. 423
E. Statistics p. 481
F. The Third Secret of Fatima p. 501
G. The Rosary p. 507
H. How Could This Have Happened? p. 511
I. Who is ultimately Responsible? p. 529
J. Conclusion p. 569
K. Plan of Action p. 575
Appendix p. 579
Bibliography p. 597
Index p. 643


Excerpts

Part I

Twenty General Councils
of the Catholic Church

Eight General Councils of the East

(In Anno Domini 325-870)

The Eight General Councils of the East were convoked by Eastern Roman Emperors, addressed dogmatic topics and condemned contemporary heresies. Almost all the attendees were bishops from the East. The Eastern General Councils were held in cites located in Turkey:

Chalcedon (Kadiköy)
Constantinople (Istanbul)
Ephesus
Nicaea (Isnik)

The history of the 20 General Councils of the Catholic Church vividly portrays the ceaseless conflict between good and evil, between City of God and the Kingdom of this World: the ultimate conflict between God and Satan. God has guided and protected His Church through tumultuous times and will continue to do so until the end of time.


Section II

Twelve General Councils of the West

(In Anno Domini 1123-1870)

The Twelve General Councils of the West were convoked by popes and addressed disciplinary and dogmatic matters. The majority of the bishops in attendance came from the West. The Western General Councils were held in: Lyons, Vienne - France, Florence, Rome, Treat - Italy and Constance - Germany/Switzerland.
First Lateran Council 1123 AD
Second Lateran Council 1139 AD
Third Lateran Council 1179 AD
Fourth Lateran Council 1215 AD
First Council of Lyons 1245 AD
Second Council of Lyons 1274 AD
Council of Vienne 1311-1312 AD
Council of Constance 1414-1418 AD
Council of Florence 1438-1443 AD
First Lateran Council 1512-1517 AD
Council of Trent 1545-4563 AD
Vatican Council 1869-1870 AD


Chapter Sixteen

Council of Constance

1414-1418 AD

This council elected Pope Martin V

Although considered a legitimate council, not all 45 sessions of the Council of Constance were approved. Some of the propositions of the council, especially those dealing mainly with Papal Primacy and the relationship between popes and General Councils of the Church, were openly heretical and were condemned by subsequent pontiffs. We must keep in mind that many of those who attended the Council of Constance were exasperated by the Western Schism and did not want to see a repeat of the disaster. The actions of the fugitive antipope John XXIII only increased their frustration and anxiety.

After four long years of sessions, many were eager to return home. The inhabitants of Constance would finally have some peace and quiet. The council ended on April 22, 1418 and Pope Martin V departed from the city of Constance on the day after Pentecost, May 16, 1418.


Part II

Vatican II and Its Aftermath

(1962 to the present)

Throughout Her tumultuous history, the Catholic Church has had to defend Herself against enemies both from with and without. Added to these assaults have been the cunning deceits employed by the devils to undermine the faith.

There are many important lessons we can learn from the past General Councils of the Church, since they parallel conditions today. As a result of the bishops rallying together under the authority of the pope during the 20 General Councils, the Church derived numerous benefits: Catholic truths were defended, heresies were condemned and the doctrines of the Faith defined more clearly and set forth more precisely. General councils further helped to restore ecclesiastical discipline, thereby reforming the morals of both the clergy and the faithful alike.

It has been, however, during the past 40 years that the Catholic Church has undergone some of the most radical and revolutionary changes in Her history: changes that have left members of the Church confused, frustrated and bewildered. Observing the devastating effects of these changes, many Catholics have asked themselves, "What has happened to the Catholic Church?"

The spiritual crisis of our day, the appalling decline of morals and universal loss of faith can be directly traced back to the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). This council, better known as Vatican II, directly attacked the heart of the Catholic Faith - her immutable doctrines, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Seven Sacraments.

The 1960's, a "Decade of Tumult and Change," ushered in a new age which cast aside Christian morals and traditions. The world " ' underwent a social, political and spiritual transformation so wretching that it ripped these societies apart, destroying traditional values and replacing then with a whole new set of notions about what's good and bad. ... An 'anything-goes' attitude pervaded society.' Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn stated: 'To destroy a people, you must first sever its roots.' " Some of the Fathers of Vatican II seemed to have this very goal in mind when they set about severing the roots of Catholicism.


Lighthouse

Amid the storms of adversity and winds of change the Catholic Church stands as
an indestructible lighthouse guiding souls through the darkness of heresy to the
safe haven of God's truth and grace.

Appendix

Summary of the 20 General Councils of the Church

Chart of the 20 General Councils

Chart of the Founders of the Various Religions

Heresies Combated by the General Councils

List of the Legitimate Popes

List of the 41 Antipopes

Brief Description of the Crusades

15 Promises of the Rosary

Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to Michael the Archangel