BASIC R.C. BELIEF
Rites, actions, prayers or objects used by the Church to obtain temporal
and spiritual effects from God. Their efficacy depends primarily on the
power of the Church and secondarily on the dispositions of the people who
Powers of sacramentals include remission of venial sin and temporal
punishment, expelling demons, helping people gain sanctifying Grace and
Principle sacramentals (defined in THE VATICAN BANK alphabetically) are:
Sign of the Cross, Cross, Crucifix, Holy Water, Vestments, Stations of the
Cross, Holy Oils, Bells, Candles, Blessed Palms, Scapulars, Rosary, Agnus
Dei, Incense, Medals, Ashes.
Cardinal Newman in THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE, p. 359,
states: "Temples, incense lamps, candles, votive offerings, holy water,
asylums, holy days and seasons, processions, blessings on the fields,
sacerdotal vestments, tonsure, ring in marriage, turning to the East,
images and Kyrie Elieson are all of pagan origin, and sanctified by their
adoption into the Church."
From RENEWED DAY BY DAY, A.W. Tozer, October 30. "The union of the human
soul with God in Christ establishes a personal relationship which cannot in
any way be affected by material substances. The (Catholic) Church by
pronouncing certain objects sacred, and attributing power to them, has
turned from the pure freedom of the gospel to a kind of educated magic, far
from New Testament truth and gravely injurious to the souls of men."
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