DATES of CATHOLIC DOCTRINE
Ever wonder when certain doctrines were introduced in the church. Here is a list of doctrines introduced in the church. These doctrines are found no where in scripture.
200 AD -
Immersion of infants who are dying, but considered sinless. (Tertullian V.12)
North Africa region is first to practice infant baptism and reduced the age of baptism from minors to all newborns. This is opposed by other regions.
Baptism by sprinkling for adults instead of immersion first used as an exception for those on sick beds, but it caused great dispute.
Prayers for the dead
Making sign of the cross
Special dress code of the clergy in worship
At the general council of Nice, 325, it was proposed indeed, probably by the Western bishop Hosius, to forbid entirely the marriage of priests; but the motion met with strong opposition, and was rejected.
The date for Easter was set.
Use of images in worship
Praying to Mary & Saints. (prayers of Ephraim Syrus)
In the West, the first prohibition of clerical marriage, which laid claim to universal ecclesiastical authority, proceeded in 385 from the Roman church in the form of a decretal letter of the bishop Siricius to Himerius, bishop of Tarragona in Spain.
Mariolatry begins with Gregory Nazianzen, who mentions in a eulogy, how Justina had besought the virgin Mary to protect her virginity.
Mass as Daily Celebration
Infant baptism by immersion commanded of all infants (Council Of Mela, Austin was the principal director)
Exhalation of Virgin Mary: "Mother of God" first applied by the Council of Ephesus
Special dress code of the Clergy all the time.
The "Habit" of Nuns (Black gowns with white tunics)
Extreme Unction (last rites)
The Doctrine of Purgatory popularized from the Apocrypha by Gregory the Great
First use of Latin in worship (Gregory I)
Beginning of the Orthodox/Roman Catholic church as we know it today in its present organization.
First Pope: Boniface III is the first person to take the title of "universal Bishop" by decree of Emperor Phocas.
Pope Boniface IV. turns the Pantheon in Rome into a temple of Mary ad martyres: the pagan Olympus into a Christian heaven of gods.
Instrumental music: first organ by Pope Vitalian
Kissing of Pope Constantine's feet
Baptism by sprinkling for those on sick beds officially accepted.
Worship of icons and statue approved (2nd council of Nicea)
Rome (Latin) and Constantinople (Greek) part ways and begin the drift towards complete split, resulting in two denominations emerging in 1054 AD.
Burning of Holy Candles
Holy Water, mixed with a pinch of salt and blessed by the priest, was authorized
Veneration of St. Joseph
Baptism of bells instituted by Pope John XIII
Canonization of dead saints, first by Pope John XV
Good Friday: fish only and the eating-red meat forbidden
Roman Catholics officially embrace instrumental music, Orthodox reject instrumental music down to the present time.
Celibacy enforced for priests, bishops, presbyters (Pope Gregory VII)
Rosary beads: invented by Peter the Hermit
Sale of Indulgences or "tickets to sin" (punishment of sin removed)
Transubstantiation by Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council- Learn more about Pope Innocent on our Hard Facts page. His inquisitions were responsible for the death of over 1 million people.
Auricular Confession of sins to priests instituted by Pope Innocent III, (Lateran Council)
Mass a Sacrifice of Christ
Adoration and Elevation of Host: ie. communion bread (Pope Honrius III)
Ringing bells at Mass
The Scapular, the brown cloak worn by monks invented by Simon Stock
Priestly power of absolution- CONFESSION of sin to a priest.
Baptism by sprinkling accepted as the universal standard instead of immersion for all, not just the sick. (Council of Ravenna)
Laity no longer offered Lord's cup at communion (Council of Constance)
Purgatory a dogma by the Council of Florence (see 593 AD)
Doctrine of Seven Sacraments affirmed
The Inquisition (of Spain)
Papal control of marriage rights
Order of Jesuits founded by Loyola
Man-made tradition of church made equal to Bible (Council of Trent)
Apocryphal books added to Bible (Council of Trent)
Justification by human works of merit
Mass universally said in Latin (see 600 AD)
Personal opinions of Pope Pius IV imposed as the official creed
Immaculate conception of Mary
Syllabus Errorum [Syllabus of Errors] proclaimed that "Catholic countries" could not tolerate other religions, (no freedom of religion), conscience, separation of church and State condemned, asserted the Pope's temporal authority over all civil rulers (Ratified by Pope Pius IX and Vatican Council) condemned
Infallibility of Pope (Vatican council)
Confirmed Unum Sanctum (no salvation outside of the Catholic Church).
All Catholics should be christened into the church
Public Schools condemned by Pope Pius XII (see 1864 AD)
Assumption of the body of the Virgin Mary into heaven shortly after her death. (Pope Pius XII)
Immaculate conception of Mary proclaimed by Pope Pius XII
The use of girls in the traditional altar boy duties
Catholics can believe in Evolution (Pope John Paul II)
See the following website for additional doctrines and scriptures that oppose them.