Catholic Church Oversaw 1994 Rwanda Genocide, Papacy Unchanged Despite Fair Front It Presents to the World

November 27, 2016


The Roman Catholic Church today is viewed with far greater favorability than it has ever yet been; this can be credited largely to Pope Francis. Many individuals feel that Pope Francis has revolutionized Roman Catholicism in many positive ways and that it is unfair to judge and characterize the church of today by its abominations, cruelty, barbarity and superstitions of the past. However, the very assertions made by this haughty power and its representatives contradict the very idea of the Roman Catholic Church ever changing or even having the ability to do so because according to their teachings, she has not neither cannot err according to scripture. “Have these persons forgotten the claim of infallibility put forth for eight hundred years by this haughty power? So far from being relinquished, this claim was affirmed in the nineteenth century with greater positiveness than ever before. As Rome asserts that the ‘church never erred; nor will it, according to the Scriptures, ever err… how can she renounce the principles which governed her course in past ages?” [1] 


It is a well-known fact that the Roman Catholic Church, over the 1260 years of her despotic rule, tortured and butchered upwards of 50 million persons, those who questioned, protested, or defied her authority and taught others the truth from the Bible (which during Papal rule was only committed to ecclesiastics). It was widely reported on many media outlets, November 21, including some Catholic publications, that Rwanda’s Catholic Church issued an apology for its role in the 1994 genocide.  “The Catholic Church in Rwanda has apologized for its members' role in the genocide that saw hundreds of thousands of Rwandans killed in 1994. Rwandan bishops asked for ‘forgiveness for sins of hatred and disagreement that happened in the country to the point of hating our own countrymen because of their origin,’ in a statement read after mass in parishes across the country Sunday.”[2]  Approximately 800,000 persons were killed in the Rwandan genocide for which Rwanda’s Church claims responsibility.  Days after the church in Rwanda offered its apology, which was intended to be read at churches across the country, “Rwanda’s government has demanded an apology from the Vatican over the Catholic Church’s role in the country’s 1994 genocide, dismissing the recent apology offered by Rwandan bishops,” Newsweek reports.  The article continues, “Several Roman Catholic priests have been accused of participating in or facilitating the mass murder and many Tutsis were killed in churches after seeking refuge during the genocide.  The Rwandan government called the bishops’ apology ‘profoundly inadequate’ and said it highlighted ‘how far the Catholic Church still remains from a full and honest reckoning with its moral and legal responsibilities.’ ‘Given the scale of the crimes, there is ample justification for an apology from the Vatican, as has occurred repeatedly with other cases of lesser magnitude,’ said the statement.


The Vatican has previously apologized for the Catholic Church’s position on various issues. In 1998, Pope John Paul II apologized to Jews for the church’s failure to speak out during the Holocaust, in which six millions Jews were killed in a program of mass murder perpetrated by the Nazi regime in Germany. The current pontiff, Pope Francis, has said that the Catholic Church should apologize for mistreating gay people and women, and for turning a blind eye to child labor. Around half of Rwanda’s population are Roman Catholic.”[3]


Consider the accuracy of the following statement that was originally penned in 1884: “The Roman Church now presents a fair front to the world, covering with apologies her record of horrible cruelties. She has clothed herself in Christlike garments; but she is unchanged. Every principle of the papacy that existed in past ages exists today. The doctrines devised in the darkest ages are still held. Let none deceive themselves. The papacy that Protestants are now so ready to honor is the same that ruled the world in the days of the Reformation, when men of God stood up, at the peril of their lives, to expose her iniquity. She possesses the same pride and arrogant assumption that lorded it over kings and princes, and claimed the prerogatives of God. Her spirit is no less cruel and despotic now than when she crushed out human liberty and slew the saints of the Most High.” [4]


If this is not enough positive indication that the Roman Catholic Church of today is the same unscrupulous power of the past, it must be additionally noted that while claiming to have never erred according to scripture, this blasphemous and abominable entity assumes the authority to absolve sin following confessions to earthly priests.  This has ever been an erroneous and again blasphemous (Mark 2:7) claim put forth by the Roman Catholic Church; and most recently Pope Francis has divested priests with the “power” or the authority to indefinitely forgive the sin of abortion.  “Pope Francis has extended indefinitely the power of Catholic priests to forgive abortions, making the announcement in an apostolic letter released Monday. It continues a special dispensation granted last year for the duration of the Year of Mercy -- which finished Sunday -- which gave all priests, rather than just bishops and specially designated confessors, the power to absolve the sin of abortion… The Year of Mercy is a longstanding Catholic tradition during which believers may receive special indulgences for their sins.”[5]  It must be recalled that Martin Luther’s 95 theses were against the disdainful practice of indulgences.


Nowhere in the scripture does God give a fellow sinner the power to hear confessions of sin from another and act as a mediator and then forgive sin. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” 1 Timothy 2:5. For Pope Francis to give power to other mortal, sinful men as himself, to forgive sins, he is essentially saying that he is God, which is another blasphemous claim according to John 10:30-33, which also confirms that he is the anti-Christ, the man of sin himself, the mystery of iniquity, the son of perdition (2 Thessalonians 2:3 and 4). It is time for the people of God to expose this entity for what it truly is.


“By a variety of images the Lord Jesus represented to John the wicked character and seductive influence of those who have been distinguished for their persecution of God's people. All need wisdom carefully to search out the mystery of iniquity that figures so largely in the winding up of this earth's history. . . In the very time in which we live, the Lord has called His people and has given them a message to bear. He has called them to expose the wickedness of the man of sin who has made the Sunday law a distinctive power, who has thought to change times and laws, and to oppress the people of God who stand firmly to honor Him by keeping the only true Sabbath, the Sabbath creation, as holy unto the Lord.” [6]





[1] White, Ellen.  The Great Controversy (1911), page 564



[2] http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/21/africa/rwanda-catholic-church-apology/



[3] Ibid



[4]White, Ellen.  The Great Controversy (1911), page 571



[5] http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/21/europe/pope-francis-absolve-abortion/



[6] White, Ellen.  Evangelism (1946), page 705


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